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by Susan Dutca

Following the Cleveland Cavaliers'recent win, LeBron's 11-year-old-son received standing scholarship offers from Duke and Kentucky University. It's never too late to start early, so check out some of these sports scholarships if you have a love for sports and wish to get paid to play:

  1. Jay Cutler Athletic Scholarship

    Deadline: April 15
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  2. Mike Lozano Scholarship

    Deadline: February 12
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  3. Dale "Snook" Noack Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: Varies

  4. Ernie Davis Scholarship

    Deadline: April 4
    Maximum Award: $1,300

  5. Team Type 1 Scholarships

    Deadline: February 20
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  6. Jordan M. Draper Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: February 15
    Maximum Award: Varies

  7. Gene and John Athletic Fund Scholarship

    Deadline: June 8
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  8. Jack Diller Education Award

    Deadline: February 12
    Maximum Award: $2,500

  9. New York Ramblers Scholarship for Student Athletes

    Deadline: July 12
    Maximum Award: $2,500

  10. PCA Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship

    Deadline:May 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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by Susan Dutca

California's Antelope Valley School District banned atheist scholarships from being listed on student publications and must now pay $10,000 in legal fees. They claimed it would upset parents, "promote anti-religious expression," and have "argumentative" and "aggressive undertones." Freethinkers instead saw it as anti-atheist prejudice.

The district was sued by FFRF for refusing to allow college-bound seniors to compete for $17,950 in scholarships from the Freedom from Religion Foundation and $1,750 in scholarships from the Antelope Valley Freethinkers. According to The Friendly Atheist, the scholarship essay prompts are not the least bit aggressive but rather allow students to "develop opinions based on science and reason in contrast to faith and dogma' by writing about their experiences when "objecting to or raising logical- or evidence-based challenges to statements of faith of dogma within their family, school, or Antelope Valley at large."

For students who may face ridicule, harassment, or punishment for speaking up against religion in the classroom, at school events, in government, or their own homes, the FFRF's prompts are: "Young, bold and nonbelieving: Challenges of being a nonbeliever of color" and "Why I'm Good Without God: Challenges of being a young nonbeliever."

While the atheist scholarships were banned, the district accepted scholarships from other religious groups, such as the Church of Scientology, which "solicited religious speech, required applicants to be religious, and dealt with the historically controversial topics of homosexuality and guns."

In your opinion, do you think the schools were right in banning the scholarships? Why or why not? Leave us your thoughtful comments below. If you are looking for scholarships based on your personal faith, check out our extensive list of religious scholarships.

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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by Susan Dutca

South Carolina State University will be able to offer considerably more financial aid to future business majors thanks to the $2.5 million Earvin "Magic"" Johnson Endowed Scholarship Fund. The funds are established to help business students at the historically black college.

Johnson decided to embark on the educational endeavor a year ago, when he visited the Orangeburg campus. Since then, he's "worked to develop meaningful ways to contribute to its success". According to Johnson, the scholarship fund will "continue the legacy of our nations historically black colleges and universities". Scholarship details will be released this weekend during a fundraising event in Washington.

You may feel out of touch with famous Hollywood actors, professional athletes, or singers and songwriters, but there are scholarships funded by such people who are interested in giving back to future generations of scholars and stars. Here's a list of other scholarships funded by well-known celebrities:

  1. Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation Scholarship

    Deadline: August 10
    Maximum Award: $200,000

  2. BMI John Lennon Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $10,000

  3. BSU Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship

    Deadline: April 4
    Maximum Award: $10,000

  4. Earl Woods Scholarship Program

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: Varies

  5. Jimi Hendrix Scholarship Fund

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  6. Aerosmith Scholarship

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: Varies

  7. Janet Jackson/Rhythm National Scholarship

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: $5,000

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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by Susan Dutca

College students may soon find themselves counting their pennies before deciding to go out on the weekend. What could be worse than being a broke college student? For starters, spending money that you don't have and sending your bank account into the negatives. Overdrafting is most common among Americans ages 18-25, and the average $34.50 penalty fee isn't any less harsh than the national median of $35. But who's to blame - students or colleges?

Universities and colleges have started partnerships with banks to offer on-campus banking services to students, but convenience doesn't mean leniency, and students aren't off the hook when it comes to overdraft fees. The average consumer pays two overdraft fees a year, meaning college students could owe more than $70 in fees. According to NerdWallet, if every college student from participating colleges averages two overdrafts a year, that's $828 million in fees. Why are college students most likely to fall into this snowballing, financial rut? NerdWallet Banking analyst Devan Goldstein claims that "at that age, most people have less money coming in and more pressure to spend money, from peer pressure in particular."

Do colleges and banks have the students' best interest in mind? Some financial experts aren't so sure, as the products they offer come with a "steep price." Banks see the value of partnering with colleges and offer "lucrative deals" that will increase marketing opportunities, especially with the lack of profits from retail bank accounts over the past several years. And of course, there's something in it for the schools - they can receive a large payment from banks - like the case at UC Berkeley, which will receive $17 million over the next ten years for signing with Bank of the West.

