Friday, November 11, 2011

Free Meals for Veterans on Veterans Day and How to Thank And Honor Veterans

Hi, I am so sorry that it has been so long since I have posted.  I have fallen behind in my classes and so I was afraid that I would fall even further behind in my classes if I spent time posting.  Nevertheless, I feel that it is so important to honor and thank the over 24 million veterans and active duty military today that I felt that I just had to take out time to post this post.  I found some great restaurants that are offering free meals for veterans today.  I also found some great resources that help people thank and honor Veterans and Active Duty Military personnel; I thought that I should include that here too.

Free Meals & More for Veterans on Veteran's Day - this link has a massive list of restaurants and stores that are thanking and honoring Veterans with free meals and more.
The listing includes some of the following restaurants:

Applebees - On Friday, November 11th Veterans and Active Duty military can go to Applebees to enjoy one of their 7 signature entrees.  Last year Applebees served 1,024,000 million free meals to military veterans and active service members. A  proof of service will be required.

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse - They are offering a complimentary lunch entree or a free one topping mini pizza for dinner.  This offer is valid for all veterans and active duty military with proof of service.

Champps Americana - Veterans and Active Military will receive a free burger at Champps on Veterans' Day.  This offer is not valid for either the Kobe Burger or the pepper jack burger. A  proof of service will be required.

Chili's - Veterans and Active Duty Military eat free at Chili's on Veteran's Day from 11am-5pm.  Any Lunch Combo is included in this offer.  This offer is valid at participating Chili's only. A proof of military service is necessary to obtain the offer.

Fox & Hound and Bailey's Sports Bar - Active Duty Military and Veterans will receive a free item from the 7 under $7 menu. Military ID or proof of service is required.

Golden Corral- This is how military wallet describes the Military Appreciation Dinner on Veteran's Day: "Free meal, Monday Nov. 14: The 10th annual Golden Corral Military Appreciation dinner will be held on Monday, November 14, 2011 from 5 pm to 9 pm in all Golden Corral Restaurants nationwide. The free “thank you” dinner is available to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently serving, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to participate in Golden Corral’s Military Appreciation Monday dinner.

Special thanks to Golden Corral: To date, Golden Corral restaurants have provided over 2.5 million free meals and contributed over $4.3 million to the Disabled American Veterans organization."

Famous Dave's - This link provides a listing of all of the participating locations.  Each participating location has its own offer for Veterans or active duty military.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants - On Sunday, November 13th, McCormick & Schmick's is celebrating their 13th annual Veteran's Appreciation Event.  During this event, Veterans will be able to choose between either a complimentary lunch or dinner entree.  Veterans must present proper identification or proof of service.  Details are available on the link above.  Reservations are recommended.

Spaghetti Warehouse -The Spaghetti Warehouse is celebrating its: "Once in a Lifetime Veteran's Day Celebration" on 11/11/11.  In honor of this special Veteran's Day, they are offering lasagne or any original recipe spaghetti entree for .11 cents.  This offer is available for anyone.
The Outback Steakhouse - According to their site, in order to thank the active duty military and Veterans, "We honor our heroes with a free Bloomin' Onion and a Coca-Cola Nov. 7-11th in 2011 in celebration of Veteran's Day. Supporting our troops and their families has been our longstanding commitment. What began as a grassroots initiative in Tampa, Florida, when Outback Steakhouse was founded nearly 23 years ago, has since grown into an international effort.

We launched Operation Feeding Freedom in 2002, sending a team of volunteer employees to Afghanistan to feed American troops. Since then, Outback has made a total of 9 trips to the Middle East and served over 215,000 troops, bringing them a much needed taste of home.

For the past two years, with your help, we donated $2 Million to Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization providing everyday and emergency support for active troops, wounded warriors and their families."
Texas Roadhouse - From 11am- 2pm on Friday, Nov.11th, all Texas Roadhouses across the country will offer a free lunch to Active Duty Military and Veterans.  They will also offer the choice of a free Coca-Cola product, iced tea, sweat tea of coffee.  Proof of military service is necessary to obtain the offer.
TGI Friday's - TGI Friday's is offering all US Military Service Personnel and Veterans a buy one entree get one entree free special.  Proof of military service is necessary to obtain the offer.
Olive Garden - Active Duty military and Veterans will be given a complimentary entree at Olive Gardens across the nation on Veteran's Day.

According to Military Wallet, the following discounts are also available:

"Home Depot and Lowe’s Military Coupon Updates

Update: Home Depot and Lowes 10% Military Discount Available Everyday.
Today Only Savings from The Home Depot! While SuppHome Depot Military Discount: The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center(R) locations. The 10% military discount is available everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays. You can also find Home Depot discounts online.
Free Shipping On Orders $49 Or MoreLowe’s Military Discount: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available Nov. 7 – Nov. 11. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays. You can also find exclusive discounts at Lowe’

Free Park Admissions for Veterans Day

Anheuser Busch Heres to the HeroesAnheuser-Busch Parks. Anheuser-Busch Parks offers Active Duty Service Members free admission for them and up to 3 dependents to any of their parks once a year. Throughout 2011, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission. The Here’s to the Heroes program is only available to Any active duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman. Eligible parks include: Adventure Island, Busch Gardens (Tampa Bay or Williamsburg), SeaWorld (Orlando, San Diego, or San Antonio), Sesame Place, and Water Country USA. Not valid at Discovery Cove and Aquatica. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. is not included as part of this program. For more information and to register, visit: Free admission summary, and ticket application.
Colonial Williamsburg LogoColonial Williamsburg Free Admission. Colonial Williamsburg offers free weekend-long admission tickets to active-duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their immediate dependents from Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13th. The complimentary ticket includes admission to Colonial Williamsburg exhibition sites, art museums, and most daytime programs, as well as free parking and use of the shuttle bus system. Tickets are only available at on-site ticket sales locations. Tickets are also available to families of deployed servicemembers. Tickets available on the following dates: Nov. 11-13.
US National Park Service LogoFee Free Day at National Parks. To honor America’s service men and women, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that areas managed by the National Park Service would not charge entrance fees for Veteran’s Day weekend – November 11-13, 2011. Over 100 national Parks will be participating in this event.
Historic Jamestowne – Free Admission. The National Park Service commemorates Veterans Day with Fee Free days at Historic Jamestowne November 11-13. Free admission for everyone. See events calendar.
Knots Berry Farm logoKnotts Berry Farm Military Tribute Days – Free Admission. Knott’s Berry Farm has an annual Military Tribute event in which they offer military members past and present by offering free park admission. This year the Military Tribute Days run from November 1 – 24 November (Thanksgiving Day).  Veterans or current serving military personnel plus one guest get in FREE with proper ID presented at Knott’s turnstile (DD214, Veterans Administration Hospital ID or Active Military Service ID). Purchase up to six additional tickets for just $17 each. More info.
Pro Football Hall of Fame – Free Admission. Annual Veterans Day Salute, Saturday, November 05, 2011, 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM. Any veteran or member of the armed forces and their spouse or a guest will be admitted free of charge to the Hall of Fame for a day-long recognition of  US Military veterans. Members of the Blue and Gold Star Mothers will also be eligible for free admission. There will be a special ceremony beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Hall of Fame’s NFL Films Theater. More information.
San Jacinto Monument and Museum (La Porte, TX). November 7-13: Free admission to the theatre, Observation Floor, and (on November 12-13) the special exhibit to all veterans and their families. More info.

