Many full-ride scholarships have similar eligibility requirements, so making yourself a great candidate for one will often make you a great candidate for multiple scholarships. While the specific details they require can vary between scholarships, most require or recommend the following qualities:
Here are five things to keep in mind about obtaining a merit scholarship from a state university:
1. Merit money is plentiful.
2. Understand what it takes to win a scholarship.
3. Look off the radar for state universities.
4. Know where to look for scholarship requirements.
5. Forget about need-based aid
This goes into the list if mea culpa moments for Shreya and me. Most of the schools we were looking at actually never ever offered merit scholarships, darn what were we thinking? To put this bluntly expect to pay $300,000 out of your pocket or in loans if you are going to these schools. The list of colleges NOT offering merit scholarships include many of the most well-known in the United States.The list is an ever changing target, but here is a sample list below complied by Dr. Barbara Austin, PhD: