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Finding and Applying for Scholarships

Scholarships are gifts. They don’t need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.

What kinds of scholarships are available?

Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need.

Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or high school seniors. And some are available because of where you or your parent work, or because you come from a certain background (for instance, there are scholarships for military families ).

A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for, because it’ll help reduce the cost of your education.

How do I find scholarships?

You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking information in a public library or online. But be careful. Make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate; and remember that you don’t have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid. Check out our information on how to avoid scams .

Try these free sources of information about scholarships:

  • the financial aid office at a college or career school
  • a high school or TRIO counselor
  • the U.S. Department of Labor’s FREE scholarship search tool
  • federal agencies
  • your state grant agency
  • your library’s reference section
  • foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups
  • organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
  • ethnicity-based organizations
  • your employer or your parents’ employers

When do I apply for scholarships?

That depends on each scholarship’s deadline. Some deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so if you’re in high school now, you should be researching and applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years. But if you’ve missed that window, don’t give up! Look at scholarship information to see which ones you can still apply for now.

How do I apply for scholarships?

Each scholarship has its own requirements. The scholarship’s website should give you an idea of who qualifies for the scholarship and how to apply. Make sure you read the application carefully, fill it out completely, and meet the application deadline.

How do I get my scholarship money?

That depends on the scholarship. The money might go directly to your college, where it will be applied to any tuition, fees, or other amounts you owe, and then any leftover funds given to you. Or it might be sent directly to you in a check. The scholarship provider should tell you what to expect when it informs you that you’ve been awarded the scholarship. If not, make sure to ask.

How does a scholarship affect my other student aid?

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EducationUSA – Your Guide to U.S. Higher Education

By Peterson’s Staff updated on Thursday, January 31, 2013

EducationUSA actively promotes U.S. higher education around the world by offering accurate, unbiased, and comprehensive information about educational institutions in the United States and guidance on how best to access those opportunities.

Check out Peterson’s new guide to being an international student in America for the best information on studying in the U.S.A.!

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Comprehensive Guide to Studying in the U.S.A.

If you’re looking for any kind of information about studying in the U.S.A. you should check out this compilation of Peterson’s best articles about international studies. Chances are you’ll find whatever you need, and then some, right there.

Search a comprehensive database of information on nearly 4,000 accredited two-year and four-year colleges and universities across the U.S. Use a variety of search criteria to find your perfect match: name, location, major, tuition, and more.

In addition, you’ll have access to helpful resources regarding standardized testing (SAT, ACT, TOEFL), applications and application essays, student visas, and more.

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Information Technology Summer Internship Program

The Travelers Information Technology Summer Internship Program provides highly motivated and qualified students an opportunity to gain first-hand experience, receive valuable on-the-job training and learn about the many technology professions available in the insurance industry. Our interns are viewed as a key source of future talent for entry-level IT careers within the company.

Program components

Program components include:

  • Challenging professional work experience in the insurance industry
  • Planned activities that give interns insight into business, technology and the many career options at Travelers
  • Company-wide events such as an Intern Symposium, tours of Hartford, Conn. and Saint Paul, Minn. campuses and intern networking events
  • Interaction with many levels of leadership and management
  • Mentors
  • Intern Capstone Project where students work together and present on relevant business and technology topics

Internship positions may be in disciplines such as:

  • Application development
  • Quality assurance
  • Business analysis
  • IT project management
  • Infrastructure support
    • Networking
    • Systems management
    • Virtual infrastructure
    • Storage management


You should have a passion for both technology and business and pursue an IT-related undergraduate or graduate degree with a preferred overall GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Additional requirements are:

  • Desire for a career in the field of Information Technology
  • Technical background
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
  • Extracurricular involvement
  • Motivation to succeed
  • Strong communication and analytical skills
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States

Suggested majors

  • Computer science
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  • Information technology
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  • Management information systems
  • Telecommunications


Positions are available in Hartford, Conn. and Saint Paul, Minn. beginning in early June for 10 to 12 weeks. Subsidized housing may be available for interns who live beyond a commutable distance.

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The USDA and FNS have a number of resources designed to provide you with the tools you need to conduct effective nutrition education. In the links below, you’ll find program information, educational materials, and creative ideas to make learning about nutrition fun for all ages.


Find tips and resources designed to educate on how incorporating the dietary guidelines into your diet can lead to a healthier you.

Team Nutrition

Team Nutrition provides nutrition education for kids and their caregivers. Inside, you’ll find a comprehensive listing of materials designed for food service professionals, educators, parents, and child care providers.

