Money, Scholarships

How to Save Money for College

No Comments 14 June 2017

It’s no secret that college is expensive, but it’s never too early to start saving. If you start saving now, you’ll thank yourself when you’re in college. Here are some tips for saving money for college.

Keep a budget. Even if you have the best of intentions, you might overspend if you are not keeping track. Set a budget every month and stick to it. Know your financial priorities. Divide your budget into categories and allot a spending limit for each. Keep track in a journal or spreadsheet.

Buy used books. Textbooks are an unavoidable expense in college. And the cost adds up quickly. If you’re off to college in the fall, avoid buying as many textbooks from your institution’s bookstore as possible. Look into options like Amazon and Chegg to find books at a discounted rate.

Limit impulse purchases. Before you purchase a new outfit or go to dinner with friends, take a minute to decide if the purchase is worth the money. Limiting unnecessary purchases allows you to put a little extra money aside for college.

Find a part-time job. Now that it’s summer, spend your free time looking into a part-time job. Look at online job boards but also make a list of places you’d be interested to work at, and stop by to ask for a paper application. If you have the time and your employer allows it, your job can carry over into the school year.

Apply to scholarships. Continue to apply for scholarships, even in summer. Keep your College Greenlight profile updated. Add new classes or volunteer experience to your profile. This can help us to match you to the best scholarships for you.

Scholarships

Scholarships Expiring in June

No Comments 31 May 2017

Just because school is out doesn’t mean that it’s time to stop working. Summer break allows you extra time to search for scholarships. Check out these scholarships expiring in June.

Bruce Lee Foundation ScholarshipThis scholarship is for students at lest 16 years old. The criteria used to evaluate applicants includes involvement in extracurricular activities, community service, work experience, future potential and knowledge of Bruce Lee. The scholarship award amount ranges between $2,500 and $10,000 and applications are due June 9.

Make a Happy Ramadan Card Scholarship – This scholarship is for any U.S. citizen between the ages of 13 and 25 who creates and mails a card to a Muslim American to wish them a happy Ramadan. The deadline for this scholarship is June 10 and the average award amount is $3,000.

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship – This scholarship is for high school juniors, seniors and current college students. Applicants must submit an essay discussing their educational career and life goals. 

Exceptional Youth Scholarship – This scholarship is for high school seniors who demonstrate community service efforts, volunteerism and mentorship and have a strong academic performance. Applications are due June 13 and the scholarship award amount is $5,000.

Noplag Scholarship Essay Contest – This scholarship is for high school and university students who are at least 16 years of age. Applicants must submit an essay of at least 700 words on a suggested topic. The award amount for this scholarship is $3,500 and applications are due June 25.

KAM House Buyers Scholarship – Applicants are asked to write an essay in 800 to 1,000 words describing what they believe it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. High school seniors, current college freshmen, sophomores and juniors are eligible for this scholarship. Applications are due June 30 and the scholarship award amount is $500.

Scholarships

How to Prepare for Scholarship Season

No Comments 17 May 2017

As the school year begins to wind down, so does scholarship season. But even though it might become more difficult to find scholarships, you still should look. Follow these tips to make sure you’re ready for the upcoming scholarship season.

Participate in College Programming

Make yourself stand out to scholarship committees by proving you are dedicated to your academics, even in the summer. Many colleges offer summer programs for students who are interested in attending. The programs are designed to give prospective students a taste of college life, and sometimes even include a college-level course. Reach out to a local college to see if it offers one of these programs, or take a look at this list of fly-in programs for your chance to visit a college further away.

Begin to Research

Just because you can’t apply doesn’t mean you can’t research. Start small with your local community foundation, move on to researching scholarships for people with your intended major and then find every big money scholarship you can apply for. Keep a running list of these scholarships so you can check back in the fall and apply as soon as they are open.

Find a Summer Job or Internship

When scholarships are scarce, an internship or job can help earn money for college. It also can beef up your scholarship resume. This shows scholarship providers that you are academic/career-minded and spent your summer in a productive way. Plus, jobs can sometimes lead to scholarships.

Keep Checking College Greenlight

You should be checking your College Greenlight profile year-round. Continue to make sure your information is up-to-date and we will match you with the best scholarships for you. Scholarship season might be a little dry in the summer but as long as you are eligible, we will help you find it.

Money, Scholarships

Scholarships Expiring in May

No Comments 18 April 2017

Scholarship season doesn’t end just because the school year is. Take a look at this list of scholarships expiring in May.

