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by Derrius Quarles

Humans give off carbon dioxide for plants to use and plants give off oxygen for humans to survive.  Water is constantly converted into a gas through heat where it then rises and cools to fall as rain, snow, etc. These processes have occurred for thousands of years and they are also some of the most efficient processes known to man. Why are these natural processes so efficient? It is because they use a process known as recycling. Recycling is a process observed in many natural systems, and it may be the most important concept for you to understand when completing the scholarship process. You have written your personal statements (essays), gotten your recommendations, created your resume, and made a scholarship list. However, if you do not learn how to recycle these items, you will soon find that it is difficult and vey time-consuming to apply for the 15 or more scholarships on your list. If you learn how to take a paragraph from your college application essay and insert it there, take a paragraph from your past scholarship essay on adversity and insert it here, you will soon have an entirely new essay that you can use for a different scholarship.

Recycling application sections sounds like a fairly simple idea, right? Not necessarily. Recycling when doing scholarship applications is a great idea, but it’s not exactly simple. It can be an effective tool if used properly. If used incorrectly, however, it can have disastrous effects and can be a quick way to lose potential financial aid. “So, how do I recycle effectively?” you may ask. The answer is that you have to ensure that while recycling application sections such as a personal statement (essay) or recommendation that you tailor the personal statement or recommendation to each specific application. If you are applying to a scholarship that awards money based on academic achievement, it is not the best idea to recycle and use a recommendation previously written by a community service organizer because they cannot speak first hand about your abilities in the classroom the way a teacher can. You also may want to go through your essays and ask your recommenders to make the small or large changes in order to tailor your applications. If your essay states that “I feel I deserve the Dell Scholarship because…” yet you are applying to the Wal-Mart scholarship, you probably just lost that scholarship. An application package is somewhat like a suit, it needs to tailored in order to look its best; although it may look okay without tailoring, it will look great with it.

Here are some quick rules for recycling sections of your scholarship application:

  1. Be sure that each section of your scholarship applications is tailored for the specific type of scholarship you are applying for- If it’s a community service type of scholarship. Your recommendations and essay should talk about your experiences with community service etc.
  2. You can recycle an entire essay and use it over if it applies to the question being asked- If you wrote an essay in the past about your love for science and are applying to a scholarship related to science, you can probably use that entire essay over and save valuable time.
  3. Use different parts of past personal statements or essays to create entirely new essays- A few paragraphs from old essays with a few new sentences added to them is an entirely new essay.
  4. Get copies of your recommendations from your recommenders- Make sure each copy has their signature on them and you can use them in the future
  5. Always have copies of your resume, standardized test scores (ACT, SAT), and FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)- You will definitely need these items the majority of the time when applying to scholarships and having copies ready saves time.

Using and sticking to these rules will be an easy way to save time, reduce stress, and finish scholarship applications well before the deadline.  Remember, if used properly, recycling is not only good for the environment; it’s good for the scholarship application process as well.<,/p>

Derrius L Quarles is a 19-year-old freshman at Morehouse College. He hopes to go to medical school after he graduates with a degree in psychology and biology and a minor in public health, and to one day work on the public health policies of his hometown, Chicago, and beyond. To help him achieve those academic and career ambitions, Derrius has won more than $1.1 million in scholarships, including a full scholarship to attend Morehouse, since graduating from Chicago’s Kenwood Academy High School with a 4.2 GPA. Derrius was awarded a Gates Millennium scholarship and won a number of other highly competitive awards, many of which he found while searching for scholarships at Scholarships.com. He is the first in his family to attend college, and spent his childhood in the foster care system before becoming the “Million Dollar Scholar.” This is the fifth in a series of posts Derrius is writing for Scholarships.com on how he was able to fund his education, along with advice about the scholarship application process.


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by Emily

The benefits of a vegetarian diet are well-known, but did you know that in addition to benefiting your health and the environment, going vegetarian can also have a positive impact on your wallet?

If you're a high school student and a vegetarian, check out this week's Scholarship of the Week.  The Vegetarian Resource Group is offering two $5,000 college scholarships for high school seniors who are involved in promoting vegetarianism in their schools and communities.  If you've been actively engaged in pro-vegetarian activism or a community service project that involves raising awareness of the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle, you can write a short essay explaining your experience, your views on vegetarianism, and your future plans and goals for a chance to win this scholarship award.

