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Sodexo Foundation STOP Hunger Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

Recognizing and Rewarding Students who Fight Hunger in America with $5,000 Scholarships

The Sodexo Foundation, the anti-hunger charitable arm of Sodexo, Inc., opened applications for its national STOP Hunger Scholarship program on January 1, 2011.

Sodexo Foundation Stop Hunger

Sodexo Foundation Stop Hunger

Up to five students will be selected as national winners. Each will receive a $5,000 scholarship award and a matching $5,000 grant in their name for the hunger charity of their choice. In addition, up to 20 students will earn regional recognition, with a $1,000 donation in their name to the hunger charity of their selection. The deadline for applications is February 18, 2011. For a complete description of the program or an online application visit www.SodexoFoundation.org.

The STOP Hunger Scholarships recognize students (K-grad school) who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models and solutions to eliminate hunger in America.  First introduced in 2007, the scholarships support the education of young people who are working to end hunger in communities across the country – and to draw attention to the innovative and effective solutions that they are implementing toward ending hunger in their lifetime.

“One in four people on line at food banks is a child,” said Stephen J. Brady, president of the Sodexo Foundation. “The STOP Hunger Scholarship program recognizes that young people not only are the victims of this national tragedy, many of them are offering fresh, creative and effective solutions so that their friends and neighbors – and even complete strangers – have enough to eat.”

According to Share Our Strength, millions of kids struggle with hunger. In one of the wealthiest countries in the world, more than 17 million kids don’t get the food they need. That’s millions of kids who are sick more often, have trouble learning, and are more likely to develop behavioral and emotional problems.

The scholarships will be presented on June 9, 2011 at the Sodexo Foundation Dinner in Washington, D.C.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in an accredited education institution (kindergarten through graduate school) in the United States and be able to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to hunger-relief activities in their community.

The deadline for applications is February 18, 2011. For a complete description of the program or an online application visit www.SodexoFoundation.org.

Watch videos of the 2010 recipients of the Stop Hunger Scholarship

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Levi’s® Brand and JCPenney are partnering for the second consecutive year to offer two college scholarship packages of $50,000 each during the companies’ tuition sweepstakes. The scholarships are fully transferable enabling the winner to choose who receives the scholarship – themselves, their friends, their children, their grandchildren, etc.

The Levi’s® brand and JCPenney created this tuition campaign to specifically support access to higher education and to increase opportunities for lifetime success.

The tuition sweepstakes begins on July 21, 2010 and ends on September 6, 2010.

Anyone age 13 or older is encouraged to enter by:

  • texting “TUITION” to 45481
  • visiting www.LevisTuition.com
  • going to the JCPenney Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JCPenney

Good luck!


Do you love wine? Have you ever wanted to design a cool, unique label for your favorite wine?

Hyatt Hotels is sponsoring a contest asking art students to create a submit a signature wine label for Canvas Wine bottles.

Not only will the winning label be printed on Canvas Wine bottles beginning in 2011, but three winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship to any art school!

Applicants must submit an original piece of art depicting the characteristics of one of the three Canvas types of wine:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot

Deadline is August 15, 2010.

Judges will select three finalists for each type of wine whose art work will be displayed on the Canvas Wines website.

You can find more information here.


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!


iStock_000000696495XSM_moneyrollNews stories this week reported that contributions from wealthy donors will result in new college grants and loans for students in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia. The money probably won’t be available until next year, but the opening bell for the 2010 FAFSA is only 6 weeks away, anyway.

One happy recipient of a generous financial aid donation is the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. The Charles E. Schell Foundation awarded the University a $100,000 grant to be used for interest-free student loans. To be eligible, college students will need to be citizens of Ohio, Kentucky, or West Virginia (or some unspecified adjoining states), between the ages of 18 and 25, with a minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

A little research on the Charles E. Schell Foundation shows that the Foundation has awarded many such grants to dozens of schools in the region, including Ivy Tech Community College, Midway College, Union College, Denison University, Oakland University, University of Evansville, and Shawnee State, to name just a few. If you’re a college student in this part of the country, you should check with your financial aid office about whether your school may have the same interest-free loan program. Clearly, the Charles E. Schell Foundation is a generous supporter of higher education.