Bed and Breakfast for Vets

B&Bs for VetsIn the third year of the program, B&Bs for Vets has organized over 485 (and counting) participating Bed and Breakfasts and Inns across the US and Canada which will be offering veterans a free night’s stay on November 10th, the night before Veterans Day. This offer is available to both active duty military members and veterans with ID, but space is limited. Each Inn and B&B has at least one room available for this promotion and reservations must be made directly through the participating Inns and B&Bs. For more information visit B&Bs for Vets.

Free Hugo® Canes for Veterans.

Hugo Salutes our VeteransSam’s Club® locations nationwide will distribute 36,000 Hugo® canes free of charge on November 9th, 10th, 11th, 2011 to U.S. military veterans in need of mobility assistance. Limited quantities available, while supplies last. Sam’s Club® Membership is not required, but proof of military service may be required. For more information, visit

Veteran’s Day Discounts – Retail Stores & More

Here are some additional Veteran’s Day Discounts. In all cases, be sure to provide proper ID or proof of service. In addition, some of these stores are franchises, so verify participation before assuming the discount is in place.
  • Veterans Day Honor - Armed Forces – Free MP3 album download “Veterans Day Honor” This free downloadable album includes 12 songs as performed by the military bands and ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces. Visit Amazon now through Veteran’s Day to download the album for free (album will be full price again starting Nov. 12).
  • Big Lots – 10% off your entire purchase with valid military ID. more info.
  • Cabela’s. Cabela’s is giving their standard employee discount to all US military veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel on Nov. 10-11. Discount varies from 5% to 20%, depending on the item.
  • Dollar General. 10% discount on entire purchase on Veteran’s Day. Offer good for all active-duty military, retirees, veterans, Guard/Reserve, & immediate family members. The coupon can be found in the store circular, or by asking an employe. Also good online from Nov 11-13, use Coupon Code VETERANSDAY. More info.
  • Free Business Cards and Checks. Get 25 FREE Checks – Choose from 6 different designs or upgrade to premium checks and choose from many more designs. Bonus Offer – Get 250 Free Business Cards! FREE Checks & Business Cards offer.
  • Free Car wash. Thousands of car washes around the country are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day. Find a list at Grace for Veterans, which helped veterans receive 101,537 FREE Washes on Veterans Day in 2010.
  • Jos. A. Bank Specials: Veterans Day Sale- 1 Day Only! All Suits On Sale- 2nd for $47 Mix ‘n Match. 40% Off All Dress Shirts, Sportshirts, Ties & Sportswear. Free Shipping on Orders $195+. Valid: November 11. JoS. A. Bank Veterans Day Sale Orders.
  • K-Mart. Exclusive Early Veterans Day Sale – Nov. 10th! EXTRA 5-10% off Almost Everything with coupon code VETERANSDAY. Friday & Saturday Specials + EXTRA 5-15% off & FREE Shipping orders of $49 with coupon code HOLIDAY.
  • Netflix: Netflix – One Month Free Trial.
  • Seven-Eleven – Free small Slurpee on Friday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Offer good to all current and former military members. ID or proof of service required.
  • Sports Authority – 15% off all purchases. All Veterans and Military personnel please stop by your local Sports Authority store to receive 15% OFF YOUR ENTIER PUCHSASE on 11.11.11 ONLY! Please show proper identification or proof of service at check-out to receive this special offer.
  • Sport Clips – Veterans Day National cut-a-thon and Help A Hero program. Sport Clips is the official haircutter of the VFW and will donate $1 from every haircut during the National Cut-a-Thon to VFW’s Operation Uplink, which provides free phone time to active-duty military personnel and hospitalized veterans. Sports Clips stores also offer a offer a Heroes discount which includes active and retired military. Find a location near you
  • Steve Madden. We’d like to salute our heroes by doubling our everyday military discount of 15%  to 30% OFF for Veteran’s Day ONLY. Valid with a form of Military identification (past or present) in Steve Madden stores only (not valid online). *Full priced merchandise only. Find a store near you.
  • Tim Hortons – all US locations are offering a free donut to all veterans (check out the Star Spangled donut!).

Regional Veteran’s Day Discounts

There have been multiple request to include local and regional Veteran’s Day discounts. We are happy to include these in our list. Please use our Contact Page to send us the information. Please be sure to include a link to the website so we can verify it and share it with our readers. If a website is not available, then please use the company e-mail address so we can verify the offer.
  • America’s Incredible Pizza Company (St. Louis and St. Peters, MO). Free meal Nov. 11th. Call ahead to verify hours and locations.
  • Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, CA). Free admission for veterans, military personnel, police officers, and firefighters who show valid service ID on November 11, 2011. More info.
  • Barmuda (Iowa) – free meal. Barmuda is offering a free meal to all active duty members and veterans in all restaurants. More information.
  • Brevard Zoo (Melbourne, FL), Nov. 11-13. Free Admission to military veterans with proof of service. More info.
  • Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse (NY, NJ, PA) – 2 for 1 entree. Nov. 11, 2011. Buy one, get one of equal or lesser value, with valid military ID or proof of service. Cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer. Get coupon.
  • Des Moines Botanical Center. Free admission November 11, 2011 for Veterans and their families. More info.
  • Riding Academy of NJ, Nov. 11-13. Free beginner motorcycle safety training course for New Jersey Residents. For more information, contact Ray Noreika, the owner of The Riding Academy of NJ at (201) 742-2300 or visit The Riding Academy of NJ s website at
  • San Antonio Symphony and the United States Air Force Band of the West. Free Veterans Day Concert November 13, 2011. More info.
  • The Electric Bean in Longview, WA  is offering all military veterans past and present a free 16 oz beverage of their choice. This offer is available during business hours on November 11, 2011.  Veterans and active duty military simply show proof of military service."

The site advises Veterans to bring or do the following, in advance, as a precaution:
  • Proof of Military Service. First, most companies require some form of military ID – including a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies may only require a photo of you in uniform, or go by the honor system.
  • Participation. Second, always call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies. We will do our best to keep this page updated as we find new info. - This is a great addition to the military wallet listings.  There is some overlap between the two listings.  However, there are several unique listings on this site:

7-11 -  According to this site,  7-11 will offer a "Free Small Slurpee Drink from 11am – 7pm on Veterans Day."

Ruby's - Ruby's is offering a free cinnamon roll french toast for all Veterans and Active Duty Military until 11:30 am on 11/11.

