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How big can education grants be?

Usually student scholarships are limited as amount and they hardly cover all the expenses that student may have: tuition fees, books, accommodation and a bunch of other stuff. Of course there are different education grants and some of them are everything else but small. Here are three of the biggest grants for education that you can find:

  1. Buick Achievers Scholarship Program.

This scholarship is one of the biggest in the world. It has the value of $25,000 per year and it is also renewable for period of four to five years if you are engineering student which makes its total value of about $100,000. The generous funding comes from GM Foundation. If you are dreaming to design and build the cars of tomorrow than you have pretty good chance to qualify for this scholarship. If you consider career in the car industry no matter if it will be engineering, design or business, you have to apply. Of course there is long list of criteria that you should meet but if you are female, minority member, veteran or military or dependent of one of them, your chances increase considerably. The other things that Buick Achievers seek are community involvement, school leader, volunteer worker, excellent student and many other things. The awards are 100 in number and are meant for freshmen or already enrolled students. And here you can get the full guidelines .

  1. Siemens Math, Science and Technology Award Scholarships.

Siemens in collaboration with College Board offers these scholarships. To get the scholarship you need to take part in one of the many regional competitions that end up with $3,000 price for the winner. This will qualify you for the next round and the national winner gets an award from $10,000 to $100,000. The other benefit is also that you will have the opportunity to see the campuses of many prestigious universities like: Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Texas at Austin, University of Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon University and many others.

  1. Horatio Alger Scholarship Award.

This scholarship is based on financial need. It is meant for students with nigh performance and overcome great adversity. There are national and state awards. The national ones are $20,000 as amount each and the state ones you can check on this web page: . The criteria are different for every state, so check them carefully.

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The easiest way to find scholarships for college

Finding the right scholarship can seem a lot like planning a battle. There are no advices that can give you 100% security that you will succeed but there are tips that can make your scholarship crusade much easier.

  1. Researching the grant giver.

If you want to make a good impression and make your application to stand out from the pile, take the time to see what the organization that gives the scholarship really values. It won’t take you too much time but can add a lot to your essay evaluation. To get this easiest just read the page on the organization’s site where they describe their aims and values, aka “About us”.

  1. Community involvement helps a lot.

Volunteers are preferred when organizations choose to whom they give their money. If you are engaged in any kind of community service, your chances to get the desired scholarship rise with 15 to 20 %. Also this gives you wider list of possible scholarship offers because a lot of grants are given by non-profits that help others and they want to see the same in the people that receive their financial aid.

  1. Get that professional look.

It’s like job application, if you are not professional here, you won’t get paid. Clean your Facebook and other social networks’ accounts from inappropriate content create account in professional network and don’t become too “funny” in your CV and presentations.

  1. Try searching with search engine.

Start with this site, similar places contain a wide base of scholarships and advices how to get them.

  1. Optional questions must not be underestimated.

The more information and criteria you fill in your search, the more appropriate results you will get which will give you better chances to get the educational grant you need.

  1. Estimate the chances.

When you see the criteria you can assess on your own which of them you can’t cover, so go straight to the ones that you do.

  1. Every scholarship is an option.

Even if it doesn’t cover all your expenses, scholarship can be useful. Don’t skip even one because it may turn to be the one to turn your life around.

  1. Essay contests are preferable.

They often are neglected by the lazy students which automatically increases your chances.

  1. Do it with passion.

Let your personality shows when you apply with texts.

  1. Look around.

Local scholarships can be won easier than national and regional ones.

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College scholarships according to the school?!

Do you know that some colleges offer scholarships to their students and other financial awards by the school itself? Check the following list and see if your school is among them (the list is not complete so check the college’s office to see if they can offer you financial aid).

  1. University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

They offer variety of scholarship programs mainly for online students. Professional Development and Project Management Online Learning Scholarship is one of the options. For more information check their website: .

  1. Kansas State University.

This is one more of the universities that offer their own scholarships: Allan D. Sicat is scholarship for active duty military or military veterans seeking an undergraduate or degree in a distance education program. For Maurine Allison O’Bannon Memorial Scholarship can apply students over 25 years old with minimum three credit hours. And Robert F. Sykes Scholarship is for engineering students if they are enrolled in the programs in engineering management or civil engineering; the criteria for this scholarship include 3.5 GPA and one year engineering experience.

  1. University of Great Falls.

They offer Competitive Academic Awards to Catholic High School Scholars and UGF Scholars. The awards may reach up to $16,000 for the full tuition. The application includes campus interview and essay; you should be full-time student and have on-campus residency and participation in campus activities along with other criteria. These awards require separate applications that you can find here: and .They also offer Distance Student Scholarship, Great for Great Falls, Courage Awards and many other ways for financial support to their students.

  1. Bemidji State University.

BSU provides three types of educational scholarships: leadership, talent and academic ones. They also have automatic freshman grants which are renewable for the time of the education: Campus Honor, Presidential Scholarship, University and Academic Achievement. They have slightly different criteria but for all of them you can apply with only one biography. They also offer special scholarships meant for American Indians.

  1. Washington State University.

WSU offers over 700 different awards and scholarships for the students in its different academic programs, departments and colleges. Among them are Transfer Achievement Award, Campus Visit Scholarships, Need Based Assistance and Destination WSU: Out of state for students who are not residents of Washington State. More info and details you can get from the university’s site:

Does your university offer scholarships? Check in its office or website.

