List of Free Scholarships

by K. Nola Mokeyane
Entry into a college requires a realistic idea on how your education will be financed.

Searching for ways to finance a higher education degree can, at times, be quite stressful. Potential students may not be eligible for government grants ot have access to college savings. Organizations across the United States offer means by which to finance a person's college education, but the information is only available to those who actively seek these resources. From minority scholarships to those that aim to include more researchers in highly-specialized areas, funding is available for those who are very serious about pursuing a college degree.

U.S. Government Agencies

Agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions offer scholarships to students who wish to study in these fields. These scholarships are mostly available to disadvantaged, undergraduate students who seriously desire to enter into a number of disciplines listed under each scholarship heading. Each available scholarship has its own unique set of guidelines, so for detailed information on eligibility and other requirements, visit students.gov and select the link "scholarships and grants."

Minority Scholarships

The USDA's Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program is designed to offer more opportunities and support to Hispanics seeking higher education. This organization offers scholarships, sponsorships and internships to eligible students during their collegiate career. The NAACP, or National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, offers several scholarships, all with different financial awards, for minorities in fields such as business and education. For more information on these and other minority awards, visit students.gov, or access the aforementioned agencies directly at hsi.usda.gov or naacp.org.

Other Scholarships

Supplemental financial awards for education are also available for specific applicants, including military personnel or family of military officers, residents of states like California and Nevada, women, those who show high academic proficiency and a number of others. A full list of these scholarships is available at students.gov. Also, Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola and Walmart offer a number of scholarships for students. A list of companies that may offer scholarships is available at http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/.

About the Author

K. Nola Mokeyane has written professionally since 2006, and has contributed to various online publications, including "Global Post" and Modern Mom. Nola enjoys writing about health, wellness and spirituality. She is a member of the Atlanta Writer's Club.

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