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(Vanity) Seeking College Scholarship Info
grey_whiskers ^ | 7-4-2010 | grey_whiskers

Posted on 07/04/2010 9:34:31 AM PDT by grey_whiskers

A vanity request here.

I am looking for information on sources to look up and apply for college scholarships.

The problem is, as a *conservative* white male, I am too responsible to be eligible for Obama's "free money" (remember he's all about redistributing wealth to the "rightful owners" [sic]), but not yet rich enough that I can pay the costs out of pocket for a top school, or even a mid-tier school. And there is more than one up-and-coming high schooler in the family.

Wondering about either merit-based scholarships open to white males (as if), or fellowships / scholarships / grants for the price of an essay -- e.g. sponsored by a think tank or corporation in support of a major in a specific field e.g. the Heritage Foundation on how the GOP can leverage the internet to combat the power of "Obama for America", or Archer Daniels Midland for incoming biology majors, that kind of thing.

I'd be especially interested in anyone offering FReeper fellowships to worthy offspring of fellow FReepers. ;-)

Freepmail me for a couple of more details about the student involved...

And, thanks as always to JR, for a site where cconservatives can gather and share information. You ROCK!


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Education; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: college; education; personal; scholarships
Cheers!
1 posted on 07/04/2010 9:34:35 AM PDT by grey_whiskers
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To: grey_whiskers
One thing you may want to consider is the use of a community college for completing your general education credits, or even a 4 year degree if they offer it in your field. Most respectable community colleges offer general education credits that transfer into higher level colleges and universities.

You may be able to save a ton of money by using this approach.

2 posted on 07/04/2010 9:37:00 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: grey_whiskers
You might be surprised how much goobermint $$$ is available even to “rich” folks. The school should have a scholarship office and there is tons on the web. The Military is a good way to go for many professions. They pay for a large part of school and the hitch afterwards is not bad in an uncertain economic world.
3 posted on 07/04/2010 9:38:18 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Sometimes you have to go to dark places to get to the light....)
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To: mad_as_he$$
You might be surprised how much goobermint $$$ is available even to “rich” folks. The school should have a scholarship office and there is tons on the web.

I'm not rich, but thanks for the implied compliment.

Do you know of any sites which act as "aggregators" where sites for a lot of different scholarships are linked to? We're still visiting schools and would like to find as much as possible from sources not tied to any one place ;-)

Cheers!

4 posted on 07/04/2010 9:41:29 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers

The guidance counselors at the local high school are supposed to have this kind of info available for parents and students. Now that the kids are on summer vaca, the school staff should have plenty of time to assist you, the taxpayer.


5 posted on 07/04/2010 9:45:04 AM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: grey_whiskers

Do you have a school counselor? School counselors have that kind of info.

Then, you should google. There are all sorts of websites that have scholarship info.

Lots of private schools are giving scholarships to men because they have more girls then boys.

My son will be a junior in high school, so we are starting to look into the whole college thing.


6 posted on 07/04/2010 9:47:27 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: grey_whiskers

This is a great site for scholarship info (it has links to several free scholarship search options), plus loans and other types of financial aid:

http://www.finaid.org/

Also, as others mentioned - talk to the schools that your kids are interested in. Quite often the more expensive private schools have a lot of money available that can make them more affordable than the state schools. Not always, but sometimes.


7 posted on 07/04/2010 9:52:28 AM PDT by Hawk720
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To: grey_whiskers

I’m not sure how old you are but the military paid for mine.


8 posted on 07/04/2010 9:55:12 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: LibFreeOrDie
We'll check into that -- we have already worn out the counselor on *another* program, where high school seniors can attend College or University classes for high school credit.

We're trying to look down the road from there, to see if the classes can transfer, and where we can afford for the Cub to attend...

Cheers!

9 posted on 07/04/2010 9:55:24 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: TSgt
I'm not the one attending college, this is for my high-school age cubs.

Cheers!

10 posted on 07/04/2010 9:56:22 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Hawk720
Looking it up, in between the honey-dew tasks this holiday weekend.

Cheers!

