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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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    10 Scholarships to Start the School Year Off Right

    Sep 1, 2015

    by Susan Dutca

    With summer quickly coming to an end, Scholarships.com is keeping you well-equipped with the top ten, hottest scholarships to bring in the new school year. What better way to enjoy the last weeks of summer than to win free college money? With scholarships available for all ages and across a variety of subjects, we've compiled top dollar scholarship opportunities for you - all you have to do is apply! Explore some of our back to school scholarships below:

    Beat the Odds Scholarship

    Deadline: September 14, 2015
    Available to: Oregon public high school senior
    Maximum Award: $2,500

    Are you an Oregon public high school student who has succeeded academically despite hardships? Do you plan to continue your education by enrolling in a two or four-year college program? If education has made a difference in your life, Stand for Children Leadership Center wants to hear from you! Sponsored by Stand for Children Oregon, Beat the Odds Scholarships Award & Fundraising awards three $2,500 renewable scholarships for up to four years provided the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA or better, remains a full time student, and funding is available.

    Recipients agree to share their story at the Beat the Odds award events and participate in all related publicity, including the creation of a short, inspirational video about their lives and accomplishments.

    For more information and to apply, please visit Beat the Odds Scholarship.

    U.S. Bank Financial Genius Scholarship

    Deadline: September 17, 2015
    Available to: High school seniors through undergraduate college students
    Maximum Award: $5,000

    U.S. Bank knows paying for college can be challenging, especially with the cost of college tuition increasing and student financial aid resources decreasing. Navigating financial concepts can be tough, but the Financial Genius online financial education courses are available to provide you with every tool possible to build financial success. In addition to a chance to win one of five $1,000 scholarships, you have an opportunity to win a $5,000 scholarship by completing the eight education modules in our U.S. Bank Financial Genius online financial education program.

    To be eligible for the Financial Genius Scholarship, in addition to the entry criteria, entrants must also complete all eight Financial Genius education modules.

    For more information and to apply, please visit U.S. Bank Financial Genius Scholarships.

    Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship

    Deadline: September 30, 2015
    Available to: High school freshmen through Graduate students, Home-schooled students
    Maximum Award: Covers full tuition and housing

    The Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship is a full tuition and housing college scholarship for golf caddies that is renewable for up to four years. Each year, more than 800 deserving caddies across the country attend college on a four-year scholarship from the Evans Scholars Foundation. Selected applicants must have a strong caddie record, excellent grades, outstanding character and demonstrated financial need.

    For more information and to apply, please visit Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship.

    Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

    Deadline: September 30, 2015
    Available to: High school freshmen through Graduate students, Home-schooled students
    Maximum Award: $1,000

    According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving makes drivers 23 times more likely to get into a "safety-critical event." The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the risks of texting while driving.

    High school through college graduates are eligible to apply. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. An application and brief, 140-character response about texting while driving is required. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists. The finalists will be asked to write a full length 500-1,000 word essay.

    For more information and to apply, please visit Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship.

    The "Tell a Friend Scholarship" Sweepstakes

    Deadline: Available every three months - September 30, 2015
    Available to: All Scholarship.com members
    Maximum Award: $1,000

    As a Scholarships.com member, you have free access to a customized scholarship search, detailed financial aid information, an organized college search, standardized test study guides and more. So if you like what you see, simply spread the word about Scholarships.com to your friends through our "Tell A Friend" Scholarship and you will have a chance to win money for college - $1,000 for you and $500 for one of your friends. Just enter your email and password on our website to obtain a personalized referral link. Then take that link and blog it, tweet it, email it, or Facebook it and for every one of your friends who creates a profile on our site by clicking your link, you will be entered to win a $1,000 award. There's no limit as to how many people you can send your link to and if you win, one of your friends will be chosen at random to win $500.

    For more information and to apply, please visit The "Tell a Friend Scholarship" Sweepstakes.

    $1,000 College JumpStart Scholarship

    Deadline: October 17, 2015
    Available to: High sophomores through college seniors, Non-traditional students
    Maximum Award: $1,000

    The College JumpStart Scholarship is an annual, merit-based competition that recognizes students who are committed to using education to better their life and that of their family and/or community.

    Applicants must be 10th-12th graders, college students and non-traditional students. The main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education. Applicants must write a 250 word personal statement that answers one of four questions, which will be judged based on content and not writing style.

    For more information and to apply, please visit $1,000 College JumpStart Scholarship.

    Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

    Deadline: October 31, 2015
    Available to: High school and home-schooled seniors
    Maximum Award: $20,000 Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

    The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports more than 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.4 million through two nationally recognized programs on behalf of the Coca-Cola System. Scholarship recipients excel academically and in service to others. Most Coca-Cola Scholars share a passion for social justice and many have overcome tremendous challenges to pursue their dreams.

