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Hamptons Teen :Scholarships with December 2015 deadlines
College is very expensive yet searching for scholarships is the last thing high school seniors and college students want to do. You have finally finished your college essays, your application process and your SAT’s, now what? Are you just waiting around for the acceptance letters and the financial package that the college is offering or are using your time productively and seeking opportunities to apply to the thousands of scholarships that are available? Wouldn’t everyone want the problem of receiving so many scholarships that it paid for your entire tuition to any college you were accepted to without worry of the financial obligation? Listed below are 115 college scholarships and contests with December 2015 deadlines. Please note that not all of these scholarships and contests listed below are for High School Seniors, there are scholarships on this list for students as young as 13, and many for current enrolled college students and even some for graduate students. december2015 deadlines

Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, students are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements. For more information on College Counseling check out JV College Counseling.

#FORTONFLEEK Challenge
Sponsor: DormBedding.com
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Challenge is open to legal residents of the United States and international students with student visas. Applicant must create a fort out of sheets and blankets and share the photo or video on Instagram.

2015 Bi-Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest
Sponsor: Zavodnick/Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited United States college or university in the near future. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to workers’ compensation.

Apartment List Scholarship
Sponsor: Apartment List
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. residents who are at least 18 years of age and attending an accredited university or college in Fall 2015. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to “home.”

Ashley Soule Conroy Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: Ashley Soule Conroy Foundation
Amount: $3,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at a four-year college or university in the United States. Applicant must be planning to participate in full-time study abroad for at least one full semester outside of the United States.

Undergraduate Engineering Scholarships
Sponsor: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to full-time students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate engineering or engineering technology program recognized by ASHRAE. There are multiple scholarships available, including scholarships for high school seniors and university-specific scholarships.

Barbara Lotze Scholarship
Sponsor: American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
Amount: Up to $2,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate students enrolled, or planning to enroll, in physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors entering such programs.

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Sponsor: Bottar Leone Attorneys
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school graduates who are currently enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year university or community college in the United States with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must have a documented physical or learning disability (students with ADD/ADHD alone are not eligible) and have demonstrated financial need.

Bruning Legal Scholarship
Sponsor: Bruning Legal
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students, as well as those planning on starting college next fall. Applicant must submit an essay on a given prompt related to driverless vehicles.

Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: PCB Solutions
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current, full-time students at an accredited American university or college with a minimum GPA of at least 2.5. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to the global economy.

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Sponsor: Lamber & Goodnow Injury Law Team
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarships are open to students enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university with a 2.8 GPA or higher. Applicant must submit an essay on how they are driven to innovate.

eCommerce Entrepreneur Scholarship
Sponsor: Store Coach, Inc.
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled full or part-time at an accredited university during the 2015-2016 school year. Applicant must have plans to start an online business after (or during) their education.

FRA Americanism Essay Contest
Sponsor: Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)
Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Contest is open to students in grades seven through 12 (or equivalent). Applicant must be sponsored by a branch of the Fleet Reserve Association or a unit of the Ladies Auxiliary. Applicant must submit an essay on the theme, “What the United States Flag Stands For.”

Giva Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award
Sponsor: Giva, Inc.
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current college and graduate students. Applicant must submit an essay answering two questions: “How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations?” and “What are your career and personal goals and why?”

Insureon Scholarship
Sponsor: Insureon
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to any citizen and resident of the United States, District of Columbia and its territories and possessions who are high school seniors or current undergraduate students. Applicant must submit an essay about their favorite small business and why they love it.

Life Investment for Education Fund
Sponsor: F.A.I.T.H. Connection
Amount: $300
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a secondary education or accepted to attend by Aug. 1, 2015. Applicant must submit a completed application, transcript(s), two letters of recommendation, and an essay.

Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship
Sponsor: InsuranceProviders.com
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students and anyone planning on attending college (or another form of higher education) in the upcoming school year. Applicant must create a form of social awareness that inspires students to focus on Looking Twice for Motorcycle Safety.

Medical Malpractice Lawyer Scholarship
Sponsor: Lovenberg & Associates, P.C.
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are enrolled or accepted into an accredited post high school education with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must also have been affected by Medical Malpractice either personally or through a close relation.

Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing Scholarship
Sponsor: Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing
Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to talented writers. Applicant must submit an essay on one of three given historical structures.

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Essay Contest
Sponsor: NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund
Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Contest is open to all students enrolled, or who will be enrolled, in an elementary, junior high or high school during the 2015-2016 academic year, including homeschooled students in an equivalent grade level. Applicant must submit an essay on the theme, “What Does the Second Amendment Mean to You?”

Scholarship Essay Contest
Sponsor: Rogers Law Firm
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the United States who will be at least 18 years of age at time of award and currently enrolled in a college or university in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on one of the given topics related to vehicle accidents.

SimpleTexting $1,000 Scholarship
Sponsor: SimpleTexting
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to currently enrolled college students, or students headed to college in 2016. Applicant must submit an essay on how they think their mobile device has improved their life.

SMART Scholarship
Sponsor: Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART)
Amount: Up to $38,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens who are current undergraduate or graduate students and 18 years of age or older at of Aug. 1, 2016. Applicant must be able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories and willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD.

