Scholarship Search and Application Strategies
Searching for Scholarships
Locating scholarships appropriate for you is often the hardest part of the scholarship process. You will need to invest some time into locating scholarships for which you are qualified. There are many opportunities out there for all types of students. Please see our advice on searching for scholarships.
Application Tips and Pointers
Review our scholarship application tips and pointers to get advice on how to create successful scholarship applications.
Writing Scholarship Essays
The scholarship essay will be the most important part of your scholarship application. We encourage students to read our Writing Scholarship Essays for information on how to write a stand-out essay.
Letters of Recommendation and Interviews
Some scholarship application processes will require letters of recommendation and/or interviews. We encourage students to review our advice on conquering these tasks.
Be Aware of Scholarship Scams
When searching and applying for external scholarships students should be aware of possible scams.
Scholarship Search Engines
There are a number of free scholarship search providers on the Internet that can be an effective tool for locating scholarships. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and the University of California, Irvine do not endorse or support any of the sources listed below. These resources are listed for your benefit and should be checked out thoroughly prior to submitting an application.
Sallie Mae College Answer
U.S. Department of Education
COS Funding Opportunities - A scholarship search resource through UCI Libraries. This database is only accessible from campus computers or by logging in to the UCI Libraries website with your UCInetID and password.