Parents and their kids should consider a few things before opening a bank account: overdraft fees, the limit to how many fees can be charged a day, and what happens when a student declines an opt-in for overdraft protection. Experts also advise students to search for better deals at local banks that offer lower fees - this could be a slight issue for campus-bound students who don't have transportation readily available.

So before you write that next ill-advised check your bank account won't cover, don't forget that overdrafting is optional, and there will be a price to pay.

In your opinion, should overdrafting fees be eliminated completely for college students? Or should they have to pay the price for financial irresponsibility? Leave us your 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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30 years after being abandoned as a newborn in a San Francisco State University dorm, Jillian Sobol graduated from the same college at which she drew her first breaths. In Tennessee, Kevuntez King sold newspapers for five straight years and earned enough money to pay off his college tuition so that his single mom didn't have to - even before starting at TSU. Janel Young, a Columbus teen mom, recently graduated from college debt-free after giving birth at 15 years old while in foster care. What do all of these students have in common? They all successfully overcame their individual adversities and pursued their higher education dreams. Whether you or a loved one have been affected by cancer; are a survivor of domestic abuse, or are a single parent, there are scholarships out there that will recognize your resilience, courage, and character. Here are some scholarships for students who have overcome their adversities in hopes of achieving their college dream:

  1. Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation

    Deadline: August 1
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  2. Hendrick Scholarship Foundation

    Deadline: March 18
    Maximum Award: $16,500

  3. Women's Independence Scholarship Program

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: $2,000

  4. The Jackie Spellman Scholarship

    Deadline: April 15
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  5. NLEAFCF General Scholarship

    Deadline: July 1
    Maximum Award: $20,000

  6. Boundless Opportunity Scholarship

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: Varies

  7. The Iris-Samuel Rothman Scholarship

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  8. AFTH Birth Parent Scholarship Fund

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: Varies

  9. Betsy Niles Scholarship

    Deadline: April 10
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  10. Missy's Miracle Scholarship

    Deadline: April 10
    Maximum Award: $5,000

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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12-year-old Tanishq Abraham has already earned three associate's degrees and has been accepted to two University of California system four-year colleges. 60 percent of college students today are twice that age before they earn a single bachelor's degree.

Tanishq Abraham started taking college courses at age 7 and has been accepted to UC Davis and received the highest honor - a Regents Scholarship - to UC Santa Cruz. He plans to become a doctor and medical researcher before he turns 18. Although professors were reluctant to let him have such a large head start, he began community college when his peers were still in second grade and received three associate's degrees from American River College in general science; math and physical science; and foreign language students. He was allowed to attend under one condition: his mother, a veterinary doctor, had to be present during class. When he wasn't asking questions, he was busy explaining general relativity and special relativity to her.

Abraham joined the IQ society Mensa at the age of 4 and was known for picking up knowledge quickly. His accomplishments have earned him a letter of recognition from President Barak Obama. His younger sister Tiara is an award-winning singer and child genius, scoring a 99 percent on the Mensa IQ test.

Being a child prodigy isn't what many people think it is, Abraham claims. "When you think of a genius, you think of a mad scientist kind of thing." When he's not studying, Abraham is the typical, video-gaming, piano playing, and choir singing kid.

Starting and even graduating college early is a possibility, especially if you have a clear idea what field of study you wish to pursue. If you're still researching different major options, check out our list of major-specific scholarships. And most importantly, apply for and earn scholarships to not only graduate more quickly, but with little to no debt!

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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A deceased college professor's 1985 Ford Mustang GT is on the market...to raise money for scholarships and honor the educator who, despite his 35 years of "superb teaching" had no campus memorialization. The vintage muscle car, valued at $15,500, will fund scholarships within three different departments at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Bill Vettes, the Marxist professor at UW-L, is fondly remembered for his humiliation of unprepared students, his "brutal intimidation," and his devotion to teaching "uncomfortable truths." While other classes such as Rec 100 were making snow angels outside his classroom, he demanded attention to "French philosophy with real-world insight." The annual Teacher of the Year Award was suspended after Vettes won it twice in four years.

Vettes' love for his sports cars was evidenced by his ownership of 15 of them - including a 1963 Corvette Stingray, a 1966 Jaguar XKE, a 1987 Mazda RX-7, a 1989 Camaro IROC, and a turbocharged 1991 Dodge Stealth RTU. The man who refused to drive a sports car for less than an hour had even given a former UW-L President's daughter a quick 110 mph ride to school.

Vettes' colleague Jim Parker will be selling the Mustang GT in honor of the Marxist sports car enthusiast. One-third of the proceeds will go to scholarships - one for students studying multicultural understanding, one for elementary education (with a focus on social justice issues), and the last for those majoring or minoring in women's studies or German studies. According to the La Crosse Tribune, the first two scholarships are self-sustaining and when “all three reach that point, Parker will start the William Vettes Scholarship."

If you're passionate about the automotive industry, education, social justice, women's studies, or foreign languages/cultures, check out some of our scholarships by types to begin funding your college education.

