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The Federal Student Aid office of the US Department of Education publishes this resource. The site includes a financial aid wizard, a scholarship search by keyword, and a scholarship matching wizard which performs a comprehensive search for scholarships based on personal information.
Fastweb is a free searchable database of scholarships. Upon registering with Fastweb, data is collected to match you with scholarships in the Fastweb data base that you can apply for while ruling out any scholarships that you don't qualify for. Fastweb also offers advice on applying to scholarships.
Finaid.org's page dedicated to scholarships gives useful links and good tips for finding and applying for undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships.
The College Board's Scholarship Search was created with the purpose of helping student's locate scholarships, internships, grants, and loans that match their education level, talents, and background. There is a brief questionnaire but no account registration necessary. The Scholarship Search contains more than 2,300 sources of funding totaling nearly $3 billion in available aid.
Peterson's is one of the largest databases of college scholarships available. The scholarship search is free and connects students with over $7 billion in awards. Once you register for an account with Peterson's StudentEdge or log into an existing account, the scholarship search tool allows you to complete your profile and view a list of scholarships that match your qualifications. Scholarships can also be searched by keyword.
Sallie Mae's free Scholarship Search offers access to an award database that contains more than 3 million scholarships worth over $16 billion. The database is said to be expanded and updated daily. You must register to use the Scholarship Search, but it offers neat, personalized tools to aid your search such as a printable calendar listing filtered scholarships by deadline, the ability to rate scholarships in order to prioritize which to pursue, and an adjustable setting to see more or fewer awards based on accuracy.
This website does not require you to create an account or profile but still allows you to search for scholarships based on your background and interests. You can browse scholarships under the following criteria: athletic, minority, degree level, by subject, by state, or by student type.
This directory provides information on each state's higher education programs, colleges and universities, financial aid assistance programs, grants, scholarships, and more.
Scholarships by State:
Opportunity Maine is a program that was developed in 2006 that attempts to address Maine's educational, economic, and energy challenges. In the context of education, Opportunity Maine provides a state income tax credit for student loan payments made by Colby graduates who subsequently reside, work, and pay taxes in the State of Maine. Thus, if you live, work, and pay taxes in Maine at any time within 10 years after graduation while still repaying undergraduate student loan debt, you will be considered for the tax credit. The average student credit is worth about $2100 each year though this figure will vary based on tax liability and how much student loan debt has been repaid. Some students can claim up to the cap of $5,500 each year.
FAME is a resource that promotes access to and completion of post-secondary education by providing free information on planning and paying for college. FAME has a searchable database of Maine-based scholarships in addition to other resources regarding financing an education.
The Maine Community Foundation awards over $1 million each year from more than 400 different scholarship funds. The Maine Community Foundation scholarships provide financial assistance for Maine residents attending accredited colleges and universities; each scholarship has its own eligibility requirements (often based on county of residence or high school attended) and review process.
In 1993, Richard H. Pierce founded Maine Education Services (MES), a Maine non-profit organization created to foster and promote access to higher education for Maine students. It was Dick's life-long commitment to promote higher education. The Richard H. Pierce Memorial Scholarship was created in 2011 in his honor and memory. MES will award two $2,500.00 scholarships in 2012. Eligibility criteria include: must be a Maine resident, must have completed two years of a 4-year or 5-year degree program, and must show a strong desire to complete their degree program.
The Maine State Society of Washington, D.C. Foundation has established a scholarship program to recognize Maine students. Each scholarship is in the amount of at least $1000 and is awarded to full-time students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study at a four-year degree granting, non-profit institution of higher learning in the State of Maine.
The MTCMA scholarship is in the amount of $1000 and is open to undergraduate and graduate students who participate in and are likely to make significant contributions to the fields of civic leadership, public administration, or community service. The scholarship committee also takes grades achieved in related course work and the need for funds into account during their decision-making. The deadline for this scholarship is late June.
The Capitol Scholarship Program of the Connecticut Department of Higher Education provides state grants to help talented and needy students pay for college. The grants are given to those Connecticut students who are least able to contribute to college costs. Grants for students studying out-of-state are in the amount of $500.
The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's Office of Student Financial Assistance has compiled a list of grants and scholarships available to Massachusetts students in order to assist them in financing their educations.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation distributes more than $3 million in student aid annually from over 350 separate funds. The majority of scholarships available from the Foundation are available to New Hampshire residents, though a few are also open to students of Maine, Massachusetts, or Vermont who live in border towns.
The RIHEAA has put together a list of scholarships and grants available to Rhode Island students, including the RI State Grant Program, the Academic Promise Program, and the Scholar Recognition Program. Each program is explained in greater detail on the RIHEAA page.
The VSAC's scholarship division provides information and links to approximately 150 scholarships available to Vermont residents.
Scholarships by Interest and or Background:
Other Resources for Funding on colby.edu
Colby's Career Center describes a collection of post-baccalaureate fellowships and scholarships on their web page.
The Office of Off-Campus Study has compiled a list of scholarships specifically for study abroad.
Information about endowed internship funding for Jan Plan or the summer can be found on this Career Center page.
It is highly recommended that you do not pay for a scholarship search. Scholarship scams are common and they can be difficult to spot if you don't know what you're looking for. Here are some general rules of thumb when it comes to finding and applying to scholarships:
1. If you have to pay money to get money, it might be a scam.
2. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
3. Spend the time, not the money.
4. Never invest more than a postage stamp to get information about scholarships.
5. Nobody can guarantee that you'll win a scholarship.
6. Legitimate scholarship foundation do not charge application fees.
7. If you're suspicious of an offer, it's usually with good reason.
More tips on avoiding such scams from finaid.org can be found here.