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11 Top Sources of College Scholarships


Valedictorians and star quarterbacks aren’t the only ones earning college scholarships. In the 2011-12 school year, more than $6.2 billion in private scholarships was awarded to more than 1.8 million undergraduate students with all manner of academic and athletic achievements.

Starting early is a key to success. The fall of your junior year of high school is a good time to begin evaluating your scholarship options. Application deadlines will vary, but don’t be surprised if some are due a full year before college starts. And it’s never too early to start. Jif, the peanut butter maker, has awarded a $25,000 college fund to the winner of its “Most Creative Sandwich Contest.” Only kids between the ages of 6 and 12 can qualify.

With so many options available, be sure to look beyond the big-money scholarships. “Small awards can add up,” says Eric Johnson, a spokesman for the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Plus, each award that you win will beef up your credentials on subsequent scholarship applications.

We’ve identified 11 great sources of college scholarships. Take a look to see which ones are right for you.

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