Scholarship Tigers Workshop #6: Assumptions about Scholarships—Don’t Assume, Explore; Also, How to Stand Out on Your Scholarship Application

March 21, 2019

Don’t Assume, Explore

I was discussing scholarships with a student the other day, and he thought that the criteria for particular scholarships were a 3.0 GPA.

I told him that every scholarship has different requirements and different criteria. Some scholarships consider need, and some do not. Some scholarships require a high GPA, some require nothing more than a 2.0 or 2.5 GPA, while others consider no GPA.

We explored the scholarships the student thought required a 3.0 GPA, but many required only a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Don’t assume; explore the criteria for each scholarship. Some of your assumptions may be correct, but many of them may not be.

How To Stand Out On Your Scholarship Application

In the workshop, we will discuss techniques to make yourself stand out on the scholarship application.

Scholarship Possibilities

 We will explore scholarship opportunities at the following websites.  Much of the workshop will be dictated by the participants, their majors and their interests, so the scholarships we explore may change.

For TSU Students Only

https://tnstate.academicworks.com/

Tennessee State University Foundation AcademicWorks Scholarships

2019-2020 Scholarship Application Period

Students interested in applying for TSU Foundation scholarships should go to the above website

Deadline: midnight, Sunday, March 31, 2019

 

Other Scholarship Opportunities

https://www.tmcf.org/our-scholarships

Currently, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund has 12 open scholarships. We will look at these.

https://www.uncf.org/scholarships

Scholarships, programs, internships, and fellowships administered by the United Negro College Fund

https://collegefund.org/student-resources/

American Indian College Fund

The Full Circle Scholarship is open and its deadline is May 31, 2019.

https://www.aspirehigherscholarships.com/

Aspire Higher Ortho Dermatologics Scholarship, D: April 26, 2019

https://www.shawncartersf.com/scholarship-fund/

Shawn Carter/Jay Z Scholarship Foundation, opens April 1, deadline is April 30, 2019

Selected criteria:

“ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • High school seniors, students with GED diplomas, undergraduate (2 year or 4 year) college students, and students at vocational or trade schools
  • US citizen or Permanent Resident
  • 25 years old or younger
  • Minimum 0 GPA”

https://scholarshiptigers.com/2019/02/14/4th-class-following-the-examples-of-those-who-have-earned-50000-or-more-to-go-to-school-thursday-feb-14-2019-plus-more-scholarships-with-upcoming-deadlines/

Review the list of scholarships found under UPCOMING SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships featured earlier in 2019 on this blog have deadlines coming up in April and May 2019, such as

Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program, Open on an ongoing basis

$5000 Minority Teaching Fellows Program for Tennesseans, D: April 15, 2019

Army Scholarship Foundation, usually $1,000, but can vary in amount, D: April 15, 2019

$2,500 Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship, D: May 1, 2019

$5,000 Cirilo McSween Scholarship, D: May 1, 2019

$10,000 Adoption Network Law Center Scholarship, D: Oct. 15, 2019

 

https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarship-directory/grade-point-average/minimum-grade-point-average-from-1-0-to-2-0

List of Scholarships with a minimum GPA 1.0 to 2.0

Scholarships that Require No GPA

https://www.dosomething.org/us/about/easy-scholarships

DoSomething.Org is for people ages 13-25 and encourages young people to do something, to complete social action through campaigns.

Scholarships and opportunities are ongoing throughout the year, some times as much as $5,000.

https://www.unigo.com/m/scholarships/citizensbank

$2,500 Citizens Bank Undergraduate Scholarship, D: Aug 1, 2019

https://www.valuecolleges.com/scholarships/no-gpa/

List of 50 Scholarships that don’t require GPA

For College and High School students

https://1000dreamsfund.org/

1,000 Dreams Fund, D: April 30, 2019 for Spring; Nov 1, 2019 for Fall

Selected criteria from webpage:

“The 1000 Dreams Scholarship provides one-time educational assistance for currently enrolled high school or college-aged women throughout the United States. This can include assistance for needs including but not exclusive to: educational conferences, instructional programs related to creative or artistic pursuits, graduate exam application fees, or textbooks. Needs that are ongoing (e.g., utility bills, food costs) or related to medical care are not covered by this fund. This scholarship is not to fund tuition. The intention is to provide access to educational opportunities beyond tuition.

