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.
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 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.
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.