Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Standby for 2013 Posts

In a couple of weeks I will start posting again.  Be sure that you have your Letters of Recommendation ready and you have updated your Personal Essay so that you will be ready to complete your application. 
If you need help writing your essay or need help requesting your letters, please check the archives below for valuable suggestions.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pathways to Success

Deadline:  March 17, 2013

Up to $2,500 for Community College for one year
Up to $5,000 for Community College for two years
Up to $5,000 for university for one year
Up to $10,000 for university for two years

  • You or your parents must have been permanent residents of the Coachella Valley over the past 3 years.
  • You must be California high school graduate.
  • You must apply for FAFSA.  If ineligible, you must submit your most recent tax return or W2.
  • You must demonstrate financial need
  • You must be applying as an undergraduate at an accredited academic instutution in the U.S.
  • You must have a high school GPA of 2.0 or above.
  • You must be enrolled full time.
  • You will be expected to sign a contract with Pathways involving you in scheduled events, mentoring, workshops and web based interactions.
  • You will be given preference if you have had previous involvement in college preparation program(s), demonstrate community leadership, have been involved in a career pathway program(s) and are first generation or first in family to attend college.
  • You must submit two letters of recommendation from a Professor, Instructor, Counselor or Community Leader.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Portfolios Due

Please bring COMPLETED portfolios to your next class.

To receive an "A" , you must have the following:
(Must look exactly like the Bookstore copy.)
  1. Minimum of 24 scholarships for which you qualify.
  2. Scholarships posted on Organizer Sheet. (Black pen)
  3. Recorded in Calendar.  (In red for deadline date and green for mailing date.
  4. Filed alphabetically.
  5. Documents (Driver's license or alien registration; copy of social security; birth certificate; FAFSA and SAR report; transcripts) 
  6. Letters of Recommendation (Minimum of three--place in sheet protector with a copy of your Thank You Letter on the backside)
  7. Personal Essay
  8. Completed Personal Data Form
  9. Completed Scholarship Resume
  10. Several copies of the Status Sheet
  11. Flashdrive
  •           Request for Letter of Recommendation
  •           Thank you Letter for the Recommendation
  •           Personal Essay(s)
  •           Personal Data Form
  •           Scholarship Resume
  •           Professional Resume
  •           Cover Letter for Professional Resume
  •           Thank you letter(s) for any scholarships received.
  •           Guidelines for Writing a Letter of Recommendation
(Remember, that you need to make copies before you submit any scholarship applications and complete  a Status Sheet which will be stapled to the top of the copies.)

ONLY scholarship documents should be in the portfolio.  NO other handouts or directions.  Neatness and organization are critical.  If everything is in order, it only takes a few minutes for me to check your portfolio.

Davidson Fellows Scholarships

$50,000, $25,000 and $10,000

For extraordinary young people, 18 and younger, who have completed a significant piece of work.

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Outside the Box

Thursday, November 22, 2012

DOE Scholars Program

DEADLINE:  January 04, 2012

The program offers internships, fellowships and scholarships that prepare students for careers with the U.S. Department of Energy.  Participants must be an undergraduate student, graduate student, or a post-graduate.
Following Disciplines:
  • Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Physics
  • Business
  • Policy
  • Program Management
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Safety and Health
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Law
  • Communications & other Related Fields

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program

Two (2) $10,000 and four (4) $5,000 Scholarships

Undergraduate and Graduate

Majors: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related Life-Science field

3.0 GPA (minimum)
Legal US Residents (Students possessing appropriate Visa status to study in the US)

Deadline:  December 14, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Bufton Family Memorial Scholarship

DEADLINE:  MAY 15, 2013

Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics

  • Female U.S. Citizen
  • Studying at Graduate Level
  • Attending U.S. Accredited University or College
  • Maintaining a 3.0 GPA

Google:  The Bufton Family Memorial Scholarship

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Last Stretch of the Semester

The last six weeks of the semester usually fly by very quickly.  Please get your completed portfolios in no later than the next few weeks.  I will only review them if they are not only complete, but neat and organized.  Remember, your final grade is determined by your portfolio.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Remember to VOTE!

For those of you who  have taken my class or gone to my workshops, you've heard me tell you to write from your heart.  When you vote today, please vote from your head.  This is your future.

Monday, November 5, 2012

COD Scholarship Kickoff TODAY

Today is the day!!  Ninety students have signed up to learn about the new Academic Works program for applying for the COD scholarships--there are about 56 separate scholarships.  In addition, there will be a 20 to 30 minute presentation of scholarship essay writing  tips.

Be sure to start working on your application as soon as possible--you can log on today.  Remember how IMPORTANT your personal essay is.  You want to "hook" the reader and convince the judges that you are the one who is most deserving.

