Almost every College or University, public or private, will have some merit based scholarships in addition to the need based financial aid that is available. With the number of Colleges and Universities available nationwide, there is not a feasible way to list every school's scholarships. To provide a sample of the number and range of scholarships available, scholarships at all of the Illinois State Schools and at Harper College have been listed below. In addition to strictly merit based (GPA and/or test scores) scholarships, some schools also have scholarships available within certain departments or that are available to students based on non-academic criteria such as legacy scholarships (parents attended the school), being the first in your family to attend college, or some other criteria unique to that school.
Often, school based scholarships are some of the EASIEST scholarships to apply for. Sometimes just applying to the school itself ensures your eligibility for the scholarship! So School Based Scholarships should be one of the first areas you research. Depending on the size of the school, these scholarships are often also far less competitive than scholarships available statewide or nationally.
Keep in mind that each school is different, and may have different procedures in terms of their scholarship applications. Some schools will consider you for any scholarship once you'e applied while others will require you to apply for each specific scholarship, of there may be a mix and match. You'll be considered for some scholarships automatically while others will require specific applications. The key is to research the scholarships at the schools you're applying to and follow the individual instructions. Not sure where to start looking on a schools website? Usually the Scholarship "link" will be part of the Admissions page or the Financial Aid page. So start there.