The above are some only some local scholarships. A very good way to search for these scholarships is to use scholarship search engines such as:

Merit-based financial aid is determined by a student’s academic merit, special talents, occupational goals, leadership, community service or other specific attributes.  Many colleges and universities (both public and private) offer merit-based scholarships.  Students should look for these scholarship opportunities on the Admissions/Financial Aid webpage of the schools to which they are applying.  For many schools in order to qualify for merit aid, the student must simply apply for admission by the college’s priority deadline which may precede the general admissions deadline.   Others may require completing an application.

There are also many private scholarships funded by civic groups, private foundations, professional associations and parents’ employers that a student can apply for and use to attend any accredited college or university. It’s also important that seniors research any scholarships that colleges provide.

Please note:   Some merit-based scholarships require the student to file a FAFSA, regardless of whether need is a component.   Also, receiving scholarships from organizations other than the government may affect or reduce your overall financial aid package.  Read more.