Finding College Scholarships

September 30th, 2016 by

Finding scholarships can seem like a daunting task, but there are plenty of opportunities available to you. In fact, a 2015 study conducted by NerdWallet found that over $2.9 billion in scholarships and aid went unclaimed during the 2013-2014 school year. The money is out there, you just need to know where to look.

Your first step is submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which tells you how much in federal aid you qualify for based on income, among other factors. For the 2017-2018 school year, the FAFSA opens on October 1st with the priority deadline being December 1st. These dates are earlier than previous years, as the FAFSA is undergoing several changes to make it easier for students to receive aid.

Next, check out scholarship matching websites. Sites such as or ask you to fill out personal information and then find you scholarships that fit your needs and qualifications. These sites often provide a direct link to the scholarship website or application. Also when you’re searching, try to think of what makes you unique. There are scholarships based on gender, cultural background, religion, even height!

While you can qualify for some scholarships based solely on an application, many scholarships require a little work on your part. You may need to provide examples of experience, write a short essay or take part in an event. Take note of all application deadlines and read scholarship rules carefully to make sure you are meeting all the requirements before you submit the application.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to apply for scholarships or grants because you think you won’t qualify. Additionally, don’t discount local scholarships just because they aren’t as lucrative as the $10,000 sweeps contests. You have a much better chance when there is a smaller pool of applicants, and every dollar counts when it comes to finding money for your education.

Most of the $2.9 billion in unclaimed aid went unclaimed simply because students didn’t apply. Take advantage of every opportunity that is out there.

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Paying for College | Dr. Patti Flint Women in Science Scholarship

September 1st, 2015 by

iStock_000009072536MediumFemale Arizona residents pursuing education in medicine or natural sciences will now have an additional opportunity for funding tuition: Patti Flint, MD, PC has announced the establishment of the Dr. Patti Flint Women in Science Scholarship. Designed to aid women following an educational and career path that is traditionally male-dominated, the Women in Science Scholarship offers financial support to women interested in the hard sciences.

“Science and medicine are not inherently gendered fields,” Dr. Flint emphasizes. “The status quo is already changing, and we need to continue encouraging our female engineers, scientists, and doctors.”

The submission period is open through November 01, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to review the eligibility requirements and submit an application via the online form. The application process was designed to be as simple and accessible as possible, requiring only a letter of recommendation, basic personal and educational information, and responses to three short essay questions. Alternatively, applicants may choose to forgo the written essay questions and fulfill the requirement through a video application submitted via YouTube.

Both traditional and nontraditional students are invited to submit an application, and Dr. Flint wants to ensure the scholarship is open to those either attending university or community college within Arizona state.

Applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee and the recipient will be chosen based on the adherence to guidelines and quality of submission. The recipient of the scholarship will receive $2,500 to be used toward tuition and educational expenses, awarded to the student in the form of a cash prize.


Paying for College | Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

August 27th, 2015 by

Teenage girl texting and drivingFinding scholarships can sometimes be tough. We found one we think you might be interested in!

The Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship is provided by

If you are a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level you can enter this scholarship contest. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

To apply, you must complete the application form on the website including a 140-character message about texting while driving. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists. The finalists will be asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about texting while driving.

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2015 — which happens to be No Texting While Driving Day.

The 10 finalists are selected based on the content of the 140-character message in their initial application. The final winner will be selected based on the content and creativity of the 500- to 1,000-word essay.

The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

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Paying for College | Social Media Scholarship

August 13th, 2015 by

education costsFinding scholarships can sometimes be tough. We found one we think you might be interested in!

Marketing Certified Students Leading Social Media Scholarship

Deadline: August 31st, 2015
Award: $1,000

Who Can Apply? The Social Media Scholarship is for students ages 16 – 25 who have maintained a 2.5 GPA or greater in the most recent year completed.

To be considered eligible for the Marketing Certified Social Media Scholarship you must:

1. Be between the ages of 16 and 25 on August 31st, 2015 and a citizen of the United States or Canada

2. Like Social Media Scholarships Facebook page.

3. Email a short essay explaining how you think social media would, from a future employment prospective, benefit your career. Explain in under 500 words how understanding social media would help you become more marketable to a potential employer. Clearly identify how it will benefit you and explain why you think you should be granted the Social Media Scholarship. Send your essay to:

4. Register your contact information on their website.

5. Complete the 50-question social media exam they send you with once you have completed your registration. The exam ensures that you are proficient in social media.

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Paying for College | Merit-Based Global Health Scholarship

July 8th, 2015 by

iStock_000005107511MediumIf you have some extra time before July 15th, the is awarding a Global Health Scholarship for online & campus-based education program.

One $3,000 merit-based scholarship is awarded every year and is available to anyone who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level, global health program in nursing, medicine or public health.