Eligibility:

The students eligible for assistance shall be women attending high school or a two-year or four-year college/university in the United States. Students must demonstrate financial need. Applications must include two letters of recommendation and an essay explaining how the grant would be used. Selection will be based on application contents, financial need and information gathered from letter(s) of recommendation.”

https://www.smeef.org/sme-education-foundation-scholarships/scholarship-opportunities/

SME Education Foundation scholarships, scholarships for the next generation of manufacturing and engineering talent, which includes graduating high school seniors, technical school/community college, undergraduate students, and graduate students

While this scholarship is currently closed, you can register for the 2020-2021 school year and be notified when the application opens in November 2019.

 

https://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/

Educational and Career Funding Opportunities (fellowships and grants) administered by the AAUW (American Association of University Women)

 

 

 

For High School Students Graduating

https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/2223f997-615e-4e1e-bdfe-3df90c6ff746?_ga=2.210697493.1674140880.1553177059-880700618.1553177059

Boule Foundation Scholarship, D: Mar 31, 2019

 

For Students in High School, Middle School, and Elementary School

https://www.nassp.org/news-and-resources/nassp-approved-student-programs/?SSO=true

From website: “NASSP Approved Student Programs

Since 1941, NASSP has published the NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students. The approval cycle for each edition spans from September of a given year through the following August.

The purpose of this list—developed through NASSP’s National Committee on Student Contests, Programs, and Activities—is to assist principals, teachers, parents, and students in determining the legitimacy and educational value of a variety of external student program opportunities.”

National Association of Secondary Principals creates a list of approved contests and activities for high school students. Some of the contests and activities apply to middle school students and elementary school students.

This list is a great place for high school students to find out about scholarships and competitions they can apply for. This is a treasure trove for students who wish to go to college with little or no debt.

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.)

Scholarships to Explore–Some Deadlines Tomorrow!

March 14, 2019

We will mention these scholarships as part of the workshop today. Part of what will guide our discussion is what students show up and their majors.

I have mentioned these two scholarships earlier, and their deadlines are Friday, March 15, 2019.

https://www.cfmt.org/grants-scholarships/scholarships/

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) Scholarship Program, D: Mar. 15, 2019

More than 100 different scholarships administered by the CFMT

http://www.beyondtheboroughs.org/the-scholarship/scholarship-requirements/

$5,000 a year (total: up to $20,000) Beyond the Boroughs Scholarship, D: Mar. 15, 2019

Selected criteria from website:

“Scholarships up to $20,000 over four years will be awarded to full-time students who have been accepted to an accredited four-year college, university, or equivalent (culinary school, for example). Applicants can be current high school seniors entering college in the fall or students currently attending a college or university.

Scholarship Application Requirements:

  • Acceptance to an accredited four-year college, university, or equivalent
  • Low income household
  • P.A. of 2.5 or higher
  • Involvement in an extra-curricular activity or work
  • Completion of full application including a completed Student Aid Report from the FAFSA or the CSS Profile

Submit application by the March 15th deadline”

For TSU students only

The following is taken from an email sent to all TSU students.

“Tennessee State University Foundation AcademicWorks Scholarships

2019-2020 Scholarship Application Period

Students interested in applying for TSU Foundation scholarships should go to the following website:

https://tnstate.academicworks.com/

Deadline: midnight, Sunday, March 31, 2019

Only on-line applications will be accepted.

All Foundation housed scholarships (private donors) must be applied for on-line.

Scholarship funding is limited and meeting the minimum requirements for a scholarship does not guarantee scholarship selection.

New and currently enrolled undergraduate students may apply.

For questions regarding the scholarship application process, students should contact Dr. Darlene Harris-Vasser at 615-963-5794.”

Scholarships for Low-Income Students

I found the following links by googling “scholarships for low income students.”

https://lowincomerelief.com/scholarships-low-income-students/

Master List of Scholarships for Low Income Students, by Amelia Mecham, Updated Jan. 1, 2019

http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/low-income.htm

Low Income Student Scholarships

http://www.collegescholarships.org/grants/low-income.htm

Grants for Low Income Students

https://www.scholarshipsforwomen.net/low-income/

Scholarships for Low Income Women

 

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.)

$10,000 Scholarship Challenge—6 week Scholarship Tigers Challenge to Pay for the 2019-2020 Semester

March 14, 2019

If you are a Tennessee State University student, are you wondering how you will pay for the 2019-2020 semester?

I want to challenge you.

Apply for more than $10,000 or more in scholarships, internships, or other opportunities in the next six weeks.

We will meet for the next 6 weeks on Thursdays (March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18) from 11:10-12:05 pm in room 310, TSU Writing Center, Student Success Center, also known as the Learning Resource Center.

