Private scholarships provide additional funding that may supplement your financial aid award package. Scholarship opportunities are available through a variety of entities not affiliated with DU. If you haven't yet applied for any private scholarships, it's not too late to get started!
How DU can help:
Throughout the year, many organizations provide our office with information regarding their private scholarship and grant opportunities. We maintain a directory of these opportunities, which includes contact information for each organization and, if possible, a website you can visit for more information about that scholarship. Begin your search now on our scholarship search page!
Additional search engines:
There are many other online scholarship databases for you to utilize, including:
This site--which holds 1.3 million scholarships--matches students to scholarships based on their qualifications.
This is a scholarship search service and financial aid information resource that uses personal profiles to identify the most relevant scholarships for you.
This site connects to your Facebook account and uses your demographic information to find scholarships you may be eligible to receive.
This is an online, reusable application that can be uploaded to apply for a variety of scholarships through providers' websites.
This site does not require a login or registration to view and begin applying for scholarships.
Tips to help in your search:
- Searching for private scholarships can be time intensive. Make it easier by having a system to find and apply for these opportunities!
- Actively investigate as many scholarship opportunities as possible.
- Be sure to read all application materials thoroughly so you don't miss an important step in their process.
- Don't be discouraged by scholarships for small dollar amounts--every little bit helps!
- Organizations of all types and sizes sponsor scholarships. Explore local entities you might not have considered, such as religious, community service, fraternal, military, union and professional organizations.
- Beware of scholarship scams. You should never pay money up front to receive a scholarship!
If you receive a private scholarship, be sure to notify our office so we can add it to your financial aid package.
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