Winter Survival Kit for High School & College Students

We here at Cappex Headquarters are right in the middle of a deep freeze! If you’re in an area that’s suffering from similar conditions, walking and driving to and from class can prove to be quite the treacherous journey. We’re offering up a few essential items to assemble for your winter survival kit that will help you get through the season.


1. Invest in a quality coat, because it will make all the difference. In severely cold temperatures, someone who isn’t bundled up properly or has exposed skin can develop frostbite or hypothermia in a matter of minutes. Choose a coat that has down or down alternative filling – like this one from Orolay or this one from U.S. Polo Assn. – or another fluffy material that offers a good amount of insulation. Look for one with a hat to keep your entire head covered and warm during those times where the wind chill drops.

2. It’s a good idea to stock up on essential medicine before you get sick. The last thing you’ll want to do when you’re sick is go out in the cold weather to go to the store. Save yourself the trip by being one step ahead. Be sure to have on hand pain relievers, cold & flu relief medicine, cough and throat drops, and tissues. We love this adorable kit from Mom’s Medicine Chest that has all the essentials in one place.

3. If you’re not feeling well or just need to defrost after a particularly cold walk, curling up under an electric throw or blanket will warm you up in no time. For chilly nights, warm up your bed before getting into it at night: about ten or fifteen minutes before you’re ready to go to bed, lay out your electric blanket under your blankets and on top of your flat sheet. Once you’re ready, remove and unplug the electric blanket and enjoy the warmth as you drift off to sleep. We’re big fans of this heated throw from Sunbeam that’s the perfect size for wrapping up in. (Whenever using an electric blanket, be sure to follow all the safety instructions and always unplug it when not in use.) 

4. For those days when you’ve got a long, cold walk ahead of you or when you need to stay outside for an extended amount of time, keep your hands and feet extra warm with hand and feet warmers. These warmers come in all different shapes and sizes, like these hand warmers and foot warmers from HotHands, and provide tremendous warmth for hours. Winter is hibernation season, which means that going out to eat is not always an option. Delivery can get expensive, so to save a few bucks and eat in the comfort of your own home, stock up on canned goods and microwaveable food. Let’s be honest, after a cold, hard day, nothing beats effortless, on-demand, warm food. For these types of situations, having food options on hand that are quick and super easy to prepare are ideal, like soup, chili, spaghetti-o’s, mac & cheese, dry microwaveable meals, and frozen meals. Another great option is whipping up a big batch of soup, chili, or pasta on the weekend and heating up individual portions of it throughout the week. Don’t forget to also stock up on essential warm weather drinks, like coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

6. To keep yourself extra warm when you have to brave the elements, wear tight clothing under your regular clothes. Tight clothing, such as leggings and fitted shirts are great in retaining warmth and body temperature. Cuddl Duds makes a huge selection of clothing made specifically for this purpose, so check them out.

7. Moisturizing and exfoliating have never been more important than now. As the cold season progresses, your skin will become dry, crackly, and flaky. To treat this, regularly exfoliate and moisturize your hands, face, and lips. Invest in a good hand cream and some lip balm. For your face, there are many DIY exfoliation and moisturizing recipes using everyday ingredients that will do the trick.

If the cold has you holed up inside, take advantage of that time by checking in on your Cappex College Message Center and maybe even applying for a few scholarships!

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Original Post Date: January 8th, 2015

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Cappex’s Sixth and Final Cappies List: The Ultimate Guide to the Nation’s Best Dorms


For most incoming college students, freshman year is the first time they are truly on their own for an extended period. It’s a time of great change. For many, it can be extremely stressful. There’s the challenge to do well academically. Some new students can feel very alone and homesick, especially if their school is far away from where they grew up. There are other life skills to keep on top of, like doing laundry and balancing a checkbook.

However, many of these potential stressors can be managed – sometimes easily – if the student has a great living environment. And that means the college dorm.

The right dormitory can often make the difference between an excellent first year of school, and a terrible one. The dorm is the place where a community of like-minded people of the same age is automatically lined up. Life in the dorms is a chance to form strong acquaintances and make a few solid friends. Most schools recognize that, so they do the best job possible to create innovative and comfortable environments where students can be free to concentrate on their courseload. After all, it is where students spend a majority of their time, particularly in that first year.

The definition of the “cool dorm” is often quite fluid. For some students, it means a plasma TV in the room. For others, it features spacious living quarters stocked with tons of amenities like private bathrooms and walk-in closets. A steak restaurant on the ground floor, plus a brand new building with the latest comforts doesn’t hurt either. That’s where Cappex can help. We spell out all reviews and ratings of the dorms into one place, and let each visitor to the site decide for him or herself.

For many students who may still be deciding where to go to school, amenities like comfortable dorms or central air conditioning can serve as the crucial factor that influences an incoming student’s decision. A college visit can help, but it’s impossible to visit every single dorm or sample all the programming that may take place during a school year.

Our latest and final 2015 Cappies list is called “Best College Dorms.”  These schools were chosen for the breadth and the depth of the living arrangements they offer to all students. The quality of these schools’ on-campus dorms has eased the transition to college and made life out from under the scrutiny of parents and family much easier. The top schools as determined by our reviewers are highlighted here.

The new list contains schools with all different kinds of innovative dorms. These dorms are clean, roomy, and reasonably priced. The process to secure such housing is relatively painless. Most importantly, they create a true atmosphere of “home,” as opposed to large, loud, impersonal buildings with cranky heaters and communal showers. 

