The Scholarship Eligibility Cheat Sheet
Figuring out what makes you eligible for a scholarship is half the battle. After all, if you don't know what to look for how can you find a scholarship that is right for you?
The Salt scholarship cheat sheet will help you identify some characteristics that make you eligible for scholarships—so you can master your search.
What is your gender?
Are you currently enrolled in school?
Currently enrolled (any accredited college, including community colleges and vocational schools)
Currently enrolled 4 year (any accredited 4-year university)
Currently enrolled 2 year (any accredited 2-year college
What is your enrollment status?
What is your race?
American Indian or Alaska Native
What is your GPA?
Some scholarships have minimum GPA requirements.
As long as you at least meet the minimum GPA requirement for any given scholarship, you should definitely apply.
GPA ____ on a scale of ______.
What is your major?
List everything! A biology major can apply for medical scholarships, a political science major can apply for law scholarships, etc. Think about other majors that are basically the same as your major and list those too!
What are your career intentions?
Some organizations offer scholarships for students who want to pursue a career in an industry. Write down as many career options in your field as you can come up with!
What are your hobbies?
Sometimes your hobby might qualify you for a scholarship!
Things like scuba diving, HAM radio operating, painting, poetry writing, and others can win you big bucks.
Are you still a resident of your home state?
If the answer is yes, then you can still win scholarships for students in that home state!
Do you have financial need?
This is a tricky one. Basically, if the EFC you received on your FAFSA was 000 or close to 000, then you probably have a high chance of having financial need. If you are unsure, apply for financial need scholarships anyway. The worst that can happen is getting denied, and the best that can happen is winning cash!
Do you play a sport? Even just for fun?
Even if you only play a sport recreationally, list it!
There are scholarships for people who are "interested" in a sport, meaning you don't have to be a star athlete to win!
What are your extracurricular activities?
List everything here from club membership to community service and hours, leadership roles, and anything else (except sports).
Now that you know what you're eligible for, check out Salt's scholarship search tool to find the opportunities that work for you.