college scholarships

The Scholarship Search Doesn’t Stop at External Scholarships

When planning in advance to graduate with a debt-free college degree, one of the most important components to examine from every possible angle is scholarships. Researching colleges with outstanding merit scholarships to offer students with your test score range and grades is the foundation to building a financially-conscious college list. You’re also likely building another list of external scholarships for your major, which is another great avenue to apply scholarships toward your degree. But for a truly debt-free college degree, you should know that the quest for scholarships does not stop at merit scholarships. 

If price is a large factor in your college search, you should consider merit scholarships as the “intro-level” of finding scholarship funds at your dream school. These are the funds that are covered in depth on every website and blog post, the major predetermined and publicised funds most schools offer to attract incoming freshmen. These funds can be negotiable at private colleges and more rigid at public universities. While these funds are the most important to research in advance, as their tendency to be renewable for multiple years means they will likely have the largest impact on the long-term finances of your college decision, they are not the only source of funds to be found on campus. 

Departmental scholarships are a major source of funding towards your degree which often goes overlooked by prospective students. How are these funds different from merit scholarships? Well, departmental funds are the college’s answer to offering more incentive to top students without going through the Office of Admissions, and another well of potential funding for your own education within this department at this school. 

Each major falls within a larger group of similar majors to create a department. For instance, majors like Literature, Psychology and History may fall into the department of Arts and Sciences, while Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Construction would fall into the department of Engineering. With the departments separated out in this way, each department also has their own funds to control and use as needed for recruitment. This means these funds are more flexible and can be distributed at the discretion of each department. They also may come from a variety of sources, usually alumni funds or memorial funds, with the possibility of having more sources to pull additional funding. 

Now, you are probably curious to see a student profile of the students who win these awards, and how to ensure that you will be a great candidate for departmental scholarships. Departments are specifically looking for top students to offer these awards, especially in any science field. Department heads will value the brightest talent and the applicants with the most potential for putting their research on the map. When applying to these scholarships, keep in mind that these awards are reserved for additional recruiting, so make sure you are presenting yourself as a student who deserves their additional funding. 

The secret to winning these department funds is to convince them that you are either already an expert in their field, or have big plans to become the next major name in the game. Showing them that you have already had your work published, raised a substantial amount of donations through a charity project within the realm of your major to demonstrate your passion, or have become a leader in a local organization in the field are all perfect ways to rise above the competition for the award. If you are still stuck on ideas, you are welcome to check out a longer article on building an impressive resume for college at

So how do you access these hidden funds? The first step is to apply to your chosen schools. Some schools list a few of their departmental scholarships on their websites or the admissions main website, which is a great indicator that there may be more funds or awards than are published. You will not be able to apply for these additional scholarships until you have been accepted by the school. 

Departmental scholarships typically require an additional application, often asking you to detail your leadership experience, community service work, or minority background. Again, some of these awards are not made public, so you should inquire about these scholarships immediately after receiving an offer of admission. If you don’t ask, you will never know what awards could be available. 

For a timeline, keep in mind that departmental scholarships often have early deadlines, in January, February and March. Applying to every school on your list by their Early Action deadline, or before December for any college with rolling admissions, will ensure that you are on schedule to pursue departmental awards. Immediately upon receiving an offer of admission, reach out to a few people in the department of your major to inquire into additional awards, and be prepared to explain why you feel you are deserving of these funds. 

If you find yourself needing additional guidance finding hidden avenues of funds in addition to merit and departmental scholarships, such as work study programs, the FAFSA or state grants, I highly recommend following the expert advice found throughout the pages in DebtFreeCollegeGrad or contacting me at MoonPrep for individual scholarship tutoring. Keep in mind that you are not alone in this journey to an affordable education, and there are experts on the other end of the college equation with years of experience we are eager to share with you.   

Michaela Schieffer is a former admissions counselor, now sharing her experience as an independent college counselor at, guiding students through applications and essays for Ivy League schools and direct medical (BS/MD) programs. 

Complete List of No Essay Scholarships

Here I’ve compiled a list of college scholarships that do not require an essay to apply. Please contact me with any others you know of and I’ll add them to the list. Click the sponsor name to learn more about how and when to apply for the listed scholarship.