Arrive early (11:00 am or so) to make sure you are signed up for the workshop.

In the next 6 weeks, we will explore ways to apply for more than $10,000 in scholarships, internships, and other opportunities.

Also, Mr. Turner will tell you of a unique opportunity to sign up for individual coaching sessions where you can work on your writing. You will gradually improve your confidence, your ability to sculpt sentences, and learn a few grammar rules along the way.

Along with improving your writing, you will also work towards applying for $10,000 or more in scholarship money.

The added benefit of attending these sessions will be to improve your writing, making you a better writer in your English classes as well as all your other classes.

You can also potentially earn scholarship cash too.

I Can’t Make These Workshops—What Do I Do?

For Tennessee State University students only:

If you can’t make the workshops above, then I invite you to sign up for a one hour appointment in the TSU Writing Center and I will give you the workshop individually or small groups (talk with me about how you can set this up).

 

Instructions below on how to make an appointment for individual workshop sessions.

First, you must make an appointment on the scheduling system.

https://tnstate.mywconline.com/

If you already registered and you haven’t signed on this semester, you might have to update your profile. Students are required now to use their TSU email; TSU student’s email follow this pattern: username@my.tnstate.edu.

 

If you are not registered with the system, use the information below.

How to set up an appointment for the first time:

https://tnstate.mywconline.com/register.php

Go to the above website. You will used the email address you have as a TSU student, following this pattern: username@my.tnstate.edu

Once you create an account for the schedule, you can see when I, Michael Turner, am available.

You would put “scholarship workshop” for the session.

Go to the above link and register.  It will ask you questions.

Once you have registered, you can sign in to the schedule by putting in your username (email address) and the password you created.

Your student ID is your complete Tnumber.

Select “Writing Center” for the current TSU Writing Center schedule.

You cannot schedule for the day you register, but there are directions once you log on for what to do if you need an appointment for that same day.

 If you wish to email me instead, Mr. Mike Turner can be reached at mjturner@tnstate.edu. Give me the days, dates, and times you are available, and I will get back with you a confirmed appointment.

GoSkills $2,000 Be the Boss Scholarship, Spring D: Mar 15, 2019; Fall D: Sept 15, 2019

February 26, 2019

https://www.goskills.com/Scholarship

GoSkills $2,000 Be the Boss Scholarship, Spring Deadline: Mar 15, 2019

You will be notified if you won this scholarship by April 15, 2019.

Selected criteria:

“A scholarship for women who want to be the boss

Who is eligible?

Any female high-school or college student, who wants to start her own online business.

Winner selection is not based on financial need, GPA, or demographic criteria. If any false or misleading information is submitted, the application will be disqualified without notification.”

$1,000 Dream Big Scholarship, D: Mar 1, 2019

February 25, 2019

Need some money?

Check out the Dream Big Scholarship from RentLingo.com.

https://www.rentlingo.com/scholarship

Selected criteria from the webpage:

“How To Apply?

Write an essay about what’s your dream job (750 words or less).

The top overall winner will receive the $1,000 scholarship and the top three submissions will have the option to get career advice / coaching from RentLingo’s founders, Dan Laufer and Byron Singh.

 FAQs

Can I submit multiple applications?

You may submit multiple applications but only the latest submission will be considered.

Who qualifies for this scholarship?

Any student 18 years or older currently attending a college or university may apply for the scholarship.

 

I’m an international student. Can I apply?

Yes. International students must still meet the above requirement to apply.

When will I know the result?

Winners will be announced 2 weeks after the application deadline. Look out for an email from RentLingo in your mailbox.

Where should I spend my money after I win the scholarship?

$1,000 is a lot of money. You may choose to spend it all in the arcade. Or use it to pay rent. Check out our rent calculator to plan your budget accordingly.”

4th Class, Following the Examples of Those Who Have Earned $50,000 or More to Go to School—Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019; plus More Scholarships with Upcoming Deadlines

February 14, 2019

You do not have to go it alone. Several people who have gone to college or graduate school without going into mountains of debt.

And they have written books about it.

Let me introduce you to a resource available at the TSU Writing Center, the Scholarship Library. Many of these authors have found $50,000 or more to go to college.

You can view these books in the Writing Center if you are a Tennessee State University student. Just see Mr. Mike Turner in room 314 in the Student Success Center.

Bring some form of ID that Mr. Turner can keep as you read the book in the Writing Center. Be sure to bring paper and pen to take notes.

