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Scholarship Announcements: Life Lessons, American Foreign Service, Hero Scholarships

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TGIF, scholarship seekers. Hope you are enjoying some great weather wherever you are. We had our first 80-degree day since September, and it was bliss! Of course, if you are seeking free money for college, you might have to spend a couple of hours inside this gorgeous weekend to work on your applications. I’m making that process a little easier for you this week by telling you about three great scholarship opportunities with upcoming deadlines.

1. Life Lessons Scholarship Program: $15,000

Recognizing the character and perseverance that young people must have to face the loss of a parent or guardian, the LIFE Lessons Scholarship Program provides up to $15,000 in scholarship money for those who have faced this struggle. The aim of the program is to ease the added burden of paying for college without parental support. Qualified applicants must submit an essay (no more than 500 words) or a video (no longer than 3 minutes) describing how the death of their parent or guardian impacted their lives. Also describe how your parent’s lack of adequate life insurance negatively affected your family’s financial situation. See website for deadline – usually in early spring.

2. American Foreign Service Association Scholarship: $2,500

Open to all high school students whose parents are not in the foreign service, the American Foreign Service Association Scholarship awards a $2,500 and a free trip to Washington, D.C. for the winner and his/her parents. Applicants must submit at 750 to 1,000 word essay that addresses the following topic (may vary year by year):

Analyze and explain what you think will be the Challenges Facing the American Foreign Service in the 21st Century

Be sure to describe and analyze the role of members of the United States Foreign Service in conducting diplomacy as a means to resolving one or more of the particular issues you raise. Also keep in mind US interests vis-à-vis national security, human rights, free market economics, and sustainable economic development. See website for deadline.

3. The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes: $2,500

If you know an outstanding young person who has made a significant positive impact on people and the planet, you can nominate them to win a $2,500 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. Nominees may range in age from 8 to 18 years old, and must have initiated a service activity while demonstrating a positive spirit and moral purpose. To nominate someone, you must have intimate knowledge of their “heroism”. Relatives may not nominate one another. Winners will earn a $2,500 scholarship, plus an opportunity to be paired with a mentor who can help you in you area of expertise and interest. See website for deadline.

If you would like to learn more about college scholarships, please visit FinancialAidFinder’s section on college scholarship information. Let us show you how to navigate the scholarship application process, write killer scholarship essays, take advantage of scholarship search engines, and win weird & unusual scholarships.

Good luck with your scholarship applications this weekend!

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