About Gyan Baird

A self-employed educational consultant and publisher for 30 years, I returned to college as a nontraditional, first-generation student. I've spent the last 10 years learning how to find and win scholarships so I can share successful techniques with you. My wish is for you to graduate without drowning in student debt or mortgaging your future.

Helping the Helpers: The Caregiver Scholarship

Attorney Paul Giannetti Offers the Caregiver Scholarship for Students Pursuing Degrees in Massage, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Audiology, and Other Healing Arts

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According to their website: “Time doesn’t heal all wounds. For the disabled, the journey becomes one of accommodation to a new reality. Adapting to a lifestyle they never envisioned. Beside them on this journey are the teachers and healers.

“Our firm is pleased to announce a $3,000 scholarship for those seeking education in a field related to the care of the injured and disabled. We know how valuable their skills are. Our clients tell us, and we see the results – the support and comfort these caregivers provide, long after the case is won.

“Students in any accredited program of higher education which services the injured or disabled are eligible. It’s for those pursuing a career in massage therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic, audiology and other healing arts. All we ask is that applicants tell us their story – why they chose to help those with physical ailments…

“If you know someone who is pursuing a career in helping the disabled, please pass this scholarship announcement on to them. The requirements are very few. This is intentional so as not to limit applicants by geography, school, or career path. We’d very much like to hear their story.”

Contact Info: Paul Giannetti Attorney at Law, Caregiver Scholarship, 3 Washington Square, Albany, NY 12205; email: [email protected]

Deadline: July 17

Award Amount:  $3,000

Eligibility: US Citizen or authorized to work in the US; accepted to or will be attending a 2- or 4-year university or trade school; minimum 3.0 GPA. More information can be found here: http://1t6cjjwt0gu20fjri1edjnnh.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Giannetti-Scholarship-Requirements1.pdf

Requirements: Application form, Essay, Official High School or College Transcripts, Acceptance Letter or Proof of Enrollment from accredited university or trade school within the US, Proof of Legal Residency (e.g., Birth Certificate, Passport, Permanent Resident Card)

Application Link:  http://1t6cjjwt0gu20fjri1edjnnh.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Scholarship-Application-Form2.pdf

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What Every Student Needs to Know About Scholarships

Scholarship Infographic

College Raptor is a free platform that helps students discover and compare colleges based on academic, cultural, and financial fit. They have created this awesome infographic showing some interesting schlarship statistics to share with Scholarship Opportunity subscribers. You can check out their website at: www.collegeraptor.com.

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Nurse Journal Scholarship

Nursing ScholarshipScholarship Opportunity for Nursing Students

http://nursejournal.org/global-health-nursing-scholarship/ or http://nursejournal.org/ (select “Scholarships and Financial Aid” tab and “Global Nursing Scholarship” from drop-down menu)

According to their website, “NurseJournal.org offers one deserving student each year this scholarship to help reach their educational goals. This merit-based Global Health Scholarship is awarded to a student to pay for the costs of their online or campus based education. It may be awarded to anyone who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level, global health related program in nursing, medicine, or public health. International students are welcome to apply if they are currently be enrolled in a qualified program. All military are welcome. Students who are participating in any type of Global Health program may qualify for this scholarship including nurses, public health workers and physicians.”

Contact Info: PayforCollege.org, c/o NurseJournal.org, 2033 San Elijo Avenue, #431, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007 (Do not submit your application by mail. Use the online link only.)

Deadline: July 15

Award Amount: $3,000

Eligibility: Students who are participating in any type of Global Health program may qualify for this scholarship including nurses, public health workers and physicians.

Requirements: Online application, Essay (on application)

Application Link: http://nursejournal.org/global-health-nursing-scholarship/

Selection Criteria:  Winning applicants for The NurseJournal.org Global Health Scholarship are evaluated by overall merit and quality of the scholarship essay in addition to the other criteria below. Financial need is not a consideration for this scholarship. The winner of the annual scholarship will be chosen by the administrative staff of NurseJournal.org based upon the overall merit of their registration.

Candidates are judged on formal registration and the written essay portion. Registration is weighted 25%, Essay 50%, and Work History and Activities at 25%. Additional considered criteria are:

  • GPA (min 3.2 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Employment history

The criteria considered in the written essay is your ability to write a strong answer that directly answers the global health question that is presented. You will also need to provide insights based upon facts to support any claims you make.

Essay Question: The 800-1000 word essay for the Global Health Scholarship will ask the candidate to address the following:

There is an urgent need for global health professionals to address delivery strategies for the provision of critical health services both domestic and abroad. What kind of skills do you think are necessary to be an effective global health professional in the face of a pandemic?

