Brickfish “Think You’re Funny” Scholarship Contest

   By far, the Brickfish “So you think you’re funny…” scholarship contest is one of the most unique opportunities I have come across.

If you’d like to earn money to put away for college expenses, consider submitting an entry!

Do YOU think you’re funny? Have you ever made someone laugh so hard they just couldn’t stop?

Well, whether other people find you hilarious or you think you could be the next great stand-up comic, Brickfish wants you to prove it.

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Entrance into the contest is quite simple. All you have to do is videotape your most hilarious joke and send it in. That’s it! Simple, right?

There are a couple general eligibility requirements, but the most important requirement of all is just to be FUNNY!

Entrants into the competition have the chance to win an awesome scholarship in one of three categories:

Most Viral – The entry that garners the most attention across the internet will receive a $500 scholarship and be featured on Brickfish.com

Most Viral Runner-Up – The entry that follows closely behind the grand prize winner but doesn’t quite get there will receive a $250 scholarship to apply towards college expenses.

Brickfish Staff Fave – Finally, a third contest entry that’s judged to be a Brickfish Staff Favorite will receive a $100 scholarship.
How can you go wrong?

The contest runs until September 10th, 2007. All you have to do is create a videotaped entry of your best joke, submit the entry to Brickfish.com via their online submission form. Then, send all your friends to the site to vote for your joke!

The contest is open to anyone 14 and older, so submit your video today. You still have a chance to enter and win!

Good luck.

Posted on April 08, 2014 by scholarshiptalk

GalleryCollection.com’s Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

   If you have a flare for the art, you can work up your creative juices and get a chance to win a $10,000 worth of scholarship grant from GalleryCollection.com. Amply called the Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card scholarship contest, this contest is on its 2nd year already. Submissions are accepted until January 15, 2009. Students can only send in their entries once. You’re only required to do the front cover of the greeting card which can either be computer graphics, artwork or a photo. Keep in mind that the layout should be suitable for consumer or business use. All works should be all-original. Your entries should be on a horizontal 16″ x 23″ format.

Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

This scholarship contest is open to all high school and college/ university-enrolled students of the year 2008. Home schooled students and members of the armed forces are eligible for the scholarship grant. Applicants should be from the United States, Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and should be at least 14 years of age. No purchase from GalleryCollection.com is necessary to join the contest.

The entries should be strictly original. Entries should not infringe any copyright, trademark or patent laws. Plagiarized work would be disqualified. Winners would be selected by the following criteria:

1. Overall aesthetic appeal
2. Quality of execution
3. Creativity and Originality
4. Successful incorporation of design elements
5. Appropriateness for use as a greeting card
6. Attractiveness to The Gallery Collection’s corporate and consumer customers
7. Suitability as a design in Prudent’s Gallery Collection greeting card line

Notification of winner would be on March 16, 2009 through email or snail mail. It would also be posted on the website. The student with the winning entry would receive cash scholarship worth $10,000. This would cover for tuition fees, books and other school expenses. For more information on the scholarship’s official rules, you can check this link. Good luck!

Posted on April 02, 2014 by scholarshiptalk

Editorial Internship at The Christophers

   If you plan to study journalism or a related field in college or are already pursuing a degree, you might be interested in applying for an Editorial Internship at The Christophers.

There are a number of things you need to know prior to applying for an internship.

First and foremost, all interns selected will work primarily with the Editorial department where they will gain hands-on experience in publishing/distributing books, News Notes and newspaper columns.

Editorial Internship

Interns will gain invaluable experience in every aspect of the communications and publishing fields in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Experience you will gain includes how written material is printed, distributed, created and publicized. Interns will be responsible for a variety of duties, including but not limited to copy editing, fact checking, research and writing short pieces for The Christophers.

If an intern’s writing abilities are exceptionally good, an opportunity to have work published by The Christophers can be a possibility.

Additionally, interns will be responsible for a myriad of general duties including filing, photocopying and data entry. All interns will earn course credit for their time.

