College Grants

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College grants are offered to individuals to pay for college educational opportunities and are most often awarded through the college they chose to attend. Any individual can apply for college grants if they meet the eligibility requirements. Many colleges and universities receive grants to provide student aid to individuals. For example,The Duke Endowment consistently provides funding to Duke University for college grants to individuals.

The best way to find out which foundations give college grants is to go to your local library and conduct research. Local libraries have foundation directories and resources available to use at no charge. Many libraries have access to the Foundation Directory Online so that you can do a search on “scholarships” or “student aid” to find college grants.The Foundation Directory Online allows you to search by Grants or by Foundations.It is a good idea to use both search engines. There are at least 1,039 foundations in the United States that give college grants to individuals through scholarships and over 2,000 foundations that give to scholarship funds. According to the Foundation Directory Online, some of the top foundations that give the most in college grants to individuals are the Starr Foundation, Walton Foundation, Walmart Foundation and Open Society Institute. Other big givers of college grants to individuals include the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Winston-Salem Foundation, Hawaii Community Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Clark Foundation, and The Ford Family Foundation.

USGG has a new and innovative program in partnership with Austin College and Texoma Council of Governements (TCOG) for college students called Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation (SEPA). The program requires colleges and universities to partner with the Center for Rural Outreach and Public Services, Inc. to teach college students and rural nonprofits in the area how to find, write and win grants. Students have the opportunity to work in paid summer internships for the rural nonprofits. For more information on the SEPA program contact Beverly Santicola.

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