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Books Listing Scholarships (Undergraduate)

  1. Miranda H. Ferrara and Sandra Jaszczak, The Awards Almanac: An International Guide to Career, Research, and Education Funds, 1996, St. James Press (Gale Research), Detroit, Michigan, 1995. ISBN 1-55862-331-0 ($125). Very detailed and comprehensive. Listings are organized alphabetically, with sponsor, place of study, special recipients, and subject indexes. There are more than 2,500 awards listed from nearly 1,500 organizations. To order a copy, write to St. James Press, 835 Penobscot Building, Detroit, MI 48226-4094.

  2. Huber William Hurt, Harriett-Jeanne Hurt and Christian E. Burckel, The College Blue Book -- Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants and Loans, Volume 5, 25th edition, Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, 1995. ISBN 0-02-895147-6 five volume set ($235). ISBN 0-02-895148-4 single-user CD-ROM ($335). ISBN 0-02-895151-4 network CD-ROM ($425). ISBN 0-02-895149-2 five volume set and single-user CD-ROM ($545). ISBN 0-02-895152-2 five volume set and network CD-ROM ($645). Revised every two years. The College Blue Book is a five-volume set that provides information about post-secondary education and financial aid. Volume 5, which is 895 pages long, provides information about scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans from private and public sources. It includes information about awards for undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral students. Awards are organized according to discipline, meaning that some listings are repeated. So, even though the awards are numbered from 1 to 2,753, the book lists only about 2,000 distinct award programs from approximately 1,000 sponsors. The book includes award title, sponsor, subject, and education level indexes. The CD-ROM lets you search for awards by subject area, award title, sponsor, and educational level. Volume 5 (ISBN 0-02-895026-7) was previously available separately for $48.00, but this appears to no longer be true. To order a copy, call 1-800-716-0044 or 1-317-228-4366, fax 1-800-882-8583 or 1-317-228-4304, write to Macmillan Publishing, 201 West 103rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290, or send email to You can also call 1-800-257-5755 or 1-800-261-8783, or write to Macmillan Publishing Company, 866 Third Avenue, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10022.

  3. Mark Kantrowitz and Joann P. DiGennaro, Prentice Hall Guide to Scholarships and Fellowships for Math and Science Students, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1993. ISBN 0-13045-345-5 paper ($19.95) 325 pages. Complete resource guide for science, math and engineering students, from high school through graduate school.

  4. Oreon Pierre Keeslar and Judy Keeslar Santamaria, Financial Aids for Higher Education, 15th edition, William C. Brown Co., Dubuque, Iowa, 1993. ISBN 0-69713-550-0 ($35.00). 688 pages. This book lists mostly undergraduate scholarships, with a handful of graduate fellowships, for a total of about 3,000 programs. The listings are organized alphabetically, with a regular index and 16 subject indexes. To order, call 1-800-338-5578 or 1-319-588-1451 or write to William C. Brown Company, 2460 Kerper Blvd., Dubuque, IA 52001.

  5. Debra M. Kirby and Christa Brelin, Fund Your Way Through College: Uncovering 1,700 Great Opportunities in Undergraduate Financial Aid, Visible Ink Press (Gale Research), Detroit, Michigan, 1994. ISBN 0-81039-457-X ($19.95). 731 pages. Organized alphabetically, with geographic, field, and characteristic indexes.

  6. Need a Lift?, 43rd edition, The American Legion, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1993. $3.00. 128 pages. Covers scholarships, fellowships and loans for undergraduate and graduate students. Special coverage of federal programs and programs for veterans and their dependents. Extensive annotated bibliography. Revised annually. One of the best values for the money. To order a copy, send a $3 check or money order to Need a Lift?, The American Legion, National Emblem Sales, PO Box 1050, Indianapolis, IN 46206. For more information, call 1-317-630-1251 or 1-800-4-LEGION, or fax 1-317-630-1381.

  7. Peterson's Scholarships, Grants, and Prizes 1997, Peterson's Guides, Princeton, New Jersey, 1996. ISBN 1-56079-696-0 ($24.95), ISBN 1-56079-734-7 (software only, $15 + $4.25 shipping). 501 pages. This book lists more than 770,000 awards from 1,900 sources. It comes with a very nice Windows scholarship database that provides the same information as in the book, but in a convenient, searchable format. (A Macintosh version is available upon request.) The software lets you enter a profile to find a list of awards that match your interests. The matching award sources can be sorted by name, deadline, number of awards, and award amount. You can select a source for more detailed information, such as the address and description. The only flaw with this book is the claim that it lists more than $2.5 billion in private aid. Peterson's calculated that figure by summing the product of the high award amount with the number of awards. This overestimates the total by at least a factor of seven. A more conservative estimate would place the total amount of private aid listed at about $500 million, which is still a considerable figure. The book also includes state-controlled scholarships and grants, in addition to private aid. Revised annually. To order a copy, call 1-800-EDU-DATA (1-800-338-3282) x660 or 1-609-243-9111 x660 (x462 for Spanish), fax 1-609-243-9150, write to Peterson's Guides, Dept. PWB, PO Box 2123, Princeton, NJ 08543-2123, or send email to

  8. John Schwartz, College Scholarships and Financial Aid, 6th edition, ARCO (Macmillan), 1995. ISBN 0-02860-329-X ($21.95). ISBN 0-02860-585-3 with software ($29.95). 444 pages. This book is a directory of 2,252 scholarships and grants, organized by field. There are major, criteria, and alphabetical indexes. The book also includes an overview of financial aid, federal and state aid, and how to apply for financial aid. There is also a glossary.

  9. Student Services, The Complete Scholarship Book, Sourcebooks, Inc., 1996. ISBN 1-57071-127-5 ($22.95). 604 pages. This book contains 5,047 listings, half of which are college-specific. Even so, with more than 2,400 portable awards, this book is one of the largest. It includes listings for many unusual scholarships not found in other books, such as the National Pork Fellowship or the American Welding Society Scholarship. The book also includes a set of 52 good tips for finding financial aid. It includes a subject index, but could badly use a sponsor index. The book is based on the FastWeb database compiled by FastWeb LLC. To place an order, call 1-800-43-BRIGHT or 1-708-961-3900, fax 1-708-961-2168, or write to Sourcebooks, Inc., PO Box 372, Naperville, IL 60566.

  10. Deborah L. Wexler, The A's and B's of Academic Scholarships 1996-97, Octameron Associates, Alexandria, VA, 18th edition, 1995. ISBN ISBN 0-94598-197-X ($7.50) 139 pages. College-controlled merit aid. Revised annually.

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