Outside Scholarships

Some scholarships are awarded by a high school, club, or community group. These scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of academic merit or special talent, such as athletic or musical ability. You can find information about outside scholarships by using some of the free scholarship searches available online and researching scholarships available in your local area.

Local organizations usually do not publicize their scholarships online, so the competition for their scholarship dollars is often less vigorous. Below we have listed some helpful strategies to use in your search.

Outside Scholarship Search Strategies

Important Points to Remember

  • Do not waste money on scholarship searches that charge a fee. It's common for these searches to use the same resources that students may use without charge.
  • If a scholarship seems too good to be true, it probably is. Learn to recognize and avoid common scholarship scams.
  • Remember, you should never have to pay money to win a scholarship!

Use Free Scholarship Searches

Cappex »

Cappex allows you to conduct a search to find the scholarships that match your strengths and skills best.


UNIGO's full list of scholarships, awards, and grants will give you fun, unusual, academic, need-based, student-specific, career, and even more types of scholarships. Browse through our full list and find new scholarships to add to your college fund. The Scholarship Match allows you to instantly find scholarships that are perfect for you. There are 3.6 million college scholarships worth over $23 billion in funding.

Tuition Funding Sources (TFS) »

TSF's massive scholarship database provides you with access to $41 billion in funding, and grows at a rate of 5,000 new awards per month.

Fastweb »

Fastweb is a free financial aid and scholarship search engine for parents and students. Access over $1.5 million scholarships worth over $3.4 billion in funding.

Big Future »

Sponsored by the College Board Association, Big Future helps locate scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs from non-college sources that match education level, talents, and background. The scholarship database contains more than 2,200 scholarship opportunities totaling nearly $6 billion.

Research Local Opportunities

  • Check with your high school guidance counselor. Guidance counselors are often familiar with local agencies that have awarded scholarships to students in the past and can give you contact information for local scholarship providers.
  • Contact local service clubs, such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Women's Leagues, Elks, etc., to see if they offer scholarships for college.
  • If you have a special talent, check with organizations related to that talent. For example, students who excel in public speaking may want to check with local Toastmaster clubs to see if scholarships are offered.
  • If you plan to major in a certain field of study, check with professional organizations related to that field of study. Many professional organizations offer scholarships to assist students with earning degrees.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

This outside scholarship list includes opportunities for all types of students (i.e. high school, undergraduate, graduate, international); you will need to review the scholarship criteria to determine your eligibility. These scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of academic merit or some special talent, such as athletic or musical ability.

If a scholarship deadline has passed, please check back because there is a good possibility the scholarship will be available again the following year.

Outside Scholarships
Scholarship Name Application Deadline Amount Major/Interest Requirement GPA Posting Date
Garden Club of America Varies Varies Varies Varies 11/20/22

Spokeo Artificial Intelligence Scholarship

06/28/23 $5,000 Varies Varies 03/31/23

CIO Tomorrow Student Scholarship

07/21/23 Varies Information systems, computer science, technology Varies 04/28/23