12 Scholarships Expiring in December 2015

With the long Thanksgiving weekend right around the corner and winter break only a few weeks away, you’re bound to have plenty of free time to apply for scholarships soon. Here are just a few awards that won’t be open much longer (one of them is worth up to $50,000!).student-849827_1920

1. Lynn G. Bellenger Scholarship
Deadline: December 1
Award: $5,000

If you’re seeking a Bachelor of Science degree, engineering degree, or in any other program that prepares you to work in the HVAC&R field and you’re in the top 30 percent of your class, you may qualify for this award.

2. Mark Miller Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: December 1
Award: $5,000

Undergrads studying materials science in the U.S. have a shot at winning this big money scholarship.

3. Barbara Lotze Scholarship for Future Teachers
Deadline: December 1
Award: $2,000

Want to teach high school physics after finishing your degree? This scholarship was made for you.

4. Calista Education and Culture Scholarship
Deadline: December 1
Award: $250-$1,000

To qualify for this award, applicants must be Alaska Natives who are descendants of the Calista Corporation.

5. Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: December 1
Award: $2,000

Americans studying at a domestic or international school may qualify for one of the 15 $2,000 awards distributed by the Overseas Press Club Foundation.

6. Rogers Law Firm Scholarship Essay Contest
Deadline: December 1
Award: $1,000

Submit a 1,000-1,500-word essay on a given topic and you could win this award.

7. TaskEasy Scholarship for Future Entrepreneurs
Deadline: December 1
Award: $1,000

Want to start your own business someday? Write a 500-word essay on why and how winning this award would help you achieve your dreams.

8. The Harry Bell Scholarship Program
Deadline: December 1
Award: $1,500

West Virginia college students have the chance to earn this scholarship by writing a 500-word essay on the importance of juries in the civil justice system.

9. Burger King Scholars Program
Deadline: December 15
Award: $1,000-$50,000

You have the chance to earn big money when you apply for the Burger King Scholars Program. Recipients are chosen based on academic achievement and extracurricular activities.

10. Drake Law Firm California Superhero Scholarship
Deadline: December 15
Award: $5,000

Going to school in California? Create a 30-120 second video that explains which superheroes have inspired your education goals and why this scholarship will help you achieve your dreams.

11. William B. Ruggles Right to Work Journalism Scholarship
Deadline: December 31
Award: $2,000

Students majoring in journalism or a related field who have an interest in the National Institute for Labor Relations Research’s work can apply for this award.

12. InfoParrot Scholarship of Excellence
Deadline: December 31
Award: $1,250

High school seniors and current college students who write an essay on the internet’s influence on the global economy will be entered to win this scholarship.

Original Post Date: November 20th, 2015

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4 Things to Look for in a Journalism Program

Categories: Majors & Minors

man-791440_1280Finding a journalism program that suits you can be an exciting – and sometimes confusing – process. In addition to the typical factors you’d look at when considering a college, such as student-faculty ratio, you’ll also want to consider other factors specific to the journalism field. If you’re unsure of where to begin, here are four things to consider as you reflect on which j-schools to put on your college list.

1. Areas of Interest
Different programs may emphasize different aspects of journalism, so if you know what area you’d like to explore further, this is an excellent way to filter through possible schools. Consider the different tracks and concentrations that schools may offer, like print journalism, online or digital media, magazine writing, or investigative reporting. You may decide to go for a school that has a niche strength – or, on the other hand, a school that will provide you with a well-rounded curriculum. Finally, consider the school’s availability of and interest in technological resources, especially as advancements continue to change the journalism industry.

2. Hands-on Experience
Hands-on experience is extremely important as a journalism student. Think about opportunities both at college, like the school paper or magazine, or available internships. Some journalism schools forge relationships with local and national media, priming students for impressive internships and guaranteed newsroom experience. Just by virtue of being a student at one of these schools, you may be able to capitalize on these established connections. Carefully consider the location of the school too. For example, if you’re interested in political journalism, Washington, D.C. may be the place for you. Other big cities, like LA, Chicago, and New York could offer you more opportunities than small cities that don’t have a large media presence. Internships are often available both during the school year and during the summer, so you can also look into out-of-town opportunities during a light semester or an academic break if you do end up in a more rural area.

3. Professors and Faculty
Get to know the professors and faculty through school websites or an online search. You’ll want to find instructors with, ideally, both teaching and journalism experience. This is especially important as one or more of these instructors may become a mentor with whom you develop a valuable professional relationship you can cultivate beyond your time at school. A great professor will also create positive learning environments for both you and your classmates and may be able to direct you to outside resources you may not learn of otherwise.

4. Alumni Network and Success
Where do graduates go on to work, and what kind of success have they had? Of course, success will look different for every individual, but it’s helpful to look into patterns with regard to job placement. What is the reputation of this particular journalism program, and can you find examples of notable alumni? Some schools have more involved alumni networks, which you may be able to take advantage of while in school and even after graduation by connecting with others online or at social gatherings. This alumni network can help you network professionally and learn more about other jobs within different fields of journalism.

Wherever you go, scrutinize the journalism program you’ll be enrolled in as closely as you did the college as a whole. And if you’re not sure whether a journalism major is right for you, take a majors quiz to see if you’d be a good fit for a program like this.

Lisa Low is a contributing writer for Varsity Tutors, the leading curated marketplace for the top private tutors in the U.S. The company also builds mobile learning apps, online tutoring environments, and other tutoring and test prep-focused technologies.

Original Post Date: November 9th, 2015

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Last Chance to Impress the College of Your Dreams

castle-336498_1920You have just enough time left to retake the ACT or SAT before you send off your college applications. With more than half of testers performing better the second time, why not give it another go? Here are our best tips for bumping up your score.

Get Some Rest
Yeah, this tip seems obvious. But it’s true that getting enough sleep leads to better test results. A study conducted by the ACT found that students who slept 7-10 hours before their second test improved their composite score by one full point. Those who got only a few hours of rest only saw composite scores increase by 0.5 points.

Get some exercise the day before and turn your phone off early the evening before the test. That will ensure you get a full night’s sleep.

Eat That Breakfast
Another self-explanatory tip, we know. Students who filled up before their retake saw their composite scores increase one point, according to the same ACT study, while those who skipped breakfast saw only a 0.7 point jump.

Think Positive
It’s not just New Age hippie nonsense – it’s science! A study by University of Toronto professor Adam Anderson shows being in a positive mood increases the amount of information you process, which could be the key to doing well on those reading comprehension questions. Another bonus to thinking positive: A good state of mind makes you more relaxed, and the more comfortable you’re feeling, the more likely you are to perform well and boost your score.

Take a Whiff
Do you smell that? Researchers at the UK’s Northumbria University found rosemary’s scent can improve memory. Dab some rosemary essential oil on your wrists before you head into your testing center and see if it works when you’re trying to recall a math formula.

Bring a Stick of Gum
Here’s an easy way to improve your chances of a better score: chew gum. Pop a stick into your mouth about 20 minutes pre-test time. Researchers from St. Lawrence University found gum-chewing test takers recalled 25 to 50 percent more information than those who didn’t chew. This effect is relatively short-lived, though – the study found the improved recollection only occurred within 15 to 20 minutes of chewing the gum.

As long as you have another chance to improve your score, go for it! Great ACTs and SATs can get you into the college of your dreams, earn you a merit scholarship, and relieve plenty of the stress you feel during the application process.

Original Post Date: November 4th, 2015

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