Students and parents are invited to join the Office of Federal Aid at 5 p.m. Eastern time on the last Wednesday of each month for #AskFAFSA Office Hours. This live Q&A session on Twitter gives students, parents and mentors the opportunity to get questions answered by the experts. Each month a different topic related to federal student aid is featured. Attendees may submit questions and join the conversation using the hashtag #AskFAFSA and tune in during the live event for answers from the experts. You can find the event at www.Twitter.com/FAFSA.
The State Fair of West Virginia, in association with corporate, civic and individual contributors, will offer five $1,000 scholarships in 2014. The State Fair Scholarship Program recognizes youth who have participated in the State Fair, excel academically and have a proven financial need. Applicants must be pursuing a vocational trade, associate or bachelor degree. All applicants must have participated in the junior livestock show, equine show or 4-H and FFA Youth exhibit program within the previous five years. All applications must be submitted online by January 15th. For more information visit http://statefairofwv.com/scholarships-awards.
The Mensa scholarship program is open to applicants who will be enrolled next academic year in a degree program in an accredited U.S. college or university, and who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The applicant need not be a member of Mensa nor qualified for Mensa. The Mensa Foundation scholarships are awarded solely on the merits of the essay written by the applicant. The awards are not affected by age, race, gender, level of post-secondary education, or financial need.
Awards will be made on the basis of an essay of no more than 550 words. The essay is to describe the applicant's career, vocational, or academic goal. We encourage students to carefully proofread their essay. The essays will be judged and scholarships will be awarded at three levels: local, regional, and national. Awards are made in amounts ranging from
$200 to $1000. More information and the online application can be found at:
http://www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships/. All entries must be submitted online by January 15, 2015.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation scholarship information is available online. The application will open on November 1, and the application deadline is January 15. Last year there were 427 scholarships awarded for a total of $516,820.00. There are over 90 different scholarships from which students can choose through this foundation. When beginning the application process, it is important for applicants to save their work or it will be lost. Visit www.tgkvf.org for more information and to apply!
The 2015 West Virginia PTA Scholarship is now live and all public high school seniors in West Virginia may apply! Each year West Virginia PTA awards several $500 scholarships to deserving graduates from around the state. The deadline for this year’s scholarship has been extended until January 15, 2015. The West Virginia PTA Scholarship application and submission is online. Please access http://www.westvirginiapta.org/scholarship for more information.
January 13 will be the end of the first semester. Exams for first and second blocks will by on January 9. Exams for third and fourth blocks will be January 12. Students, please do not wait until the final days of the semester to work on raising your grades. Talk to your teachers about your current status. Set goals you would like to achieve by the end of the semester. Get started today!
The US Senate Foundation awards $1,000 grants to incoming college freshmen. The grants are awarded on the basis of scholarship, a personal statement outlining the applicant's college goals, demonstrated leadership ability, financial need and other criteria. The applications are judged on a point system. Each point can make a difference in winning. It is important that students maximize each of their points in section VI, References. Completed application forms must be postmarked no later than January 9, 2015. Winners will be notified on or about April 15, 2015. APPLY NOW.
The GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program offers $10,000 renewable scholarships to students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship. The deadline to apply is January 8 or until 25,000 applications have been submitted. To apply online visit http://www.reaganfoundation.org/GE-RFScholarships.aspx.
Students are asked to write an original and creative essay of 1,000 words or less that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. Students should use at least five varied sources. Winners can receive up to $10,000. Essay submissions will be accepted starting September 1. The deadline for submission is January 5th. For more information, click here.
$10,000 Essay Contest!
Open to high school juniors and seniors for the 2014-2015 school year. Students must submit and essay between 800 - 1,000 words on the topic:
Why is free speech important at our nation’s colleges and universities? Using examples from both videos, discuss how censorship of student speech is incompatible with higher education.
One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, and three $1,000 runner up prizes will be awarded for the best essay. Four $500 winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants in a drawing.
Deadline: January 1, 2015
For more information: thefire.org/contest