Marriott 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
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!
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.
The 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: www.uscyberchallenge.org. 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.
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 keep you from seeking admission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.