Over $20,000 in Scholarships in this Handout for the Holidays

December 13, 2017


Click on the handout above.

For those students who want to try for scholarships over the holiday break or want to get started on future scholarships, this handout features more than $20,000 in scholarships.


Some scholarships you will find:

$1,000 Active Live Scholarship to Tackle Your Weakness, D: Dec 31, 2017 (3-5 sentences)

$10,000 Unigo Scholarship, D: Dec 31, 2017 (140 character tweet)

$1,500 Sweet and Simple Scholarship, D: Feb 28, 2018 (250 words or less)

$3,000 CouponsPlusDeals “Save for Future” Scholarship, D: Dec 31, 2017 (essay on how you save money in your daily life)

$1,500 MarvelOptics.com National Scholarship Contest, D: Jan 5, 2018

$1,000 JonesTshirts.com Love Your Career Scholarship, D: Jan 8, 2018 (essay that describes at least three steps you plan to take in the next year to start a path toward the career you love)

$5,000 Missing in History Scholarship, D: Dec 31, 2017

$5,000 Thanks a Billion Scholarship, D: Dec 31, 2017

Up to $25,000 Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship, opens in 2018

$10,000 Create a Greeting Card Scholarship, D: Mar 1, 2018

$5,000 Liaison’s Data-Inspired Future Scholarship, D: May 31, 2018 for the fall semester D: Oct 31, 2018 for spring semester

How to Find More Scholarships Like These

The handout features scholarships that require little writing, some writing, more writing, and no writing.

$6,000, $3,000 and $1,000 Promises College Tuition Scholarship, D: Dec 31, 2017

November 9, 2017


$6,000, $3,000 and $1,000 Promises College Tuition Scholarship, D: Dec 31, 2017

Selected criteria from website:

Write a 500-word essay responding to the following prompt:

The new edition of the Associated Press’s Stylebook states the word “addict” should no longer be used as a noun. “Instead,” it says, “choose phrasing like he was addicted, people with heroin addiction or he used drugs.” In short, a person should be identified separate from their disease.

Essay Option: Explain why describing someone as “addicted” rather than “an addict” is important to society in combating addiction.

Design Option: If you prefer, feel free to interpret this topic via an infographic or illustration.

Focus:       Open to all majors and areas of study

Deadline:   December 31, 2017

Winners announced in February 2018

1st place $6000

2nd place $3000

3rd place $1000

Level Undergraduate


Must be legal U.S. residents

Must be at least 18 years old

Must be currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a college or university in the U.S.

Selection Criteria: Applications will be reviewed by a committee selected solely by Elements Behavioral Health and or Promises. The committee will select potential winners for each prize level based on the criteria of relevance to the topic, originality, creativity and/or emotional impact.

Applications with persistent spelling or grammatical errors will not be considered.”

Where to Find More Scholarships Like These



Here is a list of scholarships with monthly deadlines. Explore November to see scholarships with November 2017 deadlines, including those with deadlines for today.

Click NEXT to see the next page of scholarships.

I would then explore December and January for scholarships with December 2017 and January 2018 deadlines.

Some of these are easy, requiring very little work; some have much work.

Some are based on financial need; some are based only on merit.


To find more scholarships, search out Jessica Velasco of JLV College Counseling’s list of scholarships and contests. These are scholarships that can be searched by major, age/grade level, minority, gender, military, etc.


Browse millions of scholarships at Unigo’s Scholarship Directory at the above link.

Writing for Scholarships: Generate Ideas for a $5,000 Scholarship Within the First Five Minutes of this Seminar—Over $20,000 worth of scholarships in the handout below

October 19, 2017

Writing for Scholarships Oct 20 2017

Presentation will be on Friday, Oct 20, 2017, from 2:20-3:15 pm in room 117 computer lab (next door to room 116, the Advisement Center)  in the Student Success Center.

In the first five minutes, each student will brainstorm, generating ideas that could be used to apply for the $5,000 Liaison’s Data-Inspired Future Scholarship, deadline for spring semester being October 31, 2017.

This means if students were to enter videos from 30-60 seconds and try for this scholarship, one student would be notified by the end of November 2017 that he or she earned the $5,000, applying that toward college tuition and books for Spring 2018 semester. 