The DEADLINE is MARCH 02, 2013   Mark it on your calendar today!!
MARCH 02, 2013

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Nat'l Society of Accountants Scholarships

Deadline: March 10, 2013

  • Students in an accredited two-year college may apply following first semester grades or during their second year if transferring to a four-year institution, provided they are committed to a major in accounting throughout the remainder of their college career, or
  • Students in an accredited four-year college may apply for the scholarship for their second, third or fourth year of studies, provided they are committed to a major in accounting throughout the remainder of their college career.
  • Major in accounting.
  • Maintaining a "b" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better grade point average.
  • A United States or Canadian citizen (permanent residents are NOT eligible).
High School Seniors or students not yet enrolled in an undergraduate accounting program are NOT eligible to receive NSA Scholarship Foundation Awards.

Democratic Women's Scholarship

If the application is on my desk by Monday morning, you still have a chance.  Don't miss this opportunity.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Scholarship Club Meeting Today

Please attend the Scholarship Club Meeting today from 12:30 to 1:55 at the South Annex Room 11.  The first 30 to 40 minutes will be the meeting.  The rest of the time will be spent on scholarship information.  See you there.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Before Submitting Your Application

Remember to make a copy of your scholarship application before mailing.  Both the paper and electronic version must be copied for future reference.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Margo's Scholarship

To date, no one has applied for the Margo Scholarship.  This is another scholarship that is fairly easy to complete.  The winner should have their $400 award by the first week in December.

Democratic Women of the Desert Scholarships

If you haven't already applied, the deadline for these three scholarships is November 2, 2012.  It is a fairly easy application, but you do need two Letters of Recommendation.  Most students have a good chance at winning.  These are being offered ONLY for COD students.

Monday, October 22, 2012

To My Class

We will be working on applying for scholarships in class today.  Be sure that all of your late assignments are in.  Today is the last day for full credit.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Margo's Scholarship

 Amount: $400.00

Application now available to all COD students.    Check w Eve-Marie Andrews in Counseling.
Check this BLOG tomorrow for more details.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Women's Opportunity Award (Soroptimist)

Deadline: December 15, 2012
Amount:  $1,800
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Woman with primary financial responsibility for yourself and your dependents.
  • Attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational/skills training program.
  • Have financial need. 
Contact:  Email Marilyn Alt for application  OR
                Eve-Marie Andrews (Counseling) for paper application

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

COD Scholarship Workshop

The COD Scholarship will be available on Nov. 5th.  Please RSVP for the workshops which will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to Noon in the MultiPurpose Room in the Cravens Building.  Visit and click on workshops.

For questions, call the Financial Aid Office at 760-773-2532

The Be Big in Your Community Contest

File this one in your portfolio for next year.

Description:  If you or someone in your family has a Big idea that will create a positive change in your community, you are encouraged to submit your idea for consideration in the Clifford The Big Red Dog "Be Big in Your Community" Contest.

Sponsor:  Scholastic, Inc.

No Purchase Necessary:  Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia.  Contest ends June 22, 2012 (apply next year).

Eligibility:  Open to legal residents.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Letters of Recommendation

How are your letters coming?  Remember, it is your responsibility to keep checking.  All scholarships will require recommendations--sometimes three.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

To My Students (Tuesday/Thursday Class)

Due to a family medical issue, I will not be on campus this coming Tuesday, October 16, 2012.  Please continue to work on the first paragraph of your essay and to make up all late assignments plus assignments which you did not receive a perfect score.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

College Cash Sweepstakes


MySchoolBucks has kicked off the College Cash Sweepstakes The grand prize of $5,000 will benefit one lucky winner in their pursuit of advanced education; including Trade School, College or University!  But the winner won't be the only one celebrating--the winning student's school will also receive $1,000.
You can also win one of 6 weekly prizes !  Enter daily to increase your chances to win $5,000 in college cash, plus $1,000 for your school.
Don't delay and enter today at .  View the official rules.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Class Reminder

Second edit of the first paragraph due today and tomorrow for both classes.  Guest speakers both days for about 10 minutes.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Microsoft Scholarships for Undergraduates

Deadline: February 01, 2013

Microsoft is offering four different types of technical scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year to current undergraduate students.
  • General Scholarships
  • Women's Scholarships
  • Minority Scholarships
  • Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

A Microsoft scholarship provides a leg up so you can pursue undergraduate studies in computer science and related technical disciplines.  You'll join a community of scholarship recipients from the United States, Canada and Mexico who share your passion for technology and academic excellence.  It all adds up to achieving your primary goal--making a real difference in the software industry.
To be eligible:
  1. You must be enrolled full time in a Bachelor's degree program at a 4-year college or university in the United States, Canada, or Mexico at the time you submit the application.
  2. Making satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree in computer science, computer engineering or a relate technical discipline such as electrical engineering, math or physics--and that you demonstrate an interest in computer science.
  3. Must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average out of a possible 4.0.
International students are eligible if they are currently studying in North America and meet the criteria for scholarship eligibility.  You can apply regardless of your citizenship.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Personal Essay