Name of ScholarshipSponsorAmountWho can applyHow to apply
$2,000 “No Essay” College ScholarshipTMNiche, Inc.$2000Open to all students and those planning on enrolling within 12 months. The monthly winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly.login or register using an online form
Easy $5,000 Scholarship: Quitters Always$5000 (1) U.S., U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas, Canadian citizens (excluding Quebec) (2) persons who reside in the fifty (50) United States & District of Columbia, regardless of the citizenship of such individuals, each who are younger than twenty­six (26) years old as of the final date of the Promotion PeriodMust perform all steps listed on the campaign page: Create a physical card to encourage someone to quit smoking, take a picture of the card, post it on social media, submit the picture through the DoSomething website
Easy $10,000 Scholarship: Grandparents Gone$10000 (1) U.S., U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas, Canadian citizens (excluding Quebec) (2) persons who reside in the fifty (50) United States & District of Columbia, regardless of the citizenship of such individuals, each who are younger than twenty­six (26) years old as of the final date of the Promotion PeriodMust perform all steps listed on the campaign page: Teach a senior how to text, snap of photo of you teaching them how to text and use emojis, post it on social using #GGW2015, upload a pic of you teaching a senior to use an emoji through the DoSomething website
Easy $5,000 Scholarship: Love$5000 (1) U.S., U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas, Canadian citizens (excluding Quebec) (2) persons who reside in the fifty (50) United States & District of Columbia, regardless of the citizenship of such individuals, each who are younger than twenty­six (26) years old as of the final date of the Promotion PeriodMust perform all steps listed on the campaign page: Craft a Valentines Day card for a Meals on Wheels senior, take a pic with all the cards you made, submit the pic through the DoSomething website, mail the card to a participating Meals on Wheels
Easy $2,000 Scholarship: Share Stress & Anxiety Reducing$2000 (1) U.S., U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas, Canadian citizens (excluding Quebec) (2) persons who reside in the fifty (50) United States & District of Columbia, regardless of the citizenship of such individuals, each who are younger than twenty­six (26) years old as of the final date of the Promotion PeriodMust perform all steps listed on the campaign page: Enter three friends' numbers in the online form.
SCHOLARSHIP$1000 (1) U.S., U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas, Canadian citizens (excluding Quebec) (2) persons who reside in the fifty (50) United States & District of Columbia, regardless of the citizenship of such individuals, each who are younger than twenty­six (26) years old as of the final date of the Promotion PeriodMust play the game by inputting name and mobile phone number as well as 3 friends’ mobile numbers on the campaign page.
Easy $5,000 Scholarship: Teens for JeansDoSomething.org1st: $3,000, 2nd: $2,000, 3rd: $1,000 (1) U.S., U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas, Canadian citizens (excluding Quebec) (2) persons who reside in the fifty (50) United States & District of Columbia, regardless of the citizenship of such individuals, each who are younger than twenty­six (26) years old as of the final date of the Promotion PeriodSet up donation boxes to collect jeans for homeless youth, snap a picture of the jeans collected, drop off jeans at your local shelters from February 1 to February 29, 2016, enter the photo in the online form
Easy $2,000 Scholarship: Pregnancy$2000 (1) U.S., U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas, Canadian citizens (excluding Quebec) (2) persons who reside in the fifty (50) United States & District of Columbia, regardless of the citizenship of such individuals, each who are younger than twenty­six (26) years old as of the final date of the Promotion PeriodMust play the game by inputting name and mobile phone number as well as 3 friends’ mobile numbers on the campaign page.
The CollegeWeekLive $5,000 ScholarshipCollegeWeekLive, LLC$5000U.S. and non-U.S. students. Applicants must enroll no later than the fall of 2019 in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning (college, university or trade school) that is a CollegeWeekLive member.(1) Must apply online by registering on the Sponsor's website ( (2) Must login and participate in a CollegeWeekLive virtual event on the following days in order to be eligible.
U.S. Bank Scholarship ProgramU.S. Bank$5000Available to high school seniors or current undergraduate college students enrolled by September 1, 2015, at an eligible two- or four-year college or university. open to entrants who, as of the entry date,
are permanent legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia (excluding residents of New York and Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, and other U.S. Territories) who are at least thirteen (13) years old.
Fill out the online application/entry form and submit it in accordance with the on-screen instructions. Then proceed to and complete all eight Financial Genius education modules. Each learning module is approximately 10-15 minutes long and contains a series of videos, animations, activities, and knowledge checks.
THE "TELL A FRIEND" SCHOLARSHIP$1000; $500No restrictionsYou will be entered once for each student referred via the form on the website who fills out and completes a valid User Profile at
THE HAIKU NINJA FACEBOOK$1,000 or a Kindle FireNo restrictionsStep 1: "Like" on Facebook.

Step 2: Post a haiku on our wall about how is helping you prepare for and afford college. Once you do this, you are automatically entered to win a $1,000 scholarship or a Kindle Fire.

Step 3: You may enter as many times as you want over the course of the contest but please limit your haiku entries to one per day. From there, the Team will determine which haiku best exemplifies what our site is all about and which applicant is using our resources most effectively.
The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes programFoot Locker$20,000Be a current high school senior entering a four-year, accredited US college or university in the Fall of 2016
Be currently a member (in good standing) of a high school sports team or be involved in after-school sports (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.) have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from ninth grade to first semester of 12th grade
Be a U.S. citizen or US Permanent Legal Resident
Foot Locker employees and their immediate family members are ineligible
Judging Criteria:
1. Embody good sportsmanship and strong moral character
2. Be passionate and committed to empowering the community in which they live.
3. Be a confident and enthusiastic leader
4. Display academic excellence
5. Come from a diverse background
6. Be Foot Locker Scholar Athletes material
Coca-Cola Scholars ScholarshipCoca-Cola$20,000Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools);
U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees;
Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application;
Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution;
Carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.
Apply online and submit application.
Walmart Associate ScholarshipWalmartmultiple: $1500; $2000; $3000Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States.
 Must be employed part-time or full-time with any division of Walmart for at least six consecutive months prior
to the application due date for the award period in which the associate is applying (see chart below).
 Must have graduated high school/home school or obtained a GED or be a graduating high school senior
who intends to enroll in a college or university upon graduation.
 If applying as a graduating high school senior, must wait to apply until you are within 6 months of starting
your college courses.
 Must have financial need and be able to demonstrate the need with required documents. (Note: Associates
with other funds that pay entirely for tuition, books, fees, and on-campus room and board are not eligible.)
Step 1: Create an accountant
Step 2: Complete the Scholarship Acceptance Agreement
Step 3: Proof of Registration
DIABETES, INCORPORATEDDiabetes Incorporated Community Scholarship$1000High school senior students who plan to continue their education beyond high school or students who are currently continuing their education beyond the high school level. Applicants must either have diabetes or have an immediate family member who has diabetes and a family member must be a current Diabetes, Incorporated member.Submit Scholarship Application online or by mail by April 15.
Burger KingJames W. McLamore WHOPPER® Scholarship3x $50,000BURGER KING® General Track:Be living in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico
Be graduating high school seniors (U.S. and Puerto Rico), graduating from grade 12 (Canada) or graduating from home school education in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada
Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent
Plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire 2016-17 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico
1. Create an account
2. Fill in profile information
3. Fill in application
4. Upload transcripts
Finish application by December 15th
The Richard G. Zimmerman scholarshipThe National Press Club$5000(1) Open to all high school seniors, regardless of gender or race.
(2) Applicants must have a 3.0 grade average and plan to attend college this year.
 3 work samples. These may be print articles (reduced to 8 ½ by 11 size) or multimedia stories on a CD or DVD.
 Three letters of recommendation from persons who are not members of your family.
 Your high school transcript.
 Completed, signed copy of the Financial Aid Form (FAFSA) that you submitted.
 A letter of acceptance from the college/university of your choice or some documentation indicating where you have applied.
The Spouse Education Assistance ProgramArmy Emergency Relief$500 to $2,200For Spouses of American Army Soldiers in obtaining their first undergraduate degree 1. Click the application link
2. Create a new Account
3. Complete the application
$1000 College$1000(1) High school senior entering college, current college students, or graduate school
(2) Student must have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA
(3) Applicant must be at least 16 years of age
(4) Applicants must be legal residents or citizen of the United States.
Create a YouTube video (less than 5 minutes please). Include in the video:

(1) Tell us about yourself, why we should awarded you with our scholarship. Be creative, be unique, express your personality.
(2) Tell us why you're seeking a degree in your field, and why our scholarship interested you.
(3) Upload your video to YouTube with the title "$1000 College Scholarship Program"
(4) In the description of the video include a link to
(5) Once your video has been uploaded, email the active YouTube link to
FormSwift $1,000 Summer Scholarship Contest

