August 25, 2008
Are you an aspiring YouTube star? Does making your own music video sound like fun? Does winning up to $5,000 in scholarship money for making your own music video sound even better? If so, competing for this week's Scholarship of the Week might be for you!
The "Speak New Words" Music Video Contest will award first, second, and third place winners with prizes of $500 to $5,000 to help pay for school or other expenses. To enter, create your own music video highlighting 13 character traits you consider essential for change and upload it to YouTube, then register your original lyrics with the "Speak New Words" website. If you are interested in art, music, or poetry contests, this is a great scholarship opportunity for you!
There will be one $5,000 grand prize awarded to entrants ages 13-20, and one awarded to entrants aged 21+. Runners up in each age group will receive a $1,000 prize for second place and a $500 prize for third.
U.S. citizens ages 13 and up.
September 7, 2008.
An original music video 1-4 minutes in length uploaded to the appropriate website and YouTube group. See the contest details for more information.
Further details about the application process can be found by conducting a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. Once the search is completed, students eligible for this scholarship award will find it in their search results.
September 2, 2008
Aspiring artists, break out your pens for this week's Scholarship of the Week, the Christophers' Poster Contest for High School Students. The art scholarship competition, which carries a grand prize of $1000, encourages high school students to create an original poster featuring the text "you can make a difference." Just by using your artistic talent in two-dimensional or computer-generated art to create a poster, you could be $1000 closer to funding your education, without having to worry about GPA, test score, or financial need requirements.
The Christophers is a non-profit organization founded in 1945 for the purpose of using media to encourage people to make positive changes in their community. 2008-2009 is the 19th year they've helped students pay for school through this poster competition.
Prize: 1st prize is $1000, 2nd prize is $500, 3rd prize is $250, and five honorable mentions receive $100 each.
Eligibility: High school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12.
Deadline: January 19, 2009.
Required Materials: One 15" by 20" poster and a completed application form, which is available on The Christophers' website. Posters must include the words "you can make a difference" and be the original work of one student.
September 8, 2008
As a means of promoting diversity and developing talent, Scholarships.com has created a new set of scholarship awards for high school students and undergraduate students. The Scholarships.com “Fund Your Future” Area of Study College Scholarship consists of thirteen $1,000 prizes to be granted to students who pursue a postsecondary education in one of thirteen designated fields and 185 related majors.
Among them is the Scholarships.com College English Scholarship, an award for students who are pursuing or planning to pursue a degree in English or Literature. To ensure that current and future English majors receive the funds they need to afford a quality education, we have created a scholarship opportunity especially for them.
If you’re interested in applying for the Scholarships.com College English Scholarship, write a 250 to 350 word scholarship application essay in response to the following question (entries that fall outside of this word range will be disqualified): “What has influenced your decision to pursue a career in English?”
Deadline: October 31, 2008
Required Material: A 250 to 350 word response to the following question: “What has influenced your decision to pursue a career in English?”
Further details about the application process can be found by conducting a free college scholarship search. Once the search is completed, students eligible for the award will find it in their scholarship list.
September 15, 2008
Let's be honest. Sometimes, the contest rules for scholarship opportunities can just be too limiting. Lengthy forms, essay prompts, and word counts can all suck the joy right out of scholarship applications. While specific requirements can be nice for some, others just need a little more flexibility to express themselves fully. For those free-spirited students, we have this week's Scholarship of the Week, the Frame My Future Scholarship Contest.
The Frame My Future Scholarship Contest, sponsored by Church Hill Classics and diplomaframe.com asks students to share their plans for their future after graduation, composing an original piece that shows, "how I frame my future." The only requirement for the entry is that it fit on an 8.5 x 11" piece of paper. Otherwise, the format is completely up to you. Submit a drawing, an essay, a photograph, a collage, or anything else you can think of, either online or by mail. The top 24 entries will be posted on Framemyfuture.com, where the public will be able to vote for their favorite, and the five most popular will be awarded $1,000 college scholarships.
Prize: Five winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship award.
Eligibility: The contest is open to U.S. high school seniors and college students who will be working toward a degree in the 2009-2010 academic year.
Deadline: March 31, 2009.
Required Materials: An entry form, available on the contest website, and an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper with your original creation on it. Submissions are accepted online or via mail.
September 22, 2008
Lately, we've made a few blog posts about efforts to lower the amount students are forced to spend on college textbooks. Professors are starting to turn to more and more online and open-source course material, Congress has legislated changes in the way textbook sellers do business, and students at the University of Michigan can now print a bound copy of a non-copyrighted book for $10. However, cool stuff happening at other schools or scheduled to happen in the future doesn't necessarily help you afford that $150 biology textbook now. For those of you still struggling with coming up with an additional $500 or more to buy books, this week's Scholarship of the Week can help.
Beans for Books, a non-profit organization started by students working at coffee shops, raises money to help top students afford the textbooks they need to continue to succeed in college. Grants of $500-1000 are awarded each semester to be used solely for buying books. The application cycle for the spring semester is just beginning, so if you're anticipating a semester laden with science, math, and foreign language classes, now is the time to apply!
Prize: Winners will receive a grant of $500-1000 to be spent on textbooks for the next college term.
Eligibility: Students who will be enrolled in college in the following semester, and who demonstrate financial need and maintain a GPA of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.
Deadline: Varies by semester.