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship
Sponsor: The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
Amount: $4,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students who have battled cancer at any point in their lives (not limited to mesothelioma) or who have a parent, sibling, immediate family member or close friend who has battled or is currently fighting cancer. Applicant must be enrolled full-time at an accredited two-year or four-year university, community college or junior college, or a graduate degree program.

The Raab Collection Stewards of History Scholarship
Sponsor: Raab Collection
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to driven and capable history majors. Applicant must be a college junior or senior with a passion for history, historical documents, and historical preservation in the 21st century.

The Steven M. Sweat Annual College Scholarship Essay Competition
Sponsor: Law Offices of Steven M. Sweat
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently attending or planning on attending an accredited U.S. college or university in the near future. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to what they think could make our roads safer.

USBC Youth Scholarships
Sponsor: U.S. Bowling Congress
Amount: Varies
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are members of USBC and active bowlers. Multiple scholarships available with different eligibility requirements – see website for details.

Dr. Robert H. Goddard Scholarship
Sponsor: National Space Club
Amount: $10,000
Deadline: Dec. 2, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in science or engineering.

National Space Club Keynote Scholarship
Sponsor: National Space Club
Amount: $10,000
Deadline: Dec. 2, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors, college undergraduate students, and graduate students with plans to pursue a career in the science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields).

Walmart Associate Scholarship
Sponsor: Walmart
Amount: Up to $3,000
Deadline: Dec. 2, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students employed part-time or full-time with any division of Walmart for at least six consecutive months prior to the scholarship due date.

Most Valuable Student Competition
Sponsor: Elks National Foundation
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: Dec. 4, 2015
Description: Competition is open to high school seniors who are citizens of the United States. Applicant must submit completed application and materials to the closest Elks Lodge.

Letters About Literature Competition
Sponsor: Center for the Book in the Library of Congress
Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 4, 2015 for students in grades 9-12; January 11, 2016 for students in grades 4-8.
Description: Competition is open to students in grades four through 12. Applicant must select a fiction or nonfiction book, poem or play and write a personal letter to the author.

Business Plan Today Annual Scholarship
Sponsor: BusinessPlanToday
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 5, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students who will be enrolled in college during the Spring 2016 term. Applicant must create a business plan executive summary that is no longer than one page.

Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest
Sponsor: Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP)
Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: Dec. 5, 2015
Description: Contest is open to persons over the age of 18 as of December 2015. Applicant must submit an essay on a topic related to the Supreme Court’s Granholm decision.

Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships
Sponsor: Sodexo Foundation
Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Dec. 5, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students in kindergarten through graduate school who have demonstrated ongoing commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States within the last 12 months.

Doodle 4 Google
Sponsor: Google Inc.
Amount: $30,000
Deadline: Dec. 7, 2015
Description: Program is open to students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grades. Student will submit a doodle for Google.

Fall 2015 Autism Scholarship
Sponsor: KFM Making a Difference
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 7, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and college students attending a post-secondary institution during the 2015-2016 who have been diagnosed with Autism.

Ninja Essays Writing Contest
Sponsor: Ninja Essays
Amount: Up to $500
Deadline: Dec. 10, 2015
Description: Contestant must submit an essay on one of many given topics.

Spokeo Connections Scholarship
Sponsor: Spokeo
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 10, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to recently graduated high school senior who will enroll in college in the Fall of 2016 or current college students. Applicant must submit an essay on a person of their choosing from a list provided on the Spokeo website.

BEF General Academic Scholarships
Sponsor: Boomer Esiason Foundation
Amount: Up to $2,500
Deadline: Dec. 11, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students with cystic fibrosis who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Novus Biologicals
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: Dec. 11, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled or accepted for enrollment in undergraduate or graduate studies with a declared major in a science related field. Applicant must submit a top ten list of their favorite emerging technologies and a personal statement on how they plan to use their degree to further advance science in their field of interest.

R&D Systems Scholarship
Sponsor: R&D Systems
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: Dec. 11, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled or accepted for enrollment in undergraduate or graduate studies with a declared major in a science related field. Applicant must submit a top ten list of why they love science and a personal statement on how they plan to use their degree to further advance science in their field of interest.

Savvy Saver Scholarship
Sponsor: Offers.com LLC
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Dec. 13, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are at least 18 years of age and attending an accredited two or four-year college or university in the United States. Applicant must write a tweet about the best way to save money as a college student as well as an essay explaining the tweet.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
Sponsor: Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: Dec. 14, 2015
Description: Contest is open to registered undergraduate full-time juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to an ethical issue.

Money Mission Financial Literacy Scholarship
Sponsor: Money Mission, LLC
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: Dec. 14, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors. Applicant must register to play a financial literacy game at the Money Mission’s website and then submit an essay on what they learned.

Youth Free Expression Project Film Contest
Sponsor: National Coalition Against Censorship
Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 14, 2015
Description: Contest is open to individuals either living in the U.S. or its territories (but need not be citizens), and be age 19 or younger on the day the film is submitted. Contestant must submit a film of four minutes or less on the topic, “That’s Not Funny! Can Comedy Cross a Line?”

Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship
Sponsor: National Center for Learning Disabilities
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who will be attending a two-year community college, a vocational/technical training program, or specialized program for students with LD in the fall of 2016. Applicant must also demonstrate financial need.

