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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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Don’t Let Hidden Insecurities Keep You From Pursuing a Goal

Since starting this blog in January of this year, I have had some fantastic opportunities to connect with some great women.  Our conversations revolve around the power women have when we support each other, the importance of motivating others (for them as well as ourselves) and how education broadens the choices we have for ourselves as well as our families.

There are four women I can think of off hand who are facing financials constraints as they contemplate further education.  I am a planner and like to have a budget set up prior to taking a financial leap such as going back to school.  But when I applied to grad school,  my plan wasn’t rock solid.  I had submitted my FAFSA and brainstormed with my family but it wasn’t until I jumped in and started school that all the pieces fell into place.  Maybe I didn’t think I’d get in or some major family issue would keep me from taking that leap.  I think many times women let these financial worries hold them back when deep down it is our fear of the unknown as well as other insecurities that keep us from pursuing a goal.

By checking out scholarships and other assistance programs, we can alleviate some of the anxieties and get the push we need to move forward  towards our goals.  Check out these resources and see if it will give you the incentive you need to reach further towards your goal of further education.

The Talbots Women’s Scholarship Program is specifically for women who choose to return to college later in life.  Thirty scholarships of $5,000 and one of $30,000 are given to women pursuing a bachelors degree.  Scholarships are given in honor of Talbots founder, Nancy Talbot.

The Linda Lael Miller Scholarship was established by #1 New York Times bestselling author, Lindal Lael Miller, to encourage women to improve their lives through education.  Applicants must be over the age of 24.  Maximum grants are $1,000.  $10,000 is awarded each year.

PEO Program for Continuing Education is one that I have mentioned in a previous post. Up to $3,000 can be awarded to women who have a break in schooling of over 24 months and are within 24 months of reaching their educational goal.  An applicant must be sponsored by a chapter in order to apply.

Emerge Scholarships awarded 14 women over the age of 25 with scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 this year.  This organization believes in empowering women through education as well as recognizing the importance of giving back to a community.

The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship is named for the first woman to be elected to the United States Congress.  Women applying must be over 35 as well as low income to meet eligibility requirements.  87 women benefited from this scholarship program in 2013.

Whether you proceed to the next step or hold off for a bit, I hope you check these programs out and keep that information in your back pocket.  Hopefully it will come in handy one day!

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Nevada Women’s Fund: Empowering Women

Nevada Women’s Fund was founded in 1982 by Lynn Atcheson, Maya Miller and Barbara C. Thornton.  These women had a vision to provide the best opportunities for women and their families in Northern Nevada.  Through scholarships and grants, Nevada Women’s Fund’s mission is to strengthen communities by empowering women to improve their lives and those of their families.

Through scholarships alone, Nevada Women’s Fund has awarded over $3.1 million dollars to 1,350 women since 1983.  The majority of these women have faced social or financial challenges that have prevented them from pursuing further education. Many recipients are single mothers and women reentering the workforce.  Applications are accepted in January and February each year, with awards announced in July.

Grants account for over $3.1 million in disbursements to 141 community organizations that focus on helping women and children.  Whether addressing the physical and mental health of our women, preventing violence for women or addressing concerns of the aging women, NWF strives to strengthen the community.  In turn, our community can better support their women in the pursuit of their goals.

Nevada Women’s Fund supports its efforts through the generous donations of individual donors, earned income from its endowments and the hosting of two annual fundraising events.

  • The Salute to Women of Achievement Luncheon is held every year in May to celebrate women and their professional and personal commitments.  The keynote speaker this year will be Lucille O’Neal, author and motivational speaker. (For those basketball fans, she is Shaq’s mom!)
  • NWF Power of the Purse is hosted just before the holidays to give women an opportunity to shop some of the fabulous local vendors that Northern Nevada has to offer.  With tasty treats and drinks, I’m in!

Nevada Women’s Fund is another great non profit doing some incredible work to encourage women to reach for more that they imagined they were capable of.  I’d love to hear about any other organizations that are empowering women.  Leave me a comment below.

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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.