11 posted on 07/04/2010 9:58:54 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers
absolutely what pnh102 says in post2... get your first two years and or two year degree at your local CC and you will save a ton of money.

also look into challenging as many classes as you think you can, simply put, if you think you can pass the final test, take it and you don't have to sit through the class

good luck

12 posted on 07/04/2010 10:00:07 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: grey_whiskers

Here’s an online scholarship search tool from the College Board:

http://apps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_ss/welcome.jsp


13 posted on 07/04/2010 10:01:57 AM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: grey_whiskers

First step is to fill out the FAFSA for the Pell and other grant awards along with information about subsidized student loan eligibility. http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/


14 posted on 07/04/2010 10:13:13 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: grey_whiskers

ask the counselor at school if they know of a good matching service.

try fastweb.com

First, set up a “scholarship” email account so your main email won’t be clogged with spam and opportunites won’t get lost in the shuffle.

Check with your community service orgs, like Rotary, Lions Club, the Optimists, JC’s etc.
Trade groups based on the students career goals.
Ethnic clubs (if you are Irish, German, Polish).
Your employer, industry trade group.

It’s not just the regulars, Reserves and National Guards offer Scholarships while you serve.

Good Luck.


15 posted on 07/04/2010 10:15:44 AM PDT by lack-of-trust
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To: mad_as_he$$
"The Military is a good way to go for many professions."

That's what I did. In my 6 years in the AF I spent 1.5 years in advanced tech schools. Those are very hard schools to graduate from. And after work I went to night school cheap for a BS degree in microwave engineering. I know everything about it and companies will scoop me up if I choose to switch. On my terms.

20 years later, less educated people are asking me for answers to their problems. You might as call me a PhD for teaching folks how things are going to work.

The chief engineer Phd likes what I do and it pays off.

We have a common problem; more women need to study hard math, physics, chemistry in this field. Women have other ideas for solving problems and create solutions. That are useful.

16 posted on 07/04/2010 10:51:07 AM PDT by BobS
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To: grey_whiskers
When I started my search I just googled and kept running through them. There are many specialized ones - trade societies etc. It took a lot of work but got a good amount for my offspring's undergrad work.
17 posted on 07/04/2010 10:59:53 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Sometimes you have to go to dark places to get to the light....)
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To: grey_whiskers

Target your passion FIRST and seek colleges that teach it.
Community college is great for all the “required” courses.
Seek out every scholarship (PTA, local law firms, your parents’ employers, newspapers). Last year at my son’s high school, the PTA awarded scholarships to all the kids who applied - because ONLY FIVE applied!

Good luck with your education. If you can do it without loans, do it!


18 posted on 07/04/2010 11:03:28 AM PDT by RebelTXRose
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To: grey_whiskers

The VFW offers some money for an essay contest. It is limited but may help with book money. I agree with the person who said community college. In my state (not sure of all) the two years at a community college directly transfers to the state college. No more cut credits like the years in the past. Plus, the classes are smaller and a part time job can help save up for the future two state years. Hope this helps. My neighbor is an eagle scout, went to Oxford, stayed on the honor roll for his four years in college. He got only one acceptance to a college for his masters. He is a white, male. Hate to say it but you know what I am thinking.


19 posted on 07/04/2010 11:07:14 AM PDT by momtothree
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He got only one acceptance to a college for his masters. He is a white, male. Hate to say it but you know what I am thinking.

I know what you're thinking but you're wrong. Most business masters programs are filled with currently employed supervisors and managers from various corporations in their respective communities. I can't tell you the number of MBA's who attained their degrees while working for my company or were in the process of pursuing them.

It seemed they were given priority over young people just out of college.

FWIW, my highly intelligent nephew had to wait a year following college graduation before he could get into U of M Med School. Most of the openings were filled by individuals who already had Masters degrees and decided to go into medicine.......some of them were minorities too but so was my nephew.

So during that 1 year break, he went to Europe and played semi-pro hockey.

20 posted on 07/04/2010 11:24:16 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Peanut butter was just peanut butter until I found Free Republic.........)
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To: lack-of-trust; grey_whiskers

First, set up a “scholarship” email account so your main email won’t be clogged with spam and opportunites won’t get lost in the shuffle.

_______________________________

Invaluable information, but don’t forget that you have no idea who will see the addy so... nakidpartyanimal@yahoo is probably not a good idea.