Following the Examples of Those Who Have Earned $50,000 or More to Go to School

In the workshop today, after we go over some upcoming scholarship opportunities, students will view these books and find scholarships and/or scholarship tips that apply to them.

I will create a handout from what the students find and post it in the next few days.

For those who have stumbled across this website, you can find these books in local bookstores, on Amazon, libraries, and interlibrary loans.

Also, you can find them used on Amazon or Ebay. For example, I purchased good, used copies of WINNING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE for about $5 (I got lucky) and THE “C” STUDENTS GUIDE TO SCHOLARSHIPS for about $10 on Amazon.

These books are listed in the order of books I recommend.

Scholarship Library

WINNING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE, FOURTH EDITION: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE, Marianne Ragins, Winner of More than $400,000 in scholarship money in her senior year of high school

HOW TO GRADUATE DEBT FREE: THE BEST STRATEGIES TO PAY FOR COLLEGE, Kristina Ellis, Winner of More than $500,000 in scholarship money

THE ULTIMATE SCHOLARSHIP BOOK 2018: BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS AND PRIZES, Gen and Kelly Tanabe, Both authors received more than $100,000 in financial aid to attend Harvard

THE “C” STUDENTS GUIDE TO SCHOLARSHIPS: A CREATIVE GUIDE TO FINDING SCHOLARSHIPS WHEN YOUR GRADES SUCK AND YOUR PARENTS ARE BROKE, Felecia Hatcher, Winner of $100,000 in scholarships to go to college even though she was a C student in high school (2.1-2.7 GPA) and was advised by her high school counselor to not attend college

HOW TO WRITE A WINNING SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY: 30 ESSAYS THAT WON OVER $3 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS 6th Edition, Gen and‎ Kelly Tanabe

DEBT-FREE U: HOW I PAID FOR AN OUTSTANDING COLLEGE EDUCATION WITHOUT LOANS, SCHOLARSHIPS, OR MOOCHING OFF MY PARENTS, Zac Bissonette, “Zac figured out how to get an outstanding education at a public college, without bankrupting his parents or taking out loans.”

 

These next two books are classics, and on loan from my private collection.

HOW TO GO TO COLLEGE ALMOST FOR FREE, 2nd edition, Ben Kaplan, Winner of over $90,000 to go to Harvard.

THE SCHOLARSHIP SCOUTING REPORT: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO AMERICA’S BEST SCHOLARSHIPS, Ben Kaplan. Some of the scholarship information may need to be googled to see what is present today.

Upcoming Scholarships

https://tnstate.academicworks.com/

Be on the outlook for TSU Foundation AcademicWorks Scholarships for 2019-2020 at the  website above, beginning on Monday, February 18, 2019. Deadline for applying for scholarships is midnight, Sunday, March 31, 2019.

https://www.scholarsapply.org/wellsfargoveterans/

up to $7,000 Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program, D: Feb. 28, 2019

From a Scholarship America email: “There are only two weeks left for eligible U.S. military veterans or spouses of disabled veterans to apply for renewable awards up to $7,000 from the Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program. If you or a family member are a U.S. military veteran or the spouse of a disabled veteran with financial need, apply before February 28!”

https://www.scholarsapply.org/wellsfargoveteransemergency/

Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program, Open on an ongoing basis

From a Scholarship America email: “In addition, the Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program will remain open on an ongoing basis while funds are available, to provide immediate grants up to $1,000 for eligible veterans to help meet their household expenses when faced with unexpected financial setbacks while pursuing higher education.”

https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/money-for-college/loan-forgiveness-programs/minority-teaching-fellows-program.html

$5000 Minority Teaching Fellows Program for Tennesseans, D: April 15, 2019

From webpage: “The Minority Teaching Fellows Program is intended to encourage talented minority Tennesseans to enter the teaching field in Tennessee. The award is $5,000 per year for students who pursue a teacher certification at an eligible Tennessee college or university.”

http://www.armyscholarshipfoundation.org/apply.html

Army Scholarship Foundation, usually $1,000, but can vary in amount, D: April 15, 2019

Selected FAQ’s from webpage: “The Foundation only provides scholarships for undergraduate studies. Children of current or former Army service members and spouses of current Army service members are eligible. Children of current or former Army service members and spouses of current Army service members are eligible.  Applicants may not have reached their 24th birthday by the application deadline date in the year they apply. There is no longer a limit on age for spouses of soldiers. Applicants are required to be U.S. citizens.”

http://www.pushexcel.org/scholarships/

Push Excel Scholarship Program, D: May 1, 2019

 

$2,500 Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship, D: May 1, 2019

Selected criteria from website:

“The Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship is awarded to students who are majoring in any college-approved major, achieve academic success, and play an active role in their communities.

The Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship is a $2,500.00 award and may be renewed depending on the student’s ability to maintain a 2.5 GPA and depending on the student’s undergraduate status (not including a collegiate status of 5 years or more). The award will be paid directly to the college or university the student will be attending.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited, four-year-degree, undergraduate program at a college or university in the U.S. by August 2019.
  • Must be entering freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year (but not 5th year or greater).
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  • Must demonstrate academic preparation to attend college and succeed.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to overcome obstacles to achieve academic and personal goals.”

 

 

$5,000 Cirilo McSween Scholarship, D: May 1, 2019

Selected criteria from website:

“NOTE: Must be Incoming Freshman and Business or Accounting Majors.

The Cirilo McSween (New York Life) Scholarship is awarded to students who are majoring in business or accounting, achieve academic success, and play an active role in their communities.

The Cirilo McSween (New York Life) Scholarship is a $5,000.00 award and may be renewed depending on the student’s ability to maintain a 3.0 GPA and depending on the student’s undergraduate status (not including a collegiate status of 5 years or more). The award will be paid directly to the college or university the student will be attending.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited, four-year-degree, undergraduate program at a college or university in the U.S. by August 2019.
  • Please Note: Must be entering freshman year.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Must demonstrate academic preparation to attend college and succeed.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to overcome obstacles to achieve academic and personal goals.”

 

https://adoptionnetwork.com/adoption-scholarships

$10,000 Adoption Network Law Center Scholarship, D: Oct. 15, 2019

Selected criteria from webpage: “Applicant must be a Birth Parent or an Adopted Child

Applicant must have been accepted to or must be currently enrolled in college, university, vocational, technical or trade school.

Online Application

Upload Video (2 minute minimum) demonstrating or explaining how adoption has made an impact on your life.

Videos can be edgy, funny, bold, simple, serious – or anything in between.

All videos must be available for viewing on the internet (YouTube or Vimeo preferred) and have a public link to them.”

 

Don’t Miss these Scholarships: Deadlines Coming in Feb and March 2019

February 12, 2019

These scholarship deadlines are coming up. Most of these scholarships were mentioned in handouts and workshops earlier this semester. The Xtreme Spring Break Scholarship was mentioned in class, and the link to the application is provided.

Go to previous blog entries to find the descriptions or click on the link to learn more.

There are more scholarships to be found if you go explore past blog entries for 2019.

For TSU students only

http://bryancollinsscholarship.org/about-the-program/

$2,000 Bryan A. Collins Scholarship, D: Feb. 15, 2019

  

http://www.tnstate.edu/aeao/minisemesters.aspx

2019 Xtreme Spring Break Scholarship, D: Feb 25, 2019

 Requirements are

  • Current full time undergraduate student for the Spring 2019 semester
  • A minimum TSU 3.0 cumulative GPA as of Fall 2018
  • The XSB course must be a part of the major curriculum plan
  • More requirements can be found at the link above

College Students and High School

https://www.tacobellfoundation.org/live-mas-scholarship/

 $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000 Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship, D: Feb 21, 2019

 Ages 16-24

Applicants must be located in and be a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C., which means lawful permanent residents are also eligible

Create a 2 minute or less video about your passion

https://www.regions.com/promo/black-history-scholarship

$3,500 College and $5,000 High School—Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest, D: Feb. 28, 2019

Selected from website:

“Your story will inspire the future. Tell us about an African-American who inspired you and you could earn a $5,000 or $3,500 college scholarship in celebration of Black History Month and those who have inspired the next generation to make history.

WRITE YOUR ESSAY

Choose the African-American you want to write about. It could be someone famous, a relative or a person you know. Just make sure the individual inspires and motivates you. For guidance, review the “How to Enter” instructions and the “Contest Judging Criteria” in sections 4 and 5 of the Official Rules, and be sure your essay is 500 words or less.”

 

http://www.beyondtheboroughs.org/the-scholarship/scholarship-requirements/

$5,000 a year (total: up to $20,000) Beyond the Boroughs Scholarship, D: Mar. 15, 2019

Selected criteria from website:

“Scholarships up to $20,000 over four years will be awarded to full-time students who have been accepted to an accredited four-year college, university, or equivalent (culinary school, for example). Applicants can be current high school seniors entering college in the fall or students currently attending a college or university.

