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Most scholarships are free money from donors. Because the money is donated, scholarships can be awarded for many different reasons. A scholarship could be based on merit for athletics, grades, or a talent such as music or art. Others are based on need or race or ethnicity. The criteria are based on whatever or whoever the donor wants to assist or reward. The donor may be an individual or an organization. The awards may be made through a college or university or you may apply directly to someone who makes the decision and sends a check to the school for you.

The point is that scholarships take many forms and you shouldn't assume that you can't qualify for a scholarship. Contact the college or university Scholarship Office but also search for yourself.

Caution: There are many scholarship scams. There is no reason to pay any fees to search for scholarships-or apply for financial aid. Here's what the U.S. Department of Education has to say about scholarship and financial aid scams:

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The Long Beach City College Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships each year. The application for LBCC Scholarships is generally available online in September.

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U.S. Department of Education Sources and Information on Scholarships

Scholarships for U.S. Veterans and military families