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Davidson Fellows Scholarships for extraordinarity

Although in first reading it may sounds like freak show, this award is indeed very prestigious and not on last place big as amount. Davidson Institute for Talent Development awards young people of 18 years of age or less, who have completed significant piece of work in different fields.

These are annual prices that the institute awards are $50,000 for the first place winner, $25,000 for the second and $10,000 for the third. The prices are annual and for 2015 the deadline for applications is 11th February. You can apply and win only once. The categories are philosophy, technology, music, science, math and literature. There is also one more category: “Outside of the box”.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship Program is considered one of the 10 most generous in the world and one among the 7 most prestigious in USA.

To be eligible for it you need to be not more than 18 years old of 15th October 2015. There is no minimal age for application. Also you have to be either US citizen, or US resident; also if you are military you can be situated temporary outside the country without losing your application rights. The project that you will submit should be close to college graduate level, showing your depth of knowledge in any of the areas of study that the categories represent.

What should be your project? In short, it can be everything that the experts in the particular area count as meaningful, significant and contributive to the society. It can be: a prodigious performance, an interdisciplinary discovery, new high impact idea, innovative broad-range implication solution, important advancement that can be used as base and be built on, exceptionally creative application of existing knowledge and any other extraordinary accomplishment demonstration.

Complete your application here and if you still have any questions you can turn to If you have applied before, use the same account and don’t create new one.

When you submit the primary form of your application/ a portfolio, it will be revised and you will receive a letter saying if you are eligible or not and if you are, there will be description of the steps to follow. You will have to name a list of nominators (name and e-mail) that will have to fill Nominating Form and to submit it to Davidson Institute. In the end if your application is accepted, your parents will also receive an email with Parent Form link that should be filled.

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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 more and more the technologies advance, the easier it gets to have better education. But still it’s one expensive adventure, that’s why many young people choose the alternative way of gaining degree through online universities. The best thing for all those who have enrolled in such institution is that although they are online students they still have the right to use student scholarships.

There are special education grants for this kind of students. Usually they are smaller as amount compared to the financial aid that standard student receives but by definition the online students doesn’t have expenses for traveling, accommodation and so on.

  1. Check your college.

If you are in pursue of grants for education start with the college that you are enrolled or plan to enroll in. Give special attention to the scholarship section. There you will probably finds at least a couple of options. If you cannot find this information, write e-mail to the college itself.

  1. Distance education scholarships.

Another possibility is to try the universities that offer distance education. These are most of the big universities like DeVry University, Norwich University, Ashford University and so on. All of them offer full spectrum of undergraduate online programs and scholarships options in help of their students.

  1. Choose by classification.

Check the lists of the best/ most popular or another type of lining of the online universities (they are in it for a reason). These lists usually measure not only the quality of the education that you can get in these universities but also the social conditions that the schools provide to their students. According to the data collected from National Center for Education Statistics, Petersen’s and Distance Education Council the top 10 online colleges for 2014 are:

  1. Walden University.

  1. Post University.

  1. Independence University.

  1. Colorado State University.

  1. Liberty University.

  1. Kaplan University.

  1. Western Governors University.

  1. National University.

  1. Saint Leo University.

  1. Brandman University.

Don’t forget also to make good use of the scholarship search engines. A numerous sites on the web (including this one) offer mechanisms that allow you one way or another to run criteria that help you find the right school and scholarship for you. If your school doesn’t offer scholarships, try another source. There are a lot!

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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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