Scholarship Money Is Still Widely Available

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The mortgage meltdown and credit crunch have conspired to shake consumer confidence to its very core. Lots of people are trying to figure out how they’ll pay for college as key funding sources dry up.

In the midst of tough market conditions, there are some bright spots out there. Specifically, college scholarships continue to provide a way for students to pay for school. And, if my survey of various websites offers an accurate indication of things to come, scholarship college scholarshipmoney will still be plentiful in 2009, but with one caveat: the number of people looking for funding will increase sharply. Therefore, you’ll want to apply early and often to keep your chances of winning scholarship alive.

Over the past few weeks we’ve learned about some new scholarship opportunities, monies which can help fund your education. The award amount varies as does the application process, therefore please familiarize yourself with their rules before applying:

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage challenges students in grades 6 – 12 to combat acts of hatred, discrimination and intolerance by participating in the Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out essay contest. Students who are currently in the 11th or 12th grade can apply for a special prize: a scholarship in the amount of $100,000 to an Ohio college or university.

Junior Achievement and Deloitte today announced the launch of their fifth annual “Excellence through Ethics” essay contest, in which U.S. high school seniors are asked to apply their knowledge of ethical decision-making and share their views on the importance of ethics in business. To enter, high school seniors must compose an original essay of 500 words or less in response to an ethical dilemma posted on Junior Achievement’s web site. Entries must be submitted online and will be accepted starting today, until January 2, 2009.

For more than 10 years, the Union Plus Scholarship program has supported working families pursuing post-secondary education. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation. The AFL-CIO is behind this educational effort is accepting applications for the 2009 academic year right now.

Trico Electric Cooperative has college scholarship money to give students in their service area (parts of Arizona) for the 2009-2010 school year. All winners are selected on the basis of scholastic standing, participation in extracurricular activities, volunteer participation, leadership and special circumstances, including personal financial need. Scholarships are available for $4,600 for students attending a four-year college and $1,840 for students attending a two-year college.

The Fort Wayne Zoological Society is accepting applications for the Lawrence A. Ackerman Scholarship, which bestows a one-time $2,000 award to a college-bound high school senior pursuing an animal-related career. The scholarship award is based on an applicant’s character, commitment to the care of animals, personal financial need, and scholastic achievement. Graduating high school seniors in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties in Indiana are eligible to apply.

If your organization is offering scholarship money to worthy students and you would like to be mentioned herein, feel free to reply to this comment and add your own scholarship information for our readers.

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