Career Planning

How do you choose the right career path? It’s an important step in the college planning process that involves more than just declaring a college major. You will need to consider the cost of your college degree, your earning potential, and what options you may have for paying off student loan debt after graduation. Depending on your chosen field, there may even be scholarship opportunities and loan forgiveness programs that can help reduce your out-of-pocket costs. Learn where to find these money saving programs, and which college majors may give you the best return on your investment, as we take a look at some of the more popular career choices.

Computer Science Scholarships

Computer Science Scholarships — Just a Keystroke Away!

It’s been nearly 40 years since a Harvard University dropout named Bill Gates founded Microsoft with the help of his partner, Paul Allen. Their vision — a computer in every home — was soon realized thanks to a revolutionary operating system they invented called MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System), and more importantly, Windows. Today, nearly everything we do is connected to computers, so it should come as no surprise that the economic outlook of this career field is very promising. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects computer science careers to grow about 15 percent over the next five years, which is faster than many other occupations. On average, students in this field can expect to earn around $49 per hour or over $100,000 per year.

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Dental Scholarships

Scholarships for Dental Students to Smile About

Today is National Dentist’s Day, but we’re guessing it’s not one of those holidays you eagerly look forward to each year. Honestly, who enjoys going to the dentist? It’s definitely not high on the list of places to go, and just consider those in the profession. Could you image spending all day looking at teeth? Or continually having to deal with bad breath? It takes a special person to follow that career path. So, in honor of all those good guys and gals who want to make the world a better place one smile at a time, we’ve put together a short list of scholarships for dental students; hopefully these great awards will help take a bite out of their college tuition bills.

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Video Scholarships

Lights, Camera, Action: 6 Video Scholarships Just for You!

Over the years, I have heard my share of excuses why students don’t want to apply for scholarships: it’s too complicated, my grades aren’t good enough, or too many people apply for the same award. Surprisingly, though, the biggest complaint has to do with writing those dreaded scholarship essays.  If this sounds familiar, guess what? There are actually scholarships that don’t require you to put pen to paper in order to win some free money for college. Now, I’m not talking about those easy-to-enter contests where you have as much of a chance at winning as you do at hitting all six numbers on the lottery. What I am referring to is the hot, new trend of using video for scholarship submissions. Many scholarship providers are turning away from the traditional essay–based application and encouraging applicants to use their creativity to make amateur films, public service announcements (PSAs) and even short documentaries. If you’re a budding director or producer, you might want to check out some of these video scholarships right now.

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Music Scholarships

Drum Up Some Free Cash With Music Scholarships

I’ll be the first to admit that when I hear the term ‘classical’ music, visions of Beethoven pop into my head. I think of taking a nap in the theater while the orchestra squeaks out a long, instrumental piece or tapping my foot in the elevator while waiting to get out on a higher floor. I would never think to include George Gershwin or Duke Ellington in that category, but they are both considered to be among America’s best classical composers. To this day, Porgy and Bess is one of my favorite musicals, and I still can’t listen to “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing” without snapping my fingers or swinging my hips. Who would have guessed that I actually like classical American music? Now, I’m not saying it’s downloaded on my iPod, but I can at least appreciate the contributions that Leonard Bernstein and others have made to music. Why am I telling you this? Well, September happens to be Classical Music Month, so I thought it might be fun to ‘orchestrate’ a short list of scholarships that can help you ‘drum up’ some free money for college.

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Labor Day

Labor Day: Picnics, Shopping & Scholarships!

When Labor Day was first officially recognized as a federal holiday in 1894, it was in response to the Pullman Strike, which shut down much of the country’s freight and passenger train traffic. This conflict pitted the American Railway Union against the Pullman Company and the federal government. The U.S. Army was eventually called in to stop the union members from disrupting the trains, but by the time the conflict had ended, more than 30 people had been killed and over $80 million in damages had occurred. In an effort to placate organized workers, President Cleveland and Congress pushed through legislation to recognize Labor Day as a national holiday a mere six days after the strike ended.

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