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.

Start Clowning Around With Scholarships!

Clowning Around Did you know that the first week of August is National Clown Week? If you have coulrophobia (a fear of clowns), that probably isn’t welcome news. Nobody knows how many people suffer from coulrophobia, but a quick search on the Internet pulls up over 355,000 links to articles and mentions of this phobia. The term ‘clown’ actually refers to someone who is a klutz or always tripping over his/her own feet – not very scary, right? But throw on a colorful costume, some heavy face paint and a red nose, people lose their minds! Love them or hate them, clowns seem to be everywhere, so to celebrate National Clown Week (no creepy pictures – we promise!), we’ve compiled a few clever scholarships that celebrate clowns and their original intention of making people smile and laugh! Continue Reading…


The Hefty Price Tag of a Law Degree

Lady Justice Recently, a friend of mine announced she would be quitting her job to go to law school. She is a single mom and already holds a bachelor’s degree, but she felt that a law degree would lead to a better paying position and more financial freedom. I have toyed with the idea of a law degree myself because I love the challenge of solving legal questions. Cases are like puzzles, searching for those missing pieces that make the ‘big picture’ come into focus. And, as my mother always reminded me, I love to argue. However, after doing some research, I think the true cost of a law degree might just outweigh the benefits, at least for me.

Cost – If you plan to attend a top tier law school, expect the price tag to be about $150,000. This does not include the cost of your bachelor’s degree, room and board, or other essentials; it’s strictly the tuition for three years. Even an average law school can run you about $40,000 a year. Continue Reading…


Memorial Day: Don’t Forget the True Meaning of the Holiday

Memorial Day Scholarships Memorial Day has become an occasion to gather with friends and family, to barbeque and light fireworks and, for some, a day to shop. Unfortunately, some may have forgotten the true meaning behind the holiday. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, a tradition that started after the Civil War where people would place flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers. It was typically celebrated on May 30, though some places in the South held memorials on other dates. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which officially designated Memorial Day to fall on the last Monday in May.

While many Americans may appreciate the extended weekend, several organizations have called for the holiday to return to its original day of observance, as they feel the three-day holiday undermines the very meaning of the day. We should never forget that Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have given their lives in service of our country. Continue Reading…


I.V. League Scholarships – aka Money for Nurses!

Nursing Scholarships If you have ever spent any time in a hospital, you probably know that one bright aspect during your stay usually has to do with your nurses. Very rarely do you encounter a nurse like Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest most nurses are compassionate and willing to go the extra mile to make your stay as tolerable as possible. Many who choose this profession are like angels with stethoscopes. Unfortunately, acquiring a nursing degree can be expensive and many prospective nurses turn to student loans to help pay the bills. Well, we’ve got the prescription for a better economic solution for these future Florence Nightingales. In celebration of National Nurses Week (May 6-12), we have compiled a list of some I.V. league scholarships for nurses and those in the medial field. Continue Reading…


Music to My Ears: Scholarships for Music Majors

Scholarships for Music Majors ‘Music is love in search of a word.’ – Sidonie Gabrielle

Nothing could be more thrilling than to wake up each day doing what you love. For musicians, it’s more than a career: it’s like breathing oxygen, and the need to create flows through our veins and gives us life. Unfortunately, college does not always afford us the opportunity to pursue our dreams for the sake of art; there’s almost always a price tag to be considered. So, before you get discouraged and resign yourself to becoming a ‘starving artist’ at college, check out these scholarship opportunities for music majors…you may find a way to keep your career dreams alive with scholarship funding!
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