20 Scholarships with March Deadlines

Don’t leave paying for your college6a00d834cbf07753ef011168929aad970c-320wi tuition to luck! We’ve compiled a list of scholarships with March deadlines so you can find your pot of gold!

Be sure to  check each individual scholarship website for specific requirements.

1. EngineerGirl Essay Contest

Deadline: March 1      Award: $100 – $500
Must write an original essay on a given topic related to engineering.

2. Tzu Chi Scholars

Deadline: March 2      Award: $1,000
Must be a high school senior who demonstrates financial need and has a 3.0 GPA.

3. Engineering For You 2 Video Contest

Deadline: March 2      Award: $5,000 – $25,000
Must create and submit a video on a topic related to engineering.

4. Hamilton Award

Deadline: March 4      Award: $500
Must be a high school junior, have a strong record of community service, show a strong commitment academics, and demonstrate financial and/or personal need.

5. ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest

Deadline: March 6      Award: $100 – $1,000
Must be a high school student and submit an essay in response to a given question related to genetics.

6. Women in Technology Scholarship

Deadline: March 9      Award: $2,500
Must be a woman planning a career in information technology or a related field.

7. American Foreign Service Association National High School Essay Contest

Deadline: March 15      Award: $2,500
Must be a high school student and write an essay on a given topic related to the Foreign Service.

8. Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Deadline: March 15      Award: $500 – $2,000
Must draw, paint, or sketch a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species.

9. UCT Heaston Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 15      Award: $3,000 – $6,000
Must be a high school senior entering a college program in the coming academic year.

10. ACT Foundation Second-Year Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 15      Award: $1,000
Must be a second-year undergraduate student in the fall of 2015-2016 academic year.

11. Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge

Deadline: March 16      Award: $5,000 – $15,000
Must create an video between 60 and 90 seconds in length that demonstrates the importance of safer teen driving.

12. Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition

Deadline: March 25      Award: $50
Must submit up to three unpublished, original haiku poems.

13. Bob Gurnsey Scholarship Awards

Deadline: March 30      Award: $500 – $2,500
Must be a current high school senior and paintball player.

14. TechLaw LLP Scholarship

Deadline: March 31      Award: $500
Must respond to a given prompt related to intellectual property and copyright protection.

15. Rev. Charlie E. & Cinderella S. Taylor Sr. Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Deadline: March 31      Award: $1,000
Must be a  high school senior active in church, school, and community organizations.

16. Cognizant Making the Future Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 31      Award: $5,000
Must be pursuing careers in a STEM field.

17. disABLEDperson, Inc National Scholarship Competition

Deadline: March 31      Award: $1,000
Must have a disability.

18. MassMutual Scholars

Deadline: March 31      Award: $2,500 – $5,000
Must be an entering sophomore, junior, senior, or 5th-year senior pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university.

19. Dr. Arnita Young Boswell Scholarship

Deadline: March 31      Award: $1,000
Must be an African American undergraduate student.

20. TheDream.US Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 31      Award: $25,000
Must be a DREAMer who is DACA eligible and has applied for or received DACA approval.

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Original Post Date: February 27th, 2015

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Pros and Cons of Going to the Same College as Your Sibling

Categories: College Life

sisters-arguing-each-otherHave an older sibling in college and starting your own college search? You may be weighing the pros and cons of going to the same school as your brother or sister. Deciding if a college is a good fit for you always takes a bit of soul searching, but the decision on whether or not to go to the same college as your sibling warrants its own considerations. We thought long and hard about the many pros and cons of going to the same college as your sibling and want to share our thoughts.

Pro: You’ll Have Inside Knowledge

As someone with an older sibling, you may be used to having had someone pave the way for you. Being a college freshman is tough, there is a lot you need to learn in a short amount of time. An older sibling who knows the ropes can make things easier. Knowing which dorms and professors are the best, and which dining hall stations to avoid, will save time and reduce stress. Fellow freshmen may start looking to you for help, which can lead to making new friends.

Con: You’ll Have Inside Knowledge

This isn’t a typo. Having inside knowledge before you get to campus can also be a con. Your sibling’s preferences may influence you so much that you won’t explore opportunities that you should. College is the time to follow your own path, so think through your sibling’s advice and make sure it makes sense for you before following it. Wandering around campus and learning your way is a part of the freshman experience. Let yourself explore on your own, even if it means getting a little lost sometimes!

Pro: Shared Experiences Create Bonding

Going to the same college as your sibling will allow you to relate to them in new ways. You’ll have new experiences together and be able to bond over your similar memories long after you both graduate. Siblings who never got along as children sometimes grow closer as they mature and move away from home. You may find that you appreciate your sibling more when you don’t live under the same roof, but on the same campus.

