Sad but true fact: no one is going to hand you money!
If you need money for college, you are going to have to look for it. There's no way around it. But the good news is: there is money out there if you look for it! So spend some time during your breaks on this page and follow the links and find yourself some money. It will take some work, but you will thank yourself in 5 years when you have money spending money because you could take out fewer students loans.
The first secret to finding money? Read the WHAT every week!
If you are looking for scholarship money, the most important thing you can do is to read the weekly Week Here At Tyler (WHAT) email newsletter for other scholarship opportunities and deadlines. Most Temple and ALL Tyler-specific scholarship opportunities with deadlines are included in the newsletter. If you are not reading this weekly, you are missing out!
The second secret to finding money? Visit the Temple Office of Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising
This should be your go-to place to help you identify and apply for both internal and external scholarships! This office offers regular 45 minute workshops called Scholarships and Fellowships 101: Strategies for Finding and Winning Funding. Look for them in the WHAT. Go to one. It is more than worth your time.
Located within the Temple Writing Center, the Office of Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising assists students with all aspects of applying for scholarships and fellowships. At their website, you will find links to information on research, teaching, study abroad, and internship experiences available to you as a Temple student that will make you more competitive when applying for awards, and later, when seeking employment. Application processes and obligations associated with fellowships and scholarships also vary. For some awards, students must apply through an institutional representative. Some require a particular kind of post-award service. They will help you identify awards that are a good fit for you, and prepare a strong application package.
Study Abroad Scholarships
Temple University is committed to helping as many students as possible study abroad, and to help facilitate that, has set aside scholarship money specifically to help students do that. Tyler students have been very well represented amongst students who have received these funds, so do not think that you cannot study abroad because you can't afford it. The Education Abroad office has a list of scholarships, both internal and external, just for students studying abroad, so make sure you check their list and apply for as many of the awards as you qualify for. And remember that your Temple financial aid award will follow you abroad as long as you coordinate your study-abroad experience with the Education Abroad office.
Most scholarship deadlines are also listed in the WHAT.
Scholarships for Tyler and the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design
Tyler is happy to announce the new annual scholarship review, open to Tyler full-time undergraduate students.
Most of these scholarships are merit and need-based but we don't use FAFSA information. We understand that FAFSA doesn't tell the whole story, and that International students don't qualify for federal aid, and therefore can't use the FAFSA. We ask for a financial need narrative. Tell us your story of why you need the aid. We take that narrative into consideration when making the awards, along with the FAFSA information. Typically, winners are those who give back to the community, i.e. volunteer at Tyler or Temple, lead a student organization, work in the community, etc.), but the committee carefully reviews each application.
Application deadlines for the Tyler scholarships are typically in the late fall before Fall Break. Applications for the Division Scholarships are typically early in the Spring semester. Watch your weekly WHAT for more information including links to the scholarship applications.
Temple University 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.
Dean's Grants for Student Research These are grants ranging from $200 to $1000 for special projects, reviewed by a faculty committee. These are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. The applicationare open, and the deadline is Friday, November 18 (before the week-long November break). Notification regarding awards will go out in mid December. Contact Carmina Cianciulli at email@example.com for more information.
The Vice Provost for Undergraduate Students makes available a number of research grant, scholarship, and presentation opportunities. These include CARAS grants, CARAS travel Grants, Diamond Research Scholars Program, TURF-CREWS, Diamond Ambasssadors program, Merit Scholarship Summer Stipends and Peer Teacher program. For more information, click here
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.
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. Carmina is the Dean's Designee and approver for the stipend applications.
Searching on your own: Start Here
This listing will provide search engines and scholarship or grant opportunities to research. There are many good search engines you can use to help you do that.
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)
- USA Scholarships
Here's another resource that has a list of more databases to search. Annotated, so pay attention to the annotations!
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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.
Don't Give Up!
We are finding scholarship opportunities weekly and in the oddest places. For instance, if you are a gamer, look at this website.
That time you spend gaming could translate into thousands of dollars of scholarship money!
And read the WHAT every Monday!!