Sunday, February 22, 2009

scholarship opportunities

One of my friends came back from the US just this January after graduating from his masteral degree. He was a Full Bright scholar at the Ohio State University. Congratulations to you my friend.

Here are some of the links that may be helpful for Filipinos who also want to upgrade their education through scholarships.

MFI Foundation, Inc.
Foreign Scholarships

Friday, November 7, 2008

Animal Kingdom

college scholarship vs. working part time for educational assistance

Before I seriously considered finding a good scholarship, my thought was working part time to get funds for my college was a great idea. I thought that it would be very satisfying for me to spend college with the money I'll earn as a service crew of a fastfood chain or as a data encoder in a law firm.

Just before the qualifying exam for a lot of scholarship opportunities ended, I got the chance to talk to my sister who finished college with the same bachelor's degree that I was planning to take up. She told me a lot of stories from where I learned so much. One of the things that she shared was why she did not graduate on time. It was not because she failed on some of the subjects. It was because there was a time in her college life when she enjoyed having a part time job (because of the money) more than pursuing her full time studies. She ended up doing it in reverse. She became a full time employee and a part time student. She said that she was too young and she was so immature that she was not able to manage the excitement of having your own money to go shopping and go on night outs. She said she did not choose the right choice then.

After that incident, I talked to my mom and told her my plans of working part time to get some funds to aid my studies. My mom was not in favor of that plan as well. Having heard the advice from two of the most trusted persons in the family, I decided to obey.

True enough, getting a college scholarship is better than exposing yourself to activities that (for some part) do not have direct inclination to doing good on your studies. I'm not saying that working and studying are not a perfect match. And that working while studying will give the same results as what happened to my sister. I'm saying, there's a time for everything. Our goal is to land in a job after college, right? So, why not wait?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

movies stuff

Where else can you receive a college scholarship grant?

This is one good example of a scholarship opportunity source. Look around for memorial scholarships as well.

Benefit honors life of Monroe grad, helps others go to college
By Rick McCrabb
Saturday, November 01, 2008

The day after Donna Stoutenborough's son, Justin Brittain, passed away on March 3, 1997, she began her crusade to keep his name — and his generosity — alive.

A lot of parents react this way, but most of their missions don't last this long.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, Stoutenborough and her team of volunteers will hold another live auction and the proceeds will benefit the Justin Brittain Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which presents college scholarships to area high school seniors.

At every charity event — whether it's the annual golf tournament, bowl-a-thon, garage sale or live auction — Stoutenborough uses the opportunity to brag of her son, a 1989 Lemon-Monroe High School graduate and outstanding distance runner.

"Justin was such a giving person," Stoutenborough said of her son. "The more I talk about him, the more I realize the impact he had on people."

When her son, one of their 25-year-old twins died, Stoutenborough and Justin's father, Stephen Brittain, requested memorial contributions in lieu of flowers. Justin's legacy was planted that day.

"We wanted something good to come of his death," his mother said. "I didn't know what else to do."

So she went to work. Eleven years later, the mission remains.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Where to look for scholarship opportunities

The most advisable place to search for a scholarship opportunity is the internet. There are a lot of websites that help in finding the right grant depending on the personal information that you provide them. In short, the list of opportunities that they will provide you is already shortened into the opportunities that really meet your requirements. Aside from the help that you can get from those third party websites, most schools/golleges/universities have their own websites where they post scholarship opportunities.

You may go to local libraries and search directories for scholarship opportunities.
Also, you can go to government offices because sometimes, they have educational assistance programs.
You may also search for private companies with scholarship programs. (The last two may be done both online and offline).

Whether you do the search online or offline, or both, the key is diligence. You need to be diligent (and patient, and resourceful) in order to get the educational assistance that you need.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tips on College Scholarship Search

There are a lot of scholarship grants waiting out there for someone who just might need an assistance. The question really is, what do you need to do in order to find one that will fit your needs? The tips listed below are not new; there's just a bit of reminding that's needed for most of us.

Be early.
Do the search as early as you can.
1. Most if not all scholarship applications are set with deadlines.
2. Most if not all scholarship opportunities set limit to the number of grants they can give. If a lot of people came earlier than you, there's a greater chance of losing a chance. You know what I mean.
3. The earlier you start searching; the more time you have. The more time you have; the more possible scholarship opportunities you will find. The more opportunities; the more chances of getting the best scholarship for you.

Know what you want.
Identify your field of interest, the location where you want to spend college, and the standards or qualifications you want to find in a college or university. Then, find places where you can search information on scholarship opportunities that meet your requirements (you can do this both online and offline).
It's best to start with your choice and not the opportunities that you will only take just because you came in late. Again, tip number 1, be early.

Make yourself qualified.
All scholarship grants come with requirements. Even if financial need is the main reason for your scholarship search, it is very important to make yourself qualified because most scholarship grants require certain level of GPA. Start working hard early. Again, tip number 1, start early.

Bottom line is, diligence is really needed when you want to find a really nice package for your education assistance. You have to move fast and start early.