International students are welcome to apply if they are currently be enrolled in a qualified program. All military are welcome. Students who are participating in any type of Global Health program may qualify for this scholarship including nurses, public health workers and physicians.

Candidates who are interested must submit the formal application and essay. The essay is 800-1000 words and is submitted through the form online.

Deadline: July 15, 2015

Learn more about this scholarship at the Global Health Scholarship website.

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Paying for College | SGNA RN General Education Scholarship

June 30th, 2015 by

nursingStudents interested in nursing can apply for the SGNA RN General Education Scholarship (Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates). This scholarship is for nursing students currently enrolled full-time for a minimum of one semester in an accredited nursing program. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA.

To apply, fill out the application and submit it no later than July 31, 2015, along with a short essay, a letter of recommendation and a transcript of any coursework you have already completed.

The recipient will be notified in October, and the funds will be awarded after the winner successfully completes the fall term.

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Paying for College | Alice Madden Barton Scholarship

May 27th, 2015 by

iStock_000035253458Students interested in cosmetology or barbering as a career can apply for the Alice Madden Barton Scholarship program. These scholarships can be used at any cosmetology or barbering school.

The scholarships are awarded to applicants who can demonstrate a passion for the craft and dedication to developing their skills.

The deadlines for the current application period is June 30, 2015.

Apply for this scholarship at the Great Clips scholarship website.

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Restaurant Scholarships

May 12th, 2015 by

Chefs preparing breakfastThe National Restaurant Association lists student scholarships for those interested in pursuing a career in food services.

They offer a variety of merit-based scholarships to students who want an education and a career in the foodservice industry, starting at $2,500 per award.

In 2014, the NRAEF awarded over $1 million in scholarships.

The 2015 scholarship application process will close soon, with many scholarships ending on May 27, 2015. Take a look at the variety of scholarships available and the diverse range of career paths you can take in the restaurant industry — the possibilities are endless.

You can access these scholarships in one place on the National Restaurant Association website.

Many scholarships give preference to location, so also check the state-by-state scholarships listing.

Best of luck to those who apply!

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Public Service College Book Scholarship

March 30th, 2015 by

Stars and stripesScholarship:  Goedeker’s Appliances Annual Public Service College Book Scholarship

Amount: The grand prize is a $500 scholarship. Two $100 scholarships will also be awarded to honorable mention entries.

Description: Those who balance serving our country with a desire to further their education deserve our utmost respect and any help we can give them. That is why we would like to extend a special scholarship to people who are employed in public service positions in particular. This includes:
• Federal, state, and local government employees
• Police officers and firefighters
• Active military, reserves, and veterans
• Public school teachers
• Employees of non-profit organizations

These awards extend to their immediate family as well.

Write an essay about why you personally deserve to be a scholarship recipient. Provide some insight into your background and area of need; convince us that you would be the best choice. These will be judged based on originality, creativity, organization of thought, and proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

• Essay length should be 300 words minimum.
• Clear contact information (name, mailing address, preferred means of contact).
• A few sentences about yourself and a recent photo of yourself which will be used for publicity purposes on the Goedeker’s Home Life blog.
• Proof that you are enrolled in an accredited college for the spring 2015 semester OR proof that you have been accepted at an accredited college for the fall 2015 semester.
• Proof that you or a member of your immediate family is employed in a position of public service, such as a letter from your/their employer or a copy of your/their most recent pay stub
For family members of public service employees: provide proof of relation
• For veterans: provide proof of previous service

Deadline: Submission deadline is July 31, 2015, at 12 a.m. (CDT). The honorable mentions will be awarded on August 17 and August 18, 2015. The grand prize will be awarded on August 19, 2015.

For more information:  Visit the Goedeker’s Appliances Annual College Book Scholarship website for more info and submission information.

Best of luck to those who apply!


Culinary Voice Scholarship Challenge

March 3rd, 2015 by

Chefs preparing breakfastThe Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) is hosting it’s first-ever Culinary Voice Scholarship Challenge. ICE is giving away eight scholarships — totaling more than $140,000 — in its search for the next generation of culinary talent. America will vote for the finalists and the winners will be chosen by a panel of ICE industry experts.

To enter the contest, upload a one-minute video to demonstrating creativity, passion for food, service or entrepreneurial flair. In the video, contestants should explain who they are, what they hope to achieve in the culinary or hospitality industries and why they deserve the scholarship and the chance to study at the nation’s newest, state-of-the-art center for culinary education (opening Winter 2015 in Lower Manhattan). 

50 finalists will be determined by public vote, and for every vote, ICE will make a donation to No Kid Hungry to help end childhood hunger in America.

One full scholarship and one partial scholarship will be awarded for each of ICE’s four award-winning career training programs: Culinary Arts, Pastry & Baking Arts, Culinary Management and Hospitality Management.

Voting begins on March 1, but you have until March 28 to vote and upload an entry. Winners will be announced on April 3rd, 2015

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