Red Roof Inn -Is offering a 26% discount on Veterans' Day plus a 15% off rate for the rest of the month of November.  This offer is valid for all active duty military and veterans. - This site is from Denver; however, it lists a tremendous amount of deals on national chains.  There are quite a few offers listed on this list that are not available on the other lists.  This is a great resource because all of the offers have been verified and thoroughly researched.
Some additional offers from this site include:

Red Robin -
@ Participating Red Robin's will give a free Gourmet Cheeseburger & Bottomless Fries to Veteran's & Active Duty with ID or uniform
According to the link: "C.B. & Potts is offering active duty military and veterans a buy one get one free entree on Nov. 11, however, the entree must cost less than $9.99 and you must buy two beverages. Military I.D. required. (This offer is not posted on the company's website, it was sent to me in an email from the company.)"
Also, the site includes this: "ProCuts Hair salon's locations in Lakewood and Littleton are offering free haircuts for veterans on Nov. 11. The owner of those two locations told me, "ProCuts wants to say ‘Thank You’ to our veterans. Drop by our two ProCuts locations in Lakewood and Littleton on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11, show proof of current or past service in our armed forces, and receive a free haircut. Call 1-888-PRO-CUTS (1-888-776-2887) for the location nearest you." This deal is only valid at the Lakewood and Littleton locations."
Additionally, this site reveals this discount:
"Sleep Number stores are offering free travel pillows (while supplies last) to active and retired military personnel. Sleep Number will also offer $700 off the Sleep Number i8 and p7 bed sets and 30 percent off all Sleep Number bedding solutions. These deals are exclusive to all active/retired military personnel from October 30 through November 20." 
One final amazing listing that I found on this site was:
"Brides Across America - gives wedding dresses to brides whose grooms or themselves have been deployed within the past 5 years to Iraq, Afghanistan, Qarar, Bahrain, Libya, Kuwait, and have not had a formal wedding." 
There are other great deals for Veterans and Active Duty military on the link to these listings. - This is a really comprehensive listing. -  She offers a nice review of the very best deals. - These are the best deals for veterans in St. Louis  - This has some new offers on the second page. - This list might have a few new offers for Veterans also.

For  a list of military discounts that our valid all year, please go to:

Ways to Thank Veterans on Veterans' Day-
One of the best lists of ways to thank a Veteran on Veterans day is at: -

 Here is another fabulous list of ways to thank Veterans today:
Here is a new idea from
And this one is really quite profound:
Applebees has also set up a website that allows anyone to send a special note of thank you to Veterans.  The site allows you to either send it through YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or directly on the site.  You can even send out a gift card to Veterans on this site:

If you are like me, then you will worry about being able to say something as eloquently as Veterans deserve.  I found a great solution to that.  There are some great sites that have poetry that honors and thanks Veterans; these can be found at:

If you are a Veteran or Active Duty military, I want to thank you for keeping us free and for your bravery.
(The following poem was from:
"Here is a patriotic poem honoring veterans. Veterans day poems should include all veterans, living and dead. This Veterans Day poem could be used as a Veteran's Day greeting.

They Did Their Share
On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.
Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;
In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.
Some came back; some didn’t.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.
No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.
Let every veteran be honored;
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.
We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say "thank you" to every wearer."
By Joanna Fuchse

Friday, July 8, 2011

The Easiest Scholarships Ever - PART 1-

The following 26 scholarships are quick and easy to apply for; each scholarship only takes a few minutes  to complete.  Moreover, there are no essays to compose or extensive academic records that are required.   However, the one down side is that the odds of winning one of these scholarships might not be as good as the odds of winning some of the more difficult or obscure traditional scholarships.  A good way to increase the odds in your favor is to apply to as many of them as possible.  Even better, continue to apply to the more traditional scholarships while simultaneously applying for the scholarship drawings.  To get a good idea about the odds of winning some of the different scholarships, please refer to these next excellent articles:

1. SunTrust "Off To College" Scholarship Sweepstakes - The registration for the 2011-2012 Sweepstakes begins September 16th (so you don't need to apply for this one until the fall.)  The Off To College Sweepstakes offers students the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship for educational expenses at an accredited college or private career college.  High school seniors that are planning to attend college and current college students who will be continuing their undergraduate studies are eligible to apply for this scholarship contest.  Fifteen drawings will be held and one winner will be chosen every two weeks from October 28th, 2011 through May 11, 2012.  This contest is free to enter and the eligibility is not based on GPA or financial need.  Students are allowed only one entry per drawing; however, they may register again for each drawing period (every two week period.)  To enter (in the fall), students should click on the link and fill the online entry form.  Full details are also available on the link.

2. eCampus  Scholarship Giveaway - Register for an account with eCampus Tours and then you are eligible to register for the scholarship giveaway.  Both registrations are free.  As a side benefit, once you have created an account and profile with eCampus, you will be able to search for even more scholarships.  Not only is this an extensive scholarship search resource but there is also data about items such as how to compare different financial aid packages.  Once you are registered, complete and submit an online form for the scholarship by March 31st, 2012.  Two winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.  The drawing to pick the winners will be random.  There is a limit of one entry per student.  Full details are available here.

3. Car Quarterly Scholarship Awards - Every three months, Car awards a $500 scholarship.  The next application deadline is for December 31st, 2011.  Just click on the link to find out more information about this scholarship.

4. Efficient Learning Systems, Inc. Scholarships - According to the Efficient Learning System, Inc.'s site, they "award several hundred full CPAexcel Professional Mentoring scholarships each year, without conditions or obligations of any kind, under the following programs:

  • University Scholarships- (they)... provide universities with two scholarships per year.
  • Spring and Fall Scholarship Drawings- Every Spring and Fall (they)... send out letters to university professors, accounting fraternities and students encouraging them to enter out scholarship drawing.
  • AAA Annual Meeting Scholarships - (They)... offer  university professors an additional opportunity to award a scholarship when they visit (ELS)... at the AAA annual meeting.
  • BAP Scholarships- (They)... provide registered BAP fraternities with one scholarship per year.
  • Monthly Drawing Scholarships- Each month (they)... award one scholarship to a student who has registered online for (their) ... drawing.  To view the online registration form, click here,
  • Special Events- (ELS)... is always looking for new ways to increase the reach of (their)... scholarship program.  If you are involved in an academic not-for-profit organization, please contact CPAexcel to discuss scholarship awards."

5. Any - has set up a fund to award college scholarships.  This free and easy to enter scholarship drawing is awarded randomly.  The Scholarship deadlines, winners and amount of the award are listed on this link.   According to this link, the next drawing deadline is September 30th).  Also, the scholarship award will be $2000.  Just click on the first link and fill out the short survey available on the link to enter.

6. Scholarship Points -Scholarship Points has monthly scholarship drawings worth up to $10,000.  According to this link, "Members earn scholarship points for doing what they already do online: shopping, reading blogs, playing games, searching the web, taking surveys, and more! The more you do – the more scholarship points you earn – the more chances you have at winning a scholarship. We gave away over $120,000 in scholarships in 2010 and we're looking to give away even more in 2011! Register ... and you could be (their) next BIG scholarship winner!"