Con: Shared Experiences Create Comparisons

Unfortunately, sibling comparisons don’t always stop after high school. If you go to the same school as your sibling you may start comparing your experience at your school to theirs. For example, if your sibling met their best friend on their first day of college, you may feel concerned if you don’t click with anyone in your orientation group. Our advice is to relax and remember that every college experience is different. You wouldn’t want the exact same experience as your sibling, would you? Enjoy going at your own pace and finding your own place.

Pro: Built-in Support

The first few months of college can be tough and the transition from high school is full of unexpected challenges. Having your older sibling on campus who has been through many of the changes you are experiencing can be comforting. You will meet new friends, and you’ll eventually feel close enough to confide in them. However, during those initial rough patches, getting ice cream with an older sibling probably beats a tearful phone call home.

Con: Worlds Colliding

Even if you go to a big school, there’s still the possibility of your academic and social lives overlapping. It’s common for college students to interact with students of every class year through dorm life, classwork, extracurriculars, and social activities. Be prepared to run into your sibling on campus between classes, or at a party on the weekend. If the idea of your worlds colliding makes you anxious, talk to your sibling and set some ground rules.

Pro: Financial Benefits

There are several financial benefits of going to school with your sibling. Some colleges offer a variety of discounts to families that have multiple children enrolled at the same time. Additionally, if you’re on the same campus as your sibling you can share a car or a bike, or at least carpool together on your way to and from home for breaks. Schedule regular sibling dinners where you can catch-up while cooking a home-cooked meal. It’ll save you both money and give you a break from the dining hall.

Con: Next Generation of Hand Me Downs

You can see this as a pro or a con. If you go to the same college as your older sibling, you may stand to inherit some stuff you may or may not want. Upperclassmen love to dump their used stuff on freshmen, and you’ll not only have your sibling, but all of their friends, looking to you to take stuff off their hands. You may get jealous of other first years who take multiple trips to Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, and decorate their rooms with brand new shiny things. Keep in mind that in a few months college life will set it and these dorm rooms will no longer look so pinterest-worthy. Plus, your secondhand futon and refrigerator, though they may not match, are a whole lot cheaper!

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Original Post Date: February 20th, 2015

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How to Choose a College Minor

Categories: Majors & Minors

dv1453017Choosing a major, your primary field of study, is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions that you must make in college. But what about a minor? A minor is a secondary field of study that requires fewer courses than your major. Even if your college or university does not require you to declare a minor, there are several reasons why you might want to add one. Here are four different strategies to consider when choosing a college minor.

1. Explore Your Passions (Example: Major in Accounting, Minor in Photography)
College is the perfect time to delve into your passion, even if you can’t or choose not to commit to it as your major. Is there something you love to do or learn about outside of your major? Minoring in a subject that excites and motivates you is a great way to ensure that you have an outlet outside of your major. You’ll also demonstrate that you’re dedicated to your passion.

2. Enhance Your Major (Example: Major in English, Minor in Creative Writing)
Pursuing a minor is a great way to explore the areas of your major in which you are most interested. You may take classes on a certain topic as a part of your major, and if you really enjoy and excel in these courses, consider minoring in the subject if it’s available at your school. Your major may be very broad, so minoring in a more concentrated field may expose more of your interests and personality to future employers.

3. Fill in the Gaps (Example: Major in Computer Science, Minor in Communications)
A minor can fill in any gaps your major may leave behind. This strategy may be helpful for students enrolled in a specialized program. A minor in an entirely different subject may show future employers that you’re well-rounded and capable of collaborating with team members with a variety of personalities and skill sets.

4. Learn a Helpful Skill (Example: Major in Biology/Pre-Med, Minor in Spanish)
A minor’s relationship to a major may not be obvious at first, but it may be beneficial depending on your future career goals. Skills such as language, accounting, technology, marketing, or writing may come in handy down the road. For example, if you want to go into medicine, learning Spanish so you can communicate directly with Spanish-speaking patients makes perfect sense. If you have entrepreneurial dreams, having accounting or marketing knowledge may help you launch your business.

Do you really need a minor?
Minors can be nice to have as they can help your resume stand out when you start looking for your first job. However, it most likely won’t hurt you not to have a minor. A minor should complement your passions or career aspirations. If your school doesn’t offer a minor that fits into your goals, or if you’re unsure about what you want to do after college (which is totally okay!) you are better off taking electives that interest you instead of committing to a minor just because you feel like you should. So go ahead and take an Art of Taking Selfies class or Game of Thrones seminar. Now is the time!

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Original Post Date: February 11th, 2015

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