$5,000 to $15,000 Scholarship America Dream Award Scholarship, D: Oct 15, 2017; and $1,000 Active Life Scholarship for Political Expression, D: Aug 31, 2017; and More Scholarships

August 22, 2017

$5,000 to $15,000 Scholarship America Dream Award Scholarship

https://scholarshipamerica.org/dreamaward/?utm_campaign=2018%20Dream%20Award&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=55253779&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_YK6dms-Nui8PxkGWHmyd4PnBdJCsD3n6yqCv8pLX-qwABwBVwPg-KKOaPuJ9_fkW6l51it4AoN8Fh8_jE8mlIT3TBEw&_hsmi=55253779

Award: $5,000 to $15,000, based on financial need of student

Deadline: Oct 15, 2017

Open to college sophomore or higher level undergraduate study for the 2018-19 academic year

Selected criteria from webpage:

“About the Dream Award

The Dream Award is Scholarship America’s renewable scholarship program for financially needy students who have overcome barriers and have successfully started their college education. Awards were made to students selected from across the nation who are entering their second year or higher of education beyond high school; the scholarships are both renewable and increase in amount each year. Scholarship America provides Dream Awards ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 based on the individual student’s financial need. Each student’s award will increase by $1,000 each year to help them successfully finish school and earn their degrees.

Dream Award scholarships include general scholarships, STEM-specific scholarships (for study in science, technology, engineering and math-related majors) and the World Journal Dream Award Scholarship for Chinese American students. Financial need will always be considered in determining award amounts.

To apply for the Dream Award, you must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
  • Have received a high school diploma or the equivalent from a U.S. school by September 2017.
  • Have completed or expect to successfully complete a minimum of one full year of postsecondary education by June 2018.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at the sophomore year level or higher at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire 2018-19 academic year.
  • Be studying to obtain an associate’s or first bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Demonstrate financial need.”

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

http://www.getupgetactive.org/active-life-political-awarenes/

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

Selected criteria from webpage:

Who: Current college, graduate school or adult learners.

What: This scholarship is designed to encourage students to explore and express their political opinions and become more active in both local and national politics.

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

The above scholarships involve only answering a few questions and writing a 3-5 sentence answer to a Short Answer question.

More Active Life Scholarships: Another Chance for $2,000 More

http://www.getupgetactive.org/scholarship/

$1,000 Active Life Scholarship for Financial Literary, D: Sept 30, 2017

http://www.getupgetactive.org/active-life-weakness/

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

The above two scholarships involve only answering a few questions and writing a 3-5 sentence answer to a Short Answer question.

 

$100,000 Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway (now Open); Scholarships for Those Who Need Thousands; and Looking for Scholarships and Internships using Benefits.gov

August 11, 2017

For Those who Need a Couple of Thousands in Scholarship Money: Where to Look

Missing a few thousand dollars to pay for college tuition?  Use this wonderful resource to find small and large scholarships to help you have more scholarship money, less college debt!

https://jlvcollegecounseling.com/scholarships/

A complete list of scholarships brought to you by Jessica Velasco of JLV Counseling.

At the end of each page, click on NEXT to view more scholarships

Looking for Scholarships, Internships, and other Government Programs using Benefits.gov

https://www.benefits.gov/

Started in 2002, Benefits.gov has become the portal for information about government benefits, which  includes state information.

Students,  and also parents, can choose to answer questions in the Benefit Finder Tool and find benefits, including scholarships, internships, and government programs, they can apply for.

Some programs I saw in the past:

Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals,

Disadvantaged Backgrounds and Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships, and

Undergrad Scholarship Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds,  in which “individuals must pursue a course of study which prepares them for professions needed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The maximum scholarship per academic year is $20,000. Scholarship funds may only be used for tuition/educational and living expenses incurred while attending school.”

In other words, use this resource!

$100,000 Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway is Open; Apply if you Qualify

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway is officially open.

If you wait until the middle of September or the beginning of October to try for this scholarship, that might be too late.

https://www.drpeppertuition.com/

Ages 18-24, Must be at least 18 but no older than 24 on 12/2/17, you must have a Facebook account to participate

Program Details: https://www.drpeppertuition.com/program-details

Selected criteria from webpage:

“1. Tell us how you’ll change the world in 350 characters or less.