7. The $2000 College Prowler No Essay College Scholarship -    College Prowler appreciates  how little time students have; therefore, they have designed their scholarship to be as easy as possible to complete.  Students that receive the scholarship are allowed to use the scholarship for tuition, housing, meal plans, books, computers, or any education-related expense.  Just click on the link above to fill out the on-line application.  The application gives students the opportunity to enter the drawing for $2000.  Complete details about the scholarship are available on the link.

If High School Students Just Register at College Prowler - then they can be entered for their $1000 drawing.  The registration is for the College Prowler Scholarship and College Search so even if you don't win the drawing you get to find out about scholarships.

If College Students Enter The $1000 Monthly Survey Scholarship- they can enter for a chance to win the $1000.  All students have to do is review their school.  Go to this link if you are interested in reviewing your college for a chance to win this scholarship.

9. College NET - Each week CollegeNET awards a scholarship to the member of CollegeNET that earns the most points or votes.  For instance, this week they are giving a scholarship of $5,000.  You can sign up for a free CollegeNET Candidate account if you are a student (or planning on becoming a student within this next year.)  Joining will allow you to set up a profile, create forums, and post your ideas.   Other members of CollegeNET can vote for you if they enjoy what you have to say and vice versa.  Casting and receiving votes earns you points.  If you earn the most points, you win the scholarship for that week.  CollegeNET is %100 supported by advertiser and scholarship sponsors.  They respect your data privacy and do not sell your personal data.

10. Scholarship Program -, the popular Q & A site, established a $20,000 scholarship fund  to help deserving students obtain an education. awards one winner with a $5000 scholarship, two second place winners with a $2,500 scholarship (each), and ten third place winners with a $1,000 scholarship (each.)  The entry period for the contest usually lasts from January until February.  Thus, the entry period is currently closed.  However, it should open later in the year.  It is definitely worth it to continue to check back with this link later in the year.  In prior contests, entrants needed to answer 50 questions on any topic that was available and then submit an application with 50 new questions.

11. Frame My Future Scholarship Contest - This scholarship contest from Church Hill Classics doesn't require entrants to submit essays or fulfill extensive prerequisites in order for the students to be eligible for the contest.  Instead, the contest is meant to be a fun and creative way for students to earn scholarship money.  The entry period usually lasts from October until March.  While the 2011 Frame My Future Contest entry period has ended, the 2012 should be announced soon.  The link above leads to the official site of the contest.  Click on the link on the website that allows you to sign up for 2012 notification list.  After signing up, students can be notified (by email) the moment the 2012 scholarship contest begins.  The 2011 contest asked students to submit an original entry piece that described what students wanted to accomplish after they finished college.  The theme for 2011 was: "how I frame my future."  Students could submit any of the following pieces based on the theme for their entry:

  • photographs
  • collages
  • poems
  • drawing
  • paintings
  • graphic designs
  • and other creative media that is specified on the official site
The Grand Prize winner award for 2011 was $5,000.  They also awarded 5 additional $1,000 scholarships.   Students attending a U.S. college or university full time ( who are legal residents of the U.S.) are eligible to enter the contest.

12. Go College Scholarship - Go offers a free $250 monthly scholarship drawing for students.  It is incredibly easy to enter this contest.  Just use the Go website and give Go College your opinion on how to improve their website.  This website also lists many scholarships and college admission tips.

13. Next Step Magazine Scholarship - Register with Next Step for a chance to win up to $10,000 for college.  The deadline to enter is January 2, 2012. Next Step also holds a $100 teen writing contest.  Students that enter can win $100 along with a chance to have their writing published in Next Step Magazine.  Students that register for either contest will be receive free Next Step electronic magazines and newsletters.  The magazine focuses on college planning advice.

14. Super College Scholarships - This is a $1500 scholarship contest that is open to all students (high school, college, grad or adult) who are currently in college or plan to attend college within the next year. The scholarship can be used on educational expenses.  The deadline to apply is on July 31st, 2011.

15. US Bank Scholarships - US Bank will award 40 $1000 scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Click on the link above to apply online.  The application will be accepted from October 1st, 2011 through March 31st, 2012.  All high school seniors (graduating in the 2011-2012 academic year) and college undergraduates are eligible for the scholarship.  Winners will be selected at random.

16. CKSF Scholarship -  According to the overview about The Common Knowledge Scholarships, these scholarships were created to be fun and easy and yet still educational.  Students do not need to submit essays or their academic records in order to be considered for these scholarships.  Instead, these scholarships are quizzes 'that reward students for demonstrating what they know'.  High school students up through graduate students are eligible (they do have that many levels of quizzes.)  New scholarships become available on a monthly basis.  The current scholarships are listed here.

17. "Tell A Friend" Sweepstakes - To enter this scholarship, register with and refer friends to register as well.  For every friend that creates a profile on by clicking the link of the original referrer, will enter the original referrer in for another chance at winning the $1000 scholarship.  There is no limit to how many people can link to a referrer.  If the referrer wins the scholarship, one of the friends will be chosen at random to receive a $500 scholarship.  Friends can be referred from Facebook, IM, Tweets, or other means.  The official rules are available at this link.  The sweepstakes ends on September 30th, 2011.

18. Wells Fargo College STEPS Program - When high school students enroll in Wells Fargo's STEPS Program , they will be sent emails that contain tips on how to study, get financial aid, and make campus visits.  Even better, students who sign up for the STEPS program will be automatically enrolled into the CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes.  The Sweepstakes scholarship award is $1,000; and Wells Fargo will award 20 $1,000 scholarships.  The Sweepstakes is open to full or part-time high school students (freshmen through seniors) who are legal residents of the U.S. and attend high school (including home school.)   Only one entry per eligible contestant is permitted.  No purchase is necessary to enter.  The official rules are available at this link. The deadline to enter is on August 5th, 2011.

19. Christian College Scholarship Drawing - The Christian Connector, Inc. awards $2,500 in its undergraduate scholarship drawing.  To enter the drawing, click on the link above and complete the request form on their website.  Christian Connector will also send you free information about Christian colleges/universities and the over $150 million in scholarships that are available on their scholarship search.  The Drawing rules pages can be viewed here.  According to the rules page, there are actually 4 different scholarships.  The first scholarship, the Undergraduate Scholarship Drawing, has already been mentioned.  However, it is important to know about the eligibility criteria that is listed on the rules page.  The second scholarship is the Seminary/Christian Graduate School Scholarship $1000 Drawing; and the criteria for eligibility is also listed on the rules page.  The third scholarship is the Distance Learning (Undergraduate or Graduate) Scholarship $1000 Drawing.  The fourth scholarship is the Missions Scholarship $1,000 Drawing.  The eligibility criteria for both the third and the fourth scholarships are also listed on the rules page.  The scholarship drawings run each year from June 1st through May 31st.

20. Sallie Mae College Answer Scholarship Drawings - Register on Sallie Mae's website to enter their monthly $1,000 scholarship drawing.  Parents of students are also eligible to win the annual $10,000 Parent Answer Sweepstakes.  Registration on the site also enables students to search Sallie Mae's scholarship database.

21. Discover Colleges Scholarships - To enter this $2500 scholarship drawing, just complete and submit the registration form on the link above.  A word of caution, the site discloses that this is for private colleges only.

