This listing will provide search engines and scholarship or grant opportunities to research There are many good search engines you can use. Remember to check the weekly WHAT email newsletter for other scholarship opportunities and deadlines.
The US Department of Education has a wealth of information about paying for college. This is about the most unbiased information you will get anywhere, and it explains the difference between scholarships, grants, and loans. This is the first place you should go to make sure you are an informed customer. Visit them at studentaid.ed.gov.
Created in 1963 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Pennsylvania Higher Ed Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has evolved into one of the nation’s leading student aid organizations. Today, PHEAA is a national provider of student financial aid services, serving millions of students and thousands of schools through its loan guaranty, loan servicing, financial aid processing, outreach, and other student aid programs. PHEAA’s earnings are used to support its public service mission and to pay its operating costs, including administration of the Pennsylvania State Grant and other state-funded student aid programs. PHEAA continues to devote its energy, resources, and imagination to developing innovative ways to ease the financial burden of higher education for students, families, schools, and taxpayers. PHEAA conducts its student loan servicing activities nationally as American Education Services (AES) and FedLoan Servicing.
Scholarship Search Engines
Most of these search engines are run by for-profit entities and there are different ways they make their money. In most cases, it’s by very annoying advertising that you must physically dismiss in order to get the information you seek. Watch out for companies that use the information you give them to search for scholarships to try to sell you other stuff; oftentimes there will be a an ad that you have to click through to get to the next step, and the default will actually send you to the ad instead of the next stop. Fill out the forms carefully, paying attention to the ads, and consider creating a temporary “scholarship” email address at one of the free email services (yahoo, hotmail, etc) so your regular email doesn’t get spammed too much. Just remember to check that email address occasionally in case someone sends you actual scholarship information!
You will also want to read the scholarships carefully to make sure they really are legitimate scholarships and not just excuses to collect your information to sell you something later. If you’ve never heard of the sponsor, check them out in a search engine to make sure it’s legitimate. In NO case should you have to pay an application fee–if you’re asked to pay even a small fee, there’s a good chance it’s just a scam.
With those caveats, these can still be easy and valuable ways to start your search for money to help pay for college.
- Career OneStop (this one is run by the US Department of Labor, so there is no advertising and less chance of scams)
- College Answer
Here's another resource that has a list of more databases to search. Annotated, so pay attention to the annotations!
New! Tyler Scholarship Application for spring 2014 and academic year 2014-15!
Tyler is happy to announce the new annual scholarship review, open to Tyler full-time undergraduate students. The applications are due to the Assistant Dean's Office (210G in the Tyler Administrative suite) no later than Friday, November 22. A committee comprised of faculty and administrators will review all applications for awards. Many thanks to the generous donors who made these awards possible.
FrugalDad - has some good articles about finding scholarships, creating and staying on budget, and saving money. Take cheap college sources with a grain of salt, as they seem to make money with online university advertising.
Grants for Current Undergraduate Students
Tyler students interested in research opportunities should apply for one of the grants offered by Tyler or by Temple University.
The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Students makes available a number of research grant opportunities. For more information, click here
Grants for Current Graduate Students
Project Completion Grants: Please contact Suzanne Earnest, Administrative Coordinator for information (email@example.com)
Merit Scholarship Summer Educational Research Stipends
Temple University has a new program, begun for first time for first- year students admitted in fall 2013, to provide Summer Educational Enhancement Stipends.
Students admitted into Honors, including President's Scholars and Provost's Scholars, will have received notification of these stipends from the University as part of their admission package. These stipends have been created to help advance students' educational goals outside the classroom and studio through funded experiential learning opportunities. Stipends are $4000, intended to offset the costs of pursuing approved study abroad/study away programs, faculty-mentored research, or unpaid internships.
The complete set of guidelines and required forms can be located here.
Tyler Honors students who have been recipients of these awards should contact Assistant Dean Carmina Cianciulli at 215-777-9099 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions regarding the program. The Tyler Internships page and the WHAT (Week Here At Tyler) are good resources for locating internships.