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Scholarship Weekend: Wayne V. Black Scholarship, Caterpillar Scholarship, Best Buy Scholarship

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Happy Saturday, dear scholarship seeker. If you are new to this blog, then welcome to your first Scholarship Weekend!

Every weekend (well, almost every weekend), I post about three great scholarships with upcoming deadlines. We are in the middle of “high” scholarship season, so there is definitely no better time than the present to get your scholarship applying act together.

This week, you might want to consider sending off applications to the $5,000 Wayne V. Black Scholarship for engineers (and a few other majors, too); the Caterpillar Scholarship for merchandising students; and the $1,000 Best Buy scholarship for high school seniors.

1. Wayne V. Black Scholarship: $5,000

Established in 2006 by the Energy Telecommunications & Electrical (ENTELEC) company, the Wayne V. Black Scholarship Award honors the memory of Mr. Black,  a pioneering in-house attorney representing ENTELEC for years. Eligible applicants for the scholarship must be a currently enrolled full-time undergraduate students in an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.  Students must be pursuing their B.A. degree in one of the following: Engineering/ Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Pre-law, Political Science, or Telecommunications. Applicants must also be U.S. or Canadian citizens (or permanent residents).  The winner will be chosen based on his or her biography, essay, GPA and references. For more information, including the essay topic, please click on the link above. The application deadline is February 12, 2010.

2. Caterpillar Scholarship Program: Amount Varies

The SME Educational Foundation supports a variety of scholarship programs, totaling some $3 million since 1998. The Caterpillar Scholarship Program assists undergraduate students pursuing a degree in a manufacturing-related field of study. Applicants must prepare a personal statement of no more than 300 words explaining:

  • Applicant’s career objectives in manufacturing engineering, manufacturing engineering technology, or related field.
  • Applicant’s educational objectives
  • How this scholarship would help the applicant attain the above objectives

Additionally, candidates must be citizens of the United States or Canada and be pursuing their degree full-time. The scholarship also has a minimum GPA requirement, although it isn’t obvious just what the requirement is (so do some digging around the site to be sure). The Caterpillar Scholarship Program deadline is February 1, 2010. (NOTE: This award may no longer be offered)

3. Best Buy Scholarship: $1,000

Best Buy’s 15 Scholarship Program will award a whopping 1,000 scholarships of $1,000 (yup, that’s $1 million in scholarships!) to students in 9th through 12th grades who are planning to enter college full-time in the fall. These are exceptionally good odds for any scholarship — usually committees are giving out one, two, or maybe ten or so scholarships. To be awarding 1,000 scholarships means that you have a much better shot than normal of winning, so you should definitely see if you qualify for this one! The committee will be looking for “solid grades”, involvement in volunteering and/or a work history. If you are homeschooled, you’re also eligible to apply. Applicants must be members of @15 (it’s free to join). The application deadline is February 15, 2010, but if you apply by February 1st, you get bonus points at @15.

If you would like to learn more about college scholarships, please visit Financial Aid Finder’s section on scholarship. Let us show you how to navigate the scholarship application process, write winning scholarship essays, take advantage of fee scholarship search engines, or win an unusual scholarship.

Good luck with your scholarship applications this week!

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