Top 10 ways to concentrate when cramming for exams

studyblog1 photo12 dont stress Top 10 ways to concentrate when cramming for examsThe one thing you can’t get rid of as a student is exams! Some are terrified just by thinking about them. Though tests stress us out, they are actually a good thing, as they serve to evaluate our knowledge and ability to process information. Here are the few ways that might heighten your concentration while you sweat over your exams.

  • Have a strategy!

studyblog1 photo2 have a strategy 1024x922 Top 10 ways to concentrate when cramming for examsBefore you start learning, come up with a short and crisp plan on how you will proceed. For example, how many hours will you study, and what topics will you cover. At the end, note whether you were productive according to this list. At the same time, make sure the strategy is practical. Making impossible plans will let you down and you’ll start doubting yourself, so give yourself confidence to being with and never let that happen. Being positive is a must!

  • Get off your phone!

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Once you’re done with your planning, put your mobile phone on silent. Or better yet, switch it off. A call or even a text will distract you, so try to avoid it until you’re done with your studies. Avoid anything internet-related (Facebook, Twitter, email), unless it is really needed for your preparation.

  • Choose a better place!

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Go to a place where no one will disturb you and that’s free from noise and other distractions like TV, radio, etc. If you think music can help you to relax, aim for soothing tunes that won’t distract you. Pick a room with no bed; learning in a bed may lull you off to sleep, so sit erect while studying for your exams.

  • Take a break!

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Never try to overdo anything, especially studying for an exam. Accept the fact that we’re all human and not machines that work continuously. Taking a break once an hour or once you’re done with a chapter will help you stay stress-free, and you can refresh yourself with a cup of coffee or an energy-boosting snack.

  • Use your imagination!

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If you notice you’re forgetting studying points continuously after reading them several times, try to visualize it, or come up with short hints and you can go through those before taking the exam.

  • Be smart!

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Learn the short and easy ones topics first, and don’t panic if something is really tough or difficult to remember. Instead, try to break it to smaller points so it’s easier memorize and recollect later during the exam. Panicking will only consume your time and put you under more stress.

  • Have your self – control(led)!

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Say NO whenever your brain thinks of something that is not relevant to the subject you’re studying. If you let your mind wander while learning, the same will happen while writing the exam.

  • Study Group! (?)

studyblog1 photo9 have a strategy Top 10 ways to concentrate when cramming for examsIf you’re going to organize a study group with friends, you can forget about learning at all. Being with friends can easily distract you, so try to avoid them during your preparation time. You can call them for doubts but never indulge in a long irrelevant conversation as you’ll only waste your time and your friends’.

  • Healthy diet!

studyblog1 photo10 healthy diet Top 10 ways to concentrate when cramming for examsNever eat anything that would upset your digestive system, or too much, as this may put you to sleep. Drink plenty of water. Intake of fresh juices, greens and other veggies will keep your mind to stay fresh and healthy while studying.

  • Get a good night’s sleep!

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If you want an effective result for all the efforts you’ve put in, get a full night’s sleep. Avoid late night studies. The standard suggestion is at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep the night before an examination.

studyblog1 photo13 meditate Top 10 ways to concentrate when cramming for examsInstead of cramming a day before the test, try to start ahead. Avoid negative thoughts. Meditate whenever possible. Remember – Don’t stress! Do your best! Forget the rest!

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10 Ways to Save Money During Winter Break

Here are useful ways you can save money when school’s out and have a pretty good time:

1. Throw a leftovers party, that way all the money you spent on food doesn’t go to waste!

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One tip to remember is if you’re planning on throwing the party a few days after Christmas, make sure to freeze everything.

2. Save on snow gear!

 

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There are plenty of places that give discounts to students on snow gear. Be sure to check them out before you pay full price.

3. Host movie nights! There’s nothing better than inviting friends over for a movie night.

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Not only is it cozier to stay at home, but you also save money on tickets and munchies with home-made popcorn.

4. Travel home for cheaper!

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If you’re looking for the least expensive way to travel home for the holidays, be sure to try booking (in advance) through Amtrak, Greyhound, or MegaBus.

5. Invite your friends over for potluck dinners!

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Everyone chips in and it definitely takes some of the pressure off the host.

6. Explore local venues!

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Chances are there that there will be great events taking place during winter break. Just get out there and explore the culture of your hometown.

7. Go ice skating!

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If you have a community lake that freezes up during winter break, make sure to take advantage. It’s so fun in a big group or as a date activity and it’s nearly free!

8. Flash your student ID!

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Winter break is a great time to go shopping because the seasons are changing and you have to layer up, but it’s important to remember the discounts you can get with your student ID. Don’t forget it at home.

9. Spearhead fun outings!

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Look on sites like Living Social or GroupOn to help you get good deals while you’re home and have some time to relax. There are endless winter activities that are posted and they’re all at great rates!

10. Use Uber, ride sharing and carpooling apps to save on gas and transportation.

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It pays to leave your car at home. You’ll save money and meet new people!

The Ultimate Guide to Easy Scholarships

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Easy Scholarships Are Closer Than You Think!

Easy scholarships may be the right thing you are looking for if you are searching for opportunities to fund your college education. After reading the same type of scholarship information over and over, the task may seem boring and tedious. However, some scholarships break free from the confines of traditional scholarships. The unique scholarships listed below offer interesting ways to make some quick money to help pay for college tuition. Read on to see how you may be able to pay for your college education.

How to Find Easy Scholarships

You may define “easy” in a different way than others do. For some people, an easy scholarship is a no essay scholarship because they do not write well naturally. For others, essay scholarships may provide the perfect opportunities for them to showcase their creative writing abilities. The key to finding easy scholarships is to focus on your talents. What can you really do well at? Once you target some of the special qualities you possess, you can start looking for easy scholarships that match your skills and aspirations.

You can always contact organizations in your area that relate to your special talents. If you are an artist, for example, you could contact a local art club to see if they have any scholarship contests you may be able to enter your artwork into. There are similar organizations for just about any talent you may have, so you simply have to take a little time to find them. You can further explore your options by speaking with a college financial adviser or by searching online. Regardless of how you look for scholarships, you should be able to find something easy for you to apply for.

