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by Susan Dutca

Perhaps your 2017 New Year's Resolution is to earn more free college money - that's our goal for you! 2016 is now coming to an end, and so are these scholarship deadlines, so hurry and apply to these end-of-the-year awards while you still can!

  1. Girls Who Illustrate Awesomeness Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $750

  2. PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship

    Deadline: December 2
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  3. Doodle 4 Google Competition

    Deadline: December 2
    Maximum Award: $30,000

  4. Certified Angus Beef Colvin Scholarship Fund

    Deadline: December 12
    Maximum Award: $6,000

  5. Burger King Scholars Program

    Deadline: December 15
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  6. Heart Disease Awareness Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  7. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program

    Deadline: December 16
    Maximum Award: $25,000

  8. No Bull Sports Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  9. Leadership Speech Contest

    Deadline: December 31
    Maximum Award: $5,500

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

    Deadline: December 31
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  11. William B. Ruggles Journalist Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31
    Maximum Award: $2,000

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

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by Susan Dutca

Finding trustworthy and accurate scholarship and other financial aid information can be tricky these days, especially when it comes to sources that offer unreliable, often misleading content. "Scholarships" offered by scammers who charge fees and operate outside the laws, rules and ethics of modern-day netiquette abound. Here at Scholarships.com, we carefully and thoroughly vet scholarships so you can apply to the most legitimate and worthwhile opportunities. Check out some of them here:

  1. Girls Who Illustrate Awesomeness Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $750

  2. Certified Angus Beef Colvin Scholarship Fund

    Deadline: December 12
    Maximum Award: $6,000

  3. MWSNIBIA Scholarship

    Deadline: January 2
    Maximum Award: $500

  4. Chesterfield County Black History Month Century Scholarship

    Deadline: January 3
    Maximum Award: $2,500

  5. Greenhouse Scholars Scholarship

    Deadline: Janaury 4
    Maximum Award: $20,000

  6. NRA National Youth Education Summit

    Deadline: January 13
    Maximum Award: $30,000

  7. Microsoft Scholarship Program

    Deadline: Janaury 26
    Maximum Award: Varies

  8. Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund Scholarship

    Deadline: January 31
    Maximum Award: $20,000

  9. Hawaii Community Foundation Scholarships

    Deadline: January 31
    Maximum Award: Varies

  10. Rheumatoid Patient Foundation Scholarship Program

    Deadline: January 31
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  11. Cancer for College General Scholarship

    Deadline: January 31
    Maximum Award: $16,000

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

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by Susan Dutca

Black Friday deals will be unleashed in just two weeks with some of the largest retailers getting an early start on Thanksgiving Day. When it comes to end-of-the-year scholarship hunting, no worries - we've got you covered. Score big this holiday season (and semester) with free college money:

  1. RMA Foundation Scholarship Program

    Deadline: November 13
    Maximum Award: $10,000

  2. Arizona Milk Producers Scholarship

    Deadline: November 21
    Maximum Award: $12,000

  3. North American International Auto Show Poster Contest

    Deadline: November 22
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  4. Courage to Grow Scholarship

    Deadline: November 30
    Maximum Award: $500

  5. No Bull Sports Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  6. Girls Who Illustrate Awesomeness Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $750

  7. Doodle 4 Google Competition

    Deadline: December 2
    Maximum Award: $30,000

  8. PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship

    Deadline: December 2
    Maximum Award: $2,000

  9. Burger King Scholars Program

    Deadline: December 15
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  10. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes

    Deadline: December 16
    Maximum Award: $25,000

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

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by Susan Dutca

November is National Scholarship Month and in its honor, we're doing what we do best - offering the best scholarships out there to help students like you fund the cost of college. Whether you're in high school trying to land some free money before heading off to school or a college student looking to pay next semester's tuition, here are some of the few generous scholarships available to all types of students:

  1. AdmitSee $5,000 College Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  2. Course Hero Scholarship

    Deadline: November 17
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  3. Register & Win Scholarship

    Deadline: November 20
    Maximum Award: $500

  4. Tell-A-Friend Scholarship Sweepstakes

    Deadline: December 31
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  5. No Bull Sports Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  6. $5,000 Next Steps Digital Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  7. Doodle 4 Google Competition

    Deadline: December 2
    Maximum Award: $30,0000

  8. Dr Pepper Most Inspirational Player Award

    Deadline: December 2
    Maximum Award: $2,000

  9. Dr Pepper Most Inspirational Player Award

    Deadline: December 2
    Maximum Award: $2,000

  10. Arizona Milk Producers Scholarship

    Deadline: November 21
    Maximum Award: $12,000

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

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by Susan Dutca

Chicago is a baseball city and naturally, Cubs fans are "losing their minds" as the team makes its way to their home field at Wrigley Stadium for the next three games. Not only could they make history by clinching the World Series Championship - experts believe ticket prices could break the record for the most expensive sales in U.S. sports history. If you have a passion for baseball and would rather get paid to play than pay to watch, check out these scholarships:

  1. American Legion Baseball Scholarship

    Deadline: July 15
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  2. Bobby Sox High School Senior Scholarship

