The following are suggestions for some local and national scholarship resources. Scholarships and Grants are considered “free money”, meaning financial support that does not need to be repaid if used for approved purposes. There are many other options beyond the LCF program.
We have included links to credible resources, however, LCF does not monitor these pages and all are independent of the Foundation. FAFSA is listed first, as filing this application is a current requirement for consideration for any financial-need based Licking County Foundation Scholarships.
Remember – you should never need to pay a fee to use a scholarship website or to submit a scholarship application for consideration!
FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Check out this information (August 2021) on why, how, and when to apply for federal student aid, the different types of federal student aid, and FAQs. You can also check out this video, which gives a brief overview of federal student aid.
Please note: FAFSA will be undergoing significant changes in the coming year. Learn more about these changes and what to expect here.
Local Scholarship Opportunities
- High School Guidance Offices: If you are a current high school student, check the bulletin board in your guidance office and any e-newsletters sent out by your school. They often provide links to scholarship opportunities.
- Licking/Knox Goodwill Foundation: The Licking/Knox Goodwill Foundation offers scholarships for post-secondary education: trade schools, professional certification, and Associates, Bachelors, Masters, and PhD Programs. These scholarships are available for high school seniors, current college students, and adult students. In addition, Goodwill also offers scholarships for high school students attending a trade school or career centers in lieu of a traditional high school. Please see the Licking/Knox Goodwill Foundation’s website, linked here, for more information on eligibility and the application process.
- A Call to College: A Last Dollar Grant from A Call to College is a need-based, renewable scholarship offered to qualified Newark City School graduates. Students must graduate from Newark High School after 1991 or Newark Digital Academy after 2018, maintain a required GPA, be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or technical school, meet the financial aid requirements, and demonstrate need according to the federal financial aid formula. For more information on eligibility and the application process, visit ACTC’s website here.
- A Call to College also offers multiple FREE programs to help incoming college freshman navigate college, including their “Complete Your FAFSA” Workshop. Check out their online calendar for all their offerings.
- The Columbus Foundation: offers many scholarships each school year. More information can be found on their website here.
- The Licking County chapter of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization): has scholarships and grants available for women continuing their education. To qualify: you must be a US or Canadian Citizen, have at least 24 months as a non-student in adulthood, be within 24 months of completing your educational program and be enrolled in an educational program leading to employment or job advancement. To apply, students must be recommended by a local P.E.O. member. For more information, call Natalie at (614) 460-9871 or visit www.peointernational.org.
- Ohio Means Jobs: Visit Ohio Means Jobs’ website here, click on “For Job Seekers,” then “Planning for College,” then “Pay for College” to look for scholarship opportunities.
- Civic Organization Scholarship Opportunities: Be sure to check with your local Lions, Rotary, and Kiwanis Clubs for other potential scholarship opportunities.
- Granville Education Foundation: Seniors from Granville High School may apply for several scholarship opportunities
National Scholarship Opportunities
- Check out these scholarship search engines for national scholarship opportunities. (Each title is hyperlinked to its respective website.)
Don’t forget about the Financial Aid Office of your Institution! Most schools have their own internal scholarship program. Often, you can apply online and be considered for many scholarships, but there is a deadline – so don’t miss out on this opportunity.