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Facebook Donates $25,000 for Minority, Female Coding Scholarships

Apr 14, 2016

by Susan Dutca

After donating $5 million to support college scholarships for Dreamers and undocumented students, and a prospective $120 million donation to Bay area schools, CEO and Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerburg recently donated $250,000 for scholarships in technology.

The recent donation to Dev Boot Camp - a program that claims it "transforms beginners into full-stack web developers in 19 weeks" - will cover tuition for 20 underrepresented minority students pursuing a career in tech coding. Students must be California residents, interested in tech coding, and be African American/Black, Chicano/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and/or a female. The application period will open April 18 and close May 2.

The announcement came just a day before the f8 Conference, which has a predominantly male developer audience. An even smaller percentage of the developers are ethnically-diverse. As of June 14, 84 percent of Facebook's company was male - 51 percent of which were Caucasian and 43 percent Asian. Only 3 percent were Hispanic and 1 percent was African American. Globally, Facebook is 32 percent female. Through the scholarships, Facebook hopes to "increase [the] diversity of its workforce to better represent their customer base."

Last year, Zuckerburg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced they would donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares - roughly $45 billion at the time - to philanthropic initiatives. By the end of last year, they had donated about $32 million to education reform, including underserved communities in the Bay Area, the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the Centers for Disease Control Prevention to fight Ebola, and the Newark Public School System.

If you are a minority, female, or student interested in technology or computer science, check out our many scholarships in addition to the Facebook F8 Scholarship.

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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Highest Paying, Best Job Opportunity College Majors & Scholarships

Mar 31, 2016

by Susan Dutca

Deciding what you want to major in (and potentially spend the rest of your life doing) isn't the easiest or quickest decision to make. Everyone has a different reason for choosing their career - whether it be monetary satisfaction, job flexibility, pure passion and interest, or the ability to advance and grow. Although you can change your major while in college, it still costs money to stay in school and earn your degree.

Based on a recently published list by OnlineDegrees.com and featured in USA Today News, the majors listed below were found to get the "most bank for your buck" – that's one reason to get a degree. This is based on average annual salary, projected job growth, programs offered, and average tuition costs*. The leading majors tend to be technology and business-related, followed by those in the STEM fields.

We don't want to just stop at a list of profitable majors - we want to help make your college education more affordable, so we've compiled a list of free scholarships which you can apply to, and hopefully win to help fund your higher education. Be sure to create a profile to get a full, comprehensive list of scholarships for which you may qualify.

Psychiatry

The road to becoming a psychiatrist is long and narrow - consisting of science-heavy coursework and many years of schooling and training. But the payoff may well be worth it - the average annual salary is well above $79,000 for the majority of states and more than 59 schools offer programs in the field. The Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship Program awards stellar college students who are pursuing a health career with up to $7,500 per scholarship.

If you are African-American student pursuing psychiatry, or any medicine-related field, check out the CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship, which awards $2,000 for well-qualifying students who have a minimum 2.75 GPA. For related scholarships, be sure to look at psychology, science, and medical scholarships for an extensive list and details.

Entrepreneurship

If you've dreamt of being the CEO of your own business and have the capacity and willingness to manage your own business venture, you may be an entrepreneur at heart. Peter Thiel has taken initiative to support those who think out of the box and are willing to take a risk - he established a $10,000 grant to support entrepreneur endeavors. The catch? You just have to drop out of school if you win the grant. If you're not yet ready to do that, there are other scholarships that will reward your entrepreneur dreams while in school, like the Social Entrepreneur Award worth $10,000 in seed grant for students at participating Washington member institutions. You'd be surprised that roughly 477 schools offer programs in this discipline and successful independents go on to make over $120,000 a year.

Electrician

For some, working with their hands - whether it be on car engines, electrical circuits, or pipes - brings gratification and highlights skills that don't necessarily mirror traditional education. A large majority of the skills necessary to compete in the 21st-century global market requires vocational training. That is why organizations such as The Nexstar Legacy Foundation Management in Plumbing, HVAC, or Electrical offers scholarships to people who are pursuing the trades or intending to own and operate their own business. This includes electricians, who on average, make more than $55,000 annually and have access to over 468 programs. For more electrician scholarships or general vocational scholarships, click here.

Mechanical Engineering

Do you have what it takes to take an idea to the marketplace? To design a product not only for aesthetics but for functionality? You'd probably enjoy mechanical engineering. From the automotive to the aerospace, biotechnology, energy conversion, and manufacturing industry, mechanical engineers are crucial in their ability to analyze and create/design objects and systems with motion. With over 350 available programs, mechanical engineers make an average salary of over $99,000. If you're ready to get into gear and study mechanical engineering, check out the SSPI Scholarship program or the Nexstar Legacy Foundation Management in Plumbing, HVAC or Electrical Scholarships.

Accounting, Finance, & Math

Even though your classmates may have preferred classes like gym, art, English or humanities, you may not mind formulas, equations, and calculators. In fact, you may very well think best in numbers. For math whizzes, not only are there bountiful job opportunities, but salaries can climb up into the six digits (even non-math geniuses know that's a lot). Organizations like AFWA seek to award students who are pursuing an accounting or finance degree. Though the two disciplines are separate entities, they often share similar job positions and skill sets that are math-based.

Exclusively for accounting majors who plan on becoming CPAs is the AICPA Accountemps Student Scholarship - worth up to $10,000. If you're a graduate student in finance and plan on working in local or state government finance, you may qualify for the Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship. And there are of course scholarships for minority undergraduates who have that same endeavor to work in state and local government finance, through the Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship. If you love math in general and haven't decided a set career path, check out the Exxonmobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships or the Women in Engineering and Design Book Scholarship.

Education

One of the most honorable, and demanding jobs to have is that of an educator, as they are responsible for cultivating, nourishing, and educating the minds of our society's youth. There are however, certain disciplines in teaching that get paid more than others, and those are in biology, social science, and science. If you attend a Christian college and are planning to study primary or secondary education, you may qualify for the Herman and Katherine Peters Foundation Scholarship. Teachers have certain benefits as well, such as for retirement, medical/dental care, etc., and there are also grants like the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program for those pursuing a career in special education, that exempts students from paying tuition and mandatory fees for up to four years. There are other scholarships reserved for minority students such as the Leon Bradley Scholarship Program. For a complete list of education scholarships and grants, click here.

Radiologic Sciences

Some things are just too difficult to see with the naked eye, so technology allows us to have a better view from a different perspective using medical imaging techniques, such as x-rays, CT, MRI, PET, and ultrasound. Radiologists are specialized in analyzing and interpreting medical injuries through these images, as well as knowing radiation safety and protection. The average annual salary in radiologic technologies is approximately $84,700 with over 346 programs offered. The Carle Auxiliary Scholarship awards students who are pursuing radiologic sciences or other health-care disciplines. For other health-care scholarships, visit here.

Economics

There's more to economics than math. People in economics-related fields study how people use their resources - from land to labor, investments, taxes, production, government spending, etc. They seek to understand and measure how these affect well-being. There are various specializations in economics but in general, the average salary for economists is $93,088. The NSHSS Business, Economics, & Public Policy Scholarship awards outstanding students looking to positively impact the 21st-century global economy. If you already have a BA in economics and are seeking a Master's degree - and also at least 50 percent Asian - you may qualify for the Hsiao Memorial Economics Scholarship. For more economics scholarships, check out this list.

(Geo)environmental Science & Engineering

While majors such as business and technology have remained in the top ranks for the best potential return on college investments, geotechnical engineering is one of the up and coming fields. It is a branch of engineering that focuses on geologic and geosynthetic materials for issues related to human health and the environment. The average salary is $108,433, but is not offered at many colleges. If you want to apply for scholarships based on this interest, check out scholarships that require study in civil engineering, and environmental science or engineering. Also, check out the AREMA Committee 5 - Track Scholarship or the Nexstar Legacy Foundation Technicians in Plumbing, HVAC, or Electrical Scholarships.

Political Science

Our social landscape - our schools, communities, and workplaces - as well as economic structure (and much of everything we deal with daily) is affected by politics. You don't have to be a senator or the President with a political science major. People who wish to make a difference in their communities through the political system - whether through being an urban policy planner or lobbyist - seek degrees in political science, and are compensated fairly well (an average of $98,000/year). Scholarships for political science majors tend to include other disciplines such as history, government, or economics, like the Enid Hall Griswold Memorial Scholarship and the Aziz Jamaluddin Scholarship. For a full list of political science scholarships, visit here.

Information Systems

Just like geoenvironmental science, information systems is a major that has recently gained much popularity and demand. Along with business majors, it ranks one of the most profitable majors. In fact, the U.S. Department of Commerce claims that the most highly sought out graduates are those who have both business and computing skills - after all, Information Systems is a business degree with the application of information technology (IT). To support women in the field, the Kris Paper Legacy Scholarship for Women in Technology provides financial aid to a graduating female high school senior or returning female college student who is pursuing study in a tech-related field. Or if you are a current undergraduate student with an IS major, you may qualify for the CITE Current Student Tuition Scholarship. For more information systems scholarships, visit our technology scholarships.

Business

Business majors, whether in commerce, administration, or management, have ranked amongst the top best-paying majors for quite some time, and still remain in high standing. Business degrees can be applied to virtually any industry, so to view business scholarships based on specific industries, check out our full list here. Reported average salaries are around $102,000 a year and are offered at more than 1,000 schools. Whether you are a female, someone with dependent children, a minority student, or a current college student, you have many scholarship opportunities from which to choose. Make it your first order of business to check out these scholarships and apply.

*Note: Average annual salaries and the number of schools that offer degree programs were computed by the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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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Celebrate Spring with Environmentally-Friendly Scholarships

Mar 24, 2016

by Susan Dutca

Spring - a time of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, and regrowth - and of course, new and fresh scholarships. In lieu of the more temperate weather, blooming flowers and wildlife, we've compiled for you a list of spring-friendly scholarships, particularly ones for environmental studies, botany, horticulture, floricultural, and ecology. If you're a lover of all things new and nature, check out these scholarships. And don't forget to create a FREE profile to match to all the other many scholarships for which you may qualify!

Spring Meadow Nursery Scholarship

What better scholarship for spring than one with this title? Only the brightest, most well-trained and qualified are considered for this scholarship worth $3,000. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply, as long as they are studying landscape design, horticulture or a related discipline at a two or four-year institution. Students in vocational agriculture programs will also be considered

Students must demonstrate an overall 2.25 GPA and a 2.7 GPA in their major. Those interested in woody plant production, wood plant propagation, woody plant breeding, and/or horticultural sales and marketing are also able to apply.

Folsom Garden Club Scholarship

For students who are studying horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, forestry, agronomy, conservation, plant pathology, environmental studies, and/or other related subjects, and live in the California counties of Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado or Yolo County, you may be eligible to win up to $2,000.

Applicants must also demonstrate a 3.0 GPA and be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in college.

Orchid Care Scholarship

April showers bring May flowers and in this case, orchids. Qualifying undergraduate and/or graduate students are eligible to apply if they are pursuing a program in botany, horticulture, environmental science, conservation, or related field, with a focus on orchids. Up to three $500 scholarships will be awarded to the winners.

Seed Companies Scholarship

Some of the leading companies in seed production, including Ball, Pan-American, Goldsmith, and Syngenta, sponsor the Seed Companies Scholarship, which is available to college juniors and seniors as well as graduate students. In order to be eligible for the $4,000 scholarships, students must have a career goal within the seed industry.

Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship

If you love things in nature - including forestry, wildlife, or marine science, and are an undergraduate or graduate studying at a Louisiana public college or university, you may qualify to win up to $12,000 for up to three years of undergraduate study and two years of graduate study.

Applicants must be a Louisiana resident for at least one year prior to the scholarship award year. Furthermore, undergraduates must maintain a 2.5 GPA while graduates must hold a 3.0 GPA.

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship

Graduate students who have strong academic qualifications and how are focused on making a significant positive difference in the long-term protection of wilderness are eligible for this scholarship. Students who are studying in areas such as natural resources management, law, or policy programs are strongly encouraged.

Research topics include: restoration of the health and function of wilderness, management impacts on wildland, valuing wildlands ecosystems, connecting people to wildlands, and impacts of climate change. Additional funding - in addition to the $10,000 - will be provided to pay travel expenses for the recipient to work with staff members of The Wilderness Society on this project. The Society wishes to encourage the publication of this work in an academic journal or other appropriate medium.

Natural Resource-Excellence in Education Scholarship

The Texas Wildlife Association Foundation and the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. have joined forces to offer five (5) $10,000 scholarships to freshman at Texas universities who are majoring in natural resource related field such as agricultural science, wildlife science, forestry, range science, or similar majors

Students must also maintain 12 hours per semester and a minimum 2.0 GPA per semester and cumulative 2.5 GPA.

Apprentice Ecologist Scholarship

Do you have a unique environmental or conservation project that you believe will rebuild the environmental and social-wellbeing of your community? Do you have ideas that can improve local living conditions for both citizens and wildlife? If yes, the Apprentice Ecologist Scholarship is for you.

Three scholarships totaling $850 will be awarded to the authors of the three best Apprentice Ecologist essays. Students in middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate study are eligible to apply. All you have to do is conduct your own environmental stewardship project, take a few digital photos of your project in action, and write an essay about your project and what it means to you!

Brower Youth Award - Earth Island Institute

For students ages 13-22 who demonstrate outstanding leadership efforts and are working to protect our shared planet, this scholarship is for you. You must reside in North America and play a major leadership role in an environmental project.

Each winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize, a professionally produced short film about their work from an Emmy award winning film crew, and flight and lodging accommodations for a week-long trip to the San Francisco Bay Area.

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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Top Food & Beverage Company Scholarships

Mar 18, 2016

by Susan Dutca

You probably turn to your favorite food chains to satisfy your hunger and thirst, but now you can help reduce your college tuition burden with scholarships offered by some of the most well-known and popular Food & Beverage Companies. Many of these sponsored scholarships are listed on Forbes and Fortune 500's Top Food & Beverage Companies, so you know they will offer prestigious and large-dollar scholarships. Scholarships range from $1,000 to full tuition, so be sure to check your eligibility when applying - though some are exclusive to company employees, many simply require you to show a desire to continue your post-secondary education. To learn more about these scholarships and many others, create a FREE profile and see what scholarships for which you may qualify:

Dunkin' Donuts Scholarships

Dunk into this scholarship opportunity if you are a senior attending high school in one of the designated areas in the U.S. that offers the Dunkin' Donuts Scholarship and have exceptional academic merit and community service. As one of America's favorite all-day stop for coffee and baked goods, the chain is offering $1,000 scholarships to help qualifying applicants pay for college. You must be a resident from one of the listed areas to apply: Rhode Island or Bristol County, MA; Connecticut or Western MA; the Greater Philadelphia Region; New Hampshire; Palm Beach (Treasure Coast area), the Greater Miami,(Fort Lauderdale area), or the Greater FL Myers (Naples area). Please check your eligibility at the scholarship provider’s website.

Panera Bread Operation Dough Nation Scholarship

Scholarships fresh out of Panera Bread - a company listed as one of Fortune 500's Biggest Food & Beverage Companies. Not only do they value clean, good eating, but they also value an all-around healthy lifestyle, rewarded student-athletes for their commitment to sports and academics by providing financial assistance for college. One male and one female student-athlete from the WPIAL District win the Panera Bread Scholarship, amounted at $5,000 for each winner.

Taco Bell Live Más Scholarship

Live more and now, earn more! With the Taco Bell Live Más Scholarship, 220 college-bound students who plan on being one of the next generation of innovators, creators, and dreamers are eligible to win up to $25,000 in scholarship money. Applicants must create and submit a video telling the story of their life's passion, and demonstrate innovation and creativity.

