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Perhaps your 2017 New Year's Resolution is to earn more free college money - that's our goal for you! 2016 is now coming to an end, and so are these scholarship deadlines, so hurry and apply to these end-of-the-year awards while you still can!

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    Maximum Award: $750

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    Maximum Award: $5,000

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    Maximum Award: $30,000

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    Deadline: December 31
    Maximum Award: $1,000

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    Deadline: December 31
    Maximum Award: $2,000

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by Susan Dutca

The incoming Trump administration could reverse President Obama's actions on college sexual assault, giving hope to those who claim their lives were destroyed by false rape claims. However, this raises concerns for some that perhaps those who have been victims of sexual assault and made legitimate reports may not get the protection they deserve.

Since 2011, colleges and universities have been pushed by the Obama administration to "more aggressively police sexual assaults." The U.S. Education Department currently has 216 schools under investigation. Other schools are reportedly "operating out of fear" rather than "cooperating with the government" often expelling students on "scant evidence...often with no legal recourse or due process." Some students who were found guilty during this time have filed lawsuits "alleging their due process rights and Title IX were violated during the investigation and ruling of the cases." The hope is that a way can be found to ensure due process and the protection of all students' rights.

Rather than focusing on "Obama's interpretation of Title IX," Trump and select Education Secretary Betsy DeVos" biggest priority is to focus on school as a whole, according to Cynthia Garrett, co-president of Families Advocating for Campus Equality. Groups representing alleged campus rape victims believe that a "dialing back of Title IX" would not "get a true ruling" or a "fair and equitable process for both process."

In your opinion, how should colleges deal with incidents of campus sexual assault? Is it possible to offer equal protection to all students and still make campuses safer and free from sexual assault?

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by Susan Dutca

Students are being called to "expose and document" professors "who discriminate against conservative students, promote anti-American values, and advance leftist propaganda" on a new website called Professor Watchlist.

Turning Point USA, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2012 promotes ideas of free-market capitalism and "educates students about the importance of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government." Through this website, Millennial founder Charlie Kirk hopes that "every young person can be enlightened to true free market values...through non-partisan debate, dialogue, and discussion." Individuals can contribute via an open submission form which "brazenly calls out the professors in a public space."

The list contains dozens of comments from professors across the U.S. and all published comments "fall well within the norms of academic and political discourse." One comment, for example, details how a "(t)endured[sic] professor...and an admitted socialist, required students to recite a pledge that describes a racist, sexist, homophobic America. 'I pledge allegiance to and wrap myself in the flag of the United States Against Anything Un-American and to the Republicans for which it stands, two nations, under Jesus, rich against poor, with curtailed liberty and justice for all except blacks, homosexuals, women who want abortions, Communists, welfare queens, treehuggers, feminazis, illegal immigrants, children of illegal immigrants..."

To-date, students and others have submitted "tips and evidence of bias" evident in classrooms and across social media. Some have also recounted the nature of certain academics' professional work and agendas which they push onto their students. Do you support the nature of this discourse and the website? Why or why not? Start a meaningful conversation with your personal opinion.

And don't forget, you should pay for your college education with as much free money as possible! Find as many scholarships and grants as you can before turning to student loans. Visit the Scholarships.com free college scholarship search today where you'll get matched with countless scholarships and grants for which you qualify, then apply and win! It’s that easy!

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by Susan Dutca

Finding trustworthy and accurate scholarship and other financial aid information can be tricky these days, especially when it comes to sources that offer unreliable, often misleading content. "Scholarships" offered by scammers who charge fees and operate outside the laws, rules and ethics of modern-day netiquette abound. Here at Scholarships.com, we carefully and thoroughly vet scholarships so you can apply to the most legitimate and worthwhile opportunities. Check out some of them here:

  1. Girls Who Illustrate Awesomeness Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $750

  2. Certified Angus Beef Colvin Scholarship Fund

    Deadline: December 12
    Maximum Award: $6,000

  3. MWSNIBIA Scholarship

    Deadline: January 2
    Maximum Award: $500

  4. Chesterfield County Black History Month Century Scholarship

    Deadline: January 3
    Maximum Award: $2,500

  5. Greenhouse Scholars Scholarship

    Deadline: Janaury 4
    Maximum Award: $20,000

  6. NRA National Youth Education Summit

    Deadline: January 13
    Maximum Award: $30,000

  7. Microsoft Scholarship Program

    Deadline: Janaury 26
    Maximum Award: Varies

  8. Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund Scholarship

    Deadline: January 31
    Maximum Award: $20,000

  9. Hawaii Community Foundation Scholarships

    Deadline: January 31
    Maximum Award: Varies

  10. Rheumatoid Patient Foundation Scholarship Program

    Deadline: January 31
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  11. Cancer for College General Scholarship

    Deadline: January 31
    Maximum Award: $16,000

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American Flags designated for a Veterans Day ceremony at Brown University were torn and trashed by university students. While a group tried to protect remaining flags, others continued what they believe was a "justified" protest against the recent presidential election.

