Why you might be eligible for a scholarship
Several factors outside of academics could make you eligible for a scholarship. Some might also have GPA or test score requirements, but many scholarships are geared toward people who haven’t qualified for what some would consider traditional college scholarships.
Some scholarships even get oddly specific. For example, a glance at CareerOneStop.org, a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored scholarship search tool, reveals scholarships for:
- Students of Mexican heritage
- Water ski and wake sports
- Writers who specialize in the outdoors
- Women returning to college after four years
Look for scholarships that fit your unique interests and qualifications. These can include (but aren’t limited to) any of the following factors.
Many scholarships for college offer opportunities for people from underprivileged backgrounds and underrepresented communities, such as:
- Military families
- Black, Indigenous and people of color
- Immigrant families
People from those same communities often run and fund such award programs.
Major or field of study
If you’re sure about your future profession and have an established major, you could be eligible for scholarships supporting students in your field of study. These opportunities may require you to stay in that major for a certain amount of time or graduate in that major.
You may also have to work in your chosen field for a few years. Usually, these scholarships require you to maintain a minimum GPA to keep the funding. If not, you could lose it.