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What are scholarship search engines?

If you wonder about scholarship search engines on the internet, you will find overwhelming data on different websites. Scholarship engines and databases, also known as scholarship finders, fuel these websites.

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With so much available information, here are 23 of the most credible sites and book recommendations:

  1. Amazon’s #1 New Release in Financial Aid for College Guides – “You Can Go to College for Free” book – Thirteen industry experts share scholarship strategies for going to college debt-free, including a chapter from Lili St. Christopher, founder of the College Bound Village LLC. Get your autographed copy via this link or buy the Kindle version via this link.
  2. – more than 3.7 Million in college scholarships & grants worth $19 billion.
  3. PACE Academy Scholarship Books – Middle School & High School and College Scholars
  4. Scholly – the #1 Scholarship app based on over 3,000 five-star customer reviews.
  5. Get Educated! The Man Behind the Common Black College Application (CBCA) – Robert Mason’s book
  6. Unigo – more than 3.6 million scholarships and college grants worth over $23 billion.
  7. U.S. Department of Labor’s Scholarship Search Tool
  8. Niche – find college scholarships, college searches, and rankings.
  9. – apply for scholarships, grants, and fellowships.
  10. JLV College Counseling – scholarships are segmented by month and various demographics.
  11. United Negro College Fund (UNCF) – the largest scholarship site for African-American students attending private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
  12. Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) – the largest scholarship site for African-American students attending public HBCUs.
  13. Hello Alice – provides grants for non-traditional college students and entrepreneurs.
  14. The Black Family’s Guide to College Admissions Book: A Conversation About Education, Parenting & Race
  15. The Posse Foundation – Posse Scholars receive full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s partner colleges and universities.
  16. Colleges that Change Lives (CTCL) book – 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges
  17. Sallie Mae – provides scholarship profiles for high school and college scholars.
  18. Tom Joyner Foundation – provides scholarships and career exploration opportunities.
  19. National Medical Fellowships – provides scholarships for medical students and students in the health care-related field.
  20. AASPA Leon Bradley Scholarship Program – provides scholarships for minorities in teaching and school leadership
  21. Encourage app – provides college matches, scholarships, and career preparation for college-bound scholars.
  22. My Scholarship Central – qualified students can apply for more than 100 scholarships and interest-free loans. The regional focus is Missouri, Kansas, and the metro-east areas of Illinois.
  23. Missouri National Education Association (NEA) – provides scholarships and grants for students and educators in Missouri.

Spam or Scholarships (S.O.S)? That is the question.

College students using scholarship search engines
Photo: Marvin

The benefits of scholarship search engines are they save time by helping students narrow their scholarship options. Scholarships can help lower the total cost of college, including tuition, housing, food, books, and other related expenses. Scholarships are available for several reasons, including financial need, major, volunteerism, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and marital status.

The drawbacks of scholarship search engines are that they can send irrelevant information to students, which can clog up students’ email boxes for relevant scholarships.

Pro Tip: Create a separate Yahoo or Gmail account specifically for emails from scholarship sites to avoid potential spam. Also, avoid using high school or college email addresses, as these will be closed upon graduation. Read testimonials from students who have earned scholarships from CBV resources.

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