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Never Too Many Resources for College Funding – Part 2

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University of Nevada, Reno

This is part two in my two part series on private scholarships.  Last post we covered a ton of resources for financial assistance.  I continue on that great list below.

The Learn To Drive Scholarship, offered by Shift Insurance, asks that you share a learning experience that occurred while driving or as a passenger.

If you are interested in working in the food service industry, the Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship may be able to help.

The AICPA offers multiple scholarships for students interested in pursuing a career in accounting.

The U.S. Bank Scholarship Program is probably the simplest of all those I’ve mentioned,.  It’s entirely online and no essay is required.

Marketing students will want to check out Marketing EDGE scholarships.  With approximately 9 funds, each has different eligibility requirements, but if you are interested in marketing, there is one to fit your need.

Google offers multiple assistance programs for students pursuing technology or computer science as a course of study.

The Mark A. Forester Scholarship was established by Rocky Mountain Mattress to honor Senior Airman Mark Forester who was killed in 2010 while serving his country in Afghanistan. To apply, you must write an essay explaining how you honor America’s military heroes.

The Spencer Educational Foundations offers both undergraduate and graduate scholarships with varying requirements for each.

The HotelsCheap Scholarship Program offers need based scholarships in both the Spring and Fall.

The Veteran’s United Foundation Scholarship offers assistance to active duty service members, their spouses, their children and veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

The best way to take on this massive research and application process is to get organized!

  • Set aside some time to do your research.
  • Make a list of the scholarships that you may be eligible for.
  • Prioritize your application process based on the application deadlines.  Set these dates up in your calendar to make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines.
  • Complete your first application packet.  Many require an essay.  Once written, save your essay and modify as needed for future application packets.  It’s always easier for me to work off a rough draft rather than starting form scratch for each essay.

There is a wealth of funds available for all kinds of students.  By investing a little sweat and tears, you may be fortunate enough to get some assistance in reaching your goals.  Good luck and let me know how it goes!

 

 

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You Can Never Have Too Many Resources for College Funding

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I have some great information to share with you about financial assistance for college and/or trade schools.  This is part one in my two part series on private scholarships.

Many of the scholarship sources I have sited in previous posts are national organizations.  Private, non-university affiliated donors also ease the financial burden of a college education through scholarships and grants.  With varying eligibility requirements, these organizations make funds available for a diverse student population.  Donors could be professional, trade or governmental organizations, civic or religious groups, fraternal organizations or private foundations.

Researching these programs can be time consuming.  Most often the application packet is different for each program.  Your time and effort can be well worth it as often these organizations are dealing with a small pool of applicants.  Remember to begin researching early as deadlines vary.  Also check back often for changes in eligibility and new programs.

Below I highlight some resources I found for students that are not graduating seniors.  Some are specific to Northern Nevada while others have criteria such as a specific area of study, military duty or family situation.

Community Foundation of Western Nevada offers multiple different scholarships with a variety of eligibility requirements.  This non profit organization awards scholarships and grants from a variety of local donors.

The “Do-Over” Scholarship does not have too many strict eligibility requirements but requires an essay explaining a “do-over” moment in your life.  We all need a second chance and they want to help!

The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) – Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund Scholarships has been supporting business women for over 50 years in the way of grants and scholarships.

If you are of hispanic heritage, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund can help you find funding for any stage of your educational program.

The Honey Lake Hospice Scholarship is specifically for a student with interests in hospice or palliative care, gerontology or oncology.

The Pat Cox Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to the tireless dedication of Patricia Cox, who taught at Natchez Elementary School in Wadsworth for 20 years.

I have so many more to feel you about but I will let you check these out tonight.  Will any of these work for you?  Check out my next post for the more!

Looking Close to Home for Educational Funding

When looking at funding your educational ventures, be sure to look close to home at the numerous local organizations that offer grants and scholarships.  One such organization is Soroptomist.

Soroptomist is a global organization whose goals is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs that lead to social and economic empowerment.  With over 80,000 members in 120 countries, the variety of programs offered helps multiple women on so many different levels.

One of their main focuses is providing women with access to education which we know leads to empowerment. Educated women are more involved in their communities, less likely to become a victim of domestic or sexual abuse and feel the need to educate others.

Live Your Dream award program is the Soroptomist program that focuses on educating women. Each year $1.5 million is awarded to over 1,000 women. This enables the recipients to pursue training at a vocational or technical school or enroll in an undergraduate program.

In the social media age, soroptomists have reached out with Live Your Dream.org. This online community uses articles, tips and blogs to inspire women to better themselves. Its’ members share the common goal to support women and girls in their quest to lead better lives, while gaining inspiration in their own lives.  Some topics discussed within the community are women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women and human trafficking to name a few.

This non profit organization began in 1921 when a group of 80 women wanted to serve their community. Women, at that time, were not permitted to volunteer in men’s service organizations. Their initiative grew to a global organization which helps shape and support women as they venture towards growth and wellness.

Soroptomist have put out a great video called “Soroptomist Empowers Women & Girls“.  You can find it below.  Check it out.  The video was a Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards, which honors outstanding video productions.

The AAUW’s Goal to Empower Women

The American Association of University Women, AAUW, is a great non-profit organization whose main purpose is to empower women. They are involved in advocacy, philanthropy, research and education. With over 170,000 members, 1,000 branches and 800 college & university partners, AAUW has the power to facilitate positive change for women.

The AAUW has been around for over 130 years and in that time has grown to be the largest source of women’s educational funding. In the current academic year, the group has provided funding in the amount of $3.7 million for graduate women. Each of the six fellowships and grants they offer address a different situation to be able to help a variety of women.

In addition to university educational programs, the group also hosts programs for young women to explore fields of study such as engineering, technology, science and math. This is a great opportunity for girls to explore fields that traditionally employ males. Additionally, they are building supportive relationships in the process.

Do you have a personal experience with AAUW? I’d love to hear about it.

Check out the AAUW website for further information.

Funding Our Educational Venture

Once we have decided to take that leap to return to school, funding our educational venture moves to the forefront of our minds. There are a ton of questionable websites that claim they can identify funding sources for your education for a fee. Be cautious as there are scams targeted at students. Conversely, there are an abundance of resources available online that are completely free.

The first website that I suggest you visit is Benefits.Gov. This is a great resource when searching for educational benefits (as well as other benefits). It has an easy to navigate questionnaire to lead you to the programs that apply to your specific situation. The programs are explained briefly with a link to get more information and to apply.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA for short, is an online application for various grants, loans and work study programs for college and career schools. Part of the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion to students each year. There is nothing I love more than an organized and informative website. You can even populate your financial information from your last tax return on file with the IRS. Additionally, the website offers free assistance throughout the financial aid process.

Fastweb.com is one of the largest online databases for scholarships. This database is great as it looks at student involvement rather than just grades, matching students to groups within their community for assistance.

Talk to other women in your community about your new endeavor. There are many local groups and clubs that offer financial assistance as well as guidance to help you through the journey.

What other roadblocks do you anticipate as you begin your pursuit? Share them in the comments section.