There are so many different types of scholarships available these days. Believe it or not, you may qualify for a scholarship because you are tall, short, blonde, dark, smart, not so smart, a cat lover (no joke) and or have one of many other characteristics. Often, students don’t apply for scholarships because they assume their grades aren’t good enough or think they won’t meet other qualifications.

Valuable resources like Fastweb, Unigo and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund make finding scholarships easy. Students simply create a personal profile for scholarships and daily opportunities and are sent directly to their email. These scholarship-matching websites filter scholarships based on information provided in the profile, such as desired major, school of attendance, ethnicity, and other interests. After that, it’s up to the student to go through each one, make sure they meet the requirements and apply.

Another way students can find scholarships is by going to the scholarship department of the college or university they are attending or hope to attend or by meeting with their high school guidance counselor. Local scholarship organizations often contact schools for help distributing information to students. In addition, colleges and universities often have foundations that provide scholarships and students can apply for multiple opportunities at the same time. The Maricopa Community College District is a good example of this.

In Arizona, undocumented students face additional barriers in obtaining money for college since they don’t qualify for institutionalized financial aid. In those cases, private scholarships are the best way to pay for school. Organizations such as the Isac Amaya Foundation in Phoenix and Scholarships A-Z in Tucson provide resources specifically for undocumented students. At a national level, a great resource is TheDream.US.

If students dedicate just one hour a day looking for scholarships in their freshmen and sophomore years, and two hours a day applying for them as juniors and seniors, by the time they start college they could earn a good amount of scholarship money to supplement their college savings fund.

The Isac Amaya Foundation was created to guide and provide financial resources for students, regardless of their immigration status, to achieve a higher education.