Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Sell Used Books College Essay Contest

Grand Prize: $1,000
Essays: Between 300-500 Words
Deadline: April 15, 2012

Important High School Scholarship

Dr. Carreon Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: March 1st, 2012
Full time high school student--Mexican Ancestry
At least 3.0 GPA--Essay of 1000 words or less
Up to $5,000 for 4-Year Colleges/Universities
Up to $2,500 for Community College

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Big March 2nd Deadline

Remember March 2nd is the deadline for the COD Scholarship.

Also, it is a critical date for applying for FAFSA.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Two Scholarships

The Sell Used Books College Essay Contest
300-500 Word Essay "Why I deserve to win this scholarship."
Deadline: April 15, 2012
Grand Prize: $1,000

Marriott Scholars Program
Hispanic/Latino Heritage
3.0 GPA
Deadline: March 01, 2012
Grand Prize: Full tuition up to $9,000

Monday, February 20, 2012

Answering Machine Messages

Yesterday I mentioned the importance of having an email name that sounds professional. My suggestion is the same for voice mail. Keep your message brief and businesslike. In addition, you might consider eliminating music. I find that even soft and soothing music can be annoying when you are trying to reach someone.

In addition, please discourage young children from answering the phone when you are waiting for a possible call from a scholarship committee member. If it is difficult to reach you, they may just move on to the next qualified candidate.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Email Account & Scholarships

It is important to have an email account which is designated specifically for scholarships. Once you start completing your profile on websites such as, you will be inundated with mail from colleges and institutions. The colleges will try to recruit you and financial institutions will try to convince you to take out a student loan.

Your scholarship email should be professional and simple enough to avoid errors when a scholarship organization is trying to reach you. If it is too long and complicated, there is a greater chance for errors.

Please avoid "cutsey" email addresses like cutelittlechick or bighunk. Also, anything that may be negative like sober5. Probably not a good idea to have a year (Betty1991) since it usually indicates the year you were born. You just don't want to devulge too much personal information through your email name.

There are new email sites frequently. The following are a few you might want to consider:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tip for Writing Personal Essay

Speak from the heart when writing your personal statement (essay). You don't want to just sound factual.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Personal Information

To my class:
Please complete the work on your Personal Information sheet to turn in on Tuesday, February 21.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

NSA Scholarship Foundation

National Society of Accountants 2011-2012 Scholarship Program
Undergraduate enrolled part-time or full-time in an accredited two-year or 4 year college or university-majoring in accounting.
Have "B" (3.0 on 4.0 scale) or better grade point average.

Deadline: March 10th
$500 2nd year of study.
$1000 3rd and 4th year of study.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Scholarship Tips

Tip # 5 Scholarship search=year roundsport
a. Automate part of the process for free
b. Set aside time each day

Tip #6 Scholarships for everyone
a. Duct tape prom dress award
b. Small people
c. Cancer survivors
d. Single mothers
e. Re Entry students

Tip #7 Never too early/late to search!
a. Best time? Rught now and never stop.
b. Scholarships to help pay off school debts.
c. Finding scholarships more important than ever.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Scholarship Tips

Tip #4 The devil is in the details.
(Some common mistaskes.)
a. Missing deadlines
b. Incorrect information
c. Omitted information
d. Not following directions

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Scholarship for Grades 9 to 12

HURRY! Deadline February 15, 2012

Financial need not considered.

Applicants must demonstrate commitment to and involvement in community volunteer service or work experience.

Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars

$500--the top ten applicants nationwide will automatically be submitted for the Student of the Year competition.

Applicants must be enrolled in or planning to enroll full-time at an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the ffirst time.

http:/ scholarships.php

$500 Scholarship/Stop-Painting Floor Marking Scholarship

The scholarship is open to currently enrolled full-time college freshmen, sophomores and juniors, as well as high school seniors in the United States.

The deadline is May 1st, 2012.

Scholarship Tips

Tip #3 Save Time with a Portfolio
a. Scholarship Organizer
b. Calendar for recording scholarship deadlines
c. Alphabetical Dividers
d. Documents
e. Scholarship Resume
f. Personal Data Form
g. Letters of Recommendation
h. Thank You Letters
i. Several Versions of Personal Essay

Friday, February 10, 2012

Basic Scholarship Tips

Tip #1 This is a numbers game
a. To get more scholarships, apply for more.
b. 2.4 million scholarships available morth $14 billion

Tip #2 Small is the new big
a. Small scholarships--fewer competitors
b. 50% chance of winning--a bet you should take.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Guide to Grants & Loans

This was recommended to me by Tania who is an English teacher out of state. Please read--it has some useful information.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Letters of Recommendation

Have you contacted at least three people who will write a letter on your behalf? Having four or five letters would be ideal, but three is the minimum. Remember that letters from family and friends will not meet the requirement for most applications. Recommendations from two professors and a counselor would be great, but you can also ask a supervisor or an employer.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Girl Friend Factor

For women 25 and older. The deadline is April 1, 2012. Google:Go Girl Grants.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Desert Outreach Foundation Scholarship

The Desert Outreach Foundation Scholarship application is now online. The deadline is April 2nd at 5:00 p.m. More directions will follow in class.


Did you remember to register with CHEGG? Please turn in your copy of the CHEGG $1000 Essay Scholarship today.

Financial Aid

Almost everyone is eligible for some form of financial aid. ALL students should apply for federal student assistance by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), including the students applying for the BOG Enrollment FEE Waiver for California residents. You can access the application through the Financial Aid site on the College of the Desert website.

Remember, most scholarships applications will request your SAR which is your Student Aid Report, SO if you are applying for scholarships, you MUST complete the FAFSA application.

If you have not completed FAFSA, please make it a priority in the next few days.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Welcome to my Scholarship Class

Looking forward to working with you and giving the needed nudges for you to submit winning scholarship applications.

Pathways to Success Scholarship

Application is now available:

Up to $2,500 for Community College for one year
Up to $5,000 for university for one year
Up to $10,000 for university for two years

Scholarship awards may be used to cover your tuition, books and living expenses while attending college.

Deadline: March 17, 2012

(If you qualify, print out the application and submit in class. Remember, you need to submit one scholarship each class.)