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by Susan Dutca

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!

  1. Girls Who Illustrate Awesomeness Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $750

  2. PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship

    Deadline: December 2
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  3. Doodle 4 Google Competition

    Deadline: December 2
    Maximum Award: $30,000

  4. Certified Angus Beef Colvin Scholarship Fund

    Deadline: December 12
    Maximum Award: $6,000

  5. Burger King Scholars Program

    Deadline: December 15
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  6. Heart Disease Awareness Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  7. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program

    Deadline: December 16
    Maximum Award: $25,000

  8. No Bull Sports Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  9. Leadership Speech Contest

    Deadline: December 31
    Maximum Award: $5,500

  10. The Scholarships.com "Tell A Friend" $1,000 Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  11. William B. Ruggles Journalist Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31
    Maximum Award: $2,000

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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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 generous $500 million gift from Phil and Penny Knight to the University of Oregon is the "largest ever for a public flagship institution" and is intended to support and strengthen interdisciplinary scientific research.

With the donation, the university plans to extend its current science campus by 210,000 square feet, with three new research facilities. The initiative is expected to create 30 new positions for research scientists and open 250 graduate and 150 postdoctoral slots.

This won't be the first time the Knights have made such a large contribution. In 2014, they gave more than $300 million to the University of Oregon's athletic department. Also, in February 2016, they announced their plan to donate $400 million to Stanford University's graduate scholar program. Mega-gifts such as these given to Knights' alma maters are not uncommon; however, they are "rare at public universities." While some argue that these donations are simply "gifts from the top 1% to the top 1%," University of Oregon President Michael Schill notes that "more than one-third of Oregon undergraduates are considered low-income." Furthermore, statistics from the White House indicate that only "73% of Oregon students graduated high school last year, one of the lowest graduation rates in the country."

Mr. Knight's states that "collaborative scientific research is a comparative strength at the University of Oregon, and with appropriate support could develop into a major center of excellence and a national treasure." He notes that the lack of funding to basic scientific research programs "threaten to choke off opportunities to enhance standards of living." The University of Oregon hopes to complete and open the new facilities in three years.

Do you think the $500 million donation is a good investment? If you had the resources, how and where would you invest your dollars? Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to check out our extended list of scholarships by state for more opportunities.

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

Frolicking at fall festivals and pumpkin patches, apple picking at orchards, baking pumpkin-everything goodies, playing hide-and-seek in corn mazes and getting spooked with friends at haunted houses are just a few of some favorite fall activities. It also happens to be a time where students are seriously applying for scholarships to secure free college money. So while you're sipping a pumpkin spice latte and cozied by the fire, apply to these not-so-basic fall scholarships:

  1. The Explorers Club Student Grants

    Deadline: October 10
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  2. Your Art Can Save Lives Student Poster Design Competition

    Deadline: October 11
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  3. Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

    Deadline: October 17
    Maximum Award: $100,000

  4. WomenIn Scholarship

    Deadline: October 31
    Maximum Award: $2,500

  5. Healy Foundation Scholarship

    Deadline: October 31
    Maximum Award: $3,000

  6. Google SVA Scholarship for Student Veterans

    Deadline: November 4
    Maximum Award: $10,000

  7. The Anne Ford Scholarship

    Deadline: November 13
    Maximum Award: $10,000

  8. American Copy Editors Society Scholarship

    Deadline: November 16
    Maximum Award: $2,500

  9. North American International Auto Show Poster Contest

    Deadline: November 22
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  10. The Crowdifornia College Essay Contest

    Deadline: November 30
    Maximum Award: $1,500

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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It's not feasible to do 10 campus visits in only 5 days - unless you're willing and able to pay for a private jet that costs more than college tuition itself. Magellan Jets offers a college tour package to "decrease both the headache and the time spent on college campus visits." So if you have $100,000 to spare, sit back, relax, and enjoy the refreshment bar as you soar to your next campus destination.

