Hi, I'm Wendy Nelson, founder of My Kid's College Choice. I'm a mom who has experienced this frustration.
When my oldest daughter started her college search, I went into Panic Mode!
The Advice I Heard Was Pick An In-State Public University and Look For Scholarships
We Still Had A Big College Affordability Problem!
I needed to find large scholarships that weren't based on financial need.
I needed to find scholarships that my kid had a realistic chance of receiving.
Institutional Merit Scholarships are merit-based scholarships offered directly by colleges across the country to attract top students.
Some scholarships are offered as "automatic" scholarships, meaning anyone who meets a specified GPA and/or test score automatically receives the scholarship.
Some scholarships are offered as "competitive" scholarships, meaning that qualified students will compete for the scholarship money.
Some scholarships are offered as "talent" scholarships, meaning that students who can demonstrate a high degree of talent in an area such as art, music, theater, dance or others will receive a scholarship.
In my searches, I found a few lists of "full ride" and "full tuition" scholarships online, but they were not easily searchable, incomplete or already out of date. I wanted an accurate view of all the currently offered major scholarships in an easy-to-use format.
I went back to those lists of "full ride" and "full tuition" merit scholarships I found online, made sure every scholarship was still valid and organized all the valid ones into a simple spreadsheet format.
My initial list had about 450 scholarships. I shared the list with my local high school and started offering it on the My Kid's College Choice site.
I wanted to include more that just guaranteed "full ride" and "full tuition" scholarships. I noticed some schools offer scholarships "up to full ride", "up to full tuition", and up to a high percent of full tuition, like 75% or 90% of tuition.
I wanted to include more data about the colleges, like the acceptance rate and the mid-50% ACT scores and SAT scores for admitted students, to indicate how selective admissions is at that school.
I had received a lot of questions about scholarships for international students, so I wanted to include major scholarships for international students also.
It is a listing of over 1200 major merit scholarships offered by 605 colleges across the U.S.
The Full Scholarship List 2.0 is downloadable, searchable, filterable, and printable.
National Merit/Achievement Scholarships for National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Finalists & Semi-Finalists
Automatic & Competitive Scholarships for high ACT scores, high SAT scores, high GPAs, leadership, etc.
Scholarships for music, art, theater, dance and more.
Thanks for putting that scholarship list together. Our daughter was really indifferent about college, partly because of the cost estimates from the few colleges she checked out, and it was really frustrating me. She got a 34 on her ACT and around a 3.1 cumulative GPA. I figured that high of an ACT score had to be worth something. Finally I did a Google search for Scholarships for a high ACT score and came across your site ... From that I found that she should qualify for free out-of-state tuition at Ole Miss with her score and GPA, and it had a strong international studies and foreign language program which is what she was interested in. I called admissions the next day to see if it was true and it was. She applied and got accepted with full tuition award plus an extra $1000! We just scheduled her Freshman Orientation session and we couldn’t be happier. Thanks again! - Steve B.
"Thanks so much for this list! As a parent of a rising senior- I have been having periodic freak outs regarding college expenses around the corner! But, seeing the opportunities for her with her ACT scores, and potential to be a National Merit scorer, I am much relieved!" - Karan
"We were pleased to see even more scholarships listed on the newest version."
Thank you SO much for this excellent Full Scholarship List. I can’t begin to count the number of times we’ve used it over the past several months in search of the right college for our soon-to-be senior daughter. We’ve appreciated the free updates, and we were pleased to see even more scholarships listed on the newest version. - Patti
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Thank you Wendy for this valuable resource for our students. I know it took a lot of time and effort to research and seek out these opportunities.
I just bought your great spreadsheet and am able to use it on my Mac with a program called OpenOffice.org Calc. Thank you for all your hard work on this. I will spread the word to other parents I know. This is a very fair price for so much good information!
Hi, I'm Wendy Nelson, creator of the Full Scholarship List and MyKidsCollegeChoice.com. I am the mother of 3 girls - one already in college, one headed to college and one a few years away.
I created MyKidsCollegeChoice.com and the Full Scholarship List out of frustrations with our own college search process. With my oldest daughter, I spent hundreds of hours searching for what I needed to know. I wanted to help make it a smoother process for other parents and their college-bound kids.
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I would love to offer this list free to everyone, but then I would need to accept advertising on my site. I have vowed not to accept advertising on my site because I think the user experience is much better without it. I keep the cost for the list as low as possible and only charge enough to pay for keeping my site up and running and paying people to help me find and document all these great scholarships.
The list was created in Microsoft Excel 2013 and that is the version you receive when you download the link. You do not need to have Microsoft Excel to use the list! Just contact me after purchase and I will provide you with access through Google Sheets, a shared online spreadsheet that has full sort and filter capability.
No, these are merit scholarships offered directly by the colleges to attract top students. The only scholarships on the list that cross over into private scholarships would be the Stamps Foundation scholarships. These are only offered through specific schools and students apply directly through the colleges that offer the Stamps scholarships.
Right now, PayPal is the only electronic payment option. I am working on a second electronic payment option. We can also arrange for a good old fashioned check payment if you prefer. Just drop me a note on my Contact Me page and we will work something out.
Some of the scholarships on the list do include a need-based component along with the merit qualifications. Usually, the Scholarship Details column will tell you if need is a consideration. The Scholarship Details column is just a summary of the scholarship though. I always recommend clicking on the link provided to view full information for the scholarship.
The Full Scholarship List 2.0 comes a lot closer to this, but is probably still missing some colleges. There are 605 colleges that have full-tuition and full-ride scholarships on the list. Many more colleges were reviewed to see what types of scholarships they offered. Many colleges do not offer merit-based or talent-based full-tuition or full-ride scholarships.
Ivy League and other top-tier colleges typically don't offer merit aid to attract top students. They don't have to. These schools are already attracted way more students than they could ever hope to admit. These schools do offer lots of need-based aid, even to families with higher income.
Have more questions? Drop me a note on my Contact Me page. I am happy to answer!
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