Archive for May, 2010

american red cross nursing scholarshipThe American Red Cross Jane Delano Student Nurse Scholarship Fund will award three $3,000 scholarships to nursing students who have contributed volunteer service to an American Red Cross unit.

A nursing student eligible for receiving the scholarship will:

  • Have contributed volunteer service to a Red Cross unit within the past five years.
  • Have completed the equivalent of at least one year of college/university credits.
  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited United States nursing school.
  • Be currently enrolled as a student in good academic standing.

Deadline: July 1, 2010

For more information and to apply, please visit the American Red Cross website.

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marriott scholarshipMarriott International and the IFA (International Franchise Association) Educational Foundation are sponsoring the 2010 Minority Entrepreneurs Scholarship Program.

Five $3,000 scholarship awards will be presented annually. The scholarship program recognizes minority students who are enrolled in business, franchising, or entrepreneurial studies.

Applicants must be:

  • College students enrolled in an accredited college or university
  • Adult entrepreneurs pursuing Executive Education programs (must have at least five years of business ownership or managerial experience, as well as excellent credentials, including employment experience)
  • Be considered a member of a minority group: African-American, American-Indian, Hispanic, or Asian-American
  • Be a U.S. citizen

Deadline: June 15, 2010.

Fill out the scholarship application here.

Good luck!


American Fire Sprinker Association Second Chance Scholarship ProgramDo you have your high school diploma or GED, and are thinking about going back to school?

Get the knowledge and skills needed to gain an education and better your life!

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) “Second Chance Scholarship Contest” is giving away five $1,000 scholarships!

Applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens or legal residents with high school diplomas, GED, or equivalent.
  • planning to enroll in school by the 2011 spring semester


Applications are being accepted from May 11, 2010 (noon Central Daylight Time) until August 25, 2010 (noon Central Daylight Time)

There will be five scholarships winners. Each will receive $1,000.

For more information & to apply, visit the AFSA Second Chance Scholarship Contest website.

You CAN better your life! Apply today!


star trek, language studies scholarship

The Klingon Language Institute is sponsoring the Kor Memorial Scholarship which recognizes full-time students in a field of language study. This may include French, Spanish, or other general linguistics degrees.

Having a familiarity with Klingon (the language created and used for the ‘Star Trek’ series) is not required, but applicants who are creative and innovative are preferred!

Deadline: June 1, 2010

Award: $500

For more information, visit the Klingon Language Institute website.


ford motor company scholarshipsFord Blue Oval Scholars offers the following scholarships to high school and college students:

1. American Indian College Fund

2. Arab American Scholarship (administered by the Lebanese American Heritage Club)

3. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

4. Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust

5. Jalen Rose Charitable Fund

6. League of United Latin American Citizens

7. National Association of Hispanic Journalists

8. National Future Farmers of America Organization

9. Smithsonian Latino Center Young Ambassadors Program

10. Spend a Semester in Washington, D.C.

11. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

For more information, check out the Ford Blue Oval Scholars website.


Ben Stein, a contributor for CBS Sunday Morning talks about Accepting Your College Placement.

Some people never get over not being accepted to the college of their dreams.

“As far as I can tell, the men and women who have achieved the most in life in terms of getting to do what they wanted, live a comfortable life, and get recognition for it, did so pretty much without regard to where they went to college,” says Stein.

Watch the video here:

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2010 US Cyber Challenge ScholarshipThe US Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a national talent search and skills development program, to find high school and college students who are interested in becoming cybersecurity professionals.

High school students can apply for the USCC Common Knowledge Scholarship. Students must learn as much as they can about the US Cyber Challenge, and then take 2 multiple-choice quizzes online at their website: Deadline is May 21, 2010.

In New York and California, Security Treasure Hunt competitions are being held for college students who are qualified with cybersecurity skills. The winners of these competitions will attend an all-expenses paid Cyber Challenge Summer camps in 2010, and receive free training from expert cybersecurity professionals. Deadline is midnight on May 20, 2010.

For more information and to register, please visit the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation website.

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30 all-time graduation speakersMay is graduation month – where students receive their college diplomas and listen to respected members of the community give commencement speeches.

Here are the 30 All Time Graduation Speakers, according to The Daily Beast:

1. Bill Cosby: comedian, author, activist

2. Bill Clinton: 42nd President of the United States

3. Marian Wright Edleman: President & Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund

4. Madeleine Albright: Former Secretary of State, professor

5. Elizabeth Dole: Former U.S. Senator, Cabinet secretary, Red Cross Director

Click here to view the full list of commencement speakers

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  1. Identify the colleges which best meet your academic, extracurricular and geographic criteria. Investigate schools which represent a range of costs but do not let higher costs pay_for_collegekeep you from seeking admission.
  2. Understand the difference between scholarships and need-based financial aid. Merit-based scholarship aid may be awarded to students with exceptional abilities in academic, music or other areas. Need-based aid is available to students whose families need help in meeting college costs. Most schools, but not all, offer both types.
  3. Find out what types of aid are available at the schools you like best, which aid application forms are required, and the deadline for each school. College and university catalogs, financial aid brochures and Web sites, and admissions and financial aid staff are your best resources for this kind of information.
  4. Don’t rule out private colleges because they may seem to cost more. The chance that your financial need will be met is actually greater at a private college or university because many state-supported schools cannot offer as many financial aid options.
  5. Apply for the types of aid that best fit YOU. Everyone’s situation is different and everyone’s financial aid experience is too. Don’t exclude yourself from the process because your neighbor didn’t qualify for scholarships or other forms of financial aid.
  6. Consider the final cost to you rather than the listed price of the school. Understand how much of your expense can be met through financial aid programs. At many schools, the majority of students pay less than the listed price thanks to financial aid.
  7. Compare the aid packages, or the combination of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study awards, that you receive from different schools. Be sure that in each case you understand your family’s bottom line cost for the year, the amount of loans and the amount granted through student employment.
  8. Notify the Office of Financial Aid if there is a change in your family’s financial status in 2010. A financial aid package can be adjusted, even after the academic year begins, but the office can only consider special circumstances if they have the new information. Keep the lines of communication open.
  9. Investigate other kinds of long-term, low-interest loans and monthly payment plans. There are a number of opportunities for parents to borrow or to spread their payments out over the course of the year or over as many as 10 years. Be sure to check out federal loans with tax-deductible interest.
  10. Select the college that offers you the best long-term value for the price and where your educational needs will best be met. Work and save as much as you can to achieve your goal.

Originally compiled by Helen Nunn, Director of Financial Aid, Susquehanna University

Attention Single Moms! would love to hear feedback from Single Moms out there on the following questions!

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