2. Rally your friends to vote

3. Once you reach 50 votes, submit a video to inspire more fans.

TUITION PRIZES

$100,000 in tuition — Dr Pepper selects finalists to compete during throw-offs at NCAA conference championship games.

Official Rules: https://www.drpeppertuition.com/official_rules.pdf

By reading the official rules, you can get more details about how the videos will be judged and how to best make sure you aren’t disqualified (for example, you are only allowed one goal and you “may not use more than one name or residential or email address. Once a video is submitted, the video cannot be replaced or altered. Only one video, one time, per person.”

Knowing you can only submit one video, you want to make sure you understand how the video will be judged and plan it a little.

One student in Tennessee created a video and did get a chance for the $100,000 scholarship; with planning and practice, she received $100,000, which she will use to finish paying her undergraduate education and pay for graduate education as well.

I would love to see a student at Tennessee State University be one of the future scholarship winners!

Prepare for the Future

http://scarlettfoundation.org/Scholarships/

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship, opening Sept 15, 2017

Graduated high school (or GED) from one of the forty eligible counties in Middle TN; demonstrated financial need; GPA 2.5 or higher; Pursuing a business or STEM approved degree at a 4 yr. non-profit college or university, and planning to enroll full-time in the fall of 2018

Awards from $2,500 to $15,000 per academic year

Scholarships for DACA students, Scholarship List for Hispanic and Latino Students List, and One $10,000 and Two $5,000 Scholarships for high school seniors from the Vegetarian Resource Group, Deadline: Feb 20, 2018

July 26, 2017

Scholarships for DACA students

I was asked this question, “Are there any scholarships for DACA students?” I went looking.

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) as defined by the Department of Homeland Security: “On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization.”

More information here: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca

I went to http://www.bing.com and I used the following terms: scholarships for DACA students 2017  . With Bing, notice Ad appears near links that are paid links. Be cautious of the Ad ones. cautious about.

Other search terms you can use at bing.com or http://www.google.com are scholarships for daca college students, scholarships for dreamers, scholarships for undocumented students, and scholarships for dapa. DAPA stands for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.

 

https://mydocumentedlife.org/

Website for Up-to-date information and resources for undocumented Immigrants (check out information under Scholarships and Education)

Scholarships Open to Undocumented Students

Scholarships Open to Undocumented Students (updated June 2017)

 

https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/scholarships-for-undocumented-students/

Good list, avoid the Ads!

https://unitedwedream.org/blog/scholarships-open-undocumented-students/

If you find any links of this page that don’t work, just google the name of the scholarship

https://www.sfstl.org/news/daca-and-dapa-benefit-children-and-our-communities

Recent news story

http://berkshireic.com/daca-web-resources/

DACA Scholarship resources on the web

http://www.scholarshipsaz.org/scholarships/

Scholarship information for DACA students (there is a link on this page to a comprehensive scholarship list for DACA students)

Scholarship List for Hispanic and Latino Students

http://www.hispanicleague.org/other-scholarship-opportunities

This Scholarship List for Hispanic and Latino Students notes that some of the scholarships are  not current for 2017 while some are, so you may have to google some of the scholarship names to see what is currently being offered.

High School Scholarship, One $10,000 and Two $5,000 Scholarships for high school seniors from the Vegetarian Resource Group, Deadline: Feb 20, 2018

http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm

Selected criteria from webpage:

“Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs.

One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in SPRING 2018.

Deadline is FEBRUARY 20, 2018.

We will accept applications postmarked on or before FEBRUARY 20, 2018. Early submission is encouraged.

Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle. Payment will be made to the student’s college (U.S. based only).”

 

$2000 Spirit Button Scholarship, D: Aug 1, 2017; and Decide to Not Become a Statistic

July 25, 2017

Choose to Not Become a Statistic for Student Debt

According to Debt.org, the total U.S. student debt is $1.4 trillion, the average student debt in 2017 is $37, 172, and student debt accrues at $2,858 every second.

