November marks the beginning of scholarship application season with National Scholarship Month. Get a jump on finding the best scholarships and colleges with these books.
Get started with Scholarships 101: The Real-World Guide to Getting Cash for College by Kimberly Stezala. This book is written for all students and their parents with steps for them to follow starting in the student’s freshman year. It contains tips on finding the best scholarships based on the student’s profile, information on creating a successful application, sample essays, and more.
The College Board, a not-for-profit organization, covers more than just scholarships in Getting Financial Aid 2009. It includes a “financial aid picture” for 3,000 colleges and schools while providing advice on the FAFSA form and more.
A hefty book, The Scholarship Book: The Complete Guide to Private-Sector Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Loans for the Undergraduate has over 700 pages. In addition to its comprehensive listings, it also provides tips on essays, cover letters, and finding the best awards.
Another good resource, The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2009: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Prizes by Gen and Kelly Tanabe contains detailed information about thousands of awards, all comprehensively indexed. It includes lists of scholarships for high school, college, graduate school, and adult education.
The 2007-2009 African American Scholarship Guide for Students & Parents presented by Dante Lee lists grants, scholarships, fellowships and internships from private, federal, state, and institutional sources for African American students and students of color.
Colleges & universities
What college or university is the best for you? The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2008 is a good place to begin. In this book, each institution gets an essay describing the school, backed up with selective statistics on things like SAT scores, acceptance rates, and more.
The Best 368 Colleges by Robert Franek provides college rankings on more than just test scores and acceptance rates. Here, you’ll find schools rated on the quality of their dorms, professors, campus food, class discussions, college newspapers, and more.
If you’re looking for a school close to home, try Peterson's Colleges in the Midwest 2008. This book covers 4-year and 2-year institutions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The Fiske What to Do When For College: A Student and Parent's Guide to Deadlines, Planning, and the Last Two Years of High School by Edward B. Fiske & Bruce G. Hammond provides a chronological approach to getting ready for college with monthly overviews and weekly planners. It covers deadlines for college admissions, scholarships, financial aid, tests, and more.
For help on staying organized during your senior year, check out Get It Together for College: A Planner to Help You Get Organized and Get In! From tests to recommendation letters to interviews, this book has checklists, worksheets, calendars and tips on preparing for college.
Adult Students: A Painless Guide to Going Back To College by Gen and Kelly Tanabe contains information on scholarships, distance learning, applications, and more with plenty of tips written with adults in mind.
Online scholarship resources
Find more information on scholarships and financial aid with these resources:
- Student Aid on the Web, U.S. Department of Education (also, check out their Financial Aid & Scholarship Wizard)
- FastWeb: Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Colleges
- FinAid: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
- CollegeBoard Scholarship Search