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My GPA went up spring semester, but I still lost my university scholarship. What can I do now?

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Nija’s Answer

Hi Jasmine,

You are asking an important question regarding your scholarship. I am sorry that you had lost your university scholarship and it must have be difficult to experience this situation. This scholarship must mean so much to you. It is great to hear that you have improve your grades. You may want to speak with the scholarship program at the university and find out if you are able to receive the scholarship back again or re-apply for the scholarship since you are maintaining good grades. Also, you can explore other ways of applying for additional scholarships to help address the financial aspect of attending school. Have you had the opportunity to discuss this situation with your family? If not, please keep open communication with your family because you need support. Continue to maintain your grades and focus on the bigger prize, which is to finish college. I strongly believe that you will do well and things will be okay.

12 of the best websites for finding a college scholarship

1. Fastweb.com

Fastweb hosts more than 1.5 million scholarships that provide more than $3.4 billion in funding. Once you create a profile, the site’s search feature will help you find the most accurate matches that fit your needs. Your personal profile is how the site helps you find pretty much exactly what you’re looking for.

You can then also see all the scholarships you applied for, or may want to apply to in the future. They also have “contests” that you can enter monthly or weekly to win money.

2. CollegeBoard.org

While the College Board is known for its college-readiness tests, it also has an arm that focuses on scholarships. Big Future hosts scholarships, as well as other financial aid and internship information from more than 2,200 programs — totaling nearly $6 billion. In order to get the most accurate search results, it’s critical to fill out as many details as you can in the profile that’s used for searching.

3. Niche.com

Formerly known as College Prowler, Niche is a great tool that can help you find colleges AND money. It’s organized into categories that make it pretty easy to find what you’re looking for — allowing users to search by interest, career, major and other areas. 

Niche also has some contests to enter.

4. Scholarships.com

Scholarships.com hosts one of the largest scholarship databases out there and it’s updated on a daily basis. According to the site, “With more than 2.7 million scholarship and grant opportunities worth more than $19 billion, just about everyone is bound to find something.”

It’s easy to browse by category, but the best way to take advantage of what the site has to offer is to make a personal profile, which will allow you to find the most exhaustive lists of opportunities available to you.

5. Moolahspot.com

Moolahspot isn’t as robust as some of the other scholarship databases, but in the search for a college scholarship, it’s another option to help you find extra money. 

6. SallieMae

SallieMae is a well known education and student loan provider. The site’s College Planning pagehas a scholarship portal where you can search based on your field of study, hobbies and other parameters. Create a personal profile in order to get the most accurate matches that fit your needs.

7. Scholarship Monkey

Scholarship Monkey allows you to search for scholarships a few different ways. You can search by keyword, browse scholarship lists (various categories/topics) and also see lists of the latest and featured scholarships. The site also allows you to create a personal profile for more accurate results.

8. Cappex

Cappex hosts a database of more than $11 billion in scholarship opportunities. Once you create a personal profile, you can search for opportunities that directly match your strengths and skills. Plus, Cappex has a tool that will calculate your odds of getting into a certain college before you even apply.

9. Chegg

Chegg is widely known for its online textbook store that allows students to either rent or buy textbooks for cheap. But Chegg is also a great resource for finding scholarships — more than $1 billion worth of them.

To search for available scholarships, click on the menu stack at the top right of the homepage and select the “scholarships” in the drop-down menu. Once you create a personal profile, you can search for available opportunities that match your criteria. Chegg also has a “top scholarship picks this week” category that highlights some options you may have missed.

10. Unigo

Unigo hosts millions of available scholarships and makes it easy to search by type, including athletic scholarships, college-specific scholarships, company-based scholarships, minority scholarships, major-specific scholarships, state-specific scholarships and more. You can search by category or create a personal profile to get more specific results that match your needs. Unigo also offers scholarship contests and sweepstakes.

11. Peterson’s

Peterson’s hosts $10 billion in scholarship opportunities and provides information to help you in your search. Once you fill out a short survey, you can filter your search results so they’re tailored to your specific needs.

The site also allows users to search by a variety of different topics, college types and personal details — in order to give you the best results.

12. U.S. Labor Department’s Free Search Tool

According to the official Student Aid website, this free tool is a great resource for students to search more than 7,500 scholarships, grants and other various types of financial aid award opportunities.

The CareerOneStop tool allows you to:

  • Look through the site’s entire inventory of scholarships, arranged in order of closest deadline.
  • Narrow your list with a “search by keyword” option: Just enter a keyword about the type of award you’re looking for.
  • Use the filters to see opportunities for only certain types of awards, locations, level of study, and more.

More tips for finding a college scholarship

The Department of Education recommends using the following free resources to find more information about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities:

  • The financial aid office at a college or career school
  • A high school or TRIO counselor
  • Federal agencies
  • Your state grant agency
  • Your library’s reference section
  • Foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups
  • Organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
  • Ethnicity-based organizations
  • Your employer or your parents’ employers

The list of scholarships came from the following website listed below:

https://clark.com/education/best-websites-resources-to-find-college/



Nija recommends the following next steps:

Arrange to speak with the faculty or the staff that works in the scholarship program about getting back your scholarship.
Continue to focus and maintain your grades
Explore other scholarship program or other ways to pay for college.
Be open with your family because you need support.
Stay in contact with your academic advisor so the the advisor can help you work on your goals.
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Dana’s Answer

Hi there, I am sorry you lost your scholarship. To add to the great answer advice given by Nina, I suggest appealing this decision with your college’s financial aid office to see if they can change that!
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