What does this mean for you?

You have to decide to not become a statistic, and that means being conscious of what you are doing.

Apply for scholarships, starting out at an hour a week or two hours a week. Increase this time as you go along.

One way is to make a commitment in Fall 2017 to sign up for an hour appointment each week in the TSU Writing Center for twelve weeks to exclusively work on scholarship applications and essays.  

Here is one such scholarship:

$2,000 Spirit Button Academic Scholarship, D: Aug 1, 2017

https://www.spiritbutton.com/scholarship/

Selected criteria:

“Spirit Button is committed to supporting students through their education and as such is pleased to formally announce the launch of a new university scholarship essay contest.

The winner of the contest will receive a $2,000 scholarship towards tuition fees for the academic year commencing in September 2017.

Who Is Eligible

To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, currently or about to be enrolled in an accredited U.S. 2- or 4-year university or college.

How To Enter

Any student who fits the eligibility requirements listed above can apply for the Spirit Button scholarship.

To enter, students must submit a 700 – 1,000 word essay on the topic “what inspires me the most in life and why?”

To submit, email your essay as an attachment in PDF or Word format, including your full name, school you are or will be attending and contact information to mail@spiritbutton.com.

Deadline For Submission

The essay submission deadline is 12:00 a.m. EST on August 1st 2017.

Selection Process and Notification

The Spirit Button team will review all essays received and one winner will be chosen for the 2017 academic scholarship. The winner will be announced on the Spirit Button website on August 15th 2017. The winner will also be notified via email beforehand.

Additional Details

The scholarship funds awarded are to be used for tuition and books only. Once awarded, a check will be written to the recipient’s school of choice and credited for academic costs. The scholarship is non-renewable and is only good for one academic year. Recipients are only eligible to receive the scholarship once during their lifetime.”

WHERE I FOUND THE SCHOLARSHIP

https://www.scholarships.com/news/august-2017-summer-scholarships

Great list at Scholarships.com!  However, avoid the ads, such as the $10,000 Mom Scholarships and other ads.

I have said this before, so I will just copy myself: “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 Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship. D: Sept 30, 2017; $3,000 more Digital Responsibility Scholarships; and $19,000 in DoSomething.org Scholarships

July 18, 2017

$1,000 Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship. D: Sept 30, 2017

http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/dont-text-and-drive-scholarship

$1,000 Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship. D: Sept 30, 2017

You finish a 140 character personal statement that completes this sentence

I pledge to not text and drive because . . .

The top ten applications will be selected to write a 500 to 1,000 word essay about text while driving. The top essay will receive a $1,000.

Selected criteria from webpage:

Who may apply: You must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.”

Learn About Other $1,000 Digital Responsibility Scholarships

http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/scholarships/

Learn about the

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

$1,000 E-Waste Scholarship, D: April 30, 2018

$1,000 Digital Privacy Scholarship, D: June 30, 2018

DoSomething.Org—No GPA required, only good works—currently, $19,000 up for grabs

https://www.dosomething.org/about/scholarships

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

Scholarships and opportunities are ongoing throughout the year, some times as much as $10,000.

From webpage: “That’s right: no essays, no GPA requirements, no recommendations, no applications.

It gets better: You can enter for multiple scholarships right now. If you sign up for and complete all the campaigns listed, you’ll be eligible to win up to $19,000! (Psst…no need to wait until you’re ready for college — we’ll hold on to your award until then!)”

Some of the campaigns:

$5,000 Treat YO Friends Scholarship, D: July 20, 2017

$5,000 Step for Soldiers Scholarship, D: Aug 31, 2017

$5,000 Thumb Wars Scholarship, D: Aug 31, 2017

$1,000 Shower Songs Scholarship, D: July 31, 2017

$1,000 Mirror Messages Scholarship, D: Aug 31, 2017

As one student shared in the earlier Summer Completion Academy, she has already received a $1,000 from finishing one of the Dosomething.org campaigns.

 

$1,000 Active Life Scholarship to Tackle Your Weakness, Deadline: July 31, 2017, and How to Search for More than $100,000 in scholarships– Scholarships for Summer Completion Academy

July 17, 2017

In celebration of Summer Completion Academy, I want to point out several scholarships you can apply for.

