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Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund - Outside Scholarship

The Albert K. Murray Fine Arts Educational Fund offers grants 4 times each year to students who are enrolled full time in accredited and degree granting fine arts programs such as painting, sculpture, or photography. We cannot give grants to students in the performing arts, or other studies.

    Eligibility Requirements:
  • There are no restrictions on race, religion, gender, national origin, or age.
  • Citizenship: Scholarship recipients are required to be citizens of the United States of America.
  • Full time status: Students must send proof of full time enrollment in an art program (not performing arts) of an accredited, degree granting college or university in the United States of America.
  • Degree: Students may be at the bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree level.
  • Students are required to submit portfolios.
  • Minimum 2.5 grade point average.
    Grant Deadlines:
  • Fall: September grants, submit June 1-July 31
  • Winter: December grants, submit September 1-October 31
  • Spring: March grants, submit December 1-January 31
  • Summer: June grants, submit March 1-April 30

You must be enrolled full-time when funding is received, or the funds will be returned to the Albert K. Murray Foundation.

For application materials, or to ask questions contact Dr. Marion Gilliland, Ph. 740-796-4797, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST. The office is closed on weekends and holidays.

General Scholarships

Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

Deadline: July 27, 2014

For 2014, Family Travel Forum (FTF), the web's leading trip-planning resource for family travelers, and the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), a non-profit organization that promotes responsible journalism and encourages the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide, are offering scholarships to encourage teens to share travel experiences in words and images.

Have you ever taken an unexpectedly wonderful -- or terrible but funny -- trip with your family? Or have you journeyed somewhere with a school group or sports team and have some advice on how to make the most of your experience or destination? Have you gone somewhere -- near of far -- that opened up new ways of looking at the world?

Family Travel Forum and the Society of American Travel Writers invite you to submit travel blogs that are serious, funny or contemplative, as long as they are informative.

  • Eligibility for FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship
    • Travel blogs must be no more than 600 words in length.
    • Entries must include text and be illustrated by at least one photo, digital artwork or video. (In addition to the personal photograph on your profile).
    • Travel essays must include practical details so that others can follow in your footsteps. Details should include names of attractions, museums, themeparks, resorts, restaurants, the local beach, etc. with URLs as appropriate.
    • Travel blogs must be submitted online using the FTF Teen Travel Scholarship Essay Submission Form. Please create a strong, descriptive blog title, and use the editing tools provided to make paragraph breaks or add punctuation, and to upload your photos and or video.
    • Your Travel blog must be your original creation and must not have been previously published.
    • Multiple submissions are only allowed if you are applying for multiple scholarships.
    • All applicants must sign up for the MyFamilyTravels.com community prior to submitting an essay.
    • All applicants must complete a profile on MyFamilyTravels.com and include a photograph of themselves
    • Applicants must be ages 13-18 and attending grades 8-12 as of June 27, 2014. Graduating seniors are only eligible if you submit your completed travel blog on or before June 27, 2014.
    • Applicants must be attending junior high or high school in the United States or Canada, or an American international school abroad, or be enrolled in a U.S. homeschool program.
    For more information, please visit the FTF Teen Travel Writing website.

    Pimsleur Approach - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: July 31, 2014

    This scholarship is in honor of renowned linguist and language educator, Dr. Paul Pimsleur. In honor of his commitment to language-study research, this award will help make language and culture more accessible to American college students.

    Pimsleur believed in cultural exploration as a lifetime pursuit and that effective communication needn't be cost-prohibitive. This scholarship opportunity can help provide an immersive experience consistent with Pimsleur's mission to take language learning out of the classroom and into the world.

    The $1000 scholarship will be awarded to one qualifying student with the most thought-provoking and well-reasoned essay.

  • How To Win:
  • Select one of the two topics listed below, then write a responsive essay, 500 word minimum and 1000 word maximum. Writing more than the minimum requirement does not necessarily increase your chances! Submit your essay by July 31st before 5 p.m. EST. Contestants will be evaluated on the quality and clarity of the ideas presented in their essay.

  • If you could learn any new language, what would it be and why?
  • Which country has had the greatest impact on American culture and why?
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are preparing to graduate from high school and/or who are currently enrolled in a college program.

    For more information, please visit the Pimsleur Approach website.

    Tutor the People Essay Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: July 31, 2014

    Tutor the People, a lower Manhattan-based tutoring service specializing in graduate admissions test prep (GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, GRE) and undergraduate course help announces an essay contest awarding $500 to one student who best exemplifies the spirit of helping others achieve success.

    Tutor the People is committed to its mission of helping unprivileged students gain access to higher education, particularly for those who live in low socioeconomic areas. We believe that in order to create opportunities for entire communities, we must first devote attention to individuals and lead others by example.

    Our first scholarship contest challenges entrants to write a (typed) one-page personal story in which you explain how you have helped a member of your community achieve a personal or academic goal. Show us how you have helped someone, either in school, at work, in a sports league, volunteer organization, or other realm of life by being a leader, a teacher, or simply a good friend. Your essay should describe in detail the person you have helped, the challenge or struggle you helped them overcome, and what insights you gained in the process.

  • Eligible students must:
    • Be enrolled in an accredited high school, college or university in the United States
    • Currently be in their senior year of high school or enrolled as an undergraduate in a U.S accredited post-secondary institution
    • Hold academic “Good Standing” at current institution (not on academic probation or suspension)
    • Have a current cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent)
  • Please provide the following:
    • Your typed, one-page essay in a legible font (Times New Roman, Arial, or other common, legible font; 12 pt) with your full name, email address, phone number, and home address at the top
    • Printed, official transcript or statement of your GPA from your school
  • Optional, not required:
  • A list of any relevant volunteer experience that helps support your story. For any experience listed, please provide:
    • Name of the Organization
    • Brief (1-2 sentence) description of work performed
    • Number of service hours performed
    • Contact information of Supervisor and Organization: Name, Phone Number, and Email address
    For more information, please visit the Tutor the People website.

    Storage.com - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: July 31, 2014

    At Storage.com, we didn’t want to restrict our scholarship contest to just one group, so we created three categories of applicants:

    • current high school seniors who will be enrolled at a college or university in the fall of 2014
    • current college students who were enrolled at a college or university in the spring of 2014 and will be again in the fall of 2014 (pre-graduate or post-graduate studies)
    • parents of a student who will be enrolled at a college or university in the fall of 2014

    Higher education is an investment in the future, but anything to make the financial impact of paying for college easier in the present will help. Storage.com is excited to see the creative answers that are submitted in the scholarship essay contest and looks forward to providing three students with $2,500 to help pay for education.

  • Eligibility:
    • Student submissions must answer the question: “Given that you already have the necessities for college, if you could only take what fits into a backpack, what would you bring?”
    • Parent submissions must answer the question: “In a perfect world, when your child moves out for college, what are you going to do with their bedroom?”
    • In addition to answering the primary question above, all Storage.com Scholarship contest entries, whether from high school students entering college, current college students, or parents of students, should include no less than 50 words and no more than 150 words about why the student deserves the scholarship (e.g., academic achievement, civic contributions, etc.), and/or how the scholarship will benefit the student (e.g., how the Storage.com scholarship will contribute to their future).
    • Essays must be the sole original work of the applicant.
    • Essays must be no shorter than 250 words, and no longer than 400 words. Optional videos must be no shorter than one minute, and no longer than two minutes.
    • Winning applicants must maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher to receive their scholarship.
    • Scholarship money will go toward tuition fees at school of enrollment.
    • Answers that include illegal activity will be automatically disqualified.
    For more information, please visit the Storage.com website.

    American Association of State Troopers Scholarship Foundation - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: July 31, 2014

    The American Association of State Troopers Foundation, Inc., accepts scholarship applications from the dependents of trooper members. Dependents are defined as: child by natural birth, child legally adopted, or child raised as a member's own child for a minimum of five (5) consecutive years immediately preceding submission of a scholarship application.

    For a student to be eligible, their AAST member parent, must have been a member in good standing for two years prior to the July 31 application deadline for the year the student is applying. Students can be eligible to apply each year for a total of three scholarships.