Anne Ford Scholarship
Sponsor: National Center for Learning Disabilities
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall of 2016.

AXA Achievement Scholarship
Sponsor: AXA Foundation
Amount: Up to $25,000
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as they will only accept the first 10,000 applications.

Burger King Scholars Program
Sponsor: Burger King McLamore Foundation
Amount: Up to $50,000
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Program is open to graduating high school seniors who live in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico. Applicant must have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 and plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire 2016-17 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.

CableTV.com Ways to Watch Scholarship
Sponsor: CableTV.com
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students. Applicant must submit a photo of themselves watching television in their favorite place and submit an essay describing why they chose that particular scenario.

Christopher Reeve Service Award
Sponsor: The American Heart of America Association
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Award is a national recognition program that identifies inspiration individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to enrich the lives of others. Award is open to individuals between the ages of 13 and 18 years of age and student must be nominated by an adult.

Clark Scholarship
Sponsor: International Gem Society
Amount: $350
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any American college, university or trade school. Students DO NOT need to be studying gemology. Applicant must submit an essay on what they think the three most important scientific concepts underlying the study of gemology.

Flosum Scholarship
Sponsor: Flosum
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students in the United States. Applicant must be pursuing or intending to pursue their bachelor’s degree in the field of computer engineering, computer science or another technical discipline such as electrical engineering, physics or mathematics.

FORECLOSURE.COM Scholarship Program
Sponsor: FORECLOSURE.COM
Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the U.S. territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico who are 13 years of age or older who are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited, post-secondary institution of higher learning. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to the real estate and mortgage meltdown of several years ago.

Hidden Triforce of Wisdom Scholarship
Sponsor: Hidden Triforce
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors or currently enrolled college students. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to courage or wisdom.

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
Sponsor: From the Top
Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Award is open to classical instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers between the ages of 8 and 18 who have not yet entered college during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Job Application Guide’s Inaugural Scholarship Program
Sponsor: JobApplicationGuide
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors and adults returning or beginning their college application. Applicants must submit an essay explaining why they are deserving of the scholarship.

Lance Surety’s College Scholarship
Sponsor: Lance Surety Bonds Associates
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at an accredited university, college or trade school in the U.S. Applicant must submit an essay on one of three given topics on business or surety bonds.

QuikshipToner.com Student Scholarship
Sponsor: QuikshipToner.com
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who attend an American college, university or trade school. Applicant must submit an essay on what the most environmentally friendly ways to responsibly use ink & toner cartridges.

Resume Genius Scholarship Giveaway
Sponsor: Resume Genius
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled, or due to be enrolled, in full time university education for the semester they are applying for the scholarship. Applicant must create a resume based on the life of any fictional or non-fictional character, from TV, history, literature or myth.

Rubincam Youth Award
Sponsor: National Genealogical Society
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Award is open to students in grades 10 through 12. Applicant must submit a single-line genealogy in a biographical format for five generations.

Strong Arm Leukemia Scholarship
Sponsor: John Foy & Associates
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students who have been affected by leukemia, either by being diagnosed themselves or someone they loved being diagnosed with leukemia. Applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university as an undergraduate or is an incoming freshmen at an accredited institution in the United States.

The Annual Kenneth P. Carp $1,000 Scholarship
Sponsor: The Law Offices of Kenneth P. Carp
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to existing or incoming college students. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to unemployment benefits.

The Christophers Video Contest for College Students
Sponsor: The Christophers
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Contest is open to current college students. Applicant must create a film or video (five minutes or less) that best communicates the message and mission of the Christophers and its belief that one person can make a difference.

The Reeves Law Group Scholarship
Sponsor: The Reeves Law group
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to legal U.S. residents who are either a current law student at an accredited U.S. law school or an undergraduate student in their senior year who has applied or will apply to law school during 2015.

The Versitas Education Scholarship
Sponsor: Versitas
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students studying Business Administration, Human Resources, Management, Business & MBA, or Adult Education.

Scholarships with deadlines between Dec. 16 and Dec. 31, 2015.

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program
Sponsor: Foot Locker Foundation, Inc.
Amount: $20,000
Deadline: Dec. 17, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. students who are currently involved in high school sports, intramural sports, or community-based sports. Applicant must be entering college in fall 2016 as a freshman at a four-year school for an undergraduate degree.

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards
Sponsor: National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: Dec. 18, 2015
Description: Award is open to graduating high school seniors who own and operate his or her own business. Applicant must enter their freshman year at an accredited two- or four-year university, college or vocational/technical institute during the Fall 2016.

Solution Reach Scholarship
Sponsor: Solutionreach
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: Dec. 18, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to patient engagement technology.

Soccerloco National Scholarship Program
Sponsor: SoccerLoco | American Business Women’s Association
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: Dec. 19, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to female athletes. Applicant must submit an essay on how they have overcome challenges in academic, personal or business environments that have equipped them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their specific area of study or industry.

Unhinge Hardware National Scholarship
Sponsor: Unhinge Hardware
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: Dec. 19, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to aspiring businesswomen from all areas of study. Applicant must submit an essay explaining how the design around them influence both their life and/or their business.

