Offices & Services

Office of Student Financial Aid

Private Scholarships

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.
We encourage all students to research and apply for scholarships. Private scholarships are available throughout the year.

Getting Started

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

Don’t Wait. Do the Research - start early, search often! Don’t wait until the night before the deadline to fill out your application. 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.

Watch where you’re going - Are you headed into a specific field? If so, you may want to look up the trailblazers in that field and check their websites for scholarship opportunities. Most companies’ websites are searchable, also try using search terms like “scholarships” or “foundation” or “philanthropy.”

Start your engines -There are many free scholarship search programs designed to assist you in locating additional scholarship sources. To start, try and locate at least two search engines and begin the process (check our list of free search engine sites). It’s also a good idea to set up a separate email account. This will keep all of your scholarship information in one place, your regular inbox won’t be overloaded.

Stay close to home - Utilize your parents and family members! Many companies offer scholarships to the children or relatives of employees. Also consider local organizations and groups, such as churches and businesses, the Chamber of Commerce and city hall as resources-you may be surprised at what you find!


Word to the wise - 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.  

Where should I send my private scholarship award check? Please send checks and supporting information (include the student’s name and WC ID number, award name, amount, and year/term applicable) to: Office of Student Financial Aid,300 Washington Avenue, Chestertown, MD 21620


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




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