22. $20,000 Sweet Diggity Dawg Scholarship  - is sponsoring this $20,000 scholarship.  Current high school students graduating in 2011, 2012, 2013 or 2014 with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA are eligible to enter this contest.  The deadline to enter is on January 15th, 2012.  Just fill out the Zinch profile that is available on their website in order to enter.  Students that have registered with will gain access to Zinch's database of over 1.1 million scholarships (with some exclusive scholarships) that total over $1.7 billion dollars.  Better yet, Zinch matches any scholarship that a student that is registered with them wins.  Also, for every referral to Zinch that wins a scholarship, Zinch will also give the friend that made the referral an equal scholarship.

23. Free College Scholarships - To enter to win this $10,000 scholarship, just complete and submit the online application at the link above.  The scholarship can be used at any college, university, or academic program.  The official terms and conditions of the drawing can be found here.  The deadline to enter is on July 15th, 2011.  The scholarship is only available to students that are 18 years old or older.  The drawing is currently open to U.S. residents only. No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing.

24. Ipsos i-Say $5000 Scholarship - This contest is open to all legal Canadian and United States residents who are 14 years old or older (with the exception of employees of IPSOS-REID Corporation and Ipsos Insight, its divisions, subsidiaries and affiliates, their respective agencies, and members of their immediate families.)

25. $5,555 Super Student Stimulus Scholarship - College Students or students intending to enroll in college (in this next year) are eligible to apply for this scholarship from Zinch.  The deadline to apply for this scholarship is on December 31st, 2011.

26. Cappex "A GPA Isn't Everything" Scholarship - To enter  this $1000 scholarship drawing from Cappex, fill out and submit the online registration form.  This scholarship opportunity will be available at any college or university. To be eligible, students must currently be enrolled in either high school or college ( or plan to enroll in the next 12 months.)  The application deadline is on July 31st, 2011.  One scholarship will be awarded.  Cappex is granting up to $50,000 in scholarships in 2011.

 Please allow me to thank the authors of the following posts. Their combined research helped me to find out where the best scholarship drawings were:

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Fourth of July! Celebrate Independence Day with Patriotic Scholarships

1. Joe Foss 2011 Independence Day Scholarship Essay Contest - " Oh Say Can You See: What The Star Spangled Banner Means to Me"- This is an essay contest that offers high school students a chance at winning a $5,000 scholarship. To be eligible, students need to write and submit a minimum of 1,500 words in the essay.  The essay should be based on the theme of: "Oh, Say Can You See: What The Star Spangled Banner Means to Me?"  The winner receives the $5,000 scholarship.  The runner-up receives a $500 scholarship.  All essays must be received electronically by 11:59MST, Sunday, July 3, 2011.  Please download and carefully review the official guidelines.  
2. Patriotic Scholarships for America's Heroes - The most well known scholarship program for military service is the GI Bill and this link leads directly to the site for the GI Bill scholarships.  However, there are many other sources of scholarships for veterans and active duty military service members.
A. Patriotic & Noble AMVETS Scholarship for Veterans -This program actually offers a variety of college military scholarships for current veterans, active military soldiers, and also for the children of veterans.  The AMVETS has has 3 main National AMVETS scholarships programs for veterans and their families, and one National scholarship program veterans/guardsmen/reservists only. The mission behind this scholarship program is to provide the means for veterans to continue their education even after their GI Bill benefits are depleted.  Here is the direct link to the program: The AMVETS National Scholarship Program. According to this link, the scholarship must be used for full-time study.  $1,000 will be awarded for each year of study for a maximum of four years.  The application deadline is usually some time in April. Complete rules are available at the second link for the AMVETS scholarship. Please contact AMVETS toll-free at 877-726-8387 to find out about the 2012 scholarships
B. The Air Force Aid Society Spouse Tuition Assistance Program - The Air Force Aid Society offers the General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP.)  The program provides partial tuition assistance for spouses of Active Duty airmen or officers, who accompany members to overseas locations and will be attending college programs.  The STAP program provides up to 50% of the unmet tuition charges per course.  There is a maximum of $1,500 in assistance per academic year.  The Air Force Aid Society also provides an excellent listing of other sources of scholarships for military officers.  The listing includes sites like: Military,, and The Air Force Sergeants Association.
C. The Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association Scholarships - The Association is definitely 'dedicated to excellence in education' as its webpage states.  The Association provide an unbelievable amount of scholarships for military personnel and ROTC students.   Additionally, The AFCEA sponsor scores of scholarships for undergraduates, graduates, working students, and teachers that teach STEM subjects.  Military personnel and veterans are eligible for all of these additional scholarships as well.

D. The Blinded Veterans Association Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program - Spouses and dependent children of blinded veterans are eligible for this scholarship program.  The Kathern F. Gruber Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit.  The awards are initially provided for one year only but the scholarships are renewable for up to three times. The veteran must be legally blind; the blindness may either be service-connected or non-service connected. The blinded veteran family member does not need to be a BVA member in order for the spouse of child to be eligible for the scholarship.  However, it is necessary for the applicant to have already been accepted for admission, or already be enrolled, as a full-time student in an accredited institution of higher education.  Applications that are submitted should included: transcripts, three letters of reference, a 300-word essay on the applicant's post-education or lifetime career goals and aspirations, and a completed application form.  Last year, the program awarded six scholarships.  Each scholarship was in the amount of $2,000. A Microsoft Word document that contains information and applications for the scholarship is available at the site.  Typically, the scholarship deadlines occur around April 15th.  However, it is hard to know for sure until the program announces the details for next year.   Please continue to check the link to find out about the full information for next year's scholarships. The BVA also provides a massive list of resources for blinded veterans.
E. The Fleet Reserve Association Scholarships - The Fleet Reserve Association Education Foundation appreciates that every day military men and women risk their lives to protect and defend our Nation.  Yet, the heart-breaking reality that the FRA Education Foundation is also aware of is that while the national unemployment rate is at 9.8%, the unemployment rate for veterans is over 11.3%.  The FRA Education Association is doing its part to lower that startling statistic for service members and veterans. As the site has it stated, "FRA's scholarship program has ... been helping deserving students reach their educational and professional goals for decades, presenting annual awards of up to $5,000 to individuals pursuing college and graduate degrees... Just since 2000, the FRA scholarship program has provided over 200 scholarships totaling more than $850,000.  This year, FRA is going even further and marking its 85th anniversary by launching the FRA Education Foundation.  We recognize more is needed to ensure that our Nation's military, and their families are afforded an education that will benefit their future - and that of our country.  The Foundation is an important step in growing the scholarship program."
The Foundation's scholarship applications are available from September 1st thru April 15th of each year. The deadline each year is on April 15th.  Complete details are available on the link.

