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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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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

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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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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One nonprofit is heavily recruiting reformed delinquents from disadvantaged communities and funneling them into college. The troubled youth - many of whom have committed crimes and have been in jail, are given personal advisers, free college-prep courses, childcare, bus passes and other forms of support to keep off the streets.

College Bound Dorchester has enrolled about 130 students over the past three years and guides students into Bunker Hill and two other Boston Colleges - Roxbury Community college and Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Some students are homeless and others are victims of domestic abuse. In spite of their dark pasts, 30 percent have earned an associate or bachelor's degree and 60 percent of those who start the program continue the following year.

Giovanne Morris is proof that you can overcome hardship and become successful. Though he may have been previously known for "the destruction he caused growing up in a neighborhood teeming with guns, drugs, and violence", Morris recently received a standing ovation for his matriculation speech at Bunker Hill Community College. He is currently headed into his second semester of college, majoring in human services and hoping to become a counselor for a middle school or nonprofit organization. He described his struggle to fit in with his peers, often feeling "more accepted in the streets." His ankle monitor and the scar on his wrist are a reminder of the past he has chosen to leave behind in order to pursue greater opportunities for himself and his son and daughter.

Morris hopes to be a "different kind of role model" than he was prior to joining College Bound Dorchester. The program, which is located in one of Boston's most dangerous neighborhoods scopes out 17-27-year-olds with "a track record of leading their peers into crime" and turns them into "core influencers" who can utilize their "charisma and leadership that got them into trouble to become positive influences in their communities." The cost of achieving this goal isn't cheap - funds come from mostly private donations but is worth it, according to leaders who claim it's cheaper than the alternative.

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

Summer may be winding down, but scholarship season is strong. Students are preparing to head back to school, and what better way to prepare yourself financially than landing free money towards your college education? As you spend the next few weeks enjoying what’s left of the summer sun, take a quick moment to apply for these great scholarship opportunities with end of summer deadlines:

  1. Joseph A. Levendusky Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: August 31
    Maximum Award: $7,000

  2. The Zale Parry Scholarship

    Deadline: August 31
    Maximum Award: $6,5000

  3. CHASA Scholarship for Childhood Stroke Survivors

    Deadline: August 31
    Maximum Award: $3,000

  4. ARTBA's Student Transportation Video Contest

    Deadline: August 31
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  5. Americanism Education Leaders Essay Contest

    Deadline: August 31
    Maximum Award: $2,500

  6. The ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship

    Deadline: August 31
    Maximum Award: $2,500

  7. Beat the Odds Program

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  8. BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship

    Deadline: September 23
    Maximum Award: $4,500

  9. Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program

    Deadline: September 15
    Maximum Award: $20,000

  10. Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

    Deadline: September 30
    Maximum Award: $1,000

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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Only African American students will be allowed to enroll in certain sections of a mandatory introductory course at Moraine Valley Community College. The segregated course - similar to ones that are only open to veterans, special needs, and older students - is intended to help students feel more "comfortable." While registering, some parents found this exclusionary act alarming.

For years, Moraine Valley has offered College 101 "exclusively to groups such as athletes and those with special needs." Courses such as these are effective for low-income, first-generation and similar students, where they can build network systems with people of similar backgrounds. The other restricted course available only to African American students is titled "College: Changes, Challenges, Choice."

The data-driven decision is nothing new for the college, according to the college's Vice President for Institutional Development. She states that "this is not something new for us. We've done [courses for] veterans, we've done women, we have done Hispanics...we find that these particular courses with these particular groups with our mentoring and peer support help them to be more successful than they would be if they did not have this particular experience."

One parent wrote to the Chicago Tribune's opinion page that their Moraine Valley son wanted to know "why there are not two sections limited to Asian-American students? How about Native American students?" Some administrators argue that "limiting course sections to a particular racial or ethnic group could diminish the image of those classes, whereas experiencing other viewpoints and backgrounds improves tolerance among all groups."

Sectioned courses focus on the specific issues encountered by various groups. For example, veterans face a specific set of challenges that may not be experienced by non-veterans. Moraine Valley's Assistant Director of Communications claims that "students feel comfortable [in these settings] and are more likely to open up because they're with other students who are like them."

In your opinion, should these courses exist? Why or why not? Share with us your thoughtful opinions, and don't forget to check out scholarships by type.

