15 College Scholarship Resources for High School Students


When it comes to college, applying, interviewing, and choosing a school can be daunting. Unfortunately, your responsibilities don’t end there—scholarships are another important part of the process for many students. You might find yourself wondering how scholarships work, how to apply, or even which ones you might qualify for. The good news is that there are plenty of resources available for students of all different backgrounds. Continue reading for learn more about college scholarship resources!


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  1. Scholarship Resources and Tips

    A good place to start growing your understanding of scholarships and how to apply for them is this post, which offers lots of helpful advice. There is also a partial list of scholarships that you can look into applying for. Check out this CollegeVine guide: Helpful Scholarship Resources and Tips.

  2. FAFSA, CSS Profile, IDOC, Oh My: A Guide to Financial Aid

    While you may be thinking about scholarships, it is important to understand the nuances of the financial aid process as well. Knowing what your expected family contribution will be for your tuition will help you come to better understand how many scholarships you should be applying to. Take a look at this guide: FAFSA, CSS Profile, IDOC, Oh My: A Guide to Financial Aid.

  3. What You Need to Know for a Successful Scholarship Season

    This post will help you understand the basics of scholarship season. You may have questions on what a need-based scholarship or merit-based scholarship is, or which ones you qualify for. Check out this post for more information: What You Need to Know for a Successful Scholarship Season.

  4. U.S. College Scholarships for International Students

    If you are an international student looking to go to college in the United States, you may or may not be aware that there are specific scholarships that you can apply for! This blog post lists 10 scholarships that international students can apply for. Check it out: U.S. College Scholarships for International Students.

  5. 10 Weird College Scholarships You Should Consider

    Many students aren’t aware of all the scholarship opportunities that are out there. Believe it or not, there are some pretty strange ones you can apply for. From scholarships just for vegetarians to scholarships for students who have dealt with acne, this post lists just a few of the strange college scholarships that might be right for you. Take a look: 10 Weird College Scholarships You Should Consider.

  6. Guide to the Samsung American Legion Scholarship: A Chance to win $20,000

    The Samsung American Legion Scholarship is available to students who attended Boys or Girls State and are direct descendants of wartime veterans. Students who receive this scholarship can win up to $20,000 and will even get the chance to go on an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. To see if you qualify for this unique scholarship opportunity, check out this post: Guide to the Samsung American Legion Scholarship: A Chance to win $20,000.

  7. What Is National Merit?

    You may find yourself wondering what National Merit is and how it ties into your PSAT Scores. Receiving a National Merit award can also look good on your college applications. To learn more, check out this post:  What Is National Merit.

  8. How to Qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program

    After you’ve learned more about what National Merit is, you might be wondering how you can receive a scholarship. The National Merit Scholarship Program looks to reward students who have demonstrated significant academic achievement. Much of this scholarship has to do with a student’s scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, also known as the PSAT. For more information on this program, check out this post: How to Qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

  9. A Guide to ROTC Scholarships

    Students who participate in the Reserve Officer Training Corps commit to a certain amount of service as an officer in the Army, Navy, or Air Force. In return, students can often get assistance paying for college. To find out if this program is right for you, check out this post: A Guide to ROTC Scholarships.

  10. A Guide to STEM Scholarships

    For students who are considering a degree in Sciences, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics, there are many specific scholarships available. This post will give you more information on how to look for scholarships in your specific STEM field. Check it out: A Guide to STEM Scholarships.

  11. Scholarships for African American Students

    There are many scholarships available for African American students looking to pursue a college degree. While some are need-based, the majority of these scholarships are merit-based. For a list of these scholarships, check out this blog post: Scholarships for African American Students.

  12. Scholarships for Asian-American Students

    There are also scholarships out there just for Asian-American students. You can find a list of some of the scholarships available as well as more information here: Scholarships for Asian-American Students.

  13. How to Evaluate, Compare, and Leverage Financial Aid

    When it comes to scholarships, it is important also to understand your financial aid package and what it means for your ability to attend and pay for school. Knowing exactly what your family is going to need to pay for your college will help you determine how many scholarships you should be applying for. Check out this post: How to Evaluate, Compare, and Leverage Financial Aid.

  14. Guide to the American Legion Oratorical Contest

    The American Legion Oratorical Contest allows students to learn about the U.S. Constitution and improve upon their public speaking skills. In fact, this opportunity even presents students with the possibility of winning up to $18,000 in scholarship money. Check out this post for more details:  Guide to the American Legion Oratorical Contest.

  15. You Were Accepted to Your Dream College, but Can’t Afford It…Now What?

    There’s nothing worse than getting into your top-choice school but realizing that attending just might not be financially feasible. Sometimes, even with scholarships, there simply aren’t enough resources to make your dream of attending a certain school a reality. That being said, there are definitely steps you can take to put yourself on the path towards a bright future. For more information on this, check out this post: You Were Accepted to Your Dream College, but Can’t Afford It…Now What?


While applying for scholarships (and even determining which scholarships to apply to) might seem overwhelming at first, there are plenty of options out there for students of from all different backgrounds and with all sorts of different interests. Whether you are considering applying for a ROTC scholarship, a scholarship for international students, or even a scholarship for students who have dealt with acne, remember to keep an open mind! You should know, furthermore, that these resources are set up to help students like you pursue their goals of attending college in a way that is financially realistic.


Lastly, if you are looking for guidance in terms of scholarships, college applications, or even which high school extracurriculars you should be involved in, consider checking out our Student Mentorship Program! The CollegeVine Student Mentorship Program pairs students with a mentor from a top U.S. college. This mentor will offer you advice and guidance of the course of a year and allow you to further explore your interests, prepare to apply to colleges, and even strengthen your personal skills and build upon positive character traits such as leadership. If you are looking for a mentor who has been through it all in terms of the college process, look no further than the CollegeVine Mentorship program. 

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Devin Barricklow
Senior Blogger at CollegeVine
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Devin Barricklow is a Political Science and Creative Writing double major at Columbia University. She’s really excited to be able to share her expertise about the college process with students who need advice. When she isn’t writing for CollegeVine, she enjoys reading the poems of Mary Oliver, going to concerts in the city, or cooking (preferably something with lots of bok choy and ginger).