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    Little Known Scholarship Facts

    Think you know all there is to know about scholarships? Think again. Some of these factoids even surprised us!
    By Diane Melville - Updated: February 1, 2013

    Little Known Scholarship Facts

    Little Known Scholarship Facts

    Typical Scholarship Winner Is

    • Undergraduate
    • 15-25 years of age
    • Full-time student
    • Middle-income family

    $3.3B Total private student scholarship aid was between $3.1 billion and $3.3 billion in 2003-2004, according to a middle-range estimate.

    $100M Scholarship dollars go un-awarded every year

    Other Scholarship Eligibility

    • People with disabilities
    • Low-income students
    • Minority students

    $1,982 The average scholarship

    Many scholarships will award the cash directly to the student. $1,900 cash could buy you

    • A new laptop
    • Two months' rent
    • A trip to Las Vegas
    • Two semesters of textbooks

    50% Of all scholarship winners are minorities

    59% Women win more scholarships than men (59% of scholarships go to women)

    Weird scholarship eligibility

    • Must have the last name "Zolp"
    • Must be a feminist
    • Must be a completely average student
    • Must be good at calling ducks
    • Must be really really tall

    Eligibility criteria reported by institute survey respondents

    • Other
    • Intended Major/Career
    • In state or local
    • Academic achievement
    • Grade/student level
    • Income status
    • Gender
    • Race/Ethnicity
    • Regional
    • Public institution
    • First generation
    • Private institution

    Source: Institute for Higher Education Policy, Private Scholarships Count, 2005

    Think you know all there is to know about scholarships? Think again. Some of these factoids even surprised us!
    Por Diane Melville - Actualizado: 1 febrero 2013
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