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Netflix & Apply for Scholarships

May 19, 2016

by Susan Dutca

Netflix is every college student's delight and distraction. What should've been a two-hour study session ended up being 5 hours of watching Game of Thrones. Apply for one of these Top 10 Scholarships in the time it takes you an episode or two of your favorite TV series.

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

    Deadline: 6/30/2016
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  2. Register & Win Scholarship

    Deadline: 5/31/2016
    Maximum Award: $500

  3. LGMD Awareness Social Media Scholarship

    Deadline: 5/25/2016
    Maximum Award: Varies

  4. #LiveLikeLyly Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: 5/31/2016
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  5. Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship

    Deadline: 6/30/2016
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  6. Defensive Driving Scholarship

    Deadline: 5/31/2016
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  7. Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation Scholarship

    Deadline: 8/1/2016
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  8. The Sara and Max Goldsammler Scholarship Fund

    Deadline: 8/10/2016
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  9. The Annual BankMobile Financial Literacy Scholarship

    Deadline: 7/19/2016
    Maximum Award: $1,500

  10. Nexstar Legacy Foundation Management in Plumbing, HVAC or Electrical Scholarships

    Deadline: 8/15/2016
    Maximum Award:$7,000

And remember, there’s no need to rely on expensive student loan options to pay for your college education. For more information on finding free scholarship money for college, conduct a Scholarships.com free college scholarship search today, then apply and win! It’s that easy!

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Professor’s Vintage Mustang to Fund Scholarships

May 12, 2016

by Susan Dutca

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

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

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

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

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

And remember, there’s no need to rely on expensive student loan options to pay for your college education. For more information on finding free scholarship money for college, conduct a Scholarships.com free college scholarship search today, then apply and win! It’s that easy!

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Rihanna to Pay Foreign Students’ College Tuition

May 10, 2016

by Susan Dutca

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

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

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

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

And don't forget, you should pay for your college education with as much free money as possible! Find as many scholarships and grants as you can before turning to student loans. Visit the Scholarships.com free college scholarship search today where you'll get matched with countless scholarships and grants for which you qualify, then apply and win! It’s that easy!

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Gay Student Banned from Publicly Receiving Scholarship

May 5, 2016

by Susan Dutca

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

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

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

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

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

Going to college doesn't have to break the bank or saddle you with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. Check out the Scholarships.com free college scholarship search where you’ll discover you qualify for hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships in just a few minutes, then apply and win! It’s that easy!

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Tinder Swipes Right, Pays for Frat Girl's College

Apr 21, 2016

by Susan Dutca

With Tinder, you can find your future partner, land a hookup, or...earn a scholarship? A female junior at the University of Nebraska Oklahoma was awarded a scholarship and paid internship for defending her use of the mobile dating app.

After Shannon Workman's sorority, Chi Omega, found that she had a Tinder profile picture while rocking a T-shirt with their letters, she was called to a disciplinary meeting. They found the picture to be "disrespectful" and pushed for a "membership revocation," which Workman secretly recorded. Rather than go through an appeals process, Workman opted to left-swipe and bounce. After choosing to exercise her right to use the Tinder app and defy Chi Omega, Tinder CEO and Co-founder Sean Rad reached out to offer Workman a full tuition scholarship to finish her undergrad education. Additionally, she was offered a paid internship at the company because what she did "sends a very empowering message to young women and college students."

Though Tinder has been blamed for creating a modern hookup culture and creating a "dating apocalypse", Workman stated that she defends Tinder because "I don't think there's anything wrong with it. Some people use it for hookups but I don't, and a lot of great things happen through Tinder.” Tinder was started at USC, primarily through the sorority and fraternity realm - which is still the most active group on Tinder. Over 50 percent of users are ages 18 to 24, many of whom are women.

What're your thoughts on Tinder offering a scholarship to the student? You may have your own causes that you believe in - from social action and environmental activism, to simple community service, there are scholarships that award student’s leadership and passion for causes larger than themselves.

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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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 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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