Externally Sponsored Scholarships

How to Avoid Scholarship Scams

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

Scholarship Search Engines

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 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.

SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program

The Department of Defense (DoD) SMART Scholarship Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed by the Department of Defense upon degree completion.

Deadline to apply is December 3, 2019.

Visit smartscholarship.org to learn more and apply today!.

2020 Daikin America, Inc. Minority Scholarship Program for the Decatur-Morgan County

Daikin America, Inc., a leader in the Chemical and Fluoropolymer industry, will grant the scholarships in January 2019, to deserving minority college students from Morgan County.

The selection process will include applications screened by a panel of Daikin America, Inc. employees, and finalists interviewed by a panel made up of Daikin America, Inc. employees, educational system employees, and local community leaders.

The deadline for making an application is November 30, 2019.

To be eligible to receive the scholarship, the applicant must be:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Living in Morgan County, Alabama
  • Of minority classification
  • In true and genuine need for funds in order to continue education
  • Enrolled (or will enroll at the beginning of the next semester term) as a full-time undergraduate college student
  • Must maintain a grade point average to be a student in good standing, not on probation

Download application

Winners will be notified in January 2020 and will be recognized at the MLK Unity Breakfast on January 20, 2020.

Payment of the scholarship funds will be made directly to the college or university of the student’s choice.

Any questions concerning the Minority Scholarship Program should be directed to:

Forrest Keith
General Affairs & Training Manager
Daikin America, Inc.
P.O.Box 2252
Decatur, AL 35609
Tel: (256) 306-5000