Additional Scholarship Resources
Searching for scholarships can seem daunting. Don't get discouraged.
Tips from the Foundation
- Search in the following order...
- 1) Local Scholarships: Check with the community foundation, organizations, and businesses in the county in which you currently reside. Check with the community foundation, organizations, and businesses in the county in which you graduated high school. Your odds of winning a local scholarship are better than the odds of you winning a national scholarship simply because the number of applicants that will apply is always going to be smaller.
- 2) Scholarships at the College/University you are going to be attending: Most colleges and universities are going to have a Foundation that offers scholarships for students attending their college. Many but certainly not all are based on what degree you are pursuing. Don't forget to check with the Financial Aid or Student Services Offices as well.
- 3) National Scholarships: Do not discount these scholarships. Just because they are national doesn't mean you couldn't win them. Many times the scholarship is judged only on a written essay.
- Search every year. Check back with the community foundations and places mentioned above every year. New scholarships are started all the time, and some are renewable if you reapply.
- Fill out your FAFSA (FREE Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. The FAFSA application is open on October 1st of every year. If any of the scholarships you are applying for have a financial need component, most of the time you must attach your SAR (Student Aid Report) from your FAFSA to your application. Check out the U.S. Department of Education's blog for easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorials on filling out FAFSA forms online OR use North Central State College's Complete the FAFSA in Just Five Steps which includes a FSA ID Worksheet to fill out and keep in a safe place.
- Be mindful of deadlines. Don't start your application at the last minute. Many scholarships have a deadline of December 31st.
- Apply. Apply. Apply. Simply said - if you do not apply for a scholarship, you cannot win a scholarship. You would be astounded by the number of scholarships that are not given out simply because no one applied.
- A preference is NOT a requirement. Just because you do not meet a preference listed for a scholarship, doesn't mean you should not apply. For example, Scholarship X has a preference that the applicant be attending OSU Marion Campus. Should you apply if you are not going to OSU Marion Campus? YES, you should. What if there are no applicants going to OSU Marion Campus that year? Well then that year you have an equal chance of winning Scholarship X as all the other applicants.
Financial Aid Resources
Federal Student Aid is an office of the U.S. Department of Education that deals with financial aid. They have a wide variety of resources on this subject.
Financial Aid Office
Another great resource for financial aid is the Financial Aid Office of the college or university you will be or are attending.
FinAid.org offers students a one-stop shop for information on all types of financial aid and financial aid resources.
HonestProductReviews.com is a website dedicated to create honest product reviews, free of all the fake spam on the internet. It's a goal they strive for using Honest and Technology. They have put together a research guide for students searching for scholarships, Best Scholarship Search Platforms.
Review.com is a website dedicated to conducting data driven and unbiased research about topics that can help make an impact in people's lives. With over a million different scholarships available, they found that for many students finding all the available scholarships can be a real challenge. After countless hours of researching the 17 most popular scholarship search platforms, Review.com analyzed and graded them using five core metrics, including functionality, scholarship availability, quality, application tools, and additional helpful resources. They created a very helpful guide, The Best Scholarship Search Platforms, for students searching for scholarships.
Scholarship Search Engines/Platforms
College Board is a non-profit organization that develops and administers standardized tests and provides resources such as college planning, recruitment and admissions, financial aid, and retention to both students and their families as well as colleges and universities. Their scholarship database is called "Big Future."
Fast Web is an online scholarship search engine with additional resources such as financial aid and career advice. Fast Web matches members to relevant scholarship opportunities completely free of charge.
Scholly is an online and mobile platform that matches students with scholarships.
Use this free search tool to look through more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities.
Scholarship Search Information
The demand for STEM-based careers is growing at an exponential rate as our economy continues to shift and grow it's technology sector. By 2020 there's expected to be a 26% increase in STEM-related jobs - more than a million new jobs in the U.S. alone. But of those millions of STEM-related jobs - only 24% are occupied by women. BestColleges.com was inspired to create a resource for women to encourage and provide information to the most-asked questions regarding the pursuit of a career in a STEM field. Check out their article, Women In STEM. Their resource provides information such as...
- Average salaries & earnings for top STEM careers
- Gender representation figures in STEM careers
- Scholarships for students looking to pursue a STEM degree
Caring.com has researched, compiled, and continually updates a list of available Student Caregiver scholarships and information. If you are one of the estimated 1 million young caregivers in this country, make sure to check out their site.