Out-Of-The-Box Thinking Scholarship
Sponsor: Auto-Pets
Amount: Up to $1,500
Deadline: Dec. 20, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current high school and college students within the United States. Applicant must submit an essay, pitch or summary about a pet innovation idea and how the idea was conceptualized.

The Click Minded Digital Marketing Scholarship
Sponsor: ClickMinded
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 20, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school and undergraduate students who are passionate about digital marketing. Applicant must submit the URL of the website they are working on, as well as an essay on why they started the website and why they are interested in digital marketing.

The Tree Center Scholarship Program
Sponsor: The Tree Center
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 20, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current high school and college students in the United States with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must have designed an innovative product that makes a difference in the lives of others (this could be a website, series of blogs, an app, fundraising event, etc.) and submit an essay describing the goal of the project.

Mark A. Forester Scholarship

Sponsor: Rocky Mountain Mattress
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 21, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are currently enrolled in an accredited American university or college, or will be enrolled for the winter semester of 2015. Applicant must write a 300-500 word essay explaining how they go about honoring America’s military heroes.

TrichStop’s Trichotillomania Awareness Scholarship
Sponsor: Trichstop Online Therapy
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 21, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students in the United States, or students planning to enroll. Applicant must also be at least 18 years of age and have been diagnosed with Trichotillomania.

EK Insurance Scholarship
Sponsor: EK Insurance, LLC
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who are U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States. Applicant must submit an essay on one of two given topics related to car insurance.

Unigo Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $10,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Applicant must be at least 14 years of age or older, a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, and be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2021) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.

“Impact a Life” College Scholarship
Sponsor: A-Z Discount Printing
Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students 18 years of age or older who are enrolled or accepted to an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited American institution of higher education. Applicant must submit an essay on one of three given topics related to fundraising.

2015 Future of Assisted Living Scholarship
Sponsor: Senior Advisor
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled in an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or graduate degree program at an accredited two or four-year college or university during the 2015-2016 academic year. Applicant must submit an essay on how their major of study can improve the lives of seniors in assisted living facilities in their town.

A Better America Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Global English Editing
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled at an accredited university in the United States who are U.S. citizens or valid green card holders. Applicant must submit a short essay on how they intend to change America.

ACLS Medical Training Scholarship Program
Sponsor: ACLSMedicaltraining.com
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students. Preference will be given to those currently enrolled in a national accredited Nursing school, Medical school, Pharmacy school, Dental school, Respiratory therapy program, paramedic program, and EMT program. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to a life support situation.

AfterCollege Nursing Scholarship
Sponsor: AfterCollege
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing.

Alice Madden Barton Scholarship
Sponsor: Great Clips
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current students, high school students, and anyone interested in cosmetology or barbering a career.

Annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Scholarship Writing Contest
Sponsor: The Expert Institute
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students actively pursuing a degree related to healthcare or the life sciences. Applicant must submit an essay on how they feel their specialized knowledge and training could be applied to improving the practice of law.

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Youth Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Nicodemus Wilderness Project
Amount: Up to $500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarships are open to students between the ages of 13 and 21 who are candidates for a degree/diploma at a primary (middle school), secondary (high school), or accredited post-secondary educational institution from any country around the world. Applicant must conduct their own environmental stewardship project in 2015.

BedwettingStore.com $1,000 Design a Mascot Scholarship
Sponsor: BedwettingStore.com
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who are legal U.S. residents enrolled in a accredited U.S. college, university or technical school. Applicant must create a mascot for the company.

Best Price Nutrition & Health Scholarship
Sponsor: Best Price Nutrition
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled full-time in college or alumni who are currently residing in the United States, Brazil, India, South Korea, Australia, Japan, United Kingdom or Canada. Applicant must fill out a survey related to health and fitness.

Bi-Annual Scholarship
Sponsor: ShirtSpace.com
Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the United States who are 13 years of age or older and currently (or have been accepted to enroll) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to the vital roles art and design employ in the digital age.

Car Accident Injury Survivor Scholarship
Sponsor: Michigan Auto Law
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who have sustained injuries from a car or truck accident.

CPAPMan College Scholarship
Sponsor: CPAPMan.com
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to college undergrads, graduate students, and high school students planning to attend college within the follow year. Applicant must submit a 400-750 word story about sleep disorders, sleep apnea, or CPAP therapy.

Design Thinking Scholarship
Sponsor: American Graphics Institute
Amount: 1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open students enrolled in a degree-granting program at an accredited two or four-year college or university in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay describing how they anticipate design thinking or design tools will impact them and their career choice.

Dietspotlight.com Scholarship Program
Sponsor: DietSpotlight
Amount: Up to $3,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the United States who are 13 years of age or older and currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited, post-secondary institution of higher learning. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to obesity.

Express Medical Supply Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Express Medical Supply, Inc.
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled at an accredited two or four year college within the United States. Applicant must answer a question related to a fictional character in 108 characters or less.

Extra Mile Scholarship
Sponsor: Carpenter Bus Sales
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students. Applicant must show good character, excel in academics, and be involved in community service. Applicant must also write an essay on what it means “to go the extra mile for others?”