$10001. You must be a graduating senior in high school or enrolled in college. Community college, professional college, and graduate students are all eligible, in addition to undergraduates at four-year universities.
2. You may not be related to any of FormSwift’s staff or our extended family.
3. International students, including students from a college or graduating from a high school outside the United States, are also eligible to apply.
4. We reserve the right to verify date of high school graduation and/or college enrollment.
1. As mentioned above, either write a one to two page business plan or make a business plan infographic about one of the suggested topics.
2. Send your entry to jamie[at] by July 30, 2015 with the email subject line "FormSwift Summer Scholarship Entry"
3. Make sure to include your full name, state, and school within your submission.
The Student-View ScholarshipStudent-Viewmultiple: $4000; $1000; $500Open for all high school seniors. Complete a 15-25 minute online survey about local colleges. You will then be automatically entered into a random drawing for a scholarship award.
SunTrust Scholarship SweepstakesSunTrust$500Entrants must have a permanent address in one of the following states: AL, AR, GA, FL, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV or the District of Columbia (DC). To be eligible to apply, entrants must either be high school seniors during the 2015-2016 school year or current undergraduate college students who are planning to enroll in the Fall of 2016 in a U.S. Department of Education Title IV eligible, 2 or 4 year public or private college or university. The college or university must be located in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia (DC). Entrants must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident and at least 13 years of ageTo enter, student must complete an online entry form by accessing the SunTrust Education Loans Website page ( Entries are limited to one per person during each drawing period
High School Senior Scholarship ContestThe American Fire Sprinkler Association10x $20,000Open to high school seniors who are citizens and aliens legally residing in the USA.
Scholarship payable to the winner’s college/university or certified trade school in the United States; student must enroll in semester beginning no later than fall 2016.
Selection of winners is not based on financial need.
Relatives of AFSA staff or NATIONAL board members may not enter.
Home-schooled students may apply as long as your course of study is equivalent to that of a senior in high school.
Read complete contest information before applying. Please read all requirements carefully. Entries that do not meet ALL requirements will be automatically disqualified from the contest without notification to the student.
Step 1: Read all contest details.
Step 2: Read the “Fire Sprinkler Essay” You may print the essay for reference if you choose.
Step 3: Register and Take the Test.
$5,000 Second Chance Scholarship ContestThe American Fire Sprinkler Association5x $1000Open to citizens and aliens legally residing in the USA with High School Diploma, GED or equivalent.
Scholarship payable to the winner’s college/university or certified trade school in the United States; winner must enroll or already be enrolled for Spring 2016 session.
Winners not based on financial need
Relatives of AFSA staff or NATIONAL board members may not enter.
Step 1: Read the “Fire Sprinkler Essay” (pdf) or (html) about automatic fire sprinklers.
Step 2: Complete registration page with all requested information.
Step 3: Take a ten-question multiple-choice test
TV ScholarshipTV$1000No restrictionsStep 1: Create (Draw, paint, design, photograph or film a recreation of your favorite sports moment. Submit your work by July 31, 2015)
Step 2: Apply (Fill out the submission form below, including a link to your artwork.)
Step 3: See if you win! (A select panel of judges will evaluate your submission. The winner of the $1,000 scholarship will be notified by email on or after August 31,2015.)
Sallie Mae’s $1,000 Plan for College SweepstakesSallie Mae Bank$1000Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are of the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside and who are students, parents, guidance counselors, or financial aid officers at the time of entry. The Sweepstakes is a monthly drawing continuing until terminated by Sponsor, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Entrants may enter the Sweepstakes by completing the online registration form found at (“Entry”). Sponsor’s computer system shall be the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes.
"Stay Safe on the Internet"$1000Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States. Employees of, its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same household of each such employee) are not eligible.(1) Create a poster using any medium you see fit. We will only accept your submission in a .jpeg or PDF files no larger than 2 MB.
(2) Upload and submit your image by December 16, 2015.
(3) Share this scholarship on Facebook, Twitter, or
Google +.
Tuition Won't Stop ME Scholarship$1000No restrictions Submit an entry via web form on Contests information page during the Entry Period. Entrants will be required to provide their complete name and valid e-mail address and other required fields as indicated. Must share your response by posting it to our Facebook wall or tweet it to @StudyDotCom using the hashtag #TWSM
ScholarshipScholarships4Moms$10,000Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and must be permanent residents of the United States. You agree that you are currently enrolled, or will be enrolled within the next 3 months, in a college or university in the United States. Applicant must be a parent or an expectant parent. To apply, go to the Registration Page and follow the links and instructions to register.
ScholarshipScholarships4Dads$10,000Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and must be permanent residents of the United States. You agree that you are currently enrolled, or will be enrolled within the next 3 months, in a college or university in the United States. Applicant must be a parent or an expectant parent. To apply, go to the Registration Page and follow the links and instructions to register.
10 Words or Less$500Anyone who is between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the Fall of 2016.

1. Go to On the left hand side of the page you will find an area entitled "10 Words or Less Scholarship". In the comment section underneath the "10 Words or Less Scholarship" answer the following:

In 10 words or less, tell us why you deserve the $500 scholarship.
“Design-A-Sign” Scholarship Contest Signazon.commultiple: $1000; $200; $100The Contest is open only to anyone in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, excluding U.S. territories, that has registered with for the Contest by 11:59:59 P.M. CDT on May 29, 2015. Entrants must be at least 13 years of age and U.S. residents, and if under the age of 18, must have obtained their parents’ or legal guardians’ prior permission before entering.
All winners must be able to provide proof of high school, university, college, or trade school enrollment or the equivalent if registered with another schooling program.
Entrants will digitally design a graduation sign and submit their designs online at
Peace Scholarships
Barbara Wiedner & Dorothy Vandercook
Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
$250; $500You are a high school senior or college freshman at time of application, AND
You can provide evidence of leadership and/or personal initiative in activities or in an organization (including volunteer of paid work) relating to peace and social justice, nuclear disarmament, and/or conflict resolution.
(1) Fill out the application form
(2) short autobiography
(3) letters of recommendation
Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships
for Migrant Farmworkers
Geneseo Migrant Center, Inc. multiple: $500; $2500Minimum 16 years of age
Applicant need not be enrolled in school
Because there is no essay required, the Letter of Recommendation is very
important and should address the quality of both the applicant and the
intended project.
A history of movement to obtain work in agriculture is REQUIRED.
Submit completed application packet
Jean DeGrace Crandall Memorial Scholarship Fund
Geneseo Migrant Center, Inc.$2000Must be a migrant farmworker or child of a migrant farmworker from Mexico with a history of migration to Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, or Westchester Counties in New York State. Submit completed application packet
Margaret Raley New York State
Migrant Student Scholarship
Geneseo Migrant Center, Inc.$500Must be a migrant farmworker with a history of migration to and/or within New York State.Submit completed application packet
Robert Apicella
Good Samaritan Migrant Scholarship
Geneseo Migrant Center, Inc.$500A migrant farmworker senior high school student from New York State needing post-secondary scholarship assistance who has demonstrated a caring and giving attitude toward another individual or community with a $500 scholarship.Submit completed application packet
Friends of Senator Jack Perry
Migrant Scholarship
Geneseo Migrant Center, Inc.not specified Past or present eligibility for Migrant Education services in New York State
Preferably current status as a senior in an accredited New York State high school, or status as a senior at an accredited high school outside of New York State but with a history of movement to New York State. If no eligible high school seniors submit applications, the application of a college student will be considered.
Acceptance at a post-secondary degree granting institution, preferably in New York State
Financial need
Submit completed application packet
CCNMA ScholarshipsCCNMA: Latino Journalists of Californiamultiple: $500; $1000 Latino students who are planning to pursue a career in journalism. Students must be enrolled full time for the entire academic year in which they apply. They must also be a California resident or attend an accredited college or university in California.No details until scholarship opens.
East Bay College Fund ScholarshipEast Bay College Fund worth up to $16,000East Bay (primarily Oakland) public high school students from low income families and communities with historically low college attendance rates.Fill in online application form.
eQuality Scholarship CollaborativeKPMG$6000Eligible students fall into one of these categories:
(1)Resident of northern or central California who completed or expects to complete high school or equivalent between 1 Jul 2011 and 30 Jun 2016;
(2)Resident of northern or central California who completed or expects to complete community college between 1 Jul 2011 and 30 Jun 2016;
(3) Enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited ADN or BSN RN program in California; or
(4)Attending an accredited medical school in California or a California resident attending an accredited medical school elsewhere in the United States.
All applicants must: have demonstrated service to the LGBTQ community (applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible)
Fill in online application form.
HEEF scholarships Orange County Community FoundationIndividual awards range from $1000 - $5,000Latino/a who has lived in Orange County (OC), CA for the past six years
An OC public or private high school graduate who enrolls fulltime at a four-year college or an OC community college transfer who enrolls fulltime at a four-year college.
Dream Act/ AB 540 applicants must complete the "Applicant Financial Information" section of the online application.
First generation college student.
Family income limit of $45,000.
Previous HEEF scholars may reapply for selected subfunds.
Click or open this link:
A list of scholarships will appear - scroll through available scholarships to locate the HEEF general fund: “HEEF: Hispanic Education Endowment Fund Scholarship.”
Click on “sign up” and you will be prompted to enter an email address and password, once you complete this, click on “sign up” on the lower right-hand corner.
This will take you to the Orange County Community Foundation general application. All required questions must be answered - required questions are marked with an asterisk. Please be sure to click “Yes” on the question “Are you a HEEF applicant?” You can save and return to complete your HEEF online application, or complete it and click “finish and submit.”
ACS Scholars AwardAmerican Chemical Society$2,500 for freshmen
$3,000 for sophomores
$5,000 for juniors and seniors
High school seniors entering college and planning to pursue full-time study in a chemically-related field college freshmen, sophomores or juniors currently pursuing or planning to pursue full-time study in a chemically related field community college students majoring in a two-year chemical technology program or planning to transfer to a four-year school
Fill in the online application form.
John Kitt Memorial ScholarshipAmerican Association of Candy Technologists$5000• College sophomore, Junior or Senior status (in 2016-2017).
• Have a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology.
• Attend an accredited, four-year college or university within North America.
• Be majoring in a food science, chemical science, biological science, or related area.
• Achieved a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA (or equivalent on another scale).
Your demonstrated interest in confectionery technology can include many activities including but not limited to research projects, work experience, and formal study.
Print application, fill in and mail.
AccuWeb Hosting College ScholarshipAccuWebHosting$1000Must be a current or incoming student at a University in the U.S.

Must be able to provide documentation to support enrollment in the University.
Like and follow us on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn , Google+ , and YouTube.

As you know, Cloud Computing is currently a hot topic in the technology industry. Record a 3 min. video on what you feel the next big technology trend will be within 10 years.

Publish the video to your YouTube Channel with the following title:

AccuWeb Hosting College Scholarship.

When your video is live, email us from your .edu email address.
Artistic Excellence in Print Design & Marketing$1000 A current undergraduate or graduate majoring in Graphic Arts & Design or a related field
Currently enrolled with an accredited U.S. university, college or institution of higher learning
Recorded minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Applicant should mail their personal marketing package in addition to an official transcript
Commercial video$5000Applicant Eligibility

Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States and may not be an associate (employee) or relative of


Applicant must be a current student and have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale. Applicant must also be a high school or home school senior graduating or earning a GED between August 1 and November 30, who will enroll for Spring Semester as a freshman at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university. Current Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Applicant must have a cumulative college grade point average of a least 2.5, and be enrolled full-time at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university between August 1 and June of the year submitted.
Submit an original commercial about car Insurance driving habits good or bad. Please try to keep the videos positive in nature.

Share your video with your friends (youtube,twitter,facebook,google plus,blogger,reddit,tumblr,Pinterest,Linkedln,Stumbleupon,Digg)

Link to in your video and video description.

Email submissions to
The 2015-2016 Fathom Fountains Scholarship$2000Students from all walks of life are encouraged to apply for the scholarship opportunity. Students who plan to attend college or a university or those who are already enrolled and will be attending an additional year of education can apply for the scholarship. There is no age requirement for college scholarships offered by us.Apply for the scholarship by composing an essay or video submission that describes your career goals and how this scholarship can help you to provide some type of locally beneficial change to the community

How to Win College Scholarships – I’ve Already Done It

college-graduate2The statistics are startling. Outstanding student loan debt has reached  $1.2 trillion dollars.  The average senior graduates owing $26,600. You might ask yourself if a college education is even worth it. Largely, the answer is yes.

