This scholarship is for high school seniors who are graduating or earning a GED between August 1, 2012, and June 1, 2013, who will enroll as freshmen at a two- or four-year college or university in the fall of 2013; or for students enrolled during the 2012-2013 academic year on a full-time basis and in good academic standing at a two- or four-year college or university or in an accredited graduate school program. All applicants must be US citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States. To apply, applicants must write a 500- to 1000-word blog post answering the question, “What do you plan to do after college? How would you use the internet to help you excel in your occupation?”
HOW EASY IS IT TO APPLY?
This scholarship’s application process shouldn’t take more than an hour or so.
HOW MUCH COMPETITION IS THERE?
There will be a lot of competition for this scholarship.
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The world is more interconnected now than it has ever been, and technology has become an absolute necessity for most types of work.
Higher education is no different, and your college-bound kids will be hard-pressed to achieve a degree without some sort of access to computers and the internet.
Thanks to this need and the aforementioned status of technological advancement, a new debate has arisen over the best computing hardware for college: Laptops vs. Tablets.
We’ll look at both in today’s College Made Simple…
Laptops vs. Tablets in the College Classroom
It’s no secret that computing technology is a necessity for the modern college student.
Most schools and professors communicate primarily by email, papers are written with word processing software, and a majority of research is now done digitally—not to mention the roll that social media sites like Facebook now play in the way that college students meet and interact.
In recent years laptops have become a traditional gift for college-bound high school grads, and for the most part this tool has been sufficient for the needs of degree-seekers everywhere.
However, the wireless mobile revolution has changed everything. The advent of smart phones and tablets is challenging the not-so-long held notion that laptops should be the tool of choice for higher education.
There are pros and cons for the use of laptops and tablets for both students and teachers alike. Let’s take a look at some of the big ones for laptops.
Laptops give users nearly all of the functionality of a desktop computer in a portable form—though not as portable as the tablet.
They can handle just about any computing function from surfing the internet to video editing to word processing, practically eliminating any need to utilize the school computer lab or own a desktop.
Most come standard with word processing software, and one of the biggest arguments for laptops over tablets is the keyboard.
With their full-sized keyboards, laptops are excellent for note-taking and writing papers—far easier than trying to peck out letters on a small tablet touch screen.
Another plus is the fact that most laptops come with a CD/DVD drive.
While movies and music are becoming increasingly digitized, many students still prefer utilizing hard copies of media that can be shared amongst friends. It also allows you to share research and other types of projects that are saved to blank discs.
This brings us to the point of memory. While some major tablets like iPads are limited to the internal memory that comes on the device, laptops have a virtually infinite memory bank thanks to external memory devices that can be connected with USB ports that are nonexistent on tablets.
Some tablets include memory card slots but these only support a limited increase in memory (usually a maximum of 32gb to 64gb more than the internal memory of the device).
Finally, laptops, at least for now, are more compatible with the types of software being used in higher education today. New applications are being added to tablet marketplaces every day, but if a particular type of software or program has not specifically been converted to a mobile version it probably won’t work with a tablet.
While laptops may be more functional than most mobile devices, they do have their drawbacks.
One of them is power. Since laptops are larger devices with more computing ability, they drain energy much faster. Most laptop users must always carry a power cord with them, and for any serious work they will be limited by the need to stay near an outlet.
And while laptops are certainly portable, they are still rather large devices and can be a bit clunky to carry around. One answer to this problem has been the development of mini laptops called “netbooks,” but most of them are only good for web browsing and typing.
Cost is another major factor. Laptops can cost a pretty penny, and while tablets are not exactly cheap, they can save you hundreds of dollars.
Additionally, from a teacher’s perspective, the design of laptops can inhibit discussion and provide hidden distractions. Students tend to be more engaged when they use a tablet because it is much harder for a teacher to notice if a student is playing a game when the screen is hidden from them, as is the case with laptops.
Students with laptops also miss out on the convenient recent thrust towards e-textbooks. This means they must carry around old-fashioned books that can be lost or easily damaged. E-textbooks can basically assure teachers that students will have their texts with them in class when it comes time for discussion.
However, the biggest con for laptops may be internet connectivity. While tablets can come with 3G and 4G networks that allow internet access nearly anywhere, laptops can only access the internet if there is a Wi-Fi network or an internet cable hookup (unless you buy separate, pricey devices).
Keep an eye out for the upcoming part II in this series where we will look at the pros and cons of tablets.
To your college admissions and funding success,
Co-founder, College Planning Network, LLC
Did you know that saving back-to-school shopping receipts could save families money at tax time? Not many people are thinking about their taxes in August, but it’s a good time to start.
Join us to spread the word about the important K-12 Education Credit that can help eligible families save! You can do so by distributing this flyer electronically or by ordering free education receipts envelope — simply reply back to this email.
The K-12 Education Credit/Subtraction offsets the education costs parents incur, ranging from everyday school supplies to computers and musical instruments. The credit allows parents to get 75% of qualifying expensesback in refunds, while the subtraction decreases their tax liability.
How to claim the credit or subtraction: Parents must save their receipts for tax time to claim their expenses. This simple step can help eligible* families save on their educational expenses.
Students across the country work hard to earn top marks; they dream of the college they’ll attend and the education they’ll receive.
Unfortunately, many of those students can’t afford to get the education of their dreams.
We want these students to reach their full potential. To help them accomplish this, our network of U.S. Chapters, along with RMHC Global, offer scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. Since 1985, more than $48 million in scholarships have been awarded.
How to Apply:
The 2013 application process has ended. This year’s applicants will be notified of scholarship award status in May – June, 2013. Scholarships applications for the 2014 scholarship program will be accepted online starting on October 1, 2013.
For any questions about the Scholarship Program application process, please contact International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS) via email at RMHC@applyists.com (Subject Line: RMHC) or toll free 855-670-4787.
The four types of scholarships available include:
RMHC®/Scholars: All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.
RMHC®/Asia: Applicant must have at least one parent of Asian-Pacific heritage.
RMHC®/African-American Future Achievers: Applicant must have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage.
RMHC®/HACER®: Applicant must have at least one parent of Hispanic/Latino heritage.
Congratulations 2012-2013 RMHC/HACER National Scholarship Recipients
Jessica Belmares Ortega — University of New Mexico
Mariah Gonzales — University of Texas at Austin
Daniel Ospina — Hillsborough Community College
Giovanna Robledo — Harvard University
General Eligibility Requirements
To apply for an RMHC scholarship, a student must:
Be a high school senior
Be younger than 21 years old
Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school with a full course of study
Be a legal U.S. resident
Live in a participating RMHC Chapter’s geographic area
Submit a complete application and all required documentation by the deadline on the application
Meet any additional eligibility requirements outlined by each scholarship program
Provide verification of enrollment each year at respective accredited post-secondary institution
Through RMHC, you can make a world of difference for the families who depend on us. We invite you to learn more about our core programs: the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile; and download the RMHC Club Kit, a manual for students with practical ideas on how to make a difference through RMHC. So spend time with us, and learn how you can help thousands of families spend time with their kids.