Scholarship Search Engines
Excellent sources are available on the Internet. If you want to access these systems please click:
- Scholorships & Grants.US
- Arizona Community Foundation
In their efforts to offer excellent web tools, Chela Financial Services has partnered with Peterson to provide ScholarSearch (Peterson is a leading producer of college guides.) It has access to over $4 billion in scholarships and is only accessible on the Chela website by creating a MyChela account. The students create a profile and then the database matches them to scholarships as new ones are listed or as due dates approach. Many of Chela's school partners have given them great feedback on how Chela's tools add value for their students. Please have a look for yourself at: http://www.loans4students.org/Scholarships/Resources.asp
Students and parents are often in desperate need of financial
resources to help pay for college, making them likely targets for scholarship scams. A wave of advertising has swept the nation and even the local area with offers to find scholarships . . . for a fee. Some of these companies are legitimate, but many are rip-offs. A few things to keep in mind are:
- Application fees:If there is a fee, even an innocuously low fee of $2 or $5, it is probably a scam.
- Masquerading as a federal agency: Many companies will adopt names like "National Science Federation", or "National Science Program" to sound more legitimate.
- Guarantees: Any guarantee that you will "win a scholarship" or that they "will refund your money if you don't get a scholarship" is probably a scam.
- Outlandish claims: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Don't be fooled by claims that "There are billions of dollars going unclaimed because no one has applied".
Rather than subjecting yourself to an expensive and possibly futile process, the Financial Aid Office recommends one of the searches listed above.