When looking for scholarships, here are some tips:

 

  • Visit your career center at your high school or a teen center at your local library. Many scholarship programs tend to connect with these organizations when promoting their opportunities.
  • Do you or your parent(s)/guardian(s) work for a company that has a scholarship program? Several for-profit companies have either scholarship awards or tuition reimbursement programs available for their employees.
  • Many local banks or credit unions have scholarship awards available for graduating high school seniors; for example, Wings Financial: https://www.wingsfinancial.com/scholarship and Affinity Plus: https://www.affinityplusfoundation.org/Scholarship/Annual-Scholarship both have scholarships available.
  • Are you excited about a specific career? If so, connect with a local professional association within your field of interest. Many professional associations have scholarship awards and other opportunities (i.e. mentoring, internships, etc.) available and, in some cases, do not require you to be a member of their organization. For example, The Project Management Institute Educational Foundation and the Minnesota Chapter of the Project Management Institute have several scholarships available for students interested in pursuing project management or related fields: https://pmief.org/scholarships/academic-scholarships/application-for-academic-scholarships or https://www.pmi-mn.org/content/project-management-scholarships

 

Here are some scholarships that are either available at the moment or opening soon: 

 

Alpha Kappa Psi (www.akpsischolarships.org)

The Alpha Kappa Psi Scholarship Fund awards tuition and housing scholarships to incoming freshman admitted the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Students are selected to receive scholarships based upon a strong academic record, demonstrated leadership experience and extracurricular involvement. Most scholarships take financial need into account. Scholarship applicants and recipients are not required to join the Alpha Kappa Psi co-ed professional business fraternity. Scholarship Awards range between $5,000 and $20,000. Deadline: February 1, 2018 

Dell Scholars Program (https://www.dellscholars.org/)

The Dell Scholars program, an initiative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their educations. The program provides financial support of $20,000+, a laptop and textbook credits, and ongoing support and assistance to address all of the emotional, lifestyle, and financial challenges that may prevent scholars from completing college. Deadline: January 15, 2018

MHTA Foundation STEM Scholarships (https://www.mhta.org/educate/stem-scholarships/)

STEM scholarships are for Minnesota undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Scholarship awards range between $2,500 and $5,000 and can include internship opportunities at MHTA member companies. Application Period Opens in February 2018

Page Education Foundation (https://www.page-ed.org/scholar-applicants/

The Page Education Foundation was founded to support the academic and professional success of youth of color throughout Minnesota. Annual awards range from $1,000 to $2,500 per student. Deadline: May 1, 2018

 

Also, here are several scholarship sites that have multiple opportunities for you to check out: 

 

Bigfuture by The College Board (https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/grants-scholarships)

Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.

MN DREAM Act Student Resources (http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=1586)

In May 2013, the MN Dream Act (also known as the Prosperity Act) was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Dayton. Undocumented students meeting the criteria in the MN Dream Act are now eligible for in-state tuition rates, privately funded financial aid administered by Minnesota public colleges and universities and can apply for state financial aid. Minnesota students granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may also be eligible for these benefits.

FastWeb (https://www.fastweb.com/)

Fastweb members are matched to relevant scholarship opportunities completely free of charge. With roughly 1.5 million scholarships worth more than $3.4 billion, there are scholarships for every student’s educational goals, activities and interests. Additionally, Fastweb members can receive insider financial aid tips, advice on high school and college life, as well as job and internship matches in their area.

FinAid (http://www.finaid.org/) 

FinAid is an award-winning site that provides free scholarship matching services.

Minnesota Office of Higher Education (https://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=1296)

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education has an abundance of information about how to pay for college including state government-sponsored scholarships for specific student groups.

Scholarships360.org (https://scholarships360.org/)

Scholarships360 carefully selects quality scholarship opportunities by profiling a select number of reputable scholarships.

Scholarships.com (https://www.scholarships.com/)

Founded in 1998, Scholarships.com has helped students find money for college as well as learn about the entire financial aid process. They are among the most widely-used and trusted free college scholarship search and financial aid information resources on the Internet and have been recognized by high schools, colleges and universities nationwide, among others.