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Scholarships are gifts. They don't need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

What kinds of scholarships are available?

Some scholarships for college are merit-based.  You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need.
Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or graduate students. And some are available because of where you or your parent work, or because you come from a certain background (for instance, there are scholarships for military famlies).
A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for, because it’ll help reduce the cost of your education.
BestColleges "The Student's Guide to College Scholarships and Grants"
This Guide Provides an overview of college scholarships and grants, including eligibility requirements and strategies for finding your best opportunities. Learn more about:
  • Grant vs. Scholarship: How Do They Differ?
  • The 3 Types of Grants for College Students
  • The 6 Types of Scholarships for College Students
  • How to Find and Apply for Scholarships and Grants
  • How to Raise Your Chances of Getting a Scholarship
  • FAQs About Scholarships and Grants

Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation
The Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the college and career plans of students in the Elk Grove Unified School District area.  Scholarships are provided every year from the endowments and donations of community members, families, individuals, businesses, and community organizations. Apply at
Opens November 27, 2023
DEADLINE is January 26, 2024

(Seniors Only)

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Cirkled in "No Sweat" Scholarship - $2,500
The Cirkled In "No Sweat" Scholarship is a $2500 CASH scholarship you can use for any educational purpose, from books to summer camp. In just two steps, you're in! Apply by signing up for a Cirkled In account and then complete your portfolio.
Next Deadline: March 31, 2024
To apply for the Cirkled In No Sweat Scholarship, create an account and tell us your complete story through your profile. No GPA or minimum income requirement. Just be YOU!
The application process is so quick and simple you won't even break a sweat!

Scholarship Websites:

  •– An electronic database of scholarship opportunities for all students.
  • FastWeb – The premier online resource for paying and preparing for college.
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund– Scholarships geared for students of Hispanic descent.
  •– A scholarship search service helping students since 1995.
  • Sixt Scholar Program– Founded in 2014, the Sixt Scholar Program offers five high school seniors the opportunity to receive a $5,000 scholarship and become a Sixt scholar.
  • Scholarships for Black and African American students.