10 Best Colleges on Pinterest

PinterestIf you haven’t been on Pinterest, you’re really missing out. Not only does the site offer a ton of great do-it-yourself (DIY) projects and yummy recipes, but it is also the third largest social networking site. That fact did not go unnoticed by many colleges. Many have ramped up their recruiting efforts and marketing by creating some pretty cool Pinterest pages to draw in prospective students. Let’s face it, today’s students don’t want to wade through a pile of boring brochures; they want to be visually stimulated and have some fun too. You can find a slew of colleges on Pinterest, but most still resemble those boring brochures. A few, however, really understand what students want to see. Here, in my opinion, are the 10 colleges with the most Pinteresting pages! Continue Reading…

Scholarships for Adopted and Foster Children

Scholarships for Adopted ChildrenFoster and adopted children often face hardships in their lives, such as neglect or abuse. Some may also suffer from physical, emotional or developmental issues, making it difficult for them to progress in school.  A 2010 study by Chapin Hall (University of Chicago), shows that only 50 percent of foster students actually graduated from high school, and of those who did, only six percent also received a college degree. Although there are many reasons why these students may not complete college, financial support is often a contributing factor. Many may have to navigate the college financial aid process alone and may be unaware of how to obtain federal, institutional and private aid. They may also be unfamiliar with scholarships, not knowing where to find them or how to apply. Foster and adopted children not only have access to general scholarship programs, but also those that are specifically designated for students who have been in the foster care system or recently adopted. Here are just a few of the available programs these students may be missing. Continue Reading…

Simple Steps for Starting Your Own Scholarship

Starting a ScholarshipAccording to the most recent survey from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), only 12.8 percent of all undergraduate students receive a private scholarship. For a student seeking free money for college, those numbers do not provide much encouragement. The simple fact is that there are more students seeking financial assistance than ever before, but not enough programs to help meet the demand. Fortunately, many civic groups, companies, and even private citizens are stepping up by starting their own scholarship programs. It’s really not that difficult and you don’t have to be a billionaire, either; it just takes a desire to help students attain their dream of a college education and a few simple steps to get the ball rolling. Continue Reading…

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