Starting My Scholarship Search

The following guide will help you get started on your scholarship search. It is highly recommended that you speak to an adviser in the Padnos International Center or the Office of Fellowships to help you identify and apply for scholarships that might be a good fit for you. 

Step 1: Determine what scholarships you may be eligible for 

Scholarships are offered through the Padnos International Center, GVSU, local groups or organizations, and national competitions. The eligibility requirements for these scholarships vary. Scholarships can be merit-based, need-based, diversity-based, etc. 

Get started by using this guide: Guiding Questions for Scholarships

Step 2: Start researching scholarships

The following search engines can be used to find scholarships that are a good fit for you, based on your answers to the guiding questions used in Step 1. Students participating in a non-GVSU program should also check their provider's website (ex. Students participating in an ISA program should view the scholarships on the ISA website).

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a full list of search engines! You can also check with local groups and organizations or do a general search online. 

General Search (PIC):  

General Search (GVSU): 

General Search (nonGVSU):

General Search:

Diversity Scholarships Search:

Diversity Scholarships Search:

Diversity Scholarship Search:

Step 3: Work with an adviser

For questions about researching/applying for PIC, GVSU and local scholarships, contact the Padnos International Center. 

For questions regarding nationally competitive scholarships, contact the Office of Fellowships 

Step 4: Apply! 

The more scholarships you apply to, the better your odds. Apply early and often! 


Page last modified March 10, 2014