Outside scholarships are funds that do not need to be repaid and come from organizations outside of an academic institution or government entity.
Bowdoin's policy is to allow students to benefit from their outside scholarships as much as possible. We only reduce your Bowdoin scholarship when the outside scholarships, in addition to other resources, exceed the total cost of attendance or would otherwise violate federal rules. Our office will often incorporate your outside scholarships into your student financial aid award when the Bursar’s Office receives the check. Please refer to our tip sheet for additional details.
Please contact us by email or by phone at 207-725-3144 if you have questions about your particular situation.
Finding Outside Scholarships
Outside scholarships exist on local, state, regional, and national levels, and we encourage you to seek out a wide variety. Your high school guidance counselor will likely be your best resource for finding out about local and state scholarships. Your parents’ employers, religious organizations, or other community organizations may offer scholarships, as well. We also recommend using free scholarship search engines such as FastWeb, Big Future by the College Board, or Going Merry.
Please contact us by email or by phone at (207) 725-3144 if you have questions about your particular situation.