The demand for the college-tour service has "never been greater among Magellan's members" according to company CEO Joshua Herbert. Since the program debuted three years ago, 22 families have purchased the package and an additional 22 customers used their private jets for campus visits. Although it may not be "cost-effective," it only "means dollars and cents" to Americans top earners who cannot take a week or two off of work. The luxurious access to higher education opportunities may not stop there, according to Newsweek. Admissions departments "favor wealthy students, even if their applications are weaker than those who are less privileged."

According to some experts, more than "half of the student body at any given institution" have had some sort of "in" or "hook" that helped them get into college; whether it was through athletic recruiting or simply being the child of an alumni who donated generously to a school. According to Newsweek, universities typically sent recruiters to high-profile, wealthy families to wine and dine them. In his book "The Price of Admission," Daniel Golden espouses that "money and connections are increasingly tainting college admissions, undermining both its credibility and value." What happens to the people who cannot afford to travel lavishly?

Elitism in higher education is nothing new. While the top 1 percent of Americans have the luxury of paying "the equivalent of a year's tuition just for the convenience and access of a private jet tour," there are many others struggling to pay tuition.

What do you think of the private jet college service? Would you do it? Share your thoughts with us!

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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Faculty at CUNY were relatively concerned when they noticed a $500,000 donation account only had $76 left in it. It was especially suspicious after City College President Lisa Coico previously used $150,000 towards personal expenses.

The account - the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Fund for the Arts - is intended to support the humanities and arts department at the City University of New York. The donation, which is part of the holdings of CUNY's 21st Century Foundation, serves as the "school's principal fund-raising arm," and was already under investigation. In May, The Times revealed that City College's 21st Century Foundation had paid for Coico's personal expenses, including "fruit baskets, housekeeping services and rugs," when she took office in 2010. The foundation was reimbursed $150,000 from the Research Foundation of the City University of New York, which manages research funds for CUNY. A CUNY spokesperson defended Coico, claiming the "expenditures were authorized by the CCNY 21st Century foundation" but that recent hire Coico "had not known that permission was [also] required by the university."

When CUNY faculty members initially demanded an explanation for the "improperly diverted" funds, they experienced "silence, delay and deflection" before reaching out to University Chancellor James B. Milliken. According to The New York Times, Milliken's "willingness to conduct an internal investigation suggests that the finances of City College, and the leadership of Mrs. Coico, are likely to be under more scrutiny."

Faculty members are “deeply concerned about the practical, ethical and legal implications of the situation.” CUNY isn’t the only school in such a predicament - chancellors at the University of California, Berkeley and at Davis have resigned over similar expenditure controversies. Currently, it is unknown “who withdrew the money, when and for what purpose."

How should the situation be remedied if the funds are found to be improperly diverted, again? Share with us your thoughts 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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Today, going to college could cost as much as buying a new BMW every year, according to the Wall Street Journal. With ever-increasing college costs ranging between $120,000 and $200,000 (depending on the school), some politicians' higher education reforms are simply a "massive bailout wrapped in the promise of free tuition and relief from student loans."

College unaffordability has forced students into the growing $1.3 trillion national debt issue, with the average student owing $26,700. Where's this money going? Money is going towards grandiose campus facilities such as Purdue University's $98 million Cordova Recreational Sports center, which houses a climbing wall, vortex pool, and 25-person spa. Elsewhere, funding is being spent heavily on administration, promotions, athletics, and "noninstructional student services." There's little evidence that shows additional spending enhances the value of a college degree. Even after spending "more than half a trillion dollars from 1987 to 2005," one study notes that completion rates are declining, grade inflation is increasing, students are studying less, adult numeracy/literacy rates are declining and critical thinking skills are not improving.