To My Students

Remember that the first paragraph of your PERSONAL ESSAY is due in class today--tomorrow if you are in section 8316.  (You need to hook the reader.  Make it interesting enough for the reader to continue.) 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Udall College Scholarships

Deadline: March 01, 2013

Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:
  1. Commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields.  OR
  2. Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy, including fields related to tribal sovereignty, tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American justice, natural resource management, cultural preservation and revitalization.  Native American economic development and other areas affecting Native American communities; OR
  3. Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care, including health care administration, social work, medicine, dentistry, counseling and research into health conditions affecting Native American communities and other related fields.
Be a matriculated sophomore or junior-level student at a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education, pursuing a  bachelor's or associate's degree the 2012-2013 academic year.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Burger King Scholarships

Deadline:  January 10, 2013


Applicants must--
  • Be residents of the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico
  • Be graduating high school seniors (U.S. and Puerto Rico), graduating from grade 12 (Canada) or graduating from home school education in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent
  • Plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire 2012-13 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico

Friday, October 5, 2012

COD Scholarship

COD will be using a new format for their application for scholarships this year. November 5, 2012 is the scheduled date for applying. Please stay tuned for updates. If you have never applied before, now is your chance--there are quite a few differenct scholarships and you only need to complete one application.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Scholarship Club Meeting Today

Please join us at the Scholarship Club meeting today at 12:30 in the MultiPurpose room in the Cravens Center. It is our first meeting and there will be a Scholarship Workshop included.

Teen Pregnancy Awareness Scholarship

Deadline:  November 2, 2012
In the U.S., 1 in 3 girls will become pregnant before they are 20 years old.  This shocking fact has huge implications later down the road - only a third of teen mothers earn their high school diploma.  Are you surprised by these stats?  We sure were! is helping you spread the word and put an end to teen pregnancy.
The solution starts with you.  Go to the Teen Pregnancy Awareness Scholarship to share astonishing facts about teen pregnancy with your friends.  By sharing stats with your friends, you will be automatically entered to win a $2,000 scholarship.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Gun Violence Awareness Scholarship

Deadline: November 02, 2012

$2,000 Scholarship
1 in 12 teens in high school are injured or threatened with a weapon each year.  We believe school should be a safe place where no one should fear for their life.  Drawing attention to this shocking reality is the first step to solving the problem. is helping you spread the word and put an end to gun violence.
The solution starts with you.  Go to the Gun Violence Awareness Scholarship to share astonishing facts about gun violence with your friends.  By sharing stats with your friends, you'll be automatically entered to win a $2,000 scholarship.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Cancer Awareness Scholarship

Deadline:  November 15, 2012

$5,000 Scholarship

Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer and for  most finding  a donor is the difference between life and death.  Currently, 10,000 blood cancer patients are looking for a match.  Tragically, less than half of them will find one. has partnered up with Be the Match to help you change the odds:  the more people who join the registry, the more lives that will be saved.  It"s that simple.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Hunger Awareness Scholarship

Deadline: November 02, 2012
$2,000 Scholarship
1 in 5 children in the US are at risk of hunger.  No one should be uncertain if they are going to have a meal today. is helping you spread awareness and put an end to America's hunger problem.
The solution starts with you.  Go to the Hunger Awareness Scholarship to share the astonishing facts about hunger with your friends.  By sharing stats with your friends, you'll be automatically entered to win a $2,000 scholarship.  No minimum GPA and no essay required.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Please Read Below

I have entered several posts today.  Please read below.

Equal Rights for All Scholarship

Deadline:  September 30, 2012  HURRY!!
$1,000 Scholarship
The Boy Scouts of America, an organization that mentors over 2.8 million young men to help them develop life skills, recently reaffirmed their policy of disallowing "open or avoved homosexuals". and its members want to change this.  They've launched a national petition urging young people everywhere to ask the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America to value all young people equally by ending their exclusionary policy. will award a $1,000 scholarship to a student who has gone beyond being a petition signer, to showing true leadership, by inviting as many friends as he or she can to sign the petition.
No minimum GPA.  NO essay.  Just spread the awareness issue.

Say Something About Bullying Scholarship

Deadline: September 30, 2012  (HURRY or save for next year.)
$1,000 Scholarship
Each day, more than 160,000 U.S. students stay home from school to avoid being bullied.  According to a recent national survey by, U.S. students feel that bullying could be reduced in their schools if their schools 1) had new or updated policies on bullying and 2) made sure students were involved in creating and updating those policies. and its members have launched a national petition urging young people to hold their administrators accountable to the recommendations.  By signing and sharing the petition with 5 friends, you will become eligible for a $1,000 scholarship.  No minimum GPA.  No essay.  Just show true leadership by spreading awareness of the issue.

