College and Scholarships
Where to begin your scholarship search?
The majority of scholarships that our students earn are awarded directly from the colleges and universities. These awards are usually based on grades, athletics, class rank, or even how soon you applied. In addition, there are thousands of private scholarships. Eligibility criteria for these scholarships vary from grade level, banking institutions, medical condition, military affiliation, and much more.
The following includes search tips and resources, including a list of scholarships that have come to Desert Edge.
- Be wary of scholarship search companies (and software) that charge a fee. There are many free, credible college scholarship search companies, and they will usually inform you what they can or cannot deliver before asking you to enter into an agreement.
- Contact your high school College & Career Center to learn about local and regional private scholarship sources. These are often handled through high schools, local organizations and foundations, and generally will not appear in any national database.
- Contact your parents' employers, since many companies establish scholarships to aid the children of employees.
- Contact the financial aid office at the college where you are applying to find out if they have special scholarships based on academic merit, special talents or athletic skills that are not awarded on a needs basis.