The Right Guidance for College and Career Success: Maximizing Your Educational Investment

Tips for Applying for Scholarships and Financial Aid

Searching and applying for grants and scholarships is an ongoing process. It is much like being a detective. To seek out the right grants and scholarships, students generally need to:

  • Choose the right scholarships to apply for (some require good academics – merit based; and some require a certain financial standing – need based)
  • Apply for the grant or scholarship
  • Have letters of recommendation
  • Write some type of application and essay
  • Fill out the FAFSA  



The links below can help guide you in securing grants and scholarships.

1. Local

  • Check out your high school counseling website for local scholarship and awards
  • Email your counselor to ask about local scholarships and what you have to do to apply

2. State

3. College Based

  • All private schools have grants and scholarships for students who are accepted.
  • Some California UC and CSU schools have grants and scholarships based on Merit or Need.

4. National

The websites below provide searches for scholarships – choose one of these. The site will email scholarship information to you. And these are good for parents, too!