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6 Scholarship Resolutions for the New Year


2014 has arrived! The beginning of each New Year is a time of excitement where you see the opportunity to set and achieve new personal goals. As you begin making your New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget about scholarships. Maybe last year you didn’t win the big scholarship you were really hoping for. Maybe you didn’t apply to as many as you would have liked. This year, vow to get scholarship savvy.  Here are a few resolutions that will help you ring in the scholarship wins this time around:

1. Search early.

Procrastinating limits your options. Aim to begin your college scholarship search as early as possible. Doing so will allow you to find the most scholarships and spend time preparing great applications. Start by looking at your scholarship matches on Cappex.

2. Go local.

Apply for more local scholarships. Many students focus on applying to national scholarships, unaware of the fact that a wide range of scholarships exist just for students in their community or region. Local scholarships have less competition, so you’re more likely to have a better chance of winning an award.  Even though local scholarships are typically award less money than national scholarships, multiple awards can add up to create a substantial dent in college expenses.  

3. Strategize & organize.

Scholarship applications can be overwhelming, so map out a game plan. Create tangible goals and set a certain number of scholarships you would like to apply for. Manage your list of scholarships by organizing each by deadline and give priority to ones that require more work such as essays and special projects.

4. Make the most of your resources.

Make more of an effort to reach out to resources such as your guidance office, career center, or financial aid office. If you have access to these, take advantage and pay them a visit. They have piles of information on scholarships and are eager to share them with students.

5. Keep your grades up.

Even though many scholarships do not have GPA requirements, doing well academically will only increase your chances of winning. You never know what scholarship opportunities there might be in the future. A higher GPA may mean that you qualify for even more scholarships next year.

6. Take on a new activity.

Grades won’t do it alone. A great way to stand out on your scholarship application is to become involved activities at school and in the community. Look for organizations and clubs that align with your interests or career goals. If you were actively involved in an organization last year, show your growth by taking on a leadership role.

These and any other New Year’s resolutions may be hard to keep up, but stay committed and you’ll inevitably find success! 

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Scholarships Expiring in November

We’re coming in fast toward the end of October. Where did the time go?! Don’t let time get the better of you during your scholarship search. Take a look at the following scholarships that are expiring next month and get working on those applications. Good luck!

Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program from the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Deadline: November 1
Award: $1,000 – $30,000
Applicants must submit an essay and a recording on a topic related to the U.S. Constitution.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards from Prudential Financial
Deadline: November 6
Award: $1,000 – $5,000
Applicants must have made a difference through volunteering over the past year.

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Student Essay ContestOklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Student Video Contest from the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Deadline: November 9
Award: $50 – $100
Applicants must submit an essay or a video that expresses their thoughts about speaking up against violence, doing the right thing, and making a difference.

First Freedom Student Competition from the First Freedom Center
Deadline: November 12
Award: $2,500
Applicants must submit an essay or video production that examines the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom.

Intel Science Talent Search from the Society for Science & the Public
Deadline: November 14
Award: $1,000 – $100,000
Applicants must present a full scientific report about research of their choosing.

PBA/NCA Sally Beauty Scholarship from the Professional Beauty Association and the National Cosmetology Association
Deadline: November 15
Award: $1,000
Applicants must plan to enter the cosmetology profession.

James Alan Cox Foundation Scholarship from the James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Journalists
Deadline: November 15
Award: $2,500
Applicants must be student photographers.

American Association on Health and Disability Scholarship from the American Association on Health and Disability
Deadline: November 15
Award: varies
Applicants must have a documented disability.

Scholarship Slam from Power Poetry
Deadline: November 19
Award: $1,000
Applicants must enjoy writing poetry and have a passion for advocacy.

Young Patriots Essay Contest from the National Center for Policy Analysis
Deadline: November 23
Award: $2,000 – $5,000
Applicants must submit an essay on a topic related to government.

FIRE’s Freedom in Academia Essay Contest Scholarships from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
Deadline: November 25
Award: $500 – $10,000
Applicants must submit an essay on a topic related to free speech.

Samsung Superhero Competition from Samsung Techwin America
Deadline: November 30
Award: $500
Applicants must portray a historical character in a digital video.

Cappex has thousands more scholarships that you could qualify for. Check them out today!

The Easiest, Coolest, Bestest Scholarship Ever Now Exists

That’s right, ‘bestest’ is not a word. But it certainly applies to the scholarship that Cappex has just unleashed on the public:

The Cappex $1 Butterfly Effect Scholarship

You’re right again, that’s not a typo. We are giving away $1 scholarships to A LOT of people.

Want more details?

Watch this video to get a clear idea of why we’re giving away dollar bills and how it can turn into a $2,500 scholarship:

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Still need a bit more of a breakdown?

We want to give you $1 as a kinda symbolic gesture to mark the start of your college and scholarship search. It’s like the first flutter on the way to your big college dreams.

So what we’re trying to say is that just like how the small action of a butterfly flapping its wings can cause a chain of events that leads to a large-scale hurricane halfway around the world, one dollar can be the thing that sets in motion the events that lead to your awesome dreams.

Plus, apply for your dollar, and you’re also eligible for the $2,500 scholarship!

If you’re already a member on Cappex, you should apply by logging into and going to the scholarships tab.

If you’ve never been on Cappex before, go here.

The most important thing, is that to really make the butterfly effect grow like crazy, we need your help! Share this linke– — on Facebook, Twitter, or just through word of mouth.

Will you join the Butterfly Effect?