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For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at †Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (State Cross-Industry Estimates), May 2012. sions department at the school your student is thinking of applying to and they should be able to supply the information.” Jonathan Farley is a scholarship star. The author of How to Get Straight A’s in College, he won a Kodak-Urban League scholar-ship which initially paid for 50 percent of his tuition at Harvard University and was increased to 100 percent after he achieved seven A’s and one A-in his freshman year. (The Kodak-Urban League scholarship, which is not currently awarded, was for Rochester, N.Y-area students who would pursue careers in a technical field of interest to the Kodak company.) “I got my scholarship enabling me to graduate from Harvard with no debt because Dan Evertsz of my grades,” said Farley. Photo credit Tom Minczeski Farley also won a Marshall Scholarship (which finances up to 40 young Americans to study for a graduate degree in the U.K.) and a U.S National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship to attend England’s University of Oxford, and was later a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to the United Kingdom. “Scholarships directly from schools can run anywhere from $4,500 to $30,000, on average,” Evertsz explained. “Outside scholarships … average $500 to $1,000. Many of these scholar-ships roll over to the next year due to lack of applicants.” Nearly 9 million students received federal Pell Grants, which are limited to students with financial need, in the current fiscal year (the maximum Pell Grant award has been increased to $5,730 for the 2014-2015 award year). While the majority of outside scholarship opportunities are fiscally modest, some awards offer substantial support. The Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway (for which applicants must submit an original video explaining why they deserve aid) and the Intel Science Talent Search (which requires hopefuls to present a full, scientific report about research of their choosing), for example, both award up to $100,000. “You will have better luck applying to local organizations such as Rotary, Lions, Links etc.,” said Evertsz. “Every month you pay your bills, the company that you are writing a check to will usually have a scholarship for college-bound students.” As well as high-profile awards such as those provided by the Ronald McDonald Charities Scholarship (more than $44 million since 1985), there are many under-the-radar offerings which can nonetheless have a significant effect on a student’s schooling. There are scholar-ships for tall and short people; for left-handed applicants; for vegetarians; for duck callers; and even one, from Loyola University Chicago, available to Catholic students with the last name of Zolp. “I had a scholarship from, I believe, the Eagle Foundation. It was $1,000 or so, but the money adds up,” said Farley. “Students should scour the internet and catalogs for obscure scholarships that perhaps only they are eligible for. For instance, there is a Robert F. Rich Scholarship for residents of Hancock County, Maine who are graduating seniors of Mount Desert Island High School and who will major in shipbuilding.” While scholarships are sometimes described as “money for nothing”, securing even small awards can require considerable time and effort to locate and research grants for which a student might meet the sometimes super-specific qualification criteria and then to complete the often lengthy application process. “Most families apply to an average of 5 to 10 [outside scholarships] and usually receive little if any success,” said Evertsz. “My strategy, you must treat this process like a job. Apply to 50 or more scholarships per month. On average you will be awarded two $1000.00 scholar-ships per month. [Over a year], that’s 24k for your kid’s college education.” As most scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, Ladd recommends an “early and often” approach to scholarship application. “Those who begin early in high school, say freshman or sophomore year, have the advan-tage of being able to apply for scholarships targeting the earlier years in high school,” he said. “Many students don’t start searching until their senior year in high school and miss such opportunities.” And while most scholarships are for high school-age and traditional college-age students, opportunities do exist for adult learners. There are no age restrictions on eligibility for federal student financial aid, and the database of online college preparation resource Fastweb includes more than 1,800 awards which have no age restrictions. Regardless a student’s age and academic ambition, all three of our experts advise students to start their scholarship search at least a year before starting college and to be prepared to put in the long hours of often dull research that securing such financial aid requires. “Go to local universities’ career offices and ask for help,” said Farley. “Get a big book of grants and scholarships and start scouring it.” ( 136 ) LA WEEKLY / MAY 16-22 2014 / LAWEEKLY.COM 5/6/2014 12:18:49 PM 14-10193_CON_ad_CANHY-LAW_ST_TAKES-LG_4x5_4c_[01].indd 1

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