If you have to pay money to get money, it's probably a scam.
Every year thousands of students and parents are defrauded out of millions of dollars by scholarship scams. Scam operations often imitate legitimate government agencies, grant-giving foundations, financial lenders and scholarship matching services. They use official-sounding names containing words like "National," "Federal," "Foundation," or "Administration."
You can avoid many of these scams by generally being wary of scholarships with an application fee, scholarship-matching services who guarantee success, applications or services that require an up-front fee in exchange for information, or sales pitches disguised as financial aid "seminars".
Federal and State Grants
Arkansas Department of Higher Education - the site of the YOUniversal Arkansas Financial Aid System where students can search and apply for state-funded grants.
Federal Financial Aid - For the best financial aid opportunities, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with estimated or actual income tax return amounts each January prior to the start of the next academic year (which typically begins in July). Many scholarship and grant programs require the FAFSA to be completed annually. Use this step-by-step guide to file your FAFSA.
NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program - Designed for registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, and nursing faculty. Pays off 60% of unpaid student loans in just 2 years, plus an additional 25% for an optional 3rd year.
Arkansas College Grants - scholarships for residents of Arkansas or those attending college in Arkansas.
Arkansas Community Foundation - offers more than 100 private scholarship funds created by individuals, families and companies who want to provide a path to higher education for traditional and adult students.
Cornerstone Scholarship Charitable Trust - Awards disadvantaged high school and post high school graduates across the State of Arkansas, between the ages of 17-25.
R. Preston Woodruff Jr. Scholarship Drawing - provides several $1000 scholarships each year to incoming and current college students in Arkansas. Each year, one of the scholarships drawn will be renewable for up to 4 years.
Association of Nontraditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) Scholarships - Scholarship opportunities for ANTSHE members.
Business & Professional Women's Foundation Career Advancement Scholarship - Awards scholarships to women 25+ years old who are nearing completion of their bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field.
Jeannette Rankin Foundation - Awards scholarships to low-income women, age 35 and older.
Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women - assists women 25+ years old who want to complete their education.
Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation - offers five awards of up to $5000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing post-secondary education.
PEO Educational Funding - a philanthropic educational organization designed to celebrate, educate, and motivate women
Single Parents Alliance of America - scholarships and other resources for single-parent members.
Society of Women Engineers Scholarship - Deadlines vary by academic level. Provides financial assistance to women admitted to accredited 4-year or graduate programs, in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology and computer science.
The Deana Kendrick Foundation Scholarship - for women over thirty who are returning to college, are currently in college seeking a degree, or are starting college after a lengthy break from school.
Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards - assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.
Women's Independence Scholarship Program - Helps survivors of domestic abuse obtain an education that will offer secure employment, personal independence and self sufficiency.
Association of American Indian Affairs Scholarship - Applicants must be Native American from continental US tribes or Alaska Native, and be enrolled in their tribe. All scholarships are for graduate and undergraduate students from federally recognized tribes.
Departments on College Campuses - Departments on college campuses often receive donations from alumni to establish scholarship funds for students pursuing a particular major; be sure to check with your college.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund - Applicants must be of Hispanic Heritage. Offers scholarships for graduating seniors, college undergrads and grads, and community college transfers.
Medical Assistant Scholarships & Grants - A short list of scholarships for medical assistant training.
Parsons-Burnett Scholarship - Awarded to Arkansas public school educators to further their graduate study. Eligible applicants will have a proven academic record and at least one year of successful teaching experience.
Professional Associations - Join a professional association that is related to your field of study. Many associations offer scholarships to their members. They also offer continuing education, networking with other professionals in your field, and can even help you find a job. Your association membership is a great addition to your resume. Student memberships are often discounted, and some school departments may even offer you free membership for a year.
Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund - provides individual grants, paid directly to the educational institution, to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation.
SR Education Group Scholarships - Offers a variety of monthly needs-based scholarship opportunities, such as Single Parent, Community College, Women's, and Military Scholarships. Students can apply to as many scholarships as they like, as often as they like.
Free Scholarship Searches
CampusExplorer - find scholarships by major, school, state, or name
Cappex - Provides tools to help you easily compare colleges and search for scholarships, matched to who you are and wherever you are in the process.
CareerOneStop - U.S. Department of Labor's free scholarship search tool
CollegeBoard Scholarship Search - Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.
CollegeData - online college advisor features a financial aid tracker, scholarship search, college net price calculator, EFC calculator, and financial aid award comparisons
FastWeb - A free service to assist students in finding scholarships and colleges nationwide.
FindTuition.com - instant access to over 1.7 million scholarships worth 7 billion
Fund My Future - An Arkansas-based clearinghouse of educational and financial aid programs available to individuals who may be interested in serving in critical shortage career fields.
GoodCall - totally free and open search site. No account sign-up required.
NICHE - Find college scholarships for Arkansas. Browse through general scholarships, or choose from the categories to get started. To make it even easier, you can register to be personally matched to scholarships you are eligible to apply for.
Sallie Mae Scholarship Search - Access 5 million scholarships offering up to $24 billion
Scholarship America - scholarships and other resources for single-parent members.
Scholarships.com - You find money. Colleges find you.
StudentScholarshipSearch.com - helps students from freshman year of college through graduate school find scholarships that are most relevant to their background, field of study, sport, skill, interest, achievement, or other attribute.
Unigo Scholarship Directory - browse millions of scholarships by category