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!!!

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!!!

Scholarship Mom Alert: Summer scholarships

Summer scholarships. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Summer scholarships. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Searching for summer scholarships to help pay for college got a whole lot easier thanks to College Scholarship Expert Monica L. Matthews. She has found and is sharing over a hundred different ones to apply for now or put on the calendar for next year. Read her special article:

Oodles of Summer Scholarships to Help Pay for College

Monica has also written parent and student guides packed with how-to info that provide “Winning Tips” to impress scholarship judges. She breaks the scholarship process down into ten easy to follow sections so applicants can get organized and perfect their scholarship applications to stand out and get noticed. Monica knows what she is talking about. She helped her son win over $100,000 in college scholarship money and can show you exactly how she did it! Find the guides here:

How To Win College Scholarships guide  

Good Luck to all applicants!!!

Scholarship Mom Alert: PinkRose Breast Cancer Scholarship

PinkRose Breast Cancer Scholarship. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

PinkRose Breast Cancer Scholarship. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Cancer may be the most dreaded six-letter word in our vocabulary. “The PinkRose Foundation was founded in 2003 with the goal of helping students pay for college after they have been through the tragedy of losing a parent from breast cancer,” according to College Scholarship Expert Monica L. Matthews. There are very specific rules for applicants to follow.

Monica provides details about the scholarship application requirements along with her “Winning Tips.” They give insight into what the scholarship judges are looking for when deciding who to award the PinkRose Breast Cancer Scholarship.

Read Monica’s insightful post before applying:

The PinkRose Breast Cancer College Scholarship

Good Luck to all applicants!!!

Scholarship Mom Alert: Lint Center Scholarships

Scholarships about improving national security and global understanding. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Scholarships about improving national security and global understanding. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

If you are a creative problem solver concerned about improving national security and global understanding, then consider applying for the Lint Center’s college scholarships. They are for students interested in the fields of International Affairs, Counterintelligence and National Security. Two of the Lint Center for National Security Studies’ scholarships have July deadlines and winning can help pay for education and career development.

College Scholarship Expert Monica L. Matthews is sharing specific Winning Tips and highlighting important scholarship info and a crucial “required detail” for applicants. Before applying, read Monica’s spot on post

The Lint Center College Scholarships

Good Luck to all applicants!!!

Scholarship Mom Alert: $1,000 Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

Merit-based college scholarship contests. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Merit-based college scholarship contests. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

This week’s scholarship feature shows not all merit-based scholarship contests require a minimum GPA. For the Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship, merit is demonstrated via a short 250 word essay. College Scholarship Expert Monica L. Matthews has some Winning Tips to make your personal statement a compelling eye-catcher for the judging committee.

Monica explains that even if writing essays is not your favorite scholarship activity, students can “use an essay that they have previously submitted for another scholarship application or submit one they have written as a school assignment.” What a time saver!

Just be sure to honor the word count and other directions. I recently wrote “Think of application instructions as the map leading to the award treasure,” in my article The number one winning scholarships tip. So carefully read all scholarship details and Monica’s information to know exactly what to do to increase chances for winning.

Find Monica’s expert scholarship advice in her post:

Gen and Kelly Tanabe College Scholarship 

Good Luck to all applicants!!!

Wednesday’s Parent: 7 pre-college costs that can lead to big savings later

Turning pre-college costs into college savings

Turning pre-college costs into College savings

There is a plethora of articles about college costs and how to pay them but little mention is made about college prep expenses. College financial aid doesn’t cover these and they can sizably pile up. Pre-college expenses can cut into personal financial resources way before a tuition bill arrives and add hundreds, even thousands to the total cost of obtaining a higher education degree. Thinking about pre-college costs now can help families plan where they are most likely to get the best return on their investment and allocate their money accordingly. Here are seven pre-college costs that can lead to big savings during and after college:

1. Standardized tests have fees. The PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests and ACT have set fees and students often take them more than once. The expense is there but so is the chance to get a break on college costs. High scorers may qualify for college scholarships. They also may be offered admission with more generous financial aid packages as compared to their poorer scoring peers. Although the list of test-optional schools is growing, many colleges still have SAT or ACT requirements.