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The SNAP-Ed Connection contains information targeted to SNAP participants. The site includes curricula, lesson plans, research, participant materials, and professional development tools.

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The Let’s Move! Initiative gives parents and caregivers the educational resources they need to make healthy choices for children.

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Rankings of States and Estimates of School Statistics

2013-2014 Rankings & Estimates

The data presented in this combined report provide facts about the extent to which local, state, and national governments commit resources to public education. NEA Research offers this report to its state and local affiliates as well as to researchers, policymakers, and the public as a tool to examine public education policies, programs, and services.

About Rankings & Estimates

What is the Rankings & Estimates report and how can I use it to benefit my state?

Previous Reports

Inflation Continues To Outpace Teacher Salary Growth

Teachers across the nation are continuing to lose spending power for themselves and their families as inflation continued to outpace teacher salaries last year, according to NEA’s annual report.

  • 2007-2008: No report was published this year.
  • 2006-2007 Rankings & Estimates

    Teacher Salaries Continue to Lag Behind Inflation

    The average one-year increase in public school teacher pay was 2.9 percent, while inflation escalated 3.9 percent according to this report.

  • 2005-2006 Rankings & Estimates

    Teachers Take “Pay Cut” as Inflation Outpaces Salaries

    This NEA study showed a decline in public school teachers’ real earnings as the average increase in teacher pay slipped below the rate of inflation in 2004-05.

  • 2004-2005 Rankings & Estimates

    Schools Struggle to Find, Keep Well-Qualified Educators

    The quality of a child’s teacher is a key factor in closing achievement gaps. Unfortunately, teacher salaries have barely budged over the past decade, complicating the nation’s efforts to attract and retain them.

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    The New National Core Music Standards were released on June 4.  The Standards were part of a larger project, encompassing standards for all of the arts, and the results of the National Core Arts Standards can be found in a … Read More »

    CMEA Hosts Annual Stand Up 4 Music Advocacy Day in Sacramento

    On Thursday, May 22nd, the California Music Educators Association and the Stand Up 4 Music Coalition hosted their annual music advocacy day in Sacramento. Below is a summary by CMEA President Michael Stone and a video recap of the day. NAfME staff were proud to be a part of this event. Congratulations to the Stand Up 4 Music Coalition on a successful and powerful day of music education advocacy! Read More »

    Non-profit brings music education to Bronx schools

    One non-profit is bringing music to students ears. Education Through Music partners with city schools to bring music education back in to the classroom, with 19 of the 27 elementary and middle schools they serve in the Bronx. Allerton native and program director Katherine Damkohler said the goal of the organization is to motivate children through music education and to help them become better learners. Read More »

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    Professional Development Sessions at NAfME’s National Conference: Learning, Playing, Singing, and All That Jazz

    This October, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) heads back to Music City for its 2nd Annual NAfME National In-Service Conference. The conference will be held October 26–29, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Read More »

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    The UK’s drowning prevention charity received a fantastic response during a trip to Westminster this week when 41 MPs signed up to support its pledge.

    CPR workshops and water safety advice sessions were held throughout the afternoon and MPs from across the UK were invited to find out more about the charity and it’s work, as well as sign up and ‘pledge to support the delivery of water safety education to all under 18- year olds-in the UK’ .

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    Education and Technology: The Future of Handheld Learning

    By Diane Stresing


    10/22/03 4:13 AM PT

    What’s your average fifth grader doing at 8:30 in the morning? If he’s in Jan Kelly’s class in Mogadore, Ohio, he’s probably using a Palm to check his stock portfolio.

    U.S. schools will spend nearly US$6 billion on technology before the 2003-2004 school year is over, much of it on wireless PDAs. Why do small screens have such a big impact on K-12 students and their teachers?

    For one thing, they’re just the right size, said Elliot Soloway, a professor of education and computer science at the University of Michigan. Soloway, who has conducted technology-related educational research for much of the last 20 years, said giving laptops to students is nice, but impractical for two reasons.

    First, laptops come with three-digit price tags, while handheld computers (when purchased in bulk) sell for less than $100. Second, handhelds’ smaller size is an advantage when it comes to packing a backpack. And, he said, “You’ll never hear a kid complain, ‘The screen is too small!’ That’s an adult talking.”

    Using Them for Years

    Assuming you buy Soloway’s initial arguments and agree that someday handheld computers should be introduced in K-12 classrooms, he’ll press on. He’ll say, “Math teachers have been using them for years. They’re called graphing calculators.”