  • Applicant Criteria Requirements:
    • An original, official transcript indicating a minimum 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) at an accredited school.
    • IF YOU ARE A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: you must submit a final four-year high school transcript. If your transcript does not indicate your grades for all four years of high school, it will not be considered.
    • IF YOU ARE A COLLEGE STUDENT: you must submit a current official college transcript indicating all grades earned through the current year which you are applying.
    • A letter of acceptance from an accredited college, state university or community college for the upcoming academic year.
    • A typed essay of 500 WORDS entitled "How My Education Will Advance My Career Plans"
    • A small photo attached to the bottom of the application where indicated.
    For more information, please visit the AAST website.

    Sonoma County Satellite - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: July 31, 2014

    A recurring biannual scholarship of five hundred ($500.00) will be given to financially assist two students each year with the cost of their education. The scholarship is based on the winner of a written essay. The entry is free.

    Scholarship is available to all current and prospective students enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university with 9 units or more. Deadline for Fall 2014 scholarship is July 31st, 2014.

    The scholarship prize will be in the form of a check made payable to the scholarship prize recipients college of attendance.

  • How to Apply
  • Write an essay between 300-500 words on one of the following three topics.
    • How has the internet helped you with your education?
    • How has the internet changed the way we communicate?
    • How do you think the internet will change over the next 15 years?
    For more information, please visit the Sonoma County Satellite website.

    Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: July 31, 2014

    For many students the biggest obstacle to a higher education is money. The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship Program aims to help remove this obstacle by providing deserving students of all ages with scholarships that can be used to pay for college or graduate school. The first scholarship was awarded in 2001 and since then the scholarship program has been awarding money to help students pay for school.

    The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program which means financial need is not considered. The selection of the winner is made by an independent panel of judges and is based primarily on the quality of the submitted personal statement. Past academic performance (e.g. grades and standardized test scores) are not considered. The goal is to create a level field where students have complete control over their applications and are not given an advantage or disadvantage based on financial or academic circumstances.

  • Eligibility
    • 9th-12th grade high school, college, or graduate student including adult students.
    • Legal resident of the U.S.
    • Currently in school or planning to start school within the next 12 months.
    For more information, please visit the Gen and Kelly Tanabe website.

    The American Institute of Polish Culture - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: July 31, 2014

    The Harriet Irsay Scholarship Fund awards grants to American students, preferably of Polish heritage, who wish to continue their education after high school. With an eye toward the future and the distribution of information regarding Polish culture, history and people, the grants are given to students from a variety of majors and academic disciplines.

      Required materials:
    • Completed application;
    • Original school transcripts, sent directly from the school;
    • Detailed resume;
    • An essay “Why should I receive the scholarship” (200-400 words);
    • An article (up to 700 words) on any subject about Poland;
    • Three original recommendation letters from teachers or others who are familiar with the academic background and the applicant’s plans for the future. These letters must be originals on letterhead stationery, signed and mailed by faculty directly to the Institute. No copies, faxes or unsigned letters will be accepted.
    • $10.00 check or money order as a non-refundable processing fee.
    For more information, please visit the The American Institute of Polish Culture website. Click on scholarships on the left hand side.

    Slovene National Benefit Society - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: August 1, 2014

    Since the SNPJ Scholarship Program began in 1960, SNPJ has awarded over $1.8 million in scholarship funds to more than 5,000 members. Qualified Slovene National Benefit Society members are eligible for tuition assistance for their educational goals, provided they are enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in an accredited college, university or trade school.

    To be eligible for an SNPJ Scholarship, the student must meet the following requirements:

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    • Be an SNPF member for at least 2 years
    • Have a $5000 minimum permanent life insurance policy in place ($2000 if purchased prior to Jan 1996)
    • Enroll at least part time at an accredited college, university, or trade school
    • Maintain at least 2.5 GPA (out of 4.0)
    • Participate in one SNPJ approved activity annually
    • Attend 1 Young Adult Conference
    For more information, please visit the Slovene National Benefit Society website.

    Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: August 1, 2014

    In 2014, the Foundation will offer five Education Support Awards of up to $5000 each to assist low-income women with children who are pursuing education or training. Education Support Awards are disbursed in two separate installments over the academic year (one each semseter), and may be used for direct school expenses or for living expenses while you are enrolled in an educational program.

  • Applicant Criteria:
    • must be a woman, at least 17 years of age
    • must be a mother, with minor children
    • must be pursuing a vocational degree/certificate; or an associate's degree; or a first bachelor's degree; or a professional/master's/doctoral degree.
    • must be enrolled in a not-for-profit, accredited institution or program during the 2014-2015 academic year.
    • must be low-income (annual family income less than $20,000 for a family of 2; less than $24,000 for a family of 3; less than $28,000 for a family of 4)
    For more information, please visit the Patsy Mink Foundation website.

    TextbookX Scholarship Contest - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: August 11, 2014

    TextbookX knows textbooks can be expensive. That's why we award students with scholarships to help purchase textbooks and other course materials.

    Winning a textbook scholarship has never been easier. Simply upload a #BookShelfie (a selfie of you with your favorite book) to the TextbookX Scholarship Contest Page. Be sure to include a brief description of why you chose the book you did. After uploading your photo, share it with all your friends and family and encourage them to vote. The #BookShelfie with the most votes at the end of the contest will win a textbook scholarship. Please note, there will be more than one winner!

    For more information, please visit the TextbookX Facebook page.

    Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: August 13, 2014

  • Eligibility:
  • Sweepstakes is open to full or part-time students who are in an accredited secondary or post-secondary educational institution or program and are legal residents of the US, born before 12/31/1999.

    Wells Fargo offers two educational resource programs - one for high school students called “CollegeSTEPS” and one for college students called “Student Education Resources" (collectively referred to as “Resources”). There is one enrollment form for both Resources. You will be automatically assigned to the appropriate Resource based on the information you provide on the enrollment form. Upon completing and submitting the enrollment form during the Promotion Period, you will be automatically entered in the Sweepstakes.

    For more information, please visit the Wells Fargo website.

    Eve’s Addiction Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: August 15, 2014

    At EvesAddiction.com, we have invested a lot in things that shine. Now, we want to invest in YOU! Do you shine in academia? Sparkle even?! If the answer is yes, this $1,000 scholarship could be yours. Eve’s Addiction is partnering with colleges nationwide to find the brightest young scholar to help them shine even brighter and reach their dreams.

    Eligibility: The Eve's Addiction Scholarship is open to high school seniors and any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 at any accredited U.S. college or university. One student will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must complete a 500 word essay on the topic listed below.

  • How can the Web give a company a competitive advantage?
  • Submit your essay of 500 words or more to scholarship@evesaddiction.com.

    For more information, please visit the Eve's Addiction website.

    Educational Advancement Foundation - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: August 15, 2014

    The mission of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc. (EAF) is to promote lifelong learning. This mission has been carried out by our leadership since 1980. Education can transform societies and renew hope within our communities throughout the world. EAF has worked diligently to fill the void in funding for education.

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply. The undergraduate deadline is April 15, 2014 and the graduate deadline is August 15, 2014.

  • Undergraduate or Graduate Merit Scholarship
  • To be eligible for this one-year one-time only scholarship, the applicant must:
    • Be a full-time, sophomore or beyond;
    • Be currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution;
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 ("B" average);
    • Demonstrate community service and involvement.
  • Undergraduate or Graduate Financial Need Scholarship
  • To be eligible for this one-year one-time only scholarship, the applicant must:
    • Be a full-time, sophomore or beyond;
    • Be currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution;
    • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 ("C+" average);
    • Demonstrate community service and involvement;
    • Complete the Financial Need Analysis form.

    EAF also awards the following fellowships, during even-numbered years:

  • Ann McAllister Hughes Foundation - for students studying art
  • For more information, please visit the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation website.

