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  •  Nulwee, (16+ / 0-)

    For you and others who are facing similar circumstances, I urge you all to look and apply for scholarships and private grants. There are a ton of scholarships, even in these difficult financial times, that are never awarded each year. Most scholarships are not dependent on being a brainiac with extraordinary grades. Many of them will pay for more than just college tuition, books or dorm housing. There are a number available to help pay for living expenses. There are scholarships/ grants for people returning to school, for people who have a specific disability or simply just for anyone who applies.

    One of my dearest friends in college was a single mother of three who had cervical cancer and was trying to get her BA and later MA in school counseling. She had a husband who believed he was  somehow exempt from paying child/ spousal support in spite of multiple court orders. Along with Pell grants and scholarships she was able to make it, while taking care of three kids and complete her Masters at George Mason Univ here in northern Virginia.

    Michelle applied for literally hundreds of scholarships and grants and won so many that she was able to go to school full time, financially provide for her kids, keep a roof over their heads and food on the table and complete her Master's in 2009 with owing just $1900.00 total in loans.

    She asked her college counselor for ideas for potential scholarships and searched the web. She had a basic letter already written for why she needed them and she sent out, many by email, hundreds of applications. Many of these were for as little as $250 and up to $4000 scholarships.

    It is always worth a try to see if you qualify as many people do not apply because they simply do not know about them or they think you have to be a 4.0 student to get them. Some scholarships have no requirements beyond just simply needing money to finish school. Many are annual scholarships available because they were provided through someone's Will.

    The beatings will continue until morale improves. -8.50, -6.92

    by ferallike on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 03:40:18 PM PDT

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    •  Overloaded (2+ / 0-)
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      I've applied to many scholarships and for Americorps internships. I've never received any. There are some from last year that may come my way. But I'm not waiting.

      As my diary history would suggest, I'm not a complete imbecile with a keyboard.

      However, I've seen articles written about how the number of students (higher than recent past) is also more financially burdened (tuition and economic footing) than previously, and how that's limited the availability of scholarships. FWIW.

      •  I'm sorry that you took this as (7+ / 0-)

        an insult

        As my diary history would suggest, I'm not a complete imbecile with a keyboard.

        It was not.

        But I would suggest you keep trying. My friend Cassie just won a $1500 scholarship in July so they are apparently still giving them out.

        The beatings will continue until morale improves. -8.50, -6.92

        by ferallike on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 04:13:48 PM PDT

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        •  Sorry (4+ / 0-)

          I just realized that could be seen as hostile.

          I meant it at writing scholarship essays, not finding them. And certainly didn't mean it catty. There are a lot of people with talent, merit or interest who are applying for these scholarships.

          Sorry, again. :(

          Did you know that hardly any new universities have been dedicated in a generation? And yet this generation is about the same size as the Baby Boom--with more of us attending college?

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