Most financial aid professionals and guidance counselors recommend students use FastWeb when searching for outside scholarships online. This website is free for students and does a nationwide search for scholarships. Libraries, a parent’s employer, and community organizations are other good places to inquire. We also recommend sending inquiry letters to companies asking for information on available scholarships.
All legitimate scholarship searches should be free and should not ask for any credit card or bank information. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of a scholarship offer or search, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Financial Aid or the Better Business Bureau.
The following is a list of reputable scholarship search engines our students have found helpful:
The following is a list of scholarships that we hope our students pursue. Keep in mind that February-May is when most outside scholarship applications are due. Scholarships are then usually awarded in May-June. All of the following scholarships have different criteria, applications, and application dates. Please click on the links below to find out more information about the scholarships and how to apply.
*The links denoted with an asterisk are scholarships sponsored by lenders. These lenders are not affiliated with John Carroll University. As with all outside scholarship searches, it is important for students to review them carefully and adhere to deadlines.
If a student receives an outside scholarship, it must be reported to the Office of Financial Aid as a resource. Depending on the student’s financial aid situation, additional scholarships could cause a reduction in other types of assistance.
JCU Policy on Outside Funding
Outside scholarships and the research you do to gain additional support for your college education should be rewarded. Overall, you should not be penalized for the research that you do. While you are required to report any outside scholarships to the school’s financial aid office, we hope that the policies of JCU and how we treat outside funding will benefit you to the extent possible.
Every college and university has an outside scholarship policy that specifies what happens to your need-based financial aid package when you win a merit scholarship. An outside scholarship is any scholarship not awarded by the government or the school, such as a scholarship provided by a private sector company, philanthropist or foundation. Outside scholarships are considered resources, meaning that they have the potential to reduce your financial aid package dollar for dollar. Often we may not have a choice in the matter. Federal rules concerning “overaward situations” require the school to reduce the financial aid package when the sum of financial aid from all sources exceeds our total cost of education by more than $300.
Our policy is to apply the outside scholarship to unmet need, and then reduce self-help (loans and work-study) before touching institutional grants. This lets you replace your loans, which must be repaid, with the outside scholarship.