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How to Find Scholarships for High School Seniors

Today’s Question: “How do I find scholarships for high school seniors?”

If you’re a high school senior who plans to attend college in the fall, we know how busy you are. You’re applying to colleges, taking standardized tests, visiting college campuses, and filling out the FAFSA. You’re also trying to keep up with the rest of your life – grades, sports, clubs, and spending time with your family and friends. But there’s one more thing that should be on your senior to-do list: searching and applying for scholarships! In this video, Ashley, our scholarship expert, is going to talk about scholarships for high school seniors. She has a few tips for how you can effectively fit the scholarship search process into your already-busy schedule.

First, we should address a common myth for everyone watching this video; you do not have to wait until your senior year of high school year to start applying for scholarships. In fact, we encourage all college-bound students ages 13 and up to apply for scholarships. But if you are a high school senior, this is an especially important year to either start or continue that search, as many organizations like to award scholarships to incoming college freshmen. This is good news for you for two reasons.

  1. First, unlike loans, scholarships are FREE money for college that you don’t have to pay back after graduation.
  2. Second, when you start adding up tuition, room and board, books, and other expenses, college can be quite expensive and scholarships can help lessen the burden of those higher education costs. This is why scholarships for high school seniors are so important!

Now, you may be thinking, “I am too busy to find and apply for scholarships” or “It’s impossible to win scholarships for high school seniors because the competition is too high,” but we have a solution to help you save time and find awards that are just right for you. Head over to and complete your online profile. You will then receive a list of awards that you can start applying for today. This takes the “search” part out of the equation, as we have already done that for you! And we match you with scholarships that you are actually eligible for, which may increase your odds of winning. We have national, state, local, and even college-specific awards for you to explore, all which match your unique interests and abilities. Between now and graduation, make sure you devote some time each month to applying for the awards on your scholarship list. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t apply, so apply today — and good luck!

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Tamara is the Social Media Coordinator and a regular writer for, and She enjoys helping students prepare for college. As a mother of four, Tamara has first-hand experience with many areas of education, including special needs (autism), the International Baccalaureate program and post-secondary education. She enjoys speaking at schools and mentoring others online. In her free time, Tamara enjoys volunteering and supporting her favorite football team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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