Popular Easy Scholarships

The term “easy” scholarships is somewhat misleading because they aren’t always “easy” to find. Nevertheless, there are a number of options out there for you. Here are a few distinctive scholarships that offer propose a fun, easy alternative to their traditional counterparts:

  • Tall Clubs International Scholarship: One interesting and unusual scholarship is offered through the Tall Clubs International (TCI) group. This scholarship awards up to $1,000 to individuals who are tall of stature. The requirements for this scholarship are quite simple: female applicants must be at or above 5’10″in height and male applicants must be at or above 6’2″ in height. In order to apply for the scholarship, you must join TCI. Once you’ve joined, fill out the simple downloadable form on their website, and contact a member to be your sponsor to recommend you for the scholarship. All the information can be found on their website.
  • VRG Scholarship: Another unique scholarship aimed at vegetarians is sponsored by The Vegetarian Resource Group. In order to apply for this scholarship, the applicant must be vegetarian, must be graduating from high school in spring of 2012, and must have promoted vegetarianism in their school or community. If you meet those qualifications, you may be eligible to receive one of two awards of $5,000. Simple ideas to promote vegetarianism may include, but are not limited to, setting up a garden for your school’s cafeteria, writing an article for your local or school newspaper about the benefits of vegetarianism, or rallying to have your school or local community center offer vegetarian meals as a part of their menu. To apply for the scholarship, please visit their website listed above.
  • Elks Foundation Scholarships: Did you ever think that an elk might give you a scholarship? The Elks National Foundation gives out 400 scholarships as part of their Most Valuable Student Award scholarship, and each scholarship ranges from $1,000 to $15,000 a year per student award. The only stipulations to apply and receive the scholarship is that the student pursue college full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester), be attending a U.S. college, be enrolled in a four-year degree program, and be a high school senior. Applicants do not need to be a member of the Elks National Foundation to qualify, nor do they need to know anyone associated with the Elks. However, having a good GPA and being active in your school may help improve your chances of being selected.
  • Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest: Practice your duck calls because they may just earn you a scholarship. The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest awards four different scholarships (in denominations of $2000, $1000, $750, and $500) to high school graduates each year for their duck calling expertise. In affiliation with the World’s Champion Duck Calling Contest, the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest is open to any high school senior in the United States. How do you qualify? Just attend the contest held each year, and you could qualify for financial aid.

Many easy scholarship opportunities exist outside of the ones mentioned above. What is the best advice to follow in order to receive scholarships? Apply, apply, apply! With a little time on your hands and a little effort you will be racking up award after award.

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans – What’s the Difference?

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Understanding Scholarships, Grants, and Student Loans

Just about every graduate student needs some kind of assistance to pay for college. There are several types of financial aid for grad school that you might use to fund your degree. It is your job to select the right kind of aid for your school, degree, and financial status. Let’s take a closer look at the difference between scholarships, grants, and student loans so you can figure out which option is right for you.

What Are Scholarships?

Scholarships are the ideal forms of financial aid because you don’t have to pay them back. You can get a scholarship based on your grades, income, lifestyle, race, religion, major, talent, or anything else along those lines. Most scholarships are available through clubs and private organizations, but you can sometimes find them through businesses or individual people. No matter what you get, you won’t have to pay any of the money back

What Are Grants?

Grants are like scholarships in the sense that you do not have to pay them back. Most of these are funded through the government, like the well-known Pell Grant. However, there are plenty of private parties that issue grants as well, and most of them do so based on financial need. If you come from a low income household, this would be a great venue for you to explore.

What Are Student Loans?

Student loans should be considered your last source of financial aid. As the name implies, these loans have to be paid back. Most of them come with low interest rates, but they can quickly add up over time. If you get too many of them, you may actually end up way over your head in debt by the time you get out of school. Your income might be able to support that debt over time, but you will have to pay it no matter what until then. If you can get a grant or scholarship to pay for school, that would be the ideal option for you.

Note that there are many different forms of student loans, from private student loans to Stafford Loans from the government. The way you qualify for these loans and the way you go about paying them back will vary from one provider to the next. Make sure you understand all of the terms of your loan and your repayment program before you sign up for a long-term debt.

Other Forms of Financial Aid

There are other financial aid options to choose from, like fellowships or work study programs. Check out as many opportunities as you can to hopefully pay off your expenses in college. You can never have too much financial aid available to you, so you might as well apply for anything you possibly can. The more money you get, the better off you will be in the long run.

How to Win a Bowling Scholarship

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Make Money from Your Bowling Skills

Don’t you wish your bowling skills could get you more than trophies and local fame? If you apply for a bowling scholarship, they very well could. Bowling scholarships are set up by the Professional Bowling Association and independent bowling leagues to give promising bowlers a chance to get a good education. You don’t have to become a professional bowler to earn one, but you do have to meet certain academic and participatory requirements. Every bowling scholarship is a little different, so you need to check with the official rules before you apply to one. Here is a basic guide explaining how to win a bowling scholarship.

Find the Right Scholarship

You can apply for as many bowling scholarships as you want, but some may be more “up your alley” than others. (Forgive the corny joke there!) For instance, some bowling scholarships are set up in a tournament fashion, where applicants compete against each other just like they would in any other bowling tourney. If you are a really good bowler, this may be a perfect setup for you. If you are an amateur who just happens to love the sport, you may want to look for an essay contest or a bowling shirt design contest – something that does not require playing to win. Search your local bowling centers, bowling clubs, bowling leagues, and bowling associations for potential scholarship opportunities and then go through the steps to apply.

Maintain Your Grades

Even though bowling scholarships aren’t specifically set up for academics, many of them do require you to have good grades to qualify. You may be 16 years old with a 230 average, but having a 2.0 GPA won’t get you anywhere. The scholarship committee wants to see that their money is going to be put to good use. Thus you need to prove yourself beyond the lanes. Don’t lose track of your school work, and hopefully you’ll have the grades to win a bowling scholarship.

