What is a private scholarship?
Instead of seeking academic scholarships that are offered through your college or university, private scholarships are provide by companies, organizations, and individuals. There are many different awards from various donors and are a great alternative to traditional academic scholarships.
Who can apply?
Private scholarships are almost always only available to full-time students who are enrolled at an an accredited college or university, pursuing an associates, bachelors, or masters degree. Scholarships are broken down into two categories: Incoming freshmen and current students. If you’re an incoming freshman, or still in high school, it’s a good idea to start researching and applying for scholarships before the summer of your first year in college. If you’re a current student, you are still eligible to apply for new private scholarships, but be sure to check your eligibility. For a comprehensive list of where to find private scholarships in your area, please visit our resources page.
Can you give me an example of a private scholarship?
Private scholarships are often set up by companies and organizations as a way to give back to their community. In Salt Lake City, Utah, The Advocates at Driggs, Bills & Day, a personal injury and accident law firm, have recently created a scholarship award for students that are enrolled in Utah colleges and universities. As an organization that is active in their community, their scholarship opportunity asks the applicant to write a provoking essay on how they can reduce car accidents and come up with potential laws that could make the roads a safer place. As a law firm, their scholarship is open to any type of student but the application process closely relates to their business, which you’ll find common among for private scholarships.
You can visit their scholarship page to learn more about the scholarship and how to submit an application.