TGIF! It’s Friday and the weekend is right around the corner, but it’s not time to party yet. I want to encourage you to first spend an hour or two researching college scholarships and filling out some applications.
Especially if you know you are going to be a bit short for next year’s tuition (did you see my posts from earlier this week about understanding your financial aid letter and calculating the real cost of attending college?)
Every Friday, I post about three scholarships with upcoming deadlines. This week, I have $7,500 in total college scholarship prizes, including opportunities for video game designers, nurses and moving image archivists. If you want to find out about other scholarships, check out our article on free scholarship search engines.
To learn more about winning college scholarships, check out the Finder’s articles about navigating the scholarship application process, writing scholarship essays, and the myths and facts of unclaimed scholarships.
1. The Association of Moving Image Archivists, AMIA Scholarship Program: $4,000
I don’t post a lot of graduate student scholarships, but here is a great one. The Association of Moving Image Archivists offers five annual scholarships for grad students pursuing careers in moving image archiving. Each scholarship is worth $4,000 and is sent directly to the winner’s school to help defray the cost of tuition and fees. Only one application is required to be considered for all five scholarships. To learn more about each individual scholarship, visit the AMIA website. Eligible applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be enrolled full-time or accepted for full-time enrollment in a graduate-level program in moving image studies or production, or related field. The scholarship committee will evaluate each application on the basis of the student’s commitment to pursuing a career in moving image archiving, his or her academic record, and the strength of his or her degree program. The application form can be downloaded from the AMIA website. The application deadline is stated on the website.
2. Tafford Uniforms Nursing Scholarship Program: $1,000
Tafford Uniforms, the largest online seller of nursing scrubs and uniforms, is offering a scholarship to nursing students enrolled in an accredited nursing program, including a BSN, MSN, LPN, LVN or Associate Degree in nursing. The company offers two $1,000 scholarships each semester, and the winners also receive 10% off their nursing uniform order. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and submit a 250-word essay describing why they are pursuing a career in nursing. The application deadline is on the website. (Note that in order to view the application, you must enter a valid email address.)
3. Randy Pausch Scholarship for Game Designers, Developers and Producer: $2,500
Last week I posted about the ESA Computer & Video Game Scholarship Program for women and minorities. I thought that must be a pretty obscure field, so imagine my surprise when I came across a second scholarship for aspiring video game designers, developers and producers! The Dr. Randy Pausch Scholarship, established by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, awards four $2,500 scholarships to students attending accredited universities. The scholarship honors Dr. Pausch, who was a professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University and spent sabbaticals designing user interface technologies at companies like Walt Disney Imagineering and Google. Qualified scholarship applicants must be planning to pursue a career in game design, development or production; be enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (high school seniors are not eligible); and have a minimum GPA of 3.3. See the website for the deadline.
That’s it for me this week, although I did want to remind you about the high value Tylenol scholarship program for students pursuing a career in health care. The deadline is stated on the website.