Just a few of the scholarships and opportunities in the handout:

Scholarships that Require Little Writing, such as 3-5 sentences or 140 character statements good toward a few ,000 scholarships or 140 character statements, such as

$1,000 Active Life Scholarship to Tackle Your Weakness, D: Oct 31, 2017

$1,000 Active Life Scholarship for Political Expression, D: Dec 31, 2017

$1,000 Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship, D: Jan 30, 2018


Scholarships that Require Some Writing, such as 250 words or less, such as

$2,000 Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship, D: Oct 31, 2017

$5000 Education Matters  Scholarship, D: Nov 30, 2017

$10,000 Unigo Scholarship, D: Dec 31, 2017

$1,000 Gen & Kelly Tanabe Scholarship, D: Dec 31, 2017


Scholarships that Require More Writing and Development, such as 500 words or more, such as

$5,000 David B. Goldberg Music Scholarship, D: Nov 14, 2017

$2,000 Bachus & Schanker, LLC Scholarship, Deadlines: Nov 30, 2017 for the spring semester; July 30, 2017 for the fall semester

$5,000 and $1,000 Foreclosure.com Scholarship Program, D: Dec 15, 2017

$3,000 CouponsPlusDeals Scholarship, D: Dec 31, 2017


Scholarships that Require no writing, such as

$20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 U.S. Bank Scholarship, D: Oct 27, 2017

$5,000 Missing in History Scholarship, D: Dec 31, 2017

$10,000 Create A Greeting Card Scholarship, D: Mar 1, 2018


 Where to Find More Scholarships Like Those Above

 For TSU Students only: How to Make an Appointment in the Writing Center

 How to Receive Entire Blog Entries from ScholarshipTigers.com as They are Published

Scholarships Abound! Handout—over $55,000 in opportunities

October 4, 2017

Handout created for the Tennessee Association for Student Success and Retention 5 Oct 2017

The following handout was created for my portion of the Tennessee Association for Student Success and Retention (TASSR) Presentation: The Train Might Keep Me Satisfied: Sustaining Student-Staff Connections for Academic Success

Presenters: Rhonda Kavan, Dr. Robert O. Hassell, Lori Danley, Michael Turner

Some of features of this handout:

Links to the two previous handouts of scholarship presentations

$5,000 to $15,000 Scholarship America Dream Award, D: Oct 15, 2017

Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, up to $40,000, D: Oct 24, 2017

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship Program, $2,500 to $15,000 per academic year, D: Dec 15, 2017

$5,000 and $1,000 Foreclosure.com Scholarship Program, D: Dec. 15, 2017, Min: 800 words and Maximum 2,000 words

$3,000 CouponsPlusDeals Scholarship, D: Dec 31,2017, essay on how you save money in your daily life

$2,000 Tom Joyner Foundation/Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship Program

Where to Find More Scholarships Like Those Above

Skip the Ads and Why

Student Debt Statistics

Student Debt & Retention: More Statistics

About 20 pages in a book you can read to understand student loans


Pursue Money, Not College Debt Initiative

September 21, 2017

The Pursue Money, Not College Debt Initiative is an agreement that you will spend 12 hours this semester focused on finding money to pay for school to reduce reliance upon college debt.

You do this by choosing to spend an hour a week for the next 12 weeks in this endeavor. You will sign up to work with Mr. Mike Turner or if he is not available a particular week, another writing tutor, to focus on either searching for scholarships, completing applications for scholarships, or writing required for scholarships.

The hour will be more robust than simply searching for scholarships, in that you might be working with Mr. Turner to create strategies to bring in more money to cover tuition and books than just simply pursuing scholarships. Such strategies may include how to keep your GPA up, so that you can pursue more scholarships in Spring 2018.

We will keep track of how much money you bring in to offset debt, and that track record will be used to motivate yourself and others to pursue money instead of debt.

Each particular journey will be shaped by what you need to do to get to where you want to go. Your steps will be chronicled so that your experience will help you and others.

I am seeking 5 people who are willing to make this commitment to their future and their lives.

While seeking scholarships may take more than 12 hours, at least you know that during each week you will choose to spend an hour a week towards that goal.

This opportunity to sign up is open to Tennessee State University students, but anybody can choose to make his or her own Pursue Money, Not College Debt Initiative.

If you would be interested in this endeavor, email Mr. Mike Turner at mjturner@tnstate.edu.


Search for My Future Scholarship and Internship Seminar—Handout with more than $20,000 of opportunities

September 21, 2017

Search for My Future Scholarship and Internship Seminar 21 Sept 2017

This is the handout created for the Scholarship and Internship Seminar. Click on the link above  to access the PDF.

You can also download the PDF and save it to your computer or flash drive.



Seminar: Writing for Scholarships: The Journey to $100,000 Begins With a Single Sentence

September 7, 2017

Writing for scholarships The Journey to $100,000 Begins with a Single Sentence

Above, when you click on the link, you will find the handout (and more than $100,000 in scholarships you might be able to apply for) for the September 7, 2017,  seminar, Writing for Scholarships: The Journey to $100,000 Begins with a Single Sentence.

