Some scholarships are awarded by a high school, club, or community group. These scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of academic merit or some special talent, such as athletic or musical ability. You can find information about outside scholarships through the following:
- Periodically check Miami's list of scholarship opportunities (PDF 262KB).
- Follow helpful search strategies that include using some of the free scholarship searches on the Internet and researching scholarships available in your local area. Most small, local organizations usually do not publicize their scholarships on the Internet, so the competition for their scholarship dollars is often less vigorous. Finding local organizations that offer scholarships can take a lot of work, but the effort usually pays off!
External awards, such as Pell Grants, federal grants, state grants, or outside scholarships, are usually the first piece of the aid package. Grants do not need to be repaid. It is crucial that you apply for all outside scholarships for which you may be eligible. See your high school counselor to find out about possible sources of outside scholarship funding.