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Cappex Birthday Scholarship Winner Cory C. from Enola, Pa.

Recent winner of the $1,000 Cappex Birthday Scholarship (which you can apply for if you log into Cappex on your birthday month!), Cory C., took some time aside to share with his peers (you guys!) his experience in the college and scholarship search, plus some extra tidbits about himself. Hopefully you’ll find some very useful tips!

What is your secret to finding and applying for scholarships?

The secret is to stay organized and keep track of deadlines so that you have enough time to make solid applications for the scholarships and not have to rush in order to meet the deadlines.

Why is higher education important to you?

Higher education is important to me because it is a stepping stone to a higher quality of life and it builds the foundation for the future.

Name one to three things you cannot live without.

Family and friends as they have supported me in everything that I do.

If you could offer a younger student one piece of advice for the college search, what would you say?

Start early with your college research and look for an institution that you can picture yourself attending.

You can discover more scholarships from Cappex and beyond. Simply visit Cappex.com. And thanks again to Cory for sharing his college and scholarship tips!

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Lead With Your Heart Scholarship Winner: Camille P. Encinitas, Calif.

When we announced the Lead With Your Heart $5,000 scholarship last year, we were looking for a person who truly made a big difference in their 
community and would continue doing so in the future.

Well, that person wound up being Camille P. from Encinitas, Calif. for her work in co-founding the nationally recognized nonprofit Donate Don’t Dump to address the growing issue of families struggling to put food on their tables in her community. After garnering local and national attention, Camille was offered funding to create a documentary on the issue. Along with classmates, she then spent a year filming and producing “One in Seven, The New Face of Hunger.” The film went on to win the California Competition at the 2011 Yosemite Film Festival.

Camille took some time aside to share with her peers (you guys!) her experience in making a difference as well as with the college and scholarship search Hopefully you’ll find some very useful tips!

Here’s what Camille had to share:

How has your work with “Donate Don’t Dump” and “One in Seven, The New Face of Hunger” impacted your life and what you want to do with your education?

Before working on theses projects I had no idea how many former middle class families suffer from hunger or how much good food is needlessly wasted in

the US by grocers and restaurants.   Freshman year I did a news story, about active military families at Camp Pendleton Marine Base, relying on charities to put food on the table.  This led to writing the documentary and the non-profit.  The statistics are shocking, over 96 billion pounds of edible food go into landfills every year, yet 25% of US kids suffer from hunger.  Although there is a Federal Law that protects businesses from liability if they donate food, “The Good Samaritan Food Donation Act”, many businesses are not aware of it.  This experience has made me want to become a broadcast journalist and create change by producing meaningful stories.  It sparked a passion to make a difference in the world.

You’ve already accomplished so much, and all before graduating college. What’s next?

Thank you!  Besides filmmaking, and the non-profit, I am Captain of my high school’s varsity dance team.  On February 5th, 2012 we won the National High School Championships at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports.  In a few weeks we will be featured on ESPN.  Also, in March my broadcasting program, CHSTV, will go to the Student Television Network (STN) National Convention and I am super excited about that.  This is an amazing experience for student broadcasters.

What has been the most unexpected thing you’ve learned from all of your leadership and volunteer work?

I have learned so much since my freshman year, when all this began, it’s hard to pick.  One totally unexpected thing though was how many wonderful generous people there are in the world willing to help you out.  Here I was just a teen upset by seeing active military families in line to get food from charities with a camera, and it was adults from The Leichtag Family Foundation, Feeding America San Diego, North County Food Bank, Michelle Glassner at at DLA Piper Lawfirm, Dr De Ghetaldi at Cal State San Marcos and many others who helped make it all possible.

Ok, so I can’t seem to narrow it down to just one thing.  The other surprising thing was how rewarding this experience has been for me.  It feels amazing when something you care about passionately on takes off and people get inspired.  A few weeks ago I got an email from an elementary school in Carlsbad asking permission to start a Donate Don’t Dump Chapter.  It was so enthusiastic and adorable misspellings and all.  The kids ended their email with

Thank you we will be talking to our prinsible soon to discuse detals. We are SOOOOO happy to save the world  :)

That made my week!

If you could offer a younger student one piece of advice for the college search, what you would say?

Well, I am still waiting to hear back from the universities I applied to, but I would say start the process early and go big!  I’m not sure if my dream schools will accept my application (or how good my advice is) but you gotta dream big and go for it.

You can discover more scholarships from Cappex and beyond. Simply visit Cappex.com. And thanks again to Camille for sharing her awesome college and scholarship tips!

“A GPA Isn’t Everything” Scholarship Winner: Nicholas G. Bay Shore, N.Y

Recent winner of the $1,000 Fall  ”A GPA Isn’t Everything” scholarship,  Mr. Nicholas G. took some time aside to share with his peers (you guys!) his experience in the college and scholarship search. Hopefully you’ll find some very useful tips!

Here’s what Nicholas shared:

What is your secret to finding and applying for scholarships?

My secret is easy and simple, as a matter of fact it should hardly be a secret at all! The key to finding and applying for scholarships is www.Cappex.com! You guys make it so easy to apply, and so easy to find scholarships. The way you organize your database is fantastic and your cap system makes it fun and worth it to create a well organized and very detail oriented profile! Using Cappex has made finding and applying for scholarships easier than I have ever imagined.

Something that helps when applying for scholarships is to keep a little folder on your computer, something with a list of all of the achievements you have made to date. Keep it organized with pictures, videos, links, and whatever else you may have because it makes typing out an application for a scholarship and remembering everything you’ve done loads easier, and ultimately it will give you a better application!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I don’t believe anybody should wait until they grow up to start following their dreams. What I want to be today, tomorrow, yesterday, and every day for a long time now and an even longer time to come, however, is a computer programmer. I would love to focus in game programming and development. The reason I love computer and especially game programming so much is because it’s one of the only trades where you can make something out of close to nothing. Although many would not consider a computer close to nothing, what I mean is that you don’t need materials. You don’t need wood or metal or cloth. You can create worlds, universes, tools, programs, and things that help people in every day life or that people can escape into and enjoy out of pure time, effort, and knowledge. That, to me, is the most amazing thing ever. Nobody should ever wait until they grow up to start trying to achieve what they want to do in life. Don’t limit yourself!

Name one to three things you cannot live without.

Three amenities that I cannot live without include:

1. My computer, of course being a programmer that is a give in.

2.  My piano, as it supplies me with an outlet and endless hours of enjoyment as well as an amazing source of pride and achievement.

3. A close friend or relative, because even the strongest of us sometimes need somebody around to keep us grounded and to bring out the best in us every day.

If you could offer a younger student one piece of advice for the college search, what would you say?

If I could give any piece of advice regarding the college search to a younger student it would be that it’s never to early to start. Searching for colleges can either be an amazing, fun, and incredible experience offering a sense of pride and accomplishment, or it can make you want to rip your hair out. Start early. Once you think you know what you want to do is when you should start searching! Even if you don’t know what you want to do, start making a list. Do you want to go away or stay close, what kind of environment do you want to be in, how large are you willing to have your class sizes? These are all things you should start considering early on to help narrow down your choices! After that do some research and as early as you can start filling out your common application and getting things ready. Cappex does an amazing job of helping you with this and allows you to search for colleges based on different criteria and allows you to keep an organized list of colleges that are on your mind as well as even see how you rank against the students that are going to that school!

But start early and be prepared. Don’t get caught doing everything at the last minute.

You can discover more scholarships from Cappex and beyond. Simply visit Cappex.com. And thanks again to Nicholas for sharing his college and scholarship tips!

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