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Scholarship Advice

  1. Set up a separate email account to list on applications and to use in profiles you build on scholarship search websites. You don’t want them to spam your normal inbox.
  2. Never provide your Social Security Number unless you are applying for a federal or state government based scholarship. When in doubt, ask a financial aid professional.
  3. Do not pay money to complete a scholarship application.
  4. Set reasonable goals and stick to them. Instead of trying to apply for 20 scholarships you have a small chance of receiving, apply for five that you have a better chance at and put all your energy into them.
  5. Make sure you meet all of the eligibility criteria before you submit an application.
  6. Complete the application fully. Don't leave any item blank.
  7. Write a creative and concise essay. Be as personal and specific as possible.
  8. Keep track of deadlines and don't wait until the last minute.
  9. Proofread the entire application before submitting it.
  10. If an organization is promising something that seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Scholarship Searches

These scholarship websites and search engines can help you find scholarships to apply for.


This is a resource of outside scholarship opportunities throughout the year curated specifically for current St. Thomas students. 

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