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Unique Scholarship Options You May Not Have Considered

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 @ 9:25 AM
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Let’s face it: college can be expensive. But with the thousands of scholarship options out there, it doesn’t have to be. Although there are countless students just like you applying for these awards, if you work hard and choose the right scholarships for you, you can greatly increase your chances of winning.

There are many generic scholarships out there awarding big money prizes. Those are the ones that will see thousands of qualified applicants, and it may be more difficult to snag those. But what about specialized scholarships in your field of study? Local scholarships for students in your area? Prizes geared towards your specific talent? Scholarships that award students for an unusual trait? All of these unique and quirky scholarships exist. Why not consider applying for some of these scholarships? If you meet the criteria and can submit the right materials, you just might find yourself with more money for your college education in hand. 

The Writers of the Future Contest

Are you great in English class? Fancy yourself a writer? If you’ve got the linguistic chops, you may want to consider L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest. Stories of up to 17,000 words in the science fiction or fantasy genre could win you prizes of up to $5,000. This is a great opportunity to flex your creative muscles and try for some serious cash. The current contest ends March 31st, so get writing!

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

If you can get yourself to Kansas (and have a serious talent for duck calls) the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest could be the scholarship for you. This competition, held each Thanksgiving week, is open to high school seniors and awards prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places. This scholarship has been around for 38 years and has awarded more than $60,000 to students in that time. Better get practicing!

The Miss America Organization

Pageants may have lost popularity in recent years, but the Miss America Organization remains the leading provider of scholarship monies for young women, awarding millions of dollars each year to competitors on the national, state, and local levels. Competitions take place in each state and are open to young women ages 17-24. Participants are judged in several categories, with the greatest weight given to the Interview and Talent portions. If you have a love of performing, your dancing, singing, violin playing, and more could earn you big bucks for your education.

Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

Do you have an interest in fashion? Or do you simply fancy yourself creative with duct tape? The Duck Tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest runs in 2015 from March 15th until June 1st, and offers two $10,000 scholarships to a high school couple who attends prom wearing inventive outfits made entirely of duct tape. This highly unusual scholarship offers major money, and also donates $5,000 to the winners’ high school. Check out the website to view last year’s winners and get some inspiration for your own incredible entries.

These are only a few of the incredible unique scholarship options out there. For more options, check out 45 of the Weirdest College Scholarships. With a little searching, you may find the perfect contest for you, and win yourself some much needed funds for your higher education. 


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So You’ve Been Rejected: Now What?

Posted by Manuel Fabriquer on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 @ 10:53 PM

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As admission letters start rolling in this spring, if you’re like the vast majority of high school students, it’s likely you will receive both exciting acceptances and some disappointing rejections. But take heart. What matters more in the grand scheme of things is your overall college experience, not the name or even the reputation of the institution you ultimately attend. You still have a very bright future ahead of you!

If you’ve been rejected from your top choice college or university, you join the ranks of thousands of students just like you. These days, it’s more of a numbers game, as top-tier institutions regularly admit to rejecting academically capable students, simply because of the overwhelming quantity of applicants. Being rejected from your number one school isn’t fun, but there are several steps you can take to soften the blow and begin to look forward towards your next chapter with optimism.

Take some time to grieve.

Being rejected from your favorite college can be rough. After getting your hopes up and falling in love with a school, a rejection can almost feel like a romantic breakup! Make sure you take some time to feel and work through your emotions. Share your thoughts and feelings with family and friends, and lean on them for support. You’ll also find encouragement and advice in your school guidance counselor. Then put away the ice cream, and get to work!

Appreciate your acceptances. 

Take a closer look at the schools that have accepted you. Chances are, there are some great choices in the mix. Re-investigate their programs and offerings. Get excited about a new opportunity. If your university has an accepted students day, be sure to attend. Here, you’ll get a taste of the college experience, meet some potential future classmates, and maybe even make some new friends. You might even find your second-choice school has unique courses or extracurriculars you wouldn’t have had at your number one school. Attending an accepted students day is a great way to move forward on your higher education path and start to boost your enthusiasm for what’s to come. 

Transferring is an Option

If you truly had your heart set on a particular university, most schools do offer transfer admission. Take a look at the requirements for acceptance as a transfer student. You may need to take certain courses and maintain a high GPA to strengthen your chances. Transferring could certainly be an option in the next year or two, and in the meantime, you could attend an alternate choice college. You may find you love it enough to stay or decide to transfer when the time comes.

Gap Year Considerations

Though not often the norm in the US, students in other nations frequently take a year off after secondary education, often referred to as a “gap year.” This can be a wonderful opportunity to travel, gain work experience, or even simply to explore your hobbies and career options. A gap year can equip you with a better sense of your self or even give you some “real world” experience--both which can be helpful when applying to college the following year. If none of your accepted schools seem to be a perfect fit, this might be the right option for you. 

It’s What You Make of It

In the end, where you attend college is not the most important factor. Rather, college is what you make of it. You’ll get out of your higher education what you put into it. There are thousands of excellent colleges and universities in the USA and many more outside our borders. Each of these is brimming with opportunities for students. So no matter where you choose to attend, if you give it your all, you are sure to have an amazing and transformative experience. 


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