    A. E. Robert Friedman PDCA Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: August 20, 2014

    For 30 years the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America have been able to award scholarships to deserving students because of the A. E. Robert Friedman-PDCA Scholarship Fund. The A.E. Robert Friedman-PDCA Scholarship Fund was formed in 1978 to honor Bob Friedman on the occasion of his fortieth anniversary as legal counsel for the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America. He served in that capacity until 1981.

  • To be eligible for a scholarship award, candidates:
    • Must be nominated by an active PDCA member in good standing.
    • Must at the time of application be at least in the senior year of high school.
    • Must be no more than 26 years of age.
    • Must pledge to use any scholarship award granted toward vocational, college or post-college studies.
    • Are not required to be a member of the PDCA, related to a PDCA member or an employee of a PDCA member, or to have any other connection with the PDCA.

    The nomination must set forth the name, address, age and telephone number of the candidate, the level of schooling to which the award will be applied (i.e., college, graduate school), and the name of the school or institution, if known, where he or she has been accepted or enrolled. The communication must also contain a statement of the general qualifications of the applicant. The nominating party should emphasize any facts that he or she feels might enlighten and inform the Trustees relative to the individual nominated.

    The Trustees will make annual awards based upon character, financial need, and upon full or part-time attendance in an accredited junior college, college, university or post-graduate institution. The Trustees reserve the right to investigate and verify any information or data submitted by the candidate.

    PDCA members will be limited to nominating two (2) students per year.

    For more information, please visit the PDCA website.

    Creative Outlook Magazine - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: September 1, 2014

    This is your chance to have YOUR art on the cover of Creative Outlook Magazine – a nationally circulated art publication. Submit your artwork and share, tweet, blog, post, scream it from the mountain tops … and do whatever it takes to get the most votes.

    The 10 submissions with the most votes will enter our finalist Portfolio Review with the winner chosen by our panel of art professionals. First Place gets the cover plus a $250 scholarship check, with Second and Third places each winning a $250 scholarship. Submit early and give your art enough time to get tons of votes!

  • Art Contest RULES:
    • There is no entry fee.
    • For current college & high school students.
    • Only original artwork created by the submitting artist.
    • All visual and creative art mediums and styles accepted (painting, drawings, fashion, photography, digital, sculpture, culinary arts, etc).
    • Image Size: 72 DPI, Maximum Width of 700px, Maximum Height of 1000px.
    • Limit 5 images per applicant.

    One of our student has won the COVER in the past along with the scholarship!

    For more information, please visit the Creative Outlook Magazine website.

    CoffeeForLess.com - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: September 30, 2014

    CoffeeForLess.com is the subsidiary of Coffee Serv Inc., founded by Jack and Lynn Kirshner. CoffeeForLess.com is an online coffee retailer that carries a wide variety of coffee products and Keurig K-cups. With 25 years as a business leader in Philadelphia, we at CoffeeForLess.com know that tough times do not just hit the banks. They hit us all, but we must never lose sight of our biggest investment in the future: the next generation of scholars and entrepreneurs. We at CoffeeForLess.com are introducing the semi-annual “Hit The Books Scholarship” as our way of helping the future leaders of the business world meet their educational goals.

    Eligible students will be aged 18-25 and enrolled in an accredited college or university.* Candidates will have the opportunity to compete once in January and again in September for the scholarship, but will only be eligible to win the scholarship once. The “Hit The Books Scholarship” will award one student up to $500 dollars to be used for educational books and materials.

    In order to be considered for the scholarship, candidates should submit an essay of no more than 500 words on the subjects of the importance of education in their lives and how the scholarship money will assist the students’ goals. Bonus points will be awarded to those students who find a creative way to include their passion for coffee within their essay without losing sight of the primary topic.

    For more information, please visit the CoffeeForLess.com website.

    JW Surety Bonds $25,000 Scholarship Giveaway - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: September 30, 2014

    The JW Surety Bonds $25,000 Scholarship Giveaway gives both undergrad and graduate students a chance to win up to $25,000 while showcasing skills in their respective fields of study.

    Applicants choose from a list of industries that the company serves, and develop an informative and creative blog post, slideshow, video or infographic focusing on that topic. Selected entries will be posted on the company’s blog (a great addition to your professional resume!), and you'll be entered for a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship at year end.

    For more information, please visit the JW Surety Bonds website.

    CampusDiscovery.com $5000 Advice to your High School Self Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: September 30, 2014

    CampusDiscovery.com is currently offering a $5,000 scholarship, and all eligible students are invited to apply online.

  • Eligibility:
    • Is a citizen or legal resident of the United States.
    • Is currently enrolled at any accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia OR graduated in 2012, 2013 or 2014 with a certificate or an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master's degree from any accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
    • Completes a survey and answers the required open-ended question online at http://www.campusdiscovery.com

    The submitted Survey must include name and contact information and a short original, previously unpublished written response to the scholarship topic, "Assume you could go back in time and talk to yourself as a high school senior. Knowing what you know now about college life and making the transition, what advice would you give yourself?" Your written response must be written in English, with correct spelling and grammar, and it must not exceed two-hundred (200) words.

    For more information, please visit the Campus Discovery website.

    James R Hoffa Memorial Essay Contest Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: September 30, 2014

    James R. Hoffa became a Teamsters Member in 1934, served as General President for fourteen years, and, in recognition of his tireless service to the Union and its members, was honored as General President Emeritus for life. The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships annually.

    This year, applicants are asked to share their thoughts on the following topic: "The vast majority of union members make more than the minimum wage. Why should Teamsters care what the minimum wage is?" Essays should be 500 words or less and type written. Those applying must also fill out an application.

  • Eligibility Requirements:
    • Be the son, daughter or financial dependent of an eligible Teamster member
    • Be 23 years old or younger by September 30, 2014
    For more information, please visit the Teamsters website.

    Credit Card Guide FLEX Scholar Essay Contest - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: September 30, 2014

    As part of CreditCardGuide.com's commitment to promoting financial literacy among young adults, we sponsor an annual, nationwide student essay scholarship program. Students may pick from a variety of essay topics which cover different dimensions of financial literacy, including personal, corporate and government responsibility, and personal financial management.

  • Eligibility requirements:
    • US Citizen or permanent resident
    • Enrolled as full time student in an accredited college for undergraduate studies located in USA
    • Must be enrolled as a freshman/sophomore
    • Only one entry per contestant
    • Employees and affiliates of Bankrate, Inc and their immediate families are not eligible
  • Topic:
  • Pick any one topic from the list below. Essay should be 500-1000 words (max):
    • If you could only have one way to pay for everything - all your purchases, no matter how big or small, for the rest of your life, which would you choose - cash, check or credit? Why? What would you miss about the others?
    • With the rise in use of smartphones, various apps are available to help you manage your money. These range from banking apps that help you check your account balances and transfer money, personal finance apps that collect information from all your accounts and display them in one place, giving you an overall picture of your finances, and apps that let you pay for your purchases using your smartphone. What is your favorite smartphone app? Why? What can this app do better?
    • Do banks understand Millennials? Do Millennials understand banks? What's the most important thing for each to understand about the other?
  • Essay:
    • Essays must be typed and double spaced
    • Word count of 500-1000(max)
    • Essays will be judged based on coherence, originality, quality, voice, style, community service and evidence of sound research
    • All submitted essays will become a property of CreditCardGuide.com and may be published on our website in whole or part
    For more information, please visit the CreditCardGuide.com website.

    Shout It Out Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: September 30, 2014

    Have something on your mind? Let it out, or better yet SHOUT it out. Give your thoughts a voice and earn free college money at the same time.

    Our Shout It Out Scholarship committee wants to know what you have to say. Whether it’s a message for the world or just a quick “hi mom,” this is your opportunity to speak up and win money for college. We’re listening!

    Let your keyboard be your megaphone, and shout out your message. This unique scholarship gives you the platform to speak up – and cash in. The “loudest” applicant will receive the $1,500 Shout It Out Scholarship reward.

    • This award is for U.S. students.
    • Must be a legal U.S. resident.
    • Must be a resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
    • Must be 13 years of age or older at time of application.
    • The scholarship prize recipient must submit proof of enrollment on or before Dec. 31, 2020.
    For more information, please visit the Scholarship Experts website.

    Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 3, 2014

    Every year, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program and The Heisman Memorial Trophy team up to recognize our nation’s most esteemed high school Seniors. The culmination of this process takes place in December in conjunction with the National Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation during Heisman Weekend in New York City. It’s here where Wendy’s selects its National High School Heisman Winners during a broadcast on ESPN networks. This partnership ensures that high school winners enjoy the prestige of national recognition for their tremendous achievements.

    The Wendy’s High School Heisman Program is looking for all types of high-achieving seniors from more than 29,000 public and private high schools within the U.S. We consider young men and women who participate in a wide range of sports and school and community activities. If you’re one of the 1.4 million high school athletes across the country that excels in the classroom, on the field, and within your school and community, apply now.

  • Criteria:
    • Students must be seniors during the 2014/2015 academic years, graduating with the class of 2015.
    • Have a cumulative high school GOA of 3.0 or better.
    • Participate in at least 1 of 27 eligible school-sponsored sports.
    • Be a leader in school, in the community, and serve as a role model for underclassmen.
    For more information, please visit the Wendy's High School Heisman website.

    AES Engineering Solutions - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 6, 2014

    AES Engineering is pleased to be able to offer scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education.

    Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by the essays that are submitted.

    Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.

  • How to Apply
  • Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question:
  • When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What people, things and accomplishments do you need?

    For more information, please visit the AES Engineering Solutions website.

    YoungArts National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: October 17, 2014

    YoungArts is the signature national organization that recognizes and supports America’s most talented 15-18 year olds in the visual, literary and performing arts.

    YoungArts identifies and nurtures emerging artists ages 15-18 (or in grades 10-12) in the visual, literary, design and performing arts. Winners in cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing are provided once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, significant access to scholarships and national recognition. YoungArts ensures the nation’s most outstanding young artists are encouraged – at critical junctures in their lives – to pursue careers in the arts.

      By applying to the YoungArts program you are eligible for:
    • Up to $10,000 in monetary awards
    • Exclusive U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts nomination
    • Master classes with world-renowned artists
    • Access to scholarships, career opportunities and professional contacts
    • Opportunity for works to be viewed by top artists in their fields
    • All applicants to YoungArts have the opportunity to learn about college programs, scholarships, summer programs and festivals through participation in the YoungArts Student List Service (SLS)

    For more information, please visit the YoungArts website.

    American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Earth Science Week Photography Contest - Outside Competition

    Deadline: October 17, 2014

    AGI is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. The photography theme for this year is: "Connections in My Community."

    The photography contest is open to interested persons of any age. You must be a resident of the United States or a member of an AGI International Affiliate to enter.

    Your photograph should focus on the topic “Connections in My Community.”

    Earth science is the study of the geosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (living things). These spheres — or Earth systems — are continually affecting and influencing one another all around us. In our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our workplaces, and in our public gathering places, we can observe the dynamic interactions of “Earth system science.” In a photograph, capture evidence of the connections of Earth systems in your community.

    The photography contest is limited to one submission per entrant. A valid submission will contain the following information:

    • One photograph focusing on the topic "Connections in My Community." Each photograph must be original, authentic, unpublished, taken or created by the entrant, the sole property and work of the entrant, and not previously submitted in any other contest.
    • Your personal information and a brief one- to two-sentence caption in English explaining your entry (exact location featured in entry photo, natural feature displayed in photo, when photo was taken). This information should be sent in an email along with your photograph.
    • A completed and signed entry form.

    For more information, please visit the Earth Science Week website.

    Ayn Rand Novels Essay Contest - Outside Cash Award

    Deadline: October 24, 2014

    Ayn Rand’s novels contain many elements that appeal to young readers. They are inspiring and exciting stories with heroic characters fighting for their ideals. The nov­els portray events of profound, timeless sig­nif­i­cance, challenging readers to decide not just what will happen to particular characters, but what their own lives and the world should be like.

    There are 3 different contests for students, ranging from 8th grade to Graduate students. These essay contests have different contest rules and deadline dates. Foreign students may apply. So read the book and write an essay on the topics that are presented on the book that you read.

  • Anthem Essay Contest Information
  • Eligibility: 8th, 9th and 10th Graders
  • Entry Deadline: March 20, 2014
    • FIRST PRIZE: $2,000
    • 5 SECOND PRIZES: $500
    • 10 THIRD PRIZES: $200
    • 45 FINALISTS: $50
    • 175 SEMIFINALISTS: $30
  • The Fountainhead Essay Contest Information
  • Eligibility: 11th and 12th Graders
  • Entry Deadline: April 26, 2014
    • FIRST PRIZE: $10,000
    • 5 SECOND PRIZES: $2,000
    • 10 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000
    • 45 FINALISTS: $100
    • 175 SEMIFINALISTS: $50
  • Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest Information
  • Eligibility: 12th Graders, College Undergraduates, and Graduate Students
  • Entry Deadline: October 24, 2014
    • FIRST PRIZE: $10,000
    • 3 SECOND PRIZES: $2,000
    • 5 THIRD PRIZES: $1,000
    • 25 FINALISTS: $100
    • 50 SEMIFINALISTS: $50

    For more information, please visit the Ayn Rand Novels website.

    Proof-Reading.com Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 1, 2014

    The Proof-Reading.com Scholarship Program awards one $1,500 scholarship each year. This year's winner will be announced on December 1, 2014.

  • To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
    • attend classes at an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.
    • take a minimum of 12 semester units (you must be a full-time student)
    • be a legal resident of the U.S. or provide a valid green card
    • maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5
  • Scholarship Guidelines:
  • You must write a minimum of 1,500 words in reference to the information presented below. There is no maximum word count.
  • Many Americans are pondering important questions that surfaced after the recent NSA surveillance controversy. How secure are we as Americans? What is the government's role in our "security," and to what lengths should they go to ensure it?

    Please discuss the costs/benefits of these issues, how they lead to problematic links between government and business, and the role whistleblowers play in America's security surveillance discussion.

    For more information, please visit the Proof-Reading.com website.

    Buckfire & Buckfire P.C Disability Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 1, 2014

    The Michigan personal injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are pleased to announce its first annual 2014 Disability Scholarship intended for a student with a disability.

    The Disability Scholarship is $1,000.00 and will be awarded to a student who is currently attending an accredited college or university. The scholarship is open to students with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental and psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other conditions. We encourage all students to apply even if they are unsure if their specific disability qualifies for the scholarship.

  • ELIGIBILITY
    • Recipient is a U.S. citizen enrolled at an accredited college or university within the United States.
    • Has a disability diagnosis from any person qualified to make a diagnosis
    • Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA.
    • Completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited college or university.
  • REQUIREMENTS
    • A completed Scholarship Application Form.
    • One-page typed essay describing how you overcame a personal challenge or adversity in your life and what you learned from the experience.
    • A certified copy of accredited college or university transcript including your most recent semester.
    • Diagnosis Documentation of disability from a person qualified to make a diagnosis
    For more information, please visit the Buckfire & Buckfire website.

    VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 1, 2014

    Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, almost 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2.1 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.

    Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the Post, district, state and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., Feb 28 - Mar 4, 2015, to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary and receive their portion of $152,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.

    The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 (for the 14/15 academic year), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories and possessions; or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school. Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or over and previous Voice of Democracy first place state winners are ineligible.

    The essay theme for 2014-2015 is: “WHY VETERANS ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR NATION'S HISTORY AND FUTURE”

  • HOW TO ENTER:
    • Complete the Voice of Democracy entry form.
    • Students should record their reading of their essay to a CD. The recording can be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds).
    • Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to a CD, they can submit their typed version, CD and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post.
  • JUDGING CRITERIA:
    • Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest
    • Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.
    • Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.
    For more information, please visit the VFW website.