F. The Walter E. Beall Scholarship - This is a scholarship for students who aspire to study aeronautical engineering or pursue aviation-oriented degrees. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants should be FRA members or spouses of FRA members, or sons/grandsons/daughters/granddaughters of a FRA member in good-standing for at least two years (if the FRA member is deceased then the member should have been in good standing for at least 2 years prior to the death.)  Applicants must also be U.S. citizens that are enrolled in accredited colleges/universities. Scholarship judges will make their decisions by considering the following criteria: financial need, SAT scores, academic achievement, community involvement and  grade point average.   The scholarship awards range from $2,000-$5,000.  Recipients of scholarships are eligible to have their scholarships renewed.  The FAQ section of the website contains the complete details. To obtain an application, go to this link or send a SASE to:
Walter Beall Scholarship Foundation
att: Mr. W.R. Holcombe
4911 Fennell Court
Suffolk, VA 23435
Fax (757)686-5952
G. The Ladies Auxiliary of The Fleet Reserve Association Scholarships - The LA FRA also sponsors several scholarships.  Application forms for FRA scholarships can be used to apply for LA FRA scholarships; however, applicants that want to be considered for both FRA and LA FRA awards must submit separate application packages for both organizations.  Complete information about the LA FRA scholarships is available at the link above.
H. The Foundation of the 1st Cavalry Division Association Scholarships - These grants are provided to the children of those soldiers of the First Cavalry Division who died, or were totally and permanently disabled while serving the division.  Since the Foundation's founding in 1968, no child of a Trooper that has been killed or disabled has been turned away for lack of funds.  Scholarships reach a maximum of $1,200 per year.  A maximum of $4,800 for four years of schooling per student will be provided to scholarship recipients.  The Foundation also provides for scholarships for active duty members of the division.  Full information is listed on the above link.
I. Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarships  -The Purple Heart Scholarships are awarded to the children or grandchildren of a Purple Heart recipient or for a member in good standing with the organization.  The 2011 scholarships have already been awarded; however, continue to check back with this link in order to learn about the 2012 scholarships.
J. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Scholarships - The mission of NMCRS education programs is succinctly summarized on their site in the following manner: "to help eligible Navy and Marine Corps service members and families pursue their academic goals by providing a source of education financing.    Scholarships and no-interest loans are available, provided solely on the basis of the applicant's financial need in accordance with policies established by the Society's Board of Directors."   Eligible applicants for the scholarships should be enrolled or planning to enroll as full-time undergraduate students in an accredited higher education facility.  All applicants must maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.  Scholarships are renewable; however, students must re-apply each year.  Complete details about how and where to apply are available in the link above.  In addition to the many loan programs offered through the Society, the following scholarships are offered: 
  • The Joseph A. McAlinden Divers Scholarship - This scholarship is offered specifically to Navy and Marine Corps Divers (whether the divers are active duty or retired) and their family members. This scholarship is available for full-time undergraduate and graduate students, who must be involved in one of the following ares of study: Oceanography, Ocean Agriculture, or Aquaculture.  The scholarship also provides assistance for Department of Navy approved advanced diver training, qualifications and certifications.  The scholarship is need-based and ranges from $500 up to $3,000 per academic year.  There is no deadline for the program; interested applicants can apply at any time.
  • Society of Sponsors of the United States Navy Centennial Scholarship Program - This program is offered to Iraq-Afghanistan combat wounded veterans who are pursuing a degree that leads to license and certification as a teacher.  The Society sponsors five $3,000 annual scholarships.  There is no deadline for the program; applications are accepted through-out the year.  The Society can be contacted at (703)696-4960 for any questions about the program.
  • NMCRS Gold Star Scholarship Program - The Gold Star Program provides academic grants for eligible children and spouses (that have not remarried) of deceased Sailors and Marines.  Awards are needs-based and the amount is determined by NMCRS Headquarters Education Division.  The complete details about the scholarships are provided on the site in the link above.
  • Other Scholarships for Military Veterans and Service Members

3. Americanism Essay Contest for Grades 7-12 - The FRA National Committee on Americanism-Patriotism sponsors an annual Americanism Essay Contest, based on a theme announced each summer.  The contest includes a Grand National Prize of a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond, with a $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 Savings Bond awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category.  All of the details about the 2011-2012 contest will be posted on this site in July (very soon.)  The contest is open to all students grades 7 through 12 including home-schoolers.

