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7 Easy College Scholarships for High School Seniors

For all you college-bound seniors on the brink of graduation, get ready, because we’ve found 7 great college scholarships that you should apply to today!

You may have already fallen ill with senioritis, but paying for your college education is not an option, and here are 7 easy scholarships to help you start chipping away at that big tuition number.

1. AFSA High School Senior Scholarship Contest 
You’re probably tired of test-taking, but for a chance to win $2,000, we have a feeling that you’ll muster up motivation. 10 scholarships will be granted to applicants who read an essay about automatic fire sprinklers and take an open-book test about it online.

2. CEO of Tomorrow Scholarship 
If you have an interest in business and entrepreneurship, completing your application for this big money $2,500 scholarship should be no big deal.

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3. Replace My Contacts Academic Scholarship 
In just two simple steps, your college dreams will be in focus. After completing a quick survey, submit an essay of 500 words or less to apply for this $1,000 scholarship opportunity.

4. Conestoga Bank “Future of Banking” Scholarship 
Have an idea about what the next big thing in banking will be? Bank on your college education and apply for the chance to score $1,000.

5. Potential Magazine Countdown to College Scholarship 
Looking for an easy, no-stress scholarship to apply to? Applying for this $1,000 scholarship will take you shorter than the time it takes reading this description!

6. Empower Orphans Annual Scholarship 
Involved in community service? Snap a of photo of yourself participating in any community service activity, small or large to become eligible to win a scholarship between $300 and $1,000.

7. Kelsey Harris Writing Scholarship 
This $1,000 scholarship is designed for all you aspiring writers out there! You’ll have fun with this one; all you have to do is submit an essay answering, “Why is life more interesting when you’re happy?”

Find hundreds of scholarship matches, by creating your free profile on Cappex today.

What Does Your College SAT Score Mean?

Categories: Admissions Advice

SATToday, the students who took the March SAT will finally be able to refresh the CollegeBoard website and see their scores.

But now everybody’s wondering, “What does my score mean?”

According to College BoardSAT scores are on a scale from 200-800, with additional subscores for the essay (ranging from 2-12) and for multiple-choice writing questions (on a 20-80 scale). You probably knew that already, though.

So what you really want to know is what these scores mean to college admissions?

Here’s what says about your score:

Your SAT scores tell college admissions how you did compared with other students who took the test. For example, if you scored close to the mean or average — about 500 on SAT critical reading and 500 on SAT mathematics — admissions staff would know that you scored as well as about half of the students who took the test nationally.

But this is also probably old news to you–of course your SAT score will help admissions officers see where you stand among your peers.  You want to know what your SAT score means for your college search: Where can you get in? What’s a safety school? What’s a reach school?

While an SAT score can help you navigate your college options, it’s not the end-all be-all of your college career.  If you score kinda low the first time, don’t get down on yourself, tear out all of your hair and announce to the world that you’re never going to get into college. Just don’t.

Do, however, take time going over your exam.  Use your resources at school and online to see what you can improve. If there’s a will, there’s a way.  Find the option that fits your goals and financial capabilities. There are SAT tutors, classes, books and even very helpful online products to help you increase your score. Then, take the test again.

So after you get a score you’re content with, what can you do with it?

Option #1: Tape your score to the wall beside your bed so you have something beautiful to wake up to every morning.

Option #2: Apply to college.

Since most of you will probably opt for #2, you should find where you score fits into different colleges.  Every college has a different average of accepted students’ SAT scores, so it can get pretty confusing. Making a Cappex profile will make this process super simple by showing you your chances at each school based on historical data.

And now that you found that colleges you want to apply to, your’e probably asking, “but how much of admissions in based on the SAT score?”

Again, for each college it varies.  One college might value the SAT dramatically more than another. If you’re super curious, speaking with college admissions departments will give you a better idea about what they’re looking for.

While it’s difficult to speak for all schools, we’re gonna go ahead and put an umbrella statement out there because the questions about SAT scores are pouring down on us: There’s more to your college application than your SAT score.  A score can show aspects of your intelligence, but it barely cuts the surface of a student’s personality, wisdom or drive.

Cappex Myth Busters: 7 College Admissions Myths Debunked

Categories: Admissions Advice

MythBustersLike any rumor that creeps its way through the halls of high school, the facts about college admissions have probably been as distorted as the words in a game of “Telephone” by the time they reach your ears.  After all, the gossip about The Plastics holding an open call for new members or Jake Ryan being single turned out not to be so true, so why would the chit chat about undergraduate admissions you heard from that guy named Skeeter in Heater Hall be 100% dependable?

