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Search over 1,500 full tuition & full ride merit scholarships offered by colleges around the U.S.


Hi, I'm Wendy Nelson, founder of My Kid's College Choice. I created the "Full Scholarship List" to organize all the full tuition and full ride scholarships I saw on various lists on the web. Then I went searching through all the college websites to find more!

I put them all in one searchable, sortable, and filterable list for other families to quickly find top scholarships their student would qualify for.

The largest source of merit scholarships are the colleges themselves.

Who Should Buy This List:

  • Families who won't qualify for need-based aid and will need merit-based aid to afford college
  • Students with good to best ACT/SAT scores and high GPAs
  • Students who haven't already narrowed down to a list of colleges to apply to
  • Students who are open to going to school anywhere that will offer a full tuition or better scholarship
  • Students who have what it takes to compete for a prestigious full tuition/full ride scholarship at a top school
  • Parents who are open to consider sending their student to a school they have never heard of before
  • Families who understand that major merit scholarships are offered by schools to attract top students and that colleges that already attract top students do not offer many full tuition and better scholarships (there are some, but not many)
  • Families who understand the odds of winning a full scholarship are great, but they want to try

Who Should Not Buy This List:

  • Students with middle-of-the-road GPA and ACT/SAT scores (may qualify for some merit scholarships, but probably not full ride/full tuition)
  • Students who have already narrowed down to a list of colleges to apply to
  • Students who are only willing to consider specific schools
  • Parents who aren't open to sending their student to a school they have never heard of before
  • Families who think a full tuition/full ride scholarship is easy to come by (there are many different statistics out there, but on average, less than 1% of college applicants are offered academic full scholarships)

What's Included on the Full Scholarship List

  • The spreadsheet is sortable and filterable.
    It is an Excel spreadsheet that can be sorted by state, by college, by scholarship amount and any other column on the spreadsheet.
  • The spreadsheet includes different scholarship types.
    It includes Automatic scholarships that are granted to any student meeting the stated criteria, Competitive scholarships that may or may not require a separate application, Talent scholarship offered to students with specific talents like music, art, dance and theater, scholarships specifically offered to Valedictorians and Salutatorians, and scholarships specifically offered to National Merit, National Achievement and Hispanic Recognition finalists and semi-finalists.
  • I include important details about the schools.
    school's yearly tuition is included so you can see how much a "full tuition" or "full ride" scholarship was worth.  The school's acceptance rate is included so you can see how hard it will be to get accepted.  The mid-50% ACT and SAT score ranges are included so you can see how your student stacks up against admitted students.
  • A link to the page on the school's website that gives full details on the scholarship.


Lists 1,539 major merit scholarships offered by 724 colleges across the U.S. - last updated and published June 17, 2018

You receive access to all list updates for a year:

I publish two major updates per year (next one coming out is 6.0), summer and end of year, to try to catch all the changes that schools make to their scholarship offerings.  

I also publish smaller updates periodically.  

You receive an email with a link to download every updated version for one year from your purchase date.

What Buyers Have Said

John Doe UI/UX Designer

“I figured that high of an ACT score had to be worth something.”

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.

“I have been having periodic freak outs regarding college expenses ..."

"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

John Doe UI/UX Designer
John Doe UI/UX Designer

"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

Full Scholarship List 5.4

Purchase your copy of the Full Scholarship List 5.4 today for only $7.99 and start finding affordable college options!


A Couple More Comments From Past Purchasers

Gail D. 

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!

Wendy Nelson
Creator of Full Scholarship List

About the Author

Hi, I'm Wendy Nelson, creator of the Full Scholarship List and MyKidsCollegeChoice.com.  I am the mother of 3 girls - one in grad school, one in undergrad, and one heading into her Senior year of high school. 

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. I focus primarily on college search families "caught in the middle" - too much income to qualify for need-based aid, but not enough to pay the full sticker price for college. I believe that merit scholarships are the best way for families caught in the middle to afford college.

What You Get When You Purchase the Full Scholarship List 5.4

  • List of 1,539 institutional merit scholarships offered by colleges around the U.S. in the amounts of "full ride", "full tuition", "up to full ride" and "up to full tuition"
  • Downloadable, Searchable, Filterable
  • Scholarships for National Merit/National Achievement/National Hispanic Finalists and Semi-Finalists
  • Talent Scholarships
  • Scholarships for Valedictorians & Salutatorians
  • Automatic & Competitive scholarships based on merit criteria - ACT/SAT scores, GPA, leadership, and more
  • Free access to updates for 1 year
  • College Details - Yearly tuition cost, acceptance rate, mid-50% ACT & SAT scores
  • Link to full scholarship details on college website

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is there a cost for this list?

What format does the list come in?

Are these "private" scholarships?

I don't want to pay through PayPal.  Is there another option?

Are any of the scholarships on the list need based?

Does the list contain all full-tuition and full-ride scholarships for all colleges in the U.S.?

Why don't I see many of the top ranked schools in the U.S. on the list?

Have more questions?  Email me at wendy@mykidscollegechoice.com.  I am happy to answer!

So you have heard about the Full Scholarship List, the benefits it provides and the feedback from a few past purchasers.  Does this sound like a list that will help you make college more affordable for your child?

Yes, I want to search for full ride & full tuition merit scholarships now!