Edsmart.org is a website with many helpful articles on furthering your education after high school, including academic success, colleges, programs, community colleges, and more.
Check out these great resources:
- Students with Disabilities College Guide (includes scholarship opportunities)
- Best Scholarship Websites to Fund Your Education
According to the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listings Report, Ohio shows a need for well-trained teachers in all grade levels and especially teachers in art, music, and language disciplines.
As teaching requirements vary by state, teachingdegree.org has published guides detailing the process of obtaining a teaching degree and certificate in each state.
Here are a few resources for Ohio students looking to obtain a teaching degree:
Scholarship opportunities may be available through employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.
The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging is providing THREE (3) scholarship awards to individuals for higher education or classes benefiting the field of aging. Scholarship award amounts for the academic year 2021/2022 are as follows: One(1) $2,000.00 for a student attending a 4-year university; One(1) $1000.00 for a student attending a 2-year college or technical school; and One(1) $1000.00 for a student attending any type of higher institute of learning. For eligibility guidelines, please go to their website. Deadline is February 1, 2021.
Bucyrus Community Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship
This scholarship is open to all Buckeye Central, Bucyrus, Colonel Crawford, and Wynford high school seniors interested in pursuing allied medical, medical, allied dental, or dental careers. Applications are obtained through the high school guidance counselors and interviewing with the Bucyrus Community Hospital Axiliary's Scholarship Committeee. Please direct all questions to Patty Hope, Bucyrus Community Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Committee Chair at 419-562-7431 or email email@example.com.
Crawford College Connection is a not-for-profit organization started in October 2000 to provide college access services to students and their families in Crawford County. They administer a number of scholarships and have a list of scholarships in the area and where to obtain applications. You may contact their director, Margaret Thornton, by phone at 419-562-9957 or email via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crawford County Farm Bureau wishes to support and further the education of Crawford County high school graduates by offering two $500 scholarships. Applicants may be high school seniors, current college or graduate school students and must be residents of Crawford County. Parents/legal guardians of applicants must be members of Crawford County Farm Bureau. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student in a four year or two year university, an apprenticeship program or a trade school. Deadline is April 1, 2021. For more information email email@example.com.
The Crawford Success Center is a satellite school of North Central State College and provides scholarships to those who will be regularly enrolled students at the Crawford Success Center during the 2020-2021 academic year. A regularly enrolled student is one who has graduated from high school (or received a GED) and is seeking to earn an NC State degree or aid-eligible certificate.
COLONEL CRAWFORD GRADUATING SENIORS OR GRADUATES ONLY: This scholarship was created by Jim Mayes, CEO/President of J & F Construction & Development Inc. to promote construction management in the business community in Crawford County and surrounding areas. This scholarship shall assist students enrolled in construction and construction-related classes at any 2 or 4 year college or University and assist any students who intend to pursue, or are pursuing, a degree leading to a career in the construction industry or related fields. The paper application may be found at the Colonel Crawford High School Guidance Office. The scholarship deadline is May 1, 2021. Please turn the completed application into the CCHS guidance office, and if mailing the completed application to the CCHS guidance office, it must be postmarked the deadline date.
Firelands Federal Credit Union will award $11,000 in scholarships for continuing higher education to high school seniors that are credit union members or dependents of members. DEADLINE is March 8, 2021.
First Federal Community Bank awards two $500 scholarships each year that are renewable for up to 4 years. Deadline is March 13, 2020.
Students from schools in Crawford County, Richland County, and Morrow County (with stipulations and exceptions as detailed in individual scholarship descriptions) are eligible for these scholarships. Applications for all scholarships are available at Galion High School, regardless of school applicant attends.
Most of the scholarships are geared towards Marion County students, but there are a handful for which Crawford County students are eligible. Deadline is February 25, 2021 at noon.
North Central State College provides qualified students with academic, financial need, and general scholarships for college-related expenses. There are scholarships available for new and current students as well as full-time and part-time students.
*Their website has a very good list of outside scholarships from around Ohio.*
Ohio Mutual Crawford Opportunity Award
Ohio Mutual Crawford Opportunity Award is an annually renewable $1,500 scholarship offered to three individuals either living in or attending in Crawford County whose chosen field of collegiate study aligns with emerging opportunities in the insurance industry. Applications will be available from the guidance counselors in all Crawford County public and private schools, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
William Ferrell Scholarship
COLONEL CRAWFORD GRADUATING SENIORS ONLY: This scholarship is in memory of William Ferrell who served as superintendent of Colonel Crawford Local Schools for 23 years, retiring in 1997. The paper application may be found at the Colonel Crawford High School Guidance Office. Please turn the completed application into the CCHS guidance office.