Fitness Lifestyle Scholarship
Sponsor: MySupplementStore.com
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled full-time in college, an alumni, or in high school. Applicant must submit an essay on what can be done to encourage people to live a healthy lifestyle.

Flight Network Scholarship
Sponsor: FlightNetwork
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current Canadian and American students. Applicant must submit an essay on a travel related experience or topic.

For Diehard Fans Scholarship
Sponsor: For Diehard Fans
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled at an accredited two or four-year college or vocational school within the United States. Applicant must create a short video showing what the ForDiehardFans website is about.

George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest
Sponsor: National Society, Sons of the American Revolution
Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are United States citizens or legal aliens who attend a public, parochial, or private high school (including accredited home schools). Applicant must submit an essay related to the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution.

Goldia.com Scholarship
Sponsor: Goldia.com
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled full-time in college or alumni who are currently residing in the United States, Brazil, India, South Korea, Australia, Japan, United Kingdom or Canada. Applicant must fill out a survey related to jewelry and submit an essay answer to three questions related to jewelry.

Greg Baumgartner Scholarship
Sponsor: Baumgartner Law Firm
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled in high school or college in the United States with at least a B average. Applicant must submit an essay about themselves, their educational goals, and the reasons for needing the scholarship.

Healthcare Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Medical Assistant Degrees
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are getting the education in the healthcare field. Applicant must submit an essay on why they want to pursue a career in the healthcare field.

Imagine America Adult Skills Education Program (ASEP)
Sponsor: Imagine America Foundation
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students 19 years of age or older who will be enrolling in a participating college. Applicant must complete the National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) Student Success Assessment to be consider for the scholarship.

Injury Lawyer News Disability Scholarship
Sponsor: Injury Lawyer News
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to all pre-law and law school students. Applicant must be accepted to or already attending an accredited US college or university AND have a medically documented disability.

Nutra Pure HCG Scholarship
Sponsor: US Premium Health, LLC
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current full-time students in college and high school students. Students pursuing degrees in Health, Fitness, and
Nutrition are encouraged to apply.

Olan Rogers Scholarships
Sponsor: Olan Rogers Apparel
Amount: $500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarships are open to students who are 18 years old or beginning college in 2015. There are two scholarships to choose from: Film/Arts/Creative: Battle Bear Scholarship and Academic and all else: Master Commander Scholarship.

Scholarship of Academic Excellence
Sponsor: InfoParrot
Amount: $1,250
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled a full-time in an educational institution, or students who can show a letter of acceptance from a university. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to the Internet.

Scholarship Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Live Poets Society of New Jersey
Amount: Up to $500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to all U.S. high school students. Applicant must submit an original poem with 20 lines or less.

Shopventory Entrepreneurial Scholarship
Sponsor: Shopventory
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to entrepreneurially minded college students with a GPA of 3.2 or above. Applicant must submit an essay describing why they want to start their own business and why they will be a successful entrepreneur.

Sterling Law Scholarship
Sponsor: Sterling Law Offices, S.C.
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming college freshman and current college students. Applicant must submit an essay on what makes a society a productive society.

Student Caregiver Scholarship
Sponsor: Caring.com
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students attending a U.S. university or college in Winter Term 2016 (starting January 2016), who have been caring for an older relative while attending school. This includes current high school students who are matriculating in January 2016 and have been involved in caregiving during high school and intend to continue while attending college. Applicant must submit an essay or two-minute video telling the scholarship committee about their journey.

The Penny Hoarder’s $2,000 “Frugal Student” Scholarship
Sponsor: ThePennyHoarder
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in a college or university with an active class schedule. Applicant must, in 150 words, share the most unique or interesting thing they have ever done to make or save extra money.

Top Ten List Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2021) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Truckcrashlawgroup.com Scholarship
Sponsor: Truckcrashlawgroup
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students enrolled in a college or university in the United States. Applicant must submit an essay sharing information about themselves, their goals, and why they need the scholarship.

Writers of the Future Contest
Sponsor: L. Ron Hubbard Library
Amount: Up to 1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2015
Description: Contest is open only to those who have not professional published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium.

UPCOMING 2016 DEADLINE:
Essaymama
Sponsor: Essaymama
Amount: 1st place – $550* 2nd place – $400 *3rd place – $250
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Description:Winter Essay Writing Contest
– An opportunity to get published on Essaymama blog!

Hamptons: You have been accepted to College now What? It has been awhile since I last posted a blog and that is because I have been spreading myself so thin that most days I barely have time to eat lunch or relax. I have dedicated the last year of my life to helping my daughter with her college process and it has been rewarding, stressful, exhausting and nerve wrenching.DSC_3335

