Thursday, October 30, 2014

Have You Applied for These Scholarships?

Democratic Women of the Desert --Monday, November 03, 2014

Live Your Dream (Soroptimist) --  Saturday, November 15, 2014

Quotes from Current Students

 These quotes are worth sharing:

  1. I have no problem helping others, but only if those are willing to help themselves.
     2.  If I pay to go to college, what necessity of life will I need to give up?

     3.  I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. 
          It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.

The last quote was originally made by Takushi Shudo.

These are certainly food for thought.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Quotes of the Day

Sometimes those who deserve love the least need it the most.

To be able to love a butterfly we must care for a few caterpillars.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What is Email Phishing?

Thought for the Day

There is always hope when people are willing to listen to both sides.

DEADLINES for Two Scholarships Coming Up!!

Most woman are eligible for these scholarships.  The odds are really good on winning.

Democratic Women of the Desert -- Deadline: Monday, November 03, 2014
5 Five Hundred Dollar Scholarships -- (GPA 2.0, guys can apply, don't have to be a Democrat)

Live Your Dream (Soroptimist) -- Deadline, Saturday, November 15, 2014
Several awards of approximately $1,500 each (CASH)
Women who are financially responsible for another person and have financial need.
Email:  Phone:  (760) 899-1072

APPLY!!  What do you have to lose??

Monday, October 27, 2014

COD Scholarship

The 2015-2016 COD Scholarship Application will be open again on Monday, November 3, 2014.  Please be sure to submit a "complete" application by March 2, 2015 in order to be considered for a scholarship.

Tell your friends!!  There is a good chance that you might qualify for this one.  It is not just one scholarship, but, in fact, there many scholarships available through one application.

If You've Never Failed, You Have Never Lived.

These people never gave up.  That's what motivation is all about.

Missing Assignments for Both Classes.

Assignments are not being completed!! There are about 40 students in both of my classes, but only about 6 - 8 students are consistently completing the work assigned.

Are you really serious about winning scholarships?  How will you pay for your four-year degree?  Are you prepared for ten or more years after you graduate of paying off student loans?

I'm here to help you submit winning scholarship applications,  but unless you are serious about your education and wanting to graduate debt-free, all of my efforts are in vain.

If there is a problem, come and talk to me.

Preparation for the Personal Essay (Sections 8316 & 8318 of the Scholarship Class)

In the next week you should be ready to put all the parts of the Personal Essay together.  To date the following assignments were in preparation for actually writing your Personal Essay:

  1. Why do you deserve to win a scholarship?
  2. What is your passion?
  3. Who or what inspired you to enroll in college and/or select your major?
This week I would like you to write about some challenge or "bump in the road" that you've experienced.  Describe what that was like for you.  What did you learn about yourself?

Since many students at COD learned to speak English as a second language, your experience is not all that unique at this college.  As challenging as that might of been, that topic may not be your best choice when your competition has expressed the same problem.  What is your story?  Write from your heart.

(This assignment is due on Wednesday, October 29th via email  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jack Canfield -- 1st Step to Achieve Your Dream

If earning a college degree is your dream, what are the steps that you need to take to achieve it?  What have you already done or are doing to reach your goal?

Ebola Scams


There are some Ebola scams spreading online -- it is spreading a very potent virus.

Check the following tips for potentially dangerous emails:

  1. Take a look at the sender of the email.  Many times the logo is authentic, but it is not a legit site.
  2. Take a look at the email address next to the sender --fake emails generally use an email address that doesn't match up with the organization the sender is claiming to represent.
  3. Keep your eyes out for misspellings.
  4. Never open attachments from any email adddress you don't know.

Update -- Pathways to Success

I understand that the Pathways Scholarship will not be available until December.  In the meantime, go to their site and review the eligibility requirements and the 2014 application.  Start gathering your necessary documents and writing your first draft of the personal essay.

For both of my classes, check with me if you need help with your essay.  Since we have not completed all of the instruction on writing a personal essay,  you do not have a finished product yet. 

The Pathways scholarship is a very coveted award, so if you qualify, make this one a priority!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What is Your Passion?

When writing your personal essay, it is important to describe your passion and how it fits in with your major and future career goals.  The judges want to know what makes you "tick".  Start off by brainstorming. What do you really believe in and enjoy doing more than anything else?  What would you do with your life if you could become or be anyone you have envisioned in your wildest dreams? What is stopping you?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pathways to Success Scholarship

The Pathways to Success Scholarship will be available in November 2014.

