Category Archives: Government/Federal Scholarships

Harry Truman Graduate Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is open for college juniors who would like to pursue a graduate degree in any public service field and have a career in government, uniformed services, public interest organizations, non-governmental research or educational organizations and other public service-oriented non-profit organizations.

This scholarship awards $30,000 scholarships money and scholars must work in public service office for 3 of the 7 years following completion of their graduate degree program. To apply for Truman Scholarship, you need to be an academically excellent student with passion for public service and submit at least 3 Letters of Recommendation.

Application form can be submitted online on or before November 18, 2008. For more information, please visit the Truman Scholarship website.

FAFSA Reminder For Scholarship Seeker

We are now approaching the third month of the year and this means that students who wish to apply for various scholarships should already filed their FAFSA by now.  Although filing by March or April is just fine, it is highly recommended to file as soon as possible after January 1. This is to maximize your chance to apply for scholarship programs that open up for applicants as early as February.

But if your parents’ taxes are not yet ready or has to be computed yet or if you are still looking for ways on how to obtain a good FAFSA assessment, check out this site because it can teach you various ways to qualify for more financial aid. It has good recommendations and techniques from preparing and filing up your FAFSA. You can even have a practice FAFSA form to estimate your EFC and tips on reducing your Adjusted Gross Income.

Get Up To $29,000 College Fund At Hollings Undergraduate Scholarships

This is true! The Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship  which is under the Office of Education of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)  can award up to $29,000 scholarship money each for deserving 100 students who are majoring in programs such as oceanic, environmental, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including, geography, physics and hydrology.

The scholarship can be also applied by students under teacher education program that support NOAA’s programs and mission. To be eligible to apply for Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, applicants must be United States citizens and enrolled as a full-time third year student for four-year program or a 4th year student for the five year-program in any accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. territories. The applicants must also have a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Applications are now being accepted with the deadline of February 8, 2008. For more details about the Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, you may visit the NOAA Office of Education or you may read the Scholarship FAQ here. Online application can be found in this link.

VFW Military Scholarship

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Military Scholarship Program aims to help the VFW members who are currently serving in uniform or have been discharged within the 3 years before the December 31 deadline.

VFW annually selects 25 military scholars (five members each from Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard). Each scholar will receive $3000 scholarship money to support their desire to continue their education.

Applicants should submit the completed application form along with the copy of their VFW membership card, letter from current Post Commander, legible list of members they recruited and Photostat of auxiliary membership of spouse if any. These documentations are necessary to assess the scholarship applications because each of these has corresponding points.

The application form can be downloaded here and should be mail at VFW Military Scholarship, VFW National Headquarters, 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is a national program funded by the U.S. Department of Education in honor of the late astronaut Ronald E. McNair. This scholarship program aims to prepare eligible students for their doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities.

McNair scholars are entitled to receive $400 stipend each semester throughout their 3rd and 4th year plus a $2,000 summer stipend that they will be used to continue their scholarly activity under the mentorship of their faculty member.

The McNair Scholars Program is open for TRIO students from disadvantaged backgrounds that have demonstrated strong academic potential. Institutions work closely with these scholars through their undergraduate requirements, encourage their entrance into graduate programs, and track their progress to successful completion of advanced degrees.

McNair Scholars Program is widely distributed in different colleges and universities across the United States and some of these universities are the SUNY Oswego, UC Berkeley, Indiana University, Claremont Graduate University, and University of Missouri-Columbia.

No Presidential Freedom Scholarship Program For 2007

I have read that there is no Presidential Freedom Scholarship Program for 2007 because the scholarship does not receive a funding from the federal budget. This scholarship that aims to uphold student service and civic engagement is funded in part by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that recognizes high school students for outstanding leadership in community service.

But although the scholarship program will not continue this year, the agency will keep probable applicants. And to all students who are previously selected as Presidential Freedom scholars but did not able enroll and use the scholarship, they have up to 7 years from the date the scholarship is awarded to claim their funds.

Camp La Jolla Offers Fitness And Health Scholarships

Camp La Jolla announced that they will be awarding 5 Fitness and Health Scholarships this year for the surviving children of military men and women who have lost their lives as part of the global war on terror. Each scholarship is worth $3095 which is equivalent to two weeks fitness and health scholarships for the summer of 2007.

To qualify for this summer fitness scholarship, applicants need to be between 8-17 years old. Applicants should submit essays or videos describing why they or a child you know would benefit from a Camp La Jolla Fitness and Health Scholarship. Deadline for submission of entries is on May 15, 2007. All scholarship winners will be on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2007.

DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program

The DHS scholarship program is being awarded by US Department of Homeland Security with the mission to provide advantage in the development and implementation of counter-terrorist measures and other DHS objectives.

This program is backed by the Science and Technology Directorate, Office of Research, University Programs and is open for students who plan to enroll in courses with specialization in physical sciences, psychology, social sciences, engineering , mathematics, computer and information sciences.

The DHS Scholarship provides a $1,000 monthly stipend that is given for 9 months during the academic year. It also award $5,000 for the 10-week summer internship, full tuition and mandatory, nonrefundable fees paid on the school.

However, since this scholarship provides very good assistance for their scholars, they do require comprehensive requirements. And before you can apply for DHS scholarships, you need to answer a list of questions to determine your eligibility for the scholarship. After responding to those questions, it is only then that you can access the application form.

But to have an idea of what the application looks like, you can click here. Application for this scholarship end every January so you need to apply during the fourth quarter of this year to be considered for the the 2008 academic year.

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.

Lifetime Learning Tax Credit Scholarship

The Lifetime Learning Tax Credit scholarships work just like the Hope Scholarship but in Lifetime Learning Tax Credit, it does not matter whether it is your first time to get a college degree or you are an adult who are taking a continuing education because with this type of tax credit, there is no set limit on how many years eligible students can claim their tax deduction as long as they are taking at least one course.

Lifetime Learning Credit gives you a credit of 20% per year which can reach as much as $2,000 per return if you pay $10,000 of qualified educational expenses. This credit is family-based and not based on the number of dependents in a family as with the Hope credit. More readings about the benefits and qualification requirements of Lifetime Learning can be read at Internal Revenue Service.