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If you finish your first year of college and begin to stress about how you’re going to pay for the rest of your education, don’t fret— numerous scholarships are available for students who are already enrolled in college. With the rising costs of tuition, there are many resources you can take advantage of to keep down your student loans and add merit to your resume. You can find scholarships by visiting your school’s financial aid office and making a free student profile on Cappex!
Study Abroad Scholarships
Studying abroad is an amazing opportunity for college students, usually taken during junior year. As a sophomore, if you want to study abroad but don’t know if you can afford it, the option may still be available to you. There are various study abroad agencies in America that offer scholarships to help students study overseas, like the IES Abroad or AIFS Study Abroad programs. When looking for a study abroad scholarship, the best way to ensure you get the money you need is to plan early and begin looking a year ahead of time.
Large companies and corporations often sponsor scholarships that are available to all enrolled students with no restrictive eligibility criteria. Though there is more competition for corporate scholarships, they are great to apply for because of their straightforward requirements and easy application process. Corporate scholarships can range from a few hundred dollars to a full tuition, and many are given on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Private scholarships are more commonly found through your university, are sponsored by benefactors, and often boast the name of whomever the scholarship is commemorating. Unlike corporate scholarships, private scholarships are likely to have specific target candidates related to characteristics of the benefactor, ranging from students who study a certain major to students who have overcome certain obstacles in the past. Though this information is often available online, meeting with your academic advisor to discuss university scholarships will ensure that you know you qualify before you begin the potentially complex application process.
Finding a paid internship with a company in your career field can also be a productive way to find scholarships. If they see potential in you and want you to continue working for them in the future, some companies will have aid programs where they either pay your tuition while you’re employed or work out an arrangement to help you in the future.
Learn about more ways to find scholarships for college on Cappex!
As the uncertain economic climate continues to worry both Main Street and Wall Street, government officials are close to agreeing on a new budget that could affect student financial aid such as Pell grants, reports Inside Higher Ed.
The new budget aims to cut spending by as much as $1 trillion in order to reduce the national deficit. Federal financial aid programs including the Pell grant will be affected by the new legislation. Changes that students may face as part of the new budget include a reduction in the amount of time that individuals are eligible for Pell grants. At present, students can apply for Pell grants to cover up to 18 semesters. Under the new budget, this time period would be reduced to 12 semesters. Some scholarships for college may also be affected by the budget restructuring.
In addition, the current six-month grace period on student loan repayments – where the government pays interest on student debt after they graduate – would also be eliminated under the new budget proposals, saving the government approximately $400 million.
According to CNN Money, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that the Obama administration is committed to the Pell grant system.
"The president is making very tough cuts, painful cuts," Duncan told the news outlet. "Pieces of our budget [are] being hit hard but we have to continue to invest [in education for this country's children]."
While there are many great scholarships that can help you pay for college, there are also scams that lead students into financial aid traps. Therefore, when searching for scholarships for college, it is important to recognize signs that indicate that what looks like the ideal opportunity is really a fraud.
For example, you should be weary of any scholarships that say they are guaranteed. Legitimate financial aid organizations do not promise students that they will give them scholarships.
Another trap that many students fall into is scholarships that say they need your bank account or credit card number to hold your place. Giving your financial information to a stranger or an unknown organization is always risky, and real scholarship programs will never ask you for this information. Along these lines, you should also avoid applying for any scholarships that say they cost money. The great thing about scholarships is that they are always free.
Some scholarships may also ask you to send just your information, telling you that they will complete the entire application process for you. Unfortunately, this is typically a sign that the opportunity is a fraud. Students almost always need to fill out an application in order to be considered for a scholarship.
Got some downtime this summer? Make the most out of it by finding scholarships for college! It’s never too early, or too late, to start your scholarship search. We’ve found five easy-to-apply-to scholarships for students in all different grades.
All you have to do is see if you’re a match:
1. OP Loftbed Scholarship
Quick fact-High school seniors through doctoral-level students can apply.
2. Lincoln Forum Scholarship
Quick fact- This scholarship is available for enrolled college students.
3. Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship
Quick fact-To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must sign up to be members of the MyFamilyTravels.com community prior to application.
4. Shut Up and Sweat Scholarship
Quick fact-This is the perfect scholarship for student athletes!
5. AFSA Second Chance Scholarship
Quick fact-5 awards will be granted.
Want more scholarship matches? Make a profile on Cappex!
Cappex.com is very excited to announce our most recent scholarship winners from Spring 2011. These students have proven that with their leadership and volunteer activities, they can make a difference in the world. Congratulations!
You can be a scholarship winner too by making a Cappex profile! Your profile will then be used as your “application” for the Cappex scholarships, like, say, these two coming up:
That’s exactly what these two superstars did to win their scholarships:
|“A GPA Isn’t Everything” Scholarship – Winter II Scholarship Winner:
Rebecca D. from Mt. Prospect, Ill., will be attending college next fall. During her high school career, she served as a member of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and eventually its President for two school years. The program was recognized as one of the best programs in the state and won grants from the Operation Teen Safe Driver for its success. Rebecca was also a peer tutor and a member of her school’s service organization which works to better the community and help with special needs schools as well as the elderly.
|“I Don’t Want to Pay for College” – Spring Scholarship Winner:
Matthew J., from Murfreesboro, Tenn., is currently a college student with a broad background in volunteer and service with his church and Boy Scouts including canned food drives, making care packages for the 101st Airborne and community clean up. Matthew’s a talented student who channeled his passion for music and science into an awesome project where he designed, produced and then performed with two homemade instruments.
Want to see past scholarship winners? Check them out on our Facebook page!
Summer is a great time to search and apply for scholarships since you can do it at your leisure and not be completely stressed out like you probably are during the school year.
To give you a head start, here are 11 scholarships you can apply to this summer. See if you’re a match!
1. Abbot & Fenner Scholarships
Quick fact- Available for high school juniors through doctoral-level study!
3. Win-Win Scholarship
Quick fact- Fairly easy application and lots of scholarship money!
4. Castle Ink’s Green Scholarship
Quick fact- Not academic-based
5. BBG Communications Scholarship
Quick fact- Easy application process and need a 2.5 GPA to qualify
6. Share Your Story Scholarship
Quick fact- Financial need considered
8. Lincoln Forum Scholarship
Quick fact-3 awards will be given away
9. Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
Quick fact-Easy application
10. AFSA Second Chance Scholarship
Quick fact-5 scholarships will be awarded
11. R2C Scholarship
Quick fact-Application should take very short time
Want more scholarships? Here you go!
The last couple of months have been so exciting for Cappex as we have seen an outpouring of creativity from students. We received over two-hundred submissions for the $1,000 Trick Out the Cap Scholarship, and now, we have our winner!
Congratulations to the winner of the Trick Out the Cap scholarship, Mary L. of Highland Park N.J.! Her tricked out cap won by receiving the most “Likes” with 321 likes in the finalist round. Let’s give a standing ovation for Mary’s intricate design that will bring her one step closer to paying for college.
Mary and her scholarship-winning design:
In addition to Mary’s winning entry, we’d also like to acknowledge a few of our favorites here at Cappex. These are tricked out caps that show such great innovation in their designs that we had to share them with you:
|Amber L. of Sanibel, Fla.||Rachel C. of Amherst, N.Y.|
|Grace H. of Wheat Ridge, Colo.||Deyaun V. of Port Isabel, Texas
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Thank you to all of our Trick Out the Cap participants. You can see all of the tricked out cap submissions here.
Or, you can get a head start on the next Cappex scholarship here!
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