StudySoup Future Innovator ScholarshipThis scholarship is for students who exemplify one or more of StudySoup’s core values: Be a Knight; Make an Impact; Succeed Together. Applications are due May 1 and the award amount for this scholarship is $2,000.

Kids’ Chance ScholarshipsThese scholarships are for children whose parents have been permanently disabled or killed on the job. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $500- $2,500. Applications are due May 1.

Teen Spotlight Scholarship Program ­– This scholarship is for high-achieving teens between the ages of 13 and 17 years old. If selected, you will be interviewed, along with your parents, and participate in a photo shoot. Teens can be nominated by their school administration or by other community leaders. The scholarship award amount is $500 and applications are due May 1.

Illinois AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Worchid Scholarship – To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be high school seniors at an Illinois high school and have taken the ACT or SAT. Applicants must be the children of deceased parents who were veterans of the United States who served after Sept. 15, 1940, and were honorably discharged. The scholarship deadline is May 15 and the award amount is $500.

On The Gas- The Art, Science and Culture of Food ScholarshipThis scholarship is for high school and college students interested in food and beverage and marketing. Each applicant must submit a 1,500-word article related to food and drink or any content related to food and beverage marketing to apply. The award amount for this scholarship is $750 and applications are due May 15.

RCJudge Scholarship – This scholarship is for undergraduate students. Applicants must create a 700- to 1,000-word essay on how the technology for remote-control toys will change in the future. Applications are due May 21 and the award amount is $1,000.

Davis ScholarshipStudents must submit an essay addressing the following prompt: “Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.” The scholarship award amount is $1,000 and applications are due May 22.

Marcia Silverman Minority Student Award – This scholarship is for students who are African American/Latino, Asian, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in a journalism program, public relations studies or courses preparing for a career in public relations and must also be entering their senior year in college in the upcoming fall. Applications are due May 26 and the award amount is $5,000.

Cameron Impact ScholarshipThis scholarship is for members of the class of 2017 who are planning to attend a four-year institution in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must demonstrate active participation in community service and extracurricular activities, as well as be motivated leaders and have strong work ethics. The scholarship award amount ranges between $20,000 and $50,000 and applications are due May 26.

Emily Woodward Scholarship – This scholarship is for students enrolled in an accredited post-secondary educational institution by the time the winner of the annual scholarship is announced in July 2017. Applicants must be enrolling full-time or part time and submit an essay. Applications are due May 31 and the scholarship award amount is $2,000.

 

Money, Scholarships

Scholarships for Hispanic Students

No Comments 03 April 2017

Scholarships aren’t always based on academics – some celebrate a person’s heritage. Take a look at these scholarships for students of Hispanic descent.

HACU IES Abroad Diversity Scholarship – This scholarship is for students attending Hispanic-Serving institutions that are members of Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). The scholarship award amount typically ranges between $2,500 and $5,000. Applicants must hold a minimum 3.3 GPA.

CORE Que Llueva Cafe Scholarship – Undocumented students of Chicano/Latino descent are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship award amount typically is $500.

Latinos in Technology Scholarship – This scholarship is for students of Hispanic descent who have a declared major in and have been accepted into a STEM program. Students must hold a minimum 2.5 GPA. The award amount for this scholarship typically is $10,000.

La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarships – College students of Hispanic descent are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship award amount typically ranges between $500 and $1,000.

Cascajal Foundation Scholarship – This scholarship is for graduating high school students from Houston who are of Columbia descent. Applicants must hold a minimum 2.0 GPA and submit an essay with their application. The award amount for this scholarship typically is $500.

MillerCoors National Scholarship – Incoming college juniors and seniors of Hispanic descent are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be studying an eligible major, see website for details. The typical award amount for this scholarship is $3,000.

Danny Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is for students of Hispanic descent who are studying electronics and/or engineering and need financial assistance to attend college. The award amount for this scholarship varies.

NSHMBA Foundation Scholarship Program – To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be NSHMBA members and of Hispanic descent. Students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $2,500 and $10,000.

Rixio Medina & Associates Hispanics in Safety ScholarshipStudents of Hispanic descent pursuing a degree in occupational safety and health or a closely related field are eligible for this scholarship. The award for this scholarship typically is $4,000.

Great Minds in STEM / HENAAC Scholars Program – This scholarship is for students of Hispanic origin who participate in and promote organizations and activities in the Hispanic community. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $500 and $10,000.

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