In 2013, Americans who were college educated earned an average of 98% more per hour than those without a degree. Over a lifetime, that means the college graduate will earn on average  $830,000 more than the high school graduate.

The trick is, to graduate without debt, or at least with the smallest amount possible. You can do that by winning scholarships. Here are some ways to get as many as you can.

Something For Everyone

Not all of us are 4.0 students, achieved Eagle Scout status, and spend our weekends reading to orphans. That doesn’t mean there isn’t money out there for us too! Just because you don’t have perfect credentials doesn’t mean you shouldn’t search for scholarships.

Can you build awesome blanket forts? This underrated skill can win you a $1000 scholarship. Are you a budding culinary genius? You can win a $25,000 scholarship from Jif if they deem your sandwich most creative. When you’re bored in class do you ever devise your escape in the event of a zombie apocalypse? You can win a $2000 scholarship for just a  250-word essay!  See? Something for everyone!

Start Researching Early  

Start researching scholarships as early as your freshman year of high school. All scholarships have requirements, devoting a minimum number of hours to volunteering or taking elective classes in a certain subject for example. Waiting until your senior year to look for scholarships may mean you don’t have enough time to fulfill these kinds of requirements.

Clean Up Your On-Line Presence  

Scholarship judges, not to mention college admissions officers and future employers, will search for you on-line. Remove anything, photos, tweets, comments in on-line forums, that doesn’t reflect well on you.

Think Small 

Competition for the most lucrative scholarships is fierce. Unless you are the cream of the crop among applicants, it’s better to think small. Less competition increases your odds of being rewarded. Because these scholarships are less well known, they will generally be for smaller amounts so you will need to apply for several, as many as you can in fact. This too increases your odds of winning, less competition and more chances to do so. Look for opportunities that are local rather than national, businesses and organizations in your community who offer grants and awards.

Get Organized  

Because you will be casting a wide net, you need to keep close tabs on each scholarship. Use a spreadsheet to list and track the provider, deadline for applications, amount rewarded, eligibility criteria, and any required documentation, including an essay.

Start gathering the required documentation as soon as you decide to apply. Things like transcripts and letters of recommendation can take time to receive.

Ask For Feedback

After a reasonable length of time, follow up on the status of your application. If you were turned down, ask if you might get some feedback on why. This feedback can go a long way to improving future applications with this provider and others. Losing out this year doesn’t mean you can’t try again next year, this time knowing what went wrong last time.

Requesting feedback will also save you time. There may be something that does preclude you from a particular scholarship that you overlooked and now you know not to waste your time reapplying. If the feedback indicates that it would be worthwhile to reapply, you’ll improve your odds and save time because you’re already familiar with a particular scholarship’s application process.

Read The Fine Print  

Before you begin the process, carefully read the application instructions and the entire application. Doing so will help minimize mistakes and prevent you from wasting time for scholarships that you may not be eligible to receive. Getting half way done and realizing there is a requirement you don’t meet is frustrating.

Don’t Be Generic 

When you’re applying for lots of scholarships, there can be temptation to make everything one size fits all because it’s faster, easier and you’re tired of the whole process. Avoid the temptation! The more personal and specific you are, the more you stand out from your competitors. The same is true for cover letters when you start applying for jobs so get in a little practice now!

Spend time researching the mission statement behind the organization bestowing the scholarship. They will be looking for people who share their values and ideals. Many of these require volunteering. Don’t detail what you did in your capacity as a volunteer. Tell the story of how your service changed you, what it taught you and how it impacted those you served.

It All Pays Off

Applying for loads of scholarships is ponderous, I know. But do you know what is worse? Graduating with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. There are millions of dollars out there to help you pay for college, go get your share! I’ve already done so – read my story here.

Local Scholarships: Finding and Winning Them

local scholarshipMost high school seniors dream of going to college and furthering their educations. This is a noble goal, and a college education is needed in a plethora of today’s career fields. However, going to college remains an expensive proposition. A college’s “sticker price” is made up of tuition, room and board, textbooks, meal plans, and other factors. For example, attending a small private school is usually more expensive than attending a public state university. According to the College Board, a “moderate” college budget for the 2015-16 academic year averaged $24,061 for an in-state public university. Private colleges averaged $47,831 for four years.

Few families have the income to support these costs, so many prospective students must rely on scholarships to offset financial expectations. These pupils often struggle to find the right compensation for them; once they discover a scholarship they want, winning it can be the most daunting task of all. Additionally, the last two years of high school are academically, athletically, and socially stressful. Many scholars put off applying for scholarships or don’t pursue them at all. Those who don’t apply, though, are missing some fantastic opportunities for financial help and personal growth.

If you’re a prospective college student in need of scholarships, you should apply early and often to a variety of awards and programs. The tips outlined here will help you find the right ones for you and increase your chances of winning them.

Start Locally

Your hometown is usually the best place to start looking for scholarships. Almost every location, from large cities to small towns, has some awards available. Many of these come through local merchants, organizations such as Book and Plate or Lyons Clubs, newspapers, and community portals. Labor unions are a good example of an organization not to overlook when scholarship searching. Here’s several union scholarships to take a look at:

Local awards are often small; some are only about $200. Many students ignore these, assuming they aren’t worth the time and effort it takes to apply. Small amounts add up. Two $500 scholarships reduce your chosen college’s sticker price by $1,000, which can make a dent in one year of tuition. Additionally, some local awards are given every year, so once you win the initial figure, you’ll continue receiving it throughout your college career. For example, the Jennifer L. Duke scholarship, available in North Carolina, is counted toward winners’ tuition during all four university years.

Applying for local scholarships also enhances your connection with your hometown and the people in it. Local merchants, reporters, and other community members want to see their students succeed. They also want positive feedback and publicity for their businesses. Winning a local scholarship helps you maintain a long-term connection with the people and enterprises who bestowed it on you. Many scholars are invited to banquets and similar events to speak on their experiences and show appreciation to donors. Over time, these interactions can lead to better chances in the job market as well as career advancement opportunities.

A final advantage to small, local scholarships is that they target narrower student groups. This might seem like a disadvantage, but overall, narrower targeting makes scholarships easier to win than they would be in statewide or national contests.