$1,000 Active Life Scholarship to Tackle Your Weakness, Deadline: July 31, 2017

http://www.getupgetactive.org/active-life-weakness/

Selected criteria 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.”

This scholarship only requires 3-5 sentences and answering a few questions. Literally, you create the answer by studying the page, looking at the resources on the website, thinking about the weakness, and writing up the answer.

You are asked about your weakest subject and “are you ready to face your weakness and transform it into a strength.”

Then in 3-5 sentences, you answer only ONE of the following: “What do you consider one of your greatest weaknesses? -OR- Why is it important to try to improve a weakness?

 

Other Active Life Scholarships

http://www.getupgetactive.org/active-life-political-awarenes/

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

 

http://www.getupgetactive.org/scholarship/

$1,000 Active Life Scholarship for Financial Literacy, D: September 30, 2017

The two above scholarships involve only answering a few questions and writing a 3-5 sentence answer to a Short Answer question.

Developing a Strategy for Scholarship Money Searches

Scholarshiptigers.com is on a mission to help you find more scholarship money, less college debt.

I update this blog twice a week, so reading past blog entries will assist you greatly.

Sign up to receive these blog posts in your email.  I will tell you how  after I discuss some strategies.

APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AS A PART TIME JOB

First, students can finance up to their $30,000 a year tuition bill if they make seeking scholarships a part time job. Apply for scholarships, even small ones. I have read several students who have amassed $30,000 or more with several small scholarships, such as $250, $500, or $1,000 scholarships.

https://scholarshiptigers.com/2017/07/12/1000-couponchief-com-scholarship-program-d-july-31-2017-and-felecia-hatcher-author-of-the-c-students-guide-to-scholarships/

This blog post from last week discussed how one student, Felecia Hatcher, author of THE C STUDENT’S GUIDE TO SCHOLARSHIPS, won over $100,000 for scholarships, even though her GPA fluctuated between a 2.1 and 2.7.

Also, another scholarship, the $1,000 CouponChief.com Scholarship Program, D: July 31, 2017, is discussed.

 

An eagle flies down to catch a fish 91 to 97 times out of a 100 before successfully catching it once, so an eagle is successful about 3 to 9 percent of the time.

If you apply to 1,000 scholarships and get 30 scholarships (often enough to finance a year at school), then you have a success rate of 3%, just like the eagle.

However, you shouldn’t just apply, you should notice that scholarship providers seem to ask similar questions, so you can develop and fine tune each answer to each scholarship. Make appointments in the TSU Writing Center to strategically plan out and write a great response.

Work smarter, not harder.  You are not awarded for how long it takes you to complete a task; you are awarded for taking some time, stepping back, reflecting, fine tuning the process, getting better and better at each stage.

Set smaller goals to get you started. Look at scholarships on this page. Complete one scholarship by the end of this week. Then, go for five scholarships, and then go for ten scholarships by the end of July or August 2017. These are all doable.

Spend 1-2 hours a week at first, and build up to longer hours if necessary.

I try to list a scholarship and then WHERE YOU can SEARCH for more scholarships. Each entry then is a roadmap to bigger possibilities.

PLAN FOR BIGGER SCHOLARSHIPS: PLANNING FOR THE $100,000 Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway; the $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship; and other Scholarships

 

https://scholarshiptigers.com/2017/07/13/scholarships-for-the-future-100000-dr-pepper-tuition-giveaway-scholarship-america-dream-award-other-future-scholarships-you-can-prepare-for-now/

Last week, I also dealt with scholarships that pay out larger than $500 and $1,000 and how to plan for them.

I did not list the Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship last week because I wasn’t sure if the foundation had changed the rules to only apply that scholarship to Taco Bell employees. I emailed them and asked (get in the habit of asking questions; by asking questions students have gotten several favorable replies, including  a scholarship limit of about a $3,100 limit lifted to about $3,400; she was encouraged to apply and since the need was only a few hundred dollars more, the scholarship provider came back with the reply that if she won, they could meet that need.)

