Scholarships are financial aid awards that do not need to be repaid. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, or a combination of the two. Many scholarships have additional requirements as well. For example, you may have to be resident of a particular state, be involved in extracurricular activities, have a special talent, or be pursuing a specific major.

More Tips on Scholarships

  • Your Scholarship Search: Create a scholarship portfolio about a year in advance of enrolling in school so you can get a head start on the process.
  • When getting started on your search ask yourself:
    • What am I passionate about?
    • What organizations are my family and I a part of?
    • Where do I work?
    • What’s my family situation?
  • Keep track of deadlines for financial aid and for certain scholarships.
  • Get a great recommendation
  • The more you scholarships you apply for the better. Make sure you manage your time effectively.
  • Other places to look for scholarships
    • High school counseling office
    • Your employer or your parent’s employer
    • Library
    • Community organizations, typically there is less competition for local awards
    • College in Colorado has an easy-to-use search tool with links to other scholarship sources