    To enter, you must be a current high school or home-schooled) senior attending school in the United States and anticipating completion of your high school diploma at the time of application. Applicants must be planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution and carry a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school. No essays or additional materials are required.

    For more information and to apply, please visit Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship.

    Megan Meier Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: November 6, 2015
    Available to: High school seniors
    Maximum Award: $1,000

    The Megan Meier Foundation is seeking high school seniors that have made a positive impact regarding issues of bullying and cyberbullying in their own school and community. The hope is to honor students that, like the Foundation, aim to promote awareness, education and positive change in response to the issues surrounding bullying and cyberbullying.

    Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full time student, possess senior status, and maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA. To enter, you must write a 1-2 page essay describing how your accomplishments relate to the mission of the Megan Meier Foundation and how you have proactively helped to lessen all forms of bullying within your school community.

    For further information and to apply, please visit Megan Meier Memorial Scholarship.

    Resolve to Evolve Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1, 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. We must resolve to proactively and progressively confront challenges, however daunting. The "R2E" essay scholarship is an opportunity to move beyond finger-pointing and offer constructive criticism and workable solutions for problems facing an administration or an organization.

    To enter, you must write an essay of no more than 5,000 words addressing one of two questions, as well as writing a 1,200 character response that addresses why attending college is important. Applicants must be between the ages 13 and 19. The applicant who submits the overall best essay will receive a $2,000 scholarship. One (1) winner will also be selected from each grade level (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) and will receive a $1,000 scholarship each.

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

    For further information and to apply, please visit Resolve to Evolve Scholarship.

    The Paradigm Challenge

    Deadline: May 1, 2016
    Available to: Ages 7-18
    Maximum Award: $100,000

    The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth innovation to address important social issues. The first annual Challenge aims to generate new ideas to prevent injuries and fatalities from home fires – America's #1 disaster threat. All ideas are welcome, including posters, videos, inventions, messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help save lives.

    For more information and to apply, please visit The Paradigm Challenge.

    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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    High Stakes Testing

    Aug 24, 2015

    by Emily Rabinowitz

    Chances are if you’re on scholarships.com, you probably care about boosting your application to scholarships or colleges. The standardized test can be a huge plus for good test takers or a major stressor for others. Here are some general guidelines to help you make your testing plan and decisions easier.

    • Timing. There are many rumors about what dates have a better curve but essentially for the SAT or the ACT, it’s all about making the most of your studying. For instance, remember that if you schedule a test for January or June, you might also be studying for midterm and final exams. The May exams are also infamous because that’s when the Advanced Placement tests occur. However, many students take the subject tests that correspond with their AP classes during the May exam. It’s important to remember that not all subject tests are offered every exam date, so you’ll want to plan those accordingly. If you’re planning on taking the SAT, remember that the last date for the current version is January 2016. Finally, don’t wait too long to take the test. Many students do better their second or third time around, and you want to give yourself the chance to learn from your mistakes.
    • Studying. The ACT and the SAT are two distinctly different tests as some students will see greater variation between test scores than others. The general word of caution is to take a full practice exam before you take the real test. Try waking up early one weekend and replicating the exam scenario as completely as possible; this will give you the best estimate of your score. Remember that simple things like reading the newspaper or a challenging book can improve your score as well.
    • Stay Positive. Your score is not everything in your college or scholarship application. More and more schools are disregarding test scores in favor of essays, extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation. The worst thing you could do for your application is put all of your bets into your SAT or ACT score. So if you find yourself a terrible test taker, that’s okay. Find something else that you’re fantastic at, and make it noticeable. One of the best pieces of advice I got was that if a school turns you down because of your test scores, you probably don’t want to be there to begin with.
    • You are not a test score. Always remember that.

      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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    Posing Racial Identities May Increase Chances in College Admission?

    Jul 16, 2015

    by Susan Dutca

    In a progressive society where it is becoming increasingly common to live out the way you feel rather than based on your biological, genetic composition, there has been an increase in the cases of trans-identities that are not only related to gender. As in Bruce Jenner’s transformation to Caitlin Jenner, those who wish to better suit their desired identity have pursued physical alterations. A little left of the spotlight, the case of civil rights activist and teacher Rachel Dolezal’s physical, transracial transformation went unnoticed until her parents revealed that their daughter is of European descent. As Dolezal daringly redefines ethnic identity, she is bringing momentum to issues of transracial identities. This raises question as to which identity should be used when it comes to grey areas in the world of education- where there are educational awards, scholarships, and incentives specifically for born-African Americans.

