You can classify merit scholarships into two major categories:
- Scholarships offered by each university, which you can only use if you attend that school.
- Scholarships not tied to specific universities.<
For the first, the key is to find schools that do offer merit scholarships. On LifeLaunchr, you can search schools by this criteria (as well as many others) using LifeLaunchr's College Match. Note that many top schools (including some Ivy League universities) do not offer any merit aid, so finding schools that do is critical. You can also
The second key for finding merit aid from universities is to fill out the FAFSA (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Although this is used for need-based assistance, many universities also require the FAFSA to consider students for merit-based assistance.
At most universities, your application for admission also serves as an application for any merit-based scholarships they offer. At some, there are separate applications for these scholarships, so be sure to ask the university admissions department.
For scholarships that aren't tied to any university, you can use LifeLaunchr's Scholarship Match to find great matches based on over two dozen criteria. For LifeLaunchr members, we will also send you reminders of deadlines for these scholarships.
As an additional resource, Jean O'Toole has a great course on LifeLaunchr that shows you how, with just 15-30 minutes a week, you can qualify for tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships. It's a great resource, and you can check it out at this link.