Week 10: Money Funk—Let Play Help You Find Scholarships

April 18, 2019

Money Funk—Let Play Help You Find Scholarships

As funk combines a mixture of jazz, soul, and R&B, so does life: we are a mixture of many different influences and philosophies.

Creativity in music, math, writing, painting, any form of expression, demands the accident of play, allowing the free roaming of ideas and words and notes to find expression. And then a following of that play to see where it might lead.

If you ever find learning a new topic difficult, you might be trying too hard.  If you can allow the element of play and games, you will find the learning much easier and memorable.

If you find looking for scholarships and other opportunities dreary, let elements of play and games enter into your search.

Try to apply for as many scholarships as possible from week to week: can you apply for two this week and try for three next week.

We will discuss how searching for scholarships could be like play—where a musician may play random notes and chords, hoping for a whisper, a spark of something greater if she or he follows a chord or a note to see where it goes.


We will explore scholarships for each student who attends this seminar.


$4,000 Ashley Soulé Conroy Study Abroad Scholarship, For Fall: D: June 1, 2019; For Spring: D: October 1, 2019

Selected criteria from website:

“One-Three Recipients Per Term

In order to qualify to apply for the Ashley Soulé Conroy Study Abroad Scholarship, applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate in a U.S. 4-year college or university.
  • Have at least 30 hours of completed undergraduate credit by the time of the study abroad term’s start date.
  • Intend to study abroad in a program that is outside of the U.S.
  • Be enrolling in a study abroad term (the days that you are actually enrolled in classes abroad) that is no shorter than 14 weeks.
  • Be applying for either the Fall or Spring semester. Summer applicants will not be considered unless their academic term abroad is longer than 14 weeks, in which case they should apply for the Spring semester scholarship.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at their current institution, verifiable on their transcript.”


$1,000 and $250 Central Infusion Alliance (CIA) Medical Scholarship, D: June 1, 2019

Selected criteria:

“To apply for our scholarship, tell a story of how a healthcare worker has made a difference in your life or the life of someone near and dear to your heart. This person does not have to be a direct family member, but must be factually-based, and meaningful to you personally.


We are proud to announce that ten scholarships will be awarded in 2019 as follows: three $1000 awards and seven $250 awards.

The winning submission will be chosen based on several factors, including succinctness, word choice, flow, and the ability to tell an engaging story. This is not a grammar competition, nor a creative writing challenge.


  1. Maximum one submission per person.
  2. Must be a legal resident of the United States (or holding a valid student visa) studying at an accredited two or four-year program at a college in the U.S.
  3. Submission must be processed on or before June 1, 2019. Submissions processed after June 1, 2019 will apply to the 2020 scholarship.


  1. Address the topic of how a healthcare worker has made a difference in your life or the life of someone you know.
  2. Length must be greater than 1,000 and less than 3,000 words.
  3. Essays will be judged on story presentation, mechanics and organization.
  4. Profanity is allowed, but may be redacted if selected for publishing.
  5. Must be willing to have your essay published on our blog.

The winner will be contacted on or before August 1, 2019 by phone and/or email. Funds will be paid directly to the financial aid office of your school.”



$1,000 Delete Cyberbulling Scholarship, D: June 30, 2019

Selected criteria from website:

“In an effort to get students committed to the cause of deleting cyberbullying, we are offering the Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award for high school, college and graduate student — a $1,000 scholarship to help cover educational expenses.

A U.S. citizen or permanent resident attending or planning to attend an accredited U.S. college or university for undergraduate or graduate studies

A high school, college or graduate student or a student planning to enter college

The awards are one-time only and not renewable.


Short Essay

Answer ONE of the following questions in 500 words or less.

Option 1: “Why is it important to work to delete cyberbullying?”