Practice Your Game

If you are going to enter a tournament style bowling scholarship contest, you need to practice as much as possible. See if you can work something out with your local bowling alley to practice without paying every time you use the lanes. Some bowling centers will give you free play opportunities if they know you’re working toward a scholarship. Play in bowling leagues and go out with friends as often as possible in preparation for the big day.

Apply Often and Early

Since there are a lot of bowling scholarships that come up, you need to apply to as many of them as you can. The earlier you start, the more chances you will have. Once you get a feel for how these scholarships work, you’ll be able to dominate every time you try to get one. Hopefully you win a ton of money for your tuition.

Don’t Stop at Bowling Scholarships!

Chances are bowling isn’t your only skill, and even if it is, you shouldn’t limit yourself to just filling out applications for bowling scholarships. Check out other financial aid opportunities that you may qualify for so you can diversify your options and generate as much income as possible.

Scholarship Tips for Parents

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Help Your High Schooler Pay for College

If you have a child in high school, you know how close college is for him. Your child may not be thinking about it now, but you probably worry about it every single day. For most parents, the fear is less about their child being accepted into college and more about finding a way to pay for it. That is where this little article might help you out. Here are some simple ways to help your high schooler pay for college if you are not able to do so on your own.

Pay for the PSAT

Encourage your child to take the PSAT in his junior year. This test will determine whether or not he is considered a National Merit Scholar. If your child is smart enough to become one of those individuals, you will not have to worry about financial aid whatsoever. Just about any college he applies to will offer him a full ride, including room and board. Study with your student to ensure his or her success on that exam. It will make a big difference in the future.

Apply Early for College

A lot of colleges will use a student’s admissions application as an application for scholarships issued through the school. Thus you could fill out a number of scholarship applications just by applying to schools. Granted, you will have to pay to apply to the schools, so be careful about which ones you choose. Make sure your child meets all of the entrance requirements before you waste your money on a pointless shot.

Convince Your Child to Get a Summer Job

At this point, your child should be old enough to work during the summer. He may not pull 40 hours a week like you do, but he should find a part time job at a store or restaurant. This will give your child money to spend on clothes, books, a car, housing – whatever the case may be. You can still provide for him as much as possible, but the extra income will take a little weight off your shoulders.

Look Everywhere for Scholarships and Grants

You can find scholarships just about everywhere, from the internet to local organizations. If you see a scholarship contest in your area, get your child to apply for it. If you have some free time on the weekend, look for opportunities online. While you’re there, fill out your child’s FAFSA to see if he qualifies for a Pell Grant. You could subscribe to popular scholarship blogs online and get news about financial aid sent right to your email account. You could even fill out no essay scholarships for your student without having him around. The more work you put into finding financial aid, the more your child will put in as well.

You can never have too much financial aid for college. Save whatever money you can on your own, and make a positive effort to find the rest of it with your kid. Make sure he does some of the searching too, just so you have the best possible chance of getting the money he needs for college. This will teach him good habits for when he gets out on his own.

 

Scholarships for Height, Weight, and More!

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Using Your Looks to Pay for College

The title of this post implies that we’ll be talking about beauty pageants and modeling, but that is far from the case. If you have a quirky trait related to your body’s exterior, you might be able to use it to pay for college. Those big ears from Grandpa Joe and that short stature from Great-Aunt Betsy could actually turn into positives if you give them a chance. Here is a look at some of the physical traits you could win scholarships for.

Height

Tired of being six inches taller than everyone around you? Don’t complain too much. That height could land you a Tall Clubs International Scholarship, which is specifically designed for the “giants” of the modern world. If you are a woman over 5’10” or a man over 6’2″, this could be a great opportunity for you.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, people with forms of dwarfism may qualify for the Little People of America Scholarships. There are different stipulations for different awards, but they’re all meant to give short people a chance to stand tall in college.

Weight

Being “big boned” may have gotten you made fun of in high school, but you can take all that pain straight to the bank. National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance Scholarships are designed to help overweight individuals fund their degrees. There are several scholarships to apply for, but you must be a member of the NAAFA to participate. If you are one already, this could be your chance at success.

Left Handedness

Did you make it out as a left-hander, despite those nuns trying to slap you in the wrist for it? Believe it or not, you could get a scholarship because of that. Juanita College offers the Fredrick and Mary F Beckley Left Handed Scholarship, specifically for people with dominating left hands. This might not be the first trait you would associate with a college scholarship, but it could help you cover part of your costs in school.

Hair Color

Proud redheads can turn their fiery follicles into cold-hard cash for college, thanks to The Scholarship for Redheads. This award is as simplistic as it sounds, made for people who were born with red hair. It is completely legitimate, and the prize money seems to grow every year. If you can prove your roots are ginger, you can apply for this scholarship.

Think about the physical traits that make you stand out, and then look for scholarships related to them. You might be surprised by the opportunities coming your way.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about FAFSA

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A College Student’s Guide to the FAFSA

A FAFSA is a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and it is something you will have to fill out every year if you want financial aid in college. Most grant holders require FAFSA information before releasing money to a student, but a lot of scholarship committees have started asking for the same. This begs the question: What is the point of a FAFSA? What does it tell other people that makes it so important in getting financial aid? Let’s take a look at this application a little more closely so you can learn why you have to fill out a FAFSA every year.

What Is FAFSA Used for?

For the most part, a FAFSA is meant to help the government establish how desperate your financial need is for college. They do this by assessing your tax information or the tax information for your parents. If you are married, this assessment will be based on the combined income levels of you and your spouse. If you are not, the assessment will be based on information from your parents. After assessing the different information from your tax returns, the government calculates an expected family contribution for you. The lower that number is, the more money you could get to pay for school.

How Do I Fill out a FAFSA?

You can fill out your FAFSA online or through a paper form you can get through your school. Most people just do the application on the web because it processes faster that way and is much more convenient to use. The site stores your information from previous years, so you don’t have to enter quite as much information year after year.

You can fill out your FAFSA without your tax information (or your parent’s income information), as well as personal data like your address and Social Security Number. Everything is thoroughly explained on the application, so you just have to fill out the sections one by one.

What Happens If I Lie on My FAFSA?

