$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.)

$10,000 Scholarship Challenge—6 week Scholarship Tigers Challenge to Pay for the 2019-2020 Semester

March 14, 2019

If you are a Tennessee State University student, are you wondering how you will pay for the 2019-2020 semester?

I want to challenge you.

Apply for more than $10,000 or more in scholarships, internships, or other opportunities in the next six weeks.

We will meet for the next 6 weeks on Thursdays (March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18) from 11:10-12:05 pm in room 310, TSU Writing Center, Student Success Center, also known as the Learning Resource Center.

Arrive early (11:00 am or so) to make sure you are signed up for the workshop.

In the next 6 weeks, we will explore ways to apply for more than $10,000 in scholarships, internships, and other opportunities.

Also, Mr. Turner will tell you of a unique opportunity to sign up for individual coaching sessions where you can work on your writing. You will gradually improve your confidence, your ability to sculpt sentences, and learn a few grammar rules along the way.

Along with improving your writing, you will also work towards applying for $10,000 or more in scholarship money.

The added benefit of attending these sessions will be to improve your writing, making you a better writer in your English classes as well as all your other classes.

You can also potentially earn scholarship cash too.

I Can’t Make These Workshops—What Do I Do?

For Tennessee State University students only:

If you can’t make the workshops above, then I invite you to sign up for a one hour appointment in the TSU Writing Center and I will give you the workshop individually or small groups (talk with me about how you can set this up).


Instructions below on how to make an appointment for individual workshop sessions.

First, you must make an appointment on the scheduling system.


If you already registered and you haven’t signed on this semester, you might have to update your profile. Students are required now to use their TSU email; TSU student’s email follow this pattern: username@my.tnstate.edu.


If you are not registered with the system, use the information below.

How to set up an appointment for the first time:


Go to the above website. You will used the email address you have as a TSU student, following this pattern: username@my.tnstate.edu

Once you create an account for the schedule, you can see when I, Michael Turner, am available.

You would put “scholarship workshop” for the session.

Go to the above link and register.  It will ask you questions.

Once you have registered, you can sign in to the schedule by putting in your username (email address) and the password you created.

Your student ID is your complete Tnumber.

Select “Writing Center” for the current TSU Writing Center schedule.

You cannot schedule for the day you register, but there are directions once you log on for what to do if you need an appointment for that same day.

 If you wish to email me instead, Mr. Mike Turner can be reached at mjturner@tnstate.edu. Give me the days, dates, and times you are available, and I will get back with you a confirmed appointment.

GoSkills $2,000 Be the Boss Scholarship, Spring D: Mar 15, 2019; Fall D: Sept 15, 2019

February 26, 2019


GoSkills $2,000 Be the Boss Scholarship, Spring Deadline: Mar 15, 2019

You will be notified if you won this scholarship by April 15, 2019.

Selected criteria:

“A scholarship for women who want to be the boss

Who is eligible?

Any female high-school or college student, who wants to start her own online business.

Winner selection is not based on financial need, GPA, or demographic criteria. If any false or misleading information is submitted, the application will be disqualified without notification.”

$1,000 Dream Big Scholarship, D: Mar 1, 2019

February 25, 2019

Need some money?

Check out the Dream Big Scholarship from RentLingo.com.


Selected criteria from the webpage:

“How To Apply?

Write an essay about what’s your dream job (750 words or less).

The top overall winner will receive the $1,000 scholarship and the top three submissions will have the option to get career advice / coaching from RentLingo’s founders, Dan Laufer and Byron Singh.


Can I submit multiple applications?

You may submit multiple applications but only the latest submission will be considered.

Who qualifies for this scholarship?

Any student 18 years or older currently attending a college or university may apply for the scholarship.


I’m an international student. Can I apply?

Yes. International students must still meet the above requirement to apply.

When will I know the result?

Winners will be announced 2 weeks after the application deadline. Look out for an email from RentLingo in your mailbox.

Where should I spend my money after I win the scholarship?

$1,000 is a lot of money. You may choose to spend it all in the arcade. Or use it to pay rent. Check out our rent calculator to plan your budget accordingly.”

4th Class, Following the Examples of Those Who Have Earned $50,000 or More to Go to School—Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019; plus More Scholarships with Upcoming Deadlines

February 14, 2019

You do not have to go it alone. Several people who have gone to college or graduate school without going into mountains of debt.

And they have written books about it.

Let me introduce you to a resource available at the TSU Writing Center, the Scholarship Library. Many of these authors have found $50,000 or more to go to college.

You can view these books in the Writing Center if you are a Tennessee State University student. Just see Mr. Mike Turner in room 314 in the Student Success Center.

Bring some form of ID that Mr. Turner can keep as you read the book in the Writing Center. Be sure to bring paper and pen to take notes.

Following the Examples of Those Who Have Earned $50,000 or More to Go to School

In the workshop today, after we go over some upcoming scholarship opportunities, students will view these books and find scholarships and/or scholarship tips that apply to them.

I will create a handout from what the students find and post it in the next few days.

For those who have stumbled across this website, you can find these books in local bookstores, on Amazon, libraries, and interlibrary loans.

Also, you can find them used on Amazon or Ebay. For example, I purchased good, used copies of WINNING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE for about $5 (I got lucky) and THE “C” STUDENTS GUIDE TO SCHOLARSHIPS for about $10 on Amazon.

These books are listed in the order of books I recommend.

