Scholarships for College

Paying for college is often one of the most challenging things to do for prospective students.

The cost of tuition is the highest it has ever been, which begs the question, "How do I earn a diploma and enter the workforce without having the money to pay for two or four years of school?"

Luckily, there are options out there for everyone – it doesn’t matter if you had the highest or lowest grades in high school or if you’ve got kids.

Scholarships are distributed to students in order to assist them with the costs of education. Many different organizations including memorial funds, employers, high schools, libraries and government agencies offer scholarships. Even some of the world’s largest corporations help students afford college - the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship, for instance, provides 1,000 students every year with full four-year scholarships to any chosen school.

These are just some examples of the financial aid available to students through scholarships. If you're looking for financial aid options, you needn't go further than your computer. A number of free web-based searches will help you narrow down and discover the right scholarship for you.

Furthermore, you can seek out local opportunities - there will likely be a lot of options from all kinds of organizations, from art galleries and banks to the town police force. High school juniors and seniors can inquire at their guidance counselor's office and attend seminars or fairs.

There are a number of different scholarships out there. First, there are merit scholarships, which means they're earned based on an applicant’s academic accomplishments or skill set. Another type is an athletic scholarship, which, unlike merit scholarships, is often offered to a student in exchange for participation on a school's sports team. There are also need-based scholarships, for people in unique situations like single moms, etc. These may be given out by the college itself or come from government funding.

With the extreme costs of higher education, many students may be convinced not to pursue a degree that could be essential to their future. College is expensive – but there's plenty of help available to those who seek it out.