Week #9: Money Plans—Plan To Find Money for School Full Time

Money Plans–Plan to Find Money for School Full Time

Some students slack off during the summer, but you can plan to find money and keep pursuing scholarships and other opportunities year round.

Also, once you learn of opportunities for your sophomore, junior, or senior year, you can prepare for those opportunities now.

It is good to have a plan A, but you might also want to make a plan B, and go one further and make a plan C.

We will discuss ways to make plans, and we will focus on the attendees to the workshop. I will ask targeted questions, and then start looking for scholarships, internships, and other opportunities for some of the participants.

I will post those results, using initials only, with each attendee’s permission.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships


If you are a student attending Tennessee State University (or a student at another designated Thurgood Marshall College Fund-Member School), then you may apply for scholarships available through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Check back every week or two for new scholarships, as TMCF administers over 500 scholarships. Some scholarships are not only for the 47 member institutions, but can be used for other schools too, like graduate school.

Some TMCF scholarships with upcoming deadlines are

TMCF | DAVID J. STERN SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP, Application Deadline: April 21, 2019

TMCF | Wells Fargo Scholarship, Application Deadline: April 28, 2019     


The Thurgood Marshall College Fund also offers more than just scholarships. You can explore its other programs at this link: https://www.tmcf.org/our-programs


Academic Common Market


Academic Common Market (ACM)

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.



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




Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)-State Doctoral Scholars Program

From webpage: “Increasing Faculty Diversity

The goal: more minority Ph.D. students who seek careers as faculty on college campuses.

The Doctoral Scholars Program provides multiple layers of support — not only financial assistance and research funding, but also career counseling, job postings and a scholar directory for networking and recruiting. Mentoring and advocacy for scholars is crucial, and support continues into early careers as graduates become faculty members.”



Other Learning Exchanges like the ACM are featured in this article. Skip the ads, especially of loan providers!

Let’s say you are a TSU student but your home state is Illinois. You can see what programs are offered at the Master’s level or Ph.D. level as part the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP).

If it falls in line with your plans, you can seek out a graduate degree for lowered tuition and make plans to pay for school with scholarships, assistantships, or research fellowships.



Kaitlin Pitsker, in this Sept 22, 2016 at Kiplinger.com, “Little-Known Ways to Pay In-State Tuition Rates at Out-of-State Colleges,” also discusses these exchanges and other ways to pay for college



Grants to Individuals Online database

There is a little known resource called Grants to Individual Online database, accessible to students and others through Funding Information Network Locations.

If you happen to be in Nashville, TN, this summer, then the Nashville Public Library at 615 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219,Phone: (615) 862-5800 is one of those locations.



By putting in your zip code at the website at the above link, you can find libraries or places you can go to access this database.

Have the librarians teach you everything that the Grants to Individual Online database has available.


http://gtionline.foundationcenter.org/–This is the official page to look once you get to one of those libraries. I believe if one of these libraries aren’t close to you, it costs about $20 to access for one month.


Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP) at TSU

Deadline: April 19, 2019


This program is also open to entering Freshmen who have been accepted to Tennessee State University and declared one of the below STEM majors.

We will discuss opportunities for this program, especially if your major is one of the following: Aeronautical and Industrial Technology, Agricultural Sciences, Architectural Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, or Mechanical Engineering.

Application for Mentees, Mentors, Research Assistants, or Tutors is Friday, April 19.

This program can lead to Bridge to Doctorate program later on. We will discuss this also.


Scholarships and Opportunities


Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

Freshmen application for the 2019-2020 school year deadline is May 1, 2019

For the 2020-2021 school year, sophomores and above can sign up to be notified when SWE scholarship applications are open.

Find criteria for scholarship on above website.



Local scholarships offered by SWE chapters



$500 1800Wheelchair.com Scholarship, D: May 1, 2019

Selected criteria:

Participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university in the U.S.
  • Enrolled at the graduate level, undergraduate level or your final year of high school
  • Aged sixteen (16) years or older
  • Carry a status of “good standing” (i.e. currently enrolled)
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or equivalent)
  • Postmarked by May 1, 2019

Please note:

  • There are no requirements in terms of physical disability or ability. All applications are welcome
  • We do not accept fax or email applications
  • Do not send any CD ROMs, letters of recommendation, tax returns, bank balances, resumes or CVs
  • Please keep a digital copy in Word or Google Docs. We’ll need a copy to put up on our site.