Prize:

Two $5,000 scholarships

Eligibility:

High school seniors who will be graduating in the spring of 2010.  Applicants must be planning to attend a college in the United States in the fall.  Applicants must have been actively engaged in promoting a vegetarian lifestyle in their schools or communities.

Deadline:

February 20, 2010

Required Material:

A completed scholarship application (found on the Vegetarian Resource Group website), a copy of your high school transcript, three or more letters of recommendation, and an essay (with supporting documentation wherever possible) addressing a number of topics, including your efforts promoting vegetarianism and your goals for the future.

Further details about the application process can be found by conducting a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. Once the search is completed, students eligible for this scholarship award will find it in their search results.


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by Agnes Jasinski

Scholarships for cancer survivors or students who have experienced cancer in their immediate family are fairly common awards, as many organizations look to assist those who are under a great deal of stress and financial strain. The largest provider of cancer scholarships is the American Cancer Society, which doles out awards based on where applicants are located.

This week's Scholarship of the Week is the ACS Cancer Survivor College Scholarship, given to students with a history of cancer so that they may pursue their post-secondary education from an accredited university, community college or vocational technical school. Applicants to this award must reside in states covered by the society's Great West Division, but don't worry too much if you're not in that particular coverage area. The American Cancer Society has scholarships for cancer survivors who live across the country, so if you think you qualify, conduct a scholarship search to find awards in your area.

Prize:

Awards are given of up to $2,500, but recipients can apply multiple years for a possible lifetime award of up to $10,000.

Eligibility:

Applicants must have been diagnosed with cancer before the age of 21, be 25 or younger at the time of application, be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming, have been accepted without condition to an accredited university, college, community college, or vocational technical school, and have a GPA of 2.5 or above.

Deadline:

February 26, 2010

Required Material:

The American Cancer Society provides an application that will ask applicants for an essay, academic transcripts, a letter of acceptance to an accredited institution of higher education, a financial aid form, and three letters of recommendation, including one from the applicant's physician. Applicants will be asked to complete 25 hours of volunteer service with the American Cancer Society.

Further details about the application process can be found by conducting a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. Once the search is completed, students eligible for this scholarship award will find it in their search results.


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by Agnes Jasinski

If you're working your way through college with a part-time or even a full-time job to help cover your college costs, your employer could be able to help outside of that modest paycheck. This week's Scholarship of the Week is the McDonald's USA National Employee Scholarship Program, which recognizes and rewards the accomplishments of McDonald's student-employees who excel in their studies, serve their communities, and work hard to deliver an outstanding experience for the company's customers.

Every academic year, the McDonald's National Employee Scholarship Program selects one outstanding student-employee applicant from each state and the District of Columbia to receive a $2,500 scholarship for use at any qualifying institution and for any field of study. If you work elsewhere, make sure you contact your employer to determine whether any financial assistance is available to you. And, if you qualify for this award, you could be eligible for a number of community service scholarships, as being active in the community is a criteria of this award.

Prize:

Each outstanding student employee receives a $2,500 scholarship. From those, three student-employees judged to demonstrate the highest commitment to school, work, and community service are named "McScholars of the Year" and awarded a $5,000 scholarship.

Eligibility:

Applicants must be currently employed at a U.S. McDonald's restaurant and have at least four months continuous employment at the time of application, work a minimum of 15 hours per week, be a high school senior planning to attend an accredited institution or a returning college student who currently attends an accredited institution, and be employed by McDonald's or a U.S. McDonald's owner/operator at the time the scholarship awards are announced.

Deadline:

March 1, 2010

Required Material:

An application is available online. Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of their documented academic achievement, community involvement, and job performance.

Further details about the application process can be found by conducting a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. Once the search is completed, students eligible for this scholarship award will find it in their search results.


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by Agnes Jasinski

Many organizations out there look to reward those students who may need financial help to explore their interest areas, especially if the fields of study they're interested in aren't one of the highest-paying majors out there. This week's Scholarship of the Week is the J.W. Saxe Memorial Prize for Public Service, which is meant to enable students to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job during a summer or other term.