In order to qualify for an editorial internship, you must be a sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate with a minimum GPA of 2.5

Additionally, students with a Liberal Arts background with an interest in non-profit organizations, communications or publishing are preferred. Applicants should also demonstrate exceptional writing skills, and writing samples will be requested.

Proficiency using Microsoft Word is REQUIRED. Course credit and a small stipend will be compensation for an internship. If you are interested in applying, please send a resume, cover letter and two letters of recommendation via postal mail or e-mail to:

Internship Coordinator

The Christophers

12 East 48th Street

New York, NY 10017

youth@christophers.org

For more information, please visit their website.

Posted on March 26, 2014 by scholarshiptalk

Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism Internship

   The Student Press Law Center offers six Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism Internships each year through a generous grant offered by the Scripps Howard Foundation.

Freedom of the press is the underlying motto behind all internships offered by the Student Press Law Center, and interested/eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

Students who are interested in improving their reporting and news writing skills while simultaneously getting a feel for what it’s like in the nation’s capital should consider applying for this excellent internship.

Journalism Internship

All interns will work out of the Student Press Law Center’s Washington, D.C.office. Internships are available each school semester and during the summer. All internships are open to both graduate and undergraduate students as well as recent college graduates who have experience in news writing.

There are a number of duties students accepted into the Internship program will be expected to perform. These include researching, writing and editing the Report (The SPLC thrice-yearly magazine).

Interns will also help research and write news stories and analysis pieces for the website.

Additionally, interns will have the opportunity to participate in some unique opportunities, including joining in issue-oriented seminars sponsored by the SPLC and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

These seminars will give interns a feel for what the Student Press Law Centerdoes as well as give them invaluable knowledge they will be able to use to their advantage later in their careers.

A living expense stipend of $3,000 is awarded to full time spring and fall semester interns. Summer interns receive a $2,300 stipend and could be eligible for a $600 scholarship, as well.

Students may also arrange to receive academic credit with their school for completing an internship. Part-time internship applications are accepted only in times of need.

If you are interested in applying for an internship, please do the following:

  • Include a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for working with the Student Press Law Center.
  • Send a current resume
  • Include samples of your news writing and two names and contact numbers of professional or academic references.

Please also ensure you include your complete contact information when sending your application materials in.

Keep in mind that while there are no official deadlines for intern applications, the SPLC recommends interested applicants send in their materials by February 1st for the summer internship, July 1 for the fall internship and November 1st for the spring internship.

According to the official website, “hiring decisions are made on a rotating basis.”

All application materials should be sent via postal mail to the following address:

Mark Goodman, Executive Director
Student Press Law Center
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, VA 22209-2275

What better way is there to not only earn a living expense stipend, experience life in the nation’s capital, earn college credit and receive invaluable hands-on experience you can use in your career?

If you are eligible for a Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism Internship, visit their website for additional details and start getting your application materials ready today!

Posted on February 13, 2014 by scholarshiptalk

African American Scholarship Opportunities

   Today more than ever, there are many scholarship opportunities available to students of African American descent. However, it can be a bit of a struggle to uncover these scholarships if you don’t know where to look. You may be frustrated at the seeming lack of opportunities – you may even feel like giving up. If you are serious about attending college and would like the opportunity to earn money to do so, you have to put in a little effort to find those hidden gems.

African American Scholarship Opportunities

Take Initiative

Scholarships are not going to fall into your lap. As much as you might hate the process of searching for scholarships, you have to put in a bit of work to reap the rewards. This guide will aim to show you various scholarship opportunities for African American students, and how to find the ones that best suit your needs.

However, you are the one who ultimately must put in the legwork of rooting through the information and applying for the scholarships that interest you.

Scholarship Opportunities

Interested in applying for scholarships? The following list will guide you to the scholarships that offer money to African American students, and how you can apply for these awards. This is not an all-inclusive list; it’s a select group of quality scholarship opportunities that can get you started on your research.