Scholarship Application Requirements:

  • Acceptance to an accredited four-year college, university, or equivalent
  • Low income household
  • G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher
  • Involvement in an extra-curricular activity or work
  • Completion of full application including a completed Student Aid Report from the FAFSA or the CSS Profile

Submit application by the March 15th deadline”

 

https://www.cfmt.org/grants-scholarships/scholarships/

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) Scholarship Program, D: Mar. 15, 2019

More than 100 different scholarships administered by the CFMT

 

https://www.cof.org/community-foundation-locator

Other Community Foundation Scholarships

Not from the Middle Tennessee.

Then, use this Community Foundation Locator at the link above to find a community foundation close to your permanent residence and see what scholarships may be available.

Two Creative Projects Worth $1,000 Each; 3rd Class, Finding Money in Creative Ways—Thursday, Feb. 7, 11:10 am-12:05 pm; and How to Register for an Appointment in the TSU Writing Center for scholarship coaching

February 5, 2019

3rd Workshop Class, Finding Money in Creative Ways to Pay for College

On Thursday, February 7, we will have our third class in the 10-week Scholarship Tigers More Money, Less College Debt Workshop Series.

We will be meeting in the TSU Writing Center, room 310, 11:10 am-12:05 pm in the Student Success Center, also known as the LRC, or the Harold M. Love Learning Resource Center.

Arrive early if you can to talk to me and make sure you get registered for the workshop.

In our 3rd class, Finding Money in Creative Ways, we will discuss places you may not have thought to look for money that can go toward tuition or other college expenses.

We will discuss the two opportunities below.

We will read a poem or two to discuss how poetry does not need to rhyme, but it can rhyme, depending on what you want to do with your creation.

Also, we will go over a few poems that have won competitions.

I will mention in the workshop other creative ways to finance your education. This blog entry may be expanded with more opportunities before Thursday’s session.

Remember, you will find plenty of scholarship opportunities in the handouts and blog entries for the previous two classes on this blog.

If you cannot make this workshop and you are a TSU student, you can make an appointment with me to have a tutoring session where we can go over the material or you can sign up for a scholarship coaching session where we will look for scholarships for your major and situation. How to do that is discussed below.

Two Opportunities Worth $2,000

  1. https://www.powerpoetry.org/poetry-slams/fight-fear-scholarship-slam

$1,000 Fight the Fear Scholarship Slam, D: Mar. 5, 2019

PowerPoetry.Org sponsors different scholarships to encourage poetry writing throughout the year.

The latest, Fight the Fear Scholarship Slam, is open.

You have to become a member of the Power Poetry community first, be 25 or younger, and then add an original poem by March 5, 2019, to enter. Full guidelines at the website.

If you follow the guidelines, tag the poem correctly (read the Scholarship FAQ), your name may be drawn for the $1,000 scholarship.

Selected criteria from the website:

HOW DOES $1,000 FOR COLLEGE SOUND? THOUGHT SO. KEEP READING TO FIND OUT HOW TO WIN.

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” This phrase popularized by the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson hits close to home with all of us as we’ve had to conquer our fears, big and small. Doing something you’re afraid of always starts off terrifying but the experience can be rewarding in the end — the hardest part is taking the plunge and getting out of your comfort zone.

How did you overcome one of your fears, and what did you learn from the experience?

Fear can be your best friend or your worst enemy — it can motivate you to move to a better place but it can also hold you back if you let it. Have you been afraid of trying something new? Accomplishing a certain task? Or maybe your fears lie in insecurities about yourself? Tell us in a poem how you’ve fought your fears for your chance to win.

 Note: This is a sweepstakes scholarship. That means a winner will be chosen from a random drawing.

 

ELIGIBILITY

  1. The basic requirements are this: (1) you are 25 years of age (or younger), and (2) you are a current or former high school student who will attend or is attending college within the U.S. or its territories.
  2. Add an original poem to Power Poetry by Tuesday, March 5, 2019. You’ll need to register as a member of our community first.”

Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): https://www.powerpoetry.org/content/scholarship-faq

 

  1. https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

$1,000 First Prize, $250 Second Prize, or 10 awards of $100 each, Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee), D: April 1, 2019

Selected criteria from website:

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

Now in its 18th year, this contest seeks today’s best humor poems. No fee to enter. Submit published or unpublished work. $2,250 in prizes.

Please submit once during August 15, 2018-April 1, 2019.

