FAVORITE College and Scholarship Blogs.
1. To and Through College
This is my blog, and I write about all sorts of topics relating to college: which courses to take, career exploration, scholarships, choosing a job, and so much more. Basically, I tell students that I'm writing out ideas and tips on a weekly basis to help MANY students--but that if I could sit down with them for 15 minutes--I'd tell them the same thing. Don't miss the chance to read it, and become your own expert on college!
2. Study Hacks
One of my favorite student blogs because it covers topics that include study skills, deep thought, choosing a career and other subjects relevant to any high school students. The blog is written by Cal Newport, a Computer Science Professor at Georgetown University. Every time I read it, I am inspired to work and learn in a more focused manner. I hope that you discover the same thing for yourself! Be sure to explore the blog, especially the older posts which focus on student success. (Check out his books, too!)
3. The UVa Admission Blog: Notes from Peabody
The Dean of Admissions writes this blog, and it is focused on the admissions process at the University of Virginia (UVa) specifically. However, even if you have no intention of going to UVa, it is a wealth of information about the admissions process.
4. PrepScholar Blog Prepscholar runs this blog separate from their money-making test prep company. Basically: you get loads of great information for free. The most helpful posts relate to ACT and SAT prep, which you access by scanning down the page to the section where there are tabs on the side that read "Posts by Topic". Check out the posts relating to test prep, and especially those with specific sections addressed. NOTE: Click on the tile at the right side of the page titled, "ACT Prep". That will bring up 4 tiles underneath, each focusing on getting a perfect 36 in each subject. This is a great place to start--and don't rush reading these posts! Take time, apply them, and you'll really learn a great amount! Also--check out this link--because it links to the BEST PrepScholar Articles on each Subject (it's at the bottom of the post).
5. Step Up Utah This website is run by the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority (UHEAA). StepUp will have ALL the state's information on preparing and paying for college in one place, under one name. It's a great resource from the State of Utah. I'd encourage you to check it out...and check back often.
6. From Foster Care to College: Scholarships & Support That Can Help
7. Veteran Dependent Scholarships
Maximizing GI Bill Benefits - https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/maximize-gi-bill-benefits/
GI Bill Transfer Guidebook -
Scholarships for Veterans - https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/financial-aid-scholarships-for-veterans/
FAFSA and Financial Aid Guidebook - https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/financial-aid/financial-aid-for-online-colleges/
Financial Aid and Scholarships Guide for Students - https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/financial-aid/
8. Top College Resources
Best Colleges in Utah
FAVORITE BOOKS about College Readiness and Scholarship Searches.
***After perusing hundreds and books, these are the ones that are the most helpful as well as the best written. Seriously, take my advice and do not buy a book written by a committee. The writing is dry as powder, and you won't make it past the first chapter. Stick with great writers that are truly interested in this subject.
1. Countdown to College: 21 To-Do Lists for High School: Step-by-Step Strategies for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders. Author: Cheryl Riley.
This book is just awesome--it is concise and easy to read, and unbelievably helpful. It has to-do lists for each grade in high school, and every student (and parent) should have a copy to use! If you don't have a clue where to start (and even if you do), this book is an absolute MUST to making sure everything happens on the road to college. (Can you tell I love it?!)
Also...don't make the mistake of saying, "This is common sense stuff." Well..if it's common sense...are you doing it? Because if you aren't doing it, then you need a book to help you stay on track.
2. How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out) Author: Cal Newport.
This is a life-changing book. If it doesn't change the way you approach learning, studying, and living--then you haven't really read it. Really. It's that good. It's all about doing something different and meaningful to help you stand out on college (and scholarship) applications. And instead of approaching high school as a tortuous game of getting the best grades and high test scores, it will help you really love the process of learning and becoming a person worth admitting to a big-name school or awarding a top-dollar scholarship.
3. Confessions of a Scholarship Winner: The Secrets that Helped Me Win $500,000 in Free Money for College--How You Can Too! Author: Kristina Ellis.
A great book that is motivational and helpful. It's not a list of scholarships to apply for--it's the story of how one student really worked hard, applied, and won scholarships. You could wait until your senior year to read it (it would still help), but it's even better if you can read this book early on in high school. She shows that if you want to win scholarships, you need to apply to a ton of them, refine your application skills, and keep applying!!
4. The Perfect Score Project Author: Debbie Stier.
This book is half-manual / half-story of what TO DO (and even more important...what not to do) when approaching the SAT. I loved this book--especially because I was learning valuable information AND it read like a novel! You'll be motivated to study for the SAT (or ACT). Parents--you'll know how to navigate the standardized test with your child. Also--don't wait until junior year to read this book! Start reading it in your freshman or sophomore year. (But if you haven't read it and you are a junior, then read it NOW!)