2. AP and IB exams have fees. Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs charge students a fee for taking the exams. High schools often tout these as the most challenging and rigorous courses they offer. Doing well can impress college admissions officers by demonstrating college readiness. At many schools, this can lead to college credit and bypassing introductory college courses, both great college time and money savers.

3. Tutors have fees. Some libraries or high schools may offer free programs for individual subjects or test prep, but many tutors charge a fee for their services. If students need the extra help to pass a class or go to that next level, it may be the difference between getting into their college choice and qualifying for scholarships.

4. College visits can be costly. Depending on their location, visiting campuses can be a huge financial hit when they include lodging, meals and transportation. However, they can be the most influential reason for deciding student-college fit for applying and attending. When students do attend, families are one up on finding local stores offering student discounts, signing up for lodging and transportation loyalty programs, and knowing where to make hard to get reservations for crowded times like move in/out, family and graduation dates.

5. Colleges have application fees. This is where a good and succinct college list can pay off immediately. Weigh this against a longer list of greater possibilities but not necessarily better ones.

6. College consultants, financial aid counselors, and scholarship experts have fees. There is a lot of free information available about choosing colleges, writing essays, preparing for interviews, and filling out admission and aid applications but all this may not assist families with unique or difficult issues. A trusted advisor may be essential for them.

7. Student loans have fees and interest charges. Interest and fees add to the overall cost of the loan but federal and state loan forgiveness programs can turn all or a portion of borrowed cash into money that doesn’t have to be paid back. Check out the qualifications necessary like a certain career, length of time in the position and job location before considering borrowing to use as a powerful planning tool.

Note, there are fee waivers for qualifying low income students. But most will pay full fare so it is important to decide where to invest those valuable pre-college dollars and where to save the cash for college attendance.

Read Suzanne’s post: Scoring FREE Pre-College Costs

READ more:

This high school test means college money 

Getting a student loan? Check out forgiveness programs

How to pass the college affordability test (CAT)

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Scholarship Mom Alert: Donna W. Foss Scholarship

Essay-only scholarships tips. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Essay-only scholarships tips. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Two, that’s TWO different scholarships from one sponsor and there are multiple awards that increase your chances of winning. This week the focus is on the 2015 Donna W. Foss Scholarship Contest. Set your calendar to come back next fall for info about the 2015 Video Scholarship Contest, both courtesy of The Joe Foss Institute Scholarship Program because The Joe Foss Video Scholarship is now closed.

Want more details and ways to increase your chance for winning an award? Like how to address the essay as the only requirement for this scholarship? Do what I do and learn from College Scholarship Expert Monica L. Matthews. She has the answers with her special Winning Tips. Read them all in her post:

Donna W. Foss College Scholarship

Good Luck to all applicants!!!

Scholarship Mom Alert: The A&F Scholarship

Key is motivation. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Key is motivation. Photo by Wendy David-Gaines

Attention motivated students, take a close look at the A&F Scholarship. College Scholarship Expert Monica L. Matthews explains, the scholarship sponsor “Abbott and Fenner want to award the scholarship money to students who ‘have the desire and ambition to succeed.’”

There are ways parents can help motivate their teens or give them the skills to self-motivate. Check out Wednesday’s Parent’s 5 rule-breaking ways to encourage and Using irony and a proverb as self-motivation for your teen.

High school juniors, seniors and current college students are eligible to apply for the A&F Scholarship $1,000 award. Monica details the other application requirements. Note, GPA is not one of them!

For all the info and Monica’s special Winning Tips, read her post:

Abbott and Fenner College Scholarship

Good Luck to all applicants!!!