Scholarship Mom Alert: Future Engineers Scholarship Program

Scholarships for current college students. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Scholarships for current college students. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

If your college-bound student is in the habit of applying for scholarships, consider it a big bonus. That’s because the practice doesn’t end with a college acceptance. There are scholarships specifically for current college students. This is wonderful news for families because college costs often rise each year of attendance, making it difficult to hone in on exact expenses amounts.

College Scholarship Expert Monica L. Matthews is featuring a scholarship for current college sophomores and juniors who are pursuing a degree in the field of engineering. Monica explains the specific application guidelines along with her wonderful “Winning Tips.” Also, heed her warning to apply ASAP before the school work load increases. Read and follow scholarship expert Monica’s advice in her post:

Future Engineers College Scholarship

Good Luck to all applicants!!!

Wednesday’s Parent: 3 step college prep back to school plan

Time for back to school tips. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Time for back to school tips. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

There are many things to master when preparing for college. Students have to hone their test taking skills, college and scholarship searches, essay writing, and qualifications for college applications. Parents focus on helping their children accomplish all this while learning all they can about college finance. Families can use the new school year as a fresh start to tackle the college process. Here is a three part plan that works:

Be a dreamer first. It’s always a good idea to begin with some quiet introspection and self-analysis. Brainstorm hopes and dreams and begin to set short and long term goals. Be prepared to update these because minds can change over time.

Get practical second. Taking action leads to a sense of accomplishment and realistic expectations. The parent-student team can work together to list student skills and achievements. They will show strengths to enhance and weaknesses to address when compared to individual college admission requirements and personal goals.

Third, always have a Plan B. Give each task 100 percent effort or reschedule when this is doable to maximize chances of success. Even so, life doesn’t come with guarantees and neither does the college admission process. Being able to adjust, adapt and modify plans is a life skill so take five when stressed to regain perspective, count blessings and make lemonade from lemons.

College prep may seem endless but many parents believe the college years fly by in the blink of an eye. Soon enough the adult-child relationship will morph into an adult-adult child relationship so keep communication open and honest and include some fun to enjoy each day.

Read Suzanne’s post: A Day in the Life of a College-Bound Parent

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Parent role in higher education preparation

Wednesday’s Parent: College prep red flags

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Wednesday’s child may be full of woe but Wednesday’s Parent can substitute action for anxiety. Each Wednesday Suzanne Shaffer and I will provide parent tips to get and keep your student on the college track. It’s never too late or too early to start!

Suzanne @SuzanneShaffer and I @pocsmom will host Twitter chat #CampusChat on Wednesday, August 26 at 9pm ET/6pm PT. Our guests this week are a Back to School panel of eight experts. Please join us with your questions and comments. 

Wednesday’s Parent will give twice the info and double the blog posts on critical parenting issues by clicking on the link at the end of the article from www.pocsmom.com to http://www.parentscountdowntocollegecoach.com/ and vice versa.

Scholarship Mom Alert: Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

Not texting and driving can lead to college $. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Not texting and driving can lead to college $. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

It’s a given; parents worry about their children. As they get bigger, so do the issues they face. If there is anything that can help reduce the risks as they grow, it merits close attention. Here’s a suggestion that can also lead to money for college.

Last month College Scholarship Expert Monica L. Matthews found The Zebra Safe Driver Scholarship that combined awareness of the risks of texting while driving with a college scholarship contest. This month, Monica is adding the Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship which has a similar goal but requires a tweet length writing rather than a longer essay for the first part of the application. Later, the selected finalists will get their chance to write an essay.

Many of the college-bound’s hands seem to be glued to their mobile phones wherever they are and whatever else they are doing. The texting while driving risk is there even for students who won’t have a car on campus. They can borrow a friend’s car or use the family auto when they are home. Many college campuses make it easy for students to rent a vehicle for long or short trips.

Let your child know about the scholarships available that can keep the issue of safe driving fresh in their minds. Read Monica’s post containing the application details and her Winning Tips in:

Don’t Text and Drive College Scholarship

Good Luck to all applicants!!!

Scholarship Mom Alert: Last minute scholarships

Time to apply for college scholarships. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Time to apply for college scholarships. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Timing plays a key role in the college scholarship application process. From the time consuming task of finding them to the extra effort to meet deadlines, time is always ticking away. College Scholarship Expert Monica L. Matthews has saved students some valuable hours by compiling a list of scholarships with late summer and early fall deadlines. Get started immediately by going to her post now:

College Scholarships with Late Summer/Early Fall Deadlines

Time budgeting is key for busy college-bound teens. Thanks Monica for jump starting the scholarship search process so students can begin applying now!

Good Luck to all applicants!!!

Wednesday’s Parent: The college-bound good-bye perspective

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 1.05.02 PMGoogling goodbye songs and movies show the topic of farewell is a central part of the human condition. Parents of college students have vivid memories of dropping their kids off and parents of the college-bound are gritting their teeth for their fast-approaching turn. Fortunately, there are steps parents can take now to help themselves and their students get through the goodbye process and the subsequent adjustment.

Start by reading college parenting expert Suzanne Shaffer’s wise words in her post, Saying Goodbye to Your College Bound Teen. Suzanne captures the range of emotions to anticipate and what to do to set families up for a successful parent-adult child separation.

Remember too that all occupants of the home will be affected by the absence of the student. Siblings and pets have their own issues. New activities and keeping the communication flowing can help other children. The bright side is parents now have more time to spend with them until they morph into adult children, too.

Read Suzanne’s post: Saying Goodbye to Your College Bound Teen

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Wednesday’s child may be full of woe but Wednesday’s Parent can substitute action for anxiety. Each Wednesday Suzanne Shaffer and I will provide parent tips to get and keep your student on the college track. It’s never too late or too early to start!

