Why do we need to look for little-known scholarships online? Aren’t they less-in-vogue for a reason? To answer the first question, we need to explore all avenues of financial aid available to us because of the competition out there for scholarships and grants and the high cost of education. Many financial aid options are not that commonly known because often they are not publicized enough or are meant for a narrow demographic. Some are local in nature and exist to encourage deserving students in the parish or community. In fact, there are several government- and state-level funding options that not many people know about. Here is a good resource to look up grants.

Here we look at five little-known ways to look up scholarships online or five ways to look up little-known scholarships online. Any way you please! But to benefit, follow these.

1. Look in different places. Scholarship search engines and websites based on college education are standard reference sources. However; the internet is a vast repository of information and there’s a lot of useful stuff swirling in the eddies just below the surface. Online education forums are a great place to put up questions on interesting scholarships. You get answers from real people sharing their successes and advising on dos and don’ts.

2. Visit the school or college website and go to the financial aid section. This is such an obvious thing to do that often fund seeking students forget to utilize this resource to look up those scholarships that have for some reason slipped under the radar. Because the eligibility criteria for aid is vast, there is always a chance that a given scholarship’s funds have been lying underutilized waiting for a 6’2” guy adept at duck calling to come along. It could be you.

3. Take some time out everyday to research. Let your search start from the inside and radiate outward. Check online to see if your parents’ employers support budding geniuses raised by their faithful employees. Find out if mom and dad are members of associations that fund the education of deserving bright sparks. While at it, no harm in checking if your parents’ alma mater runs an aid program for children of their alumni. Then step out of home, metaphorically. Head to church. And find out if they budget for scholarships to be awarded to honest, deserving, and needy good Christian students. Same procedure applicable for non-Christian students and respective places of worship.

4. The federal and state governments run exhaustive funding programs for students. There are many state-based organizations that provide aid and not all of them find prominent mention on scholarship search engines. The many little-known scholarships out there are waiting to be sifted through the many popular ones that induce a rush in students year after year. Search with patience and choose your search terms carefully. You are bound to unearth scholarships and grants that others have missed.

5. Prepare a list of points that you feel bolster your eligibility for aid. Search on search engines mentioning those points in keywords. Search specifically for scholarships at the national, state, and college level. But remember, there really are no unclaimed scholarships; it’s very unlikely that financial aid should go begging without someone claiming it. Check online for benefactors sponsoring your subject. Medical students should visit websites of professional associations of doctors and hospitals; business management students should check out business houses, franchise stores, etc. You may not have to look far; very often an enterprise close to home will sponsor you if they have such a program in place. In your efforts to look far and wide do not miss scholarships ripe for plucking and within easy reach.