Outside Scholarships

Numerous private scholarships are available through outside organizations and can be an invaluable source of assistance to students. Information on such scholarships is often available at your local library, the guidance office at your local high school, or on numerous web-based scholarship searches. We encourage all Suffolk students to pursue as many outside scholarship opportunities as possible.

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.