I am pleased to say that she applied to 9 colleges to continue her study of Art with an emphasis on Graphic Design and she has been admitted to all 9 of those schools. Our delima falls in the category that most students and parents face in this tough economic time and that is the cost of most of these private institutions. Nothing is more upsetting than seeing your child apply to their 1st choice, being accepted then having to tell your child that this school is too expensive and they cannot go because you cannot afford to pay the tuition. Being middle class is both a blessing and a curse, a blessing because you can provide for your family but a curse because you fall victim to no help at all. The poor will get financial support from both the government and the institutions and the rich do not need the help, but the middle class is just struggling to pay our bills, put food on the table and keep a roof over our heads, we ask for no hand-outs and for that we are often attacked and our kids suffer. Yes your child could make the decision to still go and financially put themselves in a financial crunch all to enjoy the cafeteria food or better dorms, but you the adult know the consequences of this bad decision, when do you step in and talk common sense to your 18 year old? My daughter’s 1st choice tuition is $59,800 per year, how disgusting is that, are you f….. kidding me? For this tuition the application process should not be as difficult as they made it because who the hell can afford this tuition. We do not feel bad in telling our daughter that we cannot afford this tuition because I do not think 95% of American’s could afford this tuition. Statistics show that many adults age 29-30 are moving back home because they have lost their jobs or they have jobs where they cannot not afford to live on their own and pay off their college loans. This is a different time and parents one way or another you are going to be paying the price if you do not step up and talk some common sense into your very naive 17-19 year olds…….I am attaching the 2011 Princeton reviews for your info.