Denny's Hungry for Education Foundation Scholarship

Denny's doesn't only serve food to late night breakfast lover's looking to squeeze in an extra meal, they also believe in fighting childhood hunger. Denny's offers scholarships to students who also believe in this endeavor, and must explain in a 300-500 word essay on how Denny's can positively impact childhood hunger in their communities. Scholarship categories are broken up by age: K-12, high school, and college and students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. To see specific eligibility requirements for each HFE partner, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Independent Hardee's Franchisee Association Scholarship

Hardee's believes in living the premium life with premium burgers, and if you are an IHFA employee planning to enroll or already enrolled in college, you can earn a premium scholarship worth $1,000. Financial need is not required to be eligible. Instead, recipients are selected based on their academics, demonstrated leadership, and participation in activities, community service, honors, work experience, goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and outside appraisal.

Papa John's Pizza "A Better Slice of Education" Scholarship

Papa John's believes that the more you put in, the more you get out. For stellar seniors attending CCSD high schools, having a high 3.8 GPA and investing more 50 hours or more in community service can land you a $1,000 scholarship for college. On top of having outstanding academic merit, students eligible to apply must write a 250-word essay answering the age-old question: "Why is education important to you?"

Burger King Scholarships

Burger King's motto, "Have it Your Way" is not just food-inclusive. This includes scholarships as well. The Burger King Scholars Program has awarded over $25 million in scholarships in 2015 alone. Scholarships vary from $1,000 to $50,000 to students who have a a minimum 2.0 GPA, who are passionate about serving their community, and are Burger King employees or children of employees. The James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship awards $50,000 to deserving students who have a minimum 3.3 GPA, a minimum ACT score of 25 or a combined SAT score of 1700.

Starbucks College Achievement Plan

This is not your ordinary scholarship. If you are a partner or employee of Starbucks, or if you're interested in joining the Starbucks team), and are also interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree, you can qualify for the Starbucks Achievement Plan. Starbucks has teamed up with Arizona State University, so employees and partners across the country can receive their Bachelor's from Arizona State University at little to no cost. Qualifying participants receive an automatic 42% CAP scholarship applied toward their tuition costs and are reimbursed for tuition expenses at the end of each semester. For full details on how the program works, please visit the provider's website.

Chobani Scholarship

Chobani is known for its all-natural, non-GMO Greek yogurt and now offers a scholarship to one food-loving student who has demonstrated an interest in communications and is currently enrolled or plans to enroll in a culinary school. The $5,000 scholarship is available for both undergraduate and graduate students who are permanent residents of NY, NJ, CT, or PA.

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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Not Your Usual Scholarships

Mar 10, 2016

by Susan Dutca

Do you ever feel like your unique, even weird and unusual talents and interests go unnoticed? Although academic, athletic, and merit-based scholarships are some of the most prevalent and abundant scholarships out there, there are colleges, universities, and organizations dedicated to rewarding quirky scholarships. The pool of students who have these attributes or skills is smaller than others, which means if you qualify, you have higher chances at winning the scholarship. Whereas academic and merit-based scholarships may require a certain GPA or class rank, these scholarships have unique eligibility requirements. Check out our list of unique, weird, and unusual scholarships below and see if you qualify by creating a profile:

Scholarships Calling Out your Name

There are few times in life where you can earn cash for your last name. If you happen to be a Catholic with the last name Zolp, you qualify for a scholarship from Loyola University Chicago. If you're one of the bright students planning to attend Harvard and have the last name Thayer, Downer, Bright, Hudson, or Baxendale, you may qualify for one of their named-based scholarships. Do you happen to have the last name Leavenworth and are currently or plan to attend Hamilton College? You may qualify for their Leavenworth Scholarship. Lastly, if you have the last name Gatlin or Gatling and plan to attend North Carolina State University, you may be eligible to win $60,000 in scholarships throughout your college career.

Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun

While there are plenty of scholarships looking for students interested in STEM fields, some students are more creative than those interested in STEM fields. Whether you love to write creative stories or poetry, there are prestigious organizations such as the National Student Poets Program that offer scholarships to bright young poets. If you have a knack for writing short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy, Writers of the Future Contest, sponsored by the founder of Scientology, awards $5,000 to the top writer.

Body-Rewarding Scholarships

Being left-handed has more benefits than you think. For example, left-handed students attending or planning to attend Juniata College qualify for a special scholarship only for lefties. The scholarship was founded by a left-handed alumni tennis duo. Gingers deserve some love too. The Scholarship for Redheads offers a scholarship just for redheaded beauties. And since people come in different shapes and sizes, there are specific scholarships for tall and short people.

Get Paid to Play

Your parents may have told you that video games is a mind-numbing activity that will never help you with your education. Columbia College thinks differently. Their program awards skilled League of Legends players and recruit two teams of five players - they expect to participate in the Collegiate Star League (CSL) in the near future, which has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to collegiate champions. Similarly, New York University offers scholarships to students who study game design and show active participation in the fighting game community.

Students Got (Weird) Talent

Being bi-lingual, tri-lingual, or multi-lingual is always a plus on a scholarship application. Being able to call ducks can be worth $2,000. The Chick & Sophie Major Memorial Scholarship Duck Calling Contest awards high school students who have duck-calling capabilities. You have 90 seconds to use four calls: hail, feed, comeback, and mating. Put your quack to good use and apply for the scholarship.

