Scholarships and Programs for Halloween Lovers


Do you really get into Halloween? I mean do you really get into it? Going all out with your makeup, costume, and theatricals? If you’ve got the creative talent to completely nail your costume and successfully scare your friends, these programs and scholarships might be of interest to you!

Costume Design

Halloween isn’t complete without a great costume. If you’re interested in the field of costume design, you can major in it! There are a few select schools across the country that offer a major in costume design. For example, Carnegie Mellon University offers both undergraduate and graduate degree options in costume design, Webster University offers a BFA in Costume Design, and Stephens College offers a BFA in Theatrical Costume Design. If you decide to pursue this degree option for the long term, check out the Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship Award for students entering graduate school for costume design and/or technology.



While Halloween isn’t complete without a costume, costumes aren’t complete without make-up! Programs that specialize in make-up specifically, are not usually available at traditional colleges and universities. Instead, you’d have to look at private or specialty schools, like the Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles. They offer the Legends of Makeup Scholarship, a $10,000 award towards tuition at the school. Also, the Douglas Education Center in Pennsylvania, and the Academy of Makeup Arts in Nashville offer special effects make-up programs. Regardless of where you choose to attend school, check out the PBA Sally Beauty Scholarship, for students planning to enter the cosmetology profession.

Acting and Theater

Getting the full effect of your Halloween costume sometimes requires a bit of acting and theatrics. If you think you’ve got what it takes to pursue acting as a career, there are many colleges that offer degree programs in acting. Check out our Acting Major page to learn more about the acting major and the colleges and universities that offer programs of study in acting. Also be sure to apply for the CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship, for students pursuing a career in the performing arts.

From all of us here at Cappex, have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Original Post Date: October 31st, 2014

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What Colleges Provide the Maximum Return on Investment? This List Has the Answer

valueCappiesLogoIt’s been said time and again: You can’t put a value on a good education.  But in the year 2014, that maxim is under more and more duress. College is expensive, and there’s just no getting around that any more.

Consider the numbers:

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the average tuition at U.S. four-year colleges is $22,261 per year. At some schools, that figure can go as high as $60,000 a year. Furthermore, that’s a figure that’s only rising, not decreasing. Student loans are a whole separate issue. Today, U.S. students owe about $1.1 trillion in loan repayments. That’s more than our current credit card debt.

So what are students getting, exactly, for all that money? A high price tag can sometimes put more stress on students who may feel the need to justify the cost of his or her four years. They may think:

At Cappex, we prefer to focus on what you are getting for the hard-earned money you’re about to spend. College costs aren’t limited to just tuition. There’s room and board, expenses, and other unforeseen costs.“I just got a C+ on my econ mid-term, and if my parents find out they will hit the roof. They just wrote another huge tuition check.”

With that in mind, our brand new The 2015 Cappies™ list is called “Best Value Colleges.” It takes a look at 25 schools that offer the biggest bang for the buck. Some schools are taking truly innovative measures to ensure that graduates come out after four years with solid job prospects and little to no debt. The top schools as determined by our reviewers are highlighted here.

In this new list, you will find colleges who have earned a sterling reputation for their outstanding academics and affordability. They provide what students determine to be a quality education (such as Holy Cross, SUNY, and the U.S. Naval Academy, among others). Furthermore, their tuition rates are comparatively low, and they provide generous financial aid to those students in need.

This marks the third category covered by the Cappies™, with three more to go. Over the next few weeks, we’ll also announce student rankings for the Hardest Colleges, Best Colleges for Activities, and Best College Dorms. Stay tuned for announcements on that front, and in the meantime, please share this blog with an interested friend (or two).

Original Post Date: October 28th, 2014

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22 Scholarships Expiring in November

thankfulNovember’s a time to be thankful. It’s easy to be thankful for our family and friends, but it’s also important to remember to be thankful for the opportunity to pursue an education. Take advantage of that opportunity by applying for a few of these scholarships with deadlines in November!

1. Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program

Deadline: November 1      Award: $1,000 – $30,000
Must submit an essay and a recording on the topic, “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future”

2. HubShout Online Marketing Scholarship

Deadline: November 1      Award: $1,000
Must be working toward a business or marketing career that will involve online marketing

3. Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Student Essay Contest

Deadline: November 3      Award: $50 – $300
Must write an essay on a given topic related to diversity in America

4. George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest

Deadline: November 3      Award: $250 – $1,000
Must submit a piece of artwork portraying a North American game bird or animal that can be legally hunted or trapped

5. AGC Education and Research Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: November 3      Award: $2,500
Must be majoring in construction or construction-related engineering

6. Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Deadline: November 4      Award: $1,000 – $5,000
Must have made a difference through volunteering

7. Intel Science Talent Search Awards

Deadline: November 12      Award: $1,000 – $100,000
Must present a scientific report about research of their choosing in the areas of science, math, engineering, and/or medicine

8. Maryknoll Essay Contest

Deadline: November 14      Award: $150 – $1,000
Must submit an essay on the topic, “Have courage. Go forward. Make noise.”

9. PBA Sally Beauty Scholarship

Deadline: November 14      Award: $1,000
Must be pursuing a career in cosmetology

10. EESC STEM Poster Contest

Deadline: November 14      Award: $50 – $200
Must be Hispanic students currently enrolled in an eligible degree program

11. James Alan Cox Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: November 15      Award: $2,500
Must be student photographers

12. American Indian Services Scholarship

Deadline: November 15      Award: varies
Must be Native Americans enrolled in college

13. Bill Kane Scholarship

Deadline: November 15      Award: $1,000
Must be enrolled in a health education program

14. Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards

Deadline: November 15      Award: $10,000
Must be women who provide the primary financial support for their family

15. AAHD Scholarship Program

Deadline: November 15      Award: $1,000
Must have a documented disability

16. Delphix Technology Scholarship for Women

Deadline: November 16      Award: $5,000
Must be women pursuing a technical degree (science, mathematics, information technology, etc.)

17. First Freedom Student Competition

Deadline: November 17      Award: $2,500
Must submit an essay or video examining the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom

18. Center for Alcohol Policy Analysis Essay Contest

Deadline: November 17      Award: $1,000 – $5,000
Must submit an essay on a given topic related to prohibition

19. Scholarship

Deadline: November 21      Award: $1,500
Must submit a video about defensive driving

20. Out to Protect Scholarship

Deadline: November 28      Award: $500 – $1,000
Must identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or a straight ally, and be pursuing a career in law enforcement

21. Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest Scholarships

Deadline: November 28      Award: $500 – $2,000
Must participate in the annual duck calling contest in Stuttgart, Arkansas

22. Academic Publication Program Scholarship

Deadline: November 30      Award: $5,000
Must develop and submit an idea for high-quality, high-volume software for public use

Find these and thousands more scholarships on Cappex!

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Original Post Date: October 23rd, 2014

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