Youth Voter Awareness Scholarship

Deadline:  November 6, 2012

$4,000 Scholarship

There are 29 million eligible voters under the age of 24, but only 44% voted in the last election.  Virgin Mobile has partnered with Youth Voter Awareness Scholarship to launch a national campaign to get everyone over the age 15 to register or preregister to vote and make sure that the youth voice is heard.  Go to Vote Up or Shut Up and register (over 18) or preregister (under 18) to vote.
Share a message with 5 friends on how to sign up to vote and you'll be automatically entered to win a $4,000 scholarship.  Already registerd?  You can still be eligible if you notify 5 friends.  No minimum GPA. No essay.

New Scholarship Website

Recently found this website that I wasn't aware of before.  Take a look at it for possible scholarship matches.

Animal Welfare Scholarship

$10,000 Scholarship

Deadline:  November 12, 2012

Every year, over 3 million animals in shelters are put-down because they don't get adopted in time. Most are never even considered: shelters cannot afford the advertising and high quality photos needed to get their beautiful animals in front of people looking to adopt. That's why we created Pic for Pets, a Facebook App that allows anyone to post photos of animals in need.  Just by taking and sharing a great picture of a shelter pet, you can greatly increase its chance of being adopted.
To qualify for the Pics for Pets scholarship, go to the Pic for Pets app and begin uploading and sharing pictures of shelter pets in your community.  By submitting a picture, you'll be automatically entered to win a $10,000 scholarship.  No minimum GPA.  No essay.

Foot Locker Athletes Program

Twenty $20,000 Scholarships

Deadline: December 19, 2012

The Foot Locker Athletes program honors high school athletes for flexing their hearts on their sports team and their communities. So, we're celebrating YOU -- not just because you scored the winning touchdown or goal -- but because you've used sports to become a strong leader and volunteer in your community. Twenty winners will each receive $20,000 in scholarships for college.

Please Google Foot Locker Scholars Athletes Program

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Affordable Higher Eduation Scholarship

Deadline:  September 30, 2012

Amount:  $1,000

American student debt is over $1 trillion.  College seniors who graduated in 2010 carried an average of $25,250 in student loan debt.  Unless academic institutions begin to try seriosuly to reduce their costs, both the cost of college and student debt will continue to spiral upward. and its members say this is unacceptable. 
They've launched a national petition urging young people everywhere to hold academic institutions accountable and make college affordable for everyone! will award a $1,000 scholarship to a student who has gone beyond being a petition signer, to be an organizer, by inviting at least 5 friends to sign a petition.  No minimum GPA.  No essay. Just spread awareness of the issue.  You must be no more than 26 years of age and a U.S. or Canandian citizen to be considered for this award.

Teach for America

National Teacher Corps of Recent College Graduates

Teach For America Corps members commit to teach for two ywears in low-income communitues, then go on as alumni to lead efforts to change the face of public education.

In order to Teach For America, you must satisfy the following prerequisites:

  • You hold a bachelor's degree by the first day of your assigned summer institute.
  • Your undergraduate cumulative GPA is at least 2.50 on a 4.0 scale.
  • You have US citizenship or national/permanent resident status.

For other opportunities see:

Student Success Act of 2012

New law will help students complete educational goals, bolster economy.
The student Success Act of 2012 will:
  • Improve the assistance that students receive at the beginning of their educational experience by expanding existing student services resources to support orientation, assessment and educational planning.
  • Provide all of the 112 California Community Colleges with a statewide system of common assessment once available.
  • Require all colleges receiving student support service funds to post a student success scorecard to clearly communicate progress.
  • Require students whose fees are waived because of their economic need to meet minimum academic standards.
The law will be phased-in over a reasonable period of time as funding allows.  The California Community College Board of Governors and the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office have already begun work on implementing many of the recommendations of the Student Success Task Force.

For more information, go to

Friday, September 28, 2012

Congressional Internships

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Congressional Internships
The Congressional Internship Program provides college students with a paid placement in a Congressional Office or Federal Agency for a period of twelve weeks (Spring/Fall) or eight weeks (Summer).  Students must currently be enrolled full time and working towards their undergraduate degree.

My Students/Community Service

COD's University Transfer Fair is being held in the Hilb Center on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This could be an opportunity to earn some community service hours. Check with the Career/Transfer Center on the second floor of the Cravens Center to express your interest in helping. (Usually help is needed before, during and after the function.) In the event that Community Service is not an option at this point, you should still plan on attending to speak to the representatives from all of the colleges which will be participating.