If you are thinking about lying on your FAFSA, don’t. Your information will be checked and double checked to determine authenticity. Your school may ask you to send in a copy of your tax forms, so there is no reason to say you made less money than you did last year. If you remain honest from the start, you will have the best chance at securing financial aid as a whole.

When Should I Fill out My FAFSA?

Some forms of federal aid are only available in limited quantities, so try to fill out your application as soon as possible. If you do not have your tax information yet, you can approximate your earnings or let the form do so from your previous year’s tax return. You can always go back and edit this later on. If you get your app in early enough, you could snag enough money to pay for most of your college education.

How Much Does a FAFSA Cost, and How Long Does It Take to Complete?

A FAFSA is free to fill out, and it should not take more than 30 minutes of your time. The first application is usually the most time consuming because you have to enter all of your information in by hand. Next year, most of this will be pre-filled for you, so all you have to do is update contact details, school info, income information, etc. Get started with your FAFSA right away, and you can lock in much-needed financial aid for college.

Top 15 Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships: Part 3

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Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship

The Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship from Cascade Healthcare Solutions is awarded to one aspiring nurse each year. To apply for the award, you must submit a 200-300 word essay about the differences nurses make in the world. You must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and you must be a legal resident of the United States. You must also be able to prove that you have been accepted into an undergraduate nursing degree program or that you are currently enrolled in one. Employees and family members of Cascade Healthcare Solutions are not eligible to apply.

  • Award Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: August 1

Outlaw Student Nursing Scholarship

Unlike most of the nursing scholarships listed here, the Outlaw Student Nursing Scholarship is issued directly to you, not the school. This means that you can apply the money toward living expenses and other bills instead of just books and tuition. There are four chances to win this scholarship throughout the year, giving you plenty of opportunities to earn money for your education. Applicants must be enrolled in or accepted into a nursing degree program in order to win this award.

  • Award Amount: $500
  • Deadline: Ongoing

Jacksonville University RN-to-BSN Honor Scholarship

The Jacksonville University RN-to-BSN Honor Scholarship is available for nursing students who plan to complete their RN-to-BSN program online at JU. The scholarship is reserved for students who meet several high standard requirements, including: a minimum GPA of 3.4, no previous enrollment in an online course at JU, and a maintained GPA of 3.4 or higher during the award term. You may be a resident of any state in order to apply, as long as you meet the general requirements for acceptance into JU.

  • Award Amount: $3,575
  • Deadline: Two weeks before the start date of each school session

Nursing Home Abuse Prevention Scholarship

The Nursing Home Abuse Prevention Scholarship is funded by the Rooth Law Firm of Evanston, Illinois. The scholarship is awarded to first and second year nursing school students who have displayed an honorable commitment to their future careers in nursing. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to qualify for the scholarship, as well as proof of enrollment or acceptance into an accredited nursing school in the U.S. The money for this scholarship is sent directly to the student’s school, and the recipient must provide receipts showing where the money is going once he or she receives funding.

  • Award Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: July 31

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship is sponsored by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. It offers financial assistance to 50 students each year who are committed to careers related to Native American health care, tribal public policy, and the environment. Applicants must be Native American or Alaska Native in order to qualify, and they must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. since 1996, the organization has given our more than $7 million in scholarships to over 1,400 lucky recipients throughout the country.

  • Award Amount: $5,000
  • Deadline: March 3

FNSNA Scholarships

The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association gives out over $330,000 in scholarships every year. Scholarships are issued to students based on academic achievement, financial need, and involvement in the healthcare industry. If you are an active part of a local nursing organization or you participate in community activities related to healthcare, you might qualify for one of these scholarships. Keep in mind that there is a $10 application fee for this scholarship program, but there are ample opportunities for you to receive funding because of that.

  • Award Amount: $1,000 – $5,000
  • Deadline: January 16

Top 15 Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships: Part 2

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Genesis Health Services BSN Nursing Scholarship

The BSN Nursing Scholarship provided by Genesis Health Services is offered as a forgivable loan, which means you won’t have to pay it back as long as you agree to work for Genesis Health Services for two years after graduation. This may not sound like a good tradeoff, but it pretty much guarantees you a job after you get out of school. To qualify for this program, you must be pursuing a BSN at an accredited college or university in Iowa or Illinois. You must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 or a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.5. You must remain in school full time in order to maintain the scholarship.

  • Award Amount: $10,000
  • Deadline: March 28

NADONA Stephanie Carroll Scholarship

The Stephanie Carroll Scholarship is offered by the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA) in Long-Term Care. It is awarded to nursing students who are enrolled in programs related to long term care or geriatrics. The scholarship is available for undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must commit themselves to a career in long term care or geriatrics for at least two years after they graduate. The scholarship amount varies based on each student’s overall cost of attendance for nursing school. You will have to send in a detailed list of your expenses with your scholarship application.

  • Award Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: June 1

Griswold Home Care Scholarship

The Griswold Home Care Scholarship is offered through a “mission-driven home care services company” near Philadelphia. The faculty was founded by Jean Griswold in 1982 after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She felt the need to provide affordable healthcare for her community, and now a scholarship lives on in her name. The scholarship is provided for undergraduate nursing students who are enrolled in associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree programs. The scholarship is awarded bi-annually, giving you plenty of opportunities to apply while you are in college.

  • Award Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: November 1

NBNA Scholarships

The National Black Nurses Association offers a number of great scholarships for African American nursing students. Examples include the Margaret Pemberton Scholarship, the Maria Dudley Advanced Scholarship, the Rita E. Miller Scholarship, and the Martha R. Dudley Scholarship. To apply for any of these scholarships, you must have at least one full year of schooling remaining in your degree. You must go to an accredited nursing college, and you must be a member in good standing with one of the NBNA chapters in your area. Award amounts vary by scholarship, so you will need to contact the NBNA to find out which option is best for you.

  • Award Amount: $1,000 – $6,000
  • Deadline: April 15

SEIU Nora Piore Scholarship

The Nora Piore Scholarship is provided by the Services Employees International Union. The award is made in honor of Nora Piore, a woman who worked in public healthcare for more than 60 years. The funding for the scholarship is provided by Nora’s family. It is renewable for up to two years, which should give you a lot of money to fund your degree. You must be a member of the SEIU or related to a member of the SEIU in order to apply.