Entrepreneurs Scholarship

Revel Entrepreneurs ScholarshipRevel Systems Offers Scholarships for Entrepreneurial Students

https://revelsystems.com/scholarships or https://revelsystems.com (click on the search icon and type “scholarships”)

The Revel Scholars Program awards two $10,000 scholarships for the 2015/2016 school year to current high school and/or college students interested in entrepreneurship. In addition to receiving a scholarship towards their tuition, the two students selected for the Revel Scholars program will receive mentorship with Revel’s founders Lisa Falzone (CEO) and Chris Ciabarra (CTO) at regular intervals throughout the year for professional counsel and guidance. The scholarship funds will apply to the winners’ accredited United States college or university tuition.

Contact Info: Revel Systems, Inc., 170 Columbus Avenue, Fourth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94133; email: [email protected]

Deadline: July 1

Award Amount: $10,000 (2 awarded; 1 for a female student and 1 for a female or male student) plus mentorship with one of the founders;  Renewable

Eligibility: Must be 16 years of age or older; US citizen or permanent resident; must be registered at an accredited US college or university as an Undergraduate, Graduate, or Professional student; must demonstrate an interest in entrepreneurship either as a major field of study or career choices; academic or career direction must include being entrepreneurial in business, science, technology, engineering, or math; no minimum GPA, ACT, or SAT is required.

Requirements: Online application, Essay (on application), Transcript, and proof of enrollment (for winners)

Application Link: https://revelsystems.com/scholarships/application

For more information, please check out their scholarship FAQs at https://revelsystems.com/scholarships/faq

If you’re a student entrepreneur, this scholarship is sizeable and provides you with the mentorship every entrepreneur needs when launching a start-up.

College Scholarships for Homeless Students

NAEHCY College Scholarship for Homeless Students

NAEHCY Scholarship

According to their website, “The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national membership association dedicated to educational excellence for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Through state and federal policy and technical assistance to our members, students, and the public, we change systems so all children and youth can learn, succeed academically, and achieve their dreams.”

URL:  http://www.naehcy.org/naehcy-scholarship-fund/about-the-fund or http://www.naehcy.org/ (select “NAEHCY Scholarship Fund” tab and choose from the drop-down menu)

Contact Info: Patricia A. Popp, Ph.D., NAEHCY Scholarship Fund, 8250 Skirmish Lane, Mechanicsville, Virginia 23111; Phone: 757.221.7776; eMail: [email protected]. To receive an application via email or fax, please contact Patricia Popp, NAEHCY LeTendre Chair.

Deadline:  June 19

Award Amount:  $2,000 (2 awarded)

Eligibility:  NAEHCY scholarship funds are available to students who are homeless or who have been homeless during their K-12 school attendance, and who have demonstrated average or higher than average achievement.

According to federal law, a person who “lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence” is considered homeless. This includes people living in shelters, cars, motels, campgrounds, or places not meant for human habitation, as well as children and youth who are living with friends or relatives temporarily because they lack permanent housing.

Students who have not reached their 21st birthday by September 1, 2015, and who have completed no more than two years of college are eligible to apply. Applicants may be high school seniors, students enrolled in a GED or other alternative education program, or recent graduates/GED recipients. If you are in high school and not yet enrolled in a post secondary program, the committee will hold your scholarship for you pending your enrollment.

Requirements:  Application Form, Essay, an Official or Unofficial school Transcript (include class ranking if available), and a minimum of one Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or other adult who can speak to the applicant’s qualifications and experiences.

About the Essay:  An essay about the impact of homelessness on the their lives and their desire to attend college (500-1,000 words).

Students’ applications will be evaluated on:

  • Demonstrated commitment to education during the experience of homelessness;
  • Academic achievement and accomplishments;
  • Potential impact of the scholarship for the student’s educational career;
  • Discussion of how the scholarship money would be used;
  • Statement of goals and career interests; and
  • Grammar and use of language.

Applicants should write essays with these criteria in mind. The essay is the most important component of the application; letters of recommendation are also very important. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Link:  http://www.naehcy.org/naehcy-scholarship-fund/scholarship-application

More Information: http://www.naehcy.org/naehcy-scholarship-fund/about-the-fund

How You Can Help #BeTheChange

Children and youth in homeless situations face numerous barriers to educational success. Deep poverty, high mobility, and school requirements often make attending and succeeding in school a challenge. Despite these challenges, many students who experience homelessness not only graduate from high school, but wish to pursue a college education.

The NAEHCY Scholarship Program is dependent on donations for its existence. For more information about the Fund, please contact Patricia Popp at [email protected] or call 757.221.7776. You can donate online http://www.naehcy.org/donate or through the Amazon Smile program.

Amazon Smile

Give to NAEHCY by visiting https://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-1154323 when you’re ready to shop on amazon.com. You’ll get the same products, prices, and service; and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to NAEHCY.