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Office of Student Financial Aid

Private Scholarships

We encourage all students to seek private/outside scholarship funds to help reduce out-of-pocket expenses today, or loan repayment in the future.

If you are a graduating high school senior, your high school guidance counselor is a good resource for information regarding local and national scholarship opportunities.

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.

Getting Started

Looking for scholarships will take time, but the rewards can be great. The best advice is to use common sense and…

  • Do the Research - start early, search often! Start early and make a commitment to apply often.
  • Get organized - Keep track of your applications and    their deadlines. Polish up your resume. Clean up your social media profile by removing inappropriate and immature material; use social media to your advantage.Complete and submit the easiest applications first.
  • Stay Positive - Be creative,be upbeat, and keep working to find the right scholarship for you.

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.”


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.


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.




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