Hi Richard - You're correct, many of the national scholarship databases are not great. I would recommend looking at the following locations for scholarships:
- High School Guidance Counselor - You're guidance counselor may be very busy, but make sure to build a relationship with them and ask them to share scholarship opportunities that come across their desk.
- Websites of other High Schools in your district - If your high school doesn't do a great job of identifying scholarships, check the websites of other high schools in your district. Typically there is 1-2 that have their resources online
- Local community foundation - Do a quick google search for your town's community foundation, they typically over scholarships for students
- Local affiliations - Are you a member of a club such as DECA, FBLA, National Honor Society? Check to see what scholarships they have. Also check to see what affiliations your parents are involved in (fraternities/sororities, unions, church, their job). You can typically find a few opportunities this way as well .
- Check what scholarships the college your interested in offers - Check to see what scholarships the college you're interested in offers or what scholarships the alumni association of that scholarship offers.
Hope this helps!
Kenneth recommends the following next steps:
- Reach out to your high school guidance counselor
- Check with other local high schools to see what scholarships they post on their website
- Check with your local community foundation
- Check about scholarships you are eligible for through local affiliations
- Check what scholarships your perspective college offers