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Office of Student Financial Aid

Private Scholarships

We encourage all students to seek private/outside scholarship funds to help reduce the cost of your education. Some very good reasons to apply, besides getting free money to go to school, include…

Recognition - earning a scholarship is recognition of your hard work and potential

Less Debt - scholarships may help reduce the amount of your student loans

Career Boost - looks good on your resume

So do your research and apply early!  If you wait too long you might miss an important deadline.

What is an Private scholarship? 

Private scholarship money constitutes an award that is not funded by the government or Washington College. Sources can include corporations, nonprofit organizations, civic and professional associations, sports teams and foundations. Many organizations award scholarships regardless of financial need.

Always beware of scholarship scams. A good rule of thumb is: “If you have to pay money to get money, it’s probably a scam.”

Getting Started

Research - start early, search often! Looking for scholarships will take time, but the rewards can be great. Start early and make a commitment to apply often. To help you in your search we’ve listed several scholarship resources, from tips, to free search engines, to a list of scholarships with upcoming deadlines.

Get organized - Start a file for every application and mark the scholarship application deadline on every file. Polish up your resume; if you haven’t done so in a while, update and include all of your recent activities and accomplishments. Clean up your social media profile by removing inappropriate and immature material; use social media to your advantage.

Stay Positive - Be creative,be upbeat, and keep working to find the right scholarship for you.

Still need help?  Make an appointment with the financial aid office. We can help you with more search tips and strategies. You can reach us at 410-778-7214 or by email at fa_office@washcoll.edu.

How will a private scholarship affect my current financial aid?

If you receive need-based financial aid, a private scholarship will affect your aid if the total of all your aid exceeds your total cost of attendance. You would then be considered to be “over awarded” and your award will be reduced to make room for the outside funds. Whenever possible, the Office of Student Financial Aid will reduce loan and work study awards before reducing grant and scholarship awards.  Please be sure to send any private scholarship checks to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Please be sure to include your name and ID number, the award name, amount, and year/term applicable.


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