Graduating seniors are encouraged to apply for multiple scholarships that become available every year. The counseling office will provide an ongoing list of scholarships available – as well as work with each student to identify which scholarship resources best match their interests and needs.

Types of Scholarships


Many scholarships are offered directly through colleges and universities. Students should find out if scholarships at the schools to which they are applying require a separate application or if their application for admission ALSO serves as the application for scholarships. Students should check the admissions website of the colleges to which they have applied AND the site for the specific major they are interested in (many colleges offer major-specific scholarships). Students may also contact the Admissions Office or Financial Aid Office of a college to ask about additional scholarships.

College-Specific Scholarships


Seniors should check in frequently with the Cotter Schools Counseling Department to view the most current list of local scholarships available to graduating seniors. Other places students may look for local scholarships: the student’s employer, their parents’ employers, civic and community organizations, local businesses, religious institutions or organizations, banks or credit unions, etc.


National scholarships can be found on many scholarship search sites found on the College Planning Resources link of this webpage.