The J.W. Saxe Memorial Prize for Public Service has awarded more than 200 awards to students to encourage public and community service since 1984. Winners in the past have gone on to aid immigrant families, work on woman's rights in India , and assist in educational reform in Haiti. The fund was created in memory of Jo W. Saxe, who headed a number of economic missions internationally and who believed deeply in the need for persons of integrity to serve their countries and communities through public service.

Prize:

A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to at least one undergraduate or graduate student involved in public service.

Eligibility:

Applicants must be undergraduates or graduate students in an accredited college or university, seeking support for an internship in public service, and not general tuition support, have a demonstrated record of  public service activity in the past, present, and/or future, and can demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given applicants who have already found a public service position, but who require additional funds.

Deadline:

March 15, 2010

Required Material:

Applicants should send a resume together with an essay describing short- and long-term goals, including their need for funds, together with three letters of reference. At least one reference letter must be from a faculty member. Email applications will not be accepted.

Further details about the application process can be found by conducting a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. Once the search is completed, students eligible for this scholarship award will find it in their search results.


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by Agnes Jasinski

If you're a woman looking for scholarships, you're in luck. Scholarships for women are one of the more common scholarships by type out there, with more and more organizations and women's groups out there looking to expand opportunities for females in higher education.

What better time to recognize those opportunities than the first day of Women's History Month? This week's Scholarship of the Week is the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship, an award from Zonta International given to women studying business at the undergraduate level who have demonstrated outstanding potential in the field. Don't limit yourself though. Scholarships for women looking to pursue careers in business are especially numerous, so make sure you know of all of the awards you could be eligible for if you're in business-related fields, like accounting.

Prize: $5,000. The award may be used for tuition, books or living expenses at any university, college or institution offering accredited business courses and degrees.

Eligibility: Applicants must be eligible to enter the third or fourth year of an undergraduate degree program at an accredited university/college/institute program at the time funds are received from Zonta International Headquarters each November.Applicants must have achieved an outstanding academic record during their first two to three years of academic studies, especially in business-related subjects, and demonstrate an intent to complete a program in business.

Deadline: Varies. Applicants will be submitting materials to their local Zonta Clubs. Most deadlines will fall in April, as Zonta Clubs must submit their scholarship applications to the Zonta District Governor by July 1.

Required Material: Applicants will need to complete a Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship application and provide the following: two letters of recommendation, an essay in 500 words, and a verification of enrollment.

Further details about the application process can be found by conducting a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. Once the search is completed, students eligible for this scholarship award will find it in their search results.


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by Agnes Jasinski

More and more students are considering majoring in business now that the GRE is accepted in lieu of the GMAT at many business schools, and the job market has been looking a little better for business school graduates as the economy finally starts to pick up. This means business scholarships are even more common, as schools and organizations want to help those future businessmen and women cover their college costs.

This week's Scholarship of the Week is one such opportunity. The National Business Association Scholarship Program doles out awards to children of members of the organization and members of the organization, which is a nonprofit interested in providing supports to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Don't limit your search if you don't have connections to the group, though. There are many business scholarships out there that you may be specifically eligible for, even those aimed at accounting majors, marketing majors, or those interested in other business-related fields.

Prize: Up to five $1,500 scholarships will be awarded each year.

Eligibility: Those eligible to apply for the NBA scholarships are high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are dependent sons and daughters of NBA dues-paying Members, or NBA members themselves. Institutions of attendance must be accredited, nonprofit two or four-year colleges/universities in the United States. A student may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award. Academic achievements will be considered; high school applicants should rank in the top third of their senior class but not in the top 10 percent. Standardized test scores should range from 18 to 26 for the ACT, or between 850 to 1170 on the SAT combined. Students enrolled in college should present college GPAs that range from 2.5 to 3.5.

Deadline: April 1, 2010

Required Material: By February 1 of each year, the NBA announces the start of the scholarship competition. Those interested must fill out an application packet, which will ask for things like your academic achievements, community service work, and other interests.

Further details about the application process can be found by conducting a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. Once the search is completed, students eligible for this scholarship award will find it in their search results.


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by Agnes Jasinski

If you're someone who "thinks outside of the box" and has led some kind of a project to prove it, you could be a good fit for awards that recognize students' innovations and drive to better their communities.