Scholarship Topic

For this scholarship period, we are going to repeat our visual contest. Please submit a ‘visual poem’, in a style of your choosing, on the theme of overcoming a personal challenge. Limit your ‘visual poem’ to an 8.5in x 11in piece of paper. You can choose to represent words, images, or both. It can abstract or representational. Please include a personal statement that gives us an idea of who you are and how your poem relates to a challenge you’ve faced. The poem and essay (combined) should be between 500 and 1,000 words, but feel free to write a little more or less.
Note: We will not be able to return any submissions.

Send all materials to:
1800wheelchair.com Scholarship
515 Canal St,
Suite 1C
New York, NY 10013

Your application should include:

  • Typed copy of your submission (make sure to save a digital copy, so we can publish it, in the event that we decide to publish it.)
  • First & last name, email address & phone number printed at the top or back of each page
  • Statement or transcript of your Grade Point Average (GPA) – unofficial transcripts accepted
  • Students submitting their work should sign-up for our scholarship email list below”



ProFellow Academy

From website: “Search 1000+ fellowships in our database and get expert advice on competing for a fellowship through ProFellow Academy”



$1,000 Thomas L. Dickson Video Essay Scholarship, D: May 20, 2019

Selected criteria from webpage:

“The winner of the Thomas L. Dickson scholarship contest will be chosen by our attorneys based on participation in a video essay contest. In addition to writing an essay, participants are required to meet the following eligibility requirements a well:

Must be currently enrolled in an accredited college in the US or are planning to matriculate in the fall of 2019.

Must be in good academic standing if currently enrolled in college or high school

If an applicant is under 18, the permission of a parent or guardian

After we receive the submissions, we will review them and choose a winner based on the quality of their essay. Among the factors, we will consider in choosing a winner are the applicant’s creativity, originality, and the potential for success in the legal field. Submissions should be between 1 and 3 minutes in length. Please note that the scholarship check will be issued directly to student’s university / college.

The Essay Topic

The video essay should respond to the following question:

Washington is America’s Top State for Business in 2017

In 2017, Washington was America’s Top State for Business. Washington has the highest concentration of STEM (science, technology, education and math) workforce and one of the largest increases of economic growth of any state at nearly 2 ½ times the national average.

If a group of four entrepreneurs were to start a technology-based consulting company, which business entity should they choose to form, and why?

You can see past video essay scholarship winners above.




$1,000 College is Power Scholarship, D: May 31, 2019

From website: “A scholarship to help you pay for college! The “College Is Power” scholarship is open to students age 17 and older who are currently in college or plan to start college within the next 12 month. Use the scholarship to pay for tuition, books, room and board, computers or anything else related to your education!”


Scholarship Search Engines


Though this search engine if full of ads, I have found some good scholarships on it.



I find a lot of scholarships at this very reliable scholarship directory.



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


Opportunities For the Future



Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarships

Students from Middle Tennessee pursuing a Business or STEM-related degree

Apply Sept 15-Dec 15, 2019

From website:


Be a graduating high school senior, an individual who obtained a GED by June 1st, or a college freshmen, sophomore, or junior

Demonstrate financial need via 1040 tax return

Graduate from any high school in Middle Tennessee’s 40 counties

Pursue a Business or STEM degree at a 4-year, non-profit college or university

Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Enroll full-time next fall”



Article, “5 Poetry Scholarships and Awards to Help You Pay for College” by Jolene Latimer, June 1, 2019

If you write poetry, look at some of these scholarships and you can plan for upcoming ones, like the $25,800 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, for poets who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents between the ages of 21-31




Facebook University—internship possibilities at FB. While many of these are closed, they will most likely open up in Fall 2019.



Opportunities for students and colleges graduates at Facebook


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.)

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