Demand is strong for student loan forgiveness, as well as attaining "free" college. Such million-dollar proposed bailouts have "no new accountability measures" and will only dump the costs of higher education onto taxpayers, many of whom don't have a college education. Rather than having students invest and borrow money to go to the "wrong colleges to study the wrong subjects" - which doesn't actually prepare them with the necessary skills for the workforce - universities could be "smaller, leaner and more focused on actually teaching undergraduates." Roughly 40 percent of students are not graduating college within six years and the "college for all" mantra can be overused and pushed onto students who could alternatively attend trade/vocational schools, earn two-year and three-year degrees or certifications in professions that don't necessitate college degrees.

Avoid having to take out student loans as much as you can, by applying to and earning scholarships: money that does not have to be repaid.

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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Some dormitory rooms at the University of Mississippi are "worthy of interior design magazines," even on a budget. Photos of two students' room went viral, and some call the décor over-the-top and unnecessary. The majority of the decorations were bought on a budget from stores such as TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, Target, Home Depot, and antique stores.

Check out the room here and let us know what you think. In the meantime, if you have a knack for interior design and want to put your craft to use beyond a dorm room, check out these interior design scholarships to help pay for your college education:

  1. Irene Winifred Eno Grant

    Deadline: April 18
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  2. Vectorworks Design Scholarship

    Deadline: August 31
    Maximum Award: $10,000

  3. Ruth Clark Furniture Design Scholarship

    Deadline: March 31
    Maximum Award: $3,000

  4. Deborah Snyder Scholarship

    Deadline: May 20
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  5. NEWH Sustainable Design Competition

    Deadline: February 19
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  6. Tom Tolen Educational Scholarship

    Deadline: April 1
    Maximum Award: Varies

  7. Robert W. Thunen Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: April 1
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  8. Joel Polsky Prize

    Deadline: April 18
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  9. CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

    Deadline: April 29
    Maximum Award: $3,000

  10. Tricia LeVangie Green/Sustainable Design Scholarship

    Deadline: March 31
    Maximum Award: $1,500

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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Toronto native of Ethiopian descent Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, will help bring more feel for Ethiopian culture at the University of Toronto. He recently donated $50K towards a new program that will teach Ethiopian history and language. Check out these scholarships designated for students of Ethiopian and African descent:

  1. Least Developed Countries Scholarship

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: $20,000

  2. Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1
    Maximum Award: $20,000

  3. The MasterCard Foundation Undergraduate Scholars Program

    Deadline: January 4
    Maximum Award: Varies

  4. Angels Over Africa Mission Scholarship

    Deadline: April 8
    Maximum Award: Varies

  5. The MasterCard Foundation Graduate Scholars Program

    Deadline: February 1
    Maximum Award: Varies

  6. EADB Math, Science, Technology, & Engineering University Scholarship Program

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: Varies

  7. Kennedy-Lugar YES Program

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: Varies

  8. The Fulbright Program

    Deadline: Varies
    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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J.K. Rowling plans to end the Harry Potter series with her latest "Harry Potter and the Curse Child." For the next generation of talented and creative writers, here are some literature and creative writing based scholarships to help pay for college:

  1. Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship

    Deadline: February 28
    Maximum Award: $500

  2. Diverse Minds Writing Challenge

    Deadline: March 11
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  3. The Kurt Brown Fellowship for Diverse Voices

    Deadline: March 11
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  4. Hope College Creative Writing Award

    Deadline: February 15
    Maximum Award: $10,000

  5. The Leo W. and Alberta V. Thomas Utz Scholarship

    Deadline: February 10
    Maximum Award: $16,000

  6. CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Creative Writingp

    Deadline: July 1
    Maximum Award: Varies

  7. Calliope Workshop and MFA Scholarship

    Deadline: May 31
    Maximum Award: $3,000

  8. L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  9. GRCF Ladies Literary Club Scholarship

    Deadline: April 1
    Maximum Award: Varies

  10. New York Women in Communications Inc. Foundation Scholarship Program

    Deadline: January 31
    Maximum Award: Varies

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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