An outside scholarship is any money not awarded by the government (loans) or the schools you were admitted to (financial aid). They are provided by private sector companies, philanthropists or foundations. Outside scholarships are a great way to pay for college because you do not have to pay the funds back like you would with a loan, and there is no cap on the amount of money you can receive; your college may even have to reimburse you because you were awarded more than the cost of school!
Check out this great list of scholarships to apply for before and during college. Many of them are made especially for students of color.
Evidence of academic achievement in high school, leadership skills or community service in a STEM areas. 3.0 GPA; accepted as a student at a four-year institution of higher education.
Preparing to pursue an undergraduate degree or full-time student; 2.5 GPA; reside/ attend school in a congressional district represented by a CBC member
Be enrolled or seeking enrollment in a baccalaureate degree program; High school applicants: 2.75/4.00 GPA, 1000 SAT, 21 ACT; College applicants: 3.0/4.0 GPA
Graduating high school senior, first-year student college, or a student transferring into a four-year college; Combined family income of $65,000 or less; Demonstrated commitment to public service
Up to $30,000 over four years
Graduating high school senior; Plan to attend four-year; Show leadership potential and dedication to community service; evidence of financial need; SAT of 1,000/ ACT score of 21
Atlanta metropolitan area
Enrolled in an Atlanta metropolitan area university or institute; Must have completed at least 1 year of undergraduate courses; 3.2 cumulative GPA; Must be passionate and involved in serving their community
Enrolled in a 4-year Historically Black College or University (HBCU); 3rd, 4th or 5th year of study; Demonstrate financial need; 2.5 GPA
Member district of the Council of the Great City Schools
High school senior interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in the STEM fields; Black or Hispanic student; 2.5 GPA or better.