Women's Transportation Seminar Scholarship Program

The Women's Transportation Seminar(WTS), Inland Empire Chapter, is currently accepting applications for its scholarship program. Female students enrolled as a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and are pursuing careers in transportation (engineers, planners, mathematicians, software, marketing, operations and science types), are encouraged to learn more about this opportunity by visiting:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dell Scholars Program for College-Bound High School Seniors

Unlike many other college scholarships, the Dell Scholars Program recognizes academic potential and determination in students who have a definite need for financial assistance.  The Dell Scholars Program is available to students participating in approved college readiness/college success programs.  If your school/area has a program that you believe meet the criteria below, please submit the informational request for your program to e reviewed for inclusion in the Dell Scholars program.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

AFSA Second Chance Scholarship Contest

DEADLINE: June 24, 2013 This contest is open to students pursuing a college degree or trade school education. You must read the "Fire Sprinkler Essay" then take a ten-question multiple choice test to be eligible for this award. For each question answered incorrectly, you will be given one more chance at the end of the exam to answer those questions correctly. A total of five entries into the drawing is possible if you answer all ten questions correctly. All majors applicable.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

America's Best Blogging Scholarship

Deadline:  December 31, 2012

The America's Best Blogging Scholarship is available to  undergraduate and graduate students and incoming freshmen.  To be considered, you must write a 500-600 word blog post that addresses the following topic:  Define the single most important political issue of the approaching presidential election.  Explain not only what the issue is, but also why and how you propose we come to a solution that benefits the majority.  In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must enter the embed code provided either at the beginning or end of your entry post.  Entries will be judged on content and social validation.  A minimum 2.5 GPA is also required.

Applicable Majors:
All Fields of Study

Monday, September 24, 2012

"Hit the Books" Scholarship

The "Hit the Books" Scholarship is available to students between 18 and 25.  To be considered, you must submit a maximum 500-word essay on the importance of education in your life and how the scholarship money will assist you in achieving your goals.  Bonus points will be awarded to students who find a creative way to include their passion for coffee within their essay without losing sight of the primary topic.

Deadline: September 30, 2012

All fields of study.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

AXA Achievement Scholarships for College-Bound High School Seniors

Apply early.  Only the first 10,000 applications will be considered.  If the program reaches 10,000 applications before 11:59 PM CST on the deadline of December 01, 2012, then the program will automatically close.  Your application MUST be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically,

The AXA Achievement Scholalrship offers college scholarships of $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace.  The scholarships are sponsored by the AXA Foundation, in association with U.S. News & World Report.

The 2013 program will be accepting applications from August 31, 2012 until 10,000 applications are submitted or 11:59 CST on December 01, 2012, whichever comes first.  Your application MUST be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically by the deadline date.

Who is eligible?
Be United States citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 states, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico.

Be current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2013-2014 academic year.  Enrollment at an accredited postsecondary institution outside of the United States will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarships

Deadline:  September 30, 2012

U.S. Citizen or visa-holding Permanent Residents of African American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan or Hispanic descent.
Full time undergraduate or graduate student
3.0 GPA
Any of the following fields:
Information Management
Computing & Software Systems
Material Science
Printing Management Science
Engineering (Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Imaging, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Optical or Software.

Friday, September 21, 2012

To my students

How are you progressing with identifying three people who will write Letters of Recommendation for you?  For now, just get the names and titles (Dr. Mr. Ms.Professor).  Next week I will give a class prfesentation on how to prepare your request packet.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Parking Lot Stencils Scholarship

$500 Scholarship each year.

Deadline:  November 31, 2012

Open to currently enrolled full-time college freshmen, sophomores and juniors as well as high school seniors in the United States.  Only one entry is permitted per student.

Write a 500 word essay about the following prompt:

Describe how the use of parking lot stencils could improve safety and usability in a parking lot.  Elaborate on the importance of parking lot markings for disabled or handicapped persons.  For Example, how has the ADA helped parking lots become more accessible over the years?

Letters of Recommendation

You will need a minimum of three Letters of Recommendation, but four or five letters would be great.  Start now by making verbal requests.  The ideal reference comes from a professor, counselor, employer or, if you are a recent high school graduate, a high school counselor, teacher or principal. Next to your personal essay, your Letter of Recommendation is a very important part of your scholarship application.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Product Sharing

I want to pass on the name of a fabulous product which has worked wonders after one usage. The cream is intended for dry feet that crack and split. The name is O'Keeffe's for Healthy Feet. I bought it at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $6.99.

