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One of the first things you should do before applying for scholarships is to verify whether or not you qualify to be a visible minority or have a disability. This is because there are a large number of scholarships that target these individuals.

Of course, not everyone is a minority, and for the majority of people other criteria are looked at to determine who is eligible for a scholarship.

1. How Are Scholarships Awarded?

There isn't any specific formula used to determine who gets scholarships and who doesn't. One thing, however, is for sure - far more people are applying for scholarships than there are scholarships available to give out. For this reason, many scholarships set up criteria that must be reached as a bare miniumum.

Other volunteer organizations

Many organizations offer scholarships or award grants to students whose background or chosen field overlaps the field of the organization. For example, local chapters of professional societies may help the studies of exceptionally distinguished students of the region.

Similarly, charity organizations may offer help, especially if the late parent of the student was a member of the organization. (E.g. masonic lodge might help the orphan of a lodge brother.) However, this kind of scholarships are mostly random.


Old, well-known schools have often been endowed with scholarship funds.


Old, well-established universities may have funds, used to finance the studies of extremely talented students of little means. However, to be eligible for them, the student must usually belong to some special category or be among the nation's best. However, universities have information available on scholarships and grants, possibly even internship opportunities.


In the United States, students are offered the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT test, usually in their Junior year in (high school). Not only does it help them to prepare for the SAT later on, but National Merit Scholarship programs are determined, in the first step, by the scores received on the PSAT/NMSQT test. Some private scholarship programs require the applicants to take the PSAT.

2. Criteria

* Are you a minority of African North American, Hispanic or Native North American descent?
* You must be a U.S or Canadian citizen or permanant resident. You can also be a U.S student with a Visa or a Canadian student.
* An application form must be submitted

3. What Do Schools Look For The Most?

* You must have a GPA of at least 3.0
* Students with 4.0 GPA get looked at first
* A Math SAT score of at least 600
* Completed the courses in Calculus
* Low family income

4. How Is The Amount Of The Scholarship Determined?

Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and individual merit. There are limits set up by a committe to ensure persons do not end up getting exorbant amounts of money.

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