Sunday, November 30, 2014

Simplify Your Life -- Tip #2

Go to your  closet and take out ten items you haven't worn in the past year, then schedule ten minutes to take them to the nearest consignment shop.  -- Elaine St. James

Important Scholarship Resources

From Fastweb Bulletin

Fastweb Free Scholarship Matching Service:
FinAid's Scholarship Section:
Search for Scholarships on the Web:
Beware of Scholarship Scams: and
Education Tax Benefits: and
Federal Student Financial Aid:
Eve-Marie's Website & Blog:

What Are Judges or Scholarship Readers Looking For?

Tips for having your application read:
  1. Be sure you meet the eligibility requirements.
  2. Read all of the directions carefully.
  3. Highlight important info like the deadline, amount of the award, contact and any checklist that may be provided.
  4. Check for grammar and spelling.
  5. Be sure to include all of the required documents.  The average scholarship will need the completed application form, three letters of recommendation, personal essay, transcripts, FAFSA and/or tax returns.  Incude ONLY what they request.
  6. Do not fold or staple anything.
  7. When you type your essay, be sure that you have enough white space.  Your margins (top, bottom, left and right) should be about one (1) inch.
  8. Personally, I prefer to have the page justified -- right margin straight (no indents).
  9. Place the documents in the same order as the checklist if one is provided.
  10. Submit all of your documents in a 9 X 12 WHITE envelope.
  11. Type the labels for the outside of the envelope.
Remember, that your application is the first contact with judges and it is IMPORTANT to make a good first impression.

Scholarships for Community Service

In an other week or so, I will be presenting information on the importance of  COMMUNITY SERVICE.  This has become an important factor when applying for scholarships AND for being accepted to a four-year college.  Although being a top student is important, it is not enough to get you the big scholarships and into the college of your choice.
  • Segal Americorps Education Awards
  • The Do Something Awards
  • Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarships
  • Discover Card Tribute Awards
  • Echoing Green Fellowships
  • The Heart of America Christopher Reeve Awards
  • Kohl's Kids Who Care Program
  • Samuel Huntington Public Service Awards
  • National Caring Awards
  • Youth Action Net 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Simplify Your Life #1

You know it's time for you to simplify your life when you're spending more each month then you make. -- Elaine St. James

Create a Scholarship Email

Once you start completing profiles for scholarships, you will be inundated with emails from banks trying to convince you that you need a loan and colleges wanting you to apply to their college or university.  A designated scholarship email will provide you with a filter.

When you create your new email, be sure that you select an appropriate name for your site -- it should be professional.  Although your personal email may be cute and funny, you don't want to give out information that shows you in a negative light.  Something like might work against you when you are competing for a scholarship award.

Use something simple like  Give it some thought.

Most Prestigious Scholarships

Reach for the Sky!!
  • Marshall Scholarships
  • Rhodes Scholarships
  • Winston Churchill Scholarship Program
  • Harry S. Truman Scholarships
  • Henry Luce Foundation Scholarships
  • Morris K. Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships
  • Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
  • National Merit Scholarship Corporation
  • Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships

Take Action

Friday, November 28, 2014


Gratitude paints little smiley faces on everything it touches.
--  Richelle E. Goodrich

Most Unusual Scholarships

  • Scholarship for Left-handed Students
  • Duck Brand Duct Tape Stuck at Prom Contest
  • David Lettermen Telecommunications Scholarships
  • Zolp Scholarships
  • Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarships
  • Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year Award
  • National Marbles Tournament Scholarships
  • Klingon Language Institute Scholarships
  • National Beef Ambassador Program
  • Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships

Scholarship America ($5,000 to $15,000)

Scholarship America Dream Award

Scholarship America's Dream Award has been established to assist students from across the nation entering their second year or higher of education beyond high school.  Renewable scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student's choice.  The awards will grow in amount each year, allowing students to receive aid throughout their college careers.

This schoarship program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age gender, disability or national origin.  