Veterans' Student Loan Relief Fund

The Veterans' Student Loan Relief Fund is open to all branches of the United State Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines) as well as the Coast Guard, National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves. The fund is intended to provide assistance to veterans who feel they are in financial difficulties as a result of being defrauded or misled by the proprietary school they attended. Eligibility: 1. Be veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan (or served in the surrounding area and have documented service in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom) for a total of at least 60 days after September 11, 2001. (Eligibile applicants include veterans who did not meet the 60-day active service period as a result of a service-related injury or condition. OR 2. Be spouses or children of veterans (as described above) who are using GI Bill benefits transferred from the veteran, and 3. Have attended at the undergraduate level a proprietary (for profit) two or four-year college or university, vocational-technical school or training institute in the United States during or after military service and 4. Have applied for and accepted all eligible federal, state and institutional need-based grants and used all available military educational benefits (grants from all sources must be disclosed on the application) and 5. Have incurred educational loans that have not yet been fully repaid. Awards If selected as a recipient, the veteran or the qualifying family member will receive up to $5,000 to repay educational loans.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Elks National Foundation

Most valuable student competition for high school seniors. The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2013 competition. Eligibility: 1. Any high school senior who is a citizen of the United States. 2. Need not be related to a member of Elks. 3. College students are not eligible. 4. Male and female students compete separately. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.

Friday, September 14, 2012

JKC Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Here are the minimum requirements for the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship: 1. Current student at an accredited community college. 2. Plan to enroll full-time in a four-year college in fall 2013. 3. GPA of 3.5 or better. 4. Be nominated by COD college representative (Eve-Marie Andrews). 5. Have significant financial need. 6. Have NOT previously been nominated.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

The application for the prestigious $30,000 Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship will be available on September 17th. You must be nominated in order to have your application submitted. I will be having at least one workshop for those who meet the eligibility requirements. Contact me if you have any questions. I will give more information as I receive it.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Luce Scholars

The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fall 2012 Workshops

The first workshop starts today in the Multipurpose Room (Side A) in the Cravens Center. I'll be talking about Campus Resources which includes a bit of this and that about services that are availableto our college students. See you at 9:00 a.m.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Community Service Workshops

As you start reviewing scholarship applications, you will notice that community service is usually a requirement to qualify.  I'm sure that many of you have done community service without realizing it.  It is important that you not only give serious thought to doing community service, but to create a better understanding of what community service is.

Please check the Student Success, Career and Scholarship workshops schedule and plan to attend as many as possible, but especially the Community Service workshop.  Make an appointment through the Career Center to participate.

(760) 862-1351

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute College & Graduate Scholarships

Deadline: April 16, 2013

These scholarships are afforded to Latino students in the United States who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future.  There is no GPA or academic major requirement.  Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.

CHCI scholarships provide recipients with a one time scholarship of:
1.  $1,000 to pursue as associate degree
2.  $2,500 to pursue an undergraduate degree
3.  $5,000 to pursue graduate-level study

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Scholarship--La Unidad Latina Foundation

Educational scholarships are awarded to Hispanic students on a competitive basis and range from $250 to $1000.
Applicants must:
1.  Have a GPA of 2.80 out of 4.0 scale.
2.  Currently enrolled in eligible bachelor's or master's degree program at an accredited four-year college or university.  (All bachelor's degrees and Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Public Administration /Policy, Master of Social Work, Master of Education and Master of Divinity.
3.  Completed at least one full-time year of study for undergraduate applicants, and at least one full-time semester of study for graduate applicants.
4.  Reside in the United States

Saturday, September 8, 2012

HSF/General College Scholarships

Deadline: December 15, 2012 HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to: Graduating High School Seniors; Community College Students; Community College Transfer Students; Undergraduate Students; Graduate Students Award amounts generally range from $1000 to $5000 Eligibility Requirements: Hispanic heritage; U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident; Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; Plans to enroll FULL-TIME at a two or four-year US accredited institution in the US the 2013-2014 academic year; Apply for FAFSA; Pursue first undergraduate or graduate degree

Friday, September 7, 2012

HSF/Wells Fargo Scholarship

Deadline: December 15, 2012

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Wells Fargo have partnered to provide financial resources to assist outstanding Latino students.
The scholarship is open to students transferring to a two-year institution (community or junior college) to a four-year institution and freshman students attending a four-year institution.

The award amount range is $1000 to $5000.

