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The Start-Up Adventure Begins For ScholarMama.com

A new web-app service that proposes to help parents organize their scholarship efforts.

ScholarMama | Start-Up Blog

12 years ago, I was high school drop-out on my way to college at age 23.  I had made it my mission to return to school with a vengeance. But how to pay for it all? I wanted to avoid student loans at all costs. I had seen what debt did to other families and would have none of it.

I had taken a class in Not-For-Profit grant writing, and found out that the same skills that go into writing grants, apply to the world of scholarships as well. After a bachelors, and a master’s degree, I came out without student loans and over $250,000 in financial aid and scholarships awarded. However, one of the hardest parts about the entire effort was never the essay, or the letters of tough to organize, but important to remember, scholarships dates matterrecommendation. It was organizing the whole process. I didn’t have access to the convenient and ubiquitous calendars we now have that…

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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.

Top 6 Twitter Feeds For #Scholarships

#Scholarships and Twitter feeds best ofParents are lucky to have literally thousands of sources for college advice. From #Admissions to #FinancialAid, twitter is a great source for parents to get tidbits of data throughout the day.

However when your College Bound teen is a junior, it’s time to start watching out for the hash tags #Scholarships/#Scholarship.  It’s used  to find advice, requests for information, and real aid. But certain feeds truly kick out info on real scholarships on a consistent basis that are often updated and are solid sources for scholarship data. While parents can use scholarship search engines, books, and search locally, seeing the information in a twitter feed can potentially yield some information that could payout for your college bound teen.

(Quick Note: If you know of any other you like, DM me at @CollegeCashMan and I’ll take a look!)


@ScholarshipGuru

Operated by ScholarshipExperts.com, this feed is a steady flow of scholarship information. ScholarshipExperts.com on twitter The feed re-tweets relevant articles and relatively little promotion of its own site directly, relying more on the scholarships they list on the site. The site prefers to use informative articles and more than half of all tweets tend to be the real scholarships with dollar amounts highlighted.   A great source of scholarship information and financial aid help. (note: they also post a ton of stuff on Reddit as well, so check it out)


@ScholarshipCntr

One of the best of scholarship feeds on twitterThis feed is about 95% tweets of actual scholarships with little retweeting. The links send users right to the sites of the scholarships without filter. Retweets are highly relevant and stay on subject. One of my favorite for just scholarship listings. This feed is maintained by a scholarship listing service/search engine TheScholarshipCenter.com.


@ScholAmerica

Operated by Scholarship America, this twitter feed is chock full of great scholarship’s and tips as well. Scholarship America also has a huge presence in the scholarship world, as it operates the scholarship america is a provider of scholarship services for companies and non-profitsscholarship programs of many well-known programs. Corporations turn to this organization to help run the entire process, from processing to grading applicants. Their insight is highly relevant and not having this one on your twitter feed is a mistake no parent should make.


@Scholarships360

scholarships at scholarship360Operated by the Scholarships360.org, a free scholarship search engine service.  The tweets usually link to the site. However the links always lead to the description of the scholarship with the links to real scholarship. Highly relevant and easy to use.


@ScholarMentor

Operated by a free informational site, ScholarshipMentor.com, the @Scholarshipmentor is a scholarship feed servicelinks are relevant and current. Great feed with links tweeted several times a day.


 

Rookie Award – @MilScholarships

@MilScholarships is a feed for military scholarshipsThis feed is very new, but seems to be dedicated just to listing Military Scholarships for both vets and their families.  It is attached to the site TheMilitaryScholarshipFinder.com and doesn’t tweet anything except scholarship info. The site itself focuses on the scholarships and I haven’t found any marketing information, so this may just be a volunteer effort.


The hunt for financial aid and scholarships shouldn’t end until the last year of college for parents. The hunt should be constant, because the money parents save by finding more outside aid, will save them in the long run over the long-term student and parent loans for college.

$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.

5 Places To Search For Scholarships Locally | An Interview with Gyan Devi

Gyan Devi of ScholarshipOpportunities.org | Author of How to Find Scholarship Opportunities Online
Gyan Devi, Author of How to Find Scholarship Opportunities Online

On this episode we discuss the importance of looking both online and LOCALLY in order to find the money their students need to pay for college. 

Our main guest today is Gyan Devi (pronounced Ghee-YAHN, rhymes with “neon”, and DAY-vee)

, the author of How to Find Scholarship Opportunities Online and Scholarship Opportunities for Women. Gyan also keeps a blog at ScholarshipOpportunities.org  Gyan helps joins the show today to talk about those hidden gems out there in the scholarship world that aren’t as popular, but are very valuable when you know where to look.

Listen to the episode: [audio https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/cmmwordpress/Podcasts/episode14-13.mp3]

 

 

Cappex.comIn addition, we talk Chris Long of Cappex.com,  (@Cappex) sets us straight on being effective when searching online for scholarships. In addition, we answer a listeners question about their wish to attend their dream school, but its going to cost them about $134K.

 

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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).

http://www.esafoundation.org/scholarship.asp or http://www.esafoundation.org/(“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.

Debunking 5 Big Scholarship Myths…And #3 Is Often the Biggest One Of The All

Gyan Devi of ScholarshipOpportunities.org | Author of How to Find Scholarship Opportunities Online
Gyan Devi, Author of How to Find Scholarship Opportunities Online

On this episode we discuss the importance of debunking 5 big scholarship myths that tend to circulate among parents every year, and need to be put to rest so they can get to the job of the finding the money their students need to pay for college. 

Our main guest today is Gyan Devi (pronounced Ghee-YAHN, rhymes with “neon”, and DAY-vee)

, the author of How to Find Scholarship Opportunities Online and Scholarship Opportunities for Women. Gyan also keeps a blog at ScholarshipOpportunities.org  Gyan helps to debunk the five biggest myths parents have about scholarships and financial aid, that often are the largest impediments mentally to people actually applying for scholarships in the first place.

In addition, we talk about the myth involving the cost of attending public school over private colleges. Abigail Seldin of College Abacus (@CollegeAbacus) sets us straight on what she found when comparing several private and state colleges when it comes to affordability. In addition, we answer a listeners question about her wish to attend school at SUNY Buffalo or Long Island University.

Listen to the episode: [audio https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/cmmwordpress/Podcasts/episode14-12.mp3]

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