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9 Huge Scholarships With Upcoming Deadlines

The price of a college education is pretty steep. In fact, according to last year’s report from the Project on Student Debt, the average student debt is $24,000. That’s a lot of money to hang over your head, and often times, it gets worse.

With the economy shifting and the job market becoming increasingly less penetrable, planning your college career before you’re already behind in student loan payments is crucial. One of the easiest ways to avoid a huge student debt is to apply for scholarships before you’re even in college.

You can start looking as soon as you enter high school just so you’re familiar with what’s out there!

Here are 9 college scholarships you can apply for today:

1. ScholarshipPoints.com
Deadline- September 15
Quick fact- Awards will be between $500-$10,000.

2. Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Scholarship
Deadline- September 17
Quick fact- 84 awards will be granted between $50-$10,000.

3. Hit the Books Scholarship
Deadline- September 30
Quick fact- High school seniors through master’s-level studies are eligible for this scholarship.

4. Just Poetry!!! Scholarship Awards 
Deadline- September 30
Quick fact- High school poets please apply!

5. Siemens Competition Scholarship
Deadline- October 3
Quick fact- To apply for this scholarship competition, applicants must undertake individual or team research projects.

6. AEG Engineering Scholarship
Deadline- October 7
Quick fact-Guess what? Applicants are not required to be currently taking engineering courses to be eligible. Score!

7. Veterans Day Scholarship
Deadline- October 9
Quick fact- Available to all high school students, awards will be between $250-$5,000.

8. Horatio Alger National Scholarship
Deadline- October 30
Quick fact- For this awesome scholarship, 104 scholarships will be award with an average of $20,000. That’s huge!

9. QuestBridge National College Match
Deadline- September 30
Quick fact- Recipients of this huge scholarship are granted admission to one of QuestBridge’s partner colleges with a full scholarship.  Did you see that? Full scholarship. Did we mention it’s renewable as well?

Have you begun looking for scholarships yet? What’s your experience been like? Leave a comment below!

4 Ways to Transition from High School to College

Categories: College Life

abcWe know we’re preaching to the choir if we tell you that college is way different from high school.  You’ve heard it a million times before: college means freedom, expanding your world-view, and most of all, time-management.  Before you eject yourself out of your seat so you don’t have to hear another cliché piece of information about college, the following 4 pieces of advice are things that have actually come as surprises to incoming freshman.

So, here are 54ways to transition from high school to college:

1.  Check in with your advisor every semester
In high school, it’s pretty clear what classes you have to take to graduate, and somebody’s more or less holding your hand along the way–and no we’re not talking about your homecoming date.  Whether or not your high school sweetheart heads to the same college as you, you have to take your graduation requirements into your own hands.  Too many college students coast through 4 years of school, assuming they’re on track to graduate and are unfortunately road blocked when they learn they never took that quantitative reasoning class they needed to graduate. How can one circumvent this? Meet once a semester with your advisor to make sure you’re on track. Requirements can get tricky and you want to make sure you fill them. Otherwise, it can cost you more time and worse, more money.

2. Find study buddies
Since you’re eventually going to major in a study, you’ll have the opportunity to deliberately take classes with certain students within your major. Instead of finding yourself lost and confused at midnight before an organic chemistry final, have your trusty study buddies by your side who can help you and vice a versa. Your peers are a great resource–so surround yourself with some study buddies you trust. 

3. Mark test dates clearly in your calendar
In high school, if you were sick, no problem–you could make the test up at a later date.  In college, this gets trickier.  It really depends on the professor and the course.  Never assume you’re going to be able to make-up an exam. Instead, you can usually find out early on what the exam schedule is, and if not, bug the teacher. If you have a conflict you can foresee early on, like a religious holiday, a wedding etc, talk to your teacher at the beginning of the semester. If you wait, it might look like you’re just trying to get some extra study days.  Most of all, you don’t want to miss an exam you don’t have a conflict with just because you didn’t realize when it was scheduled!

4. Give everybody a chance
This goes under the umbrella of “expanding your horizons” but we figured it was too important a part of the transition from high school to college to leave it off. In high school, you could probably walk into the cafeteria, point at each table and say which clique sat where. In college, you have the freedom to completely avoid the clique mentally. Part of this is not prejudging everybody you know. Give people the chance to prove themselves as a friend before you brush them off.  An open mind will turn college into a journey instead of closed off island.

Do you have any pieces of advice for transitioning from high school to college? Comment and share!