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

Colleges and universities across the nation are starting to engage more in discussions regarding what it means to be a man. Masculinity, just like femininity, is celebrated through these gender-specific scholarships. So man-up and check out these scholarship opportunities!:

  1. Colored Rocks Contest

    Deadline: January 4
    Maximum Award: $3,500

  2. Dr. Dan J. and Patricia S. Pickard Scholarship

    Deadline: Mary 31
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  3. Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men

    Deadline: February 1
    Maximum Award: $8,000

  4. The Iris-Samuel Rothman Scholarship

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: Varies

  5. The Mervyn Sluizer, Jr. Scholarship

    Deadline: May 2
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  6. The True Gentlemen Scholarship

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: $1,500

  7. USBC Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $6,000

  8. Winston Churchill Foundation of the USA Churchill Scholarship Program

    Deadline: November 8
    Maximum Award: Varies

  9. ALA - LITA/LSSI Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1
    Maximum Award: $2,500

  10. Bernie Varnadore Scholarship Program

    Deadline: April 1
    Maximum Award: $1,250

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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An openly gay student at Dowling Catholic High School decided to transform stigma into success by serving as a leader and advocate for LGBT rights at his school. Even after creating a gay-straight alliance and being awarded the Gold Matthew Shepard Scholarship, he was told that he could not receive the scholarship at the annual senior awards ceremony.

Last April, Tyler McCubbin, a respectable substitute teacher and volunteer track coach had his full time teaching position offer rescinded after a background check revealed he was openly gay. Dowling High school student Liam Jameson was one of the hundreds of students who protested the perceived injustice through a walkout. In an open letter, Jameson detailed his numerous attempted suicides because he felt alone, afraid, and "dreaded having to go to school the next day." He took the decision to help struggling peers and created a "safe environment for LGBT students where they don't feel the need to self-harm or commit suicide." His petition to create a LGBT club/safe space earned 2,000 signatures and is now known as One Dowling Family.

Through his efforts, Jameson earned the Gold Matthew Shepard Scholarship sponsored by the Eychaner Foundation in Des Moines. However, Dowling administration refuses to present the scholarship at the annual senior awards dinner on May 5th. Jameson claims that they manipulated the rules multiple times and took to a Change.org petition, requesting that the school presents him the award this week. Even McCubbin took to social media and urged people to sign his petition.

The school sent a message to its faculty and media stating that they are "proud of all [our] senior students how have received awards and scholarships to further their education," and that they "do not allow organizations who are awarding the scholarship to attend and individually present the scholarship to the student." Furthermore, they are "pleased one of [our] students received the Matthew Shepard Award and he will be honored in the same manner as his classmates." The Eychaner Foundation claims that Dowling changed its policy in recent months to specifically "target" LGBT-associated scholarships.

Do you think Jameson should have his award presented at the awards ceremony? If you are a student like Jameson who has a passion for social action, community service, and helping others - or if you yourself identify with or support the LGBT community - check out our many scholarships to help fund your college dreams.

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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Malia Obama won't be the first child of a president to be accepted into Harvard University, but her decision to take a gap year sets her apart from the traditional college-bound student. As the gap year trend gains popularity in the US, there is still some reluctance in putting pause on a college education. Could it pose some trouble for those who aren’t socialites?

Despite her father's advice to "not stress too much about one particular college," or focus on name-brand, Malia chose to attend one of the nation's most prestigious and expensive universities. Come fall of 2017, she’s expected to add her name to the long line of ultra-wealthy celebrities and American figures who attended Harvard, including John Adams II, Abraham Lincoln’s son, and John F. Kennedy's daughter.

What exactly is a gap year? It is the time students defer from attending college, right out of high school, in order to pursue other avenues such as traveling, gaining work experience, and getting in touch with their inner soul and desires prior to settling into what could be considered a form of adulthood. One person's productive gap year could easily be another's 12-month vacation. There's been no word as to what Malia will do during this gap year, but a survey indicated that many students focus on personal growth, traveling and experiencing cultures, while taking a break from academics. This gap could serve as a good time to increase community service and learn skills you may not otherwise learn during college. Essentially, a way to avoid the "growing rate of student burn-outs."

Taking a year off could be pricey and not ideal for low-income students. According to one study, the "majority of people who do not go straight to college after high school end up having a much harder time completing their degrees...getting married, having a baby, becoming financially responsible for siblings, or losing academic motivation "may truncate one's higher education pursuits. While the American Gap Association boasts success with students who took a gap year, the majority of the students had college-educated parents and came from household incomes of more than $100,000 a year. These students already have a greater likelihood for success; many of them having parents who could pay their college tuition. Furthermore, federal financial aid waits for no one. Students would have to apply for the year in which they would enroll which could consequentially "make it harder for students on aid to plan a gap year." And while Harvard condones a gap year, the trend is not widely-accepted at other colleges and universities.

Do you think a gap year is a good option for students? Trying to find yourself by putting college off may come with a price. While some students take a gap year to work minimum wage and help fund their college education, we believe that you should be rewarded for your academic, athletic, and extracurricular achievements without having to take time off school. Tuition prices are only increasing, and won't remain stagnant even as you take a gap year. The best way to make college affordable is through free money: 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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