scholarships for working joes

Scholarships for the Working Joe (or Jane!)

In recognition of Labor Day, we wanted to take a moment to pay homage to those who contribute to the health and well-being of our nation on a daily basis. You know who were are talking about; the average working Joe or Jane who does what’s needed to ensure his or her family is provided for and our communities continue to run efficiently.  These hardworking citizens include postal and sanitation workers, law enforcement personnel, teachers, construction workers, nurses, and even those smiling people behind the deli counter who make your sandwich every afternoon. Without them, our lives wouldn’t be the same. That’s why this Labor Day holiday we’ve decided to highlight a few scholarship programs that are specifically for those who currently work in or are planning a career in these fields.

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5 Items to Include in Your Scholarship Portfolio

Students are heading back to school, which means one thing — scholarship season is about to go into full swing. With the majority of scholarship deadlines falling between October and April, now is a good time to gather the necessary documents required for many of these programs. You will find that having these items available in a central location, otherwise known as a scholarship portfolio, will not only make the scholarship application process easier, but also less stressful. In general, the following five items should always be kept up-to-date and included in your scholarship portfolio.

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3 Ways Geocaching and Scholarship Hunting Are Alike

Are you familiar with the term geocaching? It’s basically a massive scavenger hunt that can be played locally or even worldwide. The activity was originally called gpsstashing, but some people thought the word ‘stash’ might have a negative connotation. So, the term geocaching was adopted instead. Geocaching is very similar to letterboxing, which was played in the 1800s. Participants would use clues to guide others to hidden treasures. Although modern-day geocaching has been around for more than a decade, it’s really gained in popularity over the last few years thanks to smartphone apps and online games. When you think about it, geocaching is very similar to scholarship hunting. In fact, we found three distinct qualities that both possess.

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September Scholarships

September’s Back-to-School Scholarship List

Are you ready to head back to classes? I bet your parents have been counting down the days until school starts again. You, on the other hand, are probably not as excited to get back to those long hours behind a desk or working on homework assignments again. Thankfully, there’s one thing you can look forward to…back-to-school shopping deals! But, laptops and backpacks aren’t the only items that should be on your list. There are also plenty of great back-to-school scholarship deals expiring soon. And best of all, you don’t need a coupon or credit card to snag these deals. Just click on the links, and start applying!

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Writing a Personal Statement

You probably already know that personal statements are commonly used during the college admissions process. But, did you know that many scholarship programs require them, as well? Unlike your résumé or essay, this component of your application is often used by committees to get a better understanding of who you are as a person. Think of it like an extended Super Bowl commercial where you have a limited amount of time to grab your reader’s attention. If you have all the right elements, your reader will be interested in learning more about you, which may lead to an interview, or better yet…winning the scholarship!

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