Go to the website

  1. Review the requirements.
  2. If you qualify, print out eligibility requirements.
  3. Start working on the application.
  4. If you do NOT qualify, write a statement about what you can do to qualify next year.

See me, if you need any assistance.  This is one of the best scholarships available to students from Coachella Valley.

This assignment is for both sections of the scholarship class.
Online Scholarship Class -- Section 8318
Lecture Scholarship Class -- Section 8316

Submit responses to

You qualify -- a statement on what makes you a good candidate.
Don't qualify -- a statement on what you will do to qualify next year. 

Writing the personal essay.

Nice beat, but it is important to read the words.

Monday, October 20, 2014

With practice you can write the best scholarship essay.

Hopefully, this video will prove that you can do just about anything with motivation and lots of practice.  If this little guy can do it, so can you.

Money Saving Tips for College Students

Monthly $2,000 Scholarship

It is time to submit your $2,000 "No Essay" College Scholarship for October.

Who can apply?
High school students, adults looking to return to school, current college students and anyone else who is thinking about attending college or graduate school within 12 months. 

Introduction/Personal Essay

The first paragraph must be powerful!  You need to grab the reader's attention.  Please resist the temptation to begin by saying, "My name is Maria and I was born in Coachella Valley" or "I was born in Taxco to very hard working parents" or "I am a student at College of the Desert and I am majoring in Psychology".

Please note that reading essays can be very boring, it is important that you "hook" the reader immediately and engage his attention.  The goal is to interest the scholarship's judges enough to read your personal essay and to show that you are the one who deserves to win the scholarship.

With a little "tweeking", you might be able to use your college application essay for your scholarship application.  Spend the necessary time writing a powerful essay and it just might fit nore than one purpose.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

---General Colin Powell

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Personal Statement -- UC System

Top Ten Ways to Make Your Scholarship application Stand out

There is a close connection to the application for entering a four-year college and a scholarship application, but this blog is just for fun!

How to Land a College Scholarship -- Get Free Money for College

Just another five minutes worth of scholarship information.

Websites posted on October 13, 2014

If you haven't already done so, please check out the two websites that I posted on October 13th.

Live Your Dream Scholarships (Formerly the Soroptimist's Opportunity Award)

DEADLINE:  November 15, 2014

Awards:  Four (4) $2,000 awards

1.  Provide primary support for yourself and your dependents. (Can include children, spouse, partner, siblings and/or parents.)
2.  Have financial need.
3.  Enrolled or accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
4.  Motivated to achieve your educational and career goals
5.  Reside in the United States or one of the Soroptimist International of the Americas' member countries.
6.  Have not previouly been a recipient of a Soroptimist International Award.
7.  Do not have a graduate degree.
8.  Are not a Soroptimist member, an employee of Soroptimist International of the Americas or immediate family of either.

Please visit: to begin the submission process.

This is a fabulous scholarship!!!  Unlike many others, the award is given to you and you are not required to use the money ONLY on tuition and books. 

When I last spoke to the organization, they had not received many applications SO you have a great chance if you qualify.

If you have any questions, email me at

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Democratic Women's Scholarship

Today, Adree Sondag from the Democratic Women of the Desert will be speaking in my lecture class at 3:30 p.m.  She will be leaving copies of the scholarship application for anyone who would like to apply.
Should you be interested in applying, I will leave copies in the Transfer Center.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Another site for scholarship tips.

A little bit of this and that from students' prospectives.

Good resource.

1.  Complete a profile.
2.  On the top of the page, type in scholarships.

Writing a Winning Essay/Lecture Class

Please view the video and submit a list of six important points.  Due:  Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

The application for the cadillac of scholarships is now available.  In the next few days I will be writing more about this very prestigious scholarship.  For now, click into the link below to start becoming familiar with some background information.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Democratic Women of the Desert Scholarships (not limited to women)

The Democratic Women of the Desert have FIVE  $500 SCHOLARSHIPS available!! 

You don't have to be a registered Democrat nor a woman to apply for these scholarships.  COD students have won these scholarships every year since the awards started several years ago.

DEADLINE:  Nov. 3, 2014


$25,000 Scholarships for DREAMERS Now Available

Applications for scholarships up to $25,000 are being accepted from undocumented youth who will be first-time college students or who will transfer to a four-year university to finish a bachelor's degree.

DEADLINE:  Sunday, October 26, 2014  by 11:59 Central Standard Time 

This money can be used to pay for college tuition, as well as books and fees.  The scholarship amount depends on a young person's financial need and the cost to attend college.


