$1,000 Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship, D: Jan 30, 2019, plus the 2nd class for More Money, Less College Debt Workshop Series

January 29, 2019


$1,000 Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship, D: Jan 30, 2019

This scholarship was created to “help you understand the negative effects of too much screen time.”

This involved completing an online application, including a “140-character message about technology addiction.”

The statement you would be finishing is

Instead of spending time with technology, I’d rather . . .

The deadline to apply is Wed, January 30, 2019.

According to the guidelines, 10 finalists will be selected, and those 10 will write a 500- to a 1,000-word essay. The winner will receive $1,000.

High school students, entering or current college students, graduate students, and home schooled students can apply. There is no age limit, and U.S. citizens and legal residents are eligible.

All words in quotation marks were taken from the website above.

If you are a Tennessee State University student and you happen to become a finalist, you can work on your writing skills and practice writing essays in the TSU Writing Center to improve your chances of winning $1,000.

2nd class, Preparing a Scholarship Application So That You Stand Out, this Thurs, Jan 31, 2019

Also, on Thursday, January 31, we will have our second class in the 10-week Scholarship Tigers More Money, Less College Debt Workshop Series.

We will be meeting in the TSU Writing Center, room 310, 11:10 am-12:05 pm in the Student Success Center, also known as the LRC, or the Harold M. Love Learning Resource Center.

Arrive early if you can to talk to me and make sure you get registered for the workshop.

We will examine a few upcoming scholarships and discuss how to make your scholarship application stand out in our 2nd class, Preparing a Scholarship Application So That You Stand Out.

We will explore such scholarships as the $2,000 Bryan A. Collins Memorial Scholarship, the $25,000 Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship, the TSU Foundation scholarships, and more.

I will share with you some methods I have used to help students receive large scholarships in the past.

Writing Sentences to Apply for Scholarships, Class 1 Review


Also, if you missed the first class, you can go back to the material for that first class to discover more scholarships you can apply for, many with deadlines in February 2019, such as the $3,500 College and $5,000 High School—Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest, D: Feb. 28, 2019.

Writing Sentences to Apply for Scholarships, Class 1, $1,000 and more scholarships available

January 24, 2019

On January 24, 2019, we held our first workshop in the 10-week Scholarship Tigers More Money, Less College Debt Workshop Series.


The above handout discusses the basic order of an English sentence (Subject-Verb-Object), how to use participle phrases, how to use absolute phrases, how to use semicolons, and how to correct comma splices and fused sentences.


Write Your Way to Money Handout includes links to three $1,000 3-5 sentence scholarships; a link to about four different scholarship possibilities; more than four different 250 words or less scholarships, the $3,500 College and $5,000 High School—Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest, D: Feb. 28, 2019; and the $1,000 Village Bakery Aspire-To-Be Scholarship Program, D: July 31, 2019.

Also, the above handout contains “Where to Find More Scholarships,” the basic websites I go to, to find the scholarships I tell students about.


The next handout, Other Scholarships and List of Scholarships, lists the $10,000 BlueCross Power of We Scholarship, D: Feb 1, 2019; $2,000 Bryan A. Collins Scholarship, D: Feb. 15, 2019; a list of 200 Unique and Weird Scholarships Worth Applying For; Scholarships and Fellowships Offered by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, for “Zetas and NonZetas”; and Scholarship List for Students compiled by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Scholarships Galore! More Scholarship Money, Less College Debt

October 30, 2018

More Scholarship Money Less Debt Handout 29 October 2018

Above you will find the PDF handout from the workshop, “More Scholarship Money, Less Debt,” on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.

Some of the deadlines for the scholarships are October 31, 2018, so check them out!

Also, there are many more with November 2018 deadlines as well as future deadlines

I Believe I Can Write-Scholarship Handout with thousands in scholarships

October 3, 2018

On October 5, 2018, Lori Danley, Dr. Robert Hassell, Rhonda Kavan, and Michael Turner will be giving a presentation at the 2018 Tennessee Association for Student Success and Retention (TASSR) conference entitled, “I Believe I Can Write”: Helping Students Envision and Achieve Success in English Learning Support.


