Friday, February 3, 2012

KFC Colonels Scholars, Feb 8 Deadline, $5,000 potential

KFC Colonels Scholars, Feb 8 Deadline, $5,000 potential

If you are a high school senior who is graduating before August 31, 2012, have a 2.75 GPA, and plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a public, in-state college or university, then check out the Kentucky Fried Chicken Colonel’s Scholars program.

KFC Colonel’s Scholars, Deadline, Feb 8. The following material comes directly from the website:

“To be eligible to compete for the KFC Colonel's Scholars Scholarship, an individual must:

•Graduate from high school this academic year (between 12/1/11 and 8/31/12)

•Earn a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.75

•Plan to pursue a bachelor's degree at a public, in-state college or university (start date no later
than 9/30/12)

•Be a US citizen or permanent resident

•Demonstrate financial need

Scholars may begin their college career by entering into either a 2-or 4-year accredited in-state college/university, as long as they stay on track to complete a bachelor's degree program.”

“The Scholarship offered by the KFC Colonel's Scholars Program provides funding for:

•Room and Board

Awards can be up to $5,000 per year. The scholar could receive up to $20,000 over four years to help complete a bachelor's degree.”

If you qualify for this program, I encourage you to apply.

If you do so, please email me at scholarshipman at and let me know about your progress to a college education with no debt.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

College Goal Sunday, Jan 29, in TN; Filling out the FAFSA, and Free Income Tax Assistance

Dear ScholarshipMan readers:

If you have already applied to colleges, you need to be filling out the FAFSA as soon as possible.
Many colleges and universities award money to those who apply earliest, and they will list when they will start considering students for scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year.

This post is full of information about filling out the FAFSA to maximize your scholarship opportunities, College Goal Sunday for help in filling out your FAFSA, and free income tax help if you need help finishing your taxes in preparation for the FAFSA.

FAFSA and College Goal Sunday

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your first step to applying for scholarships.

Since most tax documents will be mailed by February 1st, then you can pretty soon start filling out the FAFSA. The earlier you fill out this information, the better.

College Goal Sunday

College Goal Sunday happens all over the country; you can bring your information in and get help from experts in filling out your FAFSA.

The materials you need to bring can be found on the College Goal Sunday for Tennessee website.

If you are in Nashville, College Goal Sunday happens on January 29, though dates and locations vary all over Tennessee.

Above you will find a list and dates for College Goal Sunday in Tennessee.

For others in the United States, you can find the College Goal Sunday dates and locations at the above website.

Now is the time to start getting your materials together to maximize your financial aid.

2012-13 FAFSA line-by-line Guide

You might also find it instructive to look at the 2012-13 FAFSA line-by-line presentation, which includes instructions on how to fill out the current FAFSA line by line, including the changes this year in the FAFSA and how they will affect the person applying for financial aid.

The first part is online, with parts two and three to come later.

The Guide to Federal Student Aid, 2012-13

The federal government also publishes its annual Guide to Federal Student Aid, 2012-2013.

Here is a list of other federal publications to help you in finding money for college, as well as other information in your pursuit of your college dream.

Free Income Tax Assistance

Many times people are reluctant to fill out the FAFSA because they have not finished filling out their income taxes.

However, the waiting game can be harsh to those who wait later.

You can get income tax assistance to help you with your income tax if you make low to moderate income (less than $50,000).,,id=107626,00.html

The IRS provides an 800 number to find VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Sites) sites near you, as well as AARP tax volunteer sites.

You don’t have to be older to use the AARP tax volunteer sites. (I used one about two years ago to get assistance on my taxes).

What should I bring to the VITA tax site?,,id=167463,00.html

For a list of what to bring to the VITA or tax counselor site, consult this article.

Nashville Alliance for Financial Independence

Nashville has the Nashville Alliance for Financial Independence, which gives free tax help to those who make $49,000 or less.

This is very lengthy post, but if you follow this information, you should be on your way to maximizing your financial aid.


P.S. If you happen to be a follower of this blog, introduce yourself. Email me at scholarship at and tell me who you are.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Potential $4,000 in scholarships; March 31 is the first deadline

Potential $4,000 in scholarships; March 31 is the first deadline

Two scholarships: $1,000 Deadline (March 31) and $3,000 Deadline (April 30)

Here is your chance to get a $1,000 or $3,000 in scholarships. Read on. is noted by as one of the best scholarship search engines on the web.

Here you will find all the scholarships available from

3 scholarships of $1,000 each are available for the Superpower Scholarship 2011. Deadline is 10:59 Central Time on March 31, 2011.

1 scholarship of $3,000 is available for the All About Education Scholarship 2011. Deadline is 10:59 Central Time on April 30, 2011.

It will take you about an hour or less to create a profile at .

Then, you will find more scholarships you can apply to as an extra benefit.

Then, you can spend as little as another hour writing up a 250 word response to the question. If you have time, you can bring your response to your favorite English teacher and have him or her look it over and give you suggestions.

Don’t forget the AARP Women’s Scholarship Program, Deadline: March 31, 2011

Criteria for the AARP Women’s Scholarship Program: “Women, age 40 and older; Low-income; Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associates degree, or a first bachelor’s degree; Scholarship recipients who wish to reapply for a second year of assistance; Enrolled in a U.S. Department of education accredited school or technical program within 6 months of the scholarship award date”

Monday, March 21, 2011

Buick Achievers Scholarship, $25,000, Deadline: March 31, 2011

Buick Achievers Scholarship, $25,000, Deadline: March 31, 2011

I wanted you to know about the Buick Achievers Scholarship.

Buick Achievers Scholarship is offering to 100 first-time freshman up to $25,000/year, renewable up to four years. The program is also offering $2,000/year for an additional 1,000 incoming students.

Deadline: March 31, 2011

Fom website: “Applicants must:
• Be high school seniors or high school graduates who are first-time college students in the fall of 2011

• Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire 2011-12 academic year

• Plan to major in a course of study that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math). Select Design, Marketing, Accounting, Finance and Business majors are also eligible. Scholarship recipients will demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries using these areas of study.
• Be U.S. citizens and have permanent residence in the United States"

There are several eligible majors, including Supply Chain Management, Mathematics, Statistics, Business Administration, Graphic Design, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.

For a full list of majors eligible, and look under the question, “What are the eligible majors?”

Friday, March 11, 2011

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program, Deadline: March 18, 2011

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program, Deadline: March 18, 2011

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and GE will award up to 20 students a year with a renewable scholarship of $10,000 annually (up to $40,000 total per person).

If you will graduate from high school in Winter 2010 or Spring 2011, then check out the other criteria for this scholarship program.

You cannot apply for this scholarship at the last minute, but if you start today, you have a good chance.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Money in March-Money, Money, Money!

AARP Scholarship for Women, Make Mine a Million, CFMT Scholarships, and FAFSA and VITA information

AARP Women's Scholarship Program, Deadline: March 30, 2011

Criteria for the AARP Women’s Scholarship Program:
· Women, age 40 and older
· Low-income
· Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associates degree, or a first bachelor's degree
· Enrolled in a U.S. Department of education accredited school or technical program within 6 months of the scholarship award date

Make Mine a Million, open to female entrepreneurs, Deadline: March 28, 2011

Make Mine a Million has a goal of making 1,000 female entrepreneurs grow their small businesses into million dollar companies.

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) Scholarships, Deadline: March 15, 2011

CFMT administers about 60 scholarships for the local Middle Tennessee community.

Some of these are very specific, pertaining to what high school you went to, what county you resided, and what particular university you are attending.

I have had several students apply and receive CFMT scholarships.

Filling Out the FAFSA

For help filling out the FAFSA, you can access the Guide to Federal Student Aid, 2011-2012:

Federal Student Aid at a glance:

You can also call 1-800-4-FED-AID with questions.

I haven’t filled out my FAFSA because my parents or I haven’t done my taxes? What do I do?

You might need some help filling out your taxes. If you made $49,000 or below, you can get help at an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site.

VITA sites are available everywhere in the U.S.

Information about VITA:,,id=235201,00.html

Check here to see what sites are available in your state:,,id=219171,00.html

In addition, AARP also has locations available to give tax help:

In Nashville, TN, call 2-1-1 for the nearest VITA site.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Scholarships for High School Students, Deadlines Loom

Scholarships for High School Students, Deadlines Loom


Discus Awards each month, $2000, and other scholarships for high school students. Very impressive list.


Grades K-12, $15,000 Scholarship, “Registration closes at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on March 2, 2011, and entries must be postmarked by March 16, 2011 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT).”


Google Global Science Fair, ages 13-18, Deadline: April 4 2011, up to
$50,000, and lots of great prizes, including a 10 day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions.


Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, ages 6-18, over $415,000 in scholarships and prizes, nominations accepted Feb 1-March 15, 2011