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March Madness highlights graduation rates across NCAA schools

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As the days grow longer and the nights get warmer, the nation's attention focuses on March Madness, or the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Men's Division 1 Basketball Championship. This year, as well as providing sports fans around the country with some exciting action from the court, the Big Dance also highlights the importance of student graduation rates, especially among student athletes.

While some coaches are more concerned with the performance of their point guards and forwards on the court, others have just as much interest in how many of their players graduate after the competition. According to The Washington Post, Shaka Smart, basketball coach at Virginia Commonwealth University, receives $4,000 for each player who graduates soon after no longer being eligible to play, and $2,000 for players who successfully complete their studies within a year of being ineligible to play.

The news source reports that there can be a variety of reasons for athletic graduation rates to differ from the figures of regular students. For example, the University of Connecticut, last year's March Madness winners, has the lowest athlete graduation rate of any school in the Big Dance, with just one in four players earning their degree within six years. However, officials at the school say that many such athletes are recruited by professional basketball teams before they graduate, which skews the results.

Every year, the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport compiles a list of how each school in March Madness shapes up in terms of its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Academic Progress Rate (APR). The study highlights how the NCAA is working to improve athletes' performance off the court by introducing higher APR thresholds for teams to be eligible to play in the postseason.

"There was some good news to report," Richard Lapchick, author of the report, said in a statement. "There was a slight improvement in the graduation rates for 2012. The number of teams below the APR cut score decreased. We need to raise the bar and move toward 60 percent being the acceptable standard for the APR. The NCAA has started to do that by raising the APR minimum score to 930 in the future."

If you're an athlete hoping to compete in March Madness in the future, don't neglect your academics, especially if you're on an athletic scholarship. You might lose your funding if you don't maintain a certain GPA or graduate within a specific time period. 

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Top Scholarships for Kids with Deceased Parents

When faced with the loss of a parent or guardian, and the financial support that had been provided, many students assume the opportunity to attend college is stripped away from them. Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Many organizations offer scholarships and grants to students in this exact situation so that they can continue on with their higher education and fulfill their family’s dreams.

If you have faced the loss of a parent, here are scholarships that can help you pay for college:

Forgotten Dependents Scholarship Program
This scholarship is for students between the ages of 16 and 25 who have experienced the death of a biological parent. Students who are children of deceased active duty veterans or those missing in action and believed to be deceased are also eligible. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be US citizens and be unmarried.

LIFE Lessons Scholarship Program
This scholarship is open to college students who have suffered the death of a parent or guardian. An essay about how the death of a parent or guardian impacted their lives is required.

Through the Looking Glass Scholarship
This scholarship is graduating high school seniors and college students 21 years old or younger who have at least one parent with a disability or medical condition.

All About Pink Scholarship
This scholarship is for high school seniors or currently enrolled college freshman whose parent is suffering from breast cancer, a survivor of breast cancer, or has succumbed to the disease.  A personal interview with each of the top finalists may be conducted as part of the selection process.

W. H. “Howie” McClennan Scholarship
This is a college scholarship for sons, daughters, and legally adopted children of fire fighters who were killed in the line of duty.

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation Grants
These grants are for college students who have lost a parent in the line of military duty. Award amounts are based on individual needs and available funding.

Police Family Survivors Fund Scholarship
This is a renewable scholarship is for surviving sons and daughters of police officers who were killed in the line of duty. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be high school graduates and be attending a traditional four-year college, university, technical, or vocational educational institution.

Legacy of Learning Scholarship
This scholarship is for spouses and children of workers who have lost their lives in work-related compensable industrial accidents insured with the Workers Compensation Fund. Scholarship recipients can use their scholarship to pursue undergraduate as well as graduate degrees.

Hardship funds provide relief for cash-strapped students

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For many students, college can be expensive. Between tuition, course materials and living expenses, times are tough for some freshmen. However, students can benefit from emergency hardship funds that are operated by colleges such as Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Stephen Ratner and Jordan Stein, two seniors at Emory, started the fund to provide emergency relief to students who are struggling financially. Individuals can apply for up to $500 in funds to help them out with necessities like food, transport and any other expenses they need to get by.

"The money came at a perfect time because I was afraid I’d have to move back home," Jarquisha Hollings, a recipient of a hardship grant, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "A lot of college students are struggling and we need help. Students need to know they can ask for and get help."

Even if you've already applied for financial aid and scholarship packages, don't be afraid to ask your college's development office if there are any similar programs available. Going without basic necessities can affect your studies, your grades and maybe even your degree, so don't be too proud to ask for help if you're really struggling.

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