    Deadline: May 5
    Maximum Award: Varies

  3. Billy Smith Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: February 1
    Maximum Award: Varies

  4. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity – Lee Arthur Sr. Scholarship

    Deadline: February 15
    Maximum Award: Varies

  5. Alliance Pipeline Scholarship

    Deadline: Varies
    Maximum Award: Varies

  6. Bernie Varnadore Scholarship Program

    Deadline: April 1
    Maximum Award: $1,250

  7. WWU Scholar-Athlete Award

    Deadline: December 1
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  8. IUTIS Club Scholarship

    Deadline: February 15
    Maximum Award: $500

  9. Joshua L. Anderson Memorial Foundation Scholarship

    Deadline: April 7
    Maximum Award: Varies

  10. CSUB Albert Holloway Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: March 22
    Maximum Award: Varies

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

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by Susan Dutca

Frolicking at fall festivals and pumpkin patches, apple picking at orchards, baking pumpkin-everything goodies, playing hide-and-seek in corn mazes and getting spooked with friends at haunted houses are just a few of some favorite fall activities. It also happens to be a time where students are seriously applying for scholarships to secure free college money. So while you're sipping a pumpkin spice latte and cozied by the fire, apply to these not-so-basic fall scholarships:

  1. The Explorers Club Student Grants

    Deadline: October 10
    Maximum Award: $5,000

  2. Your Art Can Save Lives Student Poster Design Competition

    Deadline: October 11
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  3. Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

    Deadline: October 17
    Maximum Award: $100,000

  4. WomenIn Scholarship

    Deadline: October 31
    Maximum Award: $2,500

  5. Healy Foundation Scholarship

    Deadline: October 31
    Maximum Award: $3,000

  6. Google SVA Scholarship for Student Veterans

    Deadline: November 4
    Maximum Award: $10,000

  7. The Anne Ford Scholarship

    Deadline: November 13
    Maximum Award: $10,000

  8. American Copy Editors Society Scholarship

    Deadline: November 16
    Maximum Award: $2,500

  9. North American International Auto Show Poster Contest

    Deadline: November 22
    Maximum Award: $1,000

  10. The Crowdifornia College Essay Contest

    Deadline: November 30
    Maximum Award: $1,500

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

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by 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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by Erica Lewis

There are many opportunities that come from being a good student in high school...and I don't just mean scholarships. Many colleges have honors programs, which give students the chance to meet other high-achieving students and challenge themselves even more academically. There are many advantages to being in an honors program, such as opportunities to meet with professors one-on-one, take classes with other honors students and build your resume.

Honors program members have the chance to get to know their professors more personally and meet faculty that many students may not have to opportunity to meet. I'm in the honors program at UNL and I enjoy getting to know my professors more than just seeing them at the front of the room during lectures.

You may also be eligible for priority registration or special classes offered only to honors program students. These classes are specifically designed for honors students and are smaller in size compared to the typical class. You can get to know your professor and classmates really well in this setting. In fact, I have met some of my best friends have through the honors courses at UNL!

Being in an honors program is a great resume builder as well. Once you start college, your high school resume is essentially null and void so you pretty much have to start over. An honors program looks good on a resume because it shows that you have put in extra effort for those classes and aren't afraid of a challenge.

If you have the opportunity to join the honors program at your school, I strongly recommend it. It is an excellent way to meet professors, students and build your resume. It may require a little extra work, but trust me: It's worth it!

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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SOTW: Rebecca Kirtman “Becca’s Closet” Memorial Scholarships

This SOTW is Accepting Entries Through April 17th

Apr 7, 2015

by Suada Kolovic

Becca's Closet was created as a legacy to Rebecca Kirtman and the project she created. Becca's Closet donates formal attire to high school girls with financial need who otherwise would not be able to attend their schools' military balls, homecomings and proms. Our mission is to continue her vision and dream of helping others. In Becca's memory, scholarships are awarded to deserving high school students to advance their education.

The Rebecca Kirtman Memorial Scholarship awards three types of scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage students who have demonstrated outstanding community service in high school or college to continue their efforts throughout their lives and to encourage others to do the same.

If you are interested in learning more about these 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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by Suada Kolovic

This year, The National WWII Museum asks: How do you define a hero?

The flag-raising on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945 is one of the most famous moments of WWII. The six men who helped to raise the flag are often referred to as heroes. Out of the six men who raised the flag that day, only three survived until the end of the war. One of the surviving men, Cpl. Ira Hayes (Pima) was repeatedly asked by admirers if he considered himself to be a hero as a result of his wartime actions. Hayes replied, "How could I feel like a hero when only five men in my platoon of 45 survived, when only 27 men in my company of 250 managed to escape death or injury." This year, as the world remembers the 70th anniversary of this iconic event, The National WWII Museum asks students to think about what it means to be a hero.

In your response, use WWII as a starting point and base your essay in part on America’s involvement in WWII. But don’t stop in the past. Use specific examples from your own experiences that support your ideas. This is NOT a research paper. Your essay will be judged foremost for its originality, clarity of expression, and adherence to contest theme, as well as its historical accuracy, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Museum staff will read and evaluate entries.

The National WWII Museum is accepting entries through March 31st. 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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