Scholarship Library

WINNING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE, FOURTH EDITION: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE, Marianne Ragins, Winner of More than $400,000 in scholarship money in her senior year of high school

HOW TO GRADUATE DEBT FREE: THE BEST STRATEGIES TO PAY FOR COLLEGE, Kristina Ellis, Winner of More than $500,000 in scholarship money

THE ULTIMATE SCHOLARSHIP BOOK 2018: BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS AND PRIZES, Gen and Kelly Tanabe, Both authors received more than $100,000 in financial aid to attend Harvard

THE “C” STUDENTS GUIDE TO SCHOLARSHIPS: A CREATIVE GUIDE TO FINDING SCHOLARSHIPS WHEN YOUR GRADES SUCK AND YOUR PARENTS ARE BROKE, Felecia Hatcher, Winner of $100,000 in scholarships to go to college even though she was a C student in high school (2.1-2.7 GPA) and was advised by her high school counselor to not attend college


DEBT-FREE U: HOW I PAID FOR AN OUTSTANDING COLLEGE EDUCATION WITHOUT LOANS, SCHOLARSHIPS, OR MOOCHING OFF MY PARENTS, Zac Bissonette, “Zac figured out how to get an outstanding education at a public college, without bankrupting his parents or taking out loans.”


These next two books are classics, and on loan from my private collection.

HOW TO GO TO COLLEGE ALMOST FOR FREE, 2nd edition, Ben Kaplan, Winner of over $90,000 to go to Harvard.

THE SCHOLARSHIP SCOUTING REPORT: AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO AMERICA’S BEST SCHOLARSHIPS, Ben Kaplan. Some of the scholarship information may need to be googled to see what is present today.

Upcoming Scholarships


Be on the outlook for TSU Foundation AcademicWorks Scholarships for 2019-2020 at the  website above, beginning on Monday, February 18, 2019. Deadline for applying for scholarships is midnight, Sunday, March 31, 2019.


up to $7,000 Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program, D: Feb. 28, 2019

From a Scholarship America email: “There are only two weeks left for eligible U.S. military veterans or spouses of disabled veterans to apply for renewable awards up to $7,000 from the Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program. If you or a family member are a U.S. military veteran or the spouse of a disabled veteran with financial need, apply before February 28!”


Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program, Open on an ongoing basis

From a Scholarship America email: “In addition, the Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program will remain open on an ongoing basis while funds are available, to provide immediate grants up to $1,000 for eligible veterans to help meet their household expenses when faced with unexpected financial setbacks while pursuing higher education.”


$5000 Minority Teaching Fellows Program for Tennesseans, D: April 15, 2019

From webpage: “The Minority Teaching Fellows Program is intended to encourage talented minority Tennesseans to enter the teaching field in Tennessee. The award is $5,000 per year for students who pursue a teacher certification at an eligible Tennessee college or university.”


Army Scholarship Foundation, usually $1,000, but can vary in amount, D: April 15, 2019

Selected FAQ’s from webpage: “The Foundation only provides scholarships for undergraduate studies. Children of current or former Army service members and spouses of current Army service members are eligible. Children of current or former Army service members and spouses of current Army service members are eligible.  Applicants may not have reached their 24th birthday by the application deadline date in the year they apply. There is no longer a limit on age for spouses of soldiers. Applicants are required to be U.S. citizens.”


Push Excel Scholarship Program, D: May 1, 2019


$2,500 Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship, D: May 1, 2019

Selected criteria from website:

“The Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship is awarded to students who are majoring in any college-approved major, achieve academic success, and play an active role in their communities.

The Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship is a $2,500.00 award and may be renewed depending on the student’s ability to maintain a 2.5 GPA and depending on the student’s undergraduate status (not including a collegiate status of 5 years or more). The award will be paid directly to the college or university the student will be attending.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited, four-year-degree, undergraduate program at a college or university in the U.S. by August 2019.
  • Must be entering freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year (but not 5th year or greater).
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  • Must demonstrate academic preparation to attend college and succeed.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to overcome obstacles to achieve academic and personal goals.”



$5,000 Cirilo McSween Scholarship, D: May 1, 2019

Selected criteria from website:

“NOTE: Must be Incoming Freshman and Business or Accounting Majors.

The Cirilo McSween (New York Life) Scholarship is awarded to students who are majoring in business or accounting, achieve academic success, and play an active role in their communities.

The Cirilo McSween (New York Life) Scholarship is a $5,000.00 award and may be renewed depending on the student’s ability to maintain a 3.0 GPA and depending on the student’s undergraduate status (not including a collegiate status of 5 years or more). The award will be paid directly to the college or university the student will be attending.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited, four-year-degree, undergraduate program at a college or university in the U.S. by August 2019.
  • Please Note: Must be entering freshman year.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Must demonstrate academic preparation to attend college and succeed.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to overcome obstacles to achieve academic and personal goals.”



$10,000 Adoption Network Law Center Scholarship, D: Oct. 15, 2019

Selected criteria from webpage: “Applicant must be a Birth Parent or an Adopted Child

Applicant must have been accepted to or must be currently enrolled in college, university, vocational, technical or trade school.

Online Application

Upload Video (2 minute minimum) demonstrating or explaining how adoption has made an impact on your life.

Videos can be edgy, funny, bold, simple, serious – or anything in between.

All videos must be available for viewing on the internet (YouTube or Vimeo preferred) and have a public link to them.”


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