Graduating Seniors – Another scholarship you can win before enrolling to the College!!!!

Crime Prevention Essay Scholarship

Application Information

To apply for this scholarship, follow the instructions on thescholarship’s website

Scholarship Overview

This scholarship is for graduating seniors who plan to enroll in a two- or four-year college or university in the US. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be US citizens. To apply for this scholarship, applicants must write minimum two page essay that pertains to one or more of the following categories: crime prevention; effects of crime policies; recidivism; crime myths; crime statistics; causes of crime; how mental health affects crime and/or vice versa; stories about people overcoming criminal records; motivation for improving life after committing a crime; suicide prevention; suggestions and resources for improving life after committing a crime; crime policy reform; and international crime policy. Essays must be e-mailed in .rtf or .doc format and any outside sources must be cited in APA format. Applicants are allowed to submit more than one entry.

How easy is it to apply?

Not too bad

This scholarship’s application process may have items such as essays that could take a couple hours.

How much competition is there?


The competition for this scholarship will be average.


Deadline: Jun 30
Award Range: $1,000 – $2,500
Awards Granted: 3

Contact Information

Everyone Deserves A Second Chance At Life

PO Box 1521
Rapid City, SD 57709

p. 541-980-5573
f. 267-222-6519

8 Crucial Things You Should Know about Financial Aid


Dear College Made Simple Reader,

When it comes time to apply for financial aid, there are two basic numbers that go into the equation.

Number one is the cost of schooling – that includes tuition, room, board, textbooks, and other supplies.

The second is your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) – that’s the amount of money a college or university concludes that you have available to pay for your child’s education.

So, in simplified terms, your financial aid eligibility comes down to this: the cost of school minus your EFC.

Remember, the cost of the school is outside of your control – which means it’s up to you to find (legal) ways to lower your expected family contribution.

Today let’s review a number of acceptable, legitimate ways to do exactly that… so you can keep more money in your pocket.

– Scott

How To Reduce Your Expected Family Contribution – the Right Way

  • Honesty is the best policy. Fudging the numbers is the worst. That’s because – if you get caught, you could get hit with some serious fines… and up to 5 years of jail time. Moreover, you could be required to pay back monies received – and, worst of all, you may be declared ineligible for any financial aid going forward.
  • Time your application carefully. Be entirely truthful – but be smart. Everything you enter on your FAFSA form has to be accurate for the date you submit. That means, if you’ve got a raise coming up or a financial windfall in your future, make sure you get the application in beforehand. If your child is planning to get a job to help pay for education – be sure to get your FAFSA form in first.
  • Spend your child’s money first. What that means is… your student is expected to pay the highest percentage of income and assets – so you’ll want to reduce these first. Then come parents, and finally any other sources (like grandparents). Spend down assets accordingly.
  • Delay gifts. For example, if a grandparent is planning to help contribute – hold off. Make it a graduation gift.Pay off debts. Credit card debts, auto loans – these things don’t count against your assets when calculating the EFC. If you spend the money to pay them off, though, then you’ve erased that from your assets.
  • Minimize withdrawals. While 401(k) assets don’t count against you, if you withdraw from them to help pay for college, they do. Plus, you’ll be paying hefty penalties.
  • Accelerate any necessary purchases. If your family needs a new computer – get it before you submit your FAFSA. The same is true for a new car, or any other major expenses. The smaller you can make your assets, the better. In short, move purchases up.
  • Will you have more than one child in college? If so, by maximizing your expected college costs, you will receive more financial aid for each.

What I’ve just shared with you are all entirely legal ways to help maximize the financial aid you get.

Practice them all, and you’ve got a much better shot at receiving adequate financial aid.

To your college funding & admissions success,

Scott Weingold
Co-founder, College Planning Network, LLC

Publisher, College Made Simple – The Free Educational Resource of College Planning Network, LLC


High School Senior – one last chance for scholarship opportunity!!!

Akash Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship

Application Information

This scholarship has an online application

Scholarship Overview

This scholarship is for current high school seniors and current college students who will be enrolled full-time as college undergraduates the upcoming school year. To qualify for this scholarship, high school seniors must have a 3.5 GPA, and current college students must have a 3.0 GPA. The scholarship is open to students in any field of study. The ideal candidate must demonstrate excellence in leadership, diversity, integrity, and academics. Selection for this scholarship is based on financial need, content of character, and the candidates’ potential to make an impact on their peers and community.

How easy is it to apply?

Not too bad

This scholarship’s application process may have items such as essays that could take a couple hours.

How much competition is there?


You will be competing against a pretty high number of people for this scholarship.


Deadline: Jun 28
Average Award: $1,000
Awards Granted: 3

Contact Information

Akash Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship Fund

PO Box 140900
Gainesville, FL 32614


  • 3.0
Class Year:
  • High school senior
  • College freshman
  • College sophomore
  • College junior

Advises For Rising Seniors

You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world. ~Tom Brokaw

As a Senior in High School, the only thing that will go through your mind is graduating, getting that diploma on your graduation day. Therefore, it takes dedication and commitment to achieve those accomplishments in the end. Its not something easy where you can just sit around all day and do nothing. You have to work for it.

Your Senior in High School will be one of the most hardest year for you. Each of the four years in High School counts, some of those years will be easy and some of those years will be difficult. Remember starting as a Freshman and Sophomore? All you had to do was attend school, get good grades so your GPA will stay decent and stay on track for credits. Junior year will be a bit harder, although you may do the same tasks, here comes the ACT, ACT is the trademark standardized for college entrance examination. Lastly, as a Senior, this is when you have to be on track with everything involving credits and grades in school. Procrastination isn’t an option as a Senior.

Try to get along and get to know your teachers because it will be helpful when it comes to your letter of recommendations for college. After receiving your letter of recommendations, sending your teacher a thank you card for your appreciation would be a nice thing to do. Here comes the most headache that every Senior in High School will experience. This is also the year that you have to finish your college resumes, teacher letter recommendations, special circumstance essays, college touring, applying for College, apply for as many scholarships as you can because there are scholarships everywhere and about anything! It takes major commitment to finish these task but in the end everything, every sweat that you have drop, the all night studying, everything will be worth it in the end.

As a Senior that have just graduated this June, I Dorkboua Yang, graduate Class of 2013 from Park Center Senior High School have been through these struggles, everything is not what it seems. You have to believe in yourself that you can do it, if you don’t you won’t go anywhere. Dreams don’t just happen, you have to make that dream come true. Senior year will be one of the most memorable and hard working year ever that you will experience, especially those friends who you thought were your friends, the true friends who stood by your side, all the dramas. But instead of worrying about those things, remember you have come so far but you still got so far to go. Starting off with College. Life isn’t over yet, it have just started. Make those dreams come true, be that someone to make a difference.