Objects Matter, too

If you have a sweet tooth or general love for candy, the National Candy Technologists offer up to $5,000 for those pursuing a study in culinary science, food science, chemical science, or a related area. Or perhaps you have a knowledge of fire sprinklers or a knack for creating attire completely out of duct tape. Even if you are one of the few people interested in vacuum coating technology, there is a scholarship worth up to $10,000. Look to your unusual talents, skills, or interests for extra scholarship money, because there is bound to be an organization out there to reward you for being you.

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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Will Declining Lotto Sales Impact Scholarships?

Mar 3, 2016

by Susan Dutca

Tuition assistance from scholarships may be cut as much as 30 percent by fall 2017 for tens of thousands of New Mexico students. Proceeds from lotteries, including the January $1.6 billion Powerball, are not able to keep pace with higher education cost increases.

Ticket sales are down, college tuition costs are up, and state budgets are tight. As a result, lawmakers in eight states are considering cutting lottery-funded scholarship programs. New Mexico has one of the best lottery-based scholarships in the country, helping roughly 90 percent of all first-year, full-time students with full-tuition aid. According to an associate VP at the University of Mexico, students who normally qualify for such aid would have to pay nearly $1,700 out of pocket annually if the budget cut takes place, which will most likely necessitate taking out more in student loans. According to the Department of Education, only 60 percent of students would receive full-tuition benefits, instead of the current 90 percent.

According to Susan Montoya Bryan, one reason New Mexico ticket sales have started to decline is that millennials tend to not buy lottery tickets; most likely because they opt to pay for gas at the pump instead of going into the convenience store. In several attempts to close the gap, New Mexico lawmakers have tried measures such as a "one-time appropriation to prop up scholarships and shifting $19 million in liquor tax revenue," moving unclaimed prize money to the lottery tuition fund, raising eligibility requirements to a 2.5 GPA, and having applicants complete at least 15 credit hours per semester at a four-year school.

Bryan reports that annual revenue from lotto ticket sales is about $40 million and tuition costs for eligible students are expected to surpass $65 million. Federal data already indicated that New Mexico has the highest student loan default rate. New Mexico is not the only state facing this financial dilemma. Tennessee tried a short-term goal by setting up an endowment to fund scholarships through interest and earnings. Georgia was the first to introduce lottery-based scholarships, nearly two decades ago, but had to make changes in 2011 which resulted in a 25 percent decrease of qualifying students. Republican state Rep. Jason Harper recommends that scholarships are used only after all financial aid is exhausted.

Lucky for you, we offer you tons of scholarship opportunities for which you may qualify that are not affected by the lottery system.

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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November National Scholarship Month

Nov 5, 2015

by Susan Dutca

November is National Scholarship Month, referred to by the National Scholarship Providers Association, and just so happens to be our favorite month of the year! This month is a special time to raise awareness of scholarship opportunities for current and future college students. Also, it's an excellent time to begin your scholarship search if you have not done so already. To help you in your search, we have compiled a list of scholarships with end-of-the-year deadlines, as well as scholarships for next year, so as to help you apply before the year is over. Dedicate some time to applying for current and coming academic years with these scholarships:

Arizona Milk Producers Scholarship

Deadline: November 9, 2015
Available to: High school seniors – college seniors
Maximum Award: $12,000

Is your 'stache worth the cash? Dairy plays an important role in fueling active minds and bodies, and can now help you earn a college scholarship. Simply take a picture of your best milk mustache for the chance to win a top $12,000 scholarship.

You must be enrolled or plan to enroll in an Arizona university as a full-time students to qualify. Make sure you are the only one in the photo and that a diary product is clearly visible in the photo. Upload your photo to Instagram and tag @azmilkproducers using the hashtag #ampscholarshipcontest and #ASU, #NAU or #UofA.

For more information and to apply, please visit Arizona Milk Producers Scholarship

The Resolve to Evolve Scholarship

Deadline: December 9, 2015
Available to: Scholarships.com Members
Maximum Award: $2,000

The Resolve to Evolve Scholarship is about more than just making resolutions - it's about creating change and furthering our evolution as individuals and a society. Applicants must write an essay of no more than 5,000 characters, addressing a two-part question.

All applicants must be registered members of Scholarships.com in order to qualify. If you have not already registered, go to the Scholarships.com home page and register now for free.

For more information and to apply, please visit The Resolve to Evolve Scholarship

Our World-Underwater Society Rolex Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2015
Available to: Graduate students ages 21-26
Maximum Award: $25,000

Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society has provided firsthand experiences in underwater-related disciplines to young people considering careers in the underwater world. Each year a Rolex scholar is selected to work with leaders in marine-related fields. Scholars partake in endeavors ranging from scientific expeditions to laboratory assignments.

Students must not have earned a graduate degree and have not chosen a clearly defined career path, as well as be between the ages of 21 and 26.

Students must have certification as a Rescue Diver or equivalent with a minimum of 25 dives within the past two years.

For more information and to apply, please visit Our World-Underwater Society Rolex Scholarship

Doodle 4 Google Art Competition

Deadline: December 7, 2015
Available to: Ages 5-18
Maximum Award: Up to $30,000

From cave paintings to selfies, artists have always found creative ways of expressing themselves. Google is asking young students to use their homepage as a canvas by doodling with any materials to show what makes them unique.

