College scholarships and grants are among the various kinds of financial aid available to students. There are many scholarships and grants available to students at the postgraduate and graduate level. These include scholarships for all fields of education. You can find a scholarship that is suitable for you with little effort.
The difference between a grant and a scholarship is that generally grant money is directly paid to the college in which student is enrolled in and scholarships are paid or made available to students. However this is not a rule each programs has its own characteristics.
Most of the scholarship programs are either offered by Universities or colleges, or they are offered by government organizations. However, there are also many welfare organizations and organizations representing different ethnic, religious or professional groups that offer financial aid to students. The criterion of award of scholarships depends upon the organization that is offering the scholarship. All organizations will set criteria according to their aim behind offering the scholarships.
The scholarships awarded by Universities and colleges are generally merit based or sports based. The aim in offering these scholarships is to attract intelligent students or aspiring athletes to their college. The government normally award scholarships to encourage talented students or to provide aid to an underprivileged class of students, such as single parents scholarships provided by government. Welfare organizations generally award scholarships based on financial need or to provide aid to a specific class of students, such as minority scholarships. However, this list is in exhaustive because there are innumerable organizations providing aid with different aims; for example organizations that provide aid to children of military persons.
To search for a scholarship that you may qualify for you should evaluate your strengths. You should decide the criterion on which it is most probable that you will win a scholarship. After you have evaluated your strengths you can use the scholarship search engines available over internet to search for a scholarship you qualify for.
After you have found a scholarship that you qualify for you should make the application with complete care. You should provide all information and documentations required from you. You should also include an essay on a topic of general interest and a personal statement explaining you complete career background and interests. The essay and personal statements will help scholarship providers in evaluating you personality and will go a long way in winning you college scholarships and grants.