Posts Tagged “Scholarships”

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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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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Looking for a good college deal in this economy?  Check out Kiplinger’s just-announced list of the best private, public, and liberal arts college values for 2009.  The selections are based on a combination of academic quality and affordability and topping the lists are:

Private Universities

1. Cal. Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
2. Yale, New Haven, CT
3. Princeton, Princeton, NJ
4. Rice, Houston, TX
5. Duke, Durham, NC

See full list…

Liberal Arts Colleges

1. Pomona College, Claremont, CA
2. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
3. Williams College, Williamstown, MA
4. Davidson College, Davidson, NC
5. Washington & Lee Univ., Lexington, VA

See full list…

Public Colleges

1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2. University of Florida
3. University of Virginia
4. University of Georgia
5.College of William and Mary

See full list…

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The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers invites students in grades 7 - 12 to participate in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2009, the nation’s longest-running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers in the visual and literary arts.

To participate in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, students must be:

  • currently enrolled in grades 7 – 12 for the 2008/2009 school year;
  • enrolled in a public, private, parochial or home school in the United States, Canada, or an American school abroad.

Students may submit in the following categories:

Visual Arts: Animation, Art Portfolio, Ceramics & Glass, Computer Art, Design, Drawing, Graphic Story, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Photography Portfolio, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video & Film

Writing: Dramatic Script, General Writing Portfolio, Humor, Journalism, Nonfiction Portfolio, Novel Writing, Personal Essay/Memoir, Poetry, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Short Story, Short Short Story

More than $3.25 million in scholarships are available to graduating seniors who earn national medals through the Alliance Scholarship Provider Network (PDF). Twelve Portfolio Gold Medalists will earn $10,000 scholarships from the Alliance. Select regions also offer cash awards, grants and other incentives.

Click here for local deadlines (PDF). Formatting and delivery instructions are available in the local guidelines, which can be obtained during registration.

For more information, visit the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

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Scholarship essays got you down?  Well, take a break and throw your creative energy into designing a tote bag at Startiste.  You could win a limited edition bag, a shopping spree at Startiste, or the grand prize of college tuition funds.  They don’t specify exactly how much scholarship money is at stake, but every little bit helps, right?  It doesn’t cost anything to apply, and you can submit as many designs as you’d like until the November 1, 2008 deadline.  So visit Startiste to get started, and maybe I’ll see your fabulous design in stores soon!

And…don’t forget to let me know if you submit a tote, so I can visit the site and vote for your design!

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A few months ago, I told you about Lynn O’Shaughnessy’s latest book, The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School and the Right Price. It’s a wonderful, practical tool for finding and saving money for college, and next week you can catch even more great insights and advice for affording college in O’Shaughnessy’s free webcast.

In this webinar O’Shaughnessy uncovers “industry secrets” on how colleges actually parcel out financial aid—and how even “average” students can maximize their share. Learn how to send your kids to expensive private schools for virtually the cost of an in-state public college… and how promising students can pay significantly less than the “sticker price” even at the best state universities.

Sign up here to register for The College Solution Webcast with Lynn O’Shaughnessy.

How do you feel about paying for college?

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Established within one week of the attacks on America, September 11, 2001, the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund® will ultimately provide more than $100 million in postsecondary education assistance to an entire generation of financially needy dependents of those who died or were permanently disabled in the attacks on 9/11. The Fund has already provided millions of dollars in scholarship support, and will continue to provide education assistance through the year 2030.

The Fund was established with the foresight that the loss of a family provider on 9/11 would put the educational futures of thousands of students in jeopardy. For those dependents with financial need, postsecondary education remains within reach thanks to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund and the hundreds of charitable organizations and individuals that donated their time and resources to help.

Today let’s remember those heroes and victims of 9/11, and if you would like more information about the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund® please visit their website.

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