Four Deadlines loom—Tiger Scholars, Prepare!

What follows is information about TSU Scholarships, Filling out the FAFSA, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Make Mine a Million, and the AARP Women’s Foundation Scholarship

1. TSU Scholarship Priority deadline, first consideration, March 15 deadline; April 1, 2011, final deadline

March 15 is the earliest deadline you want to get your information in to be considered for TSU scholarships.

Info here: http://www.tnstate.edu/uploads/documents/TSU%20Scholarship%20DeadlinesandProcedures.doc

April 1st is the latest you should get your information in.

For all financial based funds given by the university, the priority scholarship deadline is April 1, 2011.

This means that if you wish to qualify for scholarships that are given by TSU, you must fill out the FAFSA by April 1.

 Filling Out the FAFSA

For help filling out the FAFSA, you can access the Guide to Federal Student Aid, 2011-2012: http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/attachments/siteresources/Funding_Education_Beyond_HS_2011-12.pdf

Federal Student Aid at a glance: http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/attachments/siteresources/doyouneedmoney.pdf

You can also call 1-800-4-FED-AID with questions.

 I haven’t filled out my FAFSA because my parents or I haven’t done my taxes? What do I do?

You might need some help filling out your taxes. If you made $49,000 or below, you can get help at an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site.

VITA sites are available everywhere in the U.S.

Information about VITA: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=235201,00.html

Check here to see what sites are available in your state: http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=219171,00.html

In addition, the AARP  has locations available to give tax help: http://www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action

In Nashville, TN, call 2-1-1 for the nearest VITA site.

 2. Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) Scholarships, Deadline: March 15, 2011

http://www.cfmt.org/scholarships/

CFMT administers about 60 scholarships for the local Middle Tennessee community. Look at some of the following scholarships offered, especially at the Jerry Newson Scholarship, Drue Smith/Society of Professional Journalists Scholarship, Emmett H. Turner Scholarship, Teddy Wilburn Scholarship, The Woman’s Club of Nashville Scholarship, and John W. Work III Memorial Foundation Scholarship.

Some of these are very specific, pertaining to what high school you went to, what county you resided, and what particular university you are attending.

 I know of several TSU students who have received these scholarships, especially the Teddy Wilburn Scholarship. Explore them all to see which pertains to you.

 3.  Make Mine a Million, open to female entrepreneurs, Deadline: March 28, 2011

http://blogs.wsj.com/in-charge/2011/03/04/calling-female-entrepreneurs/

Make Mine a Million has a goal of making 1,000 female entrepreneurs grow their small businesses into million dollar companies.

 4. AARP Women’s Scholarship Program, Deadline: March 30, 2011

http://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/info-2010/scholarship-opportunities.html

Criteria for the AARP Women’s Scholarship Program: “Women, age 40 and older; Low-income; Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associates degree, or a first bachelor’s degree; Scholarship recipients who wish to reapply for a second year of assistance; Enrolled in a U.S. Department of education accredited school or technical program within 6 months of the scholarship award date”

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