Required Materials: Completed online scholarship application, available on the Beans for Books website.
September 29, 2008
This week's Scholarship of the Week is an essay scholarship for all the opinionated female college students out there. The Independent Women's Forum is sponsoring an essay contest open to any woman currently enrolled in a four-year college or university. The essay prompt asks students to share their opinions on the cost-effectiveness of federal spending to combat the potential impact of global climate change. A 750-word response could earn you up to $5,000 in scholarship money!
Prize: One first prize winner will receive $5,000. Second and third prize winners will receive $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. Ten honorable mentions will each receive $250.
Eligibility: Female students of any age enrolled in a four-year college or university during the 2008-2009 school year.
Deadline: December 1, 2008.
Required Materials: Completed scholarship application, available on the Independent Women's Forum website, and an essay of no more than 750 words answering the question posted on the IWF Essay Contest website.
October 6, 2008
October 13, 2008
Outstanding students attending college at a Datatel client college or university are eligible for this week's Scholarship of the Week. The Datatel Scholars Foundation offers three scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students and graduate students currently enrolled at least half-time at an institution serviced by Datatel (a list of eligible schools is available on the Datatel Scholars Foundation website). The foundation offers a general award worth up to $2,400, an award for veterans worth $1,700, and a $2,000 award for returning students who have not been enrolled in college for five years or more.
Applicants for all three awards need to submit an online application, an 800-1000 word scholarship essay, information about civic involvement, and two letters of recommendation. Students apply online, then have their applications reviewed by the Datatel scholarship committee at their institution. Schools nominate up to five students whose applications are then judged at the national level.
Datatel Scholars Foundation Scholarship: $1000-2400 depending on the cost of tuition at your institution.
Datatel Angelfire Scholarship: $1700
Datatel Russ Griffith Memorial Scholarship: $2000
Datatel Foundation Scholarship: any undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled at least half-time at a Datatel client college.
Datatel Angelfire Scholarship: students attending a Datatel client college who have served in the military in a combat situation.
Datatel Russ Griffith Memorial Scholarship: students attending a Datatel client college who are returning to college after an absence of five years or more.
January 30, 2009
Completed scholarship application, available on the Datatel Scholars website, two letters of recommendation submitted online, an essay of 800-1000 words responding to the appropriate prompt for the scholarship for which you're applying, and information about your civic involvement.
October 20, 2008
Do you have a great sense of humor? Do you just love writing essays? Are you "funny, quirky, and creative?" Can you talk about how great you are without coming off as pretentious? Do you really really deserve a scholarship? If you can answer yes to all of these questions, then this week's Scholarship of the Week, the Mental Floss $50,000 Tuition Giveaway scholarship essay contest, is for you.
Mental Floss Magazine has teamed up with Borders and Merriam-Webster to offer five $10,000 scholarships to students who will be enrolled full-time in the fall of 2009. All you have to do to enter (after you check your scholarship search results to see if you qualify, of course) is head on over to the contest website, fill out a short entry form, compose an essay of 750 words or less that explains why you deserve this scholarship more than anyone, and hit submit. The hardest part will be getting the tone just right, as the scholarship providers want something written in the style of their magazine (luckily, you can find some of their articles online). It would be a good idea to brush up on your scholarship essay-writing skills before you apply for scholarships like this one.
Five $10,000 grand prizes will be awarded. The first runner-up will receive a free dinner with a co-founder of Mental Floss Magazine or a $250 cash prize, and four other runners-up will receive a subscription to Mental Floss, a Mental Floss t-shirt, and a Merriam-Webster dictionary.
To be eligible to win, students must be attending college full-time at a two-year or four-year college or university in the U.S. or Canada in 2009. Entrants also must be legal residents of the United States or Canada (with the exception of Puerto Rico and Quebec) and must be 18 or older before August 15, 2009.
January 31, 2009
Completed online scholarship application and an essay of 750 words or less explaining why you should win this scholarship.
October 27, 2008
Putting in a couple years at a community college can be a great way to save money while still working towards your goal of receiving a bachelor's degree. However, even though your first two years of school might be cheaper, transferring to a four-year college or university can quickly become expensive, especially if you're planning on attending a prestigious private college. Outstanding students transferring from community colleges do have options for financial aid, though. One of the most generous scholarship opportunities available is this week's Scholarship of the Week, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
Up to 50 students will receive awards of up to $30,000 a year for their junior and senior years of college. Award amounts will be calculated based on unmet financial need.
Students must be currently attending college at a two-year community college and planning to transfer to a four-year college or university in the fall of 2009. Students who have received an associate's degree since spring 2004 who are planning to go back to school full-time in 2009 are also eligible. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved sophomore status by December 31, 2008. Students previously nominated for a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship are not eligible. Students are nominated by a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation representative at their community college. Contact information for these representatives can be found on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website. Individual community colleges may have additional requirements for nominees.
Completed application packets must be submitted to the Jack Kent Cooke foundation by January 20, 2009, using the online submission system found on the scholarship website. Schools must finish their nomination forms and submit them by 3 PM on January 26, 2009.
Completed online scholarship application, including the student's financial information, official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, parent financial information forms, and attached income tax forms for students and parents. Materials must be submitted online as PDF attachments or mailed to the address provided by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Students must be nominated by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation representative at their community college, who must complete and submit a nomination form.
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