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Please note that these resources are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. They do not constitute an endorsement and JELF bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links.

FAFSA

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Official website for filling out the FAFSA form.

Ph.D. Students

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Explore the Open Education Database’s expansive list of scholarship opportunities for Ph.D. students.

International Association of Jewish Free Loans (IAJFL)

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View a directory of other Jewish interest free loan organizations located around the world, some of which provide educational assistance.

Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS)

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Provides scholarships for college or vocational training in the form of grants and/or no-interest loans based on financial need to Jewish students residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Texas.

American Gap Association

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Includes links to a medley of information about funding a student’s “Gap” Year.

Masa Israel

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Offers grants and/or scholarships to help make Gap Year programs more affordable. Also collects information about other grants and scholarships available for long-term Israel programs from third party organizations.

Delta Community Credit Union Scholarship

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Applicants must be a Delta Community Credit Union member. See Delta Community CU scholarship page for more details regarding eligibility and application process.

The Student Access Loan Program (SAL)

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Offered to eligible students attending an eligible USG (University System of Georgia), Private or TCSG (Technical College System of Georgia) postsecondary institution in Georgia. The SAL is a 1% fixed rate loan, designed to assist undergraduate and technical college students who have a gap in meeting their educational costs.

Georgia Student Finance Commission

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Offers info on Georgia’s colleges and universities. Includes a complete listing of state and federal financial aid resources.

Georgia’s Own Credit Union What’s Ne[x]t Scholarship

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Applicants must be a Georgia’s Own Credit Union member, see Georgia’s Own CU scholarship page for more details regarding eligibility and application process.

College Avenue Student Loans

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An organization that helps access loan repayment options and find student loans that fit each student.

Live Más Scholarship Program

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Funded by the Taco Bell Foundation, this program is open to students either currently enrolled in or actively applying to an accredited post-high school/post-secondary educational programs located in the United States or D.C. (including accredited two-and four-year colleges, universities, vocational-technical and trade schools). Applicants submit a 2 minute video as part of the application process.

The Esther Bleich Scholarship (Atlanta area)

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Established in 1978 by Dr. Jack K. Bleich in memory of his mother, this scholarship awards grants or loans to worthy and deserving members of the Atlanta Jewish community who are pursuing a college education. To secure an application, email Heather McKerley at The Temple or call 404-873-1731. The deadline for submitting applications is March 31 of each year.

Caregiver Scholarship

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Open to students who are caring for an adult relative while enrolled in college (or as a high school senior). Applicants submit either a 1,500-word essay or a two-minute video as part of the application process.

Scholarship Search – Fastweb

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Fastweb is your connection to scholarships, colleges, financial aid and more.

College Planning Tools

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Focuses primarily on the College Board exams and includes financial aid information. This site also offers a great Financial Aid Calculator and scholarship search capabilities.

Center for Online Education

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Today, millions of college students choose to take some or all of their courses online. Even as total higher education enrollment decreases, student enrollment in courses and degree programs at online colleges continues to climb. Learn how to properly fill out the FAFSA, get loan counseling and learn about lesser known forms of educational funding.

College Finance Glossary

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Definitions for all terms related to student financial aid!

College Resources & Scholarships for Jewish Students

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Guide includes information about scholarships for Jewish students. Also includes information about Judaism on campus and general college resources.

College Foundation of North Carolina

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Provides a free informational website that offers links to federal programs as well as the North Carolina EXTRA Education Loans.

FinAid – The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

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Comprehensive financial aid program, including glossary of financial aid terms, links to other sites and a listing of aid based on specific interests.

FRANK (makes the FAFSA easier!)

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Afford the school of your dreams with FRANK. File your free FAFSA® in under 5 minutes, gain access to expert support, and increase your potential for more aid. FRANK’s mission is to help students reach their greatest potential by getting the most value from their education. We aim to assist each student and help them get their maximum financial aid.

U.S. Department of Education

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The U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $120 billion in financial aid to help pay for college each year. This site offers information on federal assistance for students. Under “Publications,” you can download or order “The Student Guide” (free), which details each assistance program, how much it offers and who is eligible.

Does a Gap Year Affect Financial Aid?

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Before you decide if taking a gap year is right for you, here are a few things to consider.

The Federation Executive Recruitment & Education Program (FEREP) Graduate Scholarship

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The Federation Executive Recruitment & Education Program (FEREP) is a scholarship for Jewish students who plan to pursue a career as professional leaders for the North American Jewish Federation system. Eligible areas of study include non-clinical social work, public administration, or business administration.

Parent PLUS VS. Private Student Loans: 4 Factors To Help You Choose

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If your child’s financial aid package falls short, you might need other sources of funding. Before choosing which loan to take out for school — a Parent PLUS Loan under the parent’s name or a private student loan made out to the student — consider these four factors.

