Scholarship and College Resources
Helpful local, government and national resources
The key to college planning is to start early. The College Board's Big Future site includes action plans to help parents and students navigate the road to college starting in middle school.
These organizations and websites may help you find resources to assist you on your path to a college education. The listing here, however, does not imply the Foundation's endorsement. Use at your own discretion.
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- Anchor Scholarship Foundation – Scholarships for dependents of those who have served at least six years in Naval Surface Forces (Atlantic or Pacific). Students are not required to be residents of Hampton Roads.
- ACCESS College Foundation – Assists public school students in South Hampton Roads with the college admissions and financial aid process.
- Dolphin Scholarship Foundation – Scholarships for children of those who have served in Submarine Force or submarine support. Students are not required to be residents of Hampton Roads.
- Virginia Beach City Public Schools Scholarship Central – A searchable database of local, state and national scholarship opportunities. You do not have to be a Virginia Beach Public Schools student to access the site.
- Chesapeake Public Schools College and Scholarship Information – Scholarship information is available in a password-protected site for Chesapeake students.
- Portsmouth Public Schools Scholarship Information – Listing of local, state and national scholarship opportunities and approximate deadlines. You do not have to be a Portsmouth Public Schools student to access the site.
- Suffolk Public Schools Scholarship Hub – Listing of local, state and national scholarship opportunities and approximate deadlines. You do not have to be a Suffolk Public Schools student to access the site.
- The Lincoln-Lane Foundation – Provides college scholarships to Hampton Roads students.
- Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia – Administers several scholarships for students from the Peninsula including Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City County and York County.
- The Southeast Virginia Community Foundation – Administers several scholarships for students from Portsmouth and other Hampton Roads cities.
- Wings Over America Scholarship Foundation – Scholarships for dependent children and spouses of all US Navy Personnel–officer and enlisted– active duty, retired, honorably discharged or deceased who served within Naval Air Forces. Students are not required to be residents of Hampton Roads.
- Big Future - Provides comprehensive college planning resources for students and parents.
- Youth Career Center – Provides career exploration, job preparation, and financial literacy education to youth ages 14-24 living in City of Chesapeake, City of Franklin, Isle of Wight County, City of Portsmouth, City of Norfolk, Southampton County, City of Suffolk, and City of Virginia Beach.
- College Preparation Checklist – Provides lists of steps students and parents should be taking in elementary, middle, and each year of high school to prepare students for college. Published by the Federal Student Aid.
- Guide to the College Admission Process – Guides students through the college admissions process from junior year through senior year. Published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
- Strive for College – Provides college-bound students with free one-on-one online mentoring through the college application process.
- KnowHow2Go – Provides tips by grade level for middle and high school students to prepare for college.
- College Navigator – Search for colleges and view side-by-side comparisons of schools.
- Educational Opportunity Center - Free academic, vocational, career and financial aid information for first generation college students wishing to pursue a college degree. Provided by the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education (VTC).
- Questbridge – Connects high-achieving low-income high school students with elite universities that offer full scholarships.
- StudentMentor.org - Matches you with a mentor who can help you determine your academic and career goals, as well as give you advice about interviewing, time management and applying for financial aid.
- Virginia Education Wizard – Explore careers, take a career assessment, find college majors that match student interests and look into college costs.
- Off-to-College Checklist – A general list of item to take to campus. Check the specific requirements and features of your college and housing placement to find out what you do and don't need.
- ACT, Inc. – ACT preparation and general college and financial aid information
- CollegeBoard.com – SAT preparation and general college and financial aid information
- Kaplan – SAT and ACT test preparation and registration
- Khan Academy – online courses and SAT test preparation
- Peterson’s – SAT and ACT online preparation, college search, and financial aid information
- Princeton Review – SAT and ACT preparation and online tests, college search, application information, and financial aid information
- Federal Student Aid – The U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid program ensures all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. Students must file a FAFSA each year to determine their eligibility for federal aid.
- FSA ID - Sign up for a Federal Student Aid ID, which allows you to electronically apply for federal student aid and access your records online.
- FASTWEB – A comprehensive source of financial aid information, advice and tools.
- FinAid - has a wealth of useful information about funding your education with scholarships, loans and savings accounts. It also offers tools to calculate college costs, loan payments, savings and expected family contribution.
- ScholarshipExperts.com - This site gives you access to a database of 2.4 million scholarships worth more than $14 billion. You can customize your search by your hobbies, interests and academic background.
- Scholarship America - The nation’s largest nonprofit, private-sector scholarship and educational support organization. It offers a resource center with information about test preparation, financial aid, admissions and career exploration. It also provides links to open scholarship opportunities.
- Scholarships.com - Search more than 2.7 million college scholarships and grants worth more than $19 billion. The College Directory has information about more than 7,000 colleges nationwide, including admission statistics, tuition and fees, and scholarships.