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Scholarship Search Engines

Federal Student Aid -Find and apply for as many scholarships as you can

Please remember when searching for outside scholarships never to apply for a scholarship that requires you to pay an application fee. There are absolutely no circumstances that should require you to release your social security or credit card numbers.

If you receive any outside scholarships, please send a copy of the award letter to our office as soon as possible!

North Carolina residents may reference College Foundation of NC's website for helpful information about applying for college, financial aid, and merit-based scholarship.

Western North Carolina residents may reference the Community Foundation of WNC's website for additional scholarships.

Select Scholarships & Resources

The Financial Aid Office occasionally receives information about funding sources that differ from the usual scholarship information we post. While we want to let you know about these opportunities, we don't endorse them. We also encourage you to consider all aspects of the process before applying or participating. We welcome your feedback on your experience with these sources to help us determine their value.

Master Outside Scholarship List.pdf

(Once you are in the scholarship list, if you wish to open a URL in a new tab please hold CTRL and click the specific scholarship URL for which you wish to apply.  This will allow you to have various tabs open and also the main outside scholarship list for reference.)

Outside Scholarships and your financial aid...

If a student gets an outside scholarship, WWC will not reduce any of our institutional aid.  If there is a situation where the student would be packaged over their cost of attendance, then we would reduce loan eligibility/balances first.  Outside scholarships is something the student earns and we treat it as over and above any institutional funding we offer a student. 


Checks for outside scholarships should be sent to the WWC Student Accounts Office, please do not send checks to the WWC Financial Aid Office.

Notification letters to prove receipt of outside scholarships should be sent to the WWC Financial Aid Office so we may add this to your financial aid package.