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Outside Scholarship Opportunities

How Can I Find Outside Scholarships?

In addition to the scholarships and financial aid assistance that we help facilitate here at College Unbound, there are many other potential scholarship sources that students should consider to help finance their education. Please find below a list of resources and outside scholarship opportunities that might be of interest to you.

We highly recommend that students pay close attention to scholarship requirements and deadlines before applying, and to apply for any outside scholarships you decide on as soon as possible to ensure the best possible chance of receiving the award. Please remember that you will not be guaranteed any of these scholarships simply because you have applied for them.

Note: Since these scholarships exist outside of our jurisdiction, College Unbound cannot officially vouch for any of these scholarships. Please use caution and read through all scholarship opportunities carefully to ensure that they are legitimate.

Do not give your personal information out unless you have thoroughly researched the scholarship and the organization providing the opportunity. A scholarship will never ask for your social security number or a credit card number, do not give these out under any circumstances. Contact the CU Financial Aid Office (401-654-5393) with any questions.


Federal Student Aid - Get Scholarship Help With These Basics and Tips - This list of tips from Federal Student Aid’s official online resources can help with the basics of finding outside scholarships if you don’t know where to begin. 

FastWeb - This extensive, free scholarship search platform connects students to scholarships, financial aid tools, internship opportunities, and much more.

CollegeBoard’s BigFuture Site - This site offers user-friendly search functions for finding scholarships that fit your background. You can filter by personal interests, citizenship status, affiliations, and more.

Career OneStop’s Scholarship Finder Tool - Use this easy-to-navigate scholarship search tool to browse more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities. Filter by award types, locations, level of study, submission deadlines, and more.

Outside Scholarships

Citizens Scholarship - Apply to this scholarship offered by Citizens Bank by filling out a simple registration form–you will be entered for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $15,000 to use towards school expenses and one of the $2,500 monthly prizes that Citizens offers. In addition, each quarter a student who meets the required criteria for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship Prize will be eligible to win a $2,500 quarterly prize for use towards school expenses.

RI Latino Dollars for Scholars - This organization regularly offers scholarship opportunities for Rhode Island college students of Latinx/Hispanic descent. Although opportunities are not always available year-round, continue to check in for updates regularly if you fit the application criteria.