  • At least 17 years of age
  • Be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or individuals granted deferred action status (DACA).
  • Have received a high diploma or the equivalent from a U.S. school by September 2014.
  • Have completed or expect to successfully complete a minimum of one full year of postsecondary education by June 2015. (Postsecondary is aftter high school)
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at the sophomore year level or higher at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire 2015-16 academic year.
  • Be studying to obtain an associate's or first bachelor's degree.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3,0 on a scale of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrate financial need.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Common Scholarship Application Mistakes

This information was provided by --Key Scholarship Application Information Quick Reference Guide.

Common Mistakes:

  • Missing deadlines
  • Failing to proofread the application
  • Failing to follow directions, especially regarding essay length and the number of recommendations
  • Omitting required information
  • Applying for an award when you don't qualify
  • Failing to apply for an ward for which you are eligible.
  • Failing to tailor the application to the sponsor
  • Writing a boring essay
  • Writing an essay that may offend thereviewer
  • Including exaggeration or lies on your application

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Be Grateful for What You Have

"Sometimes we focus so much on what we don't have that we fail to see, appreciate, and use what we do have."   ---Jeff Dixon

Scholarship Essay Writing Tip

If you have difficulty writing essays, record yourself as you answer the question out loud and transcribe the recording.  Most people think and speak faster than they can write or type.  Write an outline afterward to organize your thoughts.

Scholarships That Don't Need an A

  • US Department of Education (Federal Student Aid)
  • AXA Achievement Scholarship Program
  • Horatio Alger Association Scholarships
  • Ayn Rand Institute
  • Girls Going Places Scholarships
  • Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest
  • Americanism Essay Contest
  • AFSA National Scholarship Essay Contest
  • Red Vines Drawing Contest
  • Community Foundation Scholarships

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

$1,000 Scholarship/Monthly

Any student over the age of 16 is eligible and students simply need to submit a 300 word essay responding to that month's essay prompt.  The winner is selected by personnel.

I'd be happy to review my students' essays prior to submitting the application.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

WOW Resume

For my online class:  This assignment is due tomorrow, Nov. 26

Review slide #2 (Is This a Resume?)  Write one paragraph if you believe that it is not a resume and why.  In addition, write a second paragraph on why you believe it is.

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"Ivory Tower" Is College Worth the Cost?

Money Management Tips

Scholarships and Paying Internships are the way to graduate debt free, BUT you need to learn how to save what you have.  Here are just a few things to think about:

  1. Pay yourself first -- Open a savings account and get in the habit of paying yourself before you pay anyone else.  It can be small -- a few dollars.  Whenever you get a birthday or holiday gift, add it to your account.
  2. Shop with a budget and a list --Shopping on a whim spells disaster.  Make a list and stick to it.  Ask yourself if it is a need or a want.
  3. Pack a lunch --  It will be healthier and you will save money.
  4. Eat before you go grocery shopping  -- There are too many temptations when you are hungry
  5. Take public transportation --  Is this an option when traveling back and forth to college?
  6. Books, videos, magazines -- These are all available at a library FREE. 

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

(CAREER BLISS) New Site for Information on Writing Your Resume

The site is not only a good source for career information, but will give you added material for creating your RESUME.  Please use the worksheet which I assigned and complete a professional resume for your scholarship portfolio.  

Assignment: Read the material on resumes and write a paragraph on each article.  This is due on Tuesday, December 02, 2014.  Your resume is also due on the same day.

Friday, November 21, 2014

8 Tips for Safe and Legal Holiday Driving

The following information is from Legal Shield:
Traffic stops and citations frequently increase around the holidays.  The best way to avoid accidents and trips to traffic court is to drive safely and know what to do if you are pulled over.
  1. Watch your speed.
  2. Never drink and drive.
  3. Never text or email while driving.
  4. Know how to handle a traffic stop.
  5. Be prepared for difficult weather.
  6. Make sure you have the right car seat for you child.
  7. Think twice before running a light.
  8. Follow at a safe distance.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Take Action

The semester is quickly coming to a close.  TAKE ACTION with perfecting your Personal Essay!  It is important to schedule an appointment with me Tuesday/Thusday 4:00 to 5:00 to review your portfolio, personal essay and your flashdrive.  Please, please do not wait -- I am ONLY on campus a couple of days a week for a short time.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

7 Money Saving Tips for Holiday Shopping

Received this info from Legal Shield,  Hope your find it valuable.
  1. Beware of pricing that is too good to be true.
  2. Read and save a dated copy of the retailer's return policy.
  3. Do your homework on extended warranties.
  4. Check your bank account frequently.
  5. When shopping online use trusted retailers.
  6. Review marketplace seller rating information and negative feedback from previous buyers.
  7. Keep payment information secure.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation

This is supplemental to the regular scholarship search which includes an essay, letters of recommendation and a GPA.  Give it a try, but remember that the easiest way isn't always the best way.  You might be lucky. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Money Managment Rap -- Smart Songs

Earning scholarships is a good thing, but you need to know how to manage the money you have. Enjoy the tune!

