Little Known Grants and Scholarships
Once you decide that continuing your education is right for you, the next step is to explore your options for funding. Paying for your online education does not have to be a daunting task. There is a variety of options for covering your tuition. There are many scholarships that go unclaimed each year. Here are some suggestions for finding scholarships and grants:
- Essay contests: The award for many essay contests is a scholarship. Some amounts may be small, but $250 can make a pretty good dent in your bookstore bill.
- Sallie Mae: Though they secure tens of thousands in loans from students, they give back by offering scholarships from $1,000 to $10,000. Visit http://www.collegeanswer.com/index.jsp.
- Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs: Many local chapters offer scholarships, often in honor of their illustrious members.
- Trade and professional organizations: Members of many professions have established organizations that represent present and future needs. Many of these organizations offer scholarships to encourage students to pursue that specific profession. Sometimes it pays to dig deeper and find a trade organization tied to a subspecialty of the profession for which you’re studying.
- Companies: Some companies offer scholarships to encourage entry into their specific business.
- Women: A variety of scholarships are designated for women who have been battered, women who are older than age 35 and for stay-at-home moms. EducationGrant.com has a list of scholarships specific to women.
- Ethnicity: Many professions want to raise their levels of diversity, so businesses and organizations offer scholarships for African Americans, Latinos, Asians or Native Americans. The College Fund is a great place to find some of those scholarships.
- Combinations: There are scholarships that target students with a combination of characteristics, such as Jewish women or African-American men.
Don’t let the cost of school deter you from pursuing your degree. There are various avenues available to current and prospective students. Take some time out to research funding sources to ensure obtaining that degree remains an option for you.