Scholarships are an excellent way to add to your financial aid. Like grants, they are "gift aid" which does not need to be repaid. Grants are usually based on financial need, and scholarships are based on merit or some other kind of eligibility requirement such as major, class year, gender, ethnicity, or faith. Most scholarships have a separate application process.
Main sources of scholarships are:
Goucher College Scholarships
Goucher College awards a variety of scholarships to our students. Many scholarships are awarded to new incoming students during the admissions process, and are renewable provided the student maintains the requirements for the scholarship. Goucher endowed scholarships may be awarded to returning students based on highly specialized eligibility requirements such as class year, major, GPA, athletic participation, and more. Students will be contacted if they are eligible for an endowed scholarship.
New scholarships and programs become available periodically. Please see the Admissions Office scholarship page for the most up-to-date information on scholarships for new students.
Maryland Scholarships and Grants
The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) offers a variety of state scholarships and grants. To be considered for need-based Maryland aid, students must complete their Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA) by March 1st annually and be a legal resident of Maryland.
MHEC scholarships include merit-based scholarships, need-based, career-based scholarships, legislative scholarships, and scholarships for unique populations. Most of these scholarships will have a separate application process. For the most up-to-date information on Maryland financial aid programs, visit the MHEC web page.
State Scholarships and Grants (non-Maryland)
There are states that provide state funding for residents who attend an out of state school. Students who are not Maryland residents should check with the higher education agency for their state of residence for available programs and eligibility requirements. Find your state agency here using the nasfaa.org search tool.
Private Outside Scholarships
PLEASE NOTE: Many of these sites allow you to apply to multiple scholarships with one common application. Always be attentive to potential scholarship scams! If you are being asked for money, or a credit card, or guaranteed to receive a scholarship, then be wary!
Tips for Locating Private Scholarships
||How to Start
||Additional Information and Tips
|Your High School or PTA
||Ask your teacher, guidance counselor, or school librarian: "Are there any school sponsored scholarships for students who are collegebound after they graduate?"
||Start Early! You also don't need to wait until your senior year. Even if you have to wait to apply, you can learn about the process. Talk to any fellow students who were recipients and ask for tips and suggestions on applying.|
|Your Parent(s) Employer, Professional Association, or Workers Union
||Ask your parent for contact name, or phone number for a human resources office, or perhaps a general office switchboard number. Telephone and let them know you are the child of an employee (or member), and interested in knowing if scholarships are available.
||Many companies (or associations/unions) may offer some kind of scholarship or benefit for employees' dependents. In many cases, your parent may not even be aware of a potential benefit. Your parent will need to be involved in the process, of course, but try to complete the forms and learn how things work on your own so you can more easily do what is needed in future years!|
|Your Place of Worship
||Ask the leadership or office staff about scholarships or assistance with college expenses.
||Even if a scholarship isn't already in place, you may be allowed to do a fundraiser to other members of your spiritual community for a sponsored scholarship. Show your leadership, and why college is important to you. Your place of worship can then send a check for the funds collected on your behalf.|
|Your Service Club or Civic/Religious Organization: Rotary Club, Lions Club, YMCA, YWCA, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, etc.
||If your parent or family is a member, then ask your local branch or the main/national office about scholarships.
||As with places of worship mentioned above, even if a scholarship doesn't exist, then you may be able to do a fundraiser to your local chapter for an organization-sponsored scholarship.|
|Community Foundations and Organizations: City, County, or State groups.
||Start with your city or neighborhood and expand from there to your county and state. Search for organizations that serve your community, and may not require a membership other than being a resident of that community. Then, contact them and ask about scholarships!||Organizations may not be a specific government organization, but a nonprofit entity that serves the community.
Try a google search for:
foundation scholarships [your location]
|Scholarships Based on Demographics
||Try a google search, or create a profile with your personal demographics at a reputable scholarship search engine.
||Many highly specialized scholarships are available for a variety of demographic categories including: gender, major, racial identity, sexuality, religious affiliation, age, class year (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate), and more.|
There are all kinds of scholarships out there waiting for you!