2011 College Hopes & Worries Survey Report
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The Princeton Review, one of the nation’s best known education services companies, has conducted this survey of high school students applying to colleges and parents of college applicants since the 2002-03 school year.  Respondents who complete the survey are readers of the company’s annual “Best Colleges” book and users of its site, www.PrincetonReview.com.
The 2011 survey appeared in The Princeton Review book, Best 373 Colleges: 2011 Edition  (Random House, August 2010) in a paper version readers mailed or faxed to the company.  It also ran on www.PrincetonReview.com where users completed the survey online from late January to early March 2011.
Findings for the 2010-11 survey are based on responses from 12,185 people: 8,219 (67%) high school students applying to colleges and 3,966 (33%) parents of college applicants.  Respondents came from all 50 states, DC, the Virgin Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico and several countries abroad.
The company awards a $1,000 college scholarship to one survey participant chosen at random, and it sends 25 participants also chosen at random one of the following Princeton Review books (their choice): ACT or SAT?: Choosing the Right Exam For You, Paying for College Without Going Broke, or The Portable Guidance Counselor.
Press Contact:
Jeanne Krier, Publicist, The Princeton Review Books, Rankings & Surveys, 212-539-1350
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2011 Survey Questions / Findings
In this report, the percent of respondents overall (students plus parents) choosing an answer is shown to the left of each answer choice.  The percent of students and the percent of parents choosing that answer is shown to the right and in parentheses.
The pluralities (answer choices selected by the highest percent of respondents) or the majorities (answer choices selected by 50 percent or more of respondents) are underlined.
The first question, “What would be your “dream” college?…” was fill-in-the-blank.  The remaining questions were all multiple-choice.  Some questions have been asked annually or in past years, and if so, results for prior years are indicated below.
1) What would be your “dream” college?  What college would you most like to attend (or see your child attend) if chance of being accepted or cost were not an issue?” 
In their answers to this fill-in-the-blank question, respondents wrote in the names of more than 585colleges, universities and other post-secondary institutions as their “dream colleges” (with some schools being named by only one respondent and others being named by more than 500 respondents as their “dream college”).
The 10 colleges students most named as their “dream college” were:
1/ Stanford Univ., 2/ Harvard College, 3/ New York Univ.,
4/ Princeton Univ., 5/ Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6/ Yale Univ.,
7/ Univ. of California–Los Angeles, 8/ Univ. of Pennsylvania,
9/ Univ. of Southern California, 10/ Univ. of California-Berkeley
The 10 colleges parents most named as their “dream college” for their child were:
1/ Harvard College, 2/ Stanford Univ., 3/ Princeton Univ., 4/ Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 5/ Yale Univ., 6/ Duke Univ., 7/ Brown Univ., 8/ New York Univ., 9/ Univ. of Notre Dame, 10 / Northwestern Univ.
2) How many colleges will you (your child) apply to?
Almost half (45%) of respondents said they/their child will apply to 5 to 8 colleges while 22% said they/their child will apply to 9 or more colleges.
33%  One to 4 (33% Students, 31% Parents)
45%  Five to 8  (44% Students, 49% Parents)
18%  Nine to 12 (18% Students, 17% Parents)
04%  Thirteen or more (05% Students, 03% Parents)
            Combined: 22% applying to 9 or more.
3) What has been, or do you think will be the toughest part of your (your child’s) college application experience?
The plurality of students (29%) chose the answer “taking admission and placement tests” as the toughest part of their application experience, while the plurality of parents (31%) chose the answer, “completing applications for admission and financial aid.”
21% Researching colleges and deciding which schools to apply to (20% Students, 24% Parents)
28% Taking admission and placement tests – the SAT, ACT, or APs  (29% Students,25% Parents)
27% Completing applications for admission and financial aid  (26% Students 31% Parents)
24% Waiting for the decision letters and choosing which college to attend (25% Students, 20% Parents)
4) What do you estimate your (or your child’s) college degree will cost, including four years of tuition, room & board, fees, books and other expenses?
Parents’ estimates of college costs were significantly higher than students.
82% of parents estimated their college costs will be more than $75,000 while 66% of students had this estimate.
45%  More than $100,000 (41% Students, 57% Parents)
25%  $75,000 to $100,000 (25% Students, 25% Parents)
Combined: 70% said More than $75,000 (down 1% from last year)
15%  $50,000 to 75,000 (17% Students, 11% Parents)
11%  $25,000 to $50,000 (13% Students, 05% Parents)
04%  Up to $25,000 (04% Students, 02% Parents)
            Combined: 15% said Less than $50,000
5) How necessary will financial aid (education loans, scholarships or grants) be to pay for your (your child’s) college education?
Among respondents overall, 86% said financial aid would be “Extremely” or “Very” necessary with 61% of them saying “Extremely.”    More students (88%) than parents (82%) viewed aid as “Extremely” or “Very” necessary.  In 2007, the first year this question was asked on the survey, 78% of respondents overall said aid would be “Extremely,” or Very” necessary, with 51% saying “Extremely.”
61%  Extremely (62% Students, 60% Parents)
25%  Very (26% Students, 22% Parents)
86% said Extremely or Very necessary (same as last year)
12%  Somewhat (11% Students, 14% Parents)
02%  Not at all (01% Students, 04% Parents)
6) What’s your biggest concern about applying to or attending college?
The plurality (37%) of students and parents overall was most concerned that they/their child “will get into their first choice college but won’t have sufficient funds/aid to attend it.” This has been the plurality of respondents’ biggest concern consistently since 2006.  In 2006, the plurality (34%) of respondents were most concerned that they/their child “won’t get into first-choice college.”
25%  Won’t get into first-choice college (27% Students, 22% Parents)
37%  Will get into first-choice college, but won’t have sufficient funds/financial aid to attend
          (36% Students, 37% Parents)
27%  Will get into a college I (my child) want(s) to attend, but will take on major loan debt to
afford it (26% Students, 30% Parents)
11%  Will attend a college I (my child) may not be happy about (11% Students, 11% Parents)
7) How would you gauge your stress level about the college application process?
Students reported higher stress than parents.  Among respondents overall (students and parents combined), 69% reported “Very High” or “High” levels of stress.  That’s up 1% from last year and up 13% from 2003 when The Princeton Review first conducted this survey.
25% Very High (26% Students, 22% Parents)
44%  High  (45% Students, 42% Parents)
            Combined 69% Very High or High  (up 13% from 2003, first year of survey)
28% Average (26% Students, 33% Parents)
03% Low  (03% Students, 03% Parents)
00% Very Low (0% Students, 0% Parents)
8) Ideally, how far from home would you like the college you (your child) attend(s) to be?
Half (50%) of parents would ideally like their child to attend a college less than 250 miles from home.   However, the majority (66%) of students would ideally like to attend a college more than 250 from home with 37% of them wishing it would be 500+ miles and 17% wishing it would be 1,000+ miles from home.
39%  0 to 250 miles (34% Students, 50% Parents)
30%  250 to 500 miles (29% Students, 30% Parents)
17%  500 to 1,000 miles (20% Students, 11% Parents)
14%  1,000 miles or more (17% Students, 09% Parents)
9) When it comes to choosing which college you (or your child) will attend, which of the following do you think it is most likely to be?
While the plurality (49%) of respondents overall said they/their child would likely attend the college that will be the “best overall fit,” only about 1 of 10 respondents, since the survey began, indicated they’d choose the college “with the best academic reputation.”
10%  College with best academic reputation (11% Students, 08% Parents)
06%  College that will be the most affordable (06% Students, 06% Parents)
35%  College with best program for my (my child’s) career interests (37% Students, 32%
 Parents)
49%  College that will be the best overall fit (46% Students, 54% Parents)
10) If you (your child) had a way to compare colleges based on their commitment to environmental issues (from academic offerings to practices concerning energy use, recycling, etc.), how much would this contribute to your (your child’s) decision to apply to or attend a school?
A majority (65%) of respondents overall said having such information would contribute “Strongly,” “Very Much,” or “Somewhat” to their decisions (up 1% from last year), while 35% of them indicated said it would contribute “Not Much” or “Not at all.”    Students placed higher value on this information than parents did.
07% Strongly (08% Students, 05% Parents)
17% Very Much (20% Students, 12% Parents)
41% Somewhat (41% Students, 40 % Parents)
            Combined 65% Somewhat, Very Much or Strongly (up 1% from last year)
25% Not Much (23 % Students, 30% Parents)
10% Not at All (08% Students, 13% Parents)
            Combined 35 % Not Much or Not at All
11) Has the state of the economy this year affected your (your child’s) decisions about applying to or attending college?
Among respondents overall (students and parents combined), 72% say the economy has affected their decisions about college.  That’s up 4% from last year.  Almost 3 out 4 students (74%) as compared to almost 2 out of 3 parents (65%) said the economy has affected their college decisions.
14%  Yes: Extremely  (14% Students, 12% Parents)
23%  Yes: Very Much  (24% Students, 21% Parents)
35%  Yes: Somewhat  (36% Students, 32% Parents)
         Combined 72% Yes (up 4% from last year)
28%   No: Not at all.  (26% Students, 35% Parents)
12) If your answer to the previous question was one of the “Yes” choices, how would you describe the major way the economy has affected your (your child’s) college application decisions?
The majority (52%) of respondents overall said they are applying to more “‘financial aid safety’ schools” (a 18% increase over the 34% of respondents that selected this answer in 2009 of the same three answer choices).
23%  Am applying to colleges with “lower sticker prices” (21% Students, 29% Parents)
52%  Am applying to more “financial aid safety” schools  (54% Students, 48% Parents)
25%  Am applying to colleges closer to home to save on travel  (25% Students, 23% Parents)
13) What will be the biggest benefit of your (your child) attending college and earning a college diploma?
Among respondents overall (students and parents combined), 61% see the main benefit of a college degree as a potentially better job / higher income and career training rather than the education per se.  That’s up 6% from last year.
26%  The education (26% Students, 26% Parents)
13%  The exposure to new ideas (13% Students, 12% Parents)
            Combined 39% chose answers related to education and learning
42%  The potentially better job and higher income (42% students, 42% Parents)
19%  The training for a specific career (19% Students, 20% Parents)
            Combined 61% chose answers related to job, income and career.
14) For our school profiles, we collect a lot of data directly from the colleges on everything from their admission/acceptance stats to their financial aid and graduation rates.   Of the following data points, which would you be most interested in knowing about a college you (your child) may be researching?
Among both student and parent respondents, the plurality (38%) are most interested in the average SAT score ranges of a college’s admitted freshmen.
38% Average SAT score ranges of its admitted freshmen last year (38% Students, 38% Parents)
24% Percent of applicants the college accepted last year (27% Students, 16% Parents)
21% Percent of undergraduates receiving financial aid (21% Students, 22% Parents)
17% College’s graduation rate (percent of students graduating in years) (14% Students, 24% Parents)
15) (optional) What advice would you give to college applicants or parents of applicants going through this experience next year?
“Start early” has been the advice most given by students and parents every year.  About 50% of respondents say this.   See sampler of students’ and of parents’ advice on the “College Hopes & Worries” area of Princeton Review site.

