These days more college students than ever before are applying for scholarships and grants. While competition may be stiffer than ever, utilizing some little-known advice can go a long way in getting college scholarships.

Start by searching online for potential college scholarships and grants. Look on websites such as or Sign up with these types of websites and be sure to submit your full profile. These sites will attempt to match you up with scholarships you are eligible for based on many factors including race, hobbies, age, and a myriad of others. Be sure to thoroughly check out the college scholarship site you are considering using before submitting any personal information. The two sites listed above will not sell any personal information or try to scam you. Also, never pay for college scholarship info. Too many free resources are available which are very informative to make it easy for you to find and receive college scholarships.

Call or stop into local agencies to find out if scholarships are available. Many civic organizations, corporations, and even small companies and religious organizations have scholarship money available for college students. Most of these types of scholarships require an essay submitted with the application.

When writing an essay for a college scholarship, a few tips are worth their weight in gold: first of all, be honest. There is no reason to lie on a college scholarship application, and you will most likely be disqualified for the scholarship if you lie in the essay. Be sure to devote plenty of time to each essay you plan to write. Don't scribble something down in one sitting and expect that to be enough. Use a word processor and be sure to use a spell check and grammar check. Proofread the essay yourself and then ask a friend, parent, or, better yet, teacher to proofread the essay for you. Be sure to make all corrections you are advised to make. Be sure to cover all aspects of the essay required. Stay within the word range requested. If the word range is, say, 500, and you write 1,000 words, you just wasted your own time and may even be disqualified from the college scholarship for not staying within the specified word range.

Ask a guidance counselor at your high school or college to help you find college scholarships. Often guidance counselors have a wealth of information for students applying for scholarships at their fingertips. Guidance counselors may be able to suggest scholarships which may be easier for the student to obtain based on knowledge of the scholarships available and simply knowing the student.

The number one key to finding college scholarships is: don't be afraid to ask. You may be surprised to find the immense wealth of knowledge available to you if you simply ask.