October Scholarships | Coca-Cola Scholarship Program


Coca-Cola has an excellent scholarship program with an October 31st deadline. Each year Coca-Cola awards 50 scholarships of $20,000 and 200 scholarships of $10,000. To apply for this wonderful opportunity go here. Make sure you pay close attention to the scholarship application instructions.

Here are the qualifications for eligibility:

  • CURRENT high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools);
  • U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Temporary Residents (in a legalization program); Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees;
  • anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application;
  • planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution;
  • carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.


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College Rankings Roundup 10/19/12

This week in college rankings and student reviews…

It’s been a slow week on the college rankings front, but here’s a story on college savings plans that readers may be interested in. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal both reported on Morningstar’s updated ratings of 529 college savings plans.

529 plans are state sponsored savings plans that allow parents to save money tax-free so long as the money is used to fund their child’s college education. Morningstar, an investment research firm, rates the plans on a scale of “gold,” “silver” and “bronze,” as well as neutral and negative ratings. Ratings are based on each plans ability to help families meet their savings goals as well as their performance in the market.

A total of 64 plans were given ratings. Gold-rated plans included Alaska’s T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan, managed by T. Rowe Price; Maryland College Investment Plan, managed by T. Rowe Price; Nevada’s The Vanguard 529 Savings Plan, managed by Upromise Investments; and Utah Educational Savings Plan, managed by the agency of the same name. Those rated negatively included Kansas’ Schwab 529 College Savings Plan, managed by American Century Investment Management; Minnesota’s College Savings Plan, managed by TIAA Tuition Financing; Rhode Island’s CollegeBoundfund (Advisor-sold), managed by AllianceBernstein; and Rhode Island’s CollegeBoundfund (Direct-sold), managed by AllianceBernstein. The majority of plans were given a neutral rating, meaning they neither over-performed or under-performed.

Friday College Rankings Roundup 10/05/12

This week’s news and views on college rankings and student reviews…

New York Times Debates the Usefulness of College Rankings

In response to last month’s release of the 2013 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges ranking, the New York Times hosted a debate on the usefulness of college rankings asking the questions “Are these rankings given too much weight in the college application and selection process? Are they helpful or a distraction?” The six debaters, which include a college counselor and a professor, offer a range of views on rankings, from outright rejection to vigorous defense. The Times also published a column by Joe Nocera on what he calls The College Rankings Racket, as well as a number of responses to the piece from readers.

University President Offers Views on College Rankings and Student Reviews

George Forsythe, the president of Westminster College, attempts to help prospective students and their parents make sense of college rankings. After a critique of college rankings as a whole, as well as the student review siteRateMyProfessors and salary database Payscale in particular, Forsythe offers some practical advice on choosing a college. Forsythe doesn’t reject the usefulness of college rankings altogether, but recommends only using them as a starting point for getting a “quick glimpse at the possible strengths and weaknesses of a school” before moving on to a more personalized, in-depth evaluation based on the student’s unique interests and needs.

American Institute for Economic Research Ranks Best College Towns

The American Institute for Economic Research has published a ranking of the top 75 cities and towns for college students. The ranking is based on a dozen different factors thought to provide “a snapshot of each community’s overall academic and cultural environment, quality of life and employment opportunities in the area.” Locations are ranked in four different groups: Major Metros, Mid-Size Metros, Small Metros, and College Towns.

October Scholarships | Low Income Scholarship

Here is another great October scholarship program. The Horatio Alger Association is accepting applications from high school seniors of the Class of 2013 for the 2013 Horatio Alger Scholarships. They have a national scholarship and scholarships specific to states in which applicants reside. Simply fill out the application online.

Deadline: October 25, 2012

The eligibility criteria to be considered for National Scholarships and Horatio Alger State Scholarship Programs are as follows:

  • a full-time high school student who is graduating in 2013
  • a strong commitment to pursuing and completing a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution located in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • critical financial need ($50,000 or less adjusted gross income per family is preferred, if higher explanation must be provided);
  • involvement in co-curricular and community activities;
  • demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • United States Citizenship.
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October Scholarships | Young Artist Scholarship

Check out this October scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors who are artists. The scholarship program recognizes excellence in literary, visual and performing arts, including dance, cinematic arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.

Application Deadline: October 19, 2012


To apply CLICK HERE. For more information CLICK HERE.

The Most Affordable Colleges in Texas

Here are five of the most affordable colleges in Texas. The tuition rates were taken from the National Center for Educational Statistics for the 2011-2012 school years.

5. Texas Women’s University | Tuition $5,429

Texas Woman’s University is located in Denton, TX. While the name would lead one to believe that men do not attend the school, the school administration is clear that “qualified men” are welcomed to apply. 9% of the enrollment is comprised of men. There are slightly over 8,300 undergraduate students and around 6,400 graduate students. TWU has one of the most competitive nursing programs in Texas. Forbes considers TWU one of the top 250 research universities.  This affordable college in Texas is top notch! The total cost for students who are Texas residents and who live on campus is $15,749.

4. The University of Texas at Brownsville | Tuition $5,352

The University of Texas at Brownsville has slightly over 13,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate studies. This affordable school has 68 bachelor programs, 25 master programs, and 2 doctorate programs. U.S. News and World Report considers UTB a premier school for engineering at schools that do not offer engineering doctorates. It is apparent that part of UTB’s ethos is to heavily invest energy and resources into the local community. If you want an affordable college in Texas that is “committed to students, participatory governance, liberal education, the expansion of the application of knowledge, human dignity, the convening of cultures and respect for the environment” then this is your place. The total cost for students who are Texas residents and who live on campus is $16,586.

