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Each year, Scholarships.com offers seven students a total of $10,000 to be applied toward their education. The scholarship essay topics are meant to evoke thought and to challenge participants to proactively respond to controversial issues. Students applying for this year’s award will be able to choose between writing about the effectiveness of the No Child Left Behind Act and about the rising cost of higher education. Students may write about either topic, provided their ideas are original. Scholarships.com looks for essays that demonstrate critical thought and highlight the student's ability to analyze and find solutions to potential problems. A winning essay will be worth up to $3,000 and will be forwarded to the appropriate public official in the hope that Scholarships.com can be part of the solution. Award winners will be notified by May 30, 2008 and announced on June 30, 2008. Their essays will be made available to the public on the Scholarships.com Winners  page soon thereafter.

For more information about this and other scholarship opportunities (including contact and application details) you can conduct a free scholarship search.

Prize:

1. One $3,000 grand prize 2. One $2,000 prize 3. Five $1,000 prizes

Eligibility:

1. Applicants must be U.S. citizens 2. Applicants must be high school seniors during the time of submission 3. Applicants must be 18 years of age by the time the prize is awarded on July 31, 2008 4. Applicants must plant to attend a U.S. Department of Education accredited 2 or 4 year college, university or trade school in the fall semester following their entry. 5. Only one entry per person

Deadline:

March 31, 2008

Required Material:

1. An essay of no more than 1,000 words answering one of the following questions:

A. Has the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 been successful in fulfilling its purpose? Why or why not? B. How has the rising cost of a college education affected students and families? What can the government do to  offset any adverse effects or related financial pressures?

2. A short, informal response that demonstrates why attending college is important to the applicant as well as an outline of the applicant’s academic and career goals. The response should include an answer to the following question:

What do you feel will be your biggest obstacle in attending college, and, if able to attend, how do you think your degree will help you achieve your goals?

3. A letter of reference that addresses applicant potential and provides support for receipt of scholarship assistance. The letter should be from an adult who knows the student well enough to speak authoritatively about their character and abilities e.g., teacher, counselor or other school faculty. If none of the aforementioned is able to assist the applicant, a parent or other adult relative will suffice.

Further details, including information about applying, can be found by conducting a free scholarship search. Once a student has completed the search, this scholarship will appear in their scholarship list, provided the student is eligible.


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by Scholarships.com Staff

Participating in extracurricular activities has many benefits for high school students. Joining high school clubs is a great way to meet people who share your interests and enhance your skills. Active participation in organizations such as your high school drama club, high school science club and high school computer club can also be very beneficial when you are searching for scholarship opportunities to help pay for college.

Benefits of Extracurricular Activities

  • Club advisors can be excellent resources for letters of recommendation.
  • Many academic and non-academic scholarship programs consider involvement in extracurricular activities in the selection process.
  • Many school-based scholarship programs consider extracurricular activities, because schools want to recruit students likely to become active members of the student body.
  • Many scholarship programs reward leadership experience, and holding offices in high school clubs is an excellent way to demonstrate leadership.
  • Some subject-specific scholarships require, or look very favorably upon, related extracurricular activities. (For example, many drama scholarships are limited to individuals who were involved in their high school drama club.)
  • Many scholarship programs require students to write essays demonstrating their interest in a particular field. What better way to demonstrate that you are dedicated to pursuing a career in computer science than to discuss your membership in your high school computer club?

The advisor for each of the high school clubs in which you hold a membership may be able to help you identify scholarship opportunities based on your extracurricular activities. A scholarship search service that matches students with scholarship programs based on their activities can be an excellent resource for locating hard-to-find scholarships based on extracurricular activity participation.


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The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, a fraternal organization with over one million members, assists students in funding their education by sponsoring an annual scholarship program. This being a benevolent order, community service and leadership are taken into consideration. That means that students who don’t excel academically could make up points by helping out in the community. A total of $2,296,000 in prize money will be awarded, so don’t pass this chance up. For more information on this and other scholarships, including contact information, you may conduct a free scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

Prizes:

Five hundred awards ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 per year. This means that the first-prize winner will be awarded $60,000 over the course of four years!

Eligibility:

Applicants must be U.S. citizens

Applicants must be high-school seniors who plan to enroll, full time, in an accredited 2 or 4 year U.S. college or university

Deadline:

January 11, 2008

Required Materials:

  • A completed application brochure that includes information on employment, community service, outside activities, school performance and financial standing.
  • An essay of no more than 500 words about one of three proposed subjects.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Counselor report (counselor must fill out provided questionnaire).

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The Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE), a network providing information, interaction and support for private enterprise systems, is giving away a number of scholarships. Interested students will need to write a 1000 to 2000 word essay answering one of three questions:

1. What Causes Prosperity? 2. What is the Role of Ethical Behavior in a Free Market? 3. Can Free Markets Protect the Environment?

