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Scholarship Announcements: The Big Dog Scholarship, Elie Weisel Scholarship & Cappex Scholarship

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With the financial stress and burden of paying tuition, it’s hard not to spend many hours thinking about yourself and your needs.  As human beings we have a need to think and care for others, lest we be lost in a pit of self pity.  Maybe take some time considering the ethical issues of today’s society, and what kinds of solutions you can apply to them.

Focus on volunteering, and getting involved with people and groups that you know will make a difference.  Think about the future of your future children and your children’s children; what can you do now to make the world a better place for them later on?  The saying is true, try and care for the needs of others and your needs will be taken care of.  There are so many scholarships out there for people looking to make this world a better place, so get started, and find the perfect one for you!

1. The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics, 2011 Essay Contest: $500 – $5,000

To quote holocaust survivor and famed writer Elie Wiesel, “words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.”  This essay contest asks college juniors and seniors to draw on their own life experiences and articulate and analyze personal ethical issues that they have confronted, and to reflect upon the relationship between religion and ethics and politics and ethics.  Essays are submitted with a faculty advisor, are judged anonymously, and should be 3,000 to 4,000 words. The more original and personal your essay is the better.

Deadline: Early December

2. The Big Dig Scholarship: $3,000

Instead of worrying how to finance you education, maybe a better question is how to finance the future generations’ education. Take this hypothetical situation: In 200 years your descendents are struggling under financial pressure.  Out of desperation they start digging in what was once your backyard, and they find treasure, that you had the foresight to bury.  Their financial stress is over!  They can live comfortably and pay all their children’s college tuition.  So what did you bury?

High School seniors and college freshman or sophomores can answer this question in 500 – 1,000 words.  The item must be under $500, and be found in a store today.

Deadline: Early December

3. Cappex, A GPA isn’t Everything Scholarship: $1,000

Despite its odd message, here is a quick and easy scholarship to assist you with your college needs.  No essay, no comparing grades, this scholarship is more interested in what you do than your transcript.  All you have to do to apply is create a Cappex profile online, describe any leadership, extracurricular, or volunteering activities that you do, and click on the scholarship tab.

Deadline: November 30

If you would like to learn more about college scholarships, please visit FinancialAidFinder’s section on 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 and unusual scholarships.

Good luck with your scholarship applications this week!

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