  • Award Amount: $4,000
  • Deadline: March 1

Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship

The Nurses of Tomorrow Scholarship from Medical Solutions is offered in honor of Nurses Week every year. It is made for nursing students who demonstrate financial need while they are in school. In order to apply for this scholarship, you will need to write a 250 word essay than answers the question, “What will you do as a nurse to ensure you always provide exceptional patient care?” You must have a 2.75 GPA or higher, and you must be enrolled in school full time.

  • Award Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 6

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Top 15 Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships: Part 1

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Undergraduate Nursing Scholarships

Nursing school can get expensive no matter what college you go to. Before you start panicking about how to pay for college, you might want to check out the top 15 undergraduate nursing scholarships we have listed below. These should help you cover your costs and get through school with minimal financial stress.

Note that this list is broken down into 3 parts, and you can continue to the other sections at the bottom or top of each page. All scholarship links have been verified as of 7/11/2015.

AfterCollege/AACN $10,000 Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is for students who are enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree programs in nursing. The award value of $10,000 is broken into four payments of $2,500, distributed each quarter a student is enrolled in a nursing program. To apply for this award, you must be 18 years or older and enrolled in an AACN member school. You may see if your school is part of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing through the member program directory.

  • Award Amount: $10,000
  • Deadline: March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31

Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association General Scholarships

The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association General Scholarships are awarded to students in state-approved schools of nursing. These students may be pursuing a nursing degree of any level, including an associate’s degree, diploma, master’s degree, bachelor’s degree, and more. Graduating high school seniors are not eligible for funding at this time. This organization awards over $345,000 in scholarships a year to nursing students throughout the country. Award recipients are chosen based on academic achievement, participation in nursing student organizations, financial need, and involvement in community health care activities. All applications require a $10 processing fee.

  • Award Amount: $1,000 – $2,500
  • Deadline: January 16

ANNA Career Mobility Scholarships

ANNA Career Mobility Scholarships are provided by the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association. There are several different awards to choose from in this set, but they all maintain the same basic criteria. Applicants must be current members of the ANNA and must have been active in the organization for a minimum of 2 years before the application deadline. Applicants must be involved in nephrology related health care services, and they must be accepted or enrolled in a BSN program or graduate level nursing program.

  • Award Amount: $1,000 – $2,500
  • Deadline: October 15

Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship

The Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship is designed for “nontraditional” nursing undergraduate students. These are students who did not pursue a college degree right after high school or who had their college careers interrupted with the need to join the workforce. The scholarship is sponsored by B4 Brands, and it offers $1,000 to five applicants every year. Students must be working toward an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in nursing in order to qualify. The award money is paid directly to the school, and it is non-renewable.

  • Award Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: August 31 (but not before July 1)

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Scholarships for Women

Why Scholarships for Women?

It’s no secret that scholarships come in all varieties – race, ethnicity and, of course, gender. However, that’s only because of the dedication women of the past put into equal educational opportunities for women. And, while many still believe there’s progress to be made, one of the best ways to do so is by taking your future into your own hands and seizing opportunities, such as scholarships for women.  While it was once rare to see women in higher education, now more women than men are attending college (Women represent over half the undergraduate class for Caucasians, and 62 percent of African American undergrads). Though a lot of progress has been made, inequalities still exist between men and women. Women still typically earn less than men and occupy a smaller percentage of high-paying jobs than men. So while women may be the majority of college students today, there are still many reasons for organizations to offer scholarships for women to try to close these gaps. Such scholarships can be great news for female students, as they can help you pursue a career you may not have originally considered, or to follow your dreams without taking out a lot of student loans. The average student loan takes over 15 years to pay off, so being able to graduate debt-free is definitely something every student should aim for.

Where to Look for Scholarships for Women

  • Check websites every few weeks for updates or additions.
  • Always look at scholarship and grant tabs on any websites for universities and colleges you are interested in attending.
  • Always look at scholarship tabs on professional websites for professions you might be interested in.
  • Talk to everyone you know. Owomens scholarships 300x278 Scholarships for Womenne of the best scholarships given every year in my community is from a fast-food restaurant, and we never would have ever heard about it unless told by a friend.
  • Go to the Public Library. There are catalogs published every year with scholarships listed for both state and private colleges and universities.

 

Some Tips:

  • Application deadlines occur all throughout the year – not just in the spring and fall. Applying for scholarships for women is an ongoing process. It’s not something you do once for a month or two and forget it.
  • You have to keep at it! You should be checking websites and ready to send out new applications at least every few weeks.
  • Make sure your applications for scholarships for women are compelling and sincere, but do not write a sob story. Keep it upbeat and let your inner light shine through your applications.

Here are some cool scholarships for women you can still apply for this year. Good luck!

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Fun Scholarships

How can scholarships be fun?

There are scholarships and there are fun scholarships. Pretty much every students needs them and for which you choose to apply is a matter of personal preference. Some students will only go for big serious ones, others are more flexible and will go for anything they are eligible for. There are serious things in life and there is fun. Then there are serious things that can be made fun. Those are the things that life is all about in the end of the day. While you are applying, why not look for fun scholarships and get more enjoyment out of the whole application process? There is some really cool and unique stuff out there that will not only put a smile on your face, they’ll also make you feel motivated to apply. I mean really, writing all those essays is getting pretty old, pretty quick, no?

What kind of fun scholarships are available?

There are lists and lists of fun scholarships available for the student who knows where to look for them. Here are a few examples of fun scholarships that are still open for admission:

Student Services Rodeo Scholarship

Deadline: 7/01/15
Available To:College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Student Services Rodeo Scholarship is open to students at Tarleton State University.

You must be involved in rodeo activities to qualify for this award. Selection will be based on performance.

We’re assuming here they’re talking about ‘rodeo performance’

Get more information on the Student Services Rodeo Scholarship.

