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“HELP! I Need More Money for School!” -- How to Find Outside Scholarships

What is an “outside scholarship?”

An outside scholarship is an award that comes from an “outside” agency that is not affiliated with the University or federal and state governments. Outside agencies include businesses, nonprofit organizations, civic and professional associations, community organizations, and even professional sports teams.

Sounds great! How can I get one?

Unfortunately, since outside scholarships come from the “outside,” they are largely the student’s responsibility. It is up to you to find, research, and apply for outside scholarships. Luckily, we’ve been doing some research to help get you started. Click through the sections in the "Learn More" box on the left!

Current Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Look Twice, Save a Life Scholarship
The Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to any student who is currently attending or planning to attend college or some form of higher education. The scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis for the Spring semester. The deadline to apply is December 1st, 2014.

Students can click on the link to find out more information

How to Enter

  1. Create a form of social awareness that inspires other students to focus on Looking Twice for Motorcycle Safety. This can be a video, artwork, essay or anything that would engage other students to focus on safe driving.
  2. Once you have completed Step 1, please proceed to filling out the application in our contact form below.
  3. Submit a link to your video, artwork, essay or creative element of your choice in the final step of the application form.


Current college student or anyone planning on attending college (or another form of higher education) in the upcoming school year. Student must have a valid driver’s license.

Jamala Rogers Young Visionary Award
The Jamala Rogers Young Visionary Award serves to recognize and support young adults who have made efforts to promote social justice, equality, diversity and human rights. Award recipients are visionaries responding to society’s most pressing social, political and economic issues. The recipient’s actions or project helped to change public policies, impacted a critical issue, created innovative models of service or strengthened an important community institution. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2014.

Students can click on the link to find out more information.

How to Enter

  1. Submit a typed 500-750 word essay about a project s/he initiated that brought about a fundamental change for a specific population or neighborhood. The applicant should talk about what role s/he played in the project, why youth activism is important and what inspires them to be a change agent.
  2. A letter is required from an adult associated with the program or project who can confirm its impact.
  3. The application package can also include photos, news clippings, etc. that document the effort.


Applicants must be between the ages of 17-24 years old and reside in the St. Louis metropolitan area. They must already be enrolled or will enroll in a college or vocational institution by the next academic semester. The recipient will be evaluated on whether their efforts impacted public policy or laws, changed the quality of life for the community, created an innovative model of service or initiated a project that impacted a particular issue or problem. The applicant will receive additional consideration if their submission is not a one-time project but part of their life’s “bend towards justice.”