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$2500 Scholarship – The National Merit Scholarship Competition – My Scholarship of the Week

Take the PSAT to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship CompetitionThis scholarship is one that if awarded, is worth more than the $2500 scholarship itself. The scholarship is awarded by state and only so many per state will win.  However, for those that don’t win the prime award, another 1400 are evaluated automatically for other scholarships offered by other companies affiliated with the PSAT/NMSQT. In addition, National Merit Scholars, as they are called, are obviously going to have an edge in college admissions and other scholarship opportunities. We discussed this in a recent podcast for parents and their college-bound teens.

The nice thing is, students filled out the application when you applied to The PSAT/NMSQTtake the test! The PSAT itself, and your results are what will determine the outcome. So if you have taken advantage of SAT Test Prep, or considering it, it is a great way to not only qualify for the scholarship, but to practice before the taking the SAT. So at worst, by taking the test, your college-bound teen has prepared for taking the full exam, while qualifying for scholarships without adding a single application to their efforts.

$2500 Scholarships for Hotel, Restaurant, And Hospitality Majors – Due April 23!

$2500 Scholarships offered through the NRAEF Due In April
The NRAEF Scholarships are usually $2500 each!

The hospitality and food service industry is one of the fastest growing next to health care and tech in this country.  The NRAEF Scholarship is one that I have won personally, two years running as an Undergrad. It is usually split between two payments of $1250 and they send the check to the college directly.  This one is actually one where may of the people who apply will win! And hundreds of students win each year, so this one is perfect. If you are serious about your major and you are in the hospitality field, you have to apply to this.  The scholarship if merit-based only, so it doesn’t matter what your EFC is or how much financial aid you already have. Only your merit decides.

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The essays are very short (about 150 to 300 words), and are focused on your experience. Now the crux of this scholarship is that you have to have some experience in the restaurant/hospitality industry.  You have to verify it via pay stubs or a letter from either a current or past employer. Of course, any fast food job will qualify, and if it leads to a $2500 scholarship, you can even volunteer in a food kitchen if you wish. There are a few sub scholarships for current undergrads, freshmen, and those who have a focus on Italian Food & Viticulture (wine).

The nice thing is the application is online-based and easy to complete. Even better, they offer it twice a year, so you can apply in spring or fall! If you miss one deadline, another is only few months off.  It will cover multiple majors at accredited universities including:

  • Culinary Arts/Pastry Arts Degrees (chefs): Institutions such as the  Le Cordon Blue, Culinary Institute of America, Arts Institutes
  • Restaurant and Hospitality Management Degrees: These are offered by many public universities and colleges
  • Travel and Hospitality (if you focus on the restaurant side): This is also offered by many public universities and colleges

As hard as it is to get financial aid for those looking to become chef’s, this one is a scholarship you can’t ignore. Get to it and apply today because the due date is APRIL 23 2014.

ESA Foundation Scholarship | From Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarship for women and minority game developersHere is a Great scholarships for those going into coding/game design I found on Gyan Devi’s blog.

The Entertainment Software Association’s ESA Foundation Scholarship Program

The Entertainment Software Association Foundation established a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in Computer & Video Game Arts. In 2009 they extended this opportunity to graduating High School Seniors and doubled the number of awards granted from 15 to 30 (15 to graduating High School Seniors and 15 to current undergraduates). or“Scholarship Program” link)

Contact Info: 317 Madison Avenue, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10017; phone: 917.522.3250

Deadline: May 15

Award Amount: $3,000 (30 Awarded)

Read more about it at Gyan’s Blog here: ESA Foundation Scholarship | Scholarship OpportunityScholarship Opportunity.

How To Appeal Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), Cost of Attendance (COA) and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Suspension

How did you resolve the problem you had that led to your Satisfactory Academic Progress Suspension

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On this March 12, 2014 episode we discuss the importance of the filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA ASAP with Andrew Viscariello of Black Hawk College. In addition, we are discussing three appeal types when it comes to you or your students financial aid.

Guided by we talk with Mary Lawson, Associate Director of Financial Aid at Western Illinois University (@WIUNews) , First we cover the Estimated Cost of Attendance, or ECA/COA appeals, and how to appeal that if you feel the cost profile is too low.  Next, she discusses how to appeal your initial Expected Family Contribution number, or EFC and your Financial Aid Award Letter, if it does not reflect your current financial circumstances.

Next, we talk to Angeles Fuentes of California State University, Monterey Bay, about Satisfactory Academic Progress, or SAP Appeals and how most financial aid office’s deal with those appeals.

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