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Scholarships Expiring in August 2015

Take advantage of those days when it’s too hot to leave the air conditioning by finishing some scholarship applications. These scholarships all expire in August, so there’s not much time left to try to win some money for college!

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1. Jewell Gardiner Memorial Fund Scholarship
Deadline: August 1
Award: $1,000

Are you a member of the CSLA Northern Section who’s currently in a teacher librarian credential program? You qualify for this $1,000 scholarship.

2. Mario Cugia Italian Studies Scholarship
Deadline: August 1
Award: $600-$1,000

This award is for Italian students of the Roman Catholic faith who plan on majoring in Italian studies. Applicants must also maintain a 3.2 GPA and live within the Catholic Dioceses of California, Nevada, Illinois, or Arizona.

3. IDDBA’s Scholarship for Growing the Future
Deadline: August 1
Award: $100-$2,000

Applicants must work for a company that’s a member of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association and have a 2.5 GPA. Recipients must also continue to work at least 13 hours a week during the school year to continue receiving the award.

4. ALBA George Watt Prize Essay Contest
Deadline: August 1
Award: $250

If you’ve written an essay on the Spanish Civil War, polish it up and get it sent over so you’re entered for this scholarship. Submissions are judged based on originality, research quality, and effective arguments.

5. Sarah and Max Goldsammler Scholarship Fund
Deadline: August 2
Award: $300-$1,000

High school or college-aged Jewish students should submit a 500-1,000 word essay describing their passions and how they can make the world a better place will be entered to win this scholarship.

6. Milbank Diversity Scholars Program
Deadline: August 15
Award: $25,000

To qualify, students must have already completed their first year at an ABA accredited law school and be a member of a group that’s underrepresented at traditional law firms.

7. Atlanta Dental Spa Scholarship
Deadline: August 18
Award: $1,000

Submit an essay on a given topic and you’ll be entered to win this $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must be high school upperclassmen or currently enrolled in an accredited postsecondary institution or trade school.

8. Women in Public Finance Scholarship
Deadline: August 25
Award: $3,000

Young women with a 3.0 GPA, leadership skills, and an interest in working in finance or government may qualify for this scholarship.

9. AFSA Second Chance Scholarship
Deadline: August 26
Award: $1,000

Applicants must be attending an accredited two- or four-year college or trade school in the spring of 2016.

10. Luis E. Torres Scholarship Award
Deadline: August 31
Award: $500-$1,000

This scholarship is for students who have overcome a medical hardship to pursue a higher education. To qualify, applicants must have a documented illness or disability, a 2.5 GPA, and plan to enroll at an accredited college or university.

11. The Zebra Safe Driver Scholarship
Deadline: August 31
Award: $500

Write an essay on why you stopped texting while driving and you could win this free money for college.

12. Marketing Certified Social Media Scholarship
Deadline: August 31
Award: $1,000

Take a short test demonstrating your social media proficiency, submit an essay explaining how it could help you get a job, and you could land this award.

13. SonomaCountySatellite.com Scholarship
Deadline: August 31
Award: $500

A short 300-500 word essay on an internet-related topic could win you a scholarship for the fall 2015 semester.

14. Vectorworks Design Scholarship 2015
Deadline: August 31
Award: $3,000-$10,000

Submit your best design work and answer three short questions and you’ll be entered to win this big scholarship from Vectorworks.

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How to Make Your Education More Affordable Than Ever

One of the hardest things about getting a degree is finding out things you wish you’d known before you started. That’s particularly true when it comes to figuring out how to pay for the education you need in order to achieve your dreams. Most people simply fill out their FAFSAs and wait for the package to be announced, but there’s plenty more that you can do to save money.online classes

There’s More Than You Think
This is the first mistake that people make when it comes to financing an education. It is wrong to assume that you have to take what is offered. You can actually get more out of financial aid by simply asking for it. There are also special “summer only” scholarships that you should jump on to pay for another class. Talk to your financial aid officer and ask them what you are allowed to get, as opposed to what’s offered to you. You’ll be glad you did.