Ask, ask, ask.

 

https://www.livemasscholarship.com/#home

You can sign up and receive notification when the next application phase opens in early 2018.

Ages 16-24       

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

No GPA involved; amounts in $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000

 

 

Also, if your GPA is 2.0 or higher for Fall 2017, you can apply starting in April 2018 to the Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) Foundation. Information  at the above link to the blog entry.

 

 

Two Other Methods for Finding Scholarships

 

https://scholarshiptigers.com/2017/05/31/grants-to-individuals-online-database-a-little-known-source-and-1000-active-life-scholarship-deadline-may-31-2017-and-two-more-scholarships/

 Grants to Individuals Online database—a little known source—you can discover a library or other institution nearest you where you can find grants that are given to individuals.

 Find information at the link above. This resource in not well known, but it can give you an edge over those who only use books or the Internet to find sources for funding.

 

https://scholarshiptigers.com/2016/07/07/grants-for-individuals-database-explore-and-rack-up-the-money/

 Grants for Individuals Database, Explore and Rack up the Money—this is a different database with a similar title. This college librarian maintains these resources so that everybody can access them, and he actively checks the links and resources regularly.

 

How to Receive Entire Blog Entries from ScholarshipTigers.com as They are Published

On the right hand side of the webpage, scroll down until you see the words, EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION.

If you enter your email address and click on the box, Sign me up, you should receive an email, and then all you have to do is confirm it.

You will then receive updates with scholarships and clues so that you can discover more college money and aim for less student debt.

You will receive the text of the entire blog post, and I try to blog twice a week.

 

Scholarships for the Future: $100,000 Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway; Scholarship America Dream Award; Other Future Scholarships You Can Prepare For Now

July 13, 2017

Preparing for the Future—Planning for Scholarships

If you are an incoming freshman to Tennessee State University or a returning undergraduate or graduate student, you can start preparing yourself  for scholarships that will open in the future.

If you are entering college or continuing your education at the high school level, then Fall 2017 is the time to search out scholarships and see what it is within your power to do.

If one of the scholarships requires a 3.0 and you earn a 2.3 during Fall 2017, then you are moving towards a 3.0. Progress, even setbacks, are opportunities to see what you can do to move forward or correct present action to bring about different, future results.

Now, you may not know it, but as mentioned before, several scholarships require no GPA, and some require a minimum GPA of 2.0 or 2.5 or higher.

The Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) Foundation, which opens in April 2018, requires a minimum 2.0 GPA. Of course, those with higher GPAs can also apply and are encouraged to apply.

 

Scholarship America: Be Aware of Open and Opening Soon Scholarships

https://scholarshipamerica.org/what-we-do/students-parents/open-scholarships/

Scholarship America administers scholarship programs nationwide and regionally. The clue is to visit and see if there are any open scholarships that you can apply for.

Next, explore Scholarships Opening Soon. These are arranged in alphabetical order, so go through the names and see which scholarships are opening soon that you can apply for.

Write down the name, cut and paste the link, and save it under the month and year it will open as well as close in your Scholarship List. For example,

 

August 2017

https://scholarshipamerica.org/what-we-do/students-parents/open-scholarships/

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway Promotion and Contest, up to $100,000

Opening Aug 2017

check at https://www.drpeppertuition.com/ around August 2017 and read the Official Rules to have the best chance

From webpage: “If you’re a student between the ages of 18-24, you can submit your One Of A Kind story to enter for the chance to compete to win up to $100,000 in tuition. You’ll be eligible to submit a video once you reach 50 votes.

Dr Pepper will select finalists for a chance to compete to win up to $100,000 in tuition at a college football championship game. Find more information at http://www.drpeppertuition.com.”

 

I go to the website to explore further: https://www.drpeppertuition.com/faq

Guess on dates from past dates above and put them on your Scholarship List or Scholarship Calendar.

October 2017

Submit videos, most likely around Oct 17, 2017—Dr. Pepper

Dec 2017

Many finalists will be chosen in early Dec 2017—scholarship is connected with my goals and the college football season—Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

There are many more scholarships at Scholarship America, some open to high school seniors, college undergraduates, returning students, all different criteria. Explore this list.

