Researching Outside Resources

Additional financial assistance, independent of the Cal Poly Scholarship Program, is available to students willing to research the possibilities.

NOTE: Exercise caution in using scholarship search services; many sell information that is readily available at no cost.


Below are tips to help your search:

  • A local college financial aid office, library, high school/college counselor or your major department.
  • The Cal Poly Financial Aid Office displays scholarship announcements and has reference books available for review.
  • Check bulletin boards in classrooms, hallways or outside your department office.
  • The Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly has an excellent reference department, including access to electronic services, for scholarship, grant and loan resources.
  • The Cal Poly Career Resource Center provides access to additional scholarship directories.

Also, explore these areas below as avenues of possible funding:

Community organizations

Groups such as Rotary, Elks Club, American Legion, 4-H Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Chamber of Commerce, PTA, AAUW, ABWA, Lions Club, etc. Contact the organization directly for information. Also, various civic, fraternal, religious, or ethnic groups may also offer assistance opportunities. Lastly, research your local social and professional clubs.


Many large corporations offer scholarships and loans to employees and their dependents to attend college. Others offer aid to students who are majoring in fields related to the corporation's activities or interests. Call the company's human resource office for application information.

Professional, career and trade associations

Field-specific associations frequently offer support for education. Research directories of professional, career and trade associations in your field.

National Merit Scholarships

The independent, non-profit Merit Scholarship Corporation award scholarships every year to students who compete for them on the basis of their test scores, academic and extracurricular achievements and their school's recommendation. You can enter this competition by taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) at the appropriate time in high school. Contact your high school guidance counselor for more information, or visit:; or .

Artistic talents, athletic abilities or other special skills

Students with unusual talents and abilities should ask their art or shop teacher, coach, or bandmaster about universities and colleges that might recruit students with their particular skills or abilities. Locate magazines and websites related to your special interests and skills for scholarship leads.

BE ADVISED: If you receive an outside scholarship, University policy requires that students report to the Financial Aid Office all resources available to them; link here for details.

Additional links: - Locate scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs
FASTWEB - provides a free scholarship search
Cal Poly Military Science - provides Cal Poly Army ROTC Scholarships
Mach25 - offers free scholarship search through CollegeNet
International Education Financial Aid
College Answer
National Science Foundation (NSF)
HACU National Internship Program (HNIP)
Global Student Loan Corporation

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