The bonus is on the fourth Wednesday of each month when Suzanne and I will host Twitter chat #CampusChat at 9pm ET/6pm PT. We will feature an expert on a topic of interest for parents of the college-bound.

Wednesday’s Parent will give twice the info and double the blog posts on critical parenting issues by clicking on the link at the end of the article from www.pocsmom.com to http://www.parentscountdowntocollegecoach.com/ and vice versa.

Scholarship Mom Alert: CareerFitter Online Scholarship

Essay for college, career, scholarship. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Essay for college, career, scholarship. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

“Find your purpose and be successful in work you enjoy.” This great advice for the college-bound is found on a CareerFitter.com video for an online college scholarship the company is sponsoring. Watch the video explain how their career assessment product can reveal one’s work personality, strengths and style to finding a good-fitting job. Then relate this to finding a good college fit.

College Scholarship Expert Monica L. Matthews provides the details for applying to the scholarship from CareerFitter.com along with her Winning Tips to enhance your application. Read Monica’s post:

CareerFitter College Scholarship

Pay close attention to her advice because writing the required essay necessitates the kind of introspection that can also help students decide which school has the programs that can best help them realize their college dreams.

Good Luck to all applicants!!!

Scholarship Mom Alert: The Zebra Safe Driver Scholarship

Not texting and driving can lead to a college scholarship. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Not texting and driving can lead to a college scholarship. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

There are many reason businesses sponsor college scholarships and sometimes the motivation includes furthering a public interest. The Zebra Safe Driver Scholarship is a great example. Texting while driving is a huge danger to drivers and pedestrians. “Auto insurance specialists at ‘The Zebra’ are offering a $500 college scholarship to students who best describe the moment they decided to permanently stop texting and driving,“ states College Scholarship Expert Monica L. Matthews.

Having fewer distracted drivers is also in the interest of a car insurance agency. “That is what the Safe Driver Scholarship is about: the chance for students nationwide to inspire and educate us, our readers, and young drivers everywhere who could benefit from their peers’ experience,” according to TheZebra.com.

Monica describes the scholarship details and her Winning Tips in her post:

The Zebra Safe Driver College Scholarship

Good Luck to all applicants!!!

 

 

Scholarship Mom Alert: Healthy Home Scholarship

Scholarship searches can start at home. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Scholarship searches can start at home. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

The sources of college scholarships are wide and diverse. Individuals, groups, associations and high schools may sponsor a scholarship that can help students pay for their higher education. So can businesses and employers. Students can expand their scholarship searches to various industries that have an expressed interest in investing in the future.

For example, to demonstrate their support, the Olshan Foundation Solutions offering home services including foundation and basement repair & waterproofing to customers also offers the Healthy Home Scholarship for students pursuing a degree from an accredited university. College Scholarship Expert Monica L. Matthews reviewed the application details and came up with “Winning Tips” that can give qualifying applicants an edge to impress the scholarship judges.

The deadline is August 15, so students should read Monica’s suggestions ASAP in her post:

Healthy Home College Scholarship

Good Luck to all applicants!!!

Wednesday’s Parent: Interviewing the college interviewer

Interviewing the college interviewer. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Interviewing the college interviewer. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Interviewing the college interviewer can seem odd to a teen looking to make a good impression on an adult. However, student questions are expected and probing ones beyond the info contained in marketing brochures and the college website demonstrate a higher level of student interest. Plus the student gets a chance to learn more about the details that can influence the decision to keep or lose a college on the list.

Begin by treating the college interview as a job interview for the position of student. Do the research and come prepared to market oneself as an asset to the student body. While college representatives are sizing up their prospective candidates, students get their own opportunity for scrutiny. Keep in mind it is in both of their interests to learn more about each other.

Another tip is to learn about the interviewer’s college background. He may be a recent graduate of that school who can share his own personal campus experiences. Base other questions on student must haves or don’t wants. Here are some topics to consider:

  • Ask questions about the size, priority and benefits of a certain program in relation to other campus offerings.
  • Delve into the popularity of a particular club including the events/activities (frequency and location) they sponsor.
  • Pose queries about the school’s uniqueness, strengths and weaknesses that make it stand out against it’s competitors.

The college interview is a great chance for students to find out more about how a potential college will meet their educational needs while helping them achieve their goals. Get the interviewer’s contact info to submit further questions and to thank them for their time.

Read Suzanne’s postQuestions to ANSWER and ASK on a College Interview

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Wednesday’s child may be full of woe but Wednesday’s Parent can substitute action for anxiety. Each Wednesday Suzanne Shaffer and I will provide parent tips to get and keep your student on the college track. It’s never too late or too early to start!

The bonus is on the fourth Wednesday of each month when Suzanne and I will host Twitter chat #CampusChat at 9pm ET/6pm PT. We will feature an expert on a topic of interest for parents of the college-bound.

Wednesday’s Parent will give twice the info and double the blog posts on critical parenting issues by clicking on the link at the end of the article from www.pocsmom.com to http://www.parentscountdowntocollegecoach.com/ and vice versa.

Scholarship Mom Alert: C.I.P. Scholarship

Scholarship money. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Scholarship money. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

If your student is heading to college next year or already there, tell him or her about the “College Is Power” scholarship. It may be the way to help pay for their higher education. “Online site CollegeIsPower.com is offering a $1000 college scholarship for students who will be in college within the next 12 months. The application is short and online only, so take a few minutes and don’t miss this one!” says College Scholarship Expert Monica L. Matthews.

Monica reviewed the scholarship requirements and came up with a plan for those interested in applying. Read her “Winning Tips” about the short essay, the only extra material required besides the online application in her post:

C.I.P. College Is Power Scholarship

Good Luck to all applicants!!!