External Scholarships are awarded by employers, individuals, companies, high schools, religious groups, and professional associations independently of Florida Memorial University. Criteria varies from scholarship to scholarship, but generally include academic performance, financial need, religious affiliation, minority status, heritage, community affiliations, or other unique criteria important to the sponsoring individual or organization. Students are encouraged to pursue as many External Scholarships as possible.
For more information regarding External Scholarship opportunities, please contact the Scholarship Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are hundreds of independent scholarship search engines on the internet, some of them more reliable and legitimate than others. Students should not have to pay for a scholarship search or to apply for a scholarship, though they may have to “register” with an email address.
Below are a few reputable search engines and a brief description of their specialty. Florida Memorial University does not endorse or certify the legitimacy of any search engine listed on this page.
Black Excel (http://www.blackexcel.org/)
A great resource for underrepresented students (students of color, women, first generation college students) and a list of over 200 scholarships with a variety of opportunities. This site does not require registration.
College Answer (https://www.salliemae.com/plan-for-college/)
College Answer is a great resource for understanding how to fund college. It offers resources for students and parents, complete with a great scholarship database. This site requires registration.
College Board (https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search)
College Board (the same company that administers the PSAT, SAT, and AP tests) has a great database that allows students to input details for a tailored search based on gender, location, interests, and affiliations. This site does not require registration.
College Scholarships (http://www.collegescholarships.org/search)
CollegeScholarships.org allows students to browse scholarships based on minority status, degree level, academic interest, geography, student type, or athletic ability. CollegeScholarship.org also has several scholarships they sponsor. This site does not require registration.
Education Planner (http://www.educationplanner.org/students/paying-for-school/index.shtml)
Education Planner helps students from thinking about college, to choosing a college, to finding ways to pay for college. This complete resource has listings for both undergraduate and graduate students and uses a variety of filters to find scholarships that fit each student individually. This site does not require registration.
Edvisors provides insight regarding FAFSA completion, student employment, student loans, as well as applying for scholarships, fellowships, and grants. This site does not require registration.
One of the largest and widely known scholarship search engines in the United States, FastWeb offers advice on how to apply for scholarships, complete the FASFA, and search for scholarships for all types of students. This site requires registration.
NerdScholar allows students to review available scholarships based on degree level, geography, ethnicity, gender, in addition to an optional keyword search. This resource has listings for both undergraduate and graduate students, and scholarships may be sorted by award amount or application deadline. This site does not require registration.
The Princeton Review (http://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice)
The Princeton Review offers resources for taking tests, getting admitted, and finding scholarships and financial aid to help pay for college. This website has a great database that is easy to navigate. This site requires registration.
Scholarships.com provides several scholarships in an easy to use format where opportunities are ranked based on a personal profile. This site requires registration.
Scholarship Experts (https://www.scholarshipexperts.com/)
ScholarshipExperts.com has been helping students finance their education since 2001. Their extensive database is updated regularly and has information for undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarship Experts also has timelines and general information about applying for college. This site requires registration.
Scholarships and Grants http://www.scholarshipsandgrants.us/
Scholarshipsandgrants.us is a great resource for students looking for additional scholarship money. This resource has an easy to use layout that divides scholarships into majors and interests. This site does not require registration.
United Negro College Fund http://www.uncf.org/sections/ForStudents/SS_Scholarships/scholarshipsearch.asp
The majority of the scholarships require the completion of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) General Scholarship application that is open from August – May for awards made during that time period. If the scholarship requires a separate application, you will be given the deadline date for the application, as well as a link to the online application. This site requires registration.