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Scholarship Monday

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Sorry for the late posting of these scholarship announcements.  I’m going to move to a biweekly format for scholarships starting next week as the cold weather signals the start of a much more robust scholarship season.

Today, I’ve got three college scholarships with deadlines for this week, but in the coming weeks we will be looking at scholarships with late November, December and early January deadlines.

It’s time to start getting your duck in a row, so to speak, so that you can the most out of your scholarship opportunities.  If you are a high school senior, that means fine-tuning your scholarship essays and making sure your letters of recommendation are in tip-top shape.  If you are in college, looking for money for later this year or for the ’09-’10 school year, you will want to be sure that your transcripts are ready and all your other paperwork is good to go.

Without further adieu, here are the top three scholarship opportunities with deadlines for later this week:

1. Intel Annual Science Talent Search: $5,000 – $100,000
The Intel Annual Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is America’s premiere pre-college science competition, bringing together the 40 best and brightest young scientific minds in America to compete for $1.25 million in awards and scholarships. Every year, some 1,600 American high school seniors enter the competition with original projects from a wide range of mathematics and science disciplines. The field of 1,600 is then narrowed to 300 semifinalists, and then further culled to the 40 finalists. Each of the 40 finalists will receive $5,000 from the Intel Foundation; a new laptop with Intel Centrino Duo Mobile Technology; an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. where they will meet with government officials, including the President or Vice President; and the opportunity to display their research at the National Academy of Sciences.  The grand prize winner will be awarded a $100,000, four-year scholarship. The second place winner will receive a $75,000, four-year scholarship and the third place winner will receive $50,000. The fourth through sixth place winners each receive $25,000, while the seventh through tenth place winners each receive $20,000. The 66-year history of the Intel STS has honored some of the world’s most accomplished scientists: six former finalists have gone on to win a Nobel Prize. Applications must be received no later than 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 19, 2008.

2. Toyota Community Scholars: $10,000 – $20,000
Toyota’s Community Scholars program annually provides 100 four-year college scholarships, valued at either $10,000 or $20,000, to recognize academic excellence, leadership and commitment to community service. High schools nationwide may each nominate one scholar per year for the scholarship program, which is administered by the Educational Testing Service.  The nomination deadline for the 2009-2010 Toyota Community Scholars Program is November 14, 2008.

3. Scholarships.com College Health Scholarship: $1,000
Scholarships.com, one of the leading free scholarship searches, offers a variety of $1,000 to students pursuing a variety of majors. Posted with deadlines throughout the years, these scholarships cover everything from English to Engineering.  This week’s opportunity is for undergrads pursuing a career in medicine and health care.  The online application is available through Scholarships.com and includes a brief application form and a 250 to 350-word essay on the topic: “What has influenced your decision to pursue a career in health care/medicine?” Application deadline is November 30, 2008.

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