With the right plan to find money for college, students may be able to upgrade meal options and even pocket some extra cash for the future. Scholarship search engines can help.
Most ask a range of questions, from if you’ve ever worked at McDonald’s to what your parents’ work background from their high school days was like. Scholarships match based on whether you are left-handed or if you have a certain percentage of Native American heritage.
To help narrow your search, here are three notable sites that produce quick, useful results. But be prepared for the time consuming sign-up pages and lengthy applications.
Cappex.com: This site has a thorough application process. It will match you with a multitude of scholarships that it thinks you could qualify for. The site rates how much work you would have to do (video project or short essay) and the amount of competition these scholarships typically have.
Scholarships.com: It offers a sorting system based on the state of residence, major and grade level. The state search option is beneficial because the competition for scholarships becomes narrowed due to qualifications. The site ranks the scholarships based on whether they are sponsored or best chances. The program appears a little outdated, but it does provide direct links to application websites.
Fastweb.com: This website updates scholarship options based on your major and areas of interest that you indicate on the username sign-up page. What sets this scholarship site apart is it looks to better your resumé through internship search options, advice on jobs, and descriptions of jobs that may interest you. The only found flaw is the abundance of advertisements vying for your attention, but the information beneath is viable.