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Grants for online degree in business

Getting a business degree is always a good investment, but it requires a lot of money even when you are making it online. An average online business degree costs about $30,000 and this is sufficient amount of money that not everybody can afford. What possible income sources you can find to support such undertake?

The fastest way if you are really big optimist, is to take a loan. But in long-term plan it may be not the brightest idea, you’ve ever had. There is another way, it’s usually slower and not 100% sure to succeed, but it worth trying – searching for and getting student scholarships. Plural because if you search carefully you will find that some grants allow combining or receiving additional amounts of money through other scholarship programs.

In this sense the online universities are no different from the ordinary ones. They can also present you with information and offers for possible grants. Fr example, if you want to get MBA, you need to go through the standard application: fill FASFA, write all needed essays, application letters and so on. But what grants exactly can work for you?

Except the federal grants for online education that we mentioned in another one of our materials, you should also keep in mind these couple of options:

  1. The scholarships of AMVETS National Service Foundation.

There is one special condition to apply for these grants: you need to be daughter or son or grandchild of or be veteran/active military yourself. Also you are eligible if you are descendant of diseased veteran. Not all programs are applicable to online education but The Henry G. Huestis and Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Memorial Scholarship are.

  1. Grants and scholarships of Moody Bible Institute.

Moody Bible Institute offers long list of scholarships with different amounts and conditions. You can take a look at their award list here:

  1. Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship.

Zonta International gives these awards to women enrolled in business management educational program (both master’s degree and undergraduate students are eligible). You are not eligible if you are member or employee of Zonta. Every region where there are Zonta clubs offer awards of $1,000 and also the organization gives twelve $7,000 awards to international students.

Look for other opportunities once you’ve chosen a school that you want to attend. Don’t forget that many private organizations offer awards.

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Grants for unique careers

Believe it or not you can find funding for education no matter what sphere you have chosen. Also for some fields there are specific grants that you can use out of the common ones. Here is a list of couple of scholarships for college and the institutions that offer them that can help you get the desired profession:

  1. The education grants of The American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACC).

They offer grants for graduate students that want to make researches in the cereal science. If you her this for the first time, don’t worry, you are not the only one. AACC gives $2,000, $2,500, or $3,000 graduate students fellowships – the pogran includes both science and technology. To join this program, of course, you should be Association’s member.

  1. Grants of the Massage Therapy Foundation.

These are very generous grants for not only organization’s members but also for individuals that want to make a research in the massage therapy field. These grants are also awarded to a group projects and they range from $1,000 to $30,000. The purpose is to promote this practice, to see how the people take it and what are the attitudes toward it; how specific applications of the massage therapy can affect people’s health and what is the role of the massage in the health care services.

  1. National Potato Council Scholarship.

This is $10,000 annual award for graduate students with higher aspirations. They should be interested in the support of Potato Industry by Agribusiness. The criteria are past academic achievements; potato-related area of graduated study (for example Entomology, Agricultural Engineering, Crop and Soil Sciences, Agronomy, Food Sciences, Plant Pathology or Horticulture), leadership abilities. You can apply every year till June 30th.

  1. AACT’s John Kitt Memorial Scholarship.

This is one sweet scholarship of $5,000 anounced by the American Association of Candy Technologists. It’s non-renewable award that is opened for application till 15th April 2015. To get it you need to be sophomore, Senior or Junior student; to demonstrate interest in confectionery technology; to attend or to be about to start accredited North American university or college.

  1. Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award.

It is for students who want to make crystallographically-oriented research. To apply you need to submit CV, supportive letter, descriptive summary of your desired research and expected graduation date; all in PDF format.

These are just part of the specific scholarships that you can use to support your education, good luck in the search.

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You are never too old to get back to school. This is not a slogan of organization that promotes lifetime-long learning; it’s just what it turns out when you start to search for scholarships for people over 30. For many people this is the first time they go to college, for some it is the second. Look what options you have if you are one of those who want to try college after 30.

  1. Boomer Benefits Scholarship.

It is available for American citizens of age over 50. Also you need to be enrolled in graduate, four or two-years program in university that have been accredited. To submit your application you need to present resume, application, transcript, letter of recommendation and application letter that describes how this education will help your career and community service history and its significance for the applicant. The choosing criteria will be your GPA that should be over 3, your community service and the letters of recommendation that you have given.

  1. Orville Redenbacher Second Start Scholarship.

You can obtain an application form for this scholarship by writing to Orville Redenbacher Second Start Scholarship Program; Box 4137; Blair, NE 68009. The scholarship aims at helping people who are returning to or are first time students. They can be enrolled in full-time or part-time program. The award itself is $1,000.

  1. Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship Program.

The $1,000 that this award will give you should be used for educational fees, room, board, tuition or other similar expenses. The form is open for application from 1st of August till the last day of December. To apply you need to fill this form and to write personal statement of 250 words on one of the three offered topics.

  1. AARP Foundation – WGU Educational Assistance Program.

This is program offered by the online college Western Governors University and the American Association of Retired People. It is for students over 40 and has value of $5,000. To apply you need to fill application form in one of the AARP Foundation field offices. The criteria for the choice will be your financial need, readiness for online study, academic record and current competency. The offices you can find in Colorado Springs; Seattle; Pittsburgh; Flint, Michigan; Waterloo/Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Melbourne, Florida.

So if you have decided to continue your education a couple of decades after high school, this is your chance to do it.

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