$2,500 Up for Grabs, Deadlines: Aug 31, 2017, and how to find other scholarships worth more money and later deadlines

August 30, 2017

Take 45 minutes -90 minutes in the next 35 hours and attempt to earn yourself $2,500 in scholarships. Details below, including how to find more scholarships.

$1,500 Make Me Laugh Scholarship, 250 words or less, D: Aug 31, 2017


$1,500 Make Me Laugh Scholarship, 250 words or less, D: Aug 31, 2017, 11:59 pm Pacific Time, 1:59 am Central Time (Pacific Time Zone comes from official rules)

Selected criteria from webpage:

“Why so serious?

Scholarships can be fun! Take a break from the boring application routine and make us laugh. That’s right; we want a real LOL moment.

Make Me Laugh is a fun scholarship that lets you cut loose and lighten things up. Looking for a scholarship for comedians? Now is your chance to show us your funny bone. Perhaps you always have an embarrassing – but funny – story to share. Great! We’ll promise to laugh with you, not at you.

The point is that not all scholarships have to be serious. Relax and have fun! The only thing serious about the Make Me Laugh Scholarship is the money you could win towards your college education. With $1,500 – you could be laughing your way to the bank!

Applicants must:

  • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
  • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education

Submit an online written response to the question:

 “OMG… finding and applying for scholarships is serious business, but it’s time to lighten things up a little. We don’t want to know why you deserve $1,500 or how great your grades are, we simply want to LOL. Describe an incident in your life, funny or embarrassing (fact or fiction), and make us laugh!” (250 words or less)

The Make Me Laugh Scholarship winner will be notified by email or phone on or around November 30, 2017.”

You must complete a scholarship profile at Unigo.com (takes about 15-45 minutes) and answer the question above.


Other Scholarships Offered by Unigo.com


Here, you can explore other scholarships Unigo offers

$2,000 Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship,

$5,000 Education Matters Scholarship, and the

Unigo $10,000 Scholarship.

Also, you can read past winners to get an idea of what type of entries win.


SKIP THE ADS! (Some of the ads are legitimate, but sadly I can’t vouch for them all. Avoid the single mom or single dad scholarships–I and a few other students have received calls, and some of the operators are not scrupulous, trying to pressure students in pursuing degrees at for-profit colleges and to take on heavy student loans.)


Unigo.com’s Scholarship Directory


Browse millions of scholarships at Unigo’s Scholarship Directory at the above link.


$1,000 Active Life Scholarship for Political Expression, D: Aug 31, 2017


$1,000 Active Life Scholarship for Political Expression, D: August 31, 2017

Selected criteria from webpage:

Who: Current college, graduate school or adult learners.

What: This scholarship is designed to encourage students to explore and express their political opinions and become more active in both local and national politics.

Amount: $1,000. May be used at any college to study any major.”

The above scholarship involves only answering a few questions and writing a 3-5 sentence answer to a Short Answer question. Take 10-30 minutes to go for $1,000.


More Active Life Scholarships: Another Chance for $2,000 More


$1,000 Active Life Scholarship for Financial Literary, D: Sept 30, 2017



$1,000 Active Life Scholarship to Tackle Your Weakness, D: Oct 31, 2017

The above two scholarships involve only answering a few questions and writing a 3-5 sentence answer to a Short Answer question.


Calculate What the Scholarship is Worth to You

Think of looking for scholarships as a part time job.

Let’s say you work in retail and make about $9 an hour.

If you win one of the $1,000 scholarships above, then $1,000/$9 = 111.12, which means you would have to work about 111 hours at $9 an hour to earn $999.

1 or 2 hours of work to equal a potential $1,000.

It is better to major in scholarship money rather than college debt. Make a choice, and go for it!



$1,500 Fantasy Football Draftboards Scholarship Program and $2,000 Jungle Scout Scholarship Program, Deadlines for both, Sept 1, 2017; up to $10,000 Live Your Dreams Award, D: Nov 15, 2017; up to $40, 000 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Student Scholarship, D: Oct 24, 2017—And where to find more scholarships you can apply for

August 24, 2017

Up to  $10,000 Live Your Dreams Soroptimist Award , D: Nov 15, 2017


Awards: up to $10,000

This description of the scholarship is verbatim from Jessica Velasco’s description:  “Scholarship is open to women who are the primary financial support for themselves and their dependents. Applicant must be enrolled in or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.”

From website above: “Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.”



