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Start Early and Apply Often!

All colleges offer scholarships. Look early, and you can’t apply for too many!

Scholarships are More Plentiful Than You Think. Here’s How to Look.

Note: Many Scholarships require a completed FAFSA. Be sure to fill this out to get as much aid as possible!


Where do I find scholarships?

Colleges offer their own scholarships, too

These scholarships are specific to the college you are interested in attending. They often have their own scholarship application that you must fill out.

University of Toledo Scholarships

Bowling Green State University Scholarships

Owens Community College

Lourdes University Scholarships

National and Local Scholarships

Greater Toledo Community Foundation

  • One application signs you up for 70+ local scholarships!
  • Deadline: February 11

Choose Ohio First Scholarship

  • Amount and requirements vary, check your college's website to see if you qualify
  • Deadline: February 1

Joseph L. Wolcott Scholarship

  • $2,000 renewable scholarship
  • Must be a Toledo Public Schools senior and have at least a 2.5 GPA.
  • Deadline: March 31

Ruth E. Roach Scholarship

  • Must be attending a public or non-profit college or university
  • Deadline: April 1

Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship

  • $10,000 for 25 students Pell Grant-eligible high school students nationally
  • Must complete FAFSA
  • Deadline: February 28

Opportunity scholarships on College Board

  • Several $500 and one $40,000 national scholarship available
  • Deadline: February 28

Russell J. Ebeid Scholarships

  • Scholarships at some schools in Michigan and Ohio, including University of Toledo
  • Amount varies by type of scholarship, many require student to be Arab American
  • Deadline: March 27

Wells Fargo Scholarships for People with Disabilities

  • Must have an identified disability and have a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Deadline: February 18

Thomas J. Seefred Trust scholarship for college students who have been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. 

  • Students must be from Ohio
  • Students cannot be a current high school student, must already be pursuing a bachelor's degree
  • Award up to $3,000
  • Deadline: June 1

Scholarship searcher from College Board

  • Thousands of scholarships available
  • Deadline varies by scholarship

Scholarship Search at

  • Thousands of scholarships available
  • Deadline varies by scholarship

Military Scholarships

Various branches of the military have ROTC programs that pay for full tuition and fees. Some also include a stipend. Each of these scholarships requires between four and eight years of military service after graduation. See their website for more information on how to apply.

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps

U.S. Air Force ROTC

Army ROTC Programs and Requirements

Why Scholarships are Important

Scholarships are a fantastic way to pay for college because, like grants, they do not need to be paid back. Scholarships of any size help bring down the cost of attending the institution of your choice, meaning that you end up paying less out of pocket.

Scholarships can be need-based, merit-based or identity-based.

You should apply for scholarships your freshman year and every year while you are enrolled in a program. Some scholarships are specific to grade levels (i.e., scholarships meant for rising sophomores, juniors or seniors).

Start early and apply often! There’s lots of money to help you go to college.

Click here to learn about financial aid!