College Savings

Dorm Room Ideas That Won’t Leave You Broke

If you are headed off to college this fall, you’re probably already thinking about how you want to design your dorm room. Unfortunately, most college dormitories are known for their limited spaces and bland walls, so you’ll have to be pretty creative to make your room pop. This can get quite costly if you venture out to the regular retail stores or turn to those online shopping websites that cater to the college crowd. Luckily, the Internet is teeming with great ideas for making your space the place to be; you just need to know where to look and be willing to put in a little elbow grease. I get most of my inspiration from Pinterest, which is full of great ideas for making your dorm room rock. Here are just a few of the creative ways you can decorate your room this fall without going broke.

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Celebrity Scholarships

Reach for the Stars: Celebrity-Inspired Scholarships

Any time there is a natural disaster or tragedy, you can bet Hollywood’s brightest stars will use their connections to help those in need. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are well known for their generosity and compassion, especially for those still struggling in New Orleans. When Super Storm Sandy struck the East Coast, several big name celebrities opened up their pocket books and even their homes to help complete strangers. Lady Gaga has made it her personal mission to end bullying; the list goes on and on. It should come as no surprise, then, that many celebrities also contribute large sums of cash to help struggling college students. Alec Baldwin, who set up a scholarship fund at the Tisch School of the Arts several years ago, recently made another $1 million gift to continue his support of talented students through the Baldwin Drama Scholarship Fund. Shawn Carter, better known as Jay Z, generously provides scholarships ($1,500 to $2,500 each) to help students achieve their college dreams. The students can re-apply for the grants every year until they finish college. Through the United Negro College Fund, Michael Jackson and little sister Janet have set up scholarships for students pursuing careers in music, art, theater and, of course, vocal performance. Here are a few other celebrity-inspired scholarships that are open to a variety of students.

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Scholarships for Summer

Scorching Summer Scholarships

Pool parties, barbecues and vacations are all indicators that summer has arrived. It’s the time of year I always look forward to; soaking in the summer sun and enjoying some free time with my friends. Homework and tests are far from my mind; instead, I concentrate on tan lines and making the perfect backyard burger. Unfortunately, the summer months always seem to fly by and soon I’ll have to start thinking about going back to school. That means scraping together the funds to pay for books, tuition and other college expenses again. If you always seem to be scrambling to find the money for your education each fall, consider tackling these scorching summer scholarships before they melt away like an ice cream cone on a hot, sunny day.

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