The PDF handout above updates many current scholarship writing possibilities, including scholarships that require only 3-5 sentences, scholarships that require 250 words or less, and scholarships that require more extensive essays.

Also, the handout contains where I find a lot of the scholarships that I feature on this website, in my class, or in workshops.

This handout is for the attendees and anybody else who wants to go to college with more scholarship money, less debt.

Winning the Game of Life and College Workshop, October 3, 2018

October 3, 2018

Fixed Mindset vs Growth Mindset


The following are handouts created for the scholarship workshop given at Tennessee State University in room 316, Student Success Center, from 10:00 am-11:00 am.

The first handout, Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset, explains the difference between both and how your mindset can determine your success.

The second handset, Creating the Money Mindset to Win the Scholarship Game, works toward making people aware of the mindset they can adopt to win in life and in pursuing scholarships.

$1,000 RentLingo Dream Big Scholarship, Deadline: Oct 1, 2018 plus more

September 25, 2018

Besides the $1,000 scholarship, check out the previous blog post below, The Journey to $100,000 Begins with a Single Sentence, for several PDF handouts that can help you find more scholarships.

Plus, don’t forget the $500 Courage to Grow Scholarship, deadline Sept. 30, 2018, which requires a 250 word or less essay: https://couragetogrowscholarship.com/

$1,000 RentLingo Dream Big Scholarship, Deadline: Oct 1, 2018

Need some money?

Check out the Dream Big Scholarship.


Selected criteria from 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.”

The Journey to $100,000 Begins with A Single Sentence Workshop, September 12, 2018

September 11, 2018

The Journey to a $100,000 Begins with a Single Sentence Handout 1

Other Scholarships Sept 12 2018


Extra: $500 Courage to Grow Scholarship, Deadline: Sept 30, 2018

Find above three handouts if you could not make the workshop.

The first PDF prepares you for the $100,000 Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway.

The second PDF lists such scholarships as

$2,000 Young Women with Purpose (YWWP) Project sponsored by the Tom Joyner Foundation and Dark and Lovely, Deadline: Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

Robert N. Murrell Oratorical Contest, Deadline: Mon, Oct. 8, 2018

$5000 to $15,000 Scholarship America Dream Award, Deadline: October 15, 2018

List of open scholarships administered by Scholarship America—the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway is administered by Scholarship America

$2,500 to $15,000 Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship, opens Sept 15

and more.


The third PDF lists how you can find more scholarships.

2019 Frederick Douglass Global Fellows Program, Deadline: October 1, 2018

July 18, 2018


2019 Frederick Douglass Global Fellowships will be going to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Deadline: Oct 1, 2018

Applicants must be from a Minority Serving Institution, which Tennessee State University is, so if you are a TSU student who is a rising sophomore or junior in Summer 2019 with a 3.00 minimum GPA, check out this opportunity.

Selected criteria from webpage:


The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship was formed to honor African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and international statesman – and highlight the characteristics that today’s young leaders need most: a keen intellect, a strong work ethic, and a global perspective.

Consistent with Douglass’ legacy, Frederick Douglass Global Fellows are meritorious individuals who demonstrate high academic achievement, possess exemplary communication skills, display the hallmarks of self-determination, exhibit characteristics of bold leadership, and have a history of service to others.


All students, regardless of major, who are rising Sophomores or rising Juniors in summer 2019, are invited to apply for the 2019 Frederick Douglass Global Fellow scholarship.


Applicants must have a minimum GPA 3.00, reside in the U.S. with Student Status or be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Permanent Resident.

Applicants must be Pell Grant eligible and enrolled in an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI) in good academic standing.


Fellowships will be awarded based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and nominations from students’ MSI presidents.

Awards will cover the full cost of travel to and participation in a four-week study abroad program in Rio de Janiero, Brazil sponsored by CIEE.