Celebrate the Holidays Sweepstake -- $10,000

Real Simple Magazine has a SWEEPSTAKE for $10,000.  The competition depends on how many people apply, but there is no essay, no letters of recommendation nor a GPA needed.  It is, however, a no brainer to apply.  WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE???
Deadline:  January 15, 2015 

Two $10,000 & Four $5,000 Scholarships

These scholarships are for Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or a related life science field.
Minimum GPA 3.0 for Sophomores and Juniors
Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program  -- DEADLINE:  December 29, 2014

The Importance of a Resume

Although resumes are not always required for entry level positions (the type of job a high school or college student would want), you'll be ahead of the game if you have a well written resume to submit. Whether you are applying for a scholarship or a job, you want to stand out.  Presenting a resume, along with a positive attitude might be the deciding factor for landing that job.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Money for Nothing

Once your portfolio is complete, you will be able to apply for scholarships in a matter of minutes.  It is almost like "Money for Nothing".  Just keep telling yourself, "I want my college free!!"  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Interesting New Book

New book that I am considering buying:  Charging the Human Battery

The following is an excerpt of chapter three of the above book by Mac Anderson:

Chapter 3:  Fear Kills More People Than Death
Master success coach, Steve Chandler said, "The world's best kept secret is that on the other side of your fear there is something safe and beneficial waiting for you.  If you pass through even a thin cuurtain of fear you will increase the confidence you have in your ability to create your life." 

Your ability to confront your fears is one of the most important keys to staying motivated.  Because when you back away and do nothing, fear can quickly dominate your thinking and your emotions,

Everyone has fears and it takes courage to confront them.  Mark Twain said, "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear."  When you're afraid, you have two choices . . . to do nothing and let it fester like a cancer, or identify the persom or situation that is causing your fear and deal with it immediately.  Can it be difficult?  Of course it can, but the alternative to constant worry and pain is much worse.

Resumes and First Impressions

Having read hundreds or resumes, both as an intern at Stanford University and as the Coordinator of the Career Center at College of the Desert for about six years, I have some tips that I would like to share with you.  

Since your resume is the first contact that a potential employer may have of you, the visual is critical. Here are some tips to remember:
  1. Use white paper.
  2. Paper should be at least 20 lb weight for the average job, but for professional positions, consider top quality paper that has a water mark.
  3. One page for most applicants.
  4. Well formatted
  5. Edit and edit again for spelling and punctuation.
  6. Be consistent -- same font type and size; headings; dates of employment 
  7. Lots of white space
  8. Keep the sheet unfolded.
  9. White envelope (9 X 12)
  10. Eliminate unnecessay words -- use action verbs.
Remember, you want your resume to be read and you have about 30 seconds to keep the reader interested.  You can be the best candidate, but if your presentation is not neat, organized and easy to read, your resume may end up in the circular file.

Project excellence!!  You are in competition with others.

(Stay tuned for more resume tips.)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Zig Zigler Keys to Igniting Motivation and Success

Girl Friend Factor Grant Deadline

The Girl Friend Factor has a deadline coming up on December 15, 2014.  If you are a woman, twenty-five years of age or older,  this award is a must!!  This a group of wonderful women who are dedicated to helping other women succeed in life.  Don't miss out out this one. 

The Things Money Can't Buy

The Center for Ideas and Society is presenting a FREE lecture series at UC Riverside Palm 
Desert.  The lecture series for 2014/15 is about The Things That Money Can't Buy.  The address is 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA.  Check it out! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

10 Quotes On Succeeding

10 Quotes About Failure That Will Inspire You to Succeed
Fear of failure is one of the main factors stopping people from getting what they want.  We can be so scared of failure that we don't even bother trying!  It's one of the main factors that differentiates people who get what they want and those who don't.  What if we viewed mistakes as learning rather than telling ourselves we failed?