The winner's artwork will be featured on the Google homepage for a day, and one national winner will also receive a $40,000 scholarship. Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate and must incorporate the letters G-O-O-G-L-E.

For more information and to apply, please visit Doodle 4 Google Art Competition

The Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest

Deadline: December 5, 2015
Available to: 18 years and older
Maximum Award: $5,000

This year's essay topic for The Center of Alcohol Policy's contest is: "This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the Supreme Court's Granholm decision, which ruled against two states' laws that discriminated against out-of-state alcohol producers but also affirmed that "The three-tier system is unquestionably legitimate." How has this "unquestionably legitimate" system fostered competition, increased new products available to consumers and worked to protect consumers and the public?"

Applicants must be 18 years or older to apply and may email or postmark their essays.

For more information and to apply, please visit The Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest

The Anne Ford Scholarship

Deadline: December 15, 2015
Available to: Graduating high school seniors
Maximum Award: $10,000

The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor's degree program.

Students must demonstrate financial need and provide current documentation of an identified learning disability. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and must be able to articulate his/her learning disability and demonstrate the importance of self-advocacy.

For more information and to apply, please visit The Anne Ford Scholarship

Colored Rocks Contest

Deadline: December 4, 2015
Available to: Graduating high school seniors
Maximum Award: $3,500

The Colored Rocks Foundation annually awards 15 high-achieving senior male high school students from diverse ethnic backgrounds who have committed to help at least one of their struggling peers achieve their high school diploma.

Applicants must answer a 2-part essay (500-1,000 words) and submit a community project plan. Applicants must attend and graduate from a high school in Georgia to be eligible for the award.

For more information and to apply, please visit Colored Rocks Contest

Hispanic Annual Salute Award

Deadline: December 4, 2015
Available to: Graduating high school seniors
Maximum Award: $2,000

Hispanic Annual Salute offers scholarship to Hispanic youth who exhibit and encourage volunteerism. The goal is to provide students an opportunity to continue their education beyond high school.

Students must graduate from high school, maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher and perform notable volunteer contribution in the Hispanic community, specifically unpaid volunteer activity not related to fulfilling a school requirement. Applicants must reside in Colorado.

For more information and to apply, please visit Hispanic Annual Salute Award

Burger King Scholar Program

Deadline: December 15, 2015
Available to: Graduating high school seniors
Maximum Award: $1,000

Created in memory of Burger King’s Co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the Burger King Scholars program awards students who have a strong academic record with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students should be passionate about serving their community and be a high school senior, BK employee, spouse/domestic partner or child of an employee.

High school students should be graduating seniors who plan on attending a two- or four-year accredited university.

For more information and to apply, please visit Burger King Scholar Program

Cancer for College Scholarships

Deadline: January 31, 2016
Available to: Undergraduate students
Maximum Award:$16,000

No child should ever have to deal with cancer. That is why Cancer for College provides hope and inspiration to cancer survivors in the form of college scholarships. Applicants must be a cancer patient or cancer survivor to be eligible and must be a US resident enrolled in an accredited university or community college.

Cancer for College offers several different scholarships so make sure to read the eligibility and criteria requirements for each before applying.

For more information and to apply, please visit Cancer for College Scholarships

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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Brand Name, Large Dollar Scholarships

Oct 13, 2015

by Susan Dutca

When it comes to well-known companies, names such as Google or Coca-Cola are not foreign to many ears. Did you know that in addition to being notorious for quality products and services, familiarity and strong reputation, these organizations also provide scholarship opportunities to help you pay your way through college? Take the opportunity to explore the scholarships offered by the companies you're most familiar with:

Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Deadline: October 19, 2015
Available to: Ages 18-24
Maximum Award: $100,000

For years, this one of a kind program has awarded millions of dollars in tuition to students across the country. Dr Pepper understands that school is a full-time commitment and rising costs of education often stand in the way. For students ages 18-25, you can submit your one of a kind goal and state how you plan to make an impact on the world. Additionally, you'll be eligible to submit a video once you have shared your story and reached 50 votes.

Finalists will have a chance to compete to win up to $100,000 in tuition at a college football championship game. If you are in the top 5 of the $5,000 Leaderboard at the end of the voting period, you could win $5,000 in tuition. Those over 25 years of age are not eligible to compete in the $100,000 contest but may compete for the leaderboard prize.

For more information and to apply, please visit Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Burger King James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship

Deadline: December 15, 2015
Available to: High school seniors through College freshman
Maximum Award: $50,000

The McLamore Family Foundation created the James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship Award, granting a $50,000 scholarship to three students each year. U.S. or Canadian students must have a cumulative unweighted GPA of at least 3.3 and a minimum ACT score of 25 or combined SAT score of 1700.

You must be able to demonstrate an active leadership role in community service, athletics, and/or similar co-curricular activity and substantial work experience.

For more information and to apply, please visit Burger King James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship

Ronald McDonald House Charites (RMHC) Scholars Award

Deadline: January 20, 2016
Available to: Graduating high school seniors
Maximum Award: $1,000

Provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities, graduating high school seniors who are planning to enroll full-time at a two- or four-year college or university are eligible to apply.

Applicants must live in a participating RMHC Chapter's geographic area and maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA.