Find Private Student Loans

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Wondering how you’ll cover the cost of attending school this year? Enter your information and see which of our lending partners are offering loans for your school.

Stein Family College Scholarship

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An annual grant for Jewish students in the Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Isle of Wight County, Hampton, Newport News, and the Peninsula) area that provides a scholarship of up to $10,000 a year for college tuition.

Sylvia Tuman Scholarship Program

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Scholarships for qualified Jewish students who require financial assistance to further their education. Students must be enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a college or university located in Miami-Dade or Broward counties. Preference is given to institutions in Miami-Dade County. The deadline to apply is typically at the end of May. This program is administered by The Foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

Georgia United Credit Union Scholarship

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Applicants must be a Georgia United Credit Union member. See scholarship page for more details regarding eligibility and application process.

Policygenius Scholarship

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Open to students enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university for the upcoming fall semester. Amount is typically $3,000. Applicants must submit an essay related to lessons about money or their understanding of money.

JCC Graduate Scholarship Programs

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The JCC Association Graduate Education Scholarship Program is designed to help current and future JCC professionals deepen and enhance their professional knowledge in order to make them effective and successful.

Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships

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Each year, SYF’s scholarships support hundreds of college-bound students through three nationally competitive scholarship programs. Applicants are evaluated based on academic promise, financial need, work experience and community/extracurricular involvement; additional criteria apply to each individual scholarship program.

Aging Matters Scholarship

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A scholarship will be given annually to a student that currently cares for an aging loved one, works within the senior community, or intends to pursue a career that will have an impact on the elder population. Applicants submit an essay on “why aging matters” as part of the application process.

List of Jewish Scholarships

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Community and connection to history are two of the most common criteria for awarding Jewish scholarships and financial aid. Few faiths have as much history or sense of community as Judaism. Both national and local scholarships are available for Jewish students trying to find money for college. Whether you are currently practicing or simply of Jewish descent, there are Jewish scholarship opportunities for you. This is a list of the most popular Jewish-specific scholarship awards available.

The Sara and Max Goldsammler Scholarship Fund

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Sponsored by Orthodox Union Alumni, this scholarship is offered for any high school senior or current Jewish college student for college tuition.

PeerFinance101 Personal Finance Scholarship

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This annual scholarship of $1,000 is open to students either currently enrolled in or actively applying to an undergraduate or graduate-level program. Submissions will be accepted starting in January of each year with a winner selected by September.

PDFelement Scholarship Program

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This scholarship is open to students enrolled in an accredited college or university located anywhere in the world. In order to qualify for $1,000, applicants must create an original 2-3 minute video on the topic of “PDF in education.”

Old School Labs Scholarship

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This scholarship is open to current high school (or home-schooled) students attending a school in the U.S. In order to receive a $1,000 scholarship, applicants must submit a video answering questions related to health and fitness as part of the application process.

National Debt Relief Scholarship

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National Debt Relief will award 5 scholarships of $1,000 each to outstanding college students pursuing studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. This scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an accredited 4-year university or college located in United States. Applicants must be able to provide a unique solution to solve the $1+ trillion dollar student loan crisis via YouTube video, essay or infographic.

A-1 Auto Transport Scholarship

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A-1 Auto Transport is one of the biggest U.S. based auto shippers. This scholarship is open to any current, full time or part time student of an accredited institution. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to become eligible. Applicants write an essay/article as part of the application process. Three awards worth $1,000, $500, and $250 will be awarded under the A-1 Auto Transport Scholarship every year

Life Lessons Scholarship Program

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College scholarship program for students who have lost a parent. Qualified entrants who submit essays or videos about how the death of a parent impacted their lives are eligible for scholarship money. Applications are accepted online from February 1 to March 1. Scholarship recipients will be notified in the June/July timeframe; the full list of winners will be available around September.

Indiana University Scholarships

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These scholarship opportunities are for students committed to pursuing a Jewish Studies major at Indiana University Bloomington. Multiple scholarships exist. Candidates will be considered primarily on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and promise. Extracurricular achievements will also be considered. Students must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or above (out of a 4.0 scale) or equivalent and a record of academic and extracurricular accomplishment.

Porch Scholarship

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Growing demand and lack of qualified workers in skilled trades and technology means it’s a great time to go back to school and enter these lucrative and fast-growing industries. To help keep up with demand and assist the next generation of professionals, Porch will award a $2,000 scholarship four times a year to eligible students.

How to Take a Gap Year

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Gap years offer an exciting opportunity for young adults to grow and learn. Ultimately, by choosing a destination, thinking about ways to finance your gap year, and focusing on self-discovery, you’ll be better prepared to take a gap year.

Law School Scholarship Program

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Students who go to graduate school for law collectively take on millions of dollars in student debt. The good news is that there are many law school scholarships and grants out there. Some are even sponsored by private law firms.