The APEE even offers a discussion and articles on the mentioned topics to assist students in their preparation. This one is worth a shot. If you win, the prosperity question will answer itself. To find more information about this and other scholarships (including contact information), you may conduct a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

Prizes:

1. One $2,500 cash prize 2. One $2,000 cash prize 3. One $1,500 cash prize 4. An undetermined number of honorable mentions worth $250 each. (Ten were offered last year.)

Eligibility:

1. Applicants must be full-time students 2. Applicants must be 25 years and younger

Deadline:

December 1, 2007

Required Material:

1. Typed essay sent as an attachment. (In case you forget, the APEE wants to remind you to write in English.) 2. Contact information 3. Finalists will have to prove that they are students under the age of 25. (A photocopy of your student ID will need to be sent.)


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Minority Scholarships

November 1, 2007

by Scholarships.com Staff

As you can tell by the quantity of information about scholarships and grants that can be found at Scholarships.com, there are plenty of awards out there…and plenty of competition. Thankfully, there are ways of whittling down the opposition. By applying for scholarships restricted to a certain pool of applicants, you can greatly increase your chances of winning an excellent prize. Scholarships for minorities are pretty common, and some of them get really specific when it comes to requirements. Here are a few minority scholarships that will knock out some applicants without knocking you out in the process. For additional information (including sources of contact) about these and other scholarships, you may conduct a free college scholarship search.

General Motors Minority Dealers Association Scholarship

The General Motors Minority Dealers Association (GMMDA) annually offers $2,500 scholarships to ethnic minority students pursuing an education. GMMDA has so far given $1 million dollars in scholarships to eligible students. Winners are chosen based on academics, volunteer and work experience, future goals and personal statements. To be eligible applicants must be African-American, Hispanic, Native American or Asian/Pacific Islander high school seniors or full-time college students attending a U.S. accredited school. Applicants must also possess a minimum 3.0 GPA, be U.S. citizens or have the eligibility to work in the U.S.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Camino al Éxito Scholarship

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers numerous scholarships that assist students of Hispanic descent in reaching their educational goals. Their Camino al Éxito (walk to success) Hispanic scholarship offers financial aid to students who meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement and who are U.S. Citizens or legal permanent residents. Applicants must be either high school seniors soon to enroll in a full-time U.S. accredited college or college freshmen, sophomores or juniors. To be considered, students must have submitted a FAFSA. Winners receive awards that typically range between $2,500 and $5,000.

Sallie Mae Fund American Dream Scholarship

The Sallie Mae Fund is a charitable organization that annually offers numerous scholarships for students trying to receive a college education. In conjunction with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Sallie Mae is offering an African American scholarship open to African Americans with financial needs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must meet the minimum 2.5 GPA requirement. They must also meet Pell Grant eligibility criteria and be enrolled full-time at an accredited undergraduate institution. Winners may receive between $500 and $5,000 in scholarship money.

SALEF "Fulfilling Our Dreams" Scholarship

The Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund (SALEF) offers four scholarships through its “Fulfilling Our Dreams” Fund. Unlike many scholarship programs, this one offers high school, undergraduate and graduate school scholarships. To be eligible for the awards, students must be of Central American or other Latino ethnicity, demonstrate financial need, demonstrate community involvement, meet the 2.5 minimum GPA requirement, be a high school senior or college student and pledge to help other students through community service. The scholarships are offered annually, and winners will receive an award raging from $500 to $2500. The catch? Applicants must also reside and study in California.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Higher Education Scholarships

To provide quality education opportunities for American Indians, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is offering numerous Higher Education Grants to eligible students. To apply, students must be at least one-quarter Indian descendents of an American Indian tribe that is eligible for special U.S. programs and services based on its Indian status. Applicants must also be accepted to a nationally accredited two-or- four-year college or university and must demonstrate financial need.

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AXA Achievement Scholarship

October 29, 2007

by Scholarships.com Staff

It’s about time someone rewarded students for the nonacademic work they’ve been doing. The AXA Foundation, in association with U.S. News & World Report, will be offering a scholarship to students who have achieved something admirable, something nonacademic for once. While some consideration will be given to a student’s extracurricular activities, work experience and academic record, the nonacademic achievement is the central focus. But you better hurry; only the first 12,000 applicants will be considered! Okay, so maybe that’s a lot.