And numerous news publications reported a new $200 million grant from investment bank Goldman Sachs to provide scholarships for business students at community colleges. The first school to get money for scholarships will be La Guardia Community College in Queens, New York, but the plan is to roll out business education scholarships to other local community colleges as well. Goldman Sachs also apologized for its contribution to the collapse of the economy a year ago, but said that the apology and its new scholarship program were not necessarily related. But The New York Times could not resist mentioning that Rolling Stone Magazine has referred to Goldman Sachs as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity,” so now, regretfully, I can’t resist either. The scholarships are a good idea, though.

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10 Scholarships for Women

One thing we get asked about a lot is whether we know of any scholarships for single mothers, working mothers, and women in general. In fact, many private foundations provide grants and scholarships for women of all backgrounds and ages, including working mothers, women changing careers, women pursuing degrees in nontraditional fields, and women both beginning and returning to school. Here are 10 well-established scholarships for women:

Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)

  • Scholarships for formerly battered women, for the purpose of getting an education that will help provide stable employment, personal independence, and self-sufficiency
  • Primary goal is to help single mothers with young children who have the greatest financial challenges (childcare costs, etc.)
  • You must be pursuing an accredited program (fulltime or part-time) at state-supported community colleges, state-supported colleges or universities, technical/vocational schools, private colleges or universities, proprietary schools
  • Application Deadline: Check website for complete eligibility and application details

Success!Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarships

  • Scholarships for mature (age 35 or older), low-income women
  • You must be enrolled in or accepted to an accredited school in pursuit of an associate’s degree or first bachelor’s degree in a technical or vocational education
  • Application Deadline: Check website in October

Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.)

  • Program for Continuing Education: $2,000 need-based grants to women returning to school to support themselves and/or their families
  • STAR Scholarship Pilot Program: $2,500 scholarships for high school seniors to pursue postsecondary education at accredited institutions
  • International Peace Scholarship: $10,000 (maximum) scholarships for international women students pursuing graduate study in the U.S. and Canada
  • Scholar Awards: Substantial merit-based awards for pursuing a doctoral level degree or postgraduate study or research at an accredited college or university
  • Application deadline: Check website

Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards

  • Scholarships (number varies): up to $10,000 each
  • For women who are the main breadwinners for their families and who have overcome challenges to return to school, to help them improve education, skills, and employment prospects
  • You must be enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program (you can’t already have an undergraduate degree)
  • Application deadline: December 1

Talbot’s Women’s Scholarship Fund

  • 60 Scholarships of $1,000 each and 6 Scholarships of $10,000 each (only applicants seeking a bachelor’s degree from a 2- or 4-year college or university are eligible for these awards)
  • For women who earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago
  • You must be seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university, or vocational-technical school
  • Application deadline: Check the website in the fall for a scholarship the following year

Possible Woman Foundation International Scholarships

  • Scholarships (number varies): approx. $2,000–$5,000
  • For stay-at-home moms entering the workforce in need of additional education/training, women returning to school after a break in their education, and women changing careers or seeking career advancement
  • Application deadline: January

American Association of University Women Career Development Grants

  • Grants: $2,000–$12,000
  • For women with a bachelor’s degree preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force
  • Special consideration given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credential in nontraditional fields
  • For pursuing master’s degree, second bachelor’s degree, or specialized training in technical or professional fields
  • Distance learning programs are eligible
  • Application deadline: December

Accounting Scholarships for Women in Transition

  • Scholarship: up to $16,000 over 4 years
  • Women in Transition and Women in Need Scholarships for women who have become the sole source of support for themselves and their family, either through divorce or death of a spouse; other circumstances also considered
  • For incoming freshmen, current freshmen, or women returning to school with a freshmen status pursuing an accounting degree
  • Application deadline: April