Imagine Cup Games Competition

Deadline: 7/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $50,000

The Imagine Cup Games Competition is available to students with an interest in video game design.

You, or your team, must submit a desktop or tablet game using Windows, or a mobile game using Windows Phone, or a browser game using Windows Azure.

Games can support multiple languages as long as English is represented and be no bigger than 500MB to be eligible entries.

Did you see the amount of the actual scholarship?!?! And this competition really looks like mega fun!

Get more information on the Imagine Cup Games Competition.

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship

Deadline: 2/20/16
Available to: High School Senior through College Freshman
Award Amount: $10,000

The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors.

You must have been active in promoting vegetarianism in your school and / or community; and have demonstrated compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle to be considered for this award.

Scholarship funding to reward your personal dietary decisions? Not bad!

Learn more about the Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship.

Writers of the Future Contest

Deadline: Rolling
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $4,000

The Writers of the Future Contest is open to amateur writers.

Your entry must be a new short story or novelette with a science fiction, fantasy, horror or speculative fiction theme, which has not been previously published.

Poetry and children’s literature cannot be accepted for this contest.

There are four quarterly deadlines each year (September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30) with three prizes per quarter of $1000, $750, $500 and a yearly grand prize of $4000 is offered.

Every great writer started somewhere. “Amateur” simply means your work has not been widely published – so, as long as you’re not John Grisham, Danielle Steel or someone in the like, write away.

Learn more about the Writers of the Future Contest.

As you can see there is no shortage of fun scholarships and no excuse not to try out for at least a few of them.

And who know, one day when you’re a successful business person, you can have your own fun scholarships competition for the next generation of students.

For more fun scholarships, check here

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Scholarships for Single Moms

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Why scholarships for single moms?

As a single mother it’s not easy to get ahead of yourself. Especially when you had a baby while you were still really young and didn’t get a chance to go to college right after high school. You see all the people you went to school with going off for four fantastic years at college while you are stuck at home taking care of a baby and doing whatever you can to make ends meet. Parenthood is expensive and having to get by on a single income from an uneducated job (and sometimes even the help of a second job) is virtually impossible. Also, just because you had a baby does not mean that you are completely fulfilled and without the desire to start a career for yourself. It is also a good example for your child to see that his or her mother is applying herself to make something of her life.

We know it is not easy to juggle motherhood, studying and most likely working part-time as well, but you will see that if you really apply yourself for those four years it will make a world of difference for the rest of your life. You will be able to get a higher paying job, meaning more time at home with your child. College is a great place to meet like-minded and quality people to build life long relationships with and by getting an education you will like you are taking control of your own life. Maybe you can meet other single mothers and tell them about how to apply for scholarships for single moms and really help others in your situation in that respect. And maybe you can share a babysitter to lower the cost of child care if you don’t want to put your child in a day care center.

Where to look for scholarships for single moms?

If you can’t see a way to make it happen you need to know that there are a lot of scholarships for single moms available. Granted, when you start looking you will find a lot of spam and scam sites, but there are real, genuine scholarships for single moms available. And the amounts of money are often not to be sneezed at. They will help you cover daycare, tuition and more. This is a great list of 10+ legitimate places you can apply for scholarships for single mums. You will see that most of the scholarships come from organizations especially for women, but there are also options to get financial aid from the government.

As a single mom, chances are good you are also eligible for need based scholarships. It’s worth checking out for sure as every dollar you can get means less time out of the house working and more time for studying and being with your kid.

Don’t forget to ask your parents for help as well, both with babysitting and financially. When you show them how serious you are about getting educated and that you are applying for scholarships for single moms they will understand you mean serious business and will be more inclined to help out as well. After all, who wouldn’t want to see their daughter succeed in life?

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Scholarships for High School Seniors

It’s a common misconception that only students in higher education are eligible for scholarships. There are plenty of scholarships for high school seniors as well if you know where to look. We know you are busy with completing college applications, taking standardized tests and finishing school with a strong GPA, but as a high school senior you really should also set some time aside to apply for scholarships for high school seniors. They are an excellent way to supplement the cost of tuition, room and board, books and other expenses and the biggest advantage of course is that they don’t have to be paid back. EVER. That’s free money people,…why not take advantage of it?

Who is eligible and what kind of scholarships for high school seniors are available?

Anyone starting their senior year in high school is eligible for a variety of scholarships. The same as with higher education students, there are need based scholarships for high school seniors as well.  Those are not the only ones though. There are plenty of merit scholarships you can apply for, provided that your grades and overall performance are up to scratch. not every scholarship for high school seniors is based on academic performance or financial need of course. There are minority scholarships, sport scholarships, scholarships depending on your location, your ancestry, field of study, extracurricular activities and a whole lot of others that you never even would have known about if you would not have looked at this list. Another great source for scholarships for high school seniors is unigo.com.

Still,the first place to check about scholarships for high school seniors is at your high school. Talk to your dean and ask if he or she can give you advice on how to get started. You will see that they will have a lot of valuable information to share. There is also your local community to check out. You can find scholarships in the most unexpected places, so you can really be surprised with your findings.

How to apply for scholarships for high school seniors?

The time to apply is between your junior and senior years. Don’t take your applications too lightly. There is a lot of competition from other students who also want to get their hands on scholarships for high school students, so unless you are applying for a need based scholarships (which is means tested and does not have much to do with your GPA or other academic achievements) you will need to make sure that you stand out from the crowd. You need to develop your writing skills and if they are not so great, call in the help of those you know with strong skills, your grammar needs to be immaculate or you will come across as sloppy and careless. Not something the board who decides to whom to give the scholarship too will be impressed with. A common mistake is when students write a big sob story. No one wants to hear! Your aim is to impress while keeping it light and without bragging. It’s great to use stories or anecdotes as illustrations. They really liven your application up. Don’t think that applying for scholarships for high school seniors is tedious and daunting. There are plenty of fun competitions especially for high school seniors that can win you a scholarship too.

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The Most Prestigious Scholarships

How to become eligible for the most prestigious scholarships?