 Prizes:

  • First Prize: $1,000 plus a one-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $50 value)
  • Second Prize: $250
  • Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each
  • Top 12 entries published online
  • Enter via Submittable

No fee to enter.

Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer Ledoux.

Length limit: 250 lines maximum.

No restrictions on age or country.”

For Tennessee State University students only: How to Make an Appointment for the TSU Writing Center

First, you must make an appointment on the scheduling system.

https://tnstate.mywconline.com/

If you already registered and you haven’t signed on this semester, you might have to update your profile. Students are required now to use their TSU email; TSU student’s email follow this pattern: username@my.tnstate.edu.

If you are not registered with the system, use the information below.

How to set up an appointment for the first time:

https://tnstate.mywconline.com/register.php

Go to the above website. You will used the email address you have as a TSU student, following this pattern: username@my.tnstate.edu

Once you create an account for the schedule, you can see when I, Michael Turner, am available.

You would put “scholarship coaching” or “workshop review” for the session.

Go to the above link and register.  It will ask you questions.

Once you have registered, you can sign in to the schedule by putting in your username (email address) and the password you created.

Your student ID is your complete Tnumber.

Select “Writing Center” for the current TSU Writing Center schedule.

You cannot schedule for the day you register, but there are directions once you log on for what to do if you need an appointment for that same day.

 If you wish to email me instead, Mr. Mike Turner can be reached at mjturner@tnstate.edu. Give me the days, dates, and times you are available, and I will get back with you a confirmed appointment.

Preparing a Scholarship Application So That You Stand Out, Class 2, More than $30,000 in scholarships; Thursday, Jan. 31, 11:10 am-12:05 pm

January 30, 2019

On Thursday, January 31, we will have our second class in the 10-week Scholarship Tigers More Money, Less College Debt Workshop Series.

We will meet in the TSU Writing Center, room 310, 11:10 am-12:05 pm in the Student Success Center, also known as the LRC, or the Harold M. Love Learning Resource Center.

Arrive early if you can to talk to me and make sure you get registered for the workshop.

We will examine a few upcoming scholarships and discuss how to make your scholarship application stand out in our 2nd class, Preparing a Scholarship Application So That You Stand Out.

 

  1. http://bryancollinsscholarship.org/about-the-program/

$2,000 Bryan A. Collins Scholarship, D: Feb. 15, 2019

 Selected criteria:

“Any Tennessee State University student meeting the eligibility criteria is encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

 Scholarship applicants must:

  • Be a enrolled as an undergraduate student at Tennessee State University.
  • Be involved in extra-curricular or campus activities outside of the classroom, demonstrating leadershipin such activities.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Provide at least one faculty recommendation that highlights the applicant’s interpersonal excellence in working with students, faculty, administrators, campus employees or in the community.
  • All winners must be present at the Annual Bryan A. Collins Scholarship awards luncheon held in the late March/early April time frame immediately after notification to be recognized and honored.  Those not present will forfeit the scholarship.”

 

  1. https://www.tacobellfoundation.org/live-mas-scholarship/

$25,000, $10,000 and $5,000 Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship, D: Feb 21, 2019

 Ages 16-24

Applicants must be located in and be a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C., which means lawful permanent residents are also eligible

Selected criteria from website:

“Submit a video (2 minutes or less in length) that tells us the story of your life’s passion. It could be a short film, animation or just a simple testimonial. This is not about how well you can make a film – we just want you to show us your passion and explain why you should be considered for a Live Más Scholarship.

TECHNICAL STUFF

Think about filming this video on your phone, computer, tablet, your school or library’s computer lab, or on any other MP4 video enabled camera to which you have access. Your video must be 2 minutes or less to ensure it’s easy to upload to the application.

If you are a minor, you’ll need written consent from a parent or legal guardian to participate.

Submit an original video that tells us the story of your real, driving passion. It could be a short film, animation or just a simple testimonial. Your video must be 2 minutes or less and must be no larger than 1 GB to ensure it’s easy to upload to the application.

Your video should be less than 2 minutes and be formatted as an MP4, MPEG, MOV, AVI, or WMV.

Be sure to edit and review your video before uploading. You will not be able to delete or edit your video after submitting.

Please be sure to answer at least these first four questions in your video:

  • What is your passion and how are you pursuing it today?
  • How do you plan to achieve your passion through your educational goals?
  • What impact will following your passion have on your local community or the world?
  • What is your dream college, school or next step in your education? Each applicant must identify a specific secondary education program, college or certificate/degree option he/she wishes to attend, or for which he/she needs funds.