    He’s right, of course. Only now, they’re not just in math classes.

    Texas Instruments graphing calculators are used in about 85 percent of U.S. public high schools. Instead of waiting for relative newcomer Palm to descend on its customer base, TI has wisely introduced free apps and curriculum for history and social studies teachers.

    Last spring, TI introduced a wireless hub so teachers could download homework assignments, grade quizzes and manage student records on the units we might call the “original” handheld computers.

    And while TI might be entrenched in the upper grades, Palm has won a bevy of fans in elementary schools.

    Handheld Spells Success

    What’s your average fifth grader doing at 8:30 in the morning? If he’s in Jan Kelly’s class in Mogadore, Ohio, he’s probably using a Palm to check his stock portfolio.

    Kelly’s students start the year by investing an imaginary $2,000 in the market. Later, the students form their own companies and must sell their stock to fellow classmates to make a profit. Throughout the lesson, they use the Palms to do market research, create sales presentations and manage their company finances.

    Is it a game? Kelly probably wouldn’t care if you called it that. What she cares about is “active engagement.” With Palms in hand, students can direct their learning. “I call it emergent curriculum,” she told TechNewsWorld.

    While Kelly’s fifth graders play the market, Karen McClain, a special education teacher in Stow, Ohio, uses Palms in her classroom of second, third and fourth graders. Like Kelly, McClain began using the units when she participated in the Palm Educational Pioneer (PEP) research program at Kent State University’s Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET). PEP participants were asked how handheld computers can improve teaching and learning.

    McClain’s quick answer: in spelling lessons.

    Students with learning disabilities often have poor handwriting, McClain said. On paper, they tend to lag in spelling. Allow them to tap out spelling words on a keyboard, however, and McClain said you’ll often find they can spell on grade level. On the other hand, if spelling lessons suffer because of poor handwriting, writing skills soon will suffer too.

    An added benefit McClain and Kelly mentioned they enjoy thanks to the handheld lessons: They both use “a lot less paper” in the classroom.

    Change Brewing

    While educators like McClain and Kelly might be content quietly reaping the benefits of handheld lesson plans, Soloway is anything but quiet about what he sees as a necessary revolution.

    Soloway recalls his own education in the 1960s, when students routinely shared textbooks. “Then one day you walked in, and there were 30 or 40 [paperback] copies of Beowulf sitting there,” he said. “When each student had his own book, that changed the nature of the work teachers could assign.”

    Inevitably, handheld computers will bring fundamental changes to education, he added. “One day, the kids will all walk in to class, flip open their Palms and look up at the teacher. Then what are we going to do?”

    Neanderthals, Meet the Cooties

    If Soloway has his way, we might give the kids Cooties.

    In “Cooties,” a handheld computer game designed for classroom use, the teacher’s goal is to infect the students’ computers with a virus. In the process, Soloway said, students learn about germs, how they spread and how antidotes and vaccines work.

    Cooties was developed by GoKnow, a private company founded by Soloway and two colleagues. GoKnow sells educational software for handheld devices and consulting services for schools that employ the technology. But Soloway isn’t ready to leave academia for sales. For one thing, he’s not done needling the critics in education.

    He told TechNewsWorld that some of the greatest resistance to putting technology in the classroom comes from other educators, whom he calls “Neanderthals.”

    While the word “Neanderthal” isn’t included in U.S. Department of Education press releases, Secretary of Education Ron Paige made a similar point earlier this year. When introducing the department’s latest technology plan, Paige noted, “Education is the only business still debating the usefulness of technology” — which might be government-speak for, “If your boss questioned your need for a laptop, wouldn’t you call him a Neanderthal?”

    Getting a Grip on Administration

    When QED president Jeanne Hayes announced the latest School Market Trends Study of Technology Purchasing. she noted that many districts have turned to handhelds to manage data. Thanks in part to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, U.S. teachers and administrators must complete an increasingly long and detailed list of reports, including achievement by ethnic background and other groups as well as overall academic progress.

    According to the QED study, the student information systems software market is expected to jump by nearly a half-million dollars this year to $7.83 million.

    That said, Hayes said the study shows that handhelds have moved beyond the administrative realm. She told TechNewsWorld that although “PDAs were first given to and used by administrators, including school principals, more recent adoptions for classroom and entire-grade use are, clearly, for instructional purposes.”

    In other words, the use of handhelds in education is spreading — like a case of the Cooties.