Eligibility Requirements:
1.  Be of Hispanic heritage
2.  Be a US Citizen, legal permanent resident or eligible non-citizen
3.  Be an undergraduate freshman during the 2013-2014 academic year, enrolled full time in a degree-seeking program at a U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Pueerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam
4.  OR be transferring from a two-year institution to a four-year institution during the 2013-2014 academic year.
5.  Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
6.  Must complete FAFSA in 2013
7.  Finalists MUST provide finncial award letters for the 2013-2014 academic year from your institution when available.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

HSF/Coca Cola West Region Scholarship Program

These HSF funds are designed to assist students attending college 2013-2014 as freshman and 1st year students.
There are twenty-five (25) awards available at $1000 each for students from Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico.
Eligibility Requirements:
1.  All heritages/ethnicities are eligible.
2.  All majors
3.  Must be US Citizen, legal permanent resident or eligible non-U.S. citizen
4.  Must have permanent address in the state of Arizona, California, Nevada or New Mexico.
5.  Must be enrolled as a High School Senior in the fall of 2012.
6.  Must plan to enroll full time during the 2013-2014 at an accredited  2 or 4 year institution.
7.  Must be 16 years of age or older as of August 15, 2012.
8.  Must submit a signed and completed Release and Authorization form.
9.  Must apply for FAFSA.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Eduation Program
Deadline:  January 31, 2013  Up to $7500 for undergraduate

Must be:
Mathematics, Natural Sciences or Engineering
Full-time sophomore or junior
At least 3.0 GPA
US Citizen, a permanent resident (copy of the Permanent Resident Card)

You must be nominated--check with me for details.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program

Vanguard Minority Scholarship

Deadline: November 30, 2012

The Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program provides merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 to students entering their junior or senior year of college during the 2013 school year.  The program's goal is to remove financial barriers for minority students who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership potential.

Students must be pursuing studies in business, finance, economics or accounting.  Scholarship funds can be used for tuition, fee, books and supplies.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Scheherazade Scholarship Pageant

Scholarship Amounts:
Queen Scheherazade -- $3,500
Princess Dunyazade -- $3,000
Princess Jasmine -- $3,000

October 03, 2012
(This contest does NOT feature a talent or swimsuit competition.)

1.  Residents of Riverside Contest
2.  At least 17 years old by November 17, 2012
     and not more than the age of 22 by February 15, 2013.
3.  Shall not have been previous queen.
4.  Minimum 3.0 GPA

If you have any questions, please call the Pageant Coordinator, Rebekah Ross,  at  951 201 1540

I have several applications in my office -- Eve-Marie Andrews

Download an application:

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Brand New Scholarships from DWD

I'm delighted to announce that the Democratic Women of the Desert are providing three scholarships in the amount of $250 each.  They are as follows:
One for a student currently attending college
Two for students at least 25 years old entering or returning to college.

DEADLINE:  Friday, November 2, 2012

Applicant must live in the Coachella Valley or Imperial Valley
Applicant will be rated on the information provided in the following areas:
Commitment to Equal Rights
Academic Performance (Minimum GPA of 2.0)
Academic Potential
Professional and Educational Goals

Please email me at for further information.

Welcome to the FALL 2012 Semester

I'm back.  Yes, I know, it has been a number of months since I posted a blog, but life is back to normal and I will be,for the most part, blogging everyday.  Ninety-nine percent of the information will be about scholarships, but occasionally I will go off topic .

I want to welcome my two scholarship classes which will be starting in the middle of September and strongly suggest that you visit every morning.  I usually post prior to leaving for college which is before 7:00 a.m.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Margo's Scholarship

$400 for a COD Student who is registered in at least 6 units and has a GPA of 2.5.

Applications available in the Counseling Center and in the Career/Transfer Center.

Deadline is April 23, 2012.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Sell Used Books College Essay Contest

Grand Prize: $1,000
Essays: Between 300-500 Words
Deadline: April 15, 2012

Important High School Scholarship

Dr. Carreon Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: March 1st, 2012
Full time high school student--Mexican Ancestry
At least 3.0 GPA--Essay of 1000 words or less
Up to $5,000 for 4-Year Colleges/Universities
Up to $2,500 for Community College

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Big March 2nd Deadline

Remember March 2nd is the deadline for the COD Scholarship.

Also, it is a critical date for applying for FAFSA.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Two Scholarships

The Sell Used Books College Essay Contest
300-500 Word Essay "Why I deserve to win this scholarship."
Deadline: April 15, 2012
Grand Prize: $1,000

Marriott Scholars Program
Hispanic/Latino Heritage
3.0 GPA
Deadline: March 01, 2012
Grand Prize: Full tuition up to $9,000

Monday, February 20, 2012

Answering Machine Messages

Yesterday I mentioned the importance of having an email name that sounds professional. My suggestion is the same for voice mail. Keep your message brief and businesslike. In addition, you might consider eliminating music. I find that even soft and soothing music can be annoying when you are trying to reach someone.

In addition, please discourage young children from answering the phone when you are waiting for a possible call from a scholarship committee member. If it is difficult to reach you, they may just move on to the next qualified candidate.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Email Account & Scholarships

It is important to have an email account which is designated specifically for scholarships. Once you start completing your profile on websites such as, you will be inundated with mail from colleges and institutions. The colleges will try to recruit you and financial institutions will try to convince you to take out a student loan.