I would read the complete rules.

 

  1. http://www.tnstate.edu/financial_aid/scholarships.aspx

University and TSU Foundation Scholarships open in February 2019

The deadline will often be the last day in March.

We will discuss how to be ready and make sure your scholarship application stands out.

We will also discuss Departmental scholarships.

“Tennessee State University Foundation Scholarship Application period for the 2019-2020 academic year will begin in February.

All new and currently enrolled students can apply. New students who applied during the freshman application period should review and update their applications as necessary to be considered for Foundation opportunities.”

 

  1. https://www.cfmt.org/grants-scholarships/scholarships/

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) Scholarship Program, D: Mar. 15, 2019

More than 100 different scholarships administered by the CFMT

 

  1. https://www.cof.org/community-foundation-locator

Other Community Foundation Scholarships

Not from the Middle Tennessee.

Then, use this Community Foundation Locator at the link above to find a community foundation close to your permanent residence and see what scholarships may be available.

 

  1. https://www.sreb.org/academic-common-market

Academic Common Market

Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas are three of the 15 states that are a part of the Academic Common Market.

They are “Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia; Florida and Texas participate only at the graduate level.”

North Carolina no longer participates in the Academic Common Market.

From webpage: “The Academic Common Market is a tuition-savings program for college students in 15 SREB states, who want to pursue degrees that are not offered by their in-state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the institution’s in-state tuition rates. More than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate programs are available.”

You might pay in-state tuition rates for out of state programs.

 Tennessee State University is one of the participating institutions.

  

http://home.sreb.org/acm/participating/institutionstates.aspx

 Click on your state to find the contact and webpage for the Academic Common Market for your state.

 

 More Scholarships

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This handout includes many more scholarships, including some very valuable ones with February and March 2019 deadlines:

2019 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and ESPN Stuart Scott Internship-Scholarship, D: Feb 15, 2019;  

Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) Scholarship Scholarship, up to $5,000, D: March 1 2019;

$5,000 a year (total: up to $20,000) Beyond the Boroughs Scholarship, D: Mar. 15, 2019;

$5000 College Scholarships for Students with Disabilities, and Veterans and Children of Veterans, D: April 30, 2019

$1,000 Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship, D: Jan 30, 2019, plus the 2nd class for More Money, Less College Debt Workshop Series

January 29, 2019

http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/technology-addiction-awareness-scholarship

$1,000 Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship, D: Jan 30, 2019

This scholarship was created to “help you understand the negative effects of too much screen time.”

This involved completing an online application, including a “140-character message about technology addiction.”

The statement you would be finishing is

Instead of spending time with technology, I’d rather . . .

The deadline to apply is Wed, January 30, 2019.

According to the guidelines, 10 finalists will be selected, and those 10 will write a 500- to a 1,000-word essay. The winner will receive $1,000.

High school students, entering or current college students, graduate students, and home schooled students can apply. There is no age limit, and U.S. citizens and legal residents are eligible.

All words in quotation marks were taken from the website above.

If you are a Tennessee State University student and you happen to become a finalist, you can work on your writing skills and practice writing essays in the TSU Writing Center to improve your chances of winning $1,000.

2nd class, Preparing a Scholarship Application So That You Stand Out, this Thurs, Jan 31, 2019

Also, on Thursday, January 31, we will have our second class in the 10-week Scholarship Tigers More Money, Less College Debt Workshop Series.

We will be meeting in the TSU Writing Center, room 310, 11:10 am-12:05 pm in the Student Success Center, also known as the LRC, or the Harold M. Love Learning Resource Center.

Arrive early if you can to talk to me and make sure you get registered for the workshop.

We will examine a few upcoming scholarships and discuss how to make your scholarship application stand out in our 2nd class, Preparing a Scholarship Application So That You Stand Out.

We will explore such scholarships as the $2,000 Bryan A. Collins Memorial Scholarship, the $25,000 Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship, the TSU Foundation scholarships, and more.

I will share with you some methods I have used to help students receive large scholarships in the past.

Writing Sentences to Apply for Scholarships, Class 1 Review

https://scholarshiptigers.com/2019/01/24/writing-sentences-to-apply-for-scholarships-class-1-1000-and-more-scholarships-available/

Also, if you missed the first class, you can go back to the material for that first class to discover more scholarships you can apply for, many with deadlines in February 2019, such as the $3,500 College and $5,000 High School—Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest, D: Feb. 28, 2019.


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