5. Where You Go Isn't Who You'll Be Author: Frank Bruni
Wow. A great book about college. The author, Frank Bruni, a columnist for the New York Times, explains why students can be as happy, if not happier, attending a public state university or a small liberal arts college instead of a highly selective college. These public universities have many great attributes going for them that are unadvertised, and this book chronicles story after story of exceptional people that have been happy with their college education at unheralded places as University of Rhode Island, ASU, University of Hawaii and (gasp) community colleges!
FALL COLLEGE EVENTS
- RMACAC College Fair. College Fair with 120+ colleges attending. Held at Juan Diego H.S. in Salt Lake City. Event is FREE, but students should check out all information about the event at www.rmacac.org Event is held during the Fall of every year. Watch for dates at the beginning of each school year. Students in grades 9-12 encouraged to attend.
- Utah Financial Aid Night Financial Aid Information and Utah College Night hosted by UHEAA (Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority). Students in grades 9-12 encouraged to attend. A great event to plan financially for college, meet with representatives from Utah colleges, and understand more about higher-education opportunities. These events are held at a few high schools, and students from ALL local high schools are invited to attend the location closest to them. Watch for dates at the beginning of each school year. Students in grades 9-12 encouraged to attend.
Scholarships with September - November Deadlines
- ROTC Programs Seniors can apply Window OPENS June 2015 for the 2016-2017 School Year (very early application) ROTC stands for "Reserve Officer Training Corps". It's a college program offered at more than 1,000 colleges and universities across the U.S., preparing young adults to become officers in the U.S. military. In exchange for a paid college education and a guaranteed post-college career, cadets commit to serve in the Military after graduation. Each branch of the military has different requirements for their own ROTC program. Check them out: Army ROTC Website;Navy ROTC Website; Air Force ROTC Website;
- Weber State Academic Scholarships Seniors can apply Window OPENS September 1, 2016 Weber State "opens" the academic scholarship application on September 1, and any student who would like ANY funding should fill out the application on September 1. They base scholarships on the date the application was completed, even if it well before the "deadline" of January 1, 2017. So--with Weber State--be sure to pay attention to the OPEN DATE, not the Deadline (which most students make the mistake of doing, and therefore don't get any academic scholarship)
- Sterling Scholar Program Seniors can apply Scholarship program that awards students that excel in a specific academic subjects: English, Mathematics, Social Science, Science, World Languages, Computer Technology, Skilled and Technical Science Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business & Marketing, Speech / Theater Arts / Forensics, Vocal Performance, Visual Arts, Instrumental Music, Dance. The program begins at the high school level and advances to the state level, with specific scholarships for each level. The DaVinci Level of the Application is DUE September 14th. Turn in directly to Mrs. Krim either before Sept. 14th or on this day!
- Horatio Alger Scholarship Seniors can apply Window: August 1 - October 20 (every year)Scholarship available for students that excel in community service, display integrity, and have overcome personal adversity. Must have financial need (family gross income under $65,000) There is a STATE and a NATIONAL Scholarship--and you can apply for both (they are separate applications). Scholarship Awards range from $5,000 to $20,000--and MULTIPLE scholarships are awarded. Be sure to check out and APPLY for both the State Award and the National Award
- Daniels Fund Scholarship Seniors can apply Window September 29 - November 25 (every year) Scholarships for students that stand out for their character, leadership, and service. The scholarship is for FOUR years, and can be used at ANY college or university. Family should have financial need (family gross income under $55,000) It is very competitive, but it is an amazing opportunity for the student that really excels.
- Doodle for Google Any student K-12 can apply! Deadline: Fall (every year). Check it out inSeptember for year's specific theme and exact deadline. Create a "Doodle" in response to specific prompt for yearly competition. Check out the website and the "doodles" of past winners. This is a GREAT Scholarship for Artists and anyone willing to create something creative and inspiring.
- QuestBridge Scholarships Opportunities for both Seniors and Juniors. Senior Application Opens: August. Great Opportunity for seniors to be "matched" with a college, and receive scholarships. Many different scholarships available--read all about the different opportunities you could have, and be sure to apply for this elite program. There is a VERY helpful video about the QuestBridge process--if you are interested in applying--be sure to watch it! It outlines tips, deadlines, and what to do to succeed! QuestBridge Video
- VFW Voice of Democracy Contest Grades 9-12 can apply Application Window: August 1- October 25th Essay-speech contest for high school students. Speech must be under 5 minutes, recorded on a CD, and submitted to a local VFW post. State Award: $1,000 AND a full-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. National Award: $30,000 and a full-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. This is a great scholarship opportunity for students who will take time to research, write, and record an original speech on the yearly theme. The Theme for THIS Year is: American History: Our Hope for the Future
- VFW Patriot's Pen Contest Grades 6-8 can apply Application Window: August 1 - October 25th (every year) Essay contest for middle school students. First place is $5,000 and all-expense trip to Washington D.C. Great experience for middle school students! The Theme for THIS Year is: America's Gift to My Generation.