Royal Neighbors of America Scholarships for Women

  • Life Enrichment Scholarships for Returning Students (5): $500 each awarded to returning students over 21 and pursuing short term coursework
  • New Horizons Scholarships for Returning Students (10): $5,000 each one-time scholarships awarded to females over the age of 35
  • New Horizons Leader Scholarship for a Returning Student (1): $5,000/year for up to four years awarded to a woman over the age of 35 who goes above and beyond to volunteer in her community and achieve financial security, health and wellness
  • You must be a Royal Neighbors of America member
  • Application deadline: April

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

  • Scholarships: $10,000 each/year; Finalists: $1,000 award each
  • For rising seniors and graduate students enrolled fulltime in Computer Science, Computer Engineering program, or closely related technical field
  • Application Deadline: February 1

Be sure to visit each scholarship site for complete FAQ, eligibility details, and application process, and deadlines. For more scholarship opportunities for moms, see our post Single Mom Scholarships.

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The key to applying for scholarships is to be thorough, and to carefully follow each available scholarship’s instructions.

1. Confirm that you meet all the eligibility criteria of each scholarship you want to apply for. Don’t apply for a scholarship if you only “sort of” meet its requirements or meet “almost all” the criteria. You won’t be considered and you’ll only annoy the scholarship committee who may evaluate your future application at a later date, when you are eligible to apply.

2. Confirm the application deadline for each available scholarship and note the days you should have those applications in the mail. Applications that are even a day late will not be considered, so leave yourself several days ahead of each deadline for mail delays or other last-minute complications. If you have to fill out an online application in addition to mailing in supporting documents, schedule in some time to get online to do that.

3. Organize your available scholarships by deadline and make a list of all the information each application requires. Most scholarships will ask for:
Diploma and Scholarship

  • Application form (look for a downloadable PDF, or an online application, on the scholarship website)
  • Your FAFSA or
  • Documentation confirming your income and personal assets
  • Your Grade Point Average (GPA) and transcripts
  • Proof of enrollment or acceptance for admission from your school
  • Your education goal

Depending on the type of scholarship you’re applying for, you may also be asked for:

  • Nomination from the scholarship representative at your school
  • Personal or professional references (include an up-to-date phone number, email address, and mailing address for each reference). Check with your references first, before supplying their names.
  • Community or education achievements
  • Commitment to a service obligation
  • Essay

4. Get in touch with your reference writers. Give them plenty of time to write your reference letter — you will likely get a more positive reference that way.

5. Recycle your essays. If you find you’re writing more or less the same essay for each available scholarship, reuse one you’ve already written and customize it to address the specific differences of each additional scholarship.

6. Proofread your applications and essays carefully for misspellings and errors in grammar and word usage. (Watch out for easy mistakes with your and you’re; its and it’s; were and we’re; and their, there, and they’re.) If you’ve recycled an essay, make sure you’ve replaced the name of the original scholarship or sponsor everywhere it can be found.

7. Review all the pieces of your application packet. Make sure it has everything the instructions required and nothing they didn’t ask for.

8. Make copies of everything in your application packet before you mail it. (What if the original got lost in the mail?!)

9. Submit your application packets earlier than “just in time.” Just in case.

10. Follow up with each scholarship sponsor to verify that each received your application packet. Did your online application forms provide you with a confirmation email?

Many students apply for every available scholarship. Make your application stand out with efficiency, organization, neatness, and clarity.

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Culinary Scholarships

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) has some excellent scholarships available to students who have been accepted or are enrolled in an accredited restaurant or foodservice program. It is not too late to apply! Check out the NRAEF website for more details, including scholarship eligibility requirement and application information.

NRAEF Scholarships

1. Current Undergraduate Students Scholarship. Application deadline: July 31, 2009

This scholarship offers an award starting at $2,500 to a full-time undergraduate currently enrolled in a foodservice program at an accredited school, college or university.

2. ManageFirst Program Scholarship. Application deadline: July 31, 2009

The ManageFirst Program scholarship is available to those current full-time undergraduates who have at least one ManageFirst certificate. Award amounts begin at $2,500.

3. ProStart Students Scholarship. Application deadline: August 14, 2009

Graduating high school seniors with a ProStart National certificate can benefit from the ProStart Student scholarship with an award that starts at $2,500 as long as they are enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited foodservice program.

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