Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

Getting Started

Searching for scholarships takes time.  We suggest you start your search by reviewing the search tools and resources available to you.  The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards has its own database and has suggested additional tools on the menu to the right. You’ll likely use a combination of search tools and resources to support your search.

Your search

Narrow your search by defining your study field and interests and consider your options broadly. There are scholarships geared toward academic  interests, heritage, gender, future goals and other personal aspects of you. If your search yields too few results, consider broadening your search parameters.

Pay attention to scholarships that fit you, even if you’ve missed a deadline or are not yet ready to apply.  Consider scholarships for both the short-term and the long-term, not just those you can apply for right now, but several years in the future as well.

Keep a list

Searching and finding scholarships takes work.  Be sure to document your search efforts and keep track of the scholarships that look good but for which you might not yet be eligible. Use a spreadsheet to keep track of your scholarships.


The time to search for a scholarship is long before you need one.  We suggest you begin your search at least 6-18 months in advance of when you plan to utilize the funds.

Schedule it

Schedule time for searching and applying throughout the school year and summer.