Is your last name Zolp? Are you under 4'10"? A Displaced Aurarian? If so, you may qualify for an Unusual Scholarship.

If not, we have other resources that can help.

There are several ways that you can seek money for your education, even if you're not a straight A student (check out the $1000.00 A GPA Isn't Everything Scholarship). Many students begin by talking with the guidance counselor of the college they will be attending. You can also research local entities, such as where you or your parents work, Kiwanis Clubs or the church or synagogue that you attend.

Another strategy is to explore free online resources:

Fastweb.com is the eHarmony of scholarship seeking. You describe your own profile in detail and Fastweb matches you up with compatible scholarships.

The College Board helps you locate scholarships, internships, grants and loans that match your education level, talents and background.

The Denver Foundation offers a number of scholarship programs for which students and teachers can apply. They also offer help on starting a scholarship fund or donating to an existing one.

College in Colorado is a fantastic resource for assisting all students with furthering their education past high school. It has everything they need to know about choosing, applying to and paying for college. Create your own portfolio and receive help based on your profile.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective students (undergraduate and graduate) to determine eligibility for student financial aid, including Pell Grants, Federal student loans and Federal Work-Study.

Grants to Individuals from the Foundation Center is a licensed database for accurate and current information on foundations that fund education, research, arts and cultural support and professional development. Available exclusively in Reference on Level 3 of the Central Library.


Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans (2012) is a 3-volume set written for students, professionals, parents and counselors and provides sources of scholarships, fellowships, loans, internships and work study. Also available online to everyone with a DPL card in Gale Virtual Reference Library.

The Ultimate Scholarship Book (2011) is a detailed resource that includes more than 1.5 million awards, scholarships you can use at any college and insider advice on how to win.


  • Avoid scams. You should never have to pay any kind of fee for a search or application and no one can guarantee you a scholarship.
  • Don't give up. Scholarship seeking is a year-round project and there are always new opportunities.
  • Small amounts can be helpful too - although a $500.00 scholarship may not sound like much, it will pay for several textbooks.
  • Have someone look over and proofread your application.
  • Don't forget to mention family or personal accomplishments, such as caring for younger siblings or grandparents.
  • Be organized and follow instructions carefully.

Resources in Spanish:

Lanic has extensive resources for both regional and country-specific links for grants for academic and professional funding.

FAFSA Application Form

Please contact Reference Services, located on Level 3 of the Central Library, for all of your information needs:
• Phone: 720-865-1363; TTY: 720-865-1480
• Email Reference
• Ask Colorado (24/7 virtual chat reference)

Written by Lisa on March 12, 2012


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