Option 2: “How has cyberbullying personally affected you?” “


Where I Found These Scholarships

June Scholarships

You can find more scholarships like these at the JLV Couseling Services List of Scholarships with June 2019 deadlines

$10,000 Possibility From These Two Scholarships—And Where You Can Find More Like Them

April 16, 2019

IP Video Contest

$5,000 2019 Intellectual Property (IP) Video Contest, D: April 30, 2019

Description: “For the IP Video Contest, students submit a 60-second video that addresses patents in some way, including why you wish you had a patent, what would the world be like without patents, an invention that changed your life, etc., whatever you can think of that can be made into a one-minute video. This contest is divided into three age brackets, 13-15, 16-18, and 19+, and only one winner is selected for each age group.”—description from https://yescollege.com/guides/weird-scholarships/ for “200 Unique and Weird Scholarships Worth Applying For”



$5,000 and $2,500 2019 American Addiction Center (AAC) Behavioral Health Academic Scholarship Program, D: May 30, 2019

Selected Criteria from website:

“Future Behavioral Health Professionals

In 2015, acknowledging the growing need for qualified addiction and mental health professionals to help those struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders, AAC decided to launch an educational scholarship program to assist students who were enrolled in college programs in the area of Behavioral Health. We established our Behavioral Health scholarship awards to provide financial assistance that to would enable undergraduate and graduate students to pursue careers in the areas of behavioral health and addiction-related studies.

Eligible Programs: – Social Work – Psychology – Nursing – Counseling – Marriage and Family Therapy – Substance abuse or mental health training programs


Scholarship Eligibility – Enrollment in academic program in nursing, counseling, psychology, social work, marriage/family therapy, or other curriculum focusing on treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. – GPA 3.2 or above – College Freshman as of Fall Semester 2019 – Open to full or part-time college undergraduate or graduate students

Entry Requirements In the form of a first-person essay, answer the following question: (500 words max.)

Describe what drew you to want to pursue a career in behavioral health care. What is one milestone you hope to achieve in this field?

To help decipher some of the language above, if you are full or part-time college undergraduate student or graduate student in the above majors, or will begin college in Fall 2019, you are eligible for this scholarship. You must be one of the majors mentioned.



Where I Found these Two Scholarships


200 Weird And Unusual Scholarships For 2018 & 2019


200 Unique and Weird Scholarships Worth Applying For (Updated for 2018 and 2019)—there are some interesting scholarships on this list.

Elsewhere, there is the YesCollege Podcast, which sounds interesting.

About YesCollege: https://yescollege.com/about/

The website has advertising with some affiliate links. This links explains the site’s Editorial Disclosure: https://yescollege.com/editorial-disclosure/


More than $50,000 in Scholarships with Upcoming Deadlines

April 15, 2019

We talked in the last scholarship workshop about several scholarships with upcoming deadlines.

These deadlines are anywhere from April 15, 2019 to Oct 15, 2019.

Here is the PDF handout: Scholarships with Upcoming Deadlines 2019

Click, download, and use the pdf handout.

Pass this along to others who might be interested in more scholarship money, less college debt.

Explore for more than $50,000 worth of scholarship opportunities.

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

April 11, 2019

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.)

$1,000, $600, and $400 NACAS Student Author Contest, D: April 12, 2019

April 9, 2019

Contest Details: https://nacas.org/member-benefits/college-services/student-author-contest/

Submit an Article: https://nacas.org/member-benefits/college-services/student-author-contest/submit-an-article/

“The NACAS Student Author Contest provides a great opportunity for students to get involved in the association and reflect on the impact of auxiliary services on their campuses. The winning articles will receive a CASH PRIZE and will be published in College Services magazine and the monthly newsletter.

  • FIRST PRIZE: $1,000
  • SECOND PRIZE: $600
  • THIRD PRIZE: $400

This year’s topic is STUDENT SUCCESS. Students are asked to address one or both of the following questions in their essays:

  1. How does your job in a campus-services department (bookstore, housing, dining, etc.) prepare you for life after college?
  2. What are some creative ways your college or university generates money to help keep the cost of tuition down?


