Financial Aid

Researching Outside Scholarships

  1. START SEARCHING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS EARLY: Many deadlines for scholarship applications are due long before the academic year begins. December is generally a good time to start searching.

  2. CHECK WITH YOUR HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR: If you are an incoming freshman, check with your high school counselor about local scholarships that may be available and to ask about tips on applying.

  3. APPLY FOR LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS: Look for less competitive scholarships. Find scholarship opportunities that are not nationally listed or are more localized. Your odds will increase with fewer applicants, giving you a better chance of receiving funds.

  4. CHECK WITH YOUR CHURCH: If you are church member, explore scholarship opportunities within your congregation or denomination.

  5. CHECK WITH YOUR PARENTS' EMPLOYERS: Many employers have college scholarships or tuition reimbursement available. Check with your parents' employers to see if any scholarships or tuition reimbursement are offered and to learn how to apply. The odds of your being chosen to receive assistance will generally increase with these scholarships, as they are limited to employees and their families.

  6. THINK ABOUT OTHER ORGANIZATIONS YOUR FAMILY IS INVOLVED WITH: Check with any other organizations that you or your parents are affiliated with for scholarship opportunities. You may be surprised at the programs available.

  7. LOOK INTO DEPARTMENTAL ASSISTANCE: Contact your department at Whitworth and inquire about departmental awards. Most departments offer some type of scholarship. Most are available only to juniors and seniors, and some are talent-based and require a tryout.

    Whitworth offers a variety of donor-sponsored scholarships for continuing students. The application is available on our website, with an application deadline of March 15. This single online application is used to award all donor-sponsored scholarships.

  9. SEARCH THE WHITWORTH DATABASE: Look at Whitworth's online outside-scholarship webpage throughout the year. The information there will help you sort through scholarships by deadlines and will show you only the scholarship applications that are due within 30 days.