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Cappex White Board Friday – How to Become a Rock Star

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The very first edition of Cappex White Board Friday is finally here. As if Fridays weren’t welcome enough, we’re thrilled to launch a new, informative series designed to help students learn about all the ways Cappex can help find your perfect college match, search for scholarships, stay on top of deadlines, read school reviews from actual students, and basically be your one-stop resource for all things related to your exciting life after high school!

In this week’s episode, learn how to become a Rock Star in the Cappex Cap Challenge to get your very own Cappex cap! Take it away, Bobby:

Don’t forget: when you reach Rock Star status and receive your cap, be sure to take a photo of yourself sporting your new headwear and send us a Facebook message or post it to our wall so that we can add you to our Facebook Rock Star Wall of Fame!

SCHOLARSHIP SHOUT OUT:
24Seven Energy “Fuel Your Dreams” Scholarship
Deadline: Sept. 4, 2012
Click the following link to apply:
http://www.cappex.com/page/scholarships/details.jsp?scholarshipID=41139

Five Scholarships with September Deadlines

In between trips to the store to stock up on school essentials, don’t forget to take some time to keep up with your scholarship search! You can find any number of scholarships to apply for at any given time of year, and September is no exception. We’ve scoured our ginormous database and found these five scholarships with September deadlines. That gives you at least a month to get your application submitted – and that’s a good thing, because each of these scholarships requires an essay. So step away from the shopping cart, whip out your thinking cap, and get started on those essays!

1. “Fuel Your Dreams” Scholarship Competition
Deadline: September 4     Award: $1,000
This scholarship is administered by 24Seven Energy. For the essay, they want to know about your big dreams and how their scholarship would help you achieve them. They ask that you keep the essay brief: 250 words or less. Two scholarships will be awarded; however, the competition for this one is pretty steep, so make sure that little essay packs a big punch.

2. Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Essay Contest
Deadline: September 17     Award: $50 – $10,000
For this one, you’ll probably have to take a trip to the library or a virtual trip to Amazon.com to obtain a copy of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. This contest is administered by the Ayn Rand Institute, and they want you to read the aforementioned book and choose from a list of topics from their website to write an essay on. Yes, this requires a bit more work than usual, but the payoff is huge: the first-place prize is $10,000!

3. “Why My School Rocks” Contest
Deadline: September 17     Award: $300 – $800
This contest is administered by EnergizeStudents.org. For this contest, you need to write an essay about why your school is so great. Specifically, you must choose a main issue from a list of topics and then tell a real-life story about a successful program that was implemented in your school to help deal with that issue.

4. CoffeeForLess.com “Hit the Books” Scholarship
Deadline: September 30     Award: $500
CoffeeForLess.com administers this scholarship twice a year. To apply, you have to submit an essay about the importance of education in your life and how the scholarship would assist your goals. Love coffee? Get bonus points if you can find a creative way to incorporate your passion for coffee into your essay without losing sight of the primary topic.

5. Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship
Deadline: September 30     Award: $500
This scholarship is also awarded twice a year. To apply, you’re required to submit two essays, each one no longer than 500 words. For the first essay, you must choose a city anywhere in the world that you think would benefit your future career, and explain why you think so. For the second essay, you simply need to explain why you think you deserve the scholarship. Be sure to follow the instructions on the application page for how they want your essays to be constructed.

Want more? Cappex has thousands and thousands of scholarships in our database to help you realize your educational dreams.

Scholarship Myths Debunked

Most high school and college students recognize that a scholarship is a way to pay for school. But did you know that you can apply for scholarships whether you’re a high school senior or a college junior? If you’re interested in receiving money toward your education, check out these scholarship myths debunked. You may just be inspired to apply for a few!

Scholarships Have to Be Paid Back Like Loans

The best thing about scholarships is that you don’t have to pay the money back! Unlike financial aid, this money is a gift. It’s free money. All you have to do is apply!

Scholarships Are Only Available For Freshmen

You might think that the end of high school is the time to apply for scholarships, and if you didn’t get one, you missed your chance. While scholarships aren’t discussed as often after high school, the truth is, you can get them at any time, even as a college student!

Scholarships Are Only For People Who Need Them

While there are numerous scholarships based on need, not all of them are. After all, there can be a variety of situations in which students who don’t qualify for financial aid but still need money for college. Scholarships are open to everyone with all different financial backgrounds.

Scholarships Are Only For Really Smart People

There are indeed many scholarships that are highly competitive and awarded based on high grade point averages and major accomplishments. But there are also scholarships available for students who do decently in school, and have done a fair share of interesting things, but wouldn’t call themselves the best. You don’t have to be the greatest at any particular field in order to receive a scholarship.

Scholarships Take Up Tons of Time

While there are scholarships that will require you to write page after page of essays over a series of weeks, not all scholarships are this complicated! There are some you can complete in a single afternoon. That’s not bad, considering it’s free money. If you use Cappex to search for scholarships, you’ll be given an estimate on how long they will take to complete!

Good Scholarships Are Hard to Find

During the days before the internet, if anyone can remember those days, perhaps scholarships weren’t so easy to find. Back then, students might have had to go to their guidance office or career center where they would pick up packets of information, half of which wasn’t applicable to them. Today, searching for scholarships is a simple task that can be done in a matter of minutes. Finding scholarships for which you’re eligible are only a few clicks away.

Scholarships Are Hard to Get

Some of the best scholarships are incredibly difficult to land, but many of them aren’t! Local scholarships for example will have fewer applicants than national scholarships, which will increase your chances! You can find out how steep the competition is when you use Cappex to find scholarships.