March scholarships

Spring Into Action With These March Scholarships!

Who knew that when Punxsutawney Phil declared there would be another six weeks of winter that most of the East Coast would be buried under mountains of snow? Enough already! Luckily, college financial aid doesn’t keep the same time table as our famous groundhog friend. Regardless of the temperature outside, there are always some scholarships available to help warm up your student bank account — like these fun March scholarships just waiting to spring into action.

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black history month

Scholarship Resources for African American Students

As many students still struggle to pay for a college education, a troubling new trend has emerged among some of the largest scholarship programs dedicated to helping African American students — unused money is being returned to scholarship donors. Why? Either the students eligible for the programs are unaware that they exist or they may be unwilling to complete the lengthy scholarship applications. In fact, the President and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Johnny C. Taylor, stated that he has given back money over the last three years due to incomplete applications, according to an article in the Atlanta Black Star.

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scholarship myths

Let’s Play Bust-a-Scholarship-Myth!

You’ve probably come across several of the long-standing scholarship myths that linger on the Internet, like the one that claims millions in scholarship dollars goes unclaimed each year. Although it’s not entirely false, it is very misleading. Yes, some scholarships are not disbursed, but not because they are secret or nobody applied; in most cases, the scholarship criteria was too narrow or the pool of applicants did not yield an eligible match. Another common myth is that you have to be under 24 to win any scholarships. This is totally false. There are oodles of scholarship programs that help adult learners and non-traditional students pay for college. Wondering what other scholarship myths may be stretching the truth? Check out this week’s post from, “5 Common Scholarship Myths Busted.”

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Need a Scholarship? Just Keep it Sweet & Simple!

When you think back to all the gifts you have received, which ones stand out? Are they over the top or ridiculously expensive? Maybe it was the wrapping or where you received the gift that still burns vividly in your mind? For me, it’s the sweet and simple gifts that leave a lasting impression. Even as a child, I always seemed to gravitate toward items that were handmade or held some sentimental value. For example, on my tenth birthday my grandmother carefully wrapped her music box in pink tissue and placed it in a plain brown box. When I received the box, it didn’t look like much, and I wondered if she might be playing a trick on me. I ripped it open, and to my surprise, found that she had given me the one thing I always rushed to find whenever I paid her a visit. It wasn’t new or something I could play with, but it was more valuable than any toy I could’ve received. To this day (and I won’t tell you how many years it’s been!), whenever I open the box and the music begins to play, I can smell my grandmother’s perfume and see her beautiful smile.

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Student loans

Student Loans: Good or Bad?

Did you know that the average student loan debt for graduates of the Class of 2014 was approximately $33,000? That’s no small chunk of change, and it has many people wondering if the cost of a college education is starting to outweigh the benefits of earning a degree. Personally, I still believe that it’s well worth the time, effort, and cost — if people make smart decisions and follow a few simple rules. Like any investment, students need to look at the big picture, factoring in cost and return before taking out any student loans. Unfortunately, far too many students wind up with buyer’s remorse because they failed to think about the long-term effects of taking on too much debt. For a great checklist of things students should consider before signing on the dotted line, head over to and check out its latest blog post, “Student Loans:Friend or Foe?


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