    NRA Jeanne E. Bray Memorial Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 15, 2014

    Named for the late Columbus, Ohio, police officer, shooting champion, and NRA Director, this program offers college scholarships of up to $2,500 per semester (up to $5,000 per year for a maximum of four years) to dependent children of any public law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty who was an NRA member at the time of death, and to dependent children of any current or retired law enforcement officers who are living and have current NRA membership.

    For more information, please visit the NRA website.

    Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: November 15, 2014

    The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

    Each year, more than $1.6 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,200 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.

    The Live Your Dream Awards involves three levels of cash awards. The program begins at the local Soroptimist club-level, where award amounts vary. Local-level award recipients become eligible for region-level awards of either $3,000 or $5,000. Region-level award recipients then become eligible to receive one of three international-level awards of $10,000.

  • Step 1: Determine if you are eligible
  • Eligible applicants are women who:
    • Provide the primary financial support for yourself and your dependents. Dependents can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.
    • Have financial need.
    • Are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
    • Are motivated to achieve your education and career goals.
    • Reside in one of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ member countries/territories (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guam, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States of America, Venezuela)
    • Have not previously been the recipient of a Live Your Dream Awards (formerly called the Women’s Opportunity Award)
    • Do not have a graduate degree.
    • Are not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.
  • Step 2: Complete the application.
  • Step 3: Obtain References
  • You will need two different people (NOT related to you) to fill out the reference form.
  • Step 4: Submit your application.
  • For more information, please visit the Soroptimist website.

    NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1, 2014

    The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund continues its Yearly Youth Essay Contest celebrating the Second Amendment as an integral part of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    The theme for the essay is "What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You" All essays should be about 1,000 words, neat, and legible (double spaced, typed preferred). Essays will be judged on originality, scholarship (including works cited) and presentation (including grammar and spelling).

    Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and Junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.

    The contest is open to all students enrolled, or who will be enrolled, in an elementary, junior high or high school during the 2014-2015 academic year, or homeschooled students in an equivalent grade level, who have not previously received a prize in their category. A previous winner in the junior category, who is now eligible for the senior category, may submit an entry.

    For more information, please visit the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund website.

    Bowl.com - Outside Scholarships

    Deadline: December 1, 2014

    Are you a bowler? One of the great benefits of USBC Youth membership is the chance to earn college scholarships so you can pursue your dreams. Did you know more than $6 million in scholarship money is offered each season by bowling associations and councils, certified tournaments and proprietors throughout the United States?

    Both high school and current college students may apply for scholarships.

    For more information, please visit the Bowl.com website.

    AFA Teens Video Competition - Outside Award

    Deadline: December 1, 2014

    As more and more families across America are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, many teenagers as well are becoming aware of this heartbreaking brain disease—from personal experiences in their own families, watching friends and neighbors, or involvement in community service.

    In a further effort to provide an outlet for teenagers to think creatively about Alzheimer’s disease and to engage the younger generation in this cause, AFA is pleased to offer the AFA Teens Video Competition for teens ages 13-19. AFA will award $500 to the grand-prize winner and $250 to the first runner-up.

    This competition provides an excellent opportunity for teenagers to reflect on why Alzheimer’s disease is becoming an issue that is increasingly important to their own lives and those around them. Students are required to submit an autobiography and create an artistic or documentary (non-fiction) video of two minutes or less that conveys the following: - A moment in relation to Alzheimer’s disease when you learned something about your understanding of the disease, learned something about caregiving, or decided to become a community volunteer/activist.

  • Requirements:
    • United States citizenship or permanent residence
    • Are between the ages of 13 and 19 on the application due date
    • Submit one copy of completed and signed application form
    • Submit one copy of brief, typewritten autobiography in essay format. (Brief would be considered a word length of 200 words, for example)
    • Submit one copy of video on cd- or dvd-rom (enclosed in disc envelope) or submitted through the online application form and no longer than two minutes in length that conveys the following: A moment in relation to Alzheimer’s disease when you learned something about your understanding of the disease, learned something about caregiving, or decided to become a community volunteer/activist.
    For more information, please visit the AFA Teens website.

    Smith Publicity Book Marketing Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1, 2014

    One of the leading marketing firm and book publicity firms in the publishing industry, Smith Publicity is offering a one-time $1,000 scholarship to one high school or college/university student in the United States. The scholarship will be awarded to the student who submits the best essay on persuasive writing.

  • 1500 word limit
  • Points which must be addressed are
    • The most essential elements of persuasive writing,
    • At least one personal example of how the student persuaded someone through writing, and
    • Comparative analysis of the art of persuasion through language versus verbally.
    For more information, please visit the Smith Publicity website.

    Emitations Women In Business Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 14, 2014

    Emitations.com is known for making trendy, classic and beautiful jewelry accessible to people of all income levels. Through in-depth market trend research and customer collaboration, we are able to offer over 5,000 sku's of silver jewelry that is both affordable and accessible to the general public. Emitations.com is pleased to offer the opportunity to apply for its scholarship program, for those meeting the eligibility requirements, to assist in funding the cost of higher education.

    • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States, may not be an employee of Marketing Advantages International, Inc. and must meet one of the following 2 criteria:
    1. Incoming freshman:
    2. Applicant must be a current high school student, graduating or earning a GED between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014 and have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale and must have taken either the ACT or SAT test. If selected, the winner must provide proof of enrollment at an accredited American college or university, provide original proof of ACT or SAT score, and provide original high school transcript.

    3. Current freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students:
    4. Applicant must have a cumulative college grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale, and be enrolled full-time at an accredited American college or university between November 30, 2013 and December 14, 2014. If selected, the winner must provide original college transcript from accredited American college or university.

    Applicants must submit an essay of 1,000 words minimum on one of the designated topics and a copy of their most recent transcript to info@emitations.com. Please include your name, address, phone number, school name and year in school with your email.

    1. Emitations makes beautiful jewelry accessible to everyone by making it affordable. Not everyone has a celebrity budget and therefore cannot afford certain things. If you could make something more affordable and accessible to the general public, what would it be and why?
    2. OR
    3. How has internet shopping and social media impacted jewelry styles and fashion?
    For more information, please visit the Emitations website.

    Job-Applications.com Working Parent Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 14, 2014

    Are you a working parent currently in college or other accredited post-secondary educational institution? Job-Applications.com is proud to announce our new initiative, a college scholarship awarded once a year designed to help working parents currently enrolled in higher education. We’re here to assist you get the education you need to get the job you’ve always wanted.

    Requirements: 600 to 1000 word essay: Clearly outline three keys to successfully balancing parenthood, working, and excelling in school

  • Eligibility: The Working Parent College Scholarship Award Program is open to any person who:
    • Is a full or part-time student who is in an accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institution (including, but not limited to, college, university or trade school, or similarly accredited program) with a current cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at that institution; and
    • Has worked an average of at least twelve (12) hours for each of the previous four (4) weeks at the time of applying; and
    • Is a residential parent of at least one minor child; and
    • Is a legal resident of the United States of America; and
    • Is currently enrolled and furthering his or her education at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution or program; and
    • Is eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of applying; and
    • Completes and submits the official Application form within the relevant periods for the periodic scholarships to be awarded.
    For more information, please visit the Job-Applications.com website.

    Foreclosure.com - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2014

    Foreclosure.com has issued $45,000 in scholarship money to 25 college students nationwide since the program was introduced in 2009. Each year, the company challenges future leaders of America to provide creative solutions/ideas to many of the nation's most critical issues, real estate/housing in particular, which can be used to help turnaround the market.

    Currently enrolled college students (graduate students, law students and/or high school seniors are NOT eligible) are invited to apply by submitting an essay. Freshman entering Fall 2014 are eligible once they have received a student ID number.

    Essay Topic: The foreclosure crisis that swept the nation several years ago claimed countless well-to-do homeowners, who were forced out of their houses when the economy hit rock-bottom. Those victims, along with the economy, are now beginning to slowly recover. And with collective home prices — and interest rates — still at very attractive levels, these "foreclosure victims" have transitioned into potential "boomerang buyers." How can these buyers with checkered pasts best take advantage of the current desirable real estate market conditions? There are a several actions these "boomerang buyers" can take to get back into home ownership. Please describe in your own words how the "rent-to-own" option, among others, might best benefit these folks until they are ready to go "all in" on another mortgage.