While you are browsing the COFEM. org site, you might go to:      or just click the website on the left side of this page.

Complete the profile -- you might find some interesting scholarships listed.

The 2014-2015 Mexican American Dream Scholarship

DEADLINE:  Friday, October 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Since the deadline for this scholarship is coming up pretty quickly, you should make an appointment with me so that I can help you with your Personal Essay.

1.  AB-540 student
2.  Full-time srudent
3.  GPA -- 2.8 minimum
4.  Financial need
5.  Community and/or work experience
6.  Attend college in one of the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, RIVERSIDE, Inland
     Empire, and Ventura
7.  Must be able to participate in 2014 reception on November 21, 2014 AND COFEM'S 2015
     Annual Conference and Expo on August 22 and 23, 2015

(Please check with me if your have concerns about the transportation to the reception and conference.)

Five scholarships will be reserved for students born in Puebla.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Great New Link for You!

This site is a GREAT resource!!  It has just about everything that a college student could want, BUT there are also scholarships.

Check it out --  I would appreciate feedback.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Class Assignment for my Lecture Class

After viewing the video on Get Inspired, please submit response via email Goals: Describe your short term goals. Long term goals. (Write at least one paragraph for each goal.) Due:No later than Tuesday, October 14th.

Letters of Recommendation

Just a reminder to start doing followup on your Letters of Recommendation.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Video: Homeles Boy Steals the Talent Show

Video: Get Inspired -- Never Give up

Pathways to Success Scholarship

The application for the Pathways to Success scholarship should be available the first week of November.  I will get back to you as soon as a definite date is determined.

This scholarship is a MUST for students living in Coachella Valley.  You are only in competition with other students in Coachella Valley which increasing your chance to win.

Monday, October 6, 2014

COD Scholarships

The 2015--2016 COD Scholarship Application will be open again on Monday, November 03, 2014.
Please be sure to submit a complete application by March 02, 2015 (3/2/15) in order to be considered for a scholarship.

In order to access your account, please sign in using your COD-issued email address ( in the form and the password you need to sign up.  If you need to recover your password or you have not yet received an email confirming your account, please click on "trouble signing in".

Time Management Tip

To start, you need a monthly calendar where you record ALL of your appointments.  In order for it to work though, you need to refer to your calendar the night before.  As much as time management is something I strongly believe in and practice, I nearly missed an 8:40 a.m. apointment this morning.

 In general I don't make early morning medical appointments so I was fairly confident that my appointment wasn't until later in the day.  I am so glad that something compelled me to look at my calendar before going to bed or I might have had a charge for missing the appointment.

Time management is a critical part of being a good student.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Myths About Financial Aid

Letters of Recommendation

What is the status of your request for Letters of Recommendation?  If you need samples, you will find them in the textbook on pages 26 -- 30.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Deadline for Live Your Dream Scholarship

Live Your Dream (New name for the Soroptimist Scholarship)  Deadline:  November 15, 2014

Please let me know if you need any help applying for this scholarship which is offered by the local Soroptimist clubs.

This is a cash award for women who are the providers for either children, parents, a disabled spouse, or siblings.

Every year several College of the Desert students have won this award.

This is a great opportunity --  DON'T MISS IT!!!

Overview of the Financial Aid Process

Please view this brief You Tube about financial aid.  It is best to review the questions below before you watch the video so that you can be prepared to easily hear the answer.  Although you can apply anytime, it is best to apply as soon after the first of January.  The pot of money diminishes as the year progresses.

Overview of the Financial Aid Process
1.  Where is the best place to turn for assistance in grants, loans, and work study funds?
2.  What is the official site for FAFSA?
3.  When is the best time to apply for financial aid?
4.  Is a Federal loan free?
5.  How much should you borrow on a student loan?

Please submit the answers to me via my email  This mini quiz is worth 5 points.

This assignment is for my lecture class (section 8316) and it is due tomorrow, October 3, 2014, by 11:59 p.m.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

UNIGO Scholarship

If you applied for this scholarship and you are in one of my classes, please be prepared to share in class the five words that you submitted and your 200 word essay.

Of course, if you win you must let me know!  That is what makes it all worthwhile for me.

Did you remember to make a copy before you submitted your application?

Be Fabulous

Just a bit of motivation!  When you are writing your personal essay, you need to stand out.  Keep asking yourself  why you deserve to be the winner.  Why should the scholarship donor select you?  Your motivation to succeed must show.  

Professor Seelig expresses my sentiments precisely.  I, too, expect 150% from you.  Trust me, it will pay off in many ways.