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Scholarship Friday: OP Loftbed, Low Income Mothers, Dale Friedell Scholarships

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Happy Friday, dear Scholarship Seekers! I hope you enjoyed a relaxing and productive week after that long 4th of July weekend. The weather has been hot and steamy here — and so have the scholarship opportunities!

As you know, I am committed to making your search for free money for college a little easier by posting every Friday (or every other Friday in the summer) about three great scholarships with upcoming deadlines.

1. OP Loftbed Scholarship Award: $500

The manufacturer of the #1 loftbed for college students, OP is sponsoring its annual $500 scholarship for full-time or part-time students enrolled at an accredited American college or university. Applicants must creatively answer a series of brief and fun essay questions:

-If you knew you couldn’t fail at any one thing, what would you do and why would you do it? (Answer must be between 80 and 120 words.)
-Tell us the funniest true story that has ever happened to you. (Answer must be between 80 and 120 words.)
-If you were going to start your own scholarship program, what questions would you ask of the applicants and why would you ask those questions? (Answer must be between 80 and 120 words.)
-What will you ask Santa Claus to bring you for Christmas this year? (Answer must be fewer than 40 words.)

Unlike many other scholarships, the OP scholarship committee is looking for creativity. Nothing more, nothing less. Your GPA, writing skill, or involvement in community doesn’t matter with this one — just have fun with this one! The application deadline is July 31. Winners will be notified by the third week in August.

2. Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Low Income Mom Scholarship: $2,000

Patsy Takemoto Mink represented Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965-1976 and again from 1990-2002. As the first woman of color elected to Congress, Ms. Mink was a champion of civil rights, women’s rights, economic justice, and civil liberties. The year after her death, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation was established to continue advancing Ms. Mink’s commitment to educational access for low-income women, and especially for mothers. This year, the Foundation will further advance these aims by offering 5 Education Support Awards of up to $2,000 each for low-income women with children who are currently pursuing higher education or career training. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age, have minor children, and have an annual family income of less than $17,500 for a family of 2; $22,000 for a family of 3; or $26,500 for a family of 4. The application deadline is mid-July. Winners will be notified in October.

3. Dale Fridell Scholarship: Unspecified Amount

Have you ever wondered if you’re really qualified for any scholarship; do you worry you aren’t smart enough, talented enough or athletic enough to win a college scholarship? Well the, check out this opportunity: The Dale E. Fridell Memorial Scholarship is open to anyone planning to attend university, college, trade school, technical institute, vocational training or other post-secondary education program this year. International students are also welcome to apply, making this scholarship one of the most broad appeal opportunities I think I’ve ever featured. The online application requires some personal bio information and then some basic essay questions. The application deadline is mid-July.

If you want to learn more about how to win free money for college, come visit the Financial Aid Finder section on college scholarships. Let us show you how to navigate the scholarship application process, write killer scholarship essays, take advantage of free scholarship search engines, and win weird & unusual scholarships.

Good luck with your scholarship applications this week!

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