The American flags arranged on Brown University's Main Green flew in honor of the annual Veteran's Day ceremony, which made the incident "a little extra disturbing" to some students. In response, a group of students staged a sit-in to protect the remaining flags from vandalism, retrieved trashed flags, and replanted them in the ground. Protesting students defended their "justified" actions, claiming the flags serve as a "symbol of oppressing white nationalism" and a "sign of oppression and racial dominance and bigotry and imperialism." A similar incident occurred last week at American University where students set fire to American flags to protest Donald Trump's "white America" which is "going down in flames."

Brown's veteran students attest to the university's strong support of veterans but claim that students are "hostile" and "confused as to what the military does." University veterans state that they have been called "baby killers" and are all categorized as "white men...hiding behind a veil of integrity and honor and go around the world enslaving people." While the vandalism may have been a protest to the recent political climate, vets say that their "service isn't political...nor was the ceremony."

A university spokesman stated in an email that they are "investigating the accounts of vandalism to American flags set out on Brown's College Green to celebrate Veteran's Day" and furthermore, do not "condone the activities that led to the flags being removed, and destruction of property is subject to disciplinary review."

In your opinion, was the vandalism justified? What, if any, action should the university take? Share your thoughtful comments with us below.

Going to college doesn't have to break the bank or saddle you with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. Check out the Scholarships.com free college scholarship search where you’ll discover you qualify for hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships in just a few minutes, then apply and win! It’s that easy!

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by Susan Dutca

Black Friday deals will be unleashed in just two weeks with some of the largest retailers getting an early start on Thanksgiving Day. When it comes to end-of-the-year scholarship hunting, no worries - we've got you covered. Score big this holiday season (and semester) with free college money:

  1. RMA Foundation Scholarship Program

    Deadline: November 13
    Maximum Award: $10,000

  2. Arizona Milk Producers Scholarship

    Deadline: November 21
    Maximum Award: $12,000

  3. North American International Auto Show Poster Contest

    Deadline: November 22
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  4. Courage to Grow Scholarship

    Deadline: November 30
    Maximum Award: $500

  5. No Bull Sports Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  6. Girls Who Illustrate Awesomeness Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $750

  7. Doodle 4 Google Competition

    Deadline: December 2
    Maximum Award: $30,000

  8. PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship

    Deadline: December 2
    Maximum Award: $2,000

  9. Burger King Scholars Program

    Deadline: December 15
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  10. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes

    Deadline: December 16
    Maximum Award: $25,000

And remember, there’s no need to rely on expensive student loan options to pay for your college education. For more information on finding free scholarship money for college, conduct a Scholarships.com free college scholarship search today, then apply and win! It’s that easy!

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The Associate Dean featured as the "chief villain" in a discredited Rolling Stone article on an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia has been awarded $3 million by a federal court jury. This decision followed an earlier ruling that the discredited article ruined her reputation and "undermined her work to help students who had been sexually assaulted."

In November 2014, Rolling Stone writer Sabrina Erdely wrote the story "A Rape on Campus," which narrated an alleged 2012 gang rape of an anonymous student named "Jackie" by seven males during a fraternity party. The story triggered a nationwide debate over sexual assault at U.S. colleges and the university's purported "indifferent response" to the alleged assault. Shortly following its publication, the article was retracted after "devastating questions were raised about its veracity." The discrepancies were acknowledged by reputable media outlets including The Washington Post, Slate, and the New York Times. The Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism also joined in on the investigation and concluded that it was a "journalistic failure that was avoidable." In addition to the many discrepancies, police found no evidence the gang rape ever took place.

Ms. Nicole Eramo initially sued Rolling Stone magazine for $7.5 million, claiming the 9,000-word article marred her reputation and caused emotional distress. Instead of attempting to "sound alarm about campus sexual assault" and challenging "Virginia and other universities to do better,” the article suggested Eramo took zero action in response to the alleged gang rape. Consequently, the "magazine's failure may have spread the idea that many women invent rape allegations."