    For more information, please visit the Foreclosure.com website.

    Offers.com Savvy Saver Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2014

    Offers.com knows how important it is for college students to keep a close eye on their spending. It's tough to eat Ramen all week so you have enough money to go out on Saturday night. We want to know how students learned to be smart with their money. The student with the best essay on the topic will receive a $2,500 scholarship. No purchase is necessary to participate.

    Savvy Saver Scholarship 2014 Topic: How or where did you learn to be financially responsible?(400-750 words)

  • Eligibility:
    • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
    • At least 18 years old
    • Attending college at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States
    • One entry per applicant
    For more information and to check the official rules, please visit the Offers.com website.

    Jay Kennedy Cartooning Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 15, 2014

    The annual Jay Kennedy Scholarship, in memory of the late King Features editor, was funded by an initial $100,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation/King Features Syndicate and additional generous donations from Jerry Scott, Jim Borgman, Patrick McDonnell and many other prominent cartoonists. Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of top cartoonists and an award is given to the best college cartoonist. The recipient is feted at the annual NCS Reuben Awards Convention attended by many of the world's leading cartoonists.

    Applicants must be students at a 4-year college in the United States, Canada or Mexico who will be a Junior or Senior during the 2015-2016 academic year. Applicants do not have to be art majors to be eligible for this scholarship.

    Along with a completed entry form, applicants are required to send 8 samples of their own cartooning artwork (copies only); noting if and where the work has been published, either in print or on the web. DO NOT send original artwork.

    For more information, please visit the National Cartoonists Society Foundation website.

    AFSCME Family Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2014

    AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6 million active and retired members. AFSCME’s members provide the vital services that make America happen. We are nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, EMTs, sanitation workers and more. With members in hundreds of different occupations, AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

    Each year the AFSCME Family Scholarship Program provides ten $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors that will be renewed for $2,000 each year for a maximum of four years, provided the student remains enrolled in a full-time course of study. The scholarship may be used for any field of study.

      To be eligible, you must:
    • Be a graduating high school senior.
    • Be a daughter, son or financially dependent grandchild of an active or retired, full dues-paying AFSCME member.
    • At the time the scholarship is awarded, be enrolled in a full-time degree program either at an accredited four-year institution or at a two-year institution that will transfer credits to a four-year institution.
    • Have taken the SAT or the ACT.
    For more information, please visit the AFSCME website.

    Best Price Nutrition - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2014

    Best Price Nutrition is offering one student a $1,000 paid scholarship towards their academic costs for the 2014 school year. If any alumni wins this scholarship, $1,000 will be given to the school the alumni graduated from. As a bonus, the winner will also receive $250 in supplements from Empyrean Nutrition.

    Fill out a survey which has questions related to your health and fitness goals in life. Also answer the last essay question in the survey with 750 words or less. Punctuation, grammar, clarity and organization will be considered during the evaluation process, as well as content.

    Eligibility for Payout
    • Currently residing in the United States.
    • All eligible participants must be a currently enrolled full-time in college or an alumni
    For more information, please visit the Best Price Nutrition website.

    Datatech Labs - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2014

    We are looking for creative geniuses to come out of the works to make a clever parody about our company. We want to see your best music video that describes our advantages and services using any song on the “Billboard Top 100” and the information we provide to you about Datatech Labs. Basically, we want you to help make us look good. In return; we will give you $1000 towards school! Please be appropriate and have fun with it.

  • Criteria:
    • You need to be either a high school senior who has been accepted into a college/university/trade school or a student currently enrolled in a college/university/trade school.
    • You must include the Datatech Labs Frame as the closing frame of the video.
    • You must Submit your video for approval. We will first evaluate your video before posting to make sure content is appropriate. Once approved by Datatech Labs, we will upload your video and send you the link.
    • Get as many likes as you can for your YouTube submission from your friends and families.
    For more information, please visit the Datatech Labs website.

    National Society, Sons of the American Revolution - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: December 31, 2014

    The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest was originally established and named in honor of President Calvin Coolidge, who won a local SAR essay contest while a student at Amherst. The contest was reestablished in 1988 by Compatriot McCarthy DeMere. In 1995, the contest was renamed the George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest in honor of their generous gift to the SAR to support this contest. The program is designed to give sophomore, junior and senior students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history.

    Conducted at the Chapter, State Society and National Society levels, the students must submit an original essay with topics based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution.

    This contest is open to all students who are United States citizens or legal aliens. Contestants shall be attending public, parochial, or private high schools (including accredited home schools). Contestants shall be in the sophomore, junior or senior grade of study during the contest year. The contest is conducted in three phases: local (Chapter), state (State Society) and National. The contest must be entered through a Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution near the student's residence. In some cases, the contest may be entered at the State level (if the State does not have chapters or the chapters are not participating). Only one entry per student is permitted per contest year. If the State does not participate, then the essay may be submitted to the At Large judge listed on our website. The first place National winner is prohibited from participating in following years' contests.

    The contest is for an original researched and proven topic written in English. The topic of the essay shall deal with: an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. During the 2013-14 and 2014-15 contest years only, to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, contestants may also choose a topic that relates to Magna Carta and its influence on the Revolution or one or more of the Founding Fathers. Students must source at least five (5) references with the minimum of three being published book sources to allow for verification of sources if necessary. References from Encyclopedias or Internet sites will be accepted, but are not considered as part of the three published book sources. If there are no book sources (i.e. all are from encyclopedias or internet sources) the essay will be disqualified.

    For more information, please visit the Sons of the American Revolution website.

    US Military VA Loan Disability Awareness Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 10, 2015

    MilitaryVALoan.com is pleased to offer scholarships in support of disability awareness. Every year, a prospective or current college student will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to help with the costs associated with attending school.

    Applicants should submit an essay between 500 and 1000 words about how they or someone they knew overcame disability to do something great. This year's potential award winners will be judged by the editorial staff of MilitaryVALoan.com and selected on February 10th, 2015. Applications for this scholarship period will close one month prior to the announcement date on January 10th, 2015.

    Applications are welcome and accepted from anybody who meets the Application requirements. Whether or not you have a disability, we would love to review your application, as the scholarship is not restricted - only meant to bring awareness.

  • Requirements
    • Applicant shall be at least 17 years of age and be accepted to and/or attending a full-time higher education program at an accredited institution of learning.
    • Applicant must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA based on the previous year's academic performance.
    For more information, please visit the Military VA Loan website.

    Zinch One Year Free Tuition Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 24, 2015

    This is the longest running and most prestigious scholarship on Zinch. Each year 100 students are selected to compete for this award based on their Zinch profile. Students are grouped into one of ten categories; the best profile within each respective category will be named the category winner and receives a $250 Chegg Textbook Scholarship. Zinch then judges the top ten profiles of each category to select one grand prize winner, who will be awarded a full year of tuition (up to $20,000).

    The scholarship is a series of 4 quarterly scholarship competitions culminating in a Grand Prize competition. Each quarter, Zinch will select ten (10) student finalists (“Quarterly Category Super Students”) from among all Zinch users who created or updated their profiles during the entry period, and who enter the Contest. There will be 1 finalist selected in each of the ten available categories (40 Quarterly Category Super Students). Finalists will be selected based off the strength of their Zinch profile inclusive of (but not limited to) completeness, uploaded media, and Endorsements.