The Self-Publishing School Creative Writing Scholarship

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A $1000 grant will be paid via check to the college or university. Funds are to be applied to qualified college expenses (including tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board) for the current academic year.

The Rosalyn Saltz and Norman Seymour Pliner Scholarship Fund

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Provides financial assistance for post-secondary education to applicants residing in North or South Carolina. Selected recipient(s) must demonstrate commitment and involvement in their chosen field as well as advancing Jewish women in leadership roles.

South Carolina Student Loan Corporation

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Designated by the State of South Carolina, South Carolina Student Loan (SCSL) is the only statewide non-profit education lender. Provides assistance through the SC Teachers Loan Program, Palmetto Assistance Loan, and Financial Literacy.

Virginia Information Providers Network

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Offers free financial aid information for state residents. Click on “Family and Education” and then “Education” to find financial aid information. There are also links to state and federal financial aid resources.

College Financial Aid Director

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Provides links to state financial aid programs for SC residents.

Thelma & Isador S. Segall College Scholarship Fund

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Scholarship for qualified Jewish students living in the Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Service catchment area (from Boynton Beach north to Indian River County and west to Wellington) and planning to attend a Florida university or community college.

Hebrew Free Loan of South Florida

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If you are living in Miami-Dade, apply for interest-free loans for personal, business, fertility and adoption!

Florida Office for Student Financial Assistance

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The Florida Department of Education,
Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)
is your designated guaranty agency for the state of Florida.

The Selby Foundation Scholarship

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Financial need scholarships available to residents of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte or DeSoto counties. Applicants must be either graduating seniors from any high school in those 4 counties or graduating associate degree students from any state college in those 4 counties.

Student Aid Foundation

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The Student Aid Foundation is an Atlanta-based non-profit, private foundation with over a 100 years history of helping women achieve their educational goals to pave the way for a bright future. Loans are eligible to women who are residents of Georgia (attending school elsewhere) or students attending school in Georgia. Loans accrue no interest while a student is in school.

JIFLA (Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta)

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Provides interest-free loans to Jewish individuals in the metro-Atlanta area and surrounding communities. NOTE: JIFLA does not provide educational loans. Their goal is to assist Jews in maintaining or achieving financial stability.

Eda and Cliff Viner Community Scholars Foundation

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The Viner Community Scholarship is a program that provides South Palm Beach County High School students with four year scholarships to colleges and universities in the State of Florida public educational system.

Murray I. Daninhirsch Student Loan Fund

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Administered by the Soref JCC, the Murray I. Daninhirsch Student Loan Fund offers interest-free loans for undergraduate study to students who come from families permanently residing in the Broward County area north of State Road 84.

Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC)

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Free service which administers a variety of scholarship and grant programs, including the HOPE scholarship. The GSFC also makes low-interest federal Stafford and PLUS loans to students and parents. GSFC is the only lender in Georgia providing service-cancelable loans to encourage students to train for careers in critical need areas such as teaching and health care.

Graduate Scholarships

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Explore the Open Education Database’s expansive list of scholarships for grad school students.

Resources for First Generation College Students

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Half of all undergraduate college students identify as first generation college students — meaning students whose parents never completed a bachelor’s degree. This resource will help guide first generation college students and their families with the additional barriers and challenges they may face.

Academic Common Market

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Is a degree program you’d like to pursue not available in your state? Is out-of state tuition a barrier to a major offered at a college in another state? Study in a specialized field at an out-of-state college. Pay in-state tuition rates. Learn more about the Academic Common Market through the Southern Regional Education Board.

81 personal finance tips every young adult should live by

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Struggling to get your personal finances in order? You’re not alone. A GoBankingRates survey found that 62% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings account. This resource of 81 personal finance tips will help get you on the right path towards being financially free.

Money 101 For Millennials: Improving Your Financial Literacy

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Most millennials are now in their 20s and 30s — the time when many people make major financial decisions, like home ownership and long-term investment strategies. If you’re part of this generation and feel undereducated about your finances, follow this advice.

How to save money in college, even though you’re busy learning

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If you know how to save money in college, you could graduate with a few dollars in your pocket. Check out this step-by-step guide to building your savings in college.

Reasons for Working Your Way Through College

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Working during college has many benefits. Although it does take extra effort to hold down a job and still get good grades, you can do it!

College Spending Dos and Don’ts

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Before you buy for college, consider what items are most important and what you can skip to save money. Remember, it is important to avoid making financial mistakes in college since they will follow you into your adult life.

3 tax breaks every US college student should know about

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Tax credits and tax deductions for college students can help offset the cost of school or repaying a loan. College students can only claim one tax credit a year, but parents supporting more than one child in college can claim tax credits, in some cases, on a per-student basis. Learn more here!

