Are You College Ready?

Is your student ready for college? My experience has taught me that college isn’t for everyone.   I’m sure we’ve known students who returned home from college after the first semester.   What happened?  It’s perplexing to me the number of students who want to go to college but are not really ready to succeed in college.

 

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Are You Scholarship Ready?

  

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I’m amazed at the number of students who want to apply for a scholarship but have not prepared or positioned themselves to get a scholarship. If you don’t know what a scholarship organization is asking for, how can you prepare yourself to obtain the scholarship?   Too many students are missing out on scholarship opportunities because they haven’t prepared themselves.  In order to get in the best position to obtain scholarships you need to know what scholarship organizations are looking for and get an early start. Continue reading

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Scholarships With June Deadlines

College scholarships2Yes, there are still scholarships out there for those of you looking still looking for  money for college.  It is also a good idea to check with the financial aid office of the college you plan on attending to find out the availability of  institutional scholarships. Continue reading

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Parent Plus Loans Pros and Cons

 

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Should you or should you not take out a parent plus loan?  That is the question.  Since I am all about graduating college with little or no debt, my first response is “not unless you absolutely have to” and there are no other alternatives.  I would encourage parents to research the various loans that are offered through federal and private sources early so you can fully understand the impact it will have on your family.  Too many parents wait until receipt of the award letter  and go into shock and dismay when they discover the school has included a parent loan of $30,000 or more to fill the financial gap.

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Scholarships for May 2014

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Looking for a last-minute scholarship?  Spring into action by reviewing Cappex’s listing of over 60 scholarships with deadlines in May.

 

 

1. American Academy of Chefs College Scholarships

Deadline: May 1      Award: varies
For culinary or pastry arts majors

2. Engineering Technology Scholarship

Deadline: May 1      Award: $3,000 – $5,000
For engineering technology majors preparing for a career in the HVACR profession

3. Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship

Deadline: May 1      Award: $3,000
For students pursuing a career in the performing arts

4. Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

Deadline: May 1      Award: $3,000
For students pursuing a career in the visual arts

5. Scholarship for Students who are Hard of Hearing or Deaf

Deadline: May 1      Award: $1,000
For students who are deaf or hard of hearing

6. MG James Ursano Dependent Children of Soldiers Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 1      Award: $1,000
For children of soldiers

7. Ecolab Scholarship

Deadline: May 1      Award: $1,000 – $2,000
For hospitality majors

8. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: May 1      Award: $1,000 – $3,000
For Hispanic students majoring in science, technology, engineering, math, or a related field

9. Friends of Scott Foundation Scott Delgadillo College Scholarship

Deadline: May 1      Award: $1,000
For cancer survivors or current cancer patients

10. IAPMO Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: May 1      Award: $1,000
Must write an essay on a given topic related to energy and the plumbing/mechanical industry

11. MedPro Rx, Inc. “Education is Power” Scholarship

Deadline: May 1      Award: $500 – $2,500
For students with hemophilia or von Wildebrand disease

12. Swim with Mike Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship

Deadline: May 1      Award: varies
For student athletes who have sustained a life-changing accident or illness

13. DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship

Deadline: May 1      Award: $500
Must write an essay on a given topic related to your cultural heritage

14. Levitt Comninos Carlotti Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: May 1      Award: $500 – $4,000
For students with a terminally ill or deceased parent

15. Math-O-Vision Contest

Deadline: May 1      Award: $1,000 – $4,000
Must create a video inspired by mathematics

16. Yes! Grace Rocks, Inc. Scholarship

Deadline: May 1      Award: $250
For students majoring in speech, physical, occupational, or music therapy, special education, or nursing

17. Bill Dickey Scholarship

Deadline: May 2      Award: $1,000 – $3,500
For students who participate in golf

18. East Villagers Service Scholar Contest

Deadline: May 2      Award: $150 – $500
Must submit an essay or piece of artwork related to community service and volunteerism

19. CVS Pharmacy, Inc Business Scholarships

Deadline: May 2      Award: $5,000
For business majors

20. MassMutual Scholars

Deadline: May 2      Award: $2,500 – $5,000
For students pursuing an undergraduate degree

21. UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 5      Award: $5,000
For students living with or caring for someone with epilepsy

22. Los Hermanos de Stanford Scholarship

Deadline: May 5      Award: $1,000
For Latino/a students

23. James J. Davis Memorial Scholarship for Students Studying Abroad

Deadline: May 5      Award: $1,000
For students studying abroad

24. Ayn Rand “We the Living” Essay Contest

Deadline: May 6      Award: $25 – $3,000
Must write an essay on the book “We the Living” by Ayn Rand

25. Candice’s Sickle Cell Scholarship Fund

Deadline: May 6      Award: $1,500
For students with sickle cell disease

26. University Language Services Scholarship

Deadline: May 7      Award: $100 – $500
For students who plan to study abroad or have studied abroad in the past

27. Marketing EDGE Student Marketing Scholarships

Deadline: May 9      Award: $1,000 – $5,000
For students pursuing a career in marketing

28. Google Science Fair

Deadline: May 12      Award: $25,000 – $50,000
Must create a science project in one of the specified categories

29. Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Leadership

Deadline: May 12      Award: $3,000
For students who have demonstrated outstanding activism and achievements on a project or campaign with positive environmental and social impact

30. Educate It Forward ELL Hispanic Heritage Scholarship

Deadline: May 14      Award: $1,000
For ELL students of Hispanic descent

31. National Collegiate Cancer Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: May 15      Award: $1,000
For cancer survivors or current cancer patients

32. James Beard Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 15      Award: $2,000 – $20,000
For students enrolled in culinary school

33. ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 15      Award: $3,000
For women and/or minority students pursuing a career in computer and video game arts

34. ThanksUSA Scholarship

Deadline: May 15      Award: $3,000
For dependents and spouses of military service personnel

35. Heinlein Society Scholarship

Deadline: May 15      Award: $750
For students majoring in engineering, math, physical science, or science fiction as literature

36. Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest

Deadline: May 15      Award: $250 – $1,000
Must write an essay in response to a given question related to “Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen

37. Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

Deadline: May 15      Award: $1,000 – $10,000
For women majoring in engineering, engineering technology, or computer science

38. Conestoga Bank “Future of Banking” Scholarship

Deadline: May 15      Award: $1,000
Must write an essay on a topic related to the future of banking

39. Alphonso Deal Scholarship

Deadline: May 16      Award: $500
For students studying law enforcement or criminal justice

40. KODAK Student Scholarship Award

Deadline: May 16      Award: $3,000 – $4,000
For students pursuing a degree in film, film production, or cinematography

41. Ray Greenly Scholarship

Deadline: May 16      Award: $10,000 – $25,000
For students majoring in an area relevant to digital retail

42. Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarship

Deadline: May 19      Award: $500
For students who are applying to a study abroad program

43. NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 22      Award: varies
For students enrolled in a professional nursing degree program

44. I’m First Scholarship

Deadline: May 23      Award: $1,000
For first-generation college students

45. Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award

Deadline: May 23      Award: $3,000
For students pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate awareness of the issues facing the LGBT community and the importance of fair and accurate news coverage

46. A Voice for Animals Contest

Deadline: May 25      Award: $150 – $750
For students who have actively participated in projects that promote the humane treatment of animals

47. Jack & Jill of America Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: May 25      Award: $1,500 – $2,500
For African-American students

48. National Sculpture Society Scholarship

Deadline: May 30      Award: $2,000
For students studying sculpture

49. FMAA Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 30      Award: $1,000
Must submit a video explaining what the American flag means to you

50. “Launch Your Dreams” Scholarship Competition

Deadline: May 30      Award: $2,500
For US veterans and children and spouses of US veterans

51. Abercrombie & Fitch Future Leaders Scholarship

Deadline: May 30      Award: $1,000
For students pursuing a degree in business

52. Fraser Institute Essay Contest

Deadline: May 30      Award: $500 – $1,000
Must write an essay in response to a given topic about capitalism

53. PBA/NCA Minerva Beauty Scholarship

Deadline: May 30      Award: $1,000
For students enrolled in a cosmetology program

54. Kerope Zildjian Scholarship Competition

Deadline: May 30      Award: $5,000
For student percussionists enrolled in a music program

55. Margarian Scholarship

Deadline: May 30      Award: $1,000
For high school juniors and seniors, college/university students, and graduate students

56. American Dream Essay Contest

Deadline: May 30      Award: $1,000
Must write an essay about the American Dream

57. Chely Wright LIKE ME Scholarship

Deadline: May 31      Award: $1,250
For students who have actively advocated for LGBT issues

58. Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development

Deadline: May 31      Award: $5,000 – $20,000
For students pursuing a degree in engineering, architecture, building and construction management, or chemistry

59. “Out of the Easy” College Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: May 31      Award: $5,000
Must write an essay in response to a quote from “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens

60. Inheritance of Hope Legacy Scholarship

Deadline: May 31      Award: $1,000
For students living with a terminally ill parent

61. Krylon Clear Choice Art Scholarship

Deadline: May 31      Award: $1,000
For students majoring in the visual arts

62. Catina Rose Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 31      Award: varies
For students who have been victims of crime or are victim survivors of crime

63. Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 31      Award: $1,000 – $2,000
For students who play for a sports team or participate in club sports

Find these and thousands more scholarships on Cappex today!

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Last Minute Scholarship Tips


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It’s March Madness.  Are you still in need of scholarships?  Sixty percent of scholarship deadlines fall between February and April, so you are still in luck but the cycle is quickly winding down.  Also, you should continue to look for deadlines that occur over the summer.  Check out the following tips to save you time: Continue reading

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College Fairs

 

 

 

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I’ll never forget David’s reaction to attending his first college fair at Navy Pier in Chicago in his junior year.  He visited colleges during his freshman year, but this was his first time attending such a mega event.   There were so many people in attendance, so many colleges represented, it was quite overwhelming.  He had certain schools in mind so he made his way through the meandering crowd and approached those first.  After it was all over, we realized that we needed to have a strategy to get the most out of an event like that.  How can you make the most out of your college fair attendance?  The following tips can help you navigate the process. Continue reading

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