3. Tarleton State University | Tuition $5,281 

Located near the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Stephenville, Tarleton is a growing institution, known for its internationally recognized horse production program and innovative teacher education programs. The university has one of the largest and oldest public school improvement partnerships in the United States that benefits more than 50 area school districts. In the Fall of 2006, the university had 9,462 students enrolled at two campuses up from 8,540 in 2004 making it one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and the third largest university in the Texas A&M system. The school has students from 45 different states and 34 different countries. Tarleton boasts a student to professor of 18 to 1. The total cost for students who are Texas residents and who live on campus is $17,583.

2. Texas A & M University-Texarkana | Tuition $4,974

Texas A&M University – Texarkana offers small classes that create space for students to know professors and to be known. The school has a remarkable 14 to 1 student to teacher ration. There are close to 2,000 students enrolled. Because of the school’s proximity to Arkansas and Oklahoma, residents of those states are allowed to attend the school at the in-state tuition rate. Residents from bordering parishes of Louisiana also enjoy the in-state tuition rate. The total cost for students who pay in-state tuition and who live on campus is $14,393. This school is the most affordable college on this list when all costs are considered.

1. Sul Ross State University | Tuition $4,764

Sul Ross State University is nestled in the Davis Mountains in the town of Alpine, TX. It is part of the Texas State University system. The university has three satellite campuses in Del Rio, Uvalde and Eagle Pass. The enrollment of the school is around 2,000 students so the class sizes are small. This allows for a much higher level of personal attention from professors. Sul Ross State University offers associate, bachelor, and master degrees. Rodeo is significant part of the Sul Ross program. The university is the birthplace of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Many team members have gone on to become world champions. 1951 graduate Harley May is a charter member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Hall of Fame. The total cost for students who are Texas residents and who live on campus is $16,074.

Honorable Mention:
Texas Tech University | Tuition $7,380

Texas Tech University is located in Lubbock, TX and has an enrollment of slightly over 26,000 undergraduate students. The school is listed as “honorable mention” because there are a number of more affordable college in Texas. However, the college is the most affordable option that is well-known with a competitive FBS football program. The total cost for students who are Texas residents and who live on campus is $20,753.

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How to Find Cheap Moving Boxes

It’s August and that means thousands of college students are looking for cheap moving boxes to help them move to school. If you have the cash to using moving companies check out Box My Dorm. If you are looking for the cheapest possible route here are a few suggestions.

1. Check Craigslist.org for your particular area. If you act quickly, you can find good free moving boxes that are used. If you miss out on the free options you can always find people selling cheap moving boxes.

2. Check with local food, produce, or liquor venders. Call your local Old Navy and see when they get their shipments of gear. See if your local McDonalds will let you have their heavy duty french fry boxes.

3. Uhaul’s new boxes are extremely expensive. However, the company set up an online box exchange center. This is a great place to find cheap moving boxes!

4. If you are running out of free options, check out companies like www.bestpriceboxes.com who sell cheap moving boxes that are used. Most of these companies have a quality control process. That means that the boxes they sell you are high quality.

5. If you don’t feel like working hard to find free or cheap moving boxes that are used you can go the new route. The cheapest new options I could find were at Lowes and Home Depot. I just purchased some new medium boxes for about $1.10. That is cheaper than some of the online used options. Home Depot will ship boxes to your home. CLICK HERE to access Home Depot’s online store.

If you find any other options please let us know in the comment section.


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August Scholarships | Second Chance by AFSA

Here is a last minute August scholarship funded by the American Fire Sprinkler Association.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to U.S. citizens or legal residents with High School Diploma, GED or equivalent.
  • Scholarship payable to the winner’s college/university or certified trade school in the United States; winner must enroll or already be enrolled for Spring 2013 session.
  • Winners not based on financial need
  • Relatives of AFSA staff or board members may not enter.Deadline

Deadline:  August 22, 2012

Prizes: Three winners will receive $1,000 each.

CLICK HERE to get more information.

SAT Prep Apps That You Need

There are dozen of SAT prep apps for the iPhone and iPad. Most aren’t worth your time or money. Here are a few SAT prep apps that you need to check out!

Word Dynamo SAT Guide
Dictionary.com designed this college prep app. The app combines engaging games with Dictionary.com’s entire word library empowering students to master their word learning. With different learning modes including audio, flashcards, and definition matching. Purchase the app for $4.99 by CLICKING HERE. There is a free website that corresponds with the app.

SAT Vocab – MindSnacks
Mindsnacks has done it again! SAT Vocab is not your average vocabulary focused SAT prep app. The creators came up with fun games that help users learn SAT words. Everybody I introduced this app to thinks it is a ton of fun. In fact, it is one of the most reviews SAT prep app that I found. SAT Vocab by MindSnacks has 272 reviews and almost has a 4.5 star user rating out of 5. CLICK HERE to download it from iTunes.

SAT Connect

SAT Connect is a premier SAT prep app. It includes preparation on all facets of the standardized test. The app includes 4,000 vocabulary words, SAT practice tests, math lessons, and progress reports. Users get all of this great content for free. CLICK HERE to download from  iTunes.

Adapster Flex – SAT Math

This SAT prep app is free initially. You simply download it and take a diagnostic test. When you get the test results, you purchase the parts of the app that you need. The aesthetically design is simple and easy to understand. The progress reports are clear and helpful. This is one of the top math related SAT prep apps available. CLICK HERE to download it.



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Scholarship Monday | July Scholarship Deadline

There is one week left in July. That means you still have one week to complete scholarship applications that have July 31, 2012 deadlines. If you need help finding one, check out The Supercollege Scholarship. This is an essay based scholarship worth $1,500. This scholarship contest is open to any current high school senior, college student, graduate school student or returning adult student (18 years or older) who will enroll in a college or university within the next 12 months. Applicants must be permanent residents of the United States. Here is the application.