  • Length: 1,000 – 1,500 words
  • Each entry must include at least one picture of subject matter and one picture of the author
  • Submissions are due FRIDAY, April 12, 2019.

Text taken from an email about scholarship

Week #8: Money Mania—Scholarships, Internships, and Opportunities to Pay For School

April 3, 2019


Check your TSU email address once a week, even during the summer.

Observation: Your TSU email address is like your business email address.

Use it carefully, and check it often (at least once a week), even during the summer.

Several TSU students I have talked to receive scholarships from the TSU Foundation and received notice in July. Some students do not read their student email during the summer, so they miss out on last minute notices.

College and Senior in High School


2019 Negative Population Growth (NPG) Essay Scholarship Contest, D: April 19, 2019

Prizes from $750 to $2,000

Selected criteria from webpage:

“Write a letter to the 100+ new members of the 116th Congress explaining why US population size and growth are serious problems for our nation.   What do you expect them to do to help the situation?

Document must be in MSWord or an MS Word compatible file to be considered, (Google Docs will not be accepted), and include the entrant’s name, address, email, and telephone number. Letter should be between 500 and 750 words, in 12-14 pt. font. Only the body of the letter will be considered in the word count. If cited sources are included, they are not included in the word count.

Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident.

Applicant must be a senior in high school or a college freshman, sophomore, or junior enrolled in an official undergraduate program of study for the Fall 2019 semester. Applicant must be 14 years old or older.

Applicant must be enrolled in or attending an accredited school within the United States, or operated overseas by the U.S. government, for the Fall 2019semester.”


$1,000 Power Legal Group Scholarship, D: June 30, 2019

Selected criteria:


Students (U.S. residents or permanent residents only) currently attending a college or junior college or who are in the process of applying for college, who will still be enrolled by the Power Legal Group Scholarship December 1st notification date.


We are offering the Power Legal Group Scholarship to those interested in attending college or already in college.


Submit a 400-500 word essay on one of the following topics:

  • Describe what you plan on doing after you graduate from college and why.
  • What are some clever or innovative ways to foster customer-business relationships online?
  • What major are you most interested in and why?”


2019 NPG Student Poster Scholarship Contest, Deadlines: Contest A: July 15, 2019; Contest B: Oct. 15, 2019

Scholarship prizes ranging from $1,000 to $3,000

2019 Poster Theme: “Too Many People”

High School Students


$10,000 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, D: April 15, 2019

Selected criteria:

“The Barron Prize welcomes applications from public-spirited young people who are, on our April 15 deadline:

  • between the ages of 8 and 18 (not yet age 19)
  • permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S.A. or Canada
  • currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months
  • working as an individual to lead their service work. The Barron Prize does not accept applications from large groups of young people.

The Barron Prize does not discriminate against its applicants based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Winners each receive $10,000 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project.”

Read all the rules to see if your service project qualifies or to get an idea to create one for next year.


How to Find More Scholarships


To find scholarships, search out 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.

I use this website extensively and find scholarships I share on this blog.

Internships and Other Ways to Learn (Experiential Learning)


Your first step as a TSU student is to avail yourself of opportunities only available to you, and you find those connections through the TSU Career Development Center and the link above.

Here you can find opportunities through TigerTrack, interconnect, and the Internship Listing Guide.

Learn about internships, cooperative education (co-ops), job shadowing, study abroad, service learning, and undergraduate research.



Here are links to describe the process that TSU students can use to search for internships.

Other Internship information found at Tnstate.edu


Go to the Search TSU box in the upper right hand corner and type in internship and hit ENTER.

You will find different TSU webpages that contain internship information. If you find the links out of date, then just google the internship possibility to see if the program is being offered in 2019.



Jobs or internships for the College of Public Service


Internships for graduate school students


Internships for Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED)


Internship programs for Communications majors


Scholarship and internship opportunities compiled by Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP) program at TSU


College of Business internships


The following links were chosen from what I found by typing in internship into the Search field.