Scholarships that focus on smaller populations also have a stronger connection to their location. For instance, you might be a California student growing up at or near Camp Pendleton or the Presidio. A parent or grandparent might be active duty military or a veteran. Applying for a scholarship aimed at military family members communicates your appreciation for the armed services. It also lets college admissions boards know you have a personal, unique connection to your area as well as experiences that may serve you well in a university environment.

Scholarships Should Reflect Your Strengths

Many students apply for scholarships without a particular interest in them. This may seem like a logical choice; most undergraduates naturally conclude that the more money they have, the lighter their financial burdens will be. This is true on the surface, but pursuing a scholarship just because it’s available is a mistake.

Applying for those you have no interest in makes the process long and arduous. As a result, you’re not likely to put in your best effort. In addition, applying for random scholarships often affects your confidence. If you lose several contests, you may find it more difficult to keep trying. Burnout is a real concern, especially since high school demands are significant.

Rather than applying for hundreds of random scholarships, seek out those that emphasize your strengths and interests. If you’re an excellent English student, for instance, find scholarships that require essays on deep or multifaceted topics. If you prefer science and math, seek out science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) awards.

Remember that not all scholarships are based on grades and academic interests. College admissions boards want well-rounded students who have meaningful experiences outside the classroom. If you volunteer at an animal shelter, tutoring center, or nursing home, look for remunerations that reflect dedication to community service. For example, athletes should seek out scholarships with sports-friendly application questions and essay topics.

Dig Deep to Win

Most of the time, students don’t want to spend hours or days on scholarship applications. While this is understandable, it often leads to missed opportunities and larger awards. Research shows that students are less likely to apply for scholarships requiring one essay of 1,000 words or more, multiple essays, or long applications. These scholarships may take time and effort, but applying for them is well worth it. The competition pool is significantly smaller; 50,000 students may apply for a scholarship that requires little to no work, but only 10,000 may apply for one that requires multiple essays or similar tasks.

If a scholarship seems daunting, ask for help. Teachers, counselors, and other school personnel are eager to get students to college. Ask them for assistance editing your application, finding recommendations, or brainstorming essay topics. College essays may look intimidating, but many of them ask students to reflect on personal experience and growth.

Even if you don’t think you’ve done anything worth writing about, you probably have much more material than you realize. Additionally, some junior and senior English teachers assign mock college essays for classwork or homework. If yours doesn’t, ask if you can write one for extra credit or come to an after-school session for practice.

Submit Polished Work

Scholarship review boards expect applicants to be intelligent, diligent, dedicated students. If they receive an illegible application or an essay full of grammatical and spelling errors, they’ll throw it away. Always submit neat, grammatically clean work; if this is a struggle for you, ask an English teacher for help with your essay. Additionally, don’t rely solely on your computer’s spelling and grammar checker. Those programs often miss errors or indicate issues where none exist. They can also be notoriously unreliable if you speak English as a second language or have a learning disability like dyslexia.

Additionally, always read the scholarship guidelines – and do so more than once. Plenty of students lose their chance at awards because they missed some small detail in the rules or a key element of an essay topic. Once you’ve double-checked the guidelines, ask another person (like a teacher or counselor) to review them with you. Ask him or her about anything that isn’t clear; never start an application process thinking you know what reviewers want only to find out they were looking for something different.

you have another chance

Did you miss the first scholarship party? If so, you’re in LUCK!

So many people have contacted me saying they couldn’t make the first one but really wanted the information so I spoke to Jay Cameron about it and we decided to do another one!

This weekend, Jay Cameron and myself are having another scholarship party!

It will be on Saturday, July 19th, 2014 from 9:00am until 12:00pm at the Radison Hotel in Largo, MD.

We’re going to tell you exactly how to graduate college debt-free AND as a bonus…

We’re even going to talk about how to pay off lingering student loans!

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Other things we’ll talk about are…

  • How to obtain a $100,000+ college education for 60% to 70% less without scholarships or grants
  • The ugly truth about student loans
  • Top mistakes students and their families make when financing college
  • 10 proven strategies for obtaining a debt-free degree and beating the high cost of college
  • Understanding the FAFSA
  • And much more!

I’m sooo excited about sharing all of this information with you. Pastor Jay Cameron and myself have been talking about this event and working out the details for the past year. We really wanted to equip you with all of the tools necessary so that you can go to college without having to worry or stress about how you are going to pay for it.

So if you want to party with Jay Cameron and myself, register at

Can’t wait to see you there!

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I’m so excited!!!


I’m sooooo excited!

Literally I’m smiling from ear to ear as I write this.

Because my article was just published in FORBES! YES!!!


This is the first time I’ve completely detailed my journey— even listing all of the scholarships that I received— to graduate college debt-free. It was a struggle, but I’m so glad that I stuck with it and did it.

AND I’ve been trying to get published in Forbes for months now so this is a big accomplishment for me.

As with scholarship winning, persistence and determination surely pays off!

Just in case you missed the article, here it is:

How I Graduated College Without Student Loans — and $10,000 to Spare

By Shanice Miller

This post originally appeared on LearnVest.

The first time I ever heard about student loan debt was in 2007. I was a high school senior in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who was in the midst of applying for colleges.

My cousin, who had graduated with a business degree six months earlier, had come over to visit and was complaining about someone named Sallie Mae. Since getting her degree, she hadn’t been able to find a job—and was struggling to make payments on her $9,000 of student debt.

I wondered: Who in the world is Sallie Mae?

After hearing my cousin’s explanation—that Sallie Mae was a company that gives students money to attend college—I was shocked, worried and confused.

I’d never thought critically about the costs associated with going to college. Everyone—family, teachers, friends and even my guidance counselors—just told me I needed to attend in order to secure a better future, which I could do by choosing the school that offered the best education. But it hadn’t occurred to me that I’d have to pay for that privilege.

My mind started racing: How would I ever be able to afford college? The housing bubble had just burst, and I knew my mom, a real estate agent, wouldn’t be able to contribute. What would happen if I couldn’t come up with the money? Would I still be able to get a good job?

I knew I had to come up with a plan—quick.

My Panicked Search for Scholarships

The idea of scholarships had crossed my mind before, but I hadn’t applied to a single one.

I’d heard good students were automatically awarded scholarships from the colleges they applied to—and although I was nowhere near being the valedictorian of my class, I planned to wait and see what I got.

But now that I’d realized how important it was to cover some of my college costs, I was worried I’d made a mistake. It was already March. Did I wait too long to apply and miss the scholarship boat?

