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How to Find Local Scholarships

Look in Your Own Backyard First

Local organizations often have a smaller pool of applicants, so it's generally a good idea to start with them in your scholarship search.

Start with the following:

  •  Professional associations. If you know what you want to do after college, start with the associations that are affiliated with that industry. For example, if you know you want to work in taxation, search for tax accreditation associations.
  •  Community organizations, such as Rotary clubs, American Legions, and Lions clubs. Note that you do not have to be a member of these organizations to receive their scholarships.
  •  Employer and parents’ employers, as well as any employee unions that you or your parents belong to.
  •  Church or religious organizations.
  •  Local government. Local city council members and state representatives usually have scholarship funds for people who live in their districts. Don’t worry—you didn’t have to vote for them to win!
  •  Local businesses. Contact your region’s Chamber of Commerce, as well as the St. Louis Business Journal’s Book of Lists (available at most libraries).
  •  Local newspapers. Search back issues for articles about students who have received scholarships and then research the name of the scholarship(s) mentioned online.

How to Find Associations

Are you having trouble locating associations to see if they offer scholarships? The St. Louis County Library offers the Associations Unlimited database, a listing of nonprofits, associations, and professional societies. You can search by location or industry.