Your scholarship email should be professional and simple enough to avoid errors when a scholarship organization is trying to reach you. If it is too long and complicated, there is a greater chance for errors.

Please avoid "cutsey" email addresses like cutelittlechick or bighunk. Also, anything that may be negative like sober5. Probably not a good idea to have a year (Betty1991) since it usually indicates the year you were born. You just don't want to devulge too much personal information through your email name.

There are new email sites frequently. The following are a few you might want to consider:

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Tip for Writing Personal Essay

Speak from the heart when writing your personal statement (essay). You don't want to just sound factual.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Personal Information

To my class:
Please complete the work on your Personal Information sheet to turn in on Tuesday, February 21.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

NSA Scholarship Foundation

National Society of Accountants 2011-2012 Scholarship Program
Undergraduate enrolled part-time or full-time in an accredited two-year or 4 year college or university-majoring in accounting.
Have "B" (3.0 on 4.0 scale) or better grade point average.

Deadline: March 10th
$500 2nd year of study.
$1000 3rd and 4th year of study.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Scholarship Tips

Tip # 5 Scholarship search=year roundsport
a. Automate part of the process for free
b. Set aside time each day

Tip #6 Scholarships for everyone
a. Duct tape prom dress award
b. Small people
c. Cancer survivors
d. Single mothers
e. Re Entry students

Tip #7 Never too early/late to search!
a. Best time? Rught now and never stop.
b. Scholarships to help pay off school debts.
c. Finding scholarships more important than ever.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Scholarship Tips

Tip #4 The devil is in the details.
(Some common mistaskes.)
a. Missing deadlines
b. Incorrect information
c. Omitted information
d. Not following directions

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Scholarship for Grades 9 to 12

HURRY! Deadline February 15, 2012

Financial need not considered.

Applicants must demonstrate commitment to and involvement in community volunteer service or work experience.

Scholarship America Dollars for Scholars

$500--the top ten applicants nationwide will automatically be submitted for the Student of the Year competition.

Applicants must be enrolled in or planning to enroll full-time at an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school for the ffirst time.

http:/ scholarships.php

$500 Scholarship/Stop-Painting Floor Marking Scholarship

The scholarship is open to currently enrolled full-time college freshmen, sophomores and juniors, as well as high school seniors in the United States.

The deadline is May 1st, 2012.

Scholarship Tips

Tip #3 Save Time with a Portfolio
a. Scholarship Organizer
b. Calendar for recording scholarship deadlines
c. Alphabetical Dividers
d. Documents
e. Scholarship Resume
f. Personal Data Form
g. Letters of Recommendation
h. Thank You Letters
i. Several Versions of Personal Essay

Friday, February 10, 2012

Basic Scholarship Tips

Tip #1 This is a numbers game
a. To get more scholarships, apply for more.
b. 2.4 million scholarships available morth $14 billion

Tip #2 Small is the new big
a. Small scholarships--fewer competitors
b. 50% chance of winning--a bet you should take.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Guide to Grants & Loans

This was recommended to me by Tania who is an English teacher out of state. Please read--it has some useful information.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Letters of Recommendation

Have you contacted at least three people who will write a letter on your behalf? Having four or five letters would be ideal, but three is the minimum. Remember that letters from family and friends will not meet the requirement for most applications. Recommendations from two professors and a counselor would be great, but you can also ask a supervisor or an employer.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Girl Friend Factor

For women 25 and older. The deadline is April 1, 2012. Google:Go Girl Grants.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Desert Outreach Foundation Scholarship

The Desert Outreach Foundation Scholarship application is now online. The deadline is April 2nd at 5:00 p.m. More directions will follow in class.


Did you remember to register with CHEGG? Please turn in your copy of the CHEGG $1000 Essay Scholarship today.

Financial Aid

Almost everyone is eligible for some form of financial aid. ALL students should apply for federal student assistance by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), including the students applying for the BOG Enrollment FEE Waiver for California residents. You can access the application through the Financial Aid site on the College of the Desert website.

Remember, most scholarships applications will request your SAR which is your Student Aid Report, SO if you are applying for scholarships, you MUST complete the FAFSA application.

If you have not completed FAFSA, please make it a priority in the next few days.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Welcome to my Scholarship Class

Looking forward to working with you and giving the needed nudges for you to submit winning scholarship applications.

Pathways to Success Scholarship

Application is now available:

Up to $2,500 for Community College for one year
Up to $5,000 for university for one year
Up to $10,000 for university for two years

Scholarship awards may be used to cover your tuition, books and living expenses while attending college.

Deadline: March 17, 2012

(If you qualify, print out the application and submit in class. Remember, you need to submit one scholarship each class.)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

COD Scholarship

The COD Scholarship is now available. This is a fairly easy application. Don't wait. Apply now.