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Add These December Scholarships to Your Wish List!

What new gadgets and toys will make your holiday wish list this year? Maybe you’re dreaming of the new iPhone 6 or one of those curved smart TVs. You might even be adventurous enough to ask for a trip to Europe, but there’s something else you probably should consider adding, as well — money for college. Yeah, we know it’s not fun to think about saving money, but it really will be appreciated when those college tuition bills start rolling in. And, it’s definitely better than getting another polka dot sweater from your grandmother (seriously, stop buying these!). Even if you have a huge extended family, you may still fall short of receiving enough money to help cover all your expenses next semester. That’s where we come in. Although we’d love to give you (and everyone else) a present this year, it’s simply not possible. So, we’re doing the next best thing and wrapping up this list of December scholarships just for you!

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Is College Still Worth It?

Are you worried that the cost of college has become too much or that a college education isn’t worth it anymore? It’s understandable when you see stories about this year’s college graduates leaving with an average of $33,000 in student loan debt. Ouch! That’s enough to make anyone think twice about enrolling. But, what you may neglect to consider is the benefits package you will receive by earning a degree. Yes, we know that there are people who have been successful without a college diploma (Bill Gates for one), but in general, your earning potential drops considerably without that little piece of paper. There are other benefits, too. For example, college is a place where you can be exposed (in more ways than one!) to other cultures and new ways of thinking. It will challenge your view of the world and even yourself. You’ll also have the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone, and you may find a new career or life path. Some would even argue that what you gain in knowledge and life experiences at college is priceless.

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Be Rewarded for Your Kindness to Others

On this date in 1997, a small collection of humanitarian groups got together and started what is now known as World Kindness Day — a single day of the year (November 13) when everyone is encouraged to do something for someone else. It doesn’t have to be something monumental, either. Sure, you could collect clothes for the homeless or start a toy drive for children this holiday season, but something as simple as saying “hello” to a stranger counts, too. Just think of all the moments in your day where one small gesture could make a huge difference in someone’s life; such as that girl sitting alone at lunch, who may be reaching her breaking point, but a few minutes of your time sharing a meal could be all she needs to see a light in the darkness. Or maybe, holding the door open for an elderly person would demonstrate that courtesy and kindness still exists. You could even surprise a few people by paying for their coffee in the drive-thru at Starbucks on your way into class or work. The possibilities are endless.

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Purple Heart Scholarship

Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship Program

Did you know that Veterans Day was originally celebrated as Armistice Day? When President Wilson proclaimed it a holiday in 1919, it was meant to remember those who gave their lives in World War I (WWI) and to recognize the end of the “war to end all wars.” It wasn’t until May 13, 1938 that November 11 was made a legal holiday that should be dedicated to the cause of world peace and set aside to honor the veterans of WWI. Nearly two decades later, after World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by changing the word “Armistice” to “Veterans.”  Today, we celebrate Veterans Day by recognizing all those who have served and honoring those who gave their lives for our country.

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Class of 2017 Scholarships

10 Fall Scholarships for High School Sophomores

It is said that money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can make paying for college a heck of a lot easier. That’s why it’s so important for high school sophomores to get their feet wet when it comes to the scholarship search process. Very few students are lucky enough to win an award on their very first attempt. In fact, it can take several applications before students figure out how to write a winning scholarship essay or how to secure the perfect letters of recommendation. If students wait until senior year to start applying for scholarships, it not only reduces their opportunities for winning awards, but it can also increase their stress levels. By setting aside time each month to work on scholarships during their sophomore year, students can build their confidence while building their financial aid nest egg. To get them started, we have put together a list of 10 scholarships for high school sophomores that are currently accepting applications this fall.

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