There are scholarships and there are Scholarships. Some scholarships are available for a large variety of students, but there are also scholarships that are only available for an elite few. Who is eligible for the most prestigious scholarships? What are the requirements to meet to get in with a chance of winning one or more of the most prestigious scholarships? Before answering any of these questions, ask yourself if you know how to study well. Make sure your study space and times are optimal for the best results on tests and assignments. Believe in yourself and set clear goals. Make sure you are studying something that has your interest and that you are passionate about and not just something that you think your parents or society will approve of.  scholarships The Most Prestigious Scholarships

The most prestigious scholarships are among the most well-known and generous scholarships. In general it can be said that the more prestigious the scholarship, the higher the amount of money given out. These highly competitive scholarships can provide up to $10,000 for undergraduate education and $20,000 plus for graduate education. This also makes them the most competitive though. If you manage to win one of the most prestigious scholarships you will be regarded as a very successful student with high potential and this can open doors to the best colleges.

To become eligible for the most prestigious scholarships you need to be a far above average student. Your STA scores need to be impressive, your GPA high, you need to be part of the more prestigious clubs, owner of several awards and in order to succeed you will need to be a good writer. Applications for the the most prestigious scholarships are often long and involved with  challenging questions to really test your intelligence and independent thinking. Sometimes though only your school can apply for you.

What are the most prestigious scholarships you can get your hands on?

Most of the prestigious scholarship providers will like to see your academic record, paying attention to your GPA, the kinds of courses you took on in high school, and your level of college preparedness. You may need to be near the top of your class, or have impressive standardized test scores.

There are national and international options for the most prestigious scholarships.

Various websites give lists of prestigious scholarships to apply which are really worth checking out. Not all of them are rewarding students with scholarships of $10,000 and over, but they are always amounts that will really help towards paying tuition, books and other college expenses.

We wish you the best of luck in your applications and may you graduate debt-free!

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Need Based Scholarships

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Who is eligible for a need-based scholarships?

It is no secret that financially speaking life has been getting a lot tougher over the past years. People need to work more hours and are making less money, unemployment is high while at the same time many need to get second and sometimes even third jobs just to make ends meet. And when the kids in the family get to college age a lot of parents simply despair as they do not have the financial means to help their children through college.

At the same time a lot of adults, who want to get re-schooled after have lots their jobs, are in a difficult position. Many cannot get back to their previous profession, but do not have enough skills to do something else. Being unemployed they also do not have the money to go to college, regardless which kind.

These are just two examples of people who are eligible for need-based scholarships.

What are need-based scholarships?

Need-based scholarships are scholarships for people who can prove that they are in need of money in order to be able to get higher education.

A need-based scholarship may be offered by the school, a business, an organization, or a private endowment. Whoever will offer the need-based scholarship may look at academic performance, but most take consider the main reason for qualification financial need. They are never full grants, but seen as a way to bridge the financial gap for students who have parents in a lower-middle income bracket that are not able to pay for collage, but still make too much for the student to qualify for government grants and other assistance primarily for students at or below the poverty level.

Basically, you need to have some money of your own, but not everything.

How can you get money apart from need-bases scholarships?

You will get some money from your parents, you will get some money from need-based scholarships, but you will need more to get through the year. There are many kinds of scholarships a student can apply for. Check which ones you are eligible for before yo start sending off your scholarship application essays. Work-study is a great way to make extra money while enrolled in college allowing students to earn money to help pay education expenses. Many students get student loans. If you are lucky it will be an interest free loan, but some loans do charge interest and will become extremely expensive to pay off. Therefore, it is very important to look closely into which student loans are available before applying for one…if at all.

How to apply for need-bases scholarships?

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Of course there are always forms to fill out.

To be considered for need-based scholarships, a student must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements (different programs may have additional eligibility requirements):

  • File the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov (the Financial Aid and Scholarships office. recommends you file your FAFSA by the March 1st KU priority date to be considered for limited funded programs).
  • Be an undergraduate student who has never earned a bachelor’s degree or professional degree.
  • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student.

Scholarship Glossary

Why would you need a scholarship glossary?

The world of scholarships can be a confusing one. What is the difference betweeglossary Scholarship Glossaryn a scholarship and a grant? What are all these endless acronyms people are using? And what is all this federal aid you read about? How do you know what financial need is and if it all applies to you? This is why we decide to make you a scholarship glossary. A basic overview off all the terminology you’ll need to know when you are applying for scholarships. Of course it is not possible to get all the terminology into one scholarship glossary, but we think this list will be of much use to you. If you are feel that you need more terminology, look online for an additional scholarship glossary.

Scholarship glossary

Accredited:  Recognized by one of the 19 institutional accrediting organizations in the U.S.  Accreditation shows students, families, government officials, and the press that an institution or program provides a quality education.
AGI (Adjusted Gross Income): This figure comes from U.S. IRS tax forms and is all taxable income less IRS allowable adjustments to income.
Academic Year: At least 30 consecutive of instructional time, traditionally September through May During this time period a full-time student is expected to complete at least 24 semester hours or credits. When an institutions have trimesters or measure program length in clock hours the length may be defined differently.
Cost of Attendance: The total one year (academic) of attending a post-secondary institution (college, university, vocational & technical schools, or graduate schools) . The cost of attendance goes beyond tuition and usually also includes , fees, room, board, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.
EFC (Expected Family Contribution): The amount a family is expected to contribute to a student’s education. EFC is calculated based on family earnings, net assets, savings, and size of family and number of family members in college.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): A form that must be completed by students and parents applying for Federal Title IV student aid.education 300x113 Scholarship Glossary

Financial Aid Award
An offer of financial assistance to a student attending college. This award may be in the form of one or more of the following types of financial aid: repayable loan, a non-repayable grant and /or scholarship, and/or student employment.

Financial Aid Package
The total financial aid award a student receives. The aid may come from federal, state, institutional, or private sources and may include loans, grants, scholarships, and/or employment.
Financial Need: The difference between the cost of attendance at a college/institution/university and the Expected Family Contribution.
For-Profit School: Educational institutions that are run by private, profit-seeking companies or organizations.

