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Scholarship Friday: Veterans Day Scholarship and Ron Brown Scholarship

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TGIF, all you scholarship seekers! I can’t believe it’s already October. Where has the time gone? Now that you are settling into school, hopefully you have a little bit more time to dedicate to your scholarship applications. And even though this year is just starting, it’s not too early to be seeking out scholarships for next year — and certainly next semester. This week — like every week at the Financial Aid Finder — I have some great leads on scholarships with upcoming deadlines. Usually I get you three of these leads, but today I just ran out of time — so you’re getting two! I hope one of these will help you to pay for college!

You can learn more about college scholarships by visiting FinancialAidFinder’s student scholarship section, which has helpful articles on everything from the scholarship application process to scholarship essays.

1. Joe Foss Veteran’s Day Scholarship Contest (Note 12/17/12 – this award may no longer be offered): $5,000
The Joe Fossi Institute is once again sponsoring its annual Veteran’s Day scholarship contest. To enter, you must submit an original essay of at least 1,5000 words on the topic, “What Do We Owe Our Veterans? And Why?”  The contest is open to 7th-12th graders living in the United States (home schoolers are welcome to apply as well).  Entries must be electronically submitted no later than the deadline stated on their website.

2. Ron Brown Scholar Program: $10,000/year x 4 years
One of the most prestigious college scholarships, the Ron Brown Scholars Program annually provides at least ten $10,000 to outstanding African-American high school seniors. The scholarship is renewable for four years, for a total award of $40,000. Applicants must be high school seniors who excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership abilities, are active in community service activities, and have demonstrable financial need. Only high school seniors are eligible to apply. A group of finalists will be notified in February and invited to participate in a weekend selection process in Washington, D.C. in March. During the all-expense paid trip, finalists will be personally interviewed by members of the Ron Brown Selection Committee. The application —  which includes an essay, letters of recommendation and high school transcript — must be submitted no later than the deadline (see website) for consideration by both the Ron Brown Selection Committee and a select number of additional scholarship providers.

Good luck with your applications this week!

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