March Scholarship Countdown

March ScholarshipsMarch is a busy month; many students are counting down the days to Spring Break and starting to dread upcoming final exams. High school seniors are anxiously awaiting their decisions from colleges and finding out how much their college tuition bills may be this fall. Luckily, March is also one of the busiest months for scholarships, so students should be able to locate plenty of opportunities to help pay those upcoming expenses. Whether they are in the first grade or graduate school, students of all ages will be able to find something of interest on this month’s scholarship countdown, so there’s really no excuse for not applying. Hopefully, many will have the luck of the Irish on their side and win some of these awards, too! Continue Reading…


Great Summer Jobs for Students

Summer JobsSummer may be a few months away, but now is a great time for students to start researching potential employment opportunities. There are always those traditional teenage summer jobs, like working at a fast food restaurant or in retail, but even those jobs are becoming harder to snag. To be competitive, students should make sure they have prepared an updated résumé and a good list of references. They may also want to reach out to their guidance counselors, teachers, coaches or other mentors, as they may know of potential positions in the community or may be willing to recommend them for a job. Working during the summer, when students don’t have to balance homework and other school-related demands, is not only a great way to earn money for college and other expenses, but also a great way to network and learn new skills that can help during the college admissions process. Here are just a few great summer jobs students may want to consider. Continue Reading…


YouTube Scholarships: Tips for Making Video Entries

YouTube ScholarshipsScholarship competitions are stepping outside of the traditional paper entry forms and online applications. No longer are students limited to impressing judges through 500 words or less, or relying on their transcripts to propel them to the finalist pool. Social media has opened the door to a whole new world of scholarship competitions. Although Facebook is a very popular arena for companies and organizations to host their programs, many are now turning to YouTube, as well. YouTube provides a forum where students can think outside the box and truly showcase their talents and creativity. For some, the idea of a two-minute video application can be intimidating, especially if they are not familiar with how to create, edit or promote their video entry, but it’s not as complicated as it may seem; virtually any student with a video recorder (or webcam) and a laptop can produce an amazing scholarship video. Students simply need to follow these easy steps. Continue Reading…


Honest Abe and Other Presidential Scholarships

Presidential ScholarshipsNearly 50 years ago, the United States Presidential Scholars Program was established to recognize America’s most distinguished high school seniors. Although it is not a scholarship program, it is one of the highest honors a student can receive. Each year, 141 Presidential Scholars make the trip to Washington, D.C., where the President of the United States presents them each with the Presidential Medallion. U.S. presidents have a long history of inspiring leadership, service and dedication to academics and many are honored through institutional presidential awards and private scholarship programs. This President’s Day, we honor those who have held our nation’s highest post by taking a look at some of the current scholarships programs that honor them, as well as those programs that bear the presidential name. Continue Reading…


How to Decide Which College is Right for You

College ChoiceOver the next few weeks, most high school seniors will learn their fate as college acceptance (and rejection) letters start to arrive. For some students, the choice will be an easy one, especially if they are accepted by their first choice school or only receive one acceptance letter. For the majority of students, however, deciding where to go next fall many be a little more complicated. The choices made over the next few months will be very important and could have a direct impact on the direction students take over the next few years. Much thought and consideration should go into the college decision process, so it’s important that students use both their hearts and their minds when making a final choice. Here are a few things students should consider when choosing their college.
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