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A scholarship is financial support awarded to a student based on academic achievement, need, or other criteria for the purpose of schooling. There are various types of scholarships and criteria that are determined by the awarding organization who also specifies how the money is to be applied. Funds are typically used for tuition, books, room, board and other expenses directly tied to a student's educational cost. The application process for each scholarship is unique to the directions written by the awarding organization. You should never pay to apply for a scholarship.

Types of Scholarships


Check the institution's financial aid website to see if you need to one of the following:

  • Apply to the college by a certain deadline to automatically be considered
  • Apply to scholarships within the college's database after applying to the school
  • If you need to be nominated by your high school for a college scholarship

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Community Scholarships

Students may visit the *Naviance Scholarship List to view local and national scholarships open to Prince William County students.

Directions for accessing the scholarship list:

  • Log in to Naviance Student.
  • Click on Continue with Clever
  • Click on Colleges Tab at the top right
  • Scroll down to Scholarships and Money
  • Click on Scholarship List
  • Click the box to the left of all scholarships you're interested in
  • Click +Add to my applications
  • Click Add Scholarships to save to your Scholarship Applications List
  • Visit the list often for updates.

Visit the PWCS Naviance page to view a video tutorial and more information.

Note: Inclusion in the Naviance database does not constitute sponsorship or endorsement of the sponsoring organization or the scholarship by the Prince William County Public Schools. The following disclaimer will be included for non-PWCS scholarships:

“Scholarships offered by organizations other than PWCS are neither sponsored nor endorsed by Prince William County Public Schools. These opportunities may utilize technology tools that have not been assessed by the Prince William County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-PWCS enrichment opportunity and families should review the Terms of Service, User Agreements, and Privacy Policy for any technology platform that the enrichment opportunity may use before participating." 

Parent Employer:

Ask your parents/guardians to check with their human resource office for business scholarships for dependents.

PWCS Supporting Partnerships and Resources for Kids (SPARK):

Scholarship Information

Opportunity Scholarships-College Board:

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships offer nearly $5 million each year to reward your efforts to plan and pay for college.

International Student Scholarships

ROTC Scholarships:

  • College institutions will represent specific military branch ROTC programs. Be sure to apply to the colleges that offer the military branch of your interest.
  • If you do not currently meet the academic requirements to be considered for your desired branch's ROTC scholarship right out of high school, you can apply for a ROTC scholarship while in college
  • The Student Guide for ROTC Programs (Best Colleges)

Additional Scholarship Databases