  • The 10 categories are:
    • Engineering - students pursuing programs in chemical, civic, electrical or mechanical engineering or a related field
    • Life Sciences - students pursuing programs in biology (plant or animal), the environment, medicine or a related field
    • Computers & Technology - students pursuing programs in information technology, computer science or a related field
    • Performing Arts - students that excel in theatre, music, dance or other types of arts performed in front of live audiences
    • Digital Media & Design - students using digital technologies to create traditional and digital art and design for print, film, web or other media related distribution
    • Social Media & Communication - students using social media in the fields of advertising, communications, journalism, marketing or related field
    • Student Athlete - students that show exceptional ability in individual or team athletic sports
    • Community Service - students that lead projects that have social impact within their communities
    • Business & Entrepreneurship - students that have started their own businesses or pursuing degrees in accounting, business, entrepreneurship or a related field
    • Leadership & Government - students that hold positions of leadership in organizations and/or are pursuing degrees in government, political science, law or related field

    Eligibility: High school students graduating in 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

    At the end of the year, a panel of guest judges will review all 40 Quarterly Super Students and select one (1) Grand Prize Winner, who will receive free tuition for an entire academic year (up to a $20,000) as a scholarship prize, and 3 Honorable Mentions who will each receive a $1000 scholarship prize. Judges will select the Grand Prize Winner inclusive of (but not limited to) the strength of the student’s Zinch profile, the results of user community selection, and personal merit.

    For more information, please visit the Zinch website.

    Union Plus Scholarship Program - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: January 31, 2015

    The Union Plus Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Union Plus Education Foundation, is open to students attending or planning to attend a four-year college or university, a community college or a technical college or trade school.

    Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3.6 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education.This is a competitive scholarship. Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.

  • Eligibility
    • Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2015.
    • Participating union members from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada are eligible. But students must attend an U.S. accredited college.
    • Union members do not have to purchase any Union Plus program product or participate in any Union Plus programs to apply for the scholarships and scholarship awards are not based upon participation in a Union Plus program.
    • The applicant must be accepted into a U.S. accredited college or university, community college or technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Awards must be used for the 2015 – 2016 school year.
    • A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.
    • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.

    The amount of the award ranges from $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2015. Students may re-apply each year.

    For more information, please visit the Union Plus website.

    Vegetarian Resource Group - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 20, 2015

    The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. We have been helping health professionals, food services, businesses, educators, students, vegans, and vegetarians since 1982.

    Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs.

    One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in spring 2015. Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegetarian diet/lifestyle.

    For more information, please visit the Vegetarian Resource Group website.

    Annual Create-A-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: February 28, 2015

    The Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest from the Gallery Collection is open to high school, college, and graduate students. Applicants are asked to design the front of a greeting card that could be sold as an actual card in their line. Designs may consist of original photographs, artwork, and/or computer graphics. The student with the winning design will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship and his or her design will be made into a greeting card to be sold on their website.

    This contest is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, as well as American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. International students who have a student visa to attend school in the United States are considered legal residents and eligible.

    If you are an eligible student interested in entering this scholarship contest, please take a look at the cards they currently sell on their site to get a better idea of what kind of designs the judges will be looking for. They sell holiday cards and all occasion cards, so you can design a Christmas card, a generic happy holidays card, a seasons greetings card, or a card ranging from birthday to thank you to get well soon. Be sure to read through the scholarship rules and guidelines so that you are well-acquainted with the criteria for this scholarship contest.

    For more information, please visit The Gallery Collection website.

    Inheritance of Hope Legacy Scholarship - Outside Scholarship

    Deadline: May 31, 2015

    The Inheritance of Hope Legacy Scholarship is awarded to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are college-bound high school seniors who are living with a parent who has a life-threatening illness as of February 1, 2015. The student must demonstrate a compelling personal and financial need, a strong sense of family, and collegiate promise. The award amount is a one-time payment of $1,000.

  • 1. VIDEO SUBMISSION
  • Record a video (with a digital camera, phone camera, webcam, etc.) of yourself answering the following questions:
    • How have you and your family been impacted by your parent's illness?
    • What does this parent mean to you and how has s/he made you who you are today?
    • Why do you need an Inheritance of Hope Legacy Scholarship?
  • This video must adhere to the following criteria:
    • maximum length of 5 minutes
    • maximum file size of 300 MB
  • 2. DOCTOR'S NOTE
  • You must submit a letter from a doctor verifiying that your parent has been diagnosed with a terminal or life-threatening illness. The letter must be on the doctor's letterhead and include the following:

    • Full name of the ill parent
    • Date
    • Diagnosis
    • That the condition is terminal or life-threatening
    • The doctor's name both printed and signed
    For more information, please visit the Inheritance of Hope website.

    Michigan Community Foundations - Outside Scholarships

    Many Michigan Community Foundations award scholarships to residents of their county and the surrounding areas. Find your local Community Foundation to see if they offer scholarships. Michigan Community Foundations - Home

    Hispanic Scholarship Fund - Outside Scholarships

    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund's (HSF) mission is to strengthen America by advancing the college education of Hispanic Americans. We deliver a range of programs to Hispanic families and students through community outreach and education, affordability via scholarships, college retention and career opportunities. HSF supports a successful path for Latinos to attain a college degree - creating an increasingly valuable asset for a stronger, more competitive America in the 21st century. Celebrating its 35th year, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded over $300M, resulting in close to 100,000 scholarships to students in need.

    Please visit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund website for more information on numerous applications. Deadline dates vary.

    Segal AmericaCorps Education Award - Outside Award

    AmeriCorps is an opportunity to make a big difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. It’s a chance to apply your skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.

    Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Whether your service makes a community safer, gives a child a second chance, or helps protect the environment, you’ll be getting things done through AmeriCorps!

    Each AmeriCorps member who successfully completes a term of AmeriCorps service will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award*. You can use your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay educational expenses at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans. You have up to seven years after your term of service has ended to claim the award.

    The amount of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is tied to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education’s Pell Grant. Since the maximum amount of Pell grants can change from year to year, so can the dollar amounts of education awards. (For terms of service that were approved using 2012 funds, the amount of a full-time education award was $5,550; awards for part-time terms of service are pro-rated based on the amount of a full-time award.)

    For more information, please visit the AmeriCorps website.

    Michigan Education & Training Voucher Program - Outside scholarship

    • Were you in foster care after your 14th birthday or,
    • Were you adopted from foster care after your 16th birthday?
  • and
    • Do you have a high school diploma or GED?
    • Are you attending an accredited college or vocational program?
    • Are you under the age of 21?
    • Are you a Michigan resident?

    If you answered “yes” to these questions, you may be eligible for funding to help with your educational expenses! The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) can pay for tuition, loans, rent, school supplies, computers, health care, and much more!

    Eligible Amounts: Full Time students will be eligible for up to $2,000 per term and Part Time students will be eligible for up to $1,000 a term (while funding is available).

    For more information, please visit the Lutheran Social Services of Michigan website or call the ETV office toll free at 1-877-660-METV (6388).

    DoSomething.org - Outside Scholarships

    We love teens. They are creative, active, wired…and frustrated that our world is so messed up. DoSomething.org harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, we launch a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and doesn’t require money, an adult, or a car. With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change.

    Many different scholarships are offered to students 25 years old and under with different deadline dates.

    For more information, please visit the DoSomething.org website.

    Zinch.com - Outside Scholarships

    What is Zinch? That is the question.

    We hook students up with scholarships. Based on our comprehensive student profile, we can match students to any scholarship out there. Students tell us who they are...and we hook them up with scholarships that matter. Get personalized matches to over $1.9 billion in scholarships.

    To complete your on-line profile, please visit the zinch.com website.

    Fastweb.com - Outside Scholarships

    Fastweb is the premier online resource when it comes to paying for and preparing for school. We have scholarships for every type of student from the high school freshmen to the returning adult.

    We've been around for over 15 years and have earned a reputation as a leading scholarship search provider. We not only find scholarships but offer our members information on financial aid, jobs and internships, student life and more.

    To create an on-line profile, please visit the Fastweb.com website.

    Scholarshipexperts.com - Outside Scholarships

    We believe in simplifying the scholarship search process and in helping students find scholarships to pay for college and grad school.

    We provide a time-saving, customized list of free scholarships that match your hobbies, interests and academic background.

    Get unlimited access to our scholarship database of 2.4 million scholarships worth over $14 billion.

    To create an on-line profile, please visit the scholarshipexperts.com website.

    Minted Design - Outside Scholarship

    Minted is a design community founded on meritocratic principles. We believe that artists should have opportunity based on the quality of their work, not who they know, where they live, or what hours of the day they like to work.