This Scholarship Fund was founded by a small group of former Amish with big dreams - to help other former Amish realize their dreams of earning a college education. Deadline is August 25th.
BadCredit.org's Weatlh Wise Scholarship is open to US undergraduates and graduate students seeking a career in the finance industry. Applicants must be a current or future college student (e.g. high school senior). The scholarship amount is $1,000 and will be awarded based on academic merit and submission of a short essay to be titled How the US Credit Scoring System Can Be Improved. Deadline is December 31st. See their website for more details.
Each year the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of higher education in diverse areas of study including history, economics, law, political science, medicine, nursing, occupational and physical therapy, elementary and secondary education, chemistry, math, science and English. Online applications are accepted the week of November 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm (EST). See their website for more details.
Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university. The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 2020 500 national winners in late April 2020. (Many local Lodges, districts and state Elks associations award their own scholarships.) Deadline is November 15th.
Firelands Electric Cooperative awards $10,600 in scholarships each year to outstanding high school seniors who reside in a home served by the co-op. The young man or woman chosen as Firelands' top overall applicant is also eligible to compete for an additional scholarship, worth up to $3,800, at the statewide contest sponsored by Ohio's Electric Cooperatives. They also offer children of employees of Firelands Electric Cooperative scholarship opportunities as well.
The Florence Allen Scholarship
Scholarship funds may be used for courses at accredited degree-granting institutions recognized by a state Board of Regents. Must be female, US citizen, and pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Applications can be requested by email via email@example.com.
The Garden Club of Ohio annually awards scholarships to college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors majoring in fields including horticulture, agriculture, botany, environmental sciences and more. Students must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Deadline is February 1, 2021. Please contact Scholarship Chair, Aggie Goss, with any questions at 440-526-6313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Foundation annually awards scholarships to students attending an Ohio college, university or technical school studying for a career in the fields of horticulture, conservation, nature and beautification, landscape design, landscape contracting, commercial florist or floral arts. Application deadline is March 15th each year.
Ohio students from rural, suburban and urban communities and pursuing degrees connected in some way to agriculture are invited to apply for a set of scholarships through four programs supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. Collectively, these programs will award over $50,000 in 2021, each featuring awards from $500 to over $3000. Deadline is February 28th.
One of their posts found here, lists scholarships from the following organizations with each have their own unique deadline:
Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation scholarship applications open Jan. 4, 2021.
Ohio Soybean Council Scholarships – Applications due Jan. 16, 2021.
Ohio Sheep Improvement Association Scholarships – Applications open Jan. 1, 2021.
Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA) LEAD Council Scholarships. – Applications open March 15, 2021.
Ohio Ag Council Scholarships – Applications due Feb. 15, 2021.
USDA Scholarships and Internships — Application deadlines vary.
Scholarships for OHIO residents attending or planning to attend an accredited OHIO college, university, technical or trade school. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, have a career goal in the crude oil and natural gas industry, or related energy field, and have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Scholarships are limited to undergraduate college studies, technical, or trade school programs. Applications are accepted between January 11th and March 31st.
This scholarship program targets students pursuing careers in the crude oil and natural gas industry. Must be an OHIO resident OR a student attending, or planning to attend, an accredited OHIO college, university, technical or trade school. Each scholarship is worth a minimum of $1,000 per year and can be renewed for up to four years. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, have a career goal in the crude oil and natural gas industry, and have and maintain a grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.5 or higher. Deadline is March 1st.
In order for the team of scientists, nutritionists, and designers at Old School Labs to pay-it-forward and allow someone else achieve their dreams and start challenging the status quo, they offer a $1000 scholarship. To be eligible, the applicant must be a current high school (or home-schooled) student attending a school in the U.S. who is a U.S. Citizens, U.S. National, or a U.S. Permanent Resident and will be pursuing any degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution. The scholarship is based on a submission video. Deadline is April 30, 2021.
The William D. Squires Educational Foundation offers financial need-based undergraduate scholarships to OHIO seniors only. Students must also be highly motivated and have a clearly defined career goal. In 2020, 20 students will be selected and the scholarship amount has increased from $4000 to $5000 per year. Each are renewable for a potential total of $20,000.
The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Read the rules and eligibility requirements, and download the 2020-21 entry form application, as all student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31, 2020.