This marks the final category covered by the The 2015 Cappies. If you haven’t done so already, please check out all our categories for the year.  This blog post may prove helpful to anyone who may be anxious about the on-campus experience, so if you found anything useful here, please share!

Original Post Date: December 29th, 2014

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38 Scholarships Expiring in January

Well winter is finally upon us. You’re likely on winter break right now, which means you probably don’t even want to leave the house. That’s okay, because you don’t need to leave your house to take advantage of these great scholarship opportunities! So wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket, grab a cup of cocoa and your laptop, and apply for a few of these scholarships with January deadlines!


1. FIRE’s Free Speech Essay Contest Scholarships

Deadline: January 1      Award: $500 – $10,000
Must write an essay on a topic related to free speech

2. John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Deadline: January 5      Award: $500 – $10,000
Must write an essay on a topic related to political courage

3. Young Patriots Essay Contest

Deadline: January 5      Award: $2,000 – $5,000
Must write an essay on a topic related to economics and public policy

4. GE – Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 8      Award: $10,000
Must demonstrate the leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship

5. Ron Brown Scholar Program

Deadline: January 9      Award: $10,000
Must be African Americans

6. APIASF Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 9      Award: $2,500 – $15,000
Must be of Asian/Pacific Islander descent

7. Nursing Education Scholarship

Deadline: January 10      Award: $1,000
Must be pursuing a medicine-related program of study

8. Kelly Lynn Lutz Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: January 10      Award: $1,500
Must have lost the life of at least one parent to cancer before the age of 22

9. Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Deadline: January 14      Award: $10,000
Must be of African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic descent

10. Sacks for CF Scholarship

Deadline: January 14      Award: $3,000 – $10,000
Must have cystic fibrosis

11. BMW/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Deadline: January 15      Award: $1,500
Must be majoring in engineering or a related science area

12. National Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 15      Award: $1,000 – $3,000
Must have multiple sclerosis or have a parent with multiple sclerosis

13. Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: January 15      Award: $10,000
Must be women pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related field

14. Generation Google Scholarship

Deadline: January 15      Award: $10,000
Must be minority students and/or women and/or disabled persons pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or a related field

15. Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: January 15      Award: $500 – $5,000
Must be pursuing a career that will serve the United States in the local, state, or federal government

16. National Sojourners Essay Contest

Deadline: January 15      Award: $500 – $2,000
Must submit an essay in response to a given prompt related to the Star-Spangled Banner

17. Dell Scholars Program

Deadline: January 15      Award: $20,000
Must have participated in a college readiness program

18. GuildScholar College Scholarships

Deadline: January 15      Award: $15,000
Must be legally blind

19. Express Metrix IT Asset Management Scholarship

Deadline: January 15      Award: $5,000
Must be pursuing a career in IT management

20. El Cafe Del Futuro Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: January 15      Award: $5,000
Must be of Latino descent

21. Providian Medical Scholarship

Deadline: January 15      Award: $500
Must submit an original essay on a topic related to medical equipment technology

22. Truman D. Picard Scholarship

Deadline: January 16      Award: $2,000 – $2,500
Must be Native Americans or Native Alaskans enrolled in a federally recognized tribe or corporation

23. Woody Brittain – Education is the Equalizer Scholarship

Deadline: January 16      Award: $7,500
Must be African Americans pursuing an education in health, science, or technology

24. Mas Family Scholarships

Deadline: January 17      Award: $8,000
Must be of Cuban descent

25. Google Lime Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 18      Award: $5,000 – $10,000
Must have a disability and be pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field

26. C-SPAN’s StudentCam Documentary Competition

Deadline: January 20      Award: $250 – $5,000
Must create a short video documentary on a topic related to the given theme

27. Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarship

Deadline: January 20      Award: $2,000 – $5,000
Must reside within the boundaries of a participating RMHC Chapter

28. Point Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 20      Award: $10,000
Must be involved in the LGBTQ community

29. Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: January 25      Award: $2,000
Must be pursuing an education in vocal music (performance, education/pedagogy, or therapy)

30. Wayne V. Black Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: January 26      Award: $5,000
Must be majoring in engineering, engineering technology, computer science/MIS, pre-law, political science, or telecommunications/information technology

31. Google SVA Scholarship

Deadline: January 27      Award: $10,000
Must be student veterans or students on Active Duty who are studying computer science, computer engineering, or a related field

32. Microsoft Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 30      Award: varies
Must be undergraduate students pursuing studies in computer science, computer engineering, or a related discipline

33. Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship

Deadline: January 30      Award: $500 – $1,500
Must write a short essay about technology addiction

34. Cancer for College Scholarship

Deadline: January 31      Award: $500 – $4,000
Must be cancer patients or cancer survivors

35. DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition

Deadline: January 31      Award: $200 – $5,000
Must write an essay on one of four given science-related topics

36. PanHellenic Scholarship Awards

Deadline: January 31      Award: $2,500
Must be of Hellenic/Greek descent

37. Minorities in Hospitality Scholars Program

Deadline: January 31      Award: $2,000
Must be minorities majoring in the hospitality field

38. Lint Center for National Security Studies Scholarships

Deadline: January 31      Award: $500 – $1,500
Must be pursuing a career related to national security

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Original Post Date: December 23rd, 2014

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