I found this scholarship in this directory under Scholarships for Parents.

A complete list of scholarships brought to you by Jessica Velasco of JLV Counseling.

At the end of each page, click on NEXT to view more scholarships


$1,500 Fantasy Football Draftboards Scholarship Program, D:  Sept 1, 2017


Selected criteria from website: Write a “500 word essay on how fantasy football has impacted you in a positive way. Along with your essay, please attach your full name, email address, and a brief 100 word biography about yourself.


You must be attending an accredited college for the fall semester of 2017.

You must maintain a GPA of 2.4 or higher.

You must have played fantasy football or know someone who has.”


$2,000 Jungle Scout Scholarship Program, D: Sept 1, 2017


Selected criteria from website:

Jungle Scouts is “offering scholarships to students in the US who are studying in business, entrepreneurship and computer science related fields.

This scholarship is for budding entrepreneurs, and any students in the U.S. studying either Business, Computer Science or a related course.

Just so you know, here’s what you will need to prepare:

Your name and contact details

The Name of your educational institution and the course you are taking

Proof of study

A short video telling us a little about yourself (optional, but encouraged)

A brief overview of why you require academic funding and what you intend to do with the awarded scholarship

An elevator pitch for a SaaS or ecommerce related idea

Why you are applying for funding

Any other supporting information”


Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is now open, up to $40,000, D: Oct 24, 2017


Description : “Community college sophomores and recent graduates are eligible to apply for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Recipients are awarded up to $40,000 per year to complete their bachelor’s degree, in addition to opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding.”




A complete list of scholarships with September 2017 deadlines brought to you by Jessica Velasco of JLV Counseling.

There are similar ones like those above with a September 1, 2017, deadline, but there are plenty with deadlines later in the month.

At the end of each page, click on NEXT to view more scholarships


If you are looking for scholarships with August, October, November, and December 2017 deadlines, click on the link above, and then go to the month you wish to explore.

A complete list of scholarships with 2017 deadlines brought to you by JLV Counseling.

At the end of each page, click on NEXT to view more scholarships


And just for fun, here are scholarships for Tennessee residents, brought to you by Jessica Velasco: https://jlvcollegecounseling.com/scholarships/states/tennessee-scholarship/

There are some good ones in here to explore.


Residents of other states can explore above.

$10,000 #MyFutureSelfie Scholarship, D: Sept 4, 2017 and Up to $5,000 USA Funds Scholarship for Indiana residents, D: Aug 31, 2017 and how to find more scholarships like these

August 23, 2017

Up to $5,000 USA Funds Scholarship for Indiana residents, D: Aug 31, 2017


Selected criteria from website: “USA Funds is a ‘Last Dollar’, need-based scholarship opportunity. Students must be enrolled at UNCF member college or university, other HBCUs, or a state college or university in Indiana. Students must be resident of the State of Indiana and be a US citizen or Permanent Resident. Students must be full-time during 2017-2018 academic year, and all college classifications (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and fifth-year seniors) are eligible to apply.

For full award consideration, students must complete the student application form, invite a reference to submit a recommendation online and upload a transcript. Applicants must also write a one-page personal statement of career interest.”

Min: 2.5 GPA

Addressed checked for state eligibility: Home/Permanent

If you are a resident of Indiana and attending Tennessee State University, you can apply for this scholarship. 



$10,000 #MyFutureSelfie Scholarship, D: Sept 4, 2017


Criteria from website: “Win a $10,000 Scholarship Showing Us Your Future Business Selfie

FranNet is giving away $30,000* commemorating its 30-year anniversary. $10,000 is up for grabs this year!

For 30 years, FranNet has helped thousands of entrepreneurs seeking opportunities in business ownership.  We understand the next generation of would-be business owners are quickly approaching and want to help them visualize their future.  We’re looking for college students to envision themselves as future business owners and share with us what that looks like.

Simply snap a selfie for us and post it on your Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or Facebook accounts using the hashtag #MyFutureSelfie to be automatically entered for your chance to a win a $10,000 scholarship! Remember, if posting through Facebook, you need to make sure your posts are public and you are posting the selfie to FranNet’s corporate Facebook page at www.facebook.com/frannetteam/ to ensure your post is found and discovered.

Be creative. Be fun. Be original.

The contest is now open and ends at 11:59 ET on September 4, 2017. Enter now so don’t miss your chance at the $10,000 scholarship!”


Scholarship Saturday – August 19, 2017

These two scholarships were listed on the Scholarship Saturday  roundup, brought to you by Jessica Velasco of  JLV Counseling.

For more scholarships, click Next on the web page.

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