    Dolezal feared, on multiple occasions, people would “blow her cover.” How secure then, is Dolezal in her identity of a black female? With a quick hair change to long, blonde dreadlocks and blackface- a process in darkening the skin to make it appear blacker, Dolezal metamorphosed into a convincing African American woman. Dolezal insists she has identified as African American since she was five years old. If Dolezal had applied to Howard University as a Caucasian female, would she have been accepted as easily? According to her father, most likely not. Dolezal’s father asserts, "You've got a white woman coming in that got a full-ride scholarship to the black Harvard.” It seems in this case, a student can earn scholarships of choice by simply reassigning their demographics.

    In your opinion, how should colleges approach issues of transracial identities when it comes to admissions and scholarships? Should traditional, race-based scholarships be exclusive to one's biological race?

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    Why Students Should Use Scholarship Websites

    Jul 15, 2015

    by Genevieve Grant

    Why should you use scholarship websites? How should you use them? And what are the chances of you actually getting scholarships off of these sites? I had the opportunity to interview Scholarships.com VP Kevin Ladd and here's what I found.

    Scholarships.com is a space for scholarship providers to manage their own submissions, so what you see is what you get. The scholarships offered on this site are then more up to date than some of the other sites out there. Some tips for using this site included using it frequently, constantly looking for new postings and maintaining your profile so your information is current. Also a pro tip from Kevin: "If you can use a single essay for more than one scholarship application, DO IT. Just make sure that you are still following the instructions and not cutting corners."

    Timing and organization are also important. Sort your scholarship results based on the time of year with larger dollar amounts at the top of the list in the fall and by deadline date in the spring so you don't miss applying for anything. Though this is not to say that there is any one "good" time to apply for scholarships; rather, you should continuously apply for as many as you can throughout the year, regardless if you're in your junior year of high school or your senior year of college.

    I also asked about the kinks. What are people put off by when using the site? The two biggest drawbacks are users having too many results and not knowing where to start, and also the profile to some, is asking for too much detail. In response to that, Kevin stated that users "will get even better results by spending a bit more time and providing a bit more information." That being said, it's okay to brag about what you do! Give them the entire list of all the activities, sports and clubs you participate in, all the details about awards you've received, internships, research you've done, even where you've worked. It'll pay off!

    If it isn't easy enough, I'll make it easier. You're already at the leading site for scholarships so just click Scholarhips.com to fill out your free profile now. Don't waste another second and let someone take away the money you deserve.

    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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    Easy Scholarships Often Offer Quick Results

    Jul 6, 2015

    by Susan Dutca

    If you are feeling financially pressed for deadlines as the upcoming academic year approaches, easy scholarships require well, not much more than highlighting your individuality and what you can bring to the table. Do you simply not have enough time to complete long scholarship applications but depend on scholarships to help support your academic pursuit? What can be more simple and satisfactory than being rewarded for your uniqueness? Look no further, as you are in luck with many options for quick and easy scholarships:

    1. Build off your existing skills and experiences with scholarships that appeal to your personality, character, and abilities. Whether you enjoy video blogging for contests, possess excellent writing skills, or are athletically-inclined, there are plenty of scholarships for you. Past achievements are a plus, and should be considered when applying for new scholarships, as you have already been recognized for your achievements.
    2. Short and sweet - Easy scholarship applications do not all require essay-writing or providing materials and in fact, can be as simple as entering Scholarship Contests and Sweepstakes. These do not require personal standardized test scores or listing academic achievements- simply complete online forums. Quick search engines can help narrow down your search based on personal information and interests.
    3. Assessing individuality through easy scholarships is as simple as narrowing demographic information such as: majors, race, gender, sexuality, location, religious affiliations, extracurricular background, and a wide range of factors that cater to individuality. Some non-Academic College Scholarships even reward you without zeroing in on academics. Be rewarded for ingenuity and talent with art scholarship, unusual scholarships, or even for creating prom attire completely made out of duct tape. No two people are the same, and odds are, you possess qualities and attributes that are worth the investment.

    Easy scholarships, in turn, require little effort when it comes to applying and its prerequisites. The only extra mile needed to get the free, easy money you deserve is by simply applying to scholarships that are your best fit, which are readily at your convenience through online search engines. Getting paid for being you? What could be more quick and easy than that?

    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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    DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship

    This SOTW is Accepting Entries Through May 1st

    Apr 20, 2015

    by Suada Kolovic

    The DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship was founded in 2011 as a way to give back to the community by offering education assistance to three outstanding students. This scholarship recognizes undergraduate students who draw upon their cultural heritage to shape their vocational aspirations, add creative value to their future employers, and serve their communities.

    For the 2015-2016 school year, DutchCrafters Amish Furniture will be awarding each of three outstanding students $500 to further their educational goals. Whether you are in nursing, education, business or engineering, the DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship recognizes that the potential for creative value often lies within that which has been passed along to you from previous generations.

    If you are interested in learning more about this or other scholarship opportunities, conduct a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com where you'll get matched with scholarships, grants and other financial aid opportunities that are unique to you!

    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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