For more information and to apply, please visit Ronald McDonald House Charites (RMHC) Scholars Award

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Science Competition

Deadline: February 1, 2016
Available to: Ages 5-21
Maximum Award: Up to $10,000

Sponsored by Toshiba/NSTA, the ExploraVision Science Competition is available for K-12 students to engage the next generation in real world problem solving with a strong emphasis on STEM. Students must be no older than 21 years of age and be enrolled in public, private, or home school in the U.S. or Canada.

Students enter as a team of 2-4 students with a teacher/coach and optional mentor who will guide students as they pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles.

For more information and to apply, please visit Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Science Competition

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Deadline: October 31, 2015
Available to: Graduating high school seniors
Maximum Award: $20,000

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

Applicants must be current high school or home-schooled seniors attending school in the U.S. and planning to enroll full-time at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution. Students must carry a minimum 3.0 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.

For more information and to apply, please visit Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program

Deadline: April 1, 2016
Available to: High school seniors through College Sophomores
Maximum Award: Varies

As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger program seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as critical financial need.

There are four main categories which has its own set of requirements and criteria, so make sure to check the official rules and eligibility before apply. Those categories are: National, State, Targeted, and Vocational Scholarships.

For more information and to apply, please visit Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program

Penguin Publishing Group's Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: April 14, 2016
Available to: Ages 16-18
Maximum Award: $1,000

Sponsored by Penguin Publishing Group, the Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest is open to high school juniors and seniors. Applicants are required to write an essay on one of five selected topics listed on the main website. This year's essay competition is based on the book, "Little Women." Essay topics are posted at the provider's main website.

For more information and to apply, please visit Penguin Publishing Group's Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest

Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes

Deadline: June 30, 2016
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Student
Maximum Award: $1,000

Whether you're on your way to college or already there, there are two big things you probably need: money and information. With Wells Fargo, you have a chance to get both.

If you're a high school or college student and you sign up to receive college planning and money management information from Wells Fargo, you'll be automatically entered in the CollegeSTEPS sweepstakes for a chance to win $5,000.

For more information and to apply, please visit Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes

Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Deadline: December 6, 2015
Available to: College Undergraduates through Graduate Students
Maximum Award: $10,000

Google is committed to helping the innovators of the future make the most of their talents by providing scholarships and networking retreats for computer science students with disabilities. Recipients will each receive a scholarship as well as be invited to attend the annual Google Scholars' Retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California.

Undergraduates, graduates, or PhD students currently enrolled at a university in the U.S. or Canada are eligible to apply. Students should be pursuing a computer science or computer engineering degree or in a closely related technical field.

Students must have a visible or invisible disability, exemplify leadership, and demonstrate passion for computer science and technology.

For more information and to apply, please visit Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Dell Scholars Program

Deadline: January 15, 2016
Available to: High school seniors
Maximum Award:$20,000 plus a laptop and textbook credits

The Dell Scholars Program enables more under-served students with financial need to achieve their greatest potential through higher education. Dell Scholars are students who demonstrate their desire and ability to overcome barriers and to achieve their goals.

Students must be graduating from an accredited high school the year in which the scholarship is awarded while maintaining a 2.4 GPA. Students must participate in a MSDF approved college readiness program for a minimum of two years and plan to enter a bachelor’s degree program in the fall directly after graduation from high school. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and be eligible to receive a federal Pell Grant in their first year of college.

In addition to the $20,000 scholarship, Dell will supply scholarship recipients with a laptop and textbook credits.

For more information and to apply, please visit Dell Scholars Program

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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Fixing FAFSA: Acquiring Financial Aid to be Easier, Quicker

Sep 25, 2015

by Susan Dutca

If you've ever had to fill out a FAFSA for college, you may have felt as though you need an accounting degree to understand it, much less complete it. With over 130 questions and averaging 30 minutes to complete, the complexity and tedium of filing for financial aid has been a barrier for students in attending college or receiving the financial aid for which they qualify. The Department of Education announced an initiative Monday to simplify the process and beginning in October 2016, students and their families will be able to complete a simpler FAFSA application.

Currently, students must wait until after most college application deadlines to apply for federal aid - the new FAFSA amendments will enable application as early as October 1 and better align students with college deadlines. The current January 1 application opens after many college application periods have closed and students may not know their entire financial aid package before committing to a college. With the new amendments, students will have a better understanding of the actual cost of their college education. Federal Student Aid awards $150 billion in grants, loans and other types of financial assistance annually. Sadly, about 2 million students enrolled in college who would qualify for a Federal Pell Grant never applied for aid. With the new initiative, the plan to improve the process of applying for federal aid will include:

  • Earlier application - Information for the FAFSA will be readily available around the same time high school students are searching for, and applying to college, meaning less pressure and stress. The current FAFSA application opens January 1 and cannot be completed until after April 15, when tax forms are due.
  • Simpler application - A new data retrieval tool will allow applicants to electronically access tax information directly from the IRS, after filing their 2015 tax returns. This means less income estimates and errors and more accuracy.
  • More students assisted - It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of students, especially first-generation and minority students, will apply for and enroll in college as a result of a simpler FAFSA. In 2013, roughly $45 million was left on the table in Pell Grants due to the complexity of the application.
  • More colleges assisted - As many as 3 million hours are spent annually by colleges and universities verifying FAFSA Information. With the new data retrieval tool from the IRS, colleges and universities will have less trouble verifying tax return information.
  • Do you think the new amendments to the current FAFSA will benefit students as they apply for financial aid earlier and with a simpler application? If you are interested in learning more about FAFSA, federal aid, grants and scholarships, read some of our tips on funding your college education.