10 Fellows will be selected from accredited MSIs.

Fellows will be expected to present and share their study abroad experience with their MSI community upon their return to campus.


Items below should be submitted through the online application.

Nomination Letter from University/College President

Copy of Transcript

Proof of Pell Grant Eligibility

Personal Video – Upload a short 2-minute video that provides a detailed explanation of your objectives for study abroad. In this explanation discuss how the combination of your major and participation in study abroad will support your development and help you meet your academic goals and become a global leader.

Personal Essay – Discuss why you believe study abroad is important for students from MSIs and how you plan to share your study abroad experience with others upon returning (Limit 800 words)”

$2,500 The “First Step” to Distraction-Free Driving Scholarship, D: Aug. 1, 2018 and $2,000 Dream Home Designs Scholarship, D: Aug. 15, 2018

July 11, 2018


$2,500 The “First Step” to Distraction-Free Driving Scholarship, D: Aug. 1, 2018

Selected criteria from webpage:

The “First Step” to Distraction-Free Driving Scholarship

In an effort to reduce the devastating consequences of distracted driving among young drivers, the auto accident lawyers at Sutliff & Stout are offering a $2,500 scholarship to students.


We are asking students to write an essay of at least 500 words detailing their most common distracted driving habits, and to describe the concrete steps they will take to put an end to those habits.

Eligibility Rules

  • Applicants must be EITHER out-going high school seniors (graduating summer 2018) OR students currently enrolled in a college, trade school, or university as of the start of the fall 2018 semester.
  • Must submit essay by Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Scholarship FAQ

 What do I need to write about in my essay?

We want to encourage students to examine their driving habits and identify ways in which they commonly become distracted behind the wheel. These could include obvious examples such as texting, tweeting, or changing music, or a less obvious example like turning to talk to friends or simply playing the music so loudly that they cannot hear other vehicles. Next, we want students to consider and document concrete steps to ending those distracted driving behaviors.”




$2,000 Dream Home Designs Scholarship, D: Aug. 15, 2018

Selected criteria from webpage:

“The Renoviso Dream Home Design Scholarship enables students to describe their ideal home improvement project. The scholarship will be awarding one student $2,000 to put towards his or her education. From tuition costs to dining and textbooks, the scholarship money can be used to cover any expenses.

How to apply

Eligible students should submit an essay to scholarships@renoviso.com answering the prompt:

“If you were a homeowner, what’s the one home improvement project you’d choose to complete and why?”

This can be a fictional or real example. For instance, would you upgrade your kitchen cabinets and counters because you love entertaining? Would you fix your roof  because of your area’s harsh winters? Or would you buy a new set of windows for energy-efficiency?

Essays will be judged based on the following criteria: content, style, and creativity. One essay per entrant only.

Please include your name, mailing, email address, phone number and documentation of your current or upcoming enrollment in an accredited US college or university.

Who is eligible?

Full-time students over the age of 18 enrolled in an accredited US college or university are eligible.”

****Where you can find more scholarships with August deadlines: https://jlvcollegecounseling.com/scholarships/august-scholarships/

Back to School Scholarships for Adults Presentation Notes

June 20, 2018

On Friday, June 15, 2018, I gave a presentation at the Richland Park Branch of the Nashville Public Library on back to school scholarships for adults.

Here are the handouts:


Back-to-School-Scholarships-Handout-Richland Park Branch Library-15-June-2018

I talked with Jason Seay, Assistant Executive Director of Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, which “administers over 20 different state student financial aid programs, including the HOPE scholarship, Tennessee Promise, Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee Student Assistance Award, and the Dual Enrollment Grant.”

To learn more about what TSAC does,


Jason Seay was a guest speaker at the presentation, and we learned several different options for adults wanting to return to school. I followed with information about how to find scholarships in general for any program. I want to thank Jason for coming out to talk.

What follows is what I gleamed from the information attached to previous knowledge I had. Mistakes are my own.