For this reason, we’ve decided to attack the rumors, gossip, hearsay, and overall gross fallacies about college and university admissions with the truth.

Here are seven college admissions myths, busted!

1. There are only one or two perfect schools for me.
A true classic when it comes to college or university admissions myths, the there’s-only-one-school-out-there-for-me-state-of-mind is akin to saying a Bonobo chimpanzee takes one mate for life–it’s just not true!  While Bonobo chimps are probably more promiscuous than you will be (or can be) in your college search, you should at least take on a little Bonobo mentality of not settling when it comes to the college you go to.

So maybe your dad and his dad and his dad and your brother and your brother’s fiancée and your sister went to a university that has a particular and special place in the family tree–does it mean it’s right for you?

Schools change over time.  The campus culture when your dad went to school might be totally different now.  Another school, similar in size and distance from your home could have a program you’re interested in that the other school doesn’t offer.

Cappex alone has nearly 3,000 colleges in our database, so whatever your tie to a specific school is, see what other schools might surprisingly fit you.

2. Private colleges are always more expensive than public/state schools.
This is a widespread myth that probably holds a lot of college-bound students back from researching private schools. While the difference in sticker prices on the two types of institutions may have a wide gap, in many cases, private schools will offer more financial aid and scholarships, making it a comparable, if not cheaper, option.

The moral of debunking this myth? Don’t count out private schools right away for financial reasons.

3. Only the top students receive scholarships.
There’s more to life than earning the top grades in your class–not to say that great marks hurt your college admissions chances–but you shouldn’t count yourself out of college scholarships if your grades aren’t top notch.  In fact, if you are accepted into a school and demonstrate financial need (fill out the FAFSA on time!), colleges will make it possible for you to pay for it with grants, scholarships, and loans.

On top of that, there are countless scholarships out there, and they’re not just looking for grades. You can find scholarships that fit you at

4. It’s too early to look for scholarships before your senior year.
Whoever started this myth wasn’t making good decisions because it’s never too early to start looking for scholarships.  There are multiple reasons for this.  For one thing, many scholarships are annual, meaning they return every year.  If you’re familiar with the recurring scholarships, when you’re actually eligible to apply you’ll be more prepared than even that girl in your class who finishes her homework before it’s assigned because you’ll know what you’ll need to submit way ahead of time.

You might even be able to find scholarships to help pay for college long before you actually apply to college.  And these might have less fierce competition since fewer people are thinking about scholarships. The early bird gets the worm, and then the bird can go on to afford its dream college.

5. If I haven’t heard of this school I shouldn’t apply.
As smart as you are, there are plenty of super great awesome things you’ve never heard of, like Bonobo chimps or this secret sandwich sauce my grandma makes..  The same thing goes for colleges and universities.  A recognizable or popular college name  doesn’t inherently mean it’s the perfect fit and an unfamiliar college doesn’t mean it’s a worse school because you haven’t heard of it.

There are so many small colleges out there that it’s impossible to have heard of them all, and one of them might have the perfect program for you.   If you want some guidance looking for your college fit, log into Cappex and get some advice from our Virtual Admissions Coach.

6. I won’t get in if my SAT or ACT isn’t high enough.
whataremychances2When you look at the “What Are My Chances?” Calculator for any college you’ll see that almost every college has a range that they tend to accept students from, but there are plenty of exceptions.

You might fall below the average admitted student’s SAT or ACT score, but you have to remember it’s an average.  That means both students with scores higher and lower-than-average have been admitted.  If you feel like a college is a great fit for you, don’t let your SAT or ACT scores inhibit you from applying to them.

7. The more extra-curricular activities, the better.
If you’re running from student council to key club to yearbook to Spanish club to Honors Society to musical rehearsal to softball practice all in the name of how your college application will look to admission officers, you can take a breath.

Colleges don’t necessarily want to see how overextended you can be; they want to see that you’re committed and passionate about your extra-curricular activities.  A bunch of unrelated surface-deep activities don’t have the same impact or say as much about you to admission officers as a couple highly-focused activities do.

Not only should busting this myth save you time from phoning in activities you don’t truly care about, but it will give you more time to spend with your passions.