Private Scholarships

Scholarships, unlike loans, do not have to be paid back, which means they are free. Scholarships are not usually your main source of money for college, but they are definitely worth researching and seeking. Each scholarship will have unique application requirements. Often you will need letters of recommendation, a resume of your work, activities, and accomplishments, and an essay tailored to the scholarship program. Nationwide there are thousands of scholarships available, and you should consider using a free scholarship search tool to help you find appropriate selections. Never pay for a scholarship search service.

Where can I find a comprehensive list of Scholarships available to me?

Scholarships are available from states, colleges, and private sources. Most will require a separate application process with strict deadlines for consideration. Each state will have a website listing available state scholarships as will each college. A good source for scholarship information is your high school guidance counselor. High Schools often keep lists of scholarships that students from your school have received in previous years. You may want to consider a college scholarship search service to help you identify private scholarships, but never pay for this service as there are plenty of really good free sources. The Scholarship Scam web page offers excellent guidance on how to identify and avoid scholarship scams

Where should the Private Scholarship checks be mailed?
Private Scholarships
A1500 University Center
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2398

To ensure timely disbursement, please make sure all checks are made payable to Florida State University. Be sure to include the student’s full name, student ID, the term for which the funds are for, and a memo with any additional requirements for the application of the scholarship funds.

Additional questions? Visit our Scholarships FAQ for more information, or reach out to Lindsay Allen at or 850.645.7821. 

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