Don’t Rely on a Full-Ride Scholarship: Apply to Multiple Scholarships

Each year, as students begin the process of applying to college, many come face-to-face with the harsh reality of what it actually costs to earn a degree. Some may have an inkling of how the expenses add up (tuition, room & board, lab fees, books and more), but most don’t really grasp the total cost until they receive their college financial aid letters. Hopefully, you have some college savings stashed away, and maybe you began your search for scholarships as soon as you entered high school with the help of a free scholarship matching service like ScholarshipExperts.com. If not, we hope you haven’t pinned all your paying-for-college hopes on just one source: the ever-elusive full-ride scholarship. Don’t get us wrong…full-ride scholarships do exist; but it appears that there are only about 20,000 full-ride awards provided by colleges each year. If there are 20.4 million students attending college in the United States, that means only about .1% of all college students receive institutional full-ride scholarships each year (National Center for Education Statistics, 2009). Continue Reading…


Become a Woman of Achievement

September is Women of Achievement month. It’s time to pause and think about all the amazing women that have helped to change and shape the world: Marie Curry, Susan B. Anthony, Amelia Earhart and more. Because these women were educated and passionate about life, they were able to make important contributions during their lifetimes.

It’s also time to stop and think about how we can encourage those around us to become Women of Achievement in today’s society…and it typically begins with education. Despite the pressures and demands that women regularly juggle with work and families, women are finding time to attend college and expand their knowledge. Pursuing a post-secondary degree in addition to meeting the demands of a career while raising a family might seem impossible, but trust us, the rewards of a college education far outweigh the sacrifices one will make for a few short years. Continue Reading…


Hope Rises From the Ashes

Always Remember 9-11-01: Ground ZeroLast weekend, on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, many Americans sat glued to televisions and computers, reliving that horrible day when all of our lives changed on September 11, 2001. Fires smoldered and rescue efforts soon turned to recovery missions. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives that day, but stories of heroism by everyday people on that fateful day have inspired our country to move forward and persevere.

Some positive outcomes of the tragedy are the many wonderful 9/11 scholarship programs that have been created to honor those who gave everything on that day. Families, companies and organizations have all come to the rescue of the children who lost parents or other family members that day. The 9/11 scholarship programs vary in scope and purpose, but all have the same intent: take something horrible and find the good in it. Here are just a few of the scholarships available to those affected by one of our nation’s greatest tragedies. Continue Reading…

Scholarships for Everyone…Even YOU!

Many people assume that only the best and the brightest students in high school walk away with free money for college. While many students who rank at the top of the class do qualify and receive scholarships, there are still scholarships out there for those who may not exactly have the same academic profile as the class valedictorian. Check out the various free online scholarship resources, such as ScholarshipExperts.com, to see if any of the following scholarships may be available for you.

Merit Scholarships

This is the most common type of scholarship offered by colleges. This free college money is awarded based upon your academic standing, classroom accomplishments and/or grade point average.  However, this does not necessarily mean you have to hold a 4.0 G.P.A. to qualify. There are often merit awards for those earning a 3.0 and higher, or for those majoring in specific fields of study. Continue Reading…


CollegeWeekLive Diversity Day Scholarship

The word ‘diversity’ can mean many things. In academia, it’s a term used to describe the mix of students from under-represented populations. This may include students from minority groups, adult learners, students with disabilities and more. Many schools offer a vast array of resources and free college money to students who belong to an under-represented population.  But, where do you start your search for colleges that value diversity?

Good news! CollegeWeekLive will be hosting a free online event called Diversity Day on Wednesday, September 14th, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT. Many diversity topics will be covered through panel discussions and online video chats, including: Continue Reading…


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