4. The Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarships -The Washington Crossing Foundation has the goal of "perpetuating the principles, the ideals and the Spirit of 1776."  One of the ways in which they try to fulfill this mission is through their scholarship program.  The foundation offers a variety of regional and national scholarships that range $500 to $5000.  To get an idea of how many scholarships the foundation typically awards students, consider what they awarded students last year.  In 2010, thirty-four students from 22 states across the nation received scholarships.  The Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships.  Students do not apply for specific scholarships; an application is automatically considered in each category for which it qualifies.  All high school seniors who are U.S. citizens and are planning careers of service to the United States (in local, state, or federal government) are eligible.  Entrants that receive the full four year tuition scholarship shall only be eligible for one-year special awards.  Full scholarship application details are available at this link.  The following is a brief summary of what  the application should include (with copies in triplicate): of transcripts, the form available through the Foundation, letters of recommendations, any other relevant documents, and an essay.  The one-page essay should not exceed 300 words.  The essay should state why the applicant is planning a career in government service including any inspiration to be derived from the leadership of George Washington in his famous crossing of the Delaware.  The judges (of the scholarship winners) will base their decisions upon the applicants' understanding of the career requirements, purpose of choice of in a career. qualities of leadership exhibited, sincerity, and historical perspective.  The three dossiers (3 copies of the applications) should be mailed (this cannot be submitted online) together, unfolded in one, flat, 9"X 12" envelope.  Applications must be received by January 15, 2012 and addressed to:
                      Eugene C.  Fish, Esquire, Vice Chairman
                      The Washington Crossing Foundation
                       P.O. Box 503
                       Levittown, PA 19058-0503
The complete set of rules is available here.  In addition to the scholarships, winners will also receive an all expenses paid weekend, including transportation and housing, in Bucks County Pennsylvania to attend the scholarship awards ceremony.
5. Voice Of Democracy Essay - The Voice of Democracy Essay Contest is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW.)  This is an audio essay contest that is open to all students in grades 9-12 (including students in public, home, private and parochial high schools) in the United States and its territories.  The winner of the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest will win a $30,000 scholarship. To enter, students should start by drafting an essay on the 2011-2012 theme: "Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?"   Next, students should record their reading of the essay on to a CD.  Students should produce a three to five minute recording in order to meet the prerequisites of the contest.  Students should then submit their entries to a local VFW post.  The entry should include a typed version of the audio, the CD, and a completed Voice of Democracy entry form.  The deadline to enter is November 1st, 2011.  Complete contest rules and a listing of all local posts are available at the link above.    Local VFW posts also offer several scholarships at the local level.
6. Patriot's Pen Essay Contest - The Patriot's Pen Essay Contest is also sponsored by the VFW.  This program is open to all students in grades 6-8 in the United States and its territories.  In order to enter, students must ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition.  Next, students should contact a local VFW post that is participating in the contest and establish a contact at the post (that is either a member of that post or its Ladies Auxiliary.)  Then, students should compose an essay on the 2011-2012 theme: "Are You Proud of Your Country?"  Essays should be no less than 300 words in length and should not exceed 400 words in length.  Please submit the final essay with Patriot's Pen entry form (available at the link above) to the local VFW post.  Entries should be submitted no later than November 1st.  Official contest rules and a listing of local VFW posts are available at the link above.
7. American Legion Scholarships/ Extensive Listing of Patriotic Scholarships - There is a massive listing of all of the scholarships available through the American Legion at this link:
A. The American Legion Legacy Scholarship - The purpose behind this scholarship is to make higher education possible for children whose parents have been killed while serving our country.  The Legion has offered support through these scholarships that are given to children of U.S. military personnel who died on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.  The applicant must be a high school senior or high school graduate to be eligible  for the scholarship.  The scholarship deadline is usually around April 15th.  So, please continue to check this link for 2012 scholarship details.
B. The American Legion Baseball Scholarship - The American Legion sponsors several baseball scholarships to deserving players.  Each Department Baseball Committee may select a player from their Department to receive this scholarship.
C. The Samsung American Legion Scholarship -To honor Korean War veterans, The American Legion and Samsung award $300,000 in these scholarships annually. The $5 million fund for the program was created to show appreciation for U.S. veterans who came to Korea's aid during its struggle against communism during the Korean War. The Legion awards these to nearly 100 Boys State and Girls State participants who are direct descendants of a veteran eligible for Legion membership.   Deadlines are available at Boys State and Girls State local chapters.
D. National High School Oratorical Contest - In this Oratorical Contest, scholarships are awarded to three finalists: the first place winner receives $18,000; the second place winner receives $16,000 and the third place winner receives $14,000. The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to instill a deeper appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among students.  High school students under age 20 are eligible to compete in this contest.  Speeches are eight to ten minutes long; however, students are also required to create a three to five minute speech on an assigned topic. The official rules and regulations are available at this link.  Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year for this program.  In addition to the national scholarships, hundreds of scholarships are available to participants at the district, post, county and department level. Students compete at the state level before they proceed to the finals.  Each state winner certified into and participating in round one of the national contest receives a $1,500 scholarship.  Any 1st round winner who advances but does not qualify for the final contest receives an additional $1,500 scholarship.  The Oratorical Contest Finals will be held from April 13th-15th, 2012. It may be helpful to start with the local and start level competitions first.   Deadlines are determined at the state and local level.  Additional  resources for the scholarship are available here.
E. Eagle Scout of The Year - The American Legion awards the Eagle Scout of the Year with a $10,000 scholarship.  Each of the three runners-up is also awarded a $2,500 scholarship.  Please contact department adjutants or the Americanism and Children & Youth division officials for the complete rules and procedures for the scholarships.
F. The Eight And Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship Fund - According to this link, "the Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship was established to assist registered nurses with advanced preparation for positions in supervision, administration or teaching.  Students must have employment prospects in specific positions in hospitals, clinics, or health departments upon completion of their education, and the position must have a full-time and direct relationship to pediatric lung and respiratory control.  Applicants must have a current registered nurse license.  Scholarship awards are $3,000 each."  Deadlines are usually in May.  Please continue to check this link for 2012 scholarship information.
G. Need A Lift? -The American Legion has produced this brochure (which is updated annually) to serve as a complete financial aid reference guide to veterans.  This amazing booklet ( in both its online and physical 152 page forms) contains information on federal and state veterans benefits; scholarships for veterans and their dependents (and for Legionnaires and their family members); tips for applying to college and applying for financial assistance; and a comprehensive guide to colleges and universities listing tuition, room, and board costs, and admission and financial aid deadlines.
8. The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund - As stated here: "The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund honors the bravery and dedication exhibited by Americans in our Armed Forces who have sacrificed life or limb defending our country by providing educational scholarships to their children.  Thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Guardsmen have been killed in War on Terror.  Thousands more members of our Armed Forces have been permanently disabled, leaving their families in difficult financial situations.  Their children - the sons and daughters of America's military heroes - ... will be eligible for a Freedom Alliance Scholarship in the years to come.  Freedom Alliance has established a permanent Scholarship Trust Fund to aid the children of these brave Americans... Through the generosity of so many patriotic Americans, the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships for thousands of young Americans, reminding them that their parents' sacrifices will never be forgotten by a grateful nation."  The Freedom Alliance has already awarded more than $2.5 million in scholarships to the children of American heroes.  "Students are eligible if they are the dependent child of an active duty service member who was killed or permanently disabled ( 100% VA rating) as a result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently certified as POW or MIA. The applicant must also be a senior in high school, a high school graduate or enrolled in an institution of high learning" (colleges, universities, etc.)  Students must also be under age 26 at the time of application for the scholarship. Scholarships are renewable for up to three years for a total of 4 scholarships. Complete details about the scholarship are available here.  Eligibility requirements can also be confirmed by contacting Adam Morgan at (800) 475-6620.
9.The Miami Dade American Dream Scholarship- (There are several programs across the country that offer scholarships called American Dream Scholarships; however, I tried to profile the two  biggest ones.)  Through its American Dream Scholarship, Miami Dade College seeks to help students make their dreams of pursuing a higher education a reality.  The program covers in-state tuition for two years (60 college level credits) of college at Miami Dade.  If students meet the requirements for the American Dream Scholarship, no separate application for the scholarship is required.  To receive the American Dream Scholarship, students must:
  • "meet all requirements by the August 1st, 2011 deadline
  • Currently reside in Miami-Dade County
  • Have earned a standard high school diploma, GED, or home schooled diploma in Miami Dade County during the May-August 2011 period
  • Have a cumulative high school weighted GPA of 3.00 or above
  • Be ready for college-level courses (must meet the minimum course placement scores) 
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If unable to submit, please contact the Financial Aid Office."

10. The American Dream Scholarship - The American Dream Scholarship was established as a collaborative effort between Sallie Mae and The United Negro College Fund.  The scholarship program offers scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 for African Americans with financial need.  Eligible applicants must: be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a minimum 2.5 grade point average, meet Pell Grant eligibility criteria, and be enrolled full-time at approved, accredited, undergraduate institutions. (Usually the scholarship deadline for this one is around March or April.  The Scholarship is closed for 2011.  It should soon be open for 2012.)
11.New England PATRIOTS Football Fans Scholarships - If you are a student that lives in New England, then the New England Patriots want to try to help send you to college. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will provide scholarships for New England inner-city youth who might not otherwise be able to seek higher education.    The Foundation has been committed to helping students attend college and has awarded scholarships over the past 5 years.  The Patriots site also has scholarship contests annually for fans.  Last year, the following scholarship was offered (according to  associated content) : "The Patriots ha(d)... a Write On Contest for Massachusetts residents. To enter, (fans) simply (had to) write between 500-750 words about the Patriots most recent game. After every four game stretch on the Patriots schedule, a first place winner of $5,000, two second place winners of $2,500, and six $1,000 winners ... receive(d) scholarship money. In addition, at the conclusion of the season, all previous winners ... (were) eligible to win the $15,000 grand prize, $10,000 runner-up prize or the $5,000 honorable mention prize."   For 2011, they have not yet announced their scholarship programs but there are two places to check for their announcements of this year's scholarships programs. For information about scholarships that are provided by the New England Charitable Foundation, please go to this site later in the year to.  For information about the fans scholarships, please continue to check this site later in the year: to the Totally Patriots site.