More Chances at Scholarship America

Explore the scholarships at Scholarship America to see what you can apply for.

If you are already in college, the Scholarship America Dream Award for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in college opens October 2017.

https://scholarshipamerica.org/dreamaward/

Selected criteria from website:

“To apply for the Dream Award, students must:

  • Have received a high school diploma or equivalent from a U.S. school
  • Be planning to complete a minimum of one full year of postsecondary education by the end of the current academic year
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at the sophomore-year level or higher at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent resident (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)”

 

Some Scholarships You Can Prepare For

Some of these scholarships pertain to regional or particular school attended. Some do not. I will list some pertinent information but not all. You will have to go to the websites to see the full criteria. You may have to visit them closer to the opening dates.

Many of these I have written about, but I want you to start preparing yourself now for the opportunity.

 

https://tmcf.org/our-scholarships

Thurgood Marshall College Fund, ongoing

By clicking on the Full List, you can review all the scholarships offered.

TMCF administers scholarships to 47 HBCUs (TSU is one of them). Since the TMCF administers 500 scholarships, I advise you check back every two weeks to see what is open, but if you are close to the beginning of Fall 2017 semester, I would check back every week.

Many people fail to review the criteria for each scholarship. For example, in the general criteria listed for TMCF scholarships, 3.0 out of a 4.0 is listed.

However, this is the general criteria, and I have seen scholarships with minimum GPA of 2.0 or 2.5.

Check each scholarship. Also, while TMCF scholarships often go to students at one of 47 HBCUs, I have seen them administer scholarships that could apply to an HBCU or another school. It is important to read all the criteria for each scholarship.

http://scarlettfoundation.org/Scholarships/

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship, opening Sept 15, 2017

Graduated high school (or GED) from one of the forty eligible counties in Middle TN; demonstrated financial need; GPA 2.5 or higher; Pursuing a business or STEM approved degree at a 4 yr. non-profit college or university, and planning to enroll full-time in the fall of 2018

Awards from $2,500 to $15,00 per academic year

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

$2,000 Bryan A. Collins Memorial Scholarship, Deadline: Mar 1, 2018

Undergraduate student at TSU, involved in extra-curricular  or campus activities outside the classroom, demonstrating leadership in such activities; minimum GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale; at least one faculty recommendation

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

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee scholarships, administers over 100 different scholarships, usually opens around Jan 2018, deadline is Mar 15, 2018

 

Some you may not know about:

https://www.cfmt.org/giving-and-investing/become-a-donor/give-to-a-fund/emmett-h-turner-scholarship-fund/

Emmett H. Turner Scholarship Fund, “Applicants must be attending Tennessee State University and majoring in the criminal justice program.”

https://www.cfmt.org/giving-and-investing/become-a-donor/give-to-a-fund/teddy-wilburn-scholarship-fund/

Teddy Wilburn Scholarship Fund, “Country music singer, Grand Ole Opry star, songwriter and manager Teddy Wilburn established a Fund through his estate to help others enjoy the opportunities made available by a college education. With his singing career beginning at age nine, Teddy never had the chance to attend college and wanted to help eager students in need of financial aid. The Fund benefits college students at Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University.

 

Other Community Foundation Scholarships all Over America

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

Not from the Middle Tennessee area. 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.

 

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

Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship, opens April 1, 2018 and closes April 30, 2018

Open to 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 or younger; minimum 2.0 GPA

 

 

$1,000 CouponChief.com Scholarship Program, D: July 31, 2017, and Felecia Hatcher, author of THE “C” STUDENTS GUIDE TO SCHOLARSHIPS

July 12, 2017

Fail Your Way to Success

Felecia Hatcher wanted to go to college and was told by her guidance counselor she would not be able to go. She had a GPA that “fluctuated between a 2.1 and a 2.7” (5), and “won over a $100,000 to attend college” (back cover).

