Merit Scholarships vs. Scholarship Sweepstakes

college scholarshipsAs you begin your scholarship search, you will be introduced to several types of scholarship opportunities. Students always are interested in the difference between merit scholarships and scholarship sweepstakes. But, just remember, you should apply for both types because each will offer you cash for college.

Merit scholarships are based on your excellence. For example, merit scholarships may require a particular ACT or SAT score, a minimum grade point average, or a great essay discussing a superpower. These scholarships want to learn more about the applicant and how he or she would be an awesome candidate for free money. With merit scholarships, you have to prove that you are best applicant. Judges may evaluate your application on creativity, originality, or relevance. Continue Reading…

Grants vs. Scholarships

Money for College Every year, students across the country ask a similar question: What’s the difference between grants and scholarships? But first, realize that you want both, because grants and scholarships are free money that you do not have repay. The difference lies in who gives you the free money for your education.

A grant is one type of financial aid, usually disbursed by the government. For example, the federal government gives the Pell Grant to low-income undergraduate students to help pay for their tuition. The government also provides free money through the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. In order to determine eligibility for these grants, you must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Continue Reading…

The KFC Scholars Award

If you missed the KFC $20,000 Twitter scholarship, don’t worry. You may still be eligible for the annual KFC Scholars Award.

Winners of the KFC Scholars Award will be given up to $5,000 annually; the scholarship money can be used for tuition, books, room and board, and fees.

To be eligible for the KFC Scholars Award, you must:

  • Be a high school senior graduating this school year (between 12/1/10 and 8/31/11)
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Plan on attending an in-state, public university or college

To apply for this scholarship, visit the Colonel online at KFC will be accepting applications for this scholarship program from December 1, 2010 to February 9, 2011.

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  • Must be a U.S. Student
  • Must currently be enrolled in High School


The $20,000 KFC Twitter Scholarship

KFC Twitter Scholarship Do you cringe at the prospect of writing an essay with 150 words?  I know we have several eager scholarship searchers out there who do.  The thought of trying to come up with a response of a few paragraphs or more is, for some students, quite the turn-off. In honor of those applicants, we are pleased to announce the perfect prospective scholarship program for you!

Starting November 18, 2010 and running through November 26, 2010, one single tweet of 140 characters or less (including the hashtag #KFCScholar) could earn you $20,000 towards college.  The KFC scholarship committee is asking why you exemplify Colonel Sander’s committment to education, and enriching your community, and why you are deserving of a college scholarship.

The winning tweet will be selected based on 40 percent creativity, 30 percent need and 30 percent drive. Only high school seniors are eligible to apply, and KFC will be announcing the winner on December 1, 2010.   The recipient will receive up to $5,000 per year for the next four years to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a public university in his/her own state.

How much can you say in 140 characters? Here’s what your peers are already saying on Twitter.


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