This week's Scholarship of the Week is the Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The award won't be given based on your academic achievements or financial need as part of the application process (although financial need will play a part in determining how much funding you receive if you do win), but you will be asked to describe your creative problem solving skills in an essay. Previous winners, for example, have done some of the following: pioneered new designs for pulse jet engines, created a summer soccer program for pre-schoolers as an innovative way of supporting a local food bank, and created, produced, and directed a distinctive stage production about Black history and culture.

Prize: Three to five applicants will receive a maximum of $20,000 ($5,000 per year for up to four years).

Eligibility: Applicants must be exceptionally innovative and creative high school juniors and seniors or college freshmen from Connecticut or the New York City metropolitan area, or planning to attend a school in Connecticut or the New York City metropolitan area.

Deadline: April 12, 2010

Required Material: Interested applicants must complete the scholarship application available online, and mail it along with two letters of recommendation, a transcript of grades, financial information, and a letter of acceptance from their college (if applicable), to the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The main part of the application form will ask applicants to write an essay on how they solved a scientific, artistic or technical problem in a new and unusual way, and whether they have come up with a distinctive and original solution to a problem faced by their school, community or family.

Further details about the application process can be found by conducting a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. Once the search is completed, students eligible for this scholarship award will find it in their search results.


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Bill Dickey Scholarship

March 29, 2010

by Agnes Jasinski

As Tiger Woods prepares to reenter the golf world at the Masters next week, it may be a good time for you student golfers to consider golf scholarships that could help you pay for college. The Bill Dickey Scholarship Association awards annual scholarships to high school seniors and previous winners based on academic achievement, entrance exam scores, financial need, references, evidence of community service, and golfing ability. This Scholarship of the Week targets minority applicants to expand access of the sports to minorities, but there are many scholarships for students golfers out there that place more weight on financial need. And if you're not a golfer but excel in another sport, don't be discouraged. There are athletic scholarships out there for nearly every sport you can think of, so do your research and look beyond your intended college for free funding for college.

Prize: Awards range from one-time grants of $1,000 to four-years worth as much as $3,500 annually.

Eligibility: The primary criteria are: academic achievements, personal recommendations, a GPA of 2.5 or higher, participation in golf, school and community service activities, financial need, employment, and extracurricular activities. Applicants may be high school seniors entering college in the fall or undergraduates who have already received the scholarship as high school seniors.

Deadline: April 26, 2010

Required Material: Applicants will be asked to fill out applications that include a response to the following essay question: "Here at the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association, we live by the motto 'Building Hope...One Stroke at a Time.' With that in mind, articulate your career goals and how they demonstrate personal growth." Applicants will also be asked to include personal references from a high school principal, guidance counselor or other academic professional who will vouch for their academic achievements.

Further details about the application process can be found by conducting a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. Once the search is completed, students eligible for this scholarship award will find it in their search results.


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by Agnes Jasinski

If you're the type who'd rather report on the happenings of the NCAA Championship Game tonight than participate in them, this week's Scholarship of the Week may be of interest to you. The John Bayliss Broadcast Foundation has been awarding scholarships to aspiring broadcast students for more than 20 years, so if you're a junior or senior interested in communications, you could have a good chance to land $5,000 toward your college education.

The scholarship, named after long-time radio man and a former president of Gannett Broadcasting John Bayliss, is meant to bring more attention to the radio industry, which has taken a backseat to television broadcasting over the last several decades. The number of awards, which will be given in time for the fall 2010 semester, depends on the size of the foundation's annual endowment. And if you're interested in a communications field outside of broadcast radio, know that there are plenty of communications scholarships and journalism scholarships out there to help you cover college costs.

Prize:

$5,000

Eligibility:

Juniors and seniors majoring in broadcast communications who have maintained a 3.0 GPA or better are encouraged to apply. Although financial need is considered, students of merit with an extensive history of radio-related activities are given preference.

Deadline:

April 30, 2010

Required Material:

Applicants must provide one original and four photocopies of the scholarship application, available online. Applicants must also provide an official transcript, a resume (one original and four photocopies), three letters of recommendation evaluating their scholastic and personal strengths from people other than relatives, and a two-page, descriptive essay outlining their future broadcasting goals.

Further details about the application process can be found by conducting a free college scholarship search on Scholarships.com. Once the Search is completed, students eligible for this scholarship award will find it in their search results.


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