The Bradley Beman Scholarship

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Amongst the many challenges universities face, providing first class services to manage the mental health of their student body should be of primary concern. Drawing from his own experiences supporting family members with challenges such as these is something Bradley Beman understands well. The aforementioned scholarship, established in his name, is the result of those feelings. The award amount is $1000 and the deadline is August 1st.

The Marcus Joseph Debaise Scholarship

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The Marcus Joseph Debaise Scholarship has been created to help one student defray the high cost of university tuition. Marcus believes that everyone who seeks high education should be able to do so. The Marcus Joseph Debaise Scholarship is the result of his commitment. The award amount is $1000 and submission deadline is August 1, 2020.

Law School Scholarship Link

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Law school is expensive – and students who go to graduate school for law collectively take on millions of dollars in student debt. The good news is that there are many law school scholarships and grants out there. Some are even sponsored by private law firms. For more information contact [email protected]

Lendedu

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Paying for college is no easy task. Learn about the steps you should take and find resources that can help you along the way.

Rick Sayagh MD Scholarship

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Rick Sayegh is happy to announce his annual scholarship dedicated to college students that need some help with their tuition payment. They are offering a one-time, scholarship of $1,000. Submissions and essays must be in by September 1st.

Ram Duriseti Grant

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Ram Duriseti is a doctor who is pleased to announce his annual $1000 scholarship for university students looking for an extra help with their tuition. The deadline for the application for the one-time $1000 grant is August 1st and the winner will be announced on August 15th.

Arlington Capital Management Scholarship

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Arlington Capital Management has established a $1000 scholarship, dedicated to US-based students looking for tuition assistance. Applicants must write a 700-800 word essay on “Growth Capital and Future Trends.” Application deadline is October 1st and the winner will be announced on October 15th.

Marc Mitchell Ravenscroft Scholarship

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The Marc Mitchell Ravenscroft Scholarship has been created to help one student defray the high cost of university tuition. Marc believes that everyone who seeks high education should be able to do so. The $1000 scholarship’s deadline is August 1 and they notify the winner August 15th.

180 Medical Caregiver Scholarship

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180 Medical’s new annual scholarship opportunity is for full-time college students who are unpaid caregivers for a family member or loved one with a chronic disability or medical condition. The Ron Howell Caregiver Scholarship is awarded to one student for $1000. This opportunity is offered to legal U.S. Citizens seeking a two-year, four-year, or graduate school program full time in the fall. There is no specific GPA guideline. We accept applications through June 1st.

Jared J Davis Scholarship

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Jared J. Davis is an entrepreneur looking to assist one struggling college student via his tuition grant.

Modern Castle $1,000 Scholarship

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The entire team at Modern Castle was fortunate enough to be able to attend 4-year universities. It’s our hope that we can help support others to pursue their dreams through higher education and life-long learning. The deadline is April 30, 2020.

Beth DeBouvre Scholarship

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The scholarship will help one female student lessen the burden of University tuition, and move toward establishing the successful career she deserves. The scholarship is for one $1000 grant and submission deadline is August 1st.

Annuity.org Financial Literacy Advice

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Our brand new page covers topics like need vs. merit-based scholarships, the intricacies of student loans, planning for life after college and much more. You can check out our guide here: http://www.annuity.org/financial-literacy/students/

The Earnest Scholarship

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We award $250,000 in scholarships in December. We have 50 awards up for grabs. We offer these scholarships throughout the year as an ongoing charitable opportunity; our next submission deadline is in May, but applying at any time will allow your students to be considered. All of the details of our scholarship are found on our page here: https://www.earnest.com/student-loans/scholarship

Patrick Maddren Scholarship

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All submissions should be done via email as a Word Document to [email protected] All relevant information for this $1000 scholarship should be provided along with a minimum 500-word essay answering the following question: ‘Why would you like to become an entrepreneur and what qualities do you think you possess to become a successful entrepreneur in the future?’

Marcus J. Debaise Scholarship

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Marcus J. Debaise scholarship is known to be a preeminent scholarship program that aims to fulfill the dreams of a talented young mind by providing him with $1000 in terms of scholarship. Submit an essay on ‘Some Effective Strategies that a Startup Entrepreneur Must Consider’. Send your submissions to Marcus J. Debaise via an email at [email protected]

The Adam Veron Scholarship

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Adam Veron understands that education is one of the most important elements of future career success. With that in mind, he has created the Adam Veron scholarship, with the goal of helping one student reduce the financial burden of expensive university tuition. The Adam Veron Scholarship will be awarded based upon a review of the submissions received by Mr. Veron. The student whose answer shows the most innovation will be awarded the Scholarship. Submissions must be made via email, in the form of an attached WORD-DOC, and emailed to [email protected]

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