Archive for the “Scholarships” Category


One of the latest websites to join the ranks of online college guides is InsideCollege, which helps students research campuses by publishing a wide range of “college lists.” From more serious topics like looking for an honors program at a public university or knowing which schools offer a loan-free education to low-income students to finding colleges known for their school spirit or discovering obscure programs of study like glass blowing, Inside College is a great jumping off point for creating your own college list. The site is also currently promoting a monthly $2,000 scholarship contest, so you just might score some extra cash for school while perusing Colleges Where Geek is Chic.

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On Sept. 21 the U.S. Department of Education launched the video contest “I Am What I Learn,” challenging students across America to imagine how an education can help them realize their dreams.

For the chance to win $1000, submit a video answering the question, “Why is your education important to fulfilling your dreams?”  Let your voice be heard in our nation’s capitol, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll help inspire others to believe in the power of education.

Deadline for submissions is November 2nd and winners will be announced in December. For more information about rules and submission guidelines visit the I Am What I Learn website.

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Earlier this year, I posted a link to the Save Me A Spot in College Scholarship Contest, and now I have to share a video from one of the grand prize winners.  I think it is truly awesome!

You Gotta Get in Line - Orange County - Middle School - Grand Prize Nominee from Campaign for College Opportunity on Vimeo.

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Here’s two more to add to your list.  College Prowler holds a monthly essay contest with the winner receiving a $2,000 scholarship. The great thing about this contest is that you can submit the best essay you wrote for school, a college application, or your favorite journal entry.  It just has to be 1,000 words or less - but the catch is you can only enter once each calendar year.  The next deadline is May 31st.

College Prowler’s other giveaway is the “No Essay $2,000 Scholarship.” Just fill out the entry form at College Prowler, and you could have the chance to win some cash for college.  The next deadline is June 15th.

Good luck!!!

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If you’re still wondering how to foot those college tuition bills for next fall, check out Zinch.com’s Ammunition for Tuition II Scholarship.  It requires creating a profile on Zinch, and once you do that you’ll be able to search additional scholarships on the site, plus use additional resources like college search and networking with other students.  And one of the best things about the Scholarship Matching Page is that Zinch will match dollar-for-dollar any scholarship found and won through their search engine — makes the effort of applying for those $500 scholarships a little more worth it.  Below are the details for the Ammunition for Tuition II Scholarship.  Good luck!

Amount: $20,000
Deadline: June 25, 2009
Eligibility: Current high school student (international students included), graduating in 2009- 2012, with a minimum 2.0 gpa. You must register on Zinch.com and your profile must be as complete as possible.
Judging: Both need of student and merit considered. Winners chosen based on what the student provides in his/her Zinch profile. Make sure it’s complete.

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Since 1947, The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) have sponsored the “Voice of Democracy” scholarship, an audio essay contest for students in grades 9-12.  This year’s theme has been announced as “Does America Still Have Heroes?” There are scholarship prizes ranging from $1000-$16,000 with the winning entry receiving the grand prize of a $30,000 scholarship payable to the college or university the student ultimately attends.  And each winner of the local VFW branch wins an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. courtesy of Target.  For more information about scholarship contest rules visit The Veterans of Foreign Wars website.

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This week marks the official start of the 2009 “Stuck at Prom” Contest sponsored by Duck brand Duct Tape, and it also happens to bring back some sweet memories from my first year working in college admissions at Columbia University.  One of the most memorable admissions essays I read was from a Minnesota girl who wrote about the construction of her duct tape prom dress–she even sent along a picture so that I could fully appreciate her designing skills.  And now, you too, have a chance at designing your very own duct tape creation and taking home the scholarship prize of $3,000.

The contest ends June 8, 2009, and here’s the link to more information about rules and stuff.  If you end up making a duct tape design, will you please send me your photos to post on the website?  Here are a couple past creations to get those creative juices flowing…

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There’s been a lot of controversy lately over whether or not students should be paid for good grades.  Some think incentives will increase student performance, and cities like New York City and Chicago are testing out pilot programs to see if they do indeed make a difference. I think there could be some merit to the idea, particularly if students were able to earn cash for college by pulling in A’s & B’s.  And there’s actually a relatively new website that allows students to do just that.  It’s called GradeFund, and it basically uses the idea of social networking to raise money for college from your family, friends, and even strangers.

Think of it as a fundraiser of sorts.  You get people to sponsor you by pledging a certain amount of money for every A or B you earn.  So, say $5 for an A times 4 A’s per grading period.  That’s $20 bucks per person.  If you get 50 people to sponsor you, that’s $1000 bucks that can be used for your college education.  Donors can get warm, fuzzy feelings from helping out a hardworking student, and you’ll be more motivated to do well in school.  Everybody wins!

GradeFund does a great job of making the process simple and straightforward. Just visit their website, create an account and online profile, start asking for pledges, upload a transcript to confirm your grades, and then wait for a check to arrive in the mail. There is a 5% processing fee which is a relatively good deal considering the interest you might otherwise pay on school loans. And while the average student probably won’t be able to fund their entire college education through this sort of fundraiser, GradeFund is one more tool that can be added to your financial aid arsenal.

So what do you think–should students get paid for good grades?

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Last week I attended a reception for College Summit (an awesome non-profit that helps low-income and first generation students prepare for college) and while there I met Michele Siqueiros, the executive director for The Campaign for College Opportunity.  She and her staff are doing all they can to make sure that California continues to invest in quality educational programs, and here’s how you can help.

Now through March 15th, 2009 The Campaign for College Opportunity is accepting submissions for their scholarship contest “Save Me A Spot In College,” and they’re giving away $125,000 in scholarships ranging from $500 to $2500 prizes.  To enter the contest, you must be a 6 – 12th grade student in California and submit either an essay, poster, or TV Ad answering the question “Why should California leaders save you and your peers a spot in college?”

This is a great opportunity to put your creative skills to work for a good cause, let legislators know why college is important to you, and possibly earn yourself a college scholarship.  And who knows?  Your submission just might be the one that convinces our leaders to spend more money on education.  Good luck!

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Doing something noteworthy with music in your community? DoSomething.org has teamed up with Death Cab for Cutie and the GRAMMY Foundation® to find young people who have an idea or existing project that uses music to make a difference. Five grand-prize winners will win $3,000 and be flown to LA for a trip to the Grammys!  The deadline to enter is December 15th, and you can visit DoSomething.org for rules of entry and to submit your application.

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