Scholarship Search Options

  • Start with our own PhillyGoes2College News section, which is updated regularly with both local and national scholarships. Unlike some major scholarship directories, PG2C vets all opportunities we post to ensure that they are active and legitimate. Follow us on social media for the latest in scholarships!
  • Use CollegeBoard’s Scholarship Search to begin exploring scholarship, internship, and grant opportunities by taking an inventory of your interests, academic strengths, extracurricular activities and career goals.
  • We like that Nitro College allows users to search their scholarship database without needing to set up a free account and profile first. You can set up an account to receive email updates with scholarships personalized to your preferences, or you can simply dive right in to their extensive listing of scholarships broken into categories like state, deadline, award amount, ethnicity, and field of study.
  • Access Scholarships has a sizeable scholarship directory as well as the option to search scholarships based on the information you add to your free account. We’re also big fans of their engaging social media content, which highlights featured scholarships and provides tips on topics like writing a scholarship essay that stands out from the crowd.
  • NursingExplorer is a simple to use database with over 15,000 scholarships, and like Nitro College, you do not have to create a profile to access their search tools. The site specializes in nursing scholarships but also allows you to search for opportunities in other majors such as teaching or computer science. As many of the scholarships are location-specific, we suggest entering your state when searching their database.
  • Chegg Scholarships is a completely free scholarship search engine used by over 4 million students nationwide. With over 25K scholarships with personalized filters like GPA, age, and grade level, it’s one of the biggest out there. You can access scholarships without having set up a free profile but your ability to filter your search is limited until you do so. You’ll save time in the long run by setting up your free account to personalize your search.
  • Cappex allows you to combine a range of filters to find scholarships most applicable to what you’re looking for. For example, users can search specifically for scholarships intended for first generation college-goers, scholarships open to students who are undocumented or non-US citizens, and scholarships reserved for students with financial need. Note that you do need a free account to access the “apply” links which will take you to the individual scholarship website. However, if you choose not to create an account, a simple Google search of the scholarship name will likely do the trick.
  • United Negro College Fund has a scholarship search engine and allows you to browse lists of scholarships with upcoming deadlines.
  • Scholly has scholarships for high school students and current college students, and their adaptive matching engine will pair you with scholarships you qualify for. However, most Scholly features (including their scholarship search) require a paid plan. Plans start at $2.92/month (annual plan). Scholly explains that they’ve chosen a paid model in order to keep their site ad free and to protect student data from ever being sold. With that said, Scholly might be right for you if you have hesitations about entering personal information into a scholarship profile.
  • Health Administration Degrees offers a database of scholarships, grants, and fellowships that can help make your education in the healthcare industry more affordable. Scholarships are divided into categories for undergraduate, graduate, minority, health information technology, and healthcare management. Explore the rest of the site for information on the many healthcare majors and specialties you can choose from along with colleges that offer those majors in your state.
  • The Human Rights Campaign’s LGBTQ+ Scholarships Database allows LGBTQ+ students to search for national, state, and school scholarships while this Ultimate Guide to College Resources for LGBTQ+ students features scholarships, grants, and much more.

Scholarships for Philadelphia Residents

  • The Philadelphia Foundation manages several different scholarships intended for people who attended high school in Philadelphia. You can view the list of scholarships and download applications on their website. Several of these scholarships are open to adults as well as high school students.
  • The Urban League of Philadelphia offers the Community Scholarship Program. Call 215-985-3220, ext. 228 for more information.
  • The School District of Philadelphia maintains an updated scholarship bank, which includes regional scholarships.

Scholarships for Adults

  • Make an appointment with a Graduate! Philadelphia representative to learn about their partner colleges’ financial options for adult students.
  • has a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities for adult learners and nontraditional students.
  • Graduate School Scholarships are provided on for adults who are looking for funding options to finance an advance degree.
  • Chegg allows you to search their scholarship directory by age.


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