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. DefensiveDriving.com 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

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Original Post Date: October 23rd, 2014

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How to Deal with Feeling Homesick in College

Categories: College Life

college-student-depressionThere’s no doubt that college is exciting, but along with that excitement can come feelings of uneasiness and discomfort in your new routine. For students who move away for school and leave the familiarities of home, the transition can be especially challenging. Now that the school year is in full swing and the newness of college life has worn off, it’s not unusual for students to start feeling homesick. So what should you do when all you want to do is go home?

Get Out of Your Dorm Room

When you’re feeling blue, it’s easy to get into the habit of isolating yourself in your dorm room. Remember that your room is just a room, so try to make the entire campus your home away from home. Explore campus, try out new study and dining spaces, or join a student organization that interests you. If you have any qualms about doing things on your own, try to get over those as soon as possible. You won’t have the same schedule as your friends and won’t always be able to coordinate meals or activities. It’s important to keep healthy and active, so don’t always settle for mac and cheese in your room when your friends aren’t around to go to the dining hall.

Make a Plan for Your Next Visit Home

When you’re missing your family, your friends, or even just your bed, keep in mind that you will be going back. Plan a special activity or outing for the next time you visit home so you’ll have something to look forward to. Do call home when you need to, and planning something fun for your next visit will help keep conversations positive. If you’re already worried about coming back to school after a break at home, try this trick: right before you leave, rearrange the furniture in your room (with permission of any roommates of course). When you return to campus, you’ll have a fresh start.

Explore the Community Off Campus

When campus doesn’t feel like home, it can feel claustrophobic and it’s easy to develop negative feelings towards it. Remember that you aren’t trapped on campus, and an outside world does exist. Take opportunities to explore the surrounding community, especially when you’re missing home. You may find new things that remind you of the comforts of home, or just remind you how exciting it is to explore a new place. Check your school’s transportation webpage for information on getting around town.

Open Up

Don’t be afraid to speak up about your feelings. It may seem like everyone else has fully acclimated to college life, but more likely than not, many of your peers are feeling homesick too. Talking about it with new friends or your RA may be awkward, but it’s a great way to form bonds and find others you can team up with to overcome your feelings. Homesickness in college is normal, especially during your first year, but if your symptoms won’t go away or are getting worse, reach out for help. Professionals in your school’s counseling office have experience working with homesick students and may be able to share some advice and techniques with you.

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Original Post Date: October 21st, 2014

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The Ultimate Guide to Letters of Recommendation: Who to Ask and How to Do It

Letters of recommendation. The elusive cousin of resumes and cover letters. While they’re not always invited to the party, they are generally welcomed as a nice surprise when they show up. They convey—possibly more than anything else—your work ethic. It’s important that your recommendation letters evolve as you take each new step in your academic and professional career.

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Who to Ask


Letters of recommendation are required for many college and scholarship applications and many volunteering opportunities. Think about the position or institution you are applying for and select letter writers that know your character and skillset the best. Some of those people may include:

  • Teacher: A teacher you’ve had at least a class or two with will be able to speak to your general work ethic, personality, determination, and willingness to go the extra mile. They are a good person to ask to write about your history of academic achievements.
  • Volunteering coordinator: Do you have previous experience volunteering? If you worked closely with a supervisor or volunteer coordinator during your experience, they would be a perfect candidate to write about your willingness to help and your dedication to a specific community.
  • Employer: Juggling a part-time job with school, extra-curricular activities, and volunteering says a lot about your ability to balance multiple things at once. Your employer will be able to talk about your punctuality, your enthusiasm to succeed, and how well you work with a team.


Recommendation letters are going to be important for three main things: internships, graduate programs, and your first out-of-school job. Even if a letter of recommendation isn’t specifically asked for, it is not a bad idea to have a few written up on your behalf to bring them with you to interviews. Not only does it show that you are a person worth vouching for, but it shows that you are willing to go the extra mile.

  • Academic advisor: Most colleges require each student to have an academic advisor. This is someone that should know your academic history as well as your passion for your field. Encourage them to write about your thirst for knowledge and excitement learn new things.
  • Internship supervisor: A supervisor from a previous internship is the best person to recommend you for your next internship. If you implemented any changes or created a project during your internship, ask your supervisor to mention that process and how it helped their business.
  • Mentor: If you’ve found a mentor in college, you should absolutely ask them to write you a letter of recommendation. Depending on your relationship, this is someone who will know what kind of work and activities you’ve been involved in, what you want to do in the future, and who can speak to what you’re capable of—chances are it’s a lot!

How to Ask

Writing a good letter of recommendation is no easy task. Once you decide who you want to ask, you need to take into account their schedule, how well they know you, and what they are best suited to write about. Follow these tips for a smooth process.

  • Be courteous: Writing one of these letters takes time. Make sure you ask if they’d be willing to write the letter at least a month before you need it. This gives plenty of time for them to come back to you with questions and work through multiple drafts. It also gives you time to find someone new if for some reason they say no or have to back out. It is your responsibility to let them know upfront of any deadlines or special requirements for the letter.
  • Be helpful: In order to write a great letter, your references will need details. Make sure to supply letter writers with a copy of your resume and cover letter, as well as the position description if the letter is going to be for something specific. You should let your writer know if you want them to mention specific pieces of information. It’s important to let them feel free to write their true opinions, but it’s never a bad thing to tell them why you are asking them to write the letter and what you think they can best speak about. Think of this as an opportunity to have someone else talk about things you couldn’t fit in your resume.
  • Be thankful: The process isn’t over when they hand you their letter. Make sure to look it over (unless it’s required to be sealed) and verify that it’s relevant and what you need for your application. After you’ve sent it off, be sure to thank your writer. An old fashioned thank you note is the best way to go, and mention how much it meant to you that they were willing to vouch for you and help you achieve your goals.

Whether you’re applying for a scholarship, a new job, a graduate program, or you just want something to supplement your resume, a strong letter of recommendation can set you apart from other applicants. Not only does it show your ability to build and maintain working relationships, a well-written letter gives potential employers, colleges, and scholarship providers an idea of your past achievements and work-ethic. To ensure a useful and relevant letter, ask someone who has a history of working with or advising you to write a recommendation. Provide the writer with examples of your work, an updated resume, and a brief description of the position or organization you are applying to.

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Holly King is a recently graduated writer living in Salt Lake City, UT. When not scouring the internet for updates in business, lifestyles, and technology, she is tending to her garden and trying to perfect the world’s best egg sandwich.

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Original Post Date: October 17th, 2014

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