How many people get scholarships?
It is very difficult to get an exact number of how many people receives scholarship money because there are so many different sources for grants and scholarships for college students. It is safe to say that A LOT of students receive some form of scholarship money. Just one such example is the Pell Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that in 2010 that "$36.5 billion in Pell Grant money was paid to approximately 8.9 million undergraduate students in fiscal year (FY) 2010/2011." However, this does NOT mean that all 8.9 million students received the maximum $5,500 that students are able to receive IF they qualify for the full amount. In fact, it is highly likely that a majority received some Pell Grant money, but not the maximum amount possible.
Following is a link may provide information about a variety of resources that can be found in a library or on the World Wide Web that can help you find scholarships that you may qualify for.
Many. There are scholarships based solely on grades, extracurriculars, community service, recommendations or essays. Other scholarships are based on votes, a video or a piece of artwork. Since there are so many types of scholarships, it is a good idea to search early and often for your opportunities.
There are very many scholarships available to people for many different things. Your best bet would be to contact the school(s) that you are applying to and talk with their financial aid department as they are best qualified to see if you not only qualify for scholarships but possibly other types of financial aid/grants based on your situation.