State Scholarships

State Scholarships

There is less competition for state scholarships and the awards can be just as high as federal programs. While financial need is a foregone conclusion, many state programs also weigh heavily on merit. Living in the state for a given amount of years is also a consideration.

Government Scholarships

The state’s board of higher education (or equivalent) is often charged with creating and awarding state scholarships. They are must often funded from lottery ticket sales. One example of a state program is the MASSGrant, which awards $2,300 annually. Another is the Texas Grant, with an annual remittance up to $6,780.

You can find government scholarships by calling your chosen college/university financial aid department. You can also check the state’s higher education board website directly.

Private Scholarships

Private scholarships occasionally require recipients to study in a particular state. These state-specific funds usually carry other strict qualifications, such as a course of study or minority group. This makes private funding lucrative for the student willing to search for it.

You can find private scholarships by calling your local college/university. Alternatively, you can call local non-profits, charities and associations directly.

College/University Scholarships

Certain schools offer funding of their own, usually sourced from Alma Mata endowments and/or current student tuitions. The goal of the scholarships is to attract more students. The best way to find school specific scholarships is to contact its financial aid department.