An Early Start Is Best
Another way of stretching your dollars is to make sure you get everything you can out of high school. Some school districts now offer to pay for a year of community college – that’s an entire year of college for free. You should also pay the small sum for any Advanced Placement test you’re capable of passing. It may be a gamble, but many colleges accept scores as low as a 3 on the AP, and will grant credit hours in that subject.

Going Online Gives You an Advantage
Online schooling is another great way to shave expenses. This saves gas money and often allows you to necessary classes so they don’t conflict with the rest of your daily schedule. Many students get caught in the trap of needing two courses that are offered at the same time on the same day. But taking some of your courses online will help you to avoid this problem. There are plenty of options to choose from – a master of public administration program, teaching programs, engineering degrees, and more. This will allow you to find the right subject for you and save money doing it.

Using these tips, you may be able to graduate early and start earning money while everyone else is still sweating out their finals.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan also enjoys researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.

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14 Scholarships Expiring in July 2015

Summer vacation is in full swing, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to slack off on the college and scholarship hunt. After all, finding a few scholarships now could mean thousands of dollars in savings just a few years from now.

Haul yourself out of the pool, towel off, and check out these scholarships with July deadlines.

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1. Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship
Deadline: July 1
Award: $1,000

We’ve all been taught to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and here’s your opportunity to show everyone how well you do it. Write a blog post, make a video, take a photo, or share a social post showing how you help the environment and you could win this award.

2. AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary College Support Scholarship
Deadline: July 1
Award: $500

Have family members who are members of the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary? You’re eligible for the AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary College Support Scholarship.

3. Proof-Reading.com Scholarship Program
Deadline: July 1
Award: $1,500

If you’re already in college, have a GPA of at least 3.5, and complete at least 12 credit hours a semester, you’re eligible to write an essay on the stock market for this scholarship.

4. Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association Scholarship
Deadline: July 1
Award: $1,000

Your academic background and submitted essay will determine whether or not you win this award. Students must be be in the process of obtaining an advanced or trade school education.

5. Brian White National Academic Scholarship
Deadline: July 1
Award: $1,000

High school seniors and college undergrads who apply for this scholarship have to write an essay on drunk driving for a chance to win.

6. Minority Scholarship Award for Incoming College Freshmen
Deadline: July 1
Award: $1,000

This award is available to high school seniors who come from a background that’s underrepresented in the chemical engineering field and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

7. Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship
Deadline: July 1
Award: $2,000

Migrant farmworker students who have completed at least one year at an accredited college or university, a strong academic background, and financial need are eligible for this award.

8. Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards
Deadline: July 1
Award: $200-$1,000

Submit two copies of up to three original, unpublished poems, and you could win.

9. NurseJournal.org Global Health Scholarship
Deadline: July 15
Award: $3,000

College students currently enrolled in a nursing, medicine, or public health program can qualify for this scholarship, provided they have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

10. Lending Tree Scholarship
Deadline: July 15
Award: $2,500

Do you need a $2,500 scholarship? Submit a 200-word essay on why you think a college degree is worth the time, energy, and money.

11. Women in Service to Our Communities Scholarship
Deadline: July 15
Award: $500

If you have a bit of time on your hands and a background in community service, you can submit an application for this award. Send in an application form, two letters of recommendation, a community service resume, and a short essay on volunteer work.

12. ERCA Community Contribution Scholarship
Deadline: July 21
Award: $1,000-$5,000

You can apply for this award if you’ve recognized a problem in your community and put in place an action plan to solve it. This project must have been undertaken on your own initiative, not with an established group or club.

13. James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund
Deadline: July 31
Award: $1,000

Current college students have the opportunity to write an essay on a cancer-related prompt for the chance to win this award.

14. “From Failure to Promise” Scholarship Essay Contest
Deadline: July 31
Award: $500-$10,000

If you have a 3.0 or higher GPA and will attend college in the fall, you can read the book “From Failure to Promise” by Dr. C Moorer and write an essay on a given prompt – your submission will give you the chance to earn this scholarship.

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