"Shed light on the path and the Journey is easy." ...Pennie Douglas

Scholarships are one of the most important elements in going to college. With college costs going up, attaining scholarships are vital in being able to attend the college of your choice. As of now, scholarships should be your second job. First apply for financial aid through FAFSA every year of college. In addition, whether you are a freshman in high school or a senior in college, you should always be looking for and applying for scholarships.

Don't pay money for financial aid or any scholarship application fee. Just think, if you are looking for money to pay for college, why would you spend money? When applying for scholarships never give out your credit card information, bank account, social security number or any bank PIN numbers.

There are four major categories for scholarships.

Most common sites are and BigFuture. Be creative in your search. Try applying for local scholarships first, then seeking scholarships in your field of interest.

Current Scholarship:

National Arts Competition

Are you a 15- to 18-year-old visual, literary, design or performing artist?


  • Receive up to $10,000 in cash awards
  • Take master classes with accomplished artists
  • Become eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
  • Receive a lifetime of mentoring and professional support
  • Achieve national recognition

  • Be a citizen of the United States or permanent resident/green card recipient (copy of documentation is required in the application)
  • Be 15–18 years of age or in grades 10–12 on December 1, 2018
  • Have not already been named a Young Arts Finalist and previously attended Young Arts Week

  • Complete the YoungArts application on Acceptd, including required documentation and audition or portfolio materials, by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, October 12, 2018.
  • Pay the $35 application fee or get a fee waiver. Learn more about fee waivers in our FAQ.

  • Source: National YoungArts Foundation

    Contact WHD (951) 415-9756 for help in finding scholarships that can benefit you.