Monthly Archives: January 2007

The Dan David Prize Scholarship Program

The Dan David Prize Scholarship is a program intended for doctoral and post-doctoral students who have exceptional achievements in the fields of sciences, arts, and humanities. This is a unique, one-of-a- kind scholarship and for me, a high end scholarship program because of its extraordinary purpose, steep eligibility and great prize award.

Dan David Prize Scholarship awards 20 individual scholarships annually where lucky scholars receive $15000 each. Though the eligibility to qualify for this scholarship is steep, Dan David Prize equally treats the scholarship applicants regardless of their race, gender, nationality, religion or political affiliation.

For the year 2007, Dan David Prize is searching for doctoral or post-doctoral students who are authors of major works of history, composer or performer with contemporary music that speaks to and inspires today’s generation and a inventors or innovators who have outstanding achievements to utilize or find new sources of energy that are not damaging to human and our environment.

Deadline for this scholarship application is on March 30, 2007. To know more about this prestigious scholarship program, the application procedure and the requirements, please read here.

Marshall Scholarships Program

The Marshall Scholarships is a program that sponsors American students with high capability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Each year, Marshall Scholarships select 40 American scholars that will be granted a two year scholarship to help them earn their graduate or occasionally undergraduate degree in UK.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, you need to be a US citizen who holds a first degree from accredited four-year university in the United States with at least 3.7 GPA. Marshall Scholarships provide support for the students’ tuition fees, cost of living expenses, books, travel grants, fares to and from US and if the student is married, a certain contribution towards the support of a dependent spouse.

Applications can be obtained in one of their 8 consulate offices in the US. Deadline for application for each year is set every October. So if you wish to apply for

Photography Scholarship Competition

If you are a high school student or a college student who is also an amateur photographer or simply loves photography, why not join this annual scholarship competition that is provided by MyParkPhotos?

Joining this photo contest could win you up to $1000 scholarship money that you can use for your college tuition. All you need to do is submit three photographs and write one 250 word article/essay about your subject. Winners will be judged based on focus, composition, lighting, technical superiority, impact, creativity, grammar and storytelling.

However, there is a $10 entry fee for this contest. But don’t fret because each participant will receive a 2007 MyParkPhotos Calendar, $15.00 coupon from Hunt’s Photo and Video and another $15.00 coupon for “In the Field” photography workshop at the First Coast Birding and Nature Festival in St. Augustine, Florida on April 12-15.

Just make sure that your entry will be submitted by July 31, 2007.  Be sure that you read the scholarship contest rule before joining this contest.

Save Me A Spot In College Scholarship Contest

The Save Me a Spot in College scholarship contest awards a total of $100,000 scholarship money to over than 100 students in California. The grand prize of this contest is a $2500 scholarship while $500 to $1000 each will be awarded to 100 students who will be selected as winners.

This contest is open for all 6 – 12th grade student in California. To join, you need to register here. This contest has several categories that students can choose from: Written Essay, Poster Making and Radio or TV Ad. The theme for all categories is “Save Me a Spot in College.” To increase your chance of winning, you may participate to all three categories but only one entry may be submitted to each category and you can only win once.

But by just joining this scholarship contest, you will already receive a certificate of participation, a college information guidebook and a mystery prize. Deadline for all the categories is on March 15, 2007. Visit here to read the contest rule for each category.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

The Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is part of the educational program of Ayn Rand Institute that awards up to $10000 scholarship money. And aside from the $10,000 as the first prize, the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is also awarding three $2000 as second prizes, five $1000 as third prizes, $100 each for 20 finalists and $50 each for 20 semi-finalists.

This essay contest is open for students who are currently enrolled in a college degree program and for high school students who will be in college by fall of 2007. To join the contest, participants must write a 1000-1200 word essay from any one of the three stipulated topics which can be found here.

Deadline for the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is on September 17, 2007.

Ronald McDonald Scholarships

Ronald McDonald scholarships are composed of several kinds of scholarship program through the local chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities or RMHC. These scholarships are offered to eligible high school students who have limited access to educational and career opportunities.

