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Where to apply for scholarships (a list)

 Written by    November 2, 2015

Are you applying for scholarships? You should be. Although you may be reluctant to fill out any more applications after coming to college and even more reluctant to write essays, scholarship apps are objectively one of the best investments you could make with your time. The more effort you put into the applications, the more likely you are to receive up to thousands of dollars in just a few hours or less.

Don’t know where to begin? Here is a quick and simple list of all the scholarships you can apply to TODAY along with their pros and cons.

Specific departments and colleges

You are most likely to receive the most money from your department or college of study. These scholarships are also convenient because you already satisfy the prerequisites for the type of students they’re looking for. The scholarships are usually good for one academic year so even if you don’t receive one, you can apply again next year. In my experience, an added benefit is that these scholarships tend to weigh merit more heavily than the university.

Where to apply: the website of the college for your major (Fisher College of Business, the College of Engineering, etc.)

Ohio State merit scholarships

These scholarships are only available for incoming first-year students, but are definitely significant in quantity and value. If you have been admitted to Ohio State and applied by November 1, you will automatically be considered for most of these awards if you meet the minimum eligibility criteria. Some scholarships, such as those distributed to honors students, require additional applications. Be mindful of the deadlines, which are usually before year-end.

Where to apply: http://undergrad.osu.edu/money-matters/scholarships.html

Ohio State special scholarships

What is nice about the special scholarship application is that you only have to submit one application to be considered for multiple scholarships. The scholarship administrators will determine your eligibility, so you don’t have to apply for each one separately. These scholarships take into account financial need, so if you usually receive merit scholarships you may not receive as much money as you expect. Nevertheless, it is worth applying to every year.

Where to apply: https://sfa.osu.edu/current-student/apply-for-aid

OSU extracurricular scholarships

Some organizations on campus bestow their own scholarships to students. These include Greek organizations, academic clubs, and honor societies. If you are a member of any student organizations, be sure to check if they have funding opportunities available. An added benefit is that organization scholarships will have less applicants, so the probability of receiving one is higher than scholarships open to the general OSU community.

Where to apply: the website or social media for your organization

OSU special interest scholarships

There are various departments at OSU dedicated to serving special interest needs, such as minority groups or student athletes. For example, there are multiple scholarships available from the LGBT coalition on campus as well as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. There are also scholarships given specifically to women. Be on the lookout for opportunities tailored towards certain biographical or demographic characteristics, especially if you fall into any of the categories.

Where to apply: https://odi.osu.edu/ and http://multiculturalcenter.osu.edu/resources/lgbtq-allies/ and http://multiculturalcenter.osu.edu/ and others

Involvement and leadership scholarships (miscellaneous)

Some scholarships, such as the Beanie S. Drake Student Leader Endowment Fund, were created to allow students to participate in extracurricular or enrichment activities. Some of them also recognize academic and leadership experience, such as the scholarships from the Student-Alumni Council. These scholarships are listed separately from the OSU special scholarships app and require separate applications.

Where to apply: http://beanie.osu.edu/index.php and https://www.osu.edu/alumni/communities/sac/sac-scholarships.html and others

Research scholarships

OSU is very much a research-driven university, and the amount of funds available to students conducting research demonstrates this fact. If you are currently conducting research or have an idea in mind for a research proposal, be sure to check out all the scholarships available from the Undergraduate Research Office.

Where to apply: http://www.undergraduateresearch.osu.edu/participate/funding/osufunding.htm

External scholarships

I’m sure most people have typed “scholarships” into Google sometime in their college career. When you do so, you’ll find thousands of websites that have compiled scholarships listings. These websites don’t actually contain any applications; they simply redirect you to the right place to apply. Although the eligibility requirements are usually looser, the amount of people applying will also be higher because they’re not limited to a specific college. In addition, a lot of the “scholarships” are actually contests. They will ask you to register on a site or post to social media (or some other action) in exchange for being entered into a drawing. Although I don’t want to discredit these sites completely, keep in mind that the chances of receiving a scholarship through these external sites will be lower than through the university. Merit and financial need won’t factor as much (if at all).

If you find yourself crunched for time, considering applying for scholarships over winter break. For the most part, the applications do not take a significant amount of time, and the payoff can definitely be worth it if you put in the effort. So get on it.


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