Back in the day, I used to have a little website called Military Scholarship Finder. I enjoyed posting the scholarships and grants that I found, but I hated the platform on which I set it up, and I stay pretty busy with KateHorrell.com, my coaching, and my family. I was talking about it the other day, and my smart friends said, “Why don’t you put the scholarships at KateHorrell.com?”
And so starts a new series here at KateHorrell.com – scholarships and grants!
Now, this listing is only military-related scholarships. There are a bjillion other non-military scholarships and grants, but I’m not going to list them all here because there are many resources to help you find them. One of the best scholarship websites is Chegg Scholarships, which seems better organized that some of the other other choices.
A few tips to make your life easier and your search more successful:
Ask your recommenders if they’d be willing to do a generic letter of recommendation and give you multiple copies, or let you make copies yourself. Because it becomes a pain to ask the same person for a letter of recommendation every day! You want at least two, but some scholarships will ask for a third, or a recommendation from someone specific (like a boss, or a volunteer leader.)
Read through the requirements at least two weeks before the deadline. Yes, you might be able to do it more quickly (and you might have to, for some of these April scholarships and grants), but most applications require help from people outside your family: a recommender, your guidance department or records office, or some other group. Plus, essays almost always improve with time.
Find local scholarship through your school. The counseling office or financial aid office probably has a list or a place that they post scholarships.
Research local community groups and businesses. Organizations like the Elks, Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, school parent teacher organizations, and even some businesses will offer scholarships.
Build yourself some sort of system for organizing the scholarship applications. I use a spreadsheet and cover sheets for each packet. My friend has clipboard hanging from her dining room wall. (And I’m thinking about going to that plan.)
Important if you’re using the GI Bill: check to see whether the scholarship will cover expenses outside of tuition and fees. If it’s a tuition-only scholarship, you might want to leave it for someone else, because it just reduces the amount that the GI Bill pays. (This may also apply if you are receiving need-based aid from your school.)
Now look through the lists! Be sure to check back regularly, as I am always finding new scholarships to add.
The rest of the year will be posted as it comes around. Especially keep your eyes open November through April, as that is the season for scholarships applications to be due.
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