    At Minted, all that matters is good design. Our professional design challenges rely on the wisdom of the crowd - designers, customers, the Minted team, and fans - to vote for their favorite designs. In addition to cash prizes and a 6% commission on sales of their designs on Minted.com, our winners are promoted on blogs, in our ads, and in national magazines. They hold contests/challenges throughout the year.

    For more information, please visit the Minted website.

    Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation - Outside Scholarships

    The first Common Knowledge Scholarship was created in January 2000 for high school students in Norway, Michigan. Unlike traditional scholarship programs, the competition was designed to reward students who had well-rounded, practical knowledge, not just the strongest academic performers. The success of this first competition led to the creation of the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) in 2001.

    Administered at the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, CKSF has since developed a wide variety of scholarships in which high school, college, graduate students, and even parents can participate. The National Nursing Scholarship, the Bible Scholarship, and the CKSF Movie Scholarship are just a few of the scholarships that helped fuel CKSF's growth. With new, exciting scholarship quizzes being announced each month, more and more students, parents, and scholarship coordinators began to recognize CKSF as a unique, fun, and legitimate scholarship provider.

    CKSF scholarship competitions consist of one or more quizzes with topics ranging from general "common knowledge" to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies. Scores are based on a combination of time and accuracy. Students with the highest scores at the end of the competition win. There are no essays or long applications to complete and a single CKSF registration is good from high school all the way through college and graduate school.

    • All U.S. high school, college, and graduate students are eligible (parents can compete, too)
    • Scholarship competitions consist of one or more quizzes with topics ranging from general "common knowledge" to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies
    • Current and upcoming scholarship quizzes will appear in your account once you register
    • Scores are based on a combination of time and accuracy
    • Results are always accessible from our homepage
    • Students with the highest scores at the end of each competition win
    • Award amounts range from $250 to $2,500
    • CKSF scholarship awards may be used at any post-secondary school in the U.S.
    For more information, please visit the CKSF website.

    Varsity Tutors - Outside Scholarship Competition

    Varsity Tutors offers a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest to high school students who write the best essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage will be able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes will be reviewed by Varsity Tutors and one winner will be chosen who will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

    The deadline is the 15th of each month.

    For more information, please visit the Varsity Tutors website.

    Geneseo Migrant Center - Outside Scholarships

    The Geneseo Migrant Center provides a variety of services and opportunities for migrant farmworkers and their families on a regional, statewide, and national basis to encourage and assist them in achieving their full potential.

    There are multiple scholarships available. One of them is an art related scholarship.

  • Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarship for Migrant Workers
  • Funded by a bequest from Berrien Fragos Thorn, creative arts scholarships have been initiated in order to foster and encourage the creative talents of individuals with a history of migration to obtain work in agriculture. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talents in one of the following disciplines:

    • Visual-painting, sculpture, photography, etc.
    • Performing-dance, theatre, music, etc.
    • Media-film, video, animation, computer graphics, etc.
    • Literary-poetry, short stories, etc.
    • Crafts-traditional folk arts, furniture, weaving, pottery, etc.
  • Application Criteria:
    • Minimum 16 years of age
    • Applicant need not be enrolled in school
    • Because there is no essay required, the Letter of Recommendation is very important and should address the quality of both the applicant and the intended project.
    • A portfolio or samples of work are required, i.e. photos, tapes, video, etc.
    • A history of movement to obtain work in agriculture is REQUIRED.
    For more information, please visit the Geneseo Migrant Center website.

    ScholarshipPoints.com - Outside Scholarships

    ScholarshipPoints is a point based reward program for students (we call them scholarship points) that awards over $100,000 in scholarships to high school and college students each year. It’s free, it’s fun and can help you pay tuition, what more do you need to know?

  • 1. Earn Points
  • Earn scholarship points for completing activities like: quizzes, reading blogs, playing games, surfing the web, taking opinion surveys and more. Stuff you're already doing online!

  • 2. Enter Drawings
  • Your earned scholarship points are chances to win. Each point you earn equals one entry into a monthly $1,000 or quarterly $10,000 scholarship drawing. The more points you earn, the more chances to win!
  • 3. Win Scholarships
  • All winners are randomly selected from the total points entered and announced on ScholarshipPoints.com a couple times each month. Your chances of winning increase with each activity you complete. The more activities you do, the more points you earn, and the more chances you will have to win a scholarship!
  • We had a winner this year!

    For more information, please visit the ScholarshipPoints website.

    1st Marine Divison Association - Outside Scholarship

    OBJECTIVE: To assist dependents of deceased or 100% permanently disabled veterans of service with the 1st Marine Division in furthering their education towards a bachelor's degree.

    POLICY: Grants of up to $1,750 per academic year are awarded to full time, undergraduate students who are attending an accredited college, university, or higher technical trade school, up to a maximum of four years. Neither graduate study requests nor applications at the high school or prep school level are accepted. Payments are made directly to the educational institution.

    ELIGIBILITY: Limited to dependents of honorably discharged veterans, now deceased from any cause or totally and permanently disabled, who served in a unit that was part of, attached to, or operating in support of, the 1st Marine Division. Beneficiaries who marry before completion of the course, or who fail to complete an academic year for reasons other than scholastic, must reapply before benefits may be resumed.

    INSTRUCTIONS: In order to verify the 1st Marine Division related period of service of the deceased or 100% and permanently disabled veteran sponsor, please complete the Standard Form 180 (or get more info first) and mail directly to the National Personnel Records Center, GSA (Military Personnel Records), 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132. When a veteran sponsor's DD214 is locally available and indicates 1st Marine Division service, return a copy with this instruction sheet. That will expedite processing of this application.

  • In addition, the following information must be provided:
    • An official copy of the death certificate of the applicant's sponsor under the seal of an Office of Vital Statistics or:
    • An Affidavit from the Veteran's Administration attesting to the 100% and permanent disability of the applicant's sponsor. Failure to state both 100% and permanent will result on rejection of the application.
    • A official copy of the applicant's birth certificate under the seal of an Office of Vital Statistics.
    • The name, address and telephone number of the applicant's parent, guardian, or whoever stands in loco parentis.
    • The name of the college, university or higher technical trade school which the applicant attends or plans to attend and the anticipated graduation date.
    • The name of the high school in which the applicant is currently enrolled.
    • A statement indicating that the applicant will either live on campus or daily commute to school from a specified home address.
    • Recent photograph of the applicant.
    • The applicant's Social Security Number and telephone number.
    • A letter from the prospective scholar describing goals and aspirations.

    Upon receipt of the foregoing by this office, the applicant will be further advised.

    For more information, please visit the 1st Marines Division website. Please scroll to the bottom.

    Children of Veterans Tuition Grant - Outside Award

    The Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG) is designed to provide undergraduate tuition assistance to certain children of veterans. Students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years for a total of up to $11,200. Awards are for an academic year with the amount determined by the student’s enrollment status. Full-time students can receive up to a maximum of $2,800 per academic year.

  • Eligibility:
    • Must be older than 16 and less than 26 years of age.
    • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee.
    • Must have been Michigan residents for the 12 months prior to application.
    • Must be the natural or adopted child of a Michigan veteran. Stepchildren of the veteran are not eligible.
    • The veteran must have been a legal resident of Michigan immediately before entering military service and must not have later resided outside of Michigan for more than two years; or the veteran must have established legal residency in Michigan after entering military service.
    • Must enroll at least half time at an approved Michigan community college, public university or independent, degree-granting college or university.
    • Not have been convicted of a felony involving an assault, physical injury or death.
    • For renewal, maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.25.
    • Must not be in default on Federal/State student loan.
  • The Veteran must:
    • Have been killed in action or died from another cause while serving in a war or war condition in which the United States of America was or is participating; or,
    • Have died or become totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; or,
    • Have been totally and permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected illness or injury prior to death and has now died; or,
    • Be listed as MIA (missing in action) in a foreign country as determined by the U.S. government.
    • For more information, please visit the State of Michigan website.
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