Start Your Scholarship List

Deadline: End of February During Your Senior Year (note that this qualifying step will open soon for the Classes of 2024 and 2025)

About the Scholarship​

Scholarships are a type of financial aid, often known as “free money,” that help you pay for college. Unlike loans, you don’t have to pay back a scholarship award. BigFuture will match you with scholarships based on your background, achievements, and future plans.​

Students who use BigFuture Scholarship Search and save three scholarships on their scholarship list will earn entries in monthly drawings for $500 and $40,000. You can search for more than 14,000 scholarships on BigFuture, based on your background, academic achievements, interests and future plans.​

How to Qualify

Get Started​

  1. Log in to your College Board account on Scholarship Search.​

  2. Answer questions to complete your Matching Criteria information.​

  3. Review the list of other scholarships that you qualify for.​

  4. Save three scholarships to your scholarship list.​

Tips for Using Scholarship Search

  • How does Scholarship Search work?​
    Scholarship Search matches you with scholarships based on the information in your profile. Your list will only include scholarships with requirements that match your profile.​

  • How can I receive more information about the scholarships?​
    Click on Go Apply button next to each scholarship of interest. This takes you directly to the scholarship site.​

  • How can I get more scholarship matches?​
    The Scholarship Search tool matches you with potential scholarships if your profile matches their requirements. The more information you provide, the higher the likelihood you’ll see additional matches in your results list. Get started by completing the fields in the Matching Criteria summary on the My Information tab.​

Dates and Deadlines​

Scholarships for $500 and $40,000 are awarded monthly until February of your senior year. Completing any step enters you in the drawings on the first day of every month. For $500 scholarships, we select 150 winners from the  class of 2024 and 150 from the  class of 2025 every month. For $40,000 scholarships, we select a total of two monthly (one from class of 2024 and another from  class of 2025). Drawings occur on the first day of every month. ​



How will I know when I've earned an entry?

After you explore the BigFuture Scholarship Search and save three scholarships on your scholarship list, you’ll be automatically entered in monthly drawings unless you opt out of participation. You’ll see an update on your dashboard on BigFuture when you earn entries for $500 and $40,000. You’ll also get an email to confirm your drawing entries.

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What if I already started a scholarship list on BigFuture before the scholarship drawings began?​

If you already started a scholarship list and were signed into the same College Board account, you’ll automatically earn drawing entries unless you opt out of participation. No further action is required. This step will be marked as complete on your dashboard on BigFuture. 

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