Felecia Hatcher, author of THE “C” STUDENTS GUIDE TO SCHOLARSHIPS and START YOUR BUSINESS ON A RAMEN NOODLE BUDGET, discusses the importance of sharing your failure story in the following TED Talk video:

As Ms. Hatcher mentions in her talk, our society is filled with stories of success, but we don’t hear the stories of failures.

Learning often involves failing. Remember back to something you know how to do well, such as play a video game  or sing a song or play a sport or do well in math or English.

Did you always know how to do that well? Remember, you had to fail before you became good– you had to try and try, readjust, make corrections, keep practicing, to get further, to become better, to become proficient.

You failed your way to success.

Many adults give up after only 5 or 7 or less tries. However, as a baby, you tried to walk and you had to fail over 100, over a 1,000 times, over many more times.

Did somebody stop and say to you, “Oh, walking seems too much for you. You’ve tried over 100 times. It’s time to rest. Walking doesn’t seem the thing for you.” No, you had enough courage and skill to keep going because your baby brain was smart enough not to stop.

Ask those people you admire have they ever had difficulties and when they say yes, then you ask them what did they do. Take notes if you can.

Fail your way to success and more college money.

I liked Felecia Hatcher’s THE “C” STUDENTS GUIDE TO SCHOLARSHIPS so much, I bought it as a resource.

If you are a Tennessee State University student, you can come by and look over the book, taking notes in room 117 in the Student Success Center.  You can email Mr. Turner at mjturner@tnstate.edu

Also, check the previous Scholarship Tigers blog for scholarships that require no GPA, only creativity and the willingness to try. And asking for help if you need it.

Hatcher, Felecia. The “C” Students Guide to Scholarships. Peterson’s Publishing, 2012.

A 2nd edition of this book exists.

Now, if you are ready to try, read some past blog entries and apply to scholarships. Make it your goal to apply to 10 scholarships by the end of August 2017.

Also, check out the scholarship below.

$1,000 CouponChief.com Scholarship Program, D: July 31, 2017

https://www.couponchief.com/pages/scholarship

Selected criteria from the website:

 “Every year, we will award one Coupon Chief Scholarship winner with $1,000 to put towards higher education. The only requirement is to upload a 2-5 minute video to Youtube that details one of 2 things:

  1. Introduce yourself, mentioning your grade and college you will be attending.
  2. How you personally save money as a college student.

Your video must also include a short intro about your reasons for living a frugal lifestyle, and in the video description, link back to this scholarship page.

We may include your response in a blog post on our site, so please keep that in mind when making your response.

ELIGIBILITY

You must be a US resident enrolled in high school, college, or trade school to apply.

GUIDELINES

Creativity is encouraged, but we want to see top tips from someone that actually is genuinely passionate about saving money. We will judge videos on these criteria.

WHERE I FOUND THIS SCHOLARSHIP

July 2017 Scholarships

Partial list of scholarships with July 2017 deadlines

July Scholarships

List of Scholarships with July 2017 deadlines

Both of these lists are compiled Jessica Velasco of JLV Counseling.

At the end of each page, click on NEXT to view more scholarships.

How to Receive Entire Blog Entries from ScholarshipTigers.com as They are Published

On the right hand side of the webpage, scroll down until you see the words, EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION.

If you enter your email address and click on the box, Sign me up, you should receive an email, and then all you have to do is confirm it.

You will then receive updates with scholarships and clues so that you can discover more college money and aim for less student debt.

You will receive the text of the entire blog post, and I try to blog twice a week.

 

$1,000 Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship, D: July 31, 2018; Goodcall Scholarship Search Engine; and a Treasure Trove of Scholarships for High School Students (one, $30,000 VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship)

July 7, 2017

$1,000 Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship, D: July 31, 2018

http://genkellyscholarship.com/

Selected criteria from webpage:

“The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program that helps students fulfill their dreams of a higher education. The scholarship is named for Gen and Kelly Tanabe, best-selling authors on education, whose generous donations fund this program.

 Eligibility

9th-12th grade high school, college, or graduate student including adult students. 
Legal resident of the U.S. 
Currently in school or planning to start school within the next 12 months.