Is the college process like planning a wedding? ABSOLUTELY! The groom is your student and the parents (more like the mom) is the Bride. For most weddings the bride typically takes one year to plan the perfect wedding, well it takes 1 year to plan the college process.
You are your child’s Mouthpiece when it comes to the college process and they need you, this is a family process and they cannot not do it  alone. I remember looking at the election day results and being worried about my daughter when I heard things from Rand Paul (r,KY) who would like to abolish the Department of Education so kids don’t have to learn about “two mommies”. This type of homophobia should not be tolerated and this speaks to his character.I am concerned with funding and will kids from middle class families have an opportunity to get an education without graduating with hefty debt. Will our kids be able to afford the American Dream? I was speaking with a friend this week and she indicated that she took out student loans and her child will do the same. The difference between that time and today are so many factors, the tuition was lower, the interest on the loan was lower, there were more jobs for college kids who graduated with a BA and cost of living was lower. Today our kids are faced with so many challenges and I am scared for them, 80% of college graduates last year moved back home because they did not have a job, cost of living was too expensive and many students have overwhelming debt. This debt will be with them for years, they are excited to start their life but reality has hit them and the realization of their debt has hit them like a stack of bricks. So what is the alternative? Well I am doing some things that are different with my daughter, I am not sure how successful we will be, but I feel confident that if my daughter listens to me she will not have a tremendous amount of debt and we will not need to alter our lifestyle alot to pay for college. The fact is no one cares where you received your BA, in our competitive country a Masters is imperative in many fields, so why go a school where the tuition is $50,000 per year if you do not have these funds to spend? That being said as a family you need to have a plan from the very beginning and communication is imperative to this process.
I have decided to share our experiences with you in different steps, too much information in 1 blog could be very overwhelming….

Step 1:

  1. Get a box for all of the college information your child will receive, you take control of that information.  If you just hand that information to your child they will open only some and the rest will never see the light of day.
  2. Go through the information together, implement a weekly Family meeting and last approximately 1 hour, any longer and it will become ineffective. During this family meeting, you should start to discuss your child’s interest, do they want to go to college, what are their interests, grades, etc….. I would suggest that you make an agenda and everyone understands what will be discussed. I will elaborate in Step 2:The Family meeting and how you can make this work for your student. Our Family meetings have proven to be very successful for my family with our daughter’s college process.
  3. Have your child use your email when filling out profiles. This will keep you in the loop and you can weed out the information. Your student will become very frustrated with the massive emails that they will receive and sooner or later will stop looking at those emails. If you the parent get the initial emails, you will be able to weed through these emails and forward the ones to your child that you know will be of interest to them. Please keep in mind that sometimes they do not know what they want, I researched the college and if they offered the program that my daughter was seeking I requested information from that institution. Once the information was sent to us we reviewed it together and often times visited that school to see if it was a good fit. Of the 9 schools that Danielle applied to, only 5 of the schools were her choice the other 4 were suggestions that I made.
  4. Develop a relationship with the guidance counselor, this is really something that is imperative, remember it is the guidance counselor that writes a letter of recommendation for your child, you want to make sure that this person knows your child.
  5. Start building your child’s resume, believe me if you do not start in 9th grade you will forget things and this will cause your child to miss out on potential scholarship funding.

Till next time, turn to Hamptons MouthPiece, we will do the talking for you….Please feel free to send me subject ideas for me to talk about.

au revoir!
Vanessa