21 posted on 07/04/2010 11:35:20 AM PDT by momto6
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To: grey_whiskers

Get as many GenEd req’s out of the way as quickly as possible via pass/no-pass basis at the super cheap local Junior College —the only things that REALLY count are:

1. where you GRADUATED from
2. your major
3. Your grades for the classes FOR YOUR MAJOR

OK so if you paid to take GE classes at Stanford then you are not smart enough to really be there..

So at the JC if you get a waiver you CAN take 22 units per semester —some take even more.

Who cares if you get C’s? Perhaps you’ll disapppoint your lesbo English teacher that claims the outside world is actually just INSIDE of us —that’s its all IMAGINARY...?

OK so these C’s rank as a PASS and it written as PASS on the transcripts.

Get that stuff out of the way, study up for the ASVAB; if you’re smart it will take just 4 days to earn a score of 99%; I think in principle they do not award a perfect score...If you score high you can chose your job. Chose wisely, finding out via internet the minimum hitch for each speciality.

THEN see a recruiter and do the stupid ASVAB simulation (that’s to confirm you’re not super stupid) and then sit for the ASVAB, then chose your job (if applicable, as some services don’t promise you a specific job), then do basic (not hard), AIT (advanced training, where they sort of teach you your job), then your minimum hitch, and get discharged honorably —maybe stay in the reserves, since you have 3 or so years in anyway.

Helps not to have tattoos, be super fat, or any arrests.

Congrats, your college is **paid for**, and you have just 2 years to go. Also now you have real experience, and won’t suffer nearly the brain-washing you otherwise would have.


22 posted on 07/04/2010 12:05:24 PM PDT by TokuMei
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To: RebelTXRose
Seek out every scholarship (PTA, local law firms, your parents’ employers, newspapers). Last year at my son’s high school, the PTA awarded scholarships to all the kids who applied - because ONLY FIVE applied!

OK, but *I'm* the parent ;-) 'Tis for my son.

Last year at my son’s high school, the PTA awarded scholarships to all the kids who applied - because ONLY FIVE applied!

That's a good idea, I'll start turning over the rocks there.

Cheers!

23 posted on 07/04/2010 12:42:20 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: momtothree
My neighbor is an eagle scout, went to Oxford, stayed on the honor roll for his four years in college. He got only one acceptance to a college for his masters. He is a white, male. Hate to say it but you know what I am thinking.

Sounds like Victor Davis Hanson:

On the matter of racial profiling: No one wishes to harass citizens by race or gender, but, again unfortunately, we already profile constantly. When I had top classics students, I quite bluntly explained to graduating seniors that those who were Mexican-American and African-American had very good chances of entering Ivy League or other top graduate schools from Fresno, those who were women and Asians so-so chances, and those who were white males with CSUF B.A.s very little chance, despite straight A's and top GRE scores. The students themselves knew all that better than I — and, except the latter category, had packaged and self-profiled themselves for years in applying for grants, admissions, fellowships, and awards. I can remember being told by a dean in 1989 exactly the gender and racial profile of the person I was to hire before the search had even started, and not even to "waste my time" by interviewing a white male candidate. Again, the modern university works on the principle that faculty, staff, and students are constantly identified by racial and gender status. These were not minor matters, but questions that affected hundreds of lives for many decades to come. (As a postscript I can also remember calling frantically to an Ivy League chair to explain that our top student that he had accepted had just confessed to me that in fact he was an illegal alien, and remember him "being delighted" at the news, as if it were an added bonus.)

FReepmail coming, btw.

Cheers!

24 posted on 07/04/2010 12:47:01 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers

I’m sorry - didnt’ catch the parent part. I’m ahead of you - but without a job! We’ve had to go the loan route this year - hope not to next year. Perseverance got us in-state tuition in Texas where my son was born and where his father still lives.

Seeing that estimate (and even the real deal) of the EFC is shocking! If you are touched by unemployment, there is an additional form to complete to adjust the EFC for that loss of income.

Good luck with your college bound kid! NOW is the time to start looking for scholarships... even “got milk” and duct tape scholarships. There are a few that you can apply to every week for a drawing - $1000 here and there adds up!


25 posted on 07/04/2010 1:09:16 PM PDT by RebelTXRose
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