Selection & Award

Winners are chosen by committee, which bases its decision primarily on the submitted personal statement. The first place award is a $1,000 scholarship. The award can be used for tuition, room and board, required fees or any educational expense.

 

Short Answer

In 250 words or less, please submit an essay on one of the following:

1. Why do you deserve to win this scholarship? -OR- 

2. Describe your academic or career goals. -OR- 

3. Any topic of your choice. 

Feel free to re-use an essay that you wrote in class, for college admission or another scholarship competition.

Secret: Remember the Unigo.com scholarships I posted yesterday.

You can pick the best answer from one of those or another scholarship and re-use it for this competition.

Goodcall.com Scholarship Search Engine

https://www.goodcall.com/scholarships/

This is a direct link to Goodcall.com website with a scholarship search engine, which doesn’t store your personal information as you look for scholarships, and no random, sneaky ads either.

I found out about this website just this morning.

 

High school students (future Tigers)

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

 

National Association of Secondary Principals creates a list of approved contests and activities for high 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.

Some scholarships you will find in this list.

  1. https://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships

Voice of Democracy, Grades 9-12, $30,000 Top Prize

Patriot’s Pen, Grades 6-8, $5,000 Top Prize

Selected criteria from webpage

“Youth Scholarships

Voice of Democracy

The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation. If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you.

Voice of Democracy

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements and download the entry form and brochure before you submit your entry at your local VFW Post.

Patriot’s Pen

Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $54,500, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level.

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Want to apply?

Read the rules and eligibility requirements and download the entry form and brochure before submitting your entry to your local VFW Post.”

  1. http://www.artandwriting.org/

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

from website: “Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7–12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published.

Beyond the Awards, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers produces a number of programs to support creative students and their educators, including the Art.Write.Now.Tour, the National Student Poets Program, the Scholastic Awards Summer Workshops and Scholastic Awards Summer Scholarships programs, the Golden Educators Residency, and much more.”

 

$1,500 Flavor of the Month Scholarship, D: July 31, 2017 and Unigo.com’s Comprehensive Scholarship Directory; Plus, Why You should SKIP THE ADS!

July 6, 2017

$1,500 Flavor of the Month Scholarship, D: July 31, 2017

https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/flavor-of-the-month-scholarship

Unigo.com has a scholarship every month, some from $1,500 all the way to $10,000. Most require a 250 or less short answer as well as completing a scholarship profile.

These scholarships are offered to people who are

  • “thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
  • legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • and currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education” (from website).

$1,500 Flavor of the Month Scholarship

From website: “WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE TO BE, IT’S DELICIOUS!

Winning scholarships can be sweet – especially with this special a la mode award for scholarship seekers who love ice cream.

Are you simple and sweet like vanilla, classic yet unpredictable like chocolate chip, or a little nutty like pistachio? Whatever the flavor or reasons may be, we want to know what ice cream flavor best reflects your personality and why.

July is National Ice Cream Month, and we need a little help picking out a “Flavor of the Month” for our famous ice cream scholarship. Tell us all about your ice cream flavor, and you could scoop up a sweet $1,500 scholarship.

Submit an online written response to the question:

“Summer and ice cream go hand-in-hand. In fact, July is National Ice Cream Month, and that’s the inspiration behind this award. We think people are very similar to ice cream; some are nutty, others a little exotic, while some are very comforting. If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?” (250 words or less)

The Flavor of the Month Scholarship winner will be notified by email or phone on or around October 31, 2017.”

Other Scholarships Offered by Unigo.com

https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships

Here, you can explore other scholarships Unigo offers

$1,500 Make Me Laugh Scholarship,

$2,000 Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship,

$5,000 Education Matters Scholarship, and the

 Unigo $10,000 Scholarship.

Also, you can read past winners to get an idea of what type of entries win.

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.)

Unigo.com’s Scholarship Directory

https://www.unigo.com/scholarships

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

You can search for scholarships like those below and others.

 

https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/by-major

Scholarships by Major

https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/undergraduate-students

Scholarships for Undergraduate Majors

https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/high-school-students

Scholarships for High School Students

https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/graduate-students

Scholarships for Graduate Students

https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/minority

Minority Scholarships


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