Students are assessed through their demonstrated academic achievement, financial need and community involvement. Applicants must be legal US residents and should reside within the geographic boundaries of the participating local chapter of RMHC that offers scholarships.

RMHC awards a minimum of $1000 scholarship per eligible student which is directly paid to the educational institution of the recipient. The RMHC offers several scholarships such as RMHC/Asia intended for student with at least one parent of Asian-Pacific heritage; RMHC/Future Achievers for students with at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage; RMHC/Hacer for students with Hispanic heritage; and RMHC/Scholars that is open for all students regardless of race, gender, disability or national origin.

The application form for RMHC scholarships can be downloaded here. You could also apply online here, put the RMHC as your access key. However, you still need to submit your cerrtified high school transcript, personal statement, letter of recommendation and IRS Form 1040 through mail. Deadline for submission of the completed form and the requirements is on February 15, 2007.

Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship

Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship is given by Discover Financial Services, a company operating the Discover Card brands. Every year, the company awards up to $1 million worth of scholarship for eligible high school juniors across the United States.

Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship is giving away Three Hundred $ 2,500 State Scholarships and Ten $25,000 National Scholarships. These scholarships can be utilized to any type of post high school education or training such as certification program, licensing, two or four year trade and technical school, or two or four year college education.

So, if you are at least a high school junior enrolled in an accredited public or private high school in the United States who has at least 2.75 cumulative GPA and has accomplishments in leadership and community Service or experienced a significant challenge, download the application form here and complete it before January 31, 2007.

The Annual Zeb Scholarship

The Annual Zeb Scholarship that honoured the dedication and enthusiasm for youth bowling as demonstrated by Jim Zebehazy awards $2500 scholarship to eligible United States Bowling Congress youth member.

You need to be a member of USBC in order to apply for this scholarship. Applicant for this scholarship must be a junior or senior high school with at least 2.0 GPA and have not participated in professional bowling tournament.

If you are interested to apply for the Annual Zeb Scholarship, you need to write a maximum of 500 word essay on any subject you wish and include one letter of reference and your current high school transcript. You can download the application form here and send it to United States Bowling Congress Smart Program, 5301 South 76th Street Greendale, Wisconsin 53129-1192 before April 1, 2007.

Important Changes For 2007-2008 FAFSA Form

FAFSA made some important changes in the 2007-2008 FAFSA form that may affect your student aid. So read on to see the recent changes.

Under the asset section, the net worth of family owned small business with less than 100 employees should no longer be reported as asset. And with regards with College Savings Plan, report the current balance of the plan as a parent asset (Q88) when you are reporting parental information and your parents own a qualified educational benefit plan.

On the other hand, you do not need to report the value of the College Savings Plan if you are reporting parental information and you own a qualified educational benefit plan. And if you are not reporting parental information and you own any of these qualified educational benefit plans or if you are married and your spouse owns one, you need to report the current balance of the plan as a student/spouse asset (Q44).

The maximum assessment rate for independent students with dependents drops to 3.29 percent while assets held in the parent’s name will continue to be assessed at a maximum rate of 5.6 percent. Assets held in a dependent student’s name in a qualified account no longer needs to be reported on the 2007-08 FAFSA.

Also, the 2007-2008 FAFSA now suspends any student who has been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drug from receiving financial aid. The higher income protection allowances of students and the allowances of independent students slightly increase this year.

To know the complete changes in the 2007-2008 FAFSA form, please read here.

Eduventures Research Revealed Blurring Lines Between Need And Merit-Based Financial Aid

The recent study of Eduventures revealed that the lines are blurring between need based and merit based financial aid because of the intense competition among students seeking financial aid to support their college education.

And with steep competition, even institutions who are offering need based awards tend to screen students based on their talents and not just purely financial incapabilities. Need-based aid is sometime utilized as a recruiting tactic to attract higher profile academic students.

The recent research also showed that families from the lowest income bracket spend 58% of their income on tuition as compared with only 12% for families in the top income brackets. And that student from the top family income bracket receives approximately three times the non-need-based award as students from the bottom family income quartile.

To read the complete report of Eduventures study, please click here.