You may find that all of them suit your needs, or you may find that none of them do. Whatever the case may be, these scholarship links are designed to help you on your path to finding scholarship opportunities that are right for you.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is an excellent scholarship opportunity. Awarded per semester, the award goes to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need, are merit-based, and can be renewable. Additionally, the scholarship can only be used to pay for books, room and board, college tuition and/or other educational fees. For a full list of requirements, please visit their website for more information.

United Negro College Fund

Another quality resource, the United Negro College Fund offers minority students the chance to apply for numerous scholarship opportunities. Their scholarships help cover all educational costs including tuition, room and board, books and other fees. Visit their website to fill out a general application, where you will then be matched up with the opportunities that best suit your needs.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

For minority accounting students, this scholarship opportunity awards up to $5,000 for students who demonstrate outstanding educational abilities. The scholarship from AICPA encourages students to choose accounting as their major and help prepare them for entrance into accounting as a career. Visit their website for a full list of application requirements and eligibility guidelines.

Vivien Thomas Scholarship

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, INC sponsors the Vivien Thomas Scholarship for minority students who are pursuing a science or medical-related degree. The scholarship was created to honor the life of Vivien Thomas, an African American who overcame the bonds of racism and hatred to create surgeries that saved peoples lives.

Applications will not be accepted until later this spring, but you can visit their website for additional information about this remarkable scholarship opportunity.

More Resources

While the above listed scholarship opportunities are designed to set you on your path to educational success, they are not the only opportunities available to minority students interested in obtaining money for their college educations. There are plenty of additional websites that offer scholarship search opportunities where you can research various scholarships according to what will best suit your needs.

Black Excel is arguably one of the greatest college resources for African American students interested in pursuing higher education. The website offers many resources, including black college tour listings, scholarships and internship opportunities for minority students, and many other helpful resources.

Check out their website to find helpful information, links, and resources to further your search for the best minority scholarships out there.

Regardless what degree program you’re interested in pursuing, there are scholarships available to you that will help lessen the financial burden a college education can have on young students. By browsing the resources listed above, you are already well on your way to finding scholarship opportunities that suit your educational goals.

The Bottom Line

There’s no doubt about it – college is expensive. Finding scholarship opportunities for minority students can be frustrating, but you’re already armed with the basic information you need to begin your search. The key thing to remember when applying for scholarships is to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements for each scholarship you’re applying for.
You’ll save a lot of time in the long run by thoroughly checking to make sure you’re applying for opportunities that not only meet your needs, but that you also meet the requirements for. For example, if you plan to study science in college but are applying for a minority scholarship that only accepts journalism candidates, you’re not going to get very far!

If you’re unsure what career path you’d like to pursue, look for scholarship opportunities that accept students from any degree field. That way, even if you switch your major during the school year you will still be eligible for the scholarship. Open-ended degree scholarships are useful even if you know what you’d like to study, since they’re open to any academic major.

Similarly, if you do know what you plan to study and don’t have any plans of changing your major, you may want to research scholarship opportunities that are available specifically for your degree path. If you’re studying journalism, look for a scholarship that caters to minority journalism students. Similarly, if you are pursuing a degree for law, look for opportunities that help minority law students fund their college education.

There are countless opportunities available to minority college students who wish to pursue a degree in higher education. You’ve been given the basics – now, it’s your turn to start applying for the opportunities that will best work for your educational goals!

Posted on January 21, 2014 by scholarshiptalk

Tips on Writing Scholarship Essays

   A scholarship essay can either break or make your way to a scholarship grant. Writing a scholarship essay is one of the hardest things that you can encounter when scouting for a scholarship, especially if you are not an avid writer or someone who doesn’t want to write at all. But then again, a scholarship essay is one of the most important factors in determining your worthiness as a scholar, so you might as well start making a draft and begin clicking on your computer keys! Here are some tips that can help you:

Writing Scholarship Essays

• It is important that you know what your objectives are in writing a scholarship essay. Firstly, you need to persuade the grant committee that you are worthy of the scholarship that you are applying for.

• Some committees would let you answer a series of questions and answer them in an essay. Make sure that you answer ALL the questions. If you missed just one question, it can lessen your chances to grab the scholarship you want.

• It always pays to be original. Make your writing unique and stay away from textbook answers that would bored the committee. Always put your heart in what you write and just be yourself. Create a personal essay that would allow the committee to know you more.

• Try to keep your writing simple and understandable. You don’t really have to impress the scholarship committee with your vocabulary words. Use an appropriate language that you think would help you send your message across more clearly.

• To make your scholarship more interesting, you can use imagery. Give your readers something that they can visualize with. You need to appeal to the five senses whenever you write to make your essays more effective.

• Don’t rush your writing. Take as much time as you need. You also need to pay attention to the introduction of your scholarship essay. Remember that the first sentences of your essay should grab the attention of the committee. Avoid summarizing the things that you want to say in the intro part of your essay. Doing so would make it useless to continue and read what you have to say in the remaining part of your article.

• In your introduction, make something that would arouse interest. Make your introduction intriguing, mysterious or raise a question. Doing so would move a reader to continue with reading your scholarship essay. The body and content of your essay should relate to your introduction.

• Try as you might to keep your scholarship essay smooth. You can do this by using transitions in your essay. Use transition to connect paragraphs so you can create a logical flow that would make your essay more readable.

• Finally, create a good conclusion. You should be able to write something that is worth remembering. Your last words should be something lasting and impressive. A good conclusion can actually help you win that scholarship grant that you want.

• After creating your first draft, let someone read it. Get their comments and suggestions and prepare to edit your essay until it reaches perfection!

Posted on December 09, 2013 by scholarshiptalk

Scholarship Myths You Should Know

   There are a lot of students who wanted to go to college but are financially incapable or they may have other complicated reasons why they can’t to college. There are actually more ways than one to get a college education without shelling out all your fortune. You can apply for a scholarship and college grant from companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies. But even with such an open opportunity, still, there are a lot of students that “scare away” from applying for these scholarship programs or join scholarship contests. Are you one of them? Fear not, because there are a lot of scholarship rumors and myths that are untrue that may be hindering you from getting one step closer to your goals in life.

Scholarship Myths

Here are some of the scholarships myths that you should know:

• Scholarships are only for financially challenged students

This is one of the biggest myths that you should be aware of. Such a claim is untrue. True, there are a number of scholarship programs designed for students who are in a tight financial situation but there are also a number of scholarship programs that who would not even bother to know your financial status and won’t even ask for it on your application form. So if you think you are someone whose financial status is fairly stable, you can find a scholarship that suits you.

• Scholarships are only for intelligent people

This is probably the most popular scholarship myth that really scare students away and stop them from even inquiring about a particular scholarship program. Truth is, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get a scholarship grant. Although there are certain scholarship programs that may require that you reach a certain average score on GPA or SAT, there are lots of scholarship programs that accommodate applicants with low grades. Programs that require that you pass a certain GPA or SAT score are usually given by government entities. If your grades are not that impressive, you can find your luck in scholarship contest or programs sponsored by private companies.

• Scholarships are only for senior high school students

This is the most classic scholarship myth, which is of course, not true. Students can apply for a scholarships grant all throughout their years of schooling. Although most of the scholarship programs available are usually for high school seniors and current college students, there are also scholarship programs open for students on vocational courses and even doctoral students. For students who have some kind of postsecondary education, you can find a number of scholarship grants that you can take advantage of.

• Scholarships programs have age requirements

Although this may be true to some scholarship programs, it doesn’t apply to all of them. You can never be too young or to old to get a scholarship. Returning students are always welcome to apply for scholarship grants. There are also scholarship contests that even teenagers can apply. If they are too you to go to college, their winnings are put on hold until they reach college and use the money.

After reading the thoughts above, you should convince yourself to find a scholarship that is right for you. It is out there somewhere. Scholarships are not only for a select group of students but with the enough effort, you would realize that you too deserve to go to college with a scholarship grant.

Posted on November 02, 2013 by scholarshiptalk