- United States Senate Youth Program High School Juniors & Seniors can apply Deadline: October of every year. This is a competitive scholarship program for students involved in student government or student council. Students should be interested and knowledgeable about current events. Students advance from the high school level to the state level to the national level. Two state "senators" are sent to a Washington Week and receive a $5,000 Scholarship. If you are interested in this, come and talk to Mrs. Krim the spring before you want to apply!
Scholarships with December - February Deadlines
- Regents Scholarship. Apply when you are a senior; begin preparing when you are a freshman. Priority Deadline: December (yearly). If you take specific classes in high school and earn a specific GPA, you can receive this scholarship. The scholarship can be applied to ANY Utah college or university, and can be used in addition to college scholarships. Even if you are thinking you would like to go out of state, don't disregard this scholarship. The list of classes needed for this scholarship are very similar to classes needed for acceptance to out-of-state schools. Check it out: www.regentsscholarship.org
- Open to all nationalities and no fees to apply! https://www.a1autotransport.com/a-1-auto-transport-scholarship/
- Western Undergraduate Exchange Program. Deadline: December 1 of every year. WUE allows students to attend out-of-state colleges and universities at a reduced-cost (MUCH cheaper than paying out-of-state tuition). There are a limited number of WUE slots at each institution--so apply early if an out-of-state college is appealing to you.
- Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship. Apply when you are a senior; begin preparing as a freshman. Application Window: September 1 - November 1 . This scholarship evaluates leadership, citizenship, and community service. Awards range from $2,000 to $50,000. Multiple scholarships given each year. Check it out: Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship
- The American Legion: Oratorical Contest. Any Student in Grades 9-12 can apply! Deadline: December (yearly) Speech Scholarship on the Constitution: a prepared 8-10 minute speech, and a 3-5 minute extemporaneous speech, connected to a specific Constitutional Amendment. See website for details and specific instructions. Check out all the tabs on the website for more information! Contest Website
- JFK Profiles in Courage Essay Scholarship Grades 9-12 can apply Application Window: September 1, 2017 - January 1, 2018 Applicants submit a 1,000 word essay describing an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official during or after 1956, the publication date of Profiles in Courage. Full bibliography required. Top Award: $10,000.
- GE Reagan Scholarship H.S. Seniors can apply; begin preparing as a freshman. Application Window: October 15 - January 1 Students should exhibit strong leadership, service, integrity, drive, academic performance. Students must have financial need, be a U.S. citizen, and plan on enrolling in a 4-year college or university. (Application opens in October. Only the first 25,000 applications will be accepted).
- ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship H.S. Seniors can apply Deadline: January 10, 2015 Students who have demonstrated a commitment to civil liberties. (You can't just SAY you believe in civil liberties...you have to show you have been involved in supporting civil liberties through activism) Three scholarships of $1,000 are awarded each year, and can be applied to any college.
- Henry & Joyce W. Sumid Scholarship H. S. Seniors can apply Application Window: January 1 - February 15. Students who are interested in studying theatre arts should apply. You must be able to prove financial need. See website for full details of application requirements (including essay, transcript, letter of recommendation (3), and Resume.
- Cyberbulling Prevention Scholarship Grades 9-12 can apply Deadline: February 25, 2018 (yearly) Submit a 600 - 1,000 word essay answering the topic, "Why and How to Stop Cyberbullying". Look at the website for more details. This is an ESSAY ONLY scholarship (no GPA or ACT Score needed!
- Create-a-Greeting-Card Scholarship Grades 9-12 can apply Application Window: June 2017 - February 28, 2018 Submit ORIGINAL photo, artwork, or computer graphic for front of a greeting card. Images should be appropriate for consumer or business use. See website for more details. (Fun scholarship for someone interested in photography, art, computer graphics)
- Gates Millenial Scholarship H.S. Seniors can apply Deadline: January 15 2015 The Gates Scholarship Program awards 1,000 Scholarships every year to students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, have financial need, are involved in leadership and service, and are African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, or Asian & Pacific Islander American. If awarded, the scholarship will pay the entire cost of college (what is not paid by FAFSA and other scholarships). This is an amazing scholarship, and students should apply if they fit the criteria.
