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The financial aspect of obtaining a higher education can be a stressful thing when considering college options. Colleges and universities will offer scholarships based on things ranging from academics to leadership to athletics. They also frequently have another base of scholarships that are related to specific majors, students of alumni, students from particular counties, etc. However, in addition to scholarships offered through the school, there are literally thousands of independently administered scholarships. You may have to do some research and be willing to write some essays, but the money is out there!




For instance, there is the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest Scholarship. The contest is associated with the World’s Champion Duck Calling Contest which takes place in Stuttgart, Arkansas. The first place winner receives a $2000 scholarship.





Then there's the Tall Clubs International Student Scholarship. Tall Clubs International annually awards student scholarships of up to $1,000 each to tall students who are under 21 years of age and attending their first year of college in the following fall.



To enter, applicants must be under 21, entering college in the upcoming fall and meet the TCI height requirement minimums: 5'10" for women and 6'2" for men, barefoot.



Did binge-re-watching "The Walking Dead" get you thinking about what you’d do if the streets were filled with flesh-eating zombies? Maybe you've envisioned your own post-apocalyptic world overrun with the living dead, forcing you to come up with a zombie survival plan — and quick! Hone your survival tactics and imagine what your school or college campus might be like in a zombie apocalypse.

The Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship committee wants to know your plan to avoid the zombies, where you’d hide, and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive. Submit an online written response to the question:"Imagine that your high school has been overrun with zombies. Your math teacher, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive." (250 words or less) It could be worth $2000!




Here are some websites that maintain large databases of scholarships. For most, you enter your relevant information and then you will receive a list of opportunities that might apply to you. (Disclaimer: Most of these require registration which might lead to them selling your information to a 3rd party. If you don't want all that email in your inbox, consider opening an email account just for this purpose.)

  • Scholarships.com - Updated daily, Scholarships.com has one of the largest scholarship databases.

  • GoingMerry - A personalized matching platform to thousands of scholarships and grants

  • Cappex - This database has more than $11 billion in scholarships

  • Peterson's - This has resources connected to over $10 billion in scholarships from over 4000 scholarship providers.

  • Unigo - Has links to over $3.6 million in scholarships and grants.

  • Fastweb - This well-organized site has filters that make it hard not to find information on the more than 1.5 million scholarships they have listed.

  • Potential Magazine - This Alabama based magazine was created to help teens and their parents find tools and other resources that will help with navigating the journey into college, adulthood, and life. They list a lot of scholarship resources as well as provide timely articles to parents of college-bound students. This is a great resource geared more locally.


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