Outside scholarships and search engines

Outside scholarships and search engines

You may be eligible for outside scholarships from businesses or organizations in your local community with which you have affiliations.

Community Resources

  • Your local chamber of commerce
  • Your high school
  • Your parents' employers (dependent students only)
  • Your employer
  • Private foundations
  • Religious organizations
  • Professional associations

In most cases, the awarding agency is responsible for selecting the recipient and determining the value of the scholarship.

Searching for Scholarships

Start Early. Don't Pay!

Start early. Most scholarships are awarded six months to one year prior to the start of the semester or academic year of the award. Some awards are available even as early as elementary school.

Don't pay. Penn State does not endorse any scholarship search engine or scholarship search service that charges a fee. You should never have to pay for a scholarship search. You should not apply for a scholarship that charges an application fee.

Be persistent. If you are rejected by a scholarship, simply re-apply the following year, making any adjustment that will help your application become a success.   

Search Engines. The Office of Student Aid recommends the following FREE scholarship search engines: