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Finding Cash for College

grants1By Ally Helmers

Paying for college can be tough and free money isn’t easy to come by. That’s why OUTLOUD’s own Ally Helmers will be getting it for you…sort of. Check in monthly for tips on finding cash for college.

       By March, ‘senioritis’ has already claimed most of its victims. Walking down the halls every weekday, the tell-tale symptoms of this condition become evident among my school’s 200 seniors: pajama pants peeking out of jean cuffs, eyes fluttering in and out of consciousness, 15-minute bathroom breaks, and a universal sense of apathy. With many having already received college acceptance letters, and the rest in the final throes of waiting, the general student response to class work has shifted from “Get it done” to “Does it really matter anymore?”

Unfortunately, seniors, it does. Even if you have been accepted to the university of your choice there is one small obstacle: the threat of admission revocation.

Search through your files for a “Conditions of Admissions” statement, which is sent to every student upon their acceptance. It clearly reads that the acceptance is conditional upon the satisfactory completion of the academic program in which you were enrolled at the time of your admittance.

In other words, if you don’t keep up your senior year grades, you may lose your place at the university in the fall. Empty threat, you may think? Not quite. Speak to any college counselor and he or she will be ready and willing to share horror stories of real revocation letters received by past students at your school.

So before you ditch sixth period English in favor of hitting the beach, conjure up some ways to make the second semester tedium productive. Channel that energy and excitement for Grad Night into a continued search for scholarships. Take a study break to fill out financial forms. Use your Facebook time to run an online scholarship search.

With the end so near, it should be easy to find motivation to complete your journey. Every dollar earned to pay for college brings you one step closer to being a high school graduate.

So let’s get to it. The scholarships featured this month seem to call out to certain students. But remember, the more specified the scholarship, the fewer applicants it may have and, therefore, the greater chance of winning. Additionally, some are available not only to graduating high school seniors but also to current undergraduate and graduate students.

Planning to study journalism in college? Have a soft spot for Flicka?

National Turf Writers Association/Youbet Journalism Scholarship

    • Sponsor: National Turf Writers Association


    • Deadline: March 31, 2007


    • Award: $10,000, renewable for all years of study.


    • This scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring or minoring in journalism. The student must demonstrate a potential to make a contribution to the horse industry and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award. For more information,


Want to bask in the offerings of Latin American culture?

Live, Learn, and Tango Scholarship

    • Sponsor: Tomorrow People Organization


    • Deadline: Varies


    • Award: Varies


    • The Live, Learn and Tango Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This study-abroad program combines art, politics and culture in a comprehensive four-week program that includes university courses, cultural activities and community service. For more information,


Love giving back to your community?

Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service To the Community

    • Sponsor: Hitachi Foundation


    • Deadline: April 1, 2007


    • Award: $5,000


    • This scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors in the United States and its territories. In his or her application, the student must demonstrate self-motivation, leadership, creativity, dedication and a commitment to pursuing community service to be eligible for this award. This award is based primarily on the impact of community service activities. Additionally, the student must be nominated by someone familiar with his or her service (excluding family members). Grade point averages, SAT scores and school club memberships are not considered in the selection process. For more information visit:


Addicted to internet blogging?

Blogging for Progress Scholarship

    • Sponsor: Progressive U


    • Deadline: April 15, 2007


    • Award: 3 awards of $500-$1,000 each


  • The Blogging for Progress Scholarship is available to students ages 16 or older and who will be attending a regionally or nationally accredited college, university or vocational school during the 2007 or 2008 calendar year. The student must create a blog in which he or she writes about current events, society, the environment and public policy. Winners are selected based on an accumulation of participation points. For more information visit:

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