The winning lawsuit claimed that the "highly defamatory and false statements about Dean Eramo were not the result of an innocent mistake" and furthermore, "were the result of a wanton journalist who was more concerned with writing an article that fulfilled her preconceived narrative about the victimization of women on American college campuses, and a malicious publisher who was more concerned about selling magazines to boost the economic bottom line for its faltering magazine, than they were about discovering the truth or actual facts." The jury ordered Erdely to pay Eramo $2 million and Rolling Stone to pay an additional $1 million.

And don't forget, you should pay for your college education with as much free money as possible! Find as many scholarships and grants as you can before turning to student loans. Visit the Scholarships.com free college scholarship search today where you'll get matched with countless scholarships and grants for which you qualify, then apply and win! It’s that easy!

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November is National Scholarship Month and in its honor, we're doing what we do best - offering the best scholarships out there to help students like you fund the cost of college. Whether you're in high school trying to land some free money before heading off to school or a college student looking to pay next semester's tuition, here are some of the few generous scholarships available to all types of students:

  1. AdmitSee $5,000 College Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  2. Course Hero Scholarship

    Deadline: November 17
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  3. Register & Win Scholarship

    Deadline: November 20
    Maximum Award: $500

  4. Tell-A-Friend Scholarship Sweepstakes

    Deadline: December 31
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  5. No Bull Sports Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  6. $5,000 Next Steps Digital Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  7. Doodle 4 Google Competition

    Deadline: December 2
    Maximum Award: $30,0000

  8. Dr Pepper Most Inspirational Player Award

    Deadline: December 2
    Maximum Award: $2,000

  9. Dr Pepper Most Inspirational Player Award

    Deadline: December 2
    Maximum Award: $2,000

  10. Arizona Milk Producers Scholarship

    Deadline: November 21
    Maximum Award: $12,000

And remember, there’s no need to rely on expensive student loan options to pay for your college education. For more information on finding free scholarship money for college, conduct a Scholarships.com free college scholarship search today, then apply and win! It’s that easy!

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Two fans at UW Madison's weekend football game wore costumes depicting Donald Trump lynching President Obama. The school, though stating the costume was "repugnant" and "insensitive," backed the demonstration as free speech, protected under the First Amendment. Critics are now "deeply concerned" with the lack of action.

A photo of the costume went viral on social media and police asked the fans to "remove the offensive component of the costume." The man in the prison-striped effigy of Obama also wore a sandwich board with the message "What difference does it make now, Hillary?" and had a large cutout of Hillary Clinton's face masking his identity. The individuals were not forced to leave the stadium once they had complied with the orders, which outraged some who believe that "officials should have done more."

More than 60 people expressed their disapproval in a letter signed by the "University of Wisconsin-Madison Black and African-American Alumni." In it, they claimed to honor free speech as a "fundamental entitlement in our country." However, the "official response" to the incident was "in error," as the costume "incited race-based hatred by invoking lynching symbols, historically understood as a racist hate crime."

In your opinion, do you think the university should have taken another course of action? Should they have considered the costume hate speech with the potential of inciting a riot? Why or why not? Start a conversation with your thoughtful comments below.

And don't forget, you should pay for your college education with as much free money as possible! Find as many scholarships and grants as you can before turning to student loans. Visit the Scholarships.com free college scholarship search today where you'll get matched with countless scholarships and grants for which you qualify, then apply and win! It’s that easy!

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by Susan Dutca

Chicago is a baseball city and naturally, Cubs fans are "losing their minds" as the team makes its way to their home field at Wrigley Stadium for the next three games. Not only could they make history by clinching the World Series Championship - experts believe ticket prices could break the record for the most expensive sales in U.S. sports history. If you have a passion for baseball and would rather get paid to play than pay to watch, check out these scholarships:

  1. American Legion Baseball Scholarship

    Deadline: July 15
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  2. Bobby Sox High School Senior Scholarship

    Deadline: May 5
    Maximum Award: Varies

  3. Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: February 1
    Maximum Award: Varies

  4. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity – Lee Arthur Sr. Scholarship

    Deadline: February 15
    Maximum Award: Varies

  5. Alliance Pipeline Scholarship

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: Varies

  6. Bernie Varnadore Scholarship Program

    Deadline: April 1
    Maximum Award: $1,250

  7. WWU Scholar-Athlete Award

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  8. IUTIS Club Scholarship

    Deadline: February 15
    Maximum Award: $500

  9. Joshua L. Anderson Memorial Foundation Scholarship

    Deadline: April 7
    Maximum Award: Varies

  10. CSUB Albert Holloway Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: March 22
    Maximum Award: Varies

Going to college doesn't have to break the bank or saddle you with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. Check out the Scholarships.com free college scholarship search where you’ll discover you qualify for hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships in just a few minutes, then apply and win! It’s that easy!

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