Prizes:

1. 52- $10,000 prizes (one from each state, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia) 2. 10- $15,000 prizes (to be added to the awards of the10 best state winners)

Eligibility:

1. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents 2. Applicants must be high-school seniors who plan to enroll, full-time, in a 2 or 4 year U.S. college by the fall of 2008 3. Applicants should demonstrate excellent achievement in a school activity, in the community or in the workplace 4. Applicants must be recommended by an unrelated adult 5. Applicants cannot be the employees or direct families of employees of AXA Group, U.S. News and World Report, Scholarship America or their affiliates

Deadline:

December 15, 2007

Required Material:

1. Completed Application 2. A detailed description of the nonacademic achievement 3. Signed verification of achievement by an unrelated adult

For additional information about applying for this and other scholarship opportunities, conduct a free scholarship search at Scholarships.com.


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Common Roommate Problems

October 29, 2007

by Scholarships.com Staff

If you are planning to move out of your parent’s house when you go back to school, you are probably going to have one or more roommates. Unique challenges often arise when living with roommates, so it’s a good idea to learn about common roommate problems before you become one. By doing so, you will be able to take steps to exhibit the traits of a good roommate. This knowledge will also help you recognize and resolve conflicts.

Some of the most common roommate problems include:

  • Borrowing personal items without permission
  • Eating other person’s food
  • Messy living habits
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Lack of respect for each other’s personal space
  • Unwillingness to compromise
  • Immodest behavior

Allowing such behaviors to go unchecked can permanently damage roommate relationships, and can make a living situation unbearable. It’s a good idea to establish roommate rules at the very beginning of the relationship for the sake of avoiding roommate problems before they have a chance to develop.

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The Hear Me Project

October 23, 2007

by Scholarships.com Staff

Do you like to write? Do you care about world problems? Then this competition is for you! The Hear Me Project is a writing scholarship about the effects that HIV and AIDS have on the population. Entrants will have to submit a short (up to five pages) fiction or nonfiction story about the vulnerability that accompanies HIV or AIDS. By applying for this award, students will have the chance to win money for college, and, as a bonus, spread awareness about a universal problem. So let your creative juices flow, and apply today!

Prizes:

1. One $2,500 cash prize

Eligibility:

1. Applicants must be between 14 and 22 years of age as of September 1, 2007. 2. Only one entry per person is permitted. 3. Employees of Select Media, Inc. are not eligible to apply.

Deadline:

December 1, 2007

Required Material:

1. Completed entry release form. 2. A neat, double-spaced story about vulnerability to HIV or AIDS. The story may be fiction or nonfiction, and it cannot exceed five pages. If submitted by mail, three copies are required.

For more information on this and other scholarship opportunities, visit Scholarships.com, and conduct a free scholarship search.


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by Scholarships.com Staff

For some individuals, a large state university is the best college choice. For others, a smaller school or private college might be the best selection. Before making a final decision to attend the largest university in your state, it is a good idea to consider the pros and cons of state universities.

State University Pros  
     
  • Affordable tuition, particularly for in-state students
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  • Knowledgeable instructors
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  • Large library facilities
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  • Many social opportunities
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  • On-campus employment opportunities
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  • Opportunity to meet and develop relationships with many different types of people
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  • School spirit and student loyalty
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  • State universities often attract distinguished scholars as professors
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  • Varied selection of extracurricular activities
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  • Well-funded athletic programs
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  • Wide variety of majors from which to select
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State University Cons  

     
  • Access to professors may be limited
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  • Classes may fill quickly, so you might not be able to get the schedule you want
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  • Class sizes may be very large
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  • Environment may not be as nurturing as a smaller college
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  • Lack of one-on-one attention from instructors
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  • Some professors may be more focused on conducting research and publishing than teaching
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  • Sometimes there is a tendency to over-emphasize athletics
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  • Students may get lost in the crowd, particularly if they are introverted or not inclined to join student organizations
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For more information on choosing the right college, major,  or even roommate, visit our resources section.

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There are many factors to consider when choosing a college. Part of a successful college search process involves thinking about your school preferences and career plans, and identifying colleges that meet your needs.

Questions to ask yourself that can help with choosing the right college include:

  • What do I want to major in?
  • Am I 100% certain about my major, or is there a possibility that I might change majors?
  • Will I be benefit from starting out in a 2-year college?
  • Will I be comfortable at a large university?
  • Is a faith-based college a good choice for me?
  • Is a private college a good choice for me?
  • How much can I afford to spend on college?
  • What are my options for paying for college?
  • Do I plan to work while attending college?
  • What geographic area do I prefer?
  • Will I live on campus, with my parents, or in an off-campus apartment?
  • Will I be happier at a co-ed or a single gender campus?
  • What are my primary reasons for attending college?
  • What type of work would I like to do after college?
  • Is it likely that I will pursue graduate study after completing my undergraduate program?

The Scholarships.com free college search can help you locate colleges that meet your needs. The answers to these questions can help you narrow down your list of potential colleges. For example, if you find the idea of attending a very large university overwhelming, you can narrow your college search to smaller schools. If you want to live with your parents while attending college, you can narrow the list to include only schools within an easy commuting distance of your home.

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