TSU Career Development Center Internship Listings Guides

Internship Information and Databases







https://www.usajobs.gov/ –for jobs and internships with the federal government


http://ed2010.com/whisper-jobs/#s=1 –for media jobs


https://creativemornings.com/jobs –find internships and jobs for creatives


These internship information and databases comes from the following three articles. The articles contain more websites you might want to check out.


“How to Get a Summer Internship in 8 (Pretty) Easy Steps” by Sabrina Rojas Weiss, Jan. 23, 2019


The following article on Forbes.com, “The Best Websites—and Strategies—for Finding an Internship in 2017,” dated February 2, 2017, wherein Karsten Strauss interviews Lauren Berger, founder and head of InternQueen.com.

I have listed internqueen.com first because Lauren seems to have some good advice for finding internships.


“The 10 Best Websites for Internships” by Elizabeth Alvarado, dated July 13, 2017, contains more than 10 websites.

By typing internships 2019 into Google News, you will find articles about internships offered in 2019 that can be very valuable.


Interesting suggestions here about how to land your dream internship, Forbes Coaches Council, July 23, 2018


This is a handout created for ideas on how to find your calling and more internship possibilities given by me in April 2018.

Find Other Opportunities to Pay for School

Some opportunities are not scholarships per se, but offer money, trips, or prizes in video competitions. These can be ways to try for money that other people wouldn’t even think about. Or try for something cool to put on resumes or scholarship applications.


$1,000 One Planet, Many People Scholarship Video Contest, D: Apr 15, 2019

Selected criteria from website:

The Contest: Students should create a video no more than 60 seconds in length exploring the impacts of human population growth on their neighborhood, city, state, country, or on our planet.

Eligibility: Entrants must be seniors in high school or college undergraduates who will attend college in 2019. Entrants from outside the United States and students who will attend colleges outside the United States may enter.

Submission of Videos: Completed videos should be uploaded to YouTube.  Entrants should complete the online Entry Form at that time. Students should save a copy of the submitted video. Videos will be judged solely on their content in the English language.

Title Screen: Entries should include a brief title screen that includes the contest title “One Planet, Many People”, the name of the entrant and the title of the video.

Length: Videos should not exceed 60 seconds in length, including the title screen.

Video Equipment: Videos may be produced on any equipment available to the entrant, including cell phones, video cameras, and computers. Videos may be in color or black and white, with or without sound, and with or without animation.

Assistance: Professional assistance is not allowed. Winners will be required to certify that they did not use professional assistance.

Dates:  All entries must be submitted in digital format before April 16, 2019.  Winners will be announced in May, 2019.

Scholarship Prizes:  Four scholarships will be awarded, each for $1000.  The prizes will be sent directly to the college in which the winner plans to matriculate.”



Awards up to $26,000; Top Prize: $10,000; 2019 NASA/Cinespace Video Competition, D: July 15, 2019

Description: ” Submit a ten (10) minute or less short film inspired by, and using, actual NASA footage to the 2019 CineSpace Short Film Competition for a chance to win prizes and get your film screened in front of renown director Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Dazed and Confused) at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival this November.”


I found the two above video competitions at the website above. This can be a good resource to find video competitions.

I would suggest not spending lots of money on equipment or fees. Weigh any costs against what you learn and the prize.

Scholarship Tigers Workshop #7: Making Time for Scholarships When You Have No Time

March 28, 2019

Carving Out Time When You Are Busy

In our workshop today, we will explore several techniques to make time for scholarship searching and applying when you seem to have no time.

  1. Make an Appointment with Yourself

Pencil in actual time in your schedule beforehand (15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 1 hour) to look for scholarships or apply for scholarships.

Keep that appointment with yourself to seek money for college for yourself and limit your dependence on debt to pay for school.

  1. Make an Appointment in the TSU Writing Center

Make a 30-minue or an hour appointment in the TSU Writing Center to go over essays you wrote for scholarships. Several students have done this over the years, and by making time, they assure themselves they will go forward and finish scholarship applications.

Any writing instructor/tutor or peer tutor specialized in writing can assist you with going over your essays and making them stronger or assisting you in making your scholarship application stand out.

Also, you can make a 30-minute or an hour appointment with Mr. Turner to have one-on-one Scholarship Tigers coaching session, where we look for scholarships, internships, and other opportunities for you and your major.

  1. Designate Timewasters and Track Them; Decide to Change if You Want To

A college education has been shown to account for college graduates making a million dollars more over their earning lifetime than high school graduates.

Look then at any activity that takes you away from that college education (watching TV, being on your cell phone, spending too much time on Facebook) with this question, “Is this activity worth me losing a million dollars?”

The activities themselves are not the problem; it is the amount of time each of us gives to those activities.

If you can track a timewaster (notice how much time you spend on an activity—record actual time), then at the end of the day, you can count up how many minutes you spend on the activity.

If you don’t do this perfectly, that is ok. Just do what you can. You get better as you go along.

Then, the next day, decide if you want to spend less time, more time, or no time on that activity.


Anything you track can be changed: spending, saving, time spent learning about new activities you are interested in, time spent practicing an instrument, time spent on homework, anything.

And you have the power to track and to make choices.

And therein lies your power to change your life at any time if you wish.

  1. Prioritize Scholarships and Your Time

Realize you may find more scholarships than you have time to apply.

Consider dollar amount, deadlines, time you think you can devote to scholarships.

It is best to make choices and start applying. If you notice yourself spending more than 20 minutes deciding where to begin, just jump in and begin.

Also, keep all material and essays you write for scholarships and internships.

You may find that a comprehensive scholarship takes you 10-14 hours to apply, but then you now have material you can repurpose for later scholarships.

Many students have told me that while the first scholarship or internship took them several hours to apply, the next one only took 3-4 hours less because they had already done the legwork.

Also, some scholarships require less time to apply. Strongly consider putting those into the mix, because you have more chance than you know.

  1. Make Friends Who Are Doing Just a Little Better Than You

It has been shown that we actually are not single entities, but work within systems of those people we choose to hang around.

Make friends who are doing just a little better than you, so that you inspire each other to go forward and reach for higher goals.

Create a group of friends who apply for scholarships and internships. Make a game of how many scholarships and internships you apply to.

See what happens. Life is an experiment.

More Scholarships

In the workshop, we will pay attention to several scholarship with upcoming deadlines, including the TSU Foundation Scholarships with the Sunday, March 31, 2019, deadline, and discuss how to best use your time to apply and get all the material together.

Go back over previous blog entries. You will find scholarships that you can apply for.


Also, here are some scholarships with April and May deadlines.



$10,000 Aspire Higher Ortho Dermatologics Scholarship, D: April 26, 2019


Selected criteria:


3 Undergraduate Scholar Awards—for students pursuing undergraduate degrees

3 Graduate Scholar Awards—for students pursuing graduate degrees

3 Today’s Woman Scholar Awards—for students who are mothers pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees

Determine the scholarship category that fits your academic status. You may only apply within one category. Students pursuing technical/vocational degrees or certificates may be eligible. See Rules & Regulations.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are a United States citizen living in the United States
  • At the time of application, have applied to, have been accepted to, or are currently attending an accredited, nonprofit, two- or four-year college, university, or advanced (post-high school) vocational or technical school for academic year 2019-2020
  • Have been diagnosed with and treated for a dermatologic condition
  • Have been treated by a dermatologist, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner working in a dermatology practice
  • Used a prescription medicine to treat your dermatologic condition*

*Applicants need not have used an Ortho Dermatologics prescription medicine. Use of an Ortho Dermatologics product will not increase an applicant’s chance of being awarded a scholarship.”


up to $90,000 Family Fellowship Scholarships, D: May 1, 2019


Selected info from website:

“Through the generous introduction by Hope D. Smith with her husband Robert F. Smith, the president and founding board of director of the Fund ll Foundation, Together We Rise has partnered with the Fund ll Foundation to support youth in foster care with financial, educational, and wrap around support.

Our unwavering commitment is to provide higher education scholarships to youth in foster care. Each student chosen receives up to $90,000 with the goal of not only providing financial support, but continued guidance during & after their tenure.

Together We Rise is seeking 10 aging out foster youth between the ages of 17-23 years old to join our Family Fellowship Program.

  • All of the following requirements must apply to the applicant and be checked for verification purposes:
  • Have graduated from high school or currently be a high school senior with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Have been in foster care while living in the United States.
  • Have been in public or private foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up to and including their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship from foster care after their 13th birthday; OR they have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday.
  • Have been accepted into or expect to be accepted into an accredited, Pell-eligible college or other post-secondary school (ex: trade school, cosmetology school, etc.).
  • S. Citizenship.
  • I am 24 years of age or younger before June 1, 2019.”

Lists of Scholarships

I found the above scholarships in the following lists. You might find even more.

May Scholarships

Scholarships with May 2019 deadlines


Top 50 Easy Scholarships—No GPA required

For Future Consideration


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, check late 2019-early 2020

Selected criteria from webpage:

“The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001.

The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints.

The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions. The program also encourages students to study languages, especially critical need languages (those deemed important to national security).

Veterans of military service are encouraged to apply, and preference is given to veterans when other factors are equivalent. By supporting undergraduate students who have high financial need, the program has been successful in supporting students who have been historically underrepresented in education abroad, including but not limited to first-generation college students, students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields, ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, students attending HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) or other minority-serving institutions, students attending community colleges, and students coming from U.S. states with less study abroad participation.”

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.)

More than $20,000 Worth of Scholarships Up for Grabs with close deadlines

March 25, 2019

Scholarship Saturday – March 23, 2019

Jessica Velasco has compiled this list of 101 scholarships with upcoming deadlines. It is now in one page, so it’s easy to find terms and target scholarships that may apply to you.

Four scholarships from this list of 101 is featured in this blog post.

The words in quotation marks are taken directly from her webpage at the link above.


iModules Scholarship


Sponsor: iModules

Amount: Up to $5,500

Closing Date: March 31, 2019

Description: Scholarship is open to students who will be attending a school full-time in Fall 2019 with at least a ‘C’ average. Applicant must create a video that shares the motivation behind their choice to attend their selected educational institution and how they believe hat institution will allow them to achieve success.


Davis-Putter Scholarship


Sponsor: Davis Putter Scholarship Fund

Amount: Up to $10,000

Closing Date: April 1, 2019

Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who are active in movements for social and/or economic justice and have financial need. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression.


Dr. Blanca Moore-Velez Woman of Substance Scholarship


Sponsor: National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NANBPWC)

Amount: Varies

Closing Date: April 1, 2019

Description: Scholarship is open to African-American female students who are at least 35 years of age and are enrolled as an undergraduate student at an accredited college or university.


Frame My Future Contest


Sponsor: Church Hill Classics

Amount: Up to $5,000

Closing Date: April 1, 2019

Description: Contest is open to legal U.S. residents who will be a full-time student at a U.S. college or university in the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicant must share how they envision their future. Student can choose to share through poetry, photography, ink, collage, painting, mixed media, or graphic design – as long as it is an original creation.”

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


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


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


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


American Indian College Fund

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


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


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

Selected criteria:


  • 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”


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



List of Scholarships with a minimum GPA 1.0 to 2.0

Scholarships that Require No GPA


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.


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


List of 50 Scholarships that don’t require GPA

For College and High School students


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.


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.”


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.



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




For High School Students Graduating


Boule Foundation Scholarship, D: Mar 31, 2019


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


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.


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

More than 100 different scholarships administered by the CFMT


$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:


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.”


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


Low Income Student Scholarships


Grants for Low Income Students


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.)

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