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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Work, work, work, work hard in school and you may just have your college tuition paid for by Rihanna. The Grammy-winning Barbadian singer and songwriter announced her initiative to help citizens or natives of Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, and Jamaica through scholarships of up to $50,000 per year. She stated that, "to be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honor...Higher education will provide perspective, opportunities and learning to a group of kids who really deserve this. I am thrilled to be able to do this."

Scholarship renewal is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and can be renewed every three years or until the international student earns their bachelor's degree, whichever comes first. Students must have been accepted into an accredited four-year college or university in the United States and demonstrate academic performance, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience and write a personal essay. It is unknown how much money will be disbursed annually.

Founded in 2012, Rihanna's well-known nonprofit Clara Lionel Foundation strives to improve the "quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts and culture." The foundation has already donated $1.75 million to the oncology department at a Barbadian hospital. Additionally, her partnership with the makeup company MAC and the Viva Glam campaign raises money for those with AIDS and HIV. The sales from her first lipstick alone raised $60 million in 2013.

According to NPR, "students from these countries are generally not well-represented among the ranks of foreign students in the U.S." Despite the small percentage of these foreign students studying in the United States, there are plentiful scholarships and organizations dedicated to funding international students' college education. To get a glimpse, check out our scholarships for international students/study abroad.

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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117 underclassmen recently took advantage of the new NCAA rule which allows them to test the NBA waters without losing NCAA eligibility as long as they don't hire an agent. However, talented athletes are stuck between choosing to play on scholarships or play professionally. Division I schools are balling on a tight budget, with only 13 scholarships available per team. With the constant transferring and drafts, there's no telling what will happen to vacant spots for scholarships or if they will deplete far too quickly, leaving some highly-talented players uncompensated.

In Division I basketball, scholarships are based on head count, which means they cannot be dispersed among student-athletes (unlike equivalency sports such as baseball or water polo). In total, there are 15 scholarships for women and 13 for men on a team. If collegiate players join the NBA, the NBA's D-League, or a foreign pro team, "there's a summer-long scramble to replace them," according to Randy Peterson. Last season, a reported 700 college basketball players were lost to various professional leagues. With the new early NBA entry rule, players have a chance to see if they are suitable for the NBA climate but risk losing their scholarship at their college, especially when the scholarship limit is so small.

The NCAA reports that on average, women playing at the Division I level receive more than male athletes – in 2014, women athletes received $15,162 on average in comparison to their male counterparts, who received an average of $14,270. But only 2 percent of high school student-athletes receive athletic scholarship when playing at the Division I and II level, according to the NCAA. Sure, many athletes want to play at the highest division level but recruiting experts urge athletes to consider playing in Division II, III, or at the FCS level. "Even if you're not a full-ride-caliber athlete," states CEO of Go Big Recruiting, "there's a lot of potential to get money."

We offer a wide variety of athletic scholarships - ones for highly-talented athletes looking to compete at a high level and others for students who simply participated in a sport. Regardless of your athletic ability, there are scholarships in place to help fund your higher education goals and athletic dreams.

In your opinion, should the NCAA start offering more basketball, and athletic scholarships in general?

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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The class of 2015 had the largest student loan debt in history and while some students may side hustle to cover their tuition bill, one student has opted to skip the grind and instead, hustle the streets to help pay for her college education.

Star student Emily Stutz wasn't offered the necessary financial aid to attend college, even after she appealed to all of the eight schools to which she was accepted. Her parents, who earn a combined $155,000 as special education teachers, aren't able to "come up with $20,000-$30,000 a year," according to Stutz. So she created a GoFundMe account and panhandled outside a local Target over the weekend, holding a sign that read "H.S. Senior. No $ for College. Anything helps." So far, Stutz has raised over $24,000 via her GoFundMe page, which would cover one year's tuition at a private college - so she considered staying home and going to the University of Massachusetts which costs only $13,500 a year.

While she had many sympathizers, some drivers told her to get a job. Though she has a 4.0 GPA, works two jobs, has been accepted to all eight to which she applied, she claims, "even the smaller cost [of attending college] was unattainable." Most importantly, Stutz wanted to relay her message on the issue of student loan debt and college unaffordability, stating "It's such a big issue with the presidential election...people take out these huge loans and have to pay back like a mortgage on their education."

Merit scholarships at private institutions aren't enough to lessen the burden of the tuition price tag, according to Stutz. While we were unable to discover to which schools Miss Lutz applied, perhaps a community college would be an affordable option. The money she has raised via GoFundMe so far would likely pay for all or most of her undergraduate studies if she spent the first two years at one of the dozens of community colleges in Massachusetts, most of which are around $4,000 per year. There are also ample opportunities out there for students who take the time to search and apply for scholarships. Many high school students start searching for scholarships when they are a sophomore or junior in high school, which is a great idea as well, rather than relying on the colleges to which you apply for all of your financial aid. Applying for more than one scholarship also increases your chances of earning more money towards your college education. Just read the Success Stories of some of our users and see how they made their post-secondary education affordable and occasionally even free.

In your opinion, do you think panhandling for college funds is the best option? Would you do it? What other options would you consider pursuing? Leave us your thoughtful comments 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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