Are you familiar with the term “Institutional Merit Scholarship”? These are the merit scholarships offered directly by colleges to attract the best and brightest, and/or most talented students by offering them what are essentially tuition discounts.
While there are institutional merit scholarships that range up to full tuition and full rides for 4 years, as found on my Full Scholarship List, these are not the most common institutional merit scholarships.
The most common institutional merit scholarships range from around $500 up to around $25,000 per year.
But how do you find these easily?
That was the question I set out to answer.
I was frustrated with long searches, going from college website to college website to see what schools offered the best scholarships.
I tried using sites like Fastweb and scholarships.com and only found a handful of institutional merit scholarships mixed in with tons of private scholarships.
I knew I could create something better. My goal was to create a site with only institutional merit scholarships listed, from schools all over the U.S., and make it easy to sort and filter to narrow down to just the types of scholarships your student might qualify for.
Last fall I hired a website programmer and started work on this project. It was an enormous undertaking, both in getting the site designed well and in collecting the data. It took longer than I ever imagined.
After 9 months of work, I am finally ready to launch meritscholarshiplist.com!
It is a subscription-based website where you can sign up for a 1-month or 1-year membership to get access to search for institutional merit scholarships and save search results for further reference.
You also get access to exclusive content that is only available to subscribers including my tutorial “5 Steps for Getting Great Institutional Merit Scholarships” and my exclusive interactive college search spreadsheet designed to work with the Merit Scholarship List fields to track your colleges and potential merit scholarships all the way through the college search process.
You can search for institutional merit scholarships several different ways on meritscholarshiplist.com:
- By School Name
- By Scholarship Type (automatic, competitive, national merit/national achievement, talent)
- By State (or combine State and Type for a smaller list)
- By Scholarship Amount
- By Minimum Required ACT score, SAT score and/or GPA
- Find all scholarships open to International Students
After you search, you can also filter down your search results further to narrow in on the scholarships your student may be eligible for.
Meritscholarshiplist.com is designed to save you time searching for institutional merit scholarships and help you find great scholarships you had no idea were available for your student. I hope you will try it out and agree that it is the best institutional merit scholarship resource available!