Your Financial Aid Questions Answered – Part 1

Financial Aid Answers Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of helping many parents and students navigate through the world of college financial aid. It’s always a pleasure to steer people in the right direction. In fact, it’s what I love most about my job. Let’s face it; figuring out where to find financial aid and how to get it can seem like an impossible task sometimes. Who’s eligible? What makes one scholarship essay better than another? How much is available? These are all are great questions that repeatedly come up, but in the world of financial aid, there are no stupid questions. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be answering many of the questions I have received on Facebook, Twitter and other financial aid forums this year. I hope that sharing these responses will help make your experiences with financial aid a little easier and a lot less intimidating. Continue Reading…

Featured Scholarship: The Horatio Alger Association Awards

Horatio Alger Scholarships The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. was named after the 19th century author Horatio Alger, Jr., who captivated readers with tales of how he overcame adversity through perseverance and moral conviction. Association members believe that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer any obstacle. Through the organization’s scholarship program (one of the largest in the country), members encourage students to pursue their own version of the American Dream, as well as help students realize the importance of service to others. The members of the Horatio Alger Association also work directly with students to provide the support, education and confidence needed to attain their goals.

Each year, 104 students receive a $20,000 scholarship through the national program, and hundreds more receive assistance through the various state programs. Students must meet the following eligibility to be considered for either a state or national award:

♦ Must be a high school senior planning to graduate in the spring/summer of 2014
♦ Plan to enroll in college in the fall of 2014
♦ Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher
♦ Show critical financial need (family income of $50,000 or lower)
♦ Must be involved in community or co-curricular activities
♦ Demonstrate the ability to overcome adversity
♦ Must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher
♦ Must be a U.S. citizen
♦ Must submit an application by October 25

To learn more about this program and other scholarship opportunities that may be perfect for you, register for your free account with today!

October Scholarship Countdown

October Scholarships October has always been one of my favorite months; the temperature starts to cool, the leaves begin to change color, and my favorite pumpkin treats starting popping up everywhere! It’s also one of the busiest months of the year for charity fundraisers and awareness events. October hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lupus Awareness Month, National Diabetes Month, and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Phew! That’s a lot of walks and runs. Of course, most children (and some of us adults too!) are also interested in another celebration this month…Halloween! Everywhere I turn, a Reese’s peanut butter cup or Sugar Daddy is staring me in the face. Good thing I have all those charity events to help burn off the calories. With everything that is going on this month, it’s pretty easy to get sidetracked and neglect some of the other important tasks in our lives…like finding scholarships. So, consider the following list of October scholarships my treat to you! Continue Reading…


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