- Various College Deadlines: Below is a list of various deadlines for colleges in Utah. The Ambassador Scholarship is for students that are willing to work as an Ambassador at a specific school. The responsibilities vary from school to school, but essentially include giving students tours, helping with office work, and other recruiting responsibilities. It's a great opportunity for a student that excels in leadership and working with people. The Honors Program Scholarship also varies at each school, but essentially gives students a chance to be in smaller classes, work more with professors, be involved in undergraduate research, and of course...receive a scholarship. If you do not see a school and scholarship listed you would like to know about, look at the college website or ask Mrs. Krim for help.ONE NOTE: You must be accepted to the University before you can be accepted to the Honors Program or as an Ambassador.
- Utah State University: Ambassador Program Deadline: January 10, 2017
- Utah State University: Aggie Involvement Scholarship Deadline: January 10, 2017
- Utah State University: Honors Program Program is open to top 150 incoming first year students at Utah State. Apply VERY early (recommended: before November 1)
- Just a note about Utah State University: All deadlines are January 10! (at least in 2017--check back for 2018)
- Weber State University: Ambassador Application Deadline: February 1, 2017
- Weber State University: Honors Program
- Just a note: You can apply for a Honors Program Scholarship once you have been enrolled in the Honors Program, and completed at least one class in the Honors Program.
- Utah Valley University: Housing Scholarship Deadline: February 1, 2017
- Utah Valley University: Honors Program Deadline: February 1, 2017
- Utah Valley University: Ambassador Homepage Deadline: February 1, 2017
- Check out UVU's Program for first - generation college students! I Am First!
- Dixie State University: Ambassador Application Deadline: February 15, 2015
- Snow College: Scholarship Page Deadline: March 1, 2017. This is the page for ALL scholarships: academic, leadership, departmental. The leadership application IS the Ambassador Program.
- Snow College: Honors Program Deadline: March 1, 2015 (for acceptance to program); April 1, 2014 (for Honors Program Scholarship)
- I would encourage ALL our students to check out Snow College. It's a small college that will help you transition from high school to college--with all the perks that you usually only find at a private liberal-arts college. Small classes, living on campus, the whole "college experience" at a fraction of the cost!
- Daughters of American Revolution H.S. Seniors can apply. Deadline: February 10, 2017 There are multiple scholarships available through the DAR: all accept the same application. Simply copy as many applications as necessary and apply to multiple scholarships. Various awards from $1,000 - $5,000.
- One Person Can Make a Difference POSTER Contest Grades 9-12 can apply Deadline: February 27, 2017 Create a poster answering the theme "One Person Can Make a Difference". Must be original 16 x 20 inch original poster. Awards: $1,000 (first place), $500 (second place), $250 (third place)
- CTE Scholarship Seniors can apply; begin preparing as a sophomore or junior Deadline: January 20, 2017. Great scholarship for students pursuing any major in any of the "CTE" categories. Check out the "CTE" list--it's bigger than you think! This is a state-scholarship, so the odds are highly in your favor. For the past few years, 50% of the students that applied for the CTE Scholarship received it. (Amazing odds for a Scholarship!)
Life Lessons Scholarship Seniors can apply. Application Window: February 1, 2017 - March 1, 2017. This is a scholarship for a student that has lost a parent. Students submit an essay or video about how the death of a parent impacted their lives, and how life insurance could have made a difference. There are many examples on the website of past winners.
- QuestBridge Scholarships Opportunities for Juniors. JuniorApplication Opens: Mid-February. Great Opportunity for juniors (low income, high academics) to attend an elite college for several weeks the summer before their high school senior year. Many different scholarships available--read all about the different opportunities you could have, and be sure to apply for this elite program.
Scholarships with March - May Deadlines
- Eagle Scout of the Year Seniors can apply; begin preparing years before. Deadline: March 1, 2017. National Scholarship Competition for best Eagle Scout of the Year. One National Award: $10,000; Runner-Up Award: $2,500 (3 Runner-Up Awards Given).
- Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarships Seniors can apply; Window opens in March These scholarships are for students pursing a technical certificate (such as offered at the ATC). Awards up to $2,500. Must have financial need, a minimum GPA of 3.0, be a U.S. citizen, and demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity.
- Economics for Leaders Camp Juniors and Sophomores can apply Early Application: February 1, 2017, Regular Deadline: March 15, 2017 Apply for a week-long Economics and Leadership Camp. Apply specifically for one of the weeks at the Boulder, CO university site, and be eligible for a $300 scholarship (final cost = $350, which covers all program materials, board and room). Student is in charge of travel to and from conference. This is a GREAT conference to meet students from all over the country, learn about economic theories and leadership skills, and have an exceptional camp experience!
- Walmart Scholarship Seniors can apply Deadline: April 1, 2017 A Scholarship for Walmart employees OR their dependents. Award amount: $1,625 (Can be renewed seven times for a total amount of $13,000)
- Add--Questbridge Program for Juniors