If you are the recipient of an outside scholarship, you must report the award and the amount to the Office of Student Financial Services. It is the student's responsibility to make us aware of any source of funding not listed on your award letter. Federal regulations require that your total financial aid not exceed your calculated financial eligibility.
In some cases, outside scholarships may necessitate an adjustment to your financial aid package. Whenever possible, self-help awards (loans and/or employment programs) will be reduced before grants or scholarships are affected. Suffolk University policy does not allow for grant and scholarship funding in excess of direct costs at Suffolk University.
If you’re searching for outside scholarship opportunities, please consider the following search engines:
Tips for applying for outside scholarships
- Apply early and often
- Many scholarship opportunities go unclaimed each year simply because the award didn’t receive the perfect applicant. Don’t let free money go un-awarded!
- Pay attention to deadlines and details
- Deadlines are important and are used to help narrow the pool of scholarship contenders. Make sure you abide by all posted deadlines so you don’t miss out!
- Make sure if your application requires a letter of recommendation or an essay that you be sure to include this. You don’t want your application rejected simply because it’s missing required information.
- Don’t sign up for every scholarship search service – you’ll just overwhelm yourself.
- Focus on 1 or 2 search engines and narrow your choices from there. The more specific the scholarship criteria, the better chance you have of being selected as a winner!
- Outside scholarships aren’t just for incoming freshman!
- Many students are under the impression that outside scholarship opportunities are limited to new incoming students; however, many organizations and agencies offer awards to upperclassmen as well. Don’t stop looking and applying just because you’re a sophomore, junior or senior!
- Look Local First
- Make sure you check out all local opportunities around you. Businesses and agencies will often favor local students when selecting scholarship recipients since this helps them give back to the community.
- Microsoft Scholarship Program:
- For students studying Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines.
- Comedy Defensive Driving Scholarship:
- For students who create a funny advertisement about distracted driving.
- Stuck at Prom Scholarship:
- For students who make a prom dress or tux using duct tape
- Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship:
- For students who come up with the best survival plan for a zombie takeover.
- Annual deadline: October 31st.
- Do Something Awards:
- For students completing community service projects
Please use the following scholarship guides from Study.com to help find more opportunities! The team at Study.com has developed several comprehensive financial aid and scholarship guides for college students to share information about different resources that could be utilized to fund a college education.
Note: Please read scholarship eligibility carefully. Some of these scholarships are not applicable to Suffolk University students. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact your aid counselor.
- Scholarships for Women
- Scholarships for Veterans
- Scholarships for LGBTQ Students
- Scholarships for Minority Students
- Scholarships for Black Students
- Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students
- Scholarships for Teaching and Education
Note: The above lists are provided to you as a reference tool. They should not be construed as an endorsement by Suffolk University of any of the organizations listed.