Outside scholarships are those scholarships offered by organizations and individuals outside of Naropa. There is free money available for educational expenses. The challenge is dedicating one's time and energy to investigating, locating, and applying to receive these funds.
Perseverance, dedication, and creativity are essential to a successful search. Here are some suggestions to help you with your scholarship search:
The best time to apply for oustide scholarships for an upcoming academic year is typically during September through December. Requesting and compiling necessary information such as transcripts, essays and letters of reference can be time consuming. We recommend beginning the application process well before application deadlines.
Do not use any "scholarship search service" that requires a fee. Too often, these often turn out to be scams, have unrealistic requirements for the student, and/or produce dissatisfying results.
Don't underestimate the valuable scholarship resource pool available from home, school and work networks. For example, a large percentage of private scholarships come from parents' employers. Friends, extended family members, administrators, professors, fellow student recipients, mentors and religious associates may also know of outside scholarship opportunities.
For Colorado women, we present this opportunity for a scholarship from Colorado Women's Education Foundation: https://cwef.org/scholarships/how-to-apply/
Eligible applicants must demonstrate financial need, academic ability, leadership skills, career goals, and community involvement. To be eligible you must be:
Enrolled in or attending an accredited educational institution of higher learning
or vocational training (Applicants can be earning a certification, associcates, bachelor's,
master's or PhD degree).
The National Association of Financial Aid Administrators recommends these sources of private scholarship aid for undocumented students: