Scholarship Seminar: Thurs, March 1, TSU University Foundation Scholarships and More than $30,000 Dollars in Other Scholarships

February 28, 2018

On Thursday, March 1, Mike Turner will be giving a scholarship seminar in room 310, the TSU Writing Center, in the Student Success Center from 2:20-3:15 pm.

If you can’t make it, here is a PDF handout with links:

TSU University Foundation Scholarships Seminar March 1 2018

Scholarship Write-In: Wed, Feb 14, also, Scholarships Galore, 25,000 Dollars and More!!!!

February 13, 2018

This scholarship is only for Tennessee State University students, one more day, Feb 15 Deadline

$2,000 Bryan A. Collins Memorial Scholarship, D: Feb 15, 2018

Only open to TSU students

Selected criteria from webpage:

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 leadership in 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.”

I have told students that the extra-curricular or campus activities can also mention high school achievements, especially for freshmen students


I checked and all applications must be received by Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Scholarship Write-In, Wed, Feb 14, 17 page handout—more than $25,000 in scholarships

On Wednesday, February 14, students who attended the Scholarship Write-In at the TSU Writing Center got a chance to write and submit for a $1,000 scholarship.

They also got a chance to brainstorm for up to $25,000 scholarship.

If you couldn’t attend the workshop, here is the handout with those scholarships and much more!

Writing for Scholarships Feb 14 2018

Scholarship Write-In: More Scholarship Money, Less Debt, Apply for a $1,000 scholarship today, February 14, 2018 (updated) Handout above


Tennessee State University Foundation Scholarships open February 19, 2018

The following information is taken verbatim from a handout sent out by campus mail. These scholarships are open only to new and currently enrolled undergraduate TSU students.

Students interested in applying for TSU Foundation scholarships should go to the above website, beginning on Monday, February 19, 2018.

Deadline for applying for scholarships is Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Only on-line applications will be accepted.

All Foundation housed scholarships 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.


Note: Do not simply fill out the application with minimal information. Include identifying information—for example, mention your position, the name of the organization, and include a brief description of what the organization does.

Here is a made up example:

Organizer—Sunshine Writers, helped to create a writers’ group that met at 6:00 am on Saturdays to spend an hour writing at Frodo’s, a local coffee shop in Birmingham, AL

Scholarship Funds and Much More—Deadlines in Feb, March, and other upcoming months

February 6, 2018

Some of these I knew about, but I found many of them by googling “scholarship fund.”  If you google those words, you will find many more scholarships than listed here.

Scholarship Funds

Only Tennessee State University students


$2,000 Bryan A. Collins Memorial Scholarship, D: Feb 15, 2018

Only open to TSU students

Selected criteria from webpage:

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 leadership in 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.”

I have told students that the extra-curricular or campus activities can also mention high school achievements, especially for freshmen students


I checked and all applications must be received by Thursday, February 15, 2018.


For women, low income, 35 or older, wanting to attend college


Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund, D: March 1, 2018

Selected criteria from webpage:

“Eligibility Requirements

An applicant for a JRF scholarship must be:

  • A woman, age 35 or older
  • Low-income
  • A U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States
  • Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree
  • Enrolled in, or accepted to, a regionally or ACICS accredited school

Selection Factors

  • Your goals
  • Your plan for reaching your goals
  • How you will use your education to give back to the community”


Currently enrolled high school or college-aged women, “to provide access to educational opportunities beyond tuition,” up to $1,000


1000 Dreams Scholarship Fund, Deadline for Spring: March 30, 2018

Deadline for Fall: November, 2018

Who: currently enrolled high school or college-aged women

Selected criteria from webpage:

“The 1000 Dreams Scholarship provides one-time educational assistance for currently enrolled high school or college-aged women. 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 at least one but no more than 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. Previous recipients are not eligible to reapply.”



Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships

There are two current scholarships open:

“TMCF | Sidney B. Williams Jr. Scholarship Intellectual Property Law Scholarship
DEADLINE: March 16, 2018 11:59 PM EST

One year scholarship of $10,000
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) are proud to offer financial assistance to law schools students interested in Intellectual Property Law

TMCF | Lowe’s Scholarship
DEADLINE: May 15, 2018, 11:59 PM EST

One-time award ranging from $500 to $7,500 (depending on account balance)
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), in partnership with Lowe’s, is pleased to provide financial assistance scholarships to undergraduate students at TMCF member-schools who are in their final semester of their degree program and scheduled to graduate in the Spring or Summer 2017 semester. Students must have an unmet financial need ranging from $500 and not to exceed $3,100.”


Open to high school seniors, undergraduates, grad school, and transfer students from community college to four year universities of Hispanic Heritage


$500 to $5,000 Hispanic Scholarship Fund, D: Mar 30, 2018

Selected criteria from webpage:


The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to:

  • High school seniors
  • Undergraduate students (all years)
  • Community college students transferring to four year universities
  • Graduate Students


Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.


  • Must be of Hispanic Heritage
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for College and Graduate Students
  • Plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year)
  • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable)


  • All majors and graduate fields accepted
  • Emphasis on STEM majors”


Other Finds Worth Noting


Scholarships offered by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, including K-12, college undergraduate and graduate, and extracurricular and camp.


Open Scholarships administered by Scholarship America—these are some major scholarships, some with deadlines in February 2018, so check them out to see if there are any you want to pursue.


$1,500 and $2,500 HACEMOS Scholarship Program, Deadline: Feb 28, 2018

National HACEMOS Scholarship or a local HACEMOS chapter award

Be of Hispanic Heritage OR a dependent child of an active HACEMOS member, age 25 or under

Let us Start 2018 right—More than $50,000 scholarships listed

January 31, 2018

I recently coached a TSU student who told me that she was going to apply to 100 scholarships. I think she will . . . and in an effort to help other Scholarship Tigers reach for more money, less debt, here is a listing of more than $50,000 in scholarships.

They are divided into scholarships for college students, scholarships for college and high school students, and scholarships for high school students (or future TSU students).

Also, I include a link to a great article that mentions several scholarship programs and opportunities.

Scholarships for College Students


$10,000 Nikon Storytellers Scholarship, Deadline: March 1, 2018

From website: “Eligibility Criteria:

You must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to receive The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship:

  • You must be an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited, non-profit college/university or vocational/technical school in the United States or Canada.
  • You must complete your freshman year of college or academic equivalent before Fall 2018.
  • You must be majoring in visual arts, fine arts, journalism, film, photography, or multimedia/content creation.
  • You must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average at time of application.
  • You will need to provide a recommendation from a professor, teacher or academic advisor.
  • If you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will be asked to provide a photo portfolio or video submission, description of photo/video submission and copy of academic transcript.”

  1. $10,000 BlueCross Power of We Scholarship, D: Mar 16, 2018

From website: “The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, in collaboration with the Memphis chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives, offers a $10,000 (awarded in two payments of $5,000 each over the course of two consecutive semesters) college scholarship to three Tennessee minority students who wish to pursue careers in the field of health care.”


Partial criteria from application: “Award Details and Application Guidelines

BlueCross Power of We Scholarship Award: $10,000 (awarded in two payments of $5,000 each over the course of two consecutive semesters)

Eligibilty Criteria

All applicants must currently be undergraduate students. Awardees will be selected by the NAHSE Memphis Chapter, who meet the following criteria:

  • A promising minority student with the intent to obtain a degree to pursue a career in the field of health care
  • Student must be a college Sophomore or Junior by the application deadline (March 16, 2018).
  • 2.5 minimum academic GPA (4.0 scale)
  • Applicant must be 18 to 23 years old (by application deadline)
  • Citizen of the United States.
  • Resident of Tennessee AND attends an accredited college/university within the state of TN
  • Applicant must be enrolled during the current academic school year, and planning to enroll the 2018-2019 school year.”


Scholarships for College and High School students

Community foundations are often found in major cities or regions of a state and administer many scholarships.


Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Deadline for many scholarships is February 15, 2018


Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, D: March 15, 2018


San Antonio Area Foundation Scholarships, some deadlines: Feb 15, 2018; other scholarship deadlines vary


Other Community Foundation Scholarships

Not from the Middle Tennessee, Atlanta, GA, or San Antonio, TX.

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.


$1,000 Active Live Scholarship to Tackle Your Weakness, D: Feb 28, 2018

From webpage: “Who: Current high school or college students age 15 years or older.

 What: This scholarship encourages students to identify and take action to improve a weakness and begin to transform it into a strength.

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

In 3-5 sentences please answer ONE of the following:

What do you consider one of your greatest weaknesses? -OR-

Why is it important to try to improve a weakness?”


Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship, D: Mar 18, 2018

Ages 16-24

$5,000, $10,000, to $25,000 to pursue your passion

Legal resident of the 50 US and the District of Columbia

Create and submit a 2 minute or less video that tells a story of your life’s passion

Read the official rules, so that you include all the information looked for in that video

Part of Video Requirements: “Please be sure to answer at least these first four questions in your video:

  1. What is your passion?
  2. How do you plan to achieve your passion through your educational goals?
  3. What impact will you have on your local community or the world by following your passion?
  4. 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.”


Scholarships for High School students

Cornerstone Financial Credit Union Scholarship, D: March 1, 2018

One $5000 Winner and 20 $1000 Winners!

From email: “The application process is open for the 8th annual Cornerstone Financial Credit Union Scholarship Program.

College-bound high school seniors in Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery, Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson Counties, as well as Tennessee residents with a parent or guardian who is a Cornerstone member can apply.

We will select one $5000 scholarship winner and twenty $1000 scholarship winners.”

Remember, all applications should be received by March 1!

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

Apply here:

Interesting article mentioning scholarship and internship opportunities

“3 Ways to Turn a Scholarship Into a Silicon Valley Internship” by Andrew Pentis, Dec 7, 2017

This article mentions several scholarships (including links) you might want to check out.

Scholarships and programs mentioned:

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships program

Apple HBCU Scholars Program

Women Techmakers Scholars Program

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

December 13, 2017


Click on the handout above.

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


Some scholarships you will find:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Find More Scholarships Like These

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

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

November 9, 2017

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

Selected criteria from website:

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

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

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

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

Focus:       Open to all majors and areas of study

Deadline:   December 31, 2017

Winners announced in February 2018

1st place $6000

2nd place $3000

3rd place $1000

Level Undergraduate


Must be legal U.S. residents

Must be at least 18 years old

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

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

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

Where to Find More Scholarships Like These

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

Click NEXT to see the next page of scholarships.

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 19, 2017

Writing for Scholarships Oct 20 2017

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Scholarships that Require no writing, such as

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

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

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


 Where to Find More Scholarships Like Those Above

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

 How to Receive Entire Blog Entries from as They are Published

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

October 4, 2017

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

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

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

Some of features of this handout:

Links to the two previous handouts of scholarship presentations

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Find More Scholarships Like Those Above

Skip the Ads and Why

Student Debt Statistics

Student Debt & Retention: More Statistics

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


Pursue Money, Not College Debt Initiative

September 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you would be interested in this endeavor, email Mr. Mike Turner at


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

September 21, 2017

Search for My Future Scholarship and Internship Seminar 21 Sept 2017

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

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



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