In a panic, I went on, a scholarship database, filled out the 30-minute questionnaire and sifted through the endless pages of scholarships I was deemed “eligible for.” But after four hours of searching, I still hadn’t filled out an application.

Eventually, I found a few to apply for—the Coca-Cola and Gates Millennium scholarships I’d heard advertised on the radio, as well as the Ron Brown and Essence scholarships from my school—but I never got a response. I started to feel like I wasn’t good enough to win scholarships. All I could do now was hope the colleges I was accepted to would give me some money.

Fortunately, a few weeks later, the financial aid awards started trickling in. I anxiously opened the first letter from Washington College, which gave me $20,000 in scholarships, but it cost $40,000 a year to attend. I was awarded $15,000 in scholarships from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, but it cost $20,000.

Towson University—what my guidance counselors called my “safety school” because my GPA and SAT scores were higher than the average incoming freshman’s—awarded me a package of seven scholarships and grants covering the $20,000 it cost to attend. I received the Academic Competitiveness Grant for $750, the Educational Assistance Grant worth $3,000, the Pell Grant worth $5,645, the Provost Scholarship for $4,000 and three other Towson Merit Scholarships totaling $7,000. I felt like I’d hit the lottery.

Was Towson my first choice? Not really. But I knew the only way to finish college was to pay for it myself—and I had a full ride. So I made Towson my first choice.

A Scholarship Snag Inspires Me to Win More Money

Armed with an award letter indicating my scholarship package would cover all costs of my college education, I was set. Or so I thought.

A week before school started, I received a letter in the mail stating I owed $2,000. Puzzled as to why, I thought back to when I accepted all of my awards online—and realized one of the boxes had been grayed out.

At the time, I didn’t think much of it and just assumed it was an automatic scholarship. Well, I was wrong. I should have called the financial aid office to tell them I couldn’t check the box and ask what I should do to make sure it went through.

So I called Towson’s financial aid department to see if I could recover the award—but the money was already gone. Frustrated and upset with only a week before I moved into my dorm room, I took $1,000 from the money I’d earned during the summer as a bank teller, along with some money from my dad, and paid my balance.

Although I was back on track, losing the scholarship taught me a valuable lesson: It wasn’t enough just to barely cover my costs—I needed more in case any other scholarships fell through. So I started researching private scholarships, knowing that if I won enough money to cover tuition and fees, I wouldn’t be in the same predicament again.

I started by asking friends what scholarships they received and found out about the Delegate and Senatorial scholarships offered by the state of Maryland for residents who chose in-state colleges. I requested an application, filled it out, wrote an essay and mailed it back before the deadline. A few months later, I received a letter in the mail congratulating me on winning the $400 Delegate Scholarship.

Feeling like I could conquer others, I invested even more time researching scholarships, garnering a few, little-known secrets in the process, like how your chances of winning a local scholarship are greater because they’re less publicized and fewer people apply. I was back on the path to graduating with no debt.

Switching Schools—and Saving Money

Unfortunately, after just one semester, my time at Towson was coming to a close. I’d decided to change my major from graphic design and accounting to dental hygiene, and since Towson didn’t offer the major, my advisor suggested I transfer.

By the time I made the decision to switch schools, it was too late in the semester to apply to another four-year university with a dental hygiene program, so I decided to enroll in community college. I was concerned I wouldn’t get as good of an education, but I didn’t want to waste another semester—and I knew my credits at the community college would transfer to another university when it was time.

As it turns out, enrolling at the community college was even more beneficial than I thought. Although I didn’t get to keep the merit scholarships from Towson, tuition at the community college was half the cost.

I saved money on room and board because I moved back home and commuted to school. I also still had my grants and scholarships from the state, and even though they were reduced, they actually provided me with more money than the cost of attendance. In February 2008, I received my first $975 refund check. In the fall of my sophomore year, I received another one for the same amount.

Soon, it was time to apply to the dental hygiene program at the University of Maryland Baltimore, and I knew I had to prepare—the school would certainly be more expensive than community college.

So I renewed the Delegate Scholarship and applied to a few other local scholarships in preparation for the increasing costs. To my surprise, I received merit scholarships, private scholarships and state scholarships to attend the dental school.

In the end, I was awarded more scholarship money than the cost of attendance, and as a result, received refund checks back each semester, totaling over $10,000 in the last two years of my college career.

The Beauty of Being Debt-Free

Graduating with no college debt was certainly a struggle. There were times when I considered giving up or taking out a loan when I wasn’t hearing back from scholarships as quickly as I would have liked.

Everyone tells you not to worry about college debt because it’s an investment in your professional career. But shouldn’t we also be thinking about our financial future?

Taking on debt certainly would have been easier, but I would have started my life worrying about Sallie Mae like my cousin, instead of figuring out what was most important to me—like buying a house, which is exactly what I did three months after graduation.

I used the $10,000 I received in refund checks for the down payment.

the scholarship help you’ve been waiting for

When I was just starting out, I remember feeling super overwhelmed.

Where do I start? How do I find scholarships? Where are the scholarships for me?

All of those questions raced through my mind while I blankly stared at the long scholarship search engine questionnaire on the computer screen.

I had little to no focus and was suffering from an extreme case of “senior-itis.”

The problem was people told me I would just magically get scholarships—to not worry— but I didn’t quite receive a full-ride to the school that I wanted to go to. And now, I was stuck trying to figure out how I would come up with the extra money.

I spent so many hours day dreaming about my dream school, but unfortunately didn’t spend as much time thinking about how I would pay for it. I didn’t have a lot of direction or clarity on how to find scholarships to make my dream school into a reality.

I caught myself laying in bed at night, hoping a fairy-godmother with scholarship knowledge would come down and present me with a scholarship in the exact amount that I needed to get into my dream school.

I would beg her, saying, “Please, please, please, tell me exactly what I should do, step-by-step, to win this scholarship money so I can go to this wonderful school and be on my way to an awesome career and life. I KNOW that this school is the right school for me and that I can do this.”

Looking at things now, my life feels so different.

Almost a decade of trial and error, many mistakes, missed scholarship deadlines, and an intense dedication to researching and taking action will have that effect.

Although I’m not perfect, I’m very grateful that I’ve been able to crack the code on how to turn my strengths, passions, and hobbies into scholarship dollars. And I’ve helped many families do the same.

So what does all of this have to do with you?

Since you were kind enough to let me know that you’re interested in learning how to graduate college debt-free, I wanted to let you know that I teamed up with an admissions expert and we are having a workshop (on May 18th) revealing all of our Super Scholarship Secrets.

