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All colleges offer scholarships. Start early and apply often!

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!


Why are scholarships important?

Scholarships are a fantastic way to pay for college. Similar to 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, helping you pay 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. Most college's scholarships applications are available starting October 1st, due dates will vary by college.

Click here to learn about financial aid!

Where do I find scholarships?

What should I expect?

Each scholarship is unique. Some require essays, others letters of recommendation, some both! Take a look at our Scholarship Tip Sheet for how-to's and common application questions to start preparing for your application process.

Local Scholarships

Joseph L. Wolcott Scholarship

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

Old Newsboys Scholarship

  • Must be a student from Toledo
  • 8 recipients - $5,000
  • Deadline: October 15

Greater Toledo Community Foundation

TPS Foundation scholarships

  • For TPS students only, it applies to career tech and colleges
  • $1,000-$5,000
  • Deadline: February 1

Choose Ohio First Scholarship

  • Amount and requirements vary, check your college's website to see if you qualify
  • ~ $4,000
  • Deadline: February 1

ProMedica Scholarships

  • Several scholarships under one application
  • $500-$1,500
  • Deadline: March 15

Ruth E. Roach Scholarship

  • Must be attending a public or non-profit college or university
  • Christian background preferred
  • $1,000-$6,000
  • Deadline: April 1

BCSN Scholar Spotlight Scholarship

  • 8 awards, 1 4-year ($10,000), and 7 non-renewable ($1,000).
  • Must be a student-athlete in the Toledo region.
  • Deadline: September 24th (non-renewable) December 3 (renewable)

Jewish Federal Foundation of Greater Toledo

  • Must be attending a post-secondary institution in Ohio (or in Michigan if Michigan resident)
  • Must be Jewish
  • $500-$7,000
  • Deadline: March 22

Kiwanis Club of Toledo Scholarships

  • Awarded to 5 Toledo area seniors
  • $2,000
  • Deadline: April 29th

Toledo Buffalo Soldiers Scholarships

  • Must be knowledgeable of the Buffalo Soldiers' history
  • 4 recipients - $2,000-$3,000
  • Deadline: July 8

Thomas J. Seefred Trust scholarship

  • Student must be from Ohio
  • For college students who have been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes
  • Award up to $3,000
  • Deadline: June 1

Ability Center Scholarship

  • Must have a disability and live in Ohio
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • $5,000
  • Deadline: March 31

Rose Reder Memorial Scholarship

  • Toledo area students only, pursuing a career in law enforcement or related fields
  • Award based on discretion and varies based on student's need
  • Deadline: Feb 23

Ebeid Family Fund Scholarships

  • Available to UToledo, UM-Dearborn, Wayne St., Mich Tech, U of Detroit Mercy & Kettering
  • Targets Arab American/MENA, Black/African American, or Latinx students, or those with financial hardships
  • $4,000-$7,500
  • Deadline: April 9

Sluhan Family Scholarship

  • For students aging out of Foster Care
  • If you have a student who will age out after the deadline, they can still apply now, but they need to contact Cassandra Arnold at GTCF for help with emancipation info on the application.
  • $2,000
  • Deadline: June 8

National Scholarships

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships

  • Multiple scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $44,000
  • Deadlines vary in the range of August to December

Wells Fargo Scholarships for People with Disabilities

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

Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship

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

Opportunity Scholarships on College Board

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

Scholarship Searcher from College Board

  • Thousands of scholarships available
  • Deadline varies by scholarship

Scholarship Search at

  • Thousands of scholarships available
  • Deadline varies by scholarship

Horatio Alger Scholarships

  • Honors the achievements of outstanding students who have succeeded in spite of adversity
  • Award ranges from $10k - $25k
  • One application applies you to both scholarships!
  • Deadline: March 15

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program

  • Available to incoming college freshmen interested in going to a public land-grant HBCU
  • Covers full tuition, room and board, and books for up to 4 years
  • Deadline: March 15

Walmart Foundation Scholarship

  • Need-based scholarship up to $6,200
  • First generation students enrolled at an HBCU
  • Deadline: May 12

Andrew Young Scholarship

  • Need-based scholarship up to $5,000
  • Outstanding students enrolled at an HBCU
  • Deadline: May 12

Sour Patch Kids Mischief for Change HBCU Scholarship

  • One time scholarship of up to $16,400
  • Outstanding students enrolled at an HBCU
  • Deadline: May 12

Generation Google Scholarship

  • One time scholarship of up to $10,000
  • Must be enrolled in a Bachelors Program for computer science/programming
  • Deadline: May 19

Kreative Solutions HBCU Scholarship

  • One time scholarship of $1,000 - $2,000
  • Any major enrolled in an HBCU
  • Deadline: June 1


Leblanc/Baker Scholarship for Change

  • $4,000 renewable scholarship
  • Available to male students attending an HBCU
  • Deadline: June 22

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