TNPromise and TNReconnect pay tuition but not institutional fees, textbook costs, and other supplies. There is still a reason to keep applying for scholarships because you can use that scholarship money toward those expenses (if the scholarship guidelines permit it).

TNReconnect is mainly for those Tennessee residents who have not started or finished an associates or bachelors. TNReconnect can be used at Tennessee technical centers, community colleges, and 4-year schools that have associate’s degree programs. To learn more about TNReconnect, http://tnreconnect.gov/

Also, if a Tennessee resident already has an associates or bachelors, under TNReconnect, he or she can still use the program to earn a technical certificate at one of the 27 colleges of applied technology.


Here is the brochure handed out that lies out many of the programs for learners in Tennessee.

If you are an Adult Learner, you can use the section, FOCUSING ON ADULT LEARNERS.

However as an adult learner, there are several opportunities you may not be aware of.

If you are a GED/HiSet student with a qualifying score on a GED of 170 or HiSet of 15, you may qualify for the HOPE scholarship for a 4 year institution of up to $1,500 per semester if you take the ACT and make a 21 or higher, or you take the SAT and score 1060 or higher.

You must take the ACT or SAT on a nationally recognized test date. Residual ACTs, or ACTs taken at the institution only for that institution’s purpose, do not qualify for the scholarship.

You must apply for the FAFSA. And after scoring that qualifying score on the ACT or the SAT, you must enroll within 16 months at a HOPE eligible institute and be full time to get the $1,500 per semester HOPE scholarship (full time is 12 hours).

More HOPE Scholarship Info: https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/money-for-college/tn-education-lottery-programs/tennessee-hope-scholarship.html


In addition, adult students may further qualify for an ASPIRE AWARD if they are HOPE eligible, and the parents’ or independent student’s (and spouse’s) adjusted gross income must be $36,000 or less on IRS tax form, which is up to $750 per semester.

More ASPIRE AWARD info: https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/money-for-college/tn-education-lottery-programs/aspire-award.html

Mr. Turner’s suggestion on how to study for the ACT:

If you have already studied for the GED/HiSET, you could increase your knowledge and study for the ACT to further increase your chances at scholarship money.

I suggest you check out from the library or through interlibrary loan or purchase from Amazon the following two books.

THE OFFICIAL ACT PREP GUIDE 2018-2019 contains 4 full-length ACT official practice tests with 400 additional online practice questions.

Older editions include the Real ACT Prep Guide, 3rd edition, which has 5 real ACT tests, while the 2nd edition has 3 real ACTs, Also, the Tennessee Electronic Library (link contained in one of the handouts above) contains a study link for ACT or SAT.


The next book I recommend is CRACKING THE ACT with 6 Practice Tests, 2018 edition by Princeton Review.

Earlier editions of this book within the last three years can also be used.

With both of these books, you can study by yourself or with a group to see what type of scores you would get if you decide to study for the ACT and take the ACT.  You take real ACT tests with the Official ACT PREP GUIDE 2018-2019 and you gather study techniques for improving your score with CRACKING THE ACT.


TENNESSEE HOPE Scholarship—Nontraditional

If you are a nontraditional student (age 25 or older), a legal TN resident for at least a year, be an entering freshman or had not been enrolled for at least two years, have an adjusted gross income of $36,000 or less, you become qualified for this HOPE scholarship-nontraditional after you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 after 12 attempted hours.

This award is up to $1,750 per full-time enrollment semester as a freshmen and sophomore; and up to $2,250 per full-time enrollment semester as a junior and senior.

More info here: https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/money-for-college/tn-education-lottery-programs/tennessee-hope-scholarship—nontraditional.html

FAFSA Information for Adults

If you will be attending college from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019, the time period for submitting your FAFSA is Oct 1, 2017-June 30, 2019, and you can use income information from your 2016 income tax.

To qualify for the most financial aid, students are encouraged to apply as close to the opening date, Oct 1, 2018, as possible.

More information for adults and FAFSA and financial aid:



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