1.  "I have not failed.  I've just found 10,000 ways that it won't work."
       --Thomas Edison
2.  "Remember that failure is an event, not a person."
       --Zig Zigler
3.  "Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm." 
       -- Winston Churchill
4.  "Just because you fail once doesn't mean you're gonna fail everything."
        -- Marilyn Monroe
5.  "Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely."
       -- Henry Ford
6.  "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."
       -- Robert F. Kennedy
7.  "Some people experience failure and give up.  I see it as a new way to grow and develop."
     -- Amanda Gore
8.  "In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."
     -- Bill Cosby
9.  "It is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."
     -- Bill Gates
10."There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning  from failure." 
       -- Colin Powell

Monday, November 10, 2014

Attitude Makes All the Difference

Please don't let a negative attitude prevent you from applying for a scholarship.  If you truly believe that you won't win, you probably won't. Give the application and your personal essay everything you have and then frequently remind yourself that you are the one who deserves to win. 
Although you must remember that your application must look good; be free of errors; and be interesting to read in order to be considered excellent,  your attitude plays as big role when you start the application process.

Reminder of Saturday Deadline

Live Your Dream (the Soroptimist scholarship) for over $1500 cash is due this coming Saturday, November 15, 2014.

If you qualify, please, please apply NOW. Although I am not sure of the exact amount, it may be close to $2,000. There are about six scholarships so you are not all competing for the same award. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Value of Winning a Scholarship

I am still feeling very sad about an email I received today from a student who shared that applying for a $500 scholarship was not worth the effort of completing the application.  It just happened that there were five $500 scholarships and the odds were in favor of winning.  

Once your portfolio is complete, applying for the average scholarship should not take more than twenty minutes to fill out the basic information.  In your portfolio, you have several letters of recommendation, several versions of your personal essay, transcripts and all of the necessary information to submit your WINNING scholarship application.  

If you have a minimum wage job and you are working part time, are you earning $500 (after taxes) a month? There are many people who are working full time at back breaking jobs who do not earn $500 easily. Please, please rethink the value of winning scholarships!!  Your completed portfolio is your path to graduating debt free.  Believe that you deserve to be awarded scholarships and know that "small" scholarships are easier to win because many students want the "big dollars".  Receiving many of the small scholarships quickly adds up to a lot of money.

You know, growing up in a poor immigrant family, I'm still conscious of living without and the value of money.  So much so that I still stop to pick up a penny if I see it lying on the ground.  Five hundred dollars, to me, still sounds like a lot of money.  Please realize that even a $100 scholarship is worth the effort of applying.   

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program

Spring 2015 Thermo Scholarship Award   DEADLINE: December 29, 2014  1:00 p.m. PT

Scholarship Award Criteria:
Declared major of Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related life science field
Undergraduate degree GPA 3.0 or higher
Unofficial transcripts (If selected, an official transcript will be required.)

How to Get Everything in Life You Want -- Zig Zigler

It all starts with the mind!!

Professional Resume

I have noticed that a number of scholarship applications are now requiring a professional resume as part of the scholarship application.  That means that in order to have a complete scholarship portfolio, you MUST include a professional resume.  Please do not confuse it with the scholarship resume which is used ONLY when requesting a letter of recommendation.

For my students in both the online and lecture classes, I will be submitting worksheets so that you can start collecting and organizing the information necessary to write your resume.  This resume will not only fill your scholarship portfolio requirement, but will give you a very necessary tool when you are searching for a job. 

Live Your Dream -- DEADLINE

Live Your Dream (Soroptimist Award) deadline is just around the corner. This  award is for women who are financially responsible for another.  It could be as much as $2,000 in cash.  Don't miss the deadline.

November 15, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Difference Between a Winner and a Loser/Tony Robbins

Which road will you take in applying for scholarships?  Winner or loser???

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Surely there is someone out there who has the requirements to apply for this scholarship.  It is $40,000 a year.
Check the video below for info and email me if you need help.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Girl Friend Factor Luncheon

Yesterday, I attended the Girl Friend Factor Scholarship luncheon. It was a very successful turnout and it great for me to see former students who have been "adopted" by the Girl Friend Factor,

Please to be sure to apply if you are a woman who is 25 years or older.  If you win an award, they will continue to support you until you graduate.

College of the Desert Scholarship

The COD Scholarship will not be available until after the first of the year (2015).  Please record it in your calendar.  You don't want to miss the opportunity because one application is all that you need to complete for the chance at fifty-seven (57) plus scholarships.

By the way, this is not a difficult application to complete and you probably qualify.

Oprah Winfrey Sweepstakes

Although contests and sweepstakes do not require a GPA nor a strong personal essay,  the competition is stiffer.  BUT what do have to lose?  Give it a try.

$25,000   Deadline:  January 31, 2016


Everything Happens for a Reason.

I believe that there are no mistakes in life -- only lessons to be learned.  We keep making the same "mistakes" until we learn the lessons.  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Don't Quit

Giving up is not the answer.  Don't even think of it as an option.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

You Are the Perfect You

When writing your personal essay, you want to project your true self.  Be real.  You are an expert on yourself.  You can change the way that you act and the way that you react to others, BUT your physical characteristics make up the perfect you. My philosophy is that if you are kind to others and smile a lot,  you will be considered a beautiful person.

$40,000 Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

This is the Cadillac of scholarships!!!  If you are an exceptional student and given of yourself to others, you might qualify for this amazing award. Please check with me if you would like some coaching.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Deadline on Monday!!

You still have time to apply for the Democratic Women of the Desert.  Can you use $500?  They are awarding FIVE $500 scholarships.  

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Special Note for the Lecture Class

REMEMBER to bring your updated Portfolio to class on Tuesday, November 04, 2014.  This is worth a hundred (100) points of the final grade.  In other words, you must have your updated Portfolio in on time or forfeit full credit on your rubric.  (You might want to check your syllabus and rubric.)

Your Essay -- Putting the Pieces Together

The time has come to put all of the pieces together.  Time to write your complete 1st draft of your Personal Essay.  I started you off with the ending -- why are you the most deserving candidate? Unless you know why you should be selected for a scholarship, you won't be able to convince the judges.

The next very likely question on your scholarship application will be to describe why you are in college and how you were inspired to select your major.  (Who or what inspired you?)  Also, what are your short and long term goals?

The next very important question -- Have you had a bump in the road (a special challenge)?  Describe it.  What did you learn about yourself? Has that experience made you a better person and why?

Then, the first paragraph was the last assignment.  How do you "hook" the reader?  Without being theatrical, how do engage the person who is judging your paper?  What do you write to make her want to continue reading?  How does it relate to the rest of your writing?  You have heard me say over and over that the first paragraph needs to be POWERFUL.  Remember your story needs to be interesting.  You want the reader to say "WOW" when she completes the reading.

OK, it is time to get to work!  I'm not expecting a finished copy -- this is the first draft of the most important document in your scholarship application..  Give it serious thought and make it flow. Choose your words carefully; don't repeat words; be authentic; and speak from the heart.

This assignment is for both sections of the Scholarship Class --  Section 8316 (Lecture) and 8318 (Online).  Create it in a WORD document.  Please email to  The deadline is Wednesday, November 05, 2014.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tips to Consider When Writing Your Personal Essay

While reading an article which was NOT about writing a Personal Statement, I picked up some tips that might help you when writng your essay.

  • Go against the normal order of things. When your audience can anticipate what you are going to say next, it becomes uninteresting.
  • When writing create a bit of suspense.
  • Cliches make for boring reading.
  • Speak the truth--be authentic.  Be true to yourself.
  • Share what you feel not what you think.
  • How did something smell, taste or sound?
  • Describe how something looked.
  • Speak from your heart.

What's Your Excuse?

This is a long video, but well worth taking the time to listen.  Your assignment before you view this powerful message by Kyle Maynard is to write two to three paragraphs on what is keeping you from applying for at least two scholarships a week.  What is keeping you from  completing your assignments on time?  If you are in the lecture class, what is keeping you from getting to class on time or having perfect attendance?

Please submit your response via email -- -- due on Wednesday, November 5, 2014