College scholarships can be a great way to fill in some of the tuition blanks when federal or state grants and loans don't cover all the costs. Nearly everyone knows scholarships are "out there;" the key to finding them is knowing where to look. Here's help with your search.
Most high school counselors' offices have files full of available scholarships, and many distribute information about upcoming scholarship opportunities. Check bulletin boards around the guidance center, too. Some scholarships require you be nominated by a school counselor, teacher or principal of your school.
Internet searches can reveal a wealth of scholarship opportunities. The New York State Higher Education Services Corp. (www.hesc.ny.gov) is a great place to start. You can set up searches by field of study, keyword, location and other variables. Some scholarships have online applications. Look out for ".com" scholarship searches — they may try to sell you something you don't need.
Employers may offer college scholarships as an employee benefit. Your parents or guardians should check with their human resources department to see if a scholarship is available for family members. If you work part-time, you may qualify for an employee scholarship, if one is available.
Colleges or schools you are considering may have scholarships available. College websites include details about campus scholarships offered to incoming students. Look at the admissions or financial aid sections.
If you haven't already developed a resume, do it now. Include any special projects you completed, awards earned, volunteer work or paid jobs. It will help determine whether you meet the scholarship's requirements.