Externally Sponsored Scholarships

There is no shortage of independent scholarships found online but some are more reliable and legitimate than others. Students should not have to pay for a scholarship search or to apply for a scholarship, though they may have to “register” with an email address. Please review the article below for information on how to avoid scholarship scams.

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees; Avoiding Scholarship Scams Article


Here are a few reputable search engines and a brief description of their specialty. Before applying for any external scholarship we advise reviewing the information we have listed under the How to Avoid Scholarship Scams tab. Athens State University does not endorse or certify the legitimacy of any search engine or specific scholarship listed on this page.

College Board
College Board (the same company that administers the PSAT, SAT, and AP tests) has a great database that allows students to input details for a tailored search based on gender, location, interests, and affiliations. This site does not require registration.

College Scholarships
CollegeScholarships.org allows students to browse scholarships based on minority status, degree level, academic interest, geography, student type, or athletic ability. CollegeScholarship.org also has several scholarships they sponsor. This site does not require registration.

Education Planner
Education Planner helps students from thinking about college to choosing a college, to finding ways to pay for college. This complete resource has listings for both undergraduate and graduate students and uses a variety of filters to find scholarships that fit each student individually. This site does not require registration.

Scholarships.com provides several scholarships in an easy to use a format where opportunities are ranked based on a personal profile. This site requires registration.

Scholarships and Grants
Scholarshipsandgrants.us is a great resource for students looking for additional scholarship funds. This resource has an easy to use layout that divides scholarships into majors and interests. This site does not require registration.

You can use Scholar Snapp to reuse your information when applying for multiple external scholarships. That includes everything from contact details to teacher recommendations, video uploads, essays, and more.

Externally Sponsored Scholarships

Other Grants and Scholarships

Police Officer’s and Firefighter’s Survivors Educational Assistance Program (POFSEAP)

This is a grant covering tuition, fees, books, and supplies for dependents and eligible spouses of Alabama police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. There is no limit on the amount awarded to recipients. Awards are available for only undergraduate study at public institutions in Alabama. Other special eligibility criteria apply. Application forms may be obtained from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, P O Box 302000, Montgomery, AL 36130- 2000. Phone 334/242-2273.