    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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    Scholarships to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

    Sep 17, 2015

    by Susan Dutca

    In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Scholarships.com is celebrating the heritage, culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans from September 15 to October 15. Not only have Hispanics and Latinos made a profound and positive influence on the U.S. through their strong devotion to family, work, and education, but they have helped shape the national character through their rich, culturally-diverse and multiethnic traditions. In recognition of Hispanic and Latino students' hard work and contributions, we have compiled a list of scholarships to provide further opportunities for higher education and academic success. Explore these and more scholarships as we aim to further the accomplishments and success of the Hispanic and Latino population:

    Gates Millennium Scholars Program

    Deadline: January 13, 2016
    Available to: College freshman
    Maximum Award: Varies

    Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program was established to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education. Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

    A minimum high school GPA of 3.3 or GED-equivalent is required. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through community service or extracurricular activities, and is enrolling for the first time at a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student.

    For more information and to apply, please visit Gates Millennium Scholars Program

    AMS Minority Scholarship

    Deadline: February 2, 2016
    Available to: High school graduates, rising college freshman
    Maximum Award: $6,000

    The AMS Minority Scholarships awards minority students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, especially Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American students.

    Students must plan to pursue careers in the atmospheric or related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. Marine Biology is not eligible. The $6,000 two-year scholarship is for $3,000 per year during freshman and sophomore years.

    For more information and to apply, please visit AMS Minority Scholarship

    Surety and Fidelity Industry Intern and Scholarship Program for Minority Students

    Deadline: January 1, 2016
    Available to: College freshman through college juniors
    Maximum Award: $5,000

    The Surety and Fidelity Industry Intern and Scholarship Program for Minority Students provides awards of up to $5,000 to outstanding minority students to support their studies in the areas of insurance/risk management, accounting, or business/finance.

    Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have satisfactorily completed at least 30 semester hours, equivalent college work including at least 6 semester hours in his/her declared major.

    For more information and to apply, please visit Surety and Fidelity Industry Intern and Scholarship Program for Minority Students

    Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

    Deadline: September 30, 2015
    Available to: Undergraduate through graduate students
    Maximum Award: $10,000

    Xerox is committed to the academic success of all minority students. The Technical Minority Scholarship awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above.

    Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better to qualify and pursue a degree in a technical field. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or visa-holding permanent residents of African American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent.

    For more information and to apply, please visit Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

    Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program

    Deadline: Varies
    Available to: High school seniors through college juniors
    Maximum Award: $5,000

    If you plan to become a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher and are of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin, you may qualify for up to $5,000 per year as part of the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program to pay for tuition, fees and room and board, or commuter allowances, if applicable.

    Students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and must teach in Illinois. If this teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the scholarship converts to a loan and you must repay the entire amount plus interest.

    For more information and to apply, please visit Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program

    The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

    Deadline: February 29, 2016
    Available to: College freshman through college seniors
    Maximum Award: $2,500

    The LAGRANT Foundation annually provides 15 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations.

    Applicants must be undergraduate students and either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident identifying in one of the following ethnic groups: African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Native American. Students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA and must major in a field of study that has an emphasis on advertising, marketing, public relations or in anthropology, art, communications, English, graphic design, sociology while maintaining a career focus in advertising, marketing or public relations.

    For more information and to apply, please visit The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

    AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship

    Deadline: March 1, 2016
    Available to: College freshman through college seniors
    Maximum Award: Varies

    AAAS offers the Minority Science Writers Internship for students who are interested in pursuing a career in science journalism. The internship will take place in the summer at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of AAAS's Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary journal in the world. Interns will spend 10 weeks at Science under the guidance of award-winning reporters and editors, and have a chance to experience what science writers do for a living.

    For more information and to apply, please visit AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship

    National GEM Consortium Fellowships

    Deadline: November 11, 2015
    Available to: Graduate students
    Maximum Award: $16,000

    GEM offers MS and Ph.D. level students an outstanding opportunity and access to dozens of the top Engineering and Science firms and Universities in the nation. The GEM Fellowship was designed to focus on promoting opportunities for individuals to enter industry at the graduate level in areas such as research and development, product development, and other high level technical careers. GEM also offers exposure opportunities to a number of opportunities in academe. GEM provides three fellowship programs: MS Engineering, Ph.D. Engineering and Ph.D. Science.

    These fellowship opportunities are for students pursuing a master's degree or doctorate in science, engineering or a closely related field. Applicants are required to submit transcripts and three letters of recommendation.

    For more information and to apply, please visit National GEM Consortium Fellowships

    APSA Minority Fellowship Program

    Deadline: October 23, 2015
    Available to: College seniors through graduate students
    Maximum Award: $4,000

    The Minority Fellows program is designed primarily for minority students applying to enter a doctoral program in political science for the first time. Applicants must be members of one of the following racial/ethnic minority groups: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans.

    Applicants must demonstrate financial need and must demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential research in political science.

    For more information and to apply, please visit APSA Minority Fellowship Program

    Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

    Deadline: May 1, 2016
    Available to: High school seniors through college seniors
    Maximum Award: $4,000

    The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship program for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students. Applicants must intend on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession and be a full-time undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited educational institution. For more information and to apply, please visit Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

    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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