Full Time: In general as student is considered full time when he is enrolled for 12 credits or more.
Graduate Student: A student in possession of a bachelor’s degree and is studying for an advanced degree.
GPA: Grade Point Average: The average grade earned by a student, figured by dividing the grade points earned by the number of credits attempted.

Grants: Financial aid awards that do not have to be repaid. Grants are available through the government, state agencies and colleges.
Higher Education: Education after high school. It refers to all programs for high school graduates, including programs at two and four-year colleges, universities, vocational & technical schools, and graduate schools.
Loan:  A type of financial aid that is available to students and parents that must be repaid. There are loans that charge interest and one that do not.

Parental Contribution: Amount that a student’s parents are expected to pay directly to a college. This amount is calculated using the information in the FAFSA, CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, and other required financial forms.
Part Time: In general as student is considered part time when he is enrolled for 6-11 credits.

Room & Board: Costs associated with living and eating while enrolled in school. Normally, here are different room and board budgets for students living on and off campus.
SAR (Student Aid Report): An output document is generated for a student by the Federal application processor. The SAR contains financial and other information reported by the student on the FAFSA. The student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is printed on the front of the SAR and is the figure used by colleges to determine eligibility for aid.
SAT: Scholastic Aptitude Test: A standardized aptitude test.
Scholarships: Funds used to pay for higher education, and sometimes high school, that do not have to be repaid. Scholarships may be awarded based on any number of criteria, such as academics, achievements, talents, and affiliations with various groups, or career aspirations.
Transcript: A list of all the courses that a student has taken at a particular high school or college with the grades that the student earned in each course.
Undergraduate Student: A student in a university or college who is still studying and has not yet received a bachelor degree.
Unmet Need: As defined by The Department of Education: unmet need is the difference between how much college costs and how much you can actually pay for it.

Work Study: The Federal Work Study program (also known as FWS or simply Work-Study) is a federally funded program. The Federal Work Study Program helps students earn financial funding through a part-time work program.

And here’s some info on what to use your money on when you get your scholarships. We hope this scholarship glossary has made some things clear for you and will help you on your way in the world of scholarships.

 

 

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Adult Learners and Scholarships

What is and adult learners ?

Scholarships for adult learners are scholarships for students above a certain age. A student is considered an adult learner when they are 25 years of age of over. In reality the average age of the adult learner is quite a bit higher than 25. The average adult learner is a 35-year-old, married, middle-class Caucasian mother. However, there are plenty of men as well who decide to go (back) to college after losing their job or from fear of not being able to make ends meet due to rising expenses in day to day life. According to Wikipedia 36

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percent of post secondary students were age 25 or older and 47 percent were independent students. More than half of nontraditional students enroll in two-year institutions, and the more nontraditional they get (traditional students are college students in the age range of 18-22), the more likely they are to consider themselves working adults first and students second. This does not mean that just because an adult learner often works (full-time) he or she is always able to cover tuition fees, text book fees and the general cost of living from their wages. A lot of adult learners need financial assistance as well.

For which scholarships are adult learners eligible?

Adult learners do not have the same access to scholarships and grants as traditional students, but that does not mean that there is no help out there. Though many scholarships are means tested (meaning that you have to be able to show that you really are in need of financial aid in order to be able to study) many more adult students are eligible for these scholarships than they are aware of. Most money for college comes from federal grants and loans, state grants, and aid directly from your own institution. It’s definitely worth your while to check with administration what kind of assistance your college can offer adult learners, even if you are a part-time student. If you are looking for federal help, you start by completing what is called a federal FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) . Student Aid website will give you all the information you need about this procedure. Don’t be shy to ask your employer. If you can show that your studies as an adult learner will benefit the company,  a lot of employers are willing to put a small sum your way. If you are part of a union of professional association, you can contact them to see what the options are and there are national and regional organizations, and charitable foundations that offer adult learner scholarships and grants.

So with a bit of digging and creativity adult learners can get a lot of help in the way of financing their studies, leaving more time to study and less time having to get additional jobs.

 

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Small Scholarships

What are small scholarships all about?

Not every student is a straight A student. Not every student is a top athlete. In a perfect world all students would be eligible for those huge $10,000 or full scholarships, but the reality is simply that we do not live in a perfect world and that most students have to find a different way to scrape together their college tuition and money to live on. We all know that a part time job won’t get you there and in this day and age it’s not always possible for our parents to help out either. Introducing: small scholarships. Mostly small scholarships are scholarships that start with amounts as little as $100 (yeah, new books!) to sums as large as $2000 (how many months rent does that cover for you?). The beauty of these small scholarships is that a lot of students find them less attractive to apply for, so there is less competition to get them. Hooray for you!

What kinds of small scholarships are out there for you?

There are even small scholarships that you can apply for every single week. And the more often you apply, the bigger your chance becomes to win. Another bonus of these small scholarships is a lot of them are no essay applications, thus saving you a ton of time and effort trying to get some money together in order to continue your studies. Let’s face it, that is where you should be putting your focus anyway, not scholarship application essay writing.  Chegg.com gives out $1,000 scholarships weekly if you provide the most creative answer in three sentences or less to the Three Sentence Essay Scholarship question. ScholarshipPoints give you the opportunity to win money for doing all sorts of fun stuff online. You don’t even notice you are trying to apply, but be careful here not to get sucked in and waste your valuable time earning points. Folks, even Dunkin Donuts is giving out small scholarships (bet you didn’t see that one coming!). Have a look on their website to see if you are eligible. And those are just a few examples of the outrageous amount of small scholarships that are actually out there for you to apply for.

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So what to do?

Confused on how to find these small scholarships? Don’t be. The Internet is full of information. All you need to do is open Google and search for small scholarships and you will get lists and list of opportunities to apply. You can also look outside the internet in your local community or your high school/college. Make sure to keep a clear overview of the small scholarships you applied for and the dates you applied, so you don’t do double work and you’ll be able to see when it is time to apply again (for the weekly and monthly options). An Excel spreadsheet will be very useful in this case. And even though they are small applications and small amounts of money, make sure to be serious and put an effort into your application. Every chance to get help funding your studies is a chance worth grabbing. After all, we want to see you graduate debt free!

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