The Road to Scholarships

tips and hints for junior high & high school students planning to use scholarship monies to pay for their continuing education

No Essay Scholarship

A scholarship with no essay? How can that be? After all, don’t I keep telling  you to practice writing so your essays will be the best they can be? Don’t your teachers continually give out writing assignments to help you improve your writing?  I’ll bet you didn’t think there was such a thing as a scholarship that didn’t include an essay.

Will there is. There aren’t many, but there are a few. Today’s scholarship is one that does not require an essay. It requires a picture. A picture  you draw. A picture you draw that tells a story. Today’s scholarship is for a cartoon.

Not just any cartoon though.  A cartoon that “express your personal vision of peace, diversity and concern for others.” This artistic scholarship/contest is sponsored by The Liberty Museum.

The Museum’s goal is to channel the specialized art form of cartoons for a positive purpose. To help them reach that goal each year they have a specific theme. This year’s theme is: Dreams of Peace

The contest has two division, adult (age 18 and over) and student (under 18).  More information, the complete rules, and the entry form can be found here.

The deadline is March 31.


March 6, 2009 Posted by | scholarships | , , | Leave a comment

Ninth-Twelfth Grade Essay Scholarship Contests

Last week I highlighted several scholarships with deadlines in January. This week’s scholarships are due February 1. They are both fairly specialized, but are open to students nationwide. I hope some of my readers will consider trying for these scholarships.

The first one, the National Peace Essay Contest, is open to ninth through twelveth grade high school students. It is sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace. Check out there website, which includes information about the contest here.

The second one is the Courageous Persuaders Scholarship contest. It is also open to United States High School students in grades nine through twelve. The contest is sponsored by a variety of businesses, and involves students making a 30 second commercial to warn middle school students about the dangers of alcohol abuse. More information is available on their website here.

Good luck and happy essay writing.

January 12, 2009 Posted by | scholarships | , , , , | 1 Comment

No Limits

Are you limiting your scholarship chances? Many students, and the adults helping them are.

Recently a principal at a small school told me he had a hard time convincing the younger students and their parents to take scholarships seriously now. At first I nodded in agreement, after all graduation and college is at least four years away . To a student that’s practically a lifetime. Although, I was surprised when he continued, ” they can’t apply for any scholarships until they’re seniors. There are no scholarships available for our younger students. ”

It was no wonder parents and students thought there was nothing out there if the educational professionals doesn’t realize there for scholarships available to younger students.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when scholarship searching and applying.

*Don’t let the wording fool you. Most scholarships for younger students are called ‘contests’ and the ‘prize’ or scholarship is cash money. If the student takes the money and stashes it in an account for college, it serves the same purpose.

*Be aggressive and competitive. Some students walk away from contests and scholarships because they think too many students will be applying. The number of entrants isn’t important, the actual participation is. You can’t receive a scholarship if you don’t apply.*Look everywhere. If you’re involved in sports, check the newspaper sports pages, sports magazines, sports departments, stores for sporting equipment. If a company that manufactures sporting equipment offers a scholarship, they will let all of their vendors know about it.

*Qualify. Check the rules and regulations for any contest or scholarship in which you participate. Apply only to those whose requirements you meet.  Again, don’t lie to make yourself qualify. If you don’t you don’t, and there will be another contest/scholarship and you will qualify.

January 18, 2008 Posted by | scholarships | , , | 1 Comment