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I know there’s a lot of conflicting information on scholarships out there. I know how extremely overwhelming, frustrating, and confusing the scholarship world can be. That’s why I wanted to give you clear, simple steps that you can use immediately.

You can sign up for a spot in the Super Scholarship Secrets workshop here.

There are only 20 seats left, so you want to sign up before they’re all gone!

I’ve learned so much over the years and my hope is to help you shorten your learning curve.

I struggled with so much fear, discouragement, self-doubt, frustration, and confusion that it made me want to quit chasing my dream of attending college all together. I felt like time was rapidly running out. College was going to be starting any day and I remember that feeling of panic and of my stomach being tied in knots.

If you can relate to any of this, I want you to know that you don’t have to experience it. Let me help you use your passions, strengths, and talents that you’ve been given to help you turn your college and career dreams into realities.

So come on and grab a ticket before it’s sold out.

Of course, if you know anyone that would benefit from getting help winning scholarships, please comment and spread the word!

Happy Scholarship Winning!

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P.S. If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I know I want to go to college, I just need the money to be able to go” then this workshop is right for YOU!

P.P.S. Below are all of the event details. You can also see the details and secure your spot here.

Remember, only 20 spots are left!

The College Savvy Coach and the Debt Free College Coach present: “Super Scholarship Secrets”

Are you looking for free money for college?

Do you know which classes and extra-curricular activities improve a student’s chances to receive grants and scholarships?

Do you know the precise steps to finding lucrative scholarship awards?

If you are overwhelmed, confused or unsure about how to fund your child’s education – then this workshop is for you!

During this 90 minute session:

Sia Knight (The College Savvy Coach) will reveal exactly what it takes to be a GREAT candidate for college admission and how students should distinguish themselves from the competition when applying for scholarships.

The Debt-Free College Grad (Shanice Miller) will share how she earned a FREE degree and reveal a step-by-step plan that outlines what students should do to find and win thousands of dollars in scholarships.

This interactive and action-packed workshop will conclude with an extensive question and answer period – get your questions about college admission and winning scholarships answered by the experts!

Join us at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the Woodbridge Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College, Room WC 104.

Admission – $49.99/person. Don’t delay – seats are limited!

3 Must Ask Questions to Ask Before You Fill Out a Scholarship Application

“Panicking senior season” is officially here!panicking senior photo cred: citygirl bites

This is the time where high school seniors have already submitted their college applications, received their acceptance letters in the mail, and have even received some financial aid award letters from the college. This is also the time where many financial aid award letters have fallen short of what the senior student depicted in his mind and when a lot of students and parents contact me asking for my scholarship services.

If I’ve just described you, you aren’t the only one in this boat. Seniors everywhere are scrambling to get some last minute money for college before August rolls around and it is too late.

But before you and your senior student go on a wild “search and destroy” mission for all the scholarship applications that you can get your hands on, take a peek at these 3 Must Ask Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Fill Out a Scholarship Application.

**(Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors, don’t rule yourselves out just yet. These 3 must ask questions will apply to you as well.  You should start searching and applying for scholarships now so that you do not become a “panicking senior.”)

3 Must Ask Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Fill Out a Scholarship Application

1. Am I eligible for this scholarship?
Check the eligibility checklist on a scholarship first and make sure that you meet all the requirements. You don’t want to go through and fill out an entire scholarship application only to find out that you do not meet the minimal requirements listed for the scholarship application. Not meeting the minimum requirements for a scholarship will typically disqualify you. Example of minimum requirements are you have to have at least a 3.0 GPA or you have to reside in a certain area in order to apply for the scholarship.

2. Has the deadline already passed?
Check to see if the deadline for submission of the scholarship has passed. Scholarship judges will not take a single glance at your application if you submit it after the deadline has passed. It won’t matter how great your application is or how “perfect” a candidate you are for the scholarship. If the deadline has passed and you think you will be a great candidate, save the information about the scholarship for the next time the scholarship opens up and apply during that next year. If you are having a problem with keeping track of the scholarships that you would like to apply to, get a calender and mark the deadlines for each scholarship on it. Remember, with scholarships you always want to beat, not just barely meet deadlines.

3. Is this a highly competitive scholarship?
Highly competitive scholarships like the Ron Brown Scholarship, Coca-Cola Scholars Program, and Gates Millennium Scholars, are well known, highly publicized, and open to the nation; therefore will have a LOT of people applying to these scholarships. They have big award amounts that you can win, but they also have an extensive scholarship application that you will have to complete. Before you fill out the application, really think about how qualified you are the win that scholarship. Will you be able to compete with other students that are applying to this scholarship? If you think it might be a stretch, search for some of the local scholarships instead. These have smaller award prizes and less competition. (Remember small award prizes can definitely add up.) The local scholarships can be found at your school and in your community. You can ask a church that you are involved with or a local bank for the scholarship opportunities that they know of as well.

In the comments below, I would love for you to share which of the 3 must ask questions have been most helpful to you? Which part really hit home with you and why?

As always, thank you for reading and sharing!

Happy Scholarship Winning!

shanice miller scholarship specialist

I crashed CTV

Recently, I had the honor of being interviewed by Denise Douglas of CTV on how students can graduate college debt-free, my new book titled “How to Graduate College Debt-Free With Money in the Bank,” and discussed the upcoming free scholarship workshop that I will be speaking at called “Stormin’ for Scholarships.” It was such a rush of excitement being able to be on set and seeing everything that went on during that time.

During the interview, Denise posed the question, “If there was a way to go to college without having to pay a dime, what would you think about that?”

With the rising costs of college costs, it would seem like it is impossible to be able to graduate college debt-free but I was able to graduate from the University of Maryland Baltimore Dental School 100% debt-free and I disclose exactly how I did it in “How to Graduate College Debt-Free With Money in the Bank” and the CTV interview with Denise.

The book is available now and you can get it here.

The Stormin’ for Scholarships workshop that I will be speaking at will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Location: Solid Rock Missionary Baptist Church, 4225 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Maryland from 9am- 1:30pm. RSVP Ms. Janis Hagey at This is a free event that anyone can attend. Seats are filling quickly! For more information, visit

Thank you for watching and sharing! Please pass this along if you know of anyone that would benefit from information on graduating college debt-free.

If you have any questions that you want me to answer, leave a comment below.

Happy Scholarship Winning!

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