12. Scholarships for Descendants of The Signers of The Declaration of Independence - Can you trace your family tree all the way back to the signers of the Declaration of Independence?  If so, then you should consider applying for the $1,500 DSDI Scholarship.  The Society of the Descendants of the Declaration of Independence (they sponsor the scholarship) will need verification of your ancestry. The website for the organization also provides helpful advice about how to find out about your ancestry. You will also need to become a member of the Society by February 15th, 2012 in order to qualify for the scholarship for that year.   The membership link and all of the details are available in the link that is listed above.  The Society also recommends that you should join their organization as soon as possible in order to establish yourself as a member in good standing.   To be eligible, students also must attend a four year public university.   The scholarships are presented every year on the 4th of July (as you might expect.)
13. Scholarships from Other Patriotic Lineage Societies -   Many of the following lineage societies don't even require you to become a member in order to be eligible for their scholarship.  Lineage is sometimes not a prerequisite either.  However, the following societies do strive to help students develop a knowledge and appreciation of the history behind their associations:
A. Daughters of The American Revolution - The Daughters of The American Revolution awards more than $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year to high school and college students.  The National Society of  the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsors an astounding amount of scholarships in fields ranging from medicine to law to history (and there are many more fields.)  Scholarships are typically renewable for up to four years; however, these must be four consecutive years of attendance.  Scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants regardless of race, religion, sex, or national origin, and students do not have to be members of DAR.  However, applicants must be U.S. citizens and must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States.  DAR chapter sponsorship is not required; however, a chapter or state chair may work with the applicant to put the information together to send to the DAR scholarship committee.   The deadlines for most of these scholarships usually range from February to April.  Please continue to check the link above to see when the 2012 information will be listed.  
B. National Society of Colonial Dames of America - is dedicated to promoting the national heritage of the United States through historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects.  As part of its educational mission, the NSCDA awards scholarship grants to Native Americans to study nursing. The Society also provides regional and district awards to graduate students in American History, and state awards for American History students at different levels.
C. Sons of The American Revolution - The purpose of the scholarship is to: "foster a general interest in and appreciation for the events and people of the American Revolution."  According to their site, this is the criteria for eligibility: "The applicant, male or female, must be a descendant of a Revolutionary Patriot or recommended by a current member of the Virginia Society of the Sons of The Revolution.  If a descendant, the applicant will be asked to give a brief summary of the ancestor's role in the Revolutionary War.  If not a descendant, a brief summary of the important events during the Revolutionary War in his or her state of residence will be required.  There is no implication of preference or advantage if the applicant is a descendant of a member, solely a difference in the subject matter for the written paper.  The applicant shall attend or be a graduate of a public or private secondary school, or a four-year college or university.  The applicant shall have applied for admission to or be a student in a four-year college or university, or graduate school."  Applicants should also include a scholarship application form when they apply for the scholarship.  Full details are available at the link.  The deadline for the scholarship is usually in April.  Please continue to check this link for 2012 information.  Also, the link at Suite 101 shows that the SAR also sponsor an Eagle Scout scholarship.
14. American Patriot Freedom Scholars - This is a scholarship for students whose parents served in the military.  This $1,000 scholarship from Homefront America is awarded based on merit and also includes an essay competition.  The fund is currently closed; however, it usually opens later in the year.  Check back with the website after January 1st if you are interested in finding out more about the scholarship.
15. Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund - As of 9/11/10, the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund has distributed $55 million to 1,639 students.  According to Financial Aid, "the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund provides generous scholarship assistance to children and spouses of 9/11 victims.  Scholarship assistance is available for four years of college and can aid a student in attending any accredited post-secondary school, including those outside the United States.  Limited funds are also available for graduate study.  The minimum scholarship amount is $1,000.  The Families of Freedom fund reviews applications year-round -so if you think you, or someone you know, qualifies for a scholarship, call the Fund toll-free at 1-877-862-0136.-"  It is also possible to apply online at the first link provided for the Fund scholarship.

16. Young American Creative Patriotic Art Scholarship - This scholarship is awarded by The Ladies Auxiliary of The Veterans of Foreign Wars.  The maximum award for this scholarship will be $10,000.  8 scholarships are usually awarded by the Ladies Auxiliary. Second place through Eighth place awards range from $5,000 to $500 scholarships. To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12.  Students must attend school in the same state as the sponsoring Ladies Auxiliary.  Home-schooled students are eligible; however, foreign exchange students are not.  Art that is submitted for the contest must be on paper or canvas. Water color, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink or oil may be used. digital art may be used but must be on paper or canvas...No discs will be accepted. When submitting computer/digital art, be aware that all images need to be original: do not scan in or otherwise use photographs or art created by others; all images incorporated must be the artist's own and not lifted from publications or outside sources. Do not frame any art! Please refer to the website for further instructions. (  The contest for this scholarship is currently not open.  Please do not try to apply until later in the year.  The deadline for this this contest will be some time in March of 2012.)
17.  College of the Ozarks Patriotic Scholarships - The great thing about the College of the Ozarks is that it is what is often referred to as a 'work-college'. { Work colleges are great because they make sure that students have all their college expenses paid and that students graduate without any debt.  They are called work colleges because students do have jobs (much like work-study but without the debt.)  I have listed several other work colleges on the right hand column under the section entitled: "Tuition Free/ Full Tuition Colleges (That's Right; No Cost)/ Work Colleges."  I should probably do an entire post about these full tuition/ work colleges. }  Therefore, just from the start, students at the College of the Ozarks are already getting an affordable education.  In fact, on the site the College promises that: "College of the Ozarks guarantees to meet the entire Cost of Education (tuition) for each full-time student through a combination of the work program and federal, state, and institutional funds."  In addition to all of this, students at the College of the Ozarks can obtain more scholarships.  One of these is the Patriotic Scholarship.  This is how the scholarship is described on this link: " Patriotic Scholarships are provided to students who attend and satisfactorily complete the Leader’s Training Course and/or the Leader Development and Assessment Course. This $1,500 partial room and board scholarship will be divided between the fall and spring semesters ($400 in the fall and $1,100 in the spring), assuming satisfactory academic, work, and citizenship standards have been maintained. Contracted and ROTC Scholarship resident students will receive a full room and board Patriotic Scholarship. Qualifying non-resident students will receive compensation for books, cafeteria meals, and transportation. Selected students who consecutively complete the four basic military science courses (MIL 121, 131, 202, and 212) during their freshman and sophomore years, will also be eligible for the Patriotic Scholarship."

 Patriotic Links & Videos-
Here is a link to an article entitled: "What happened to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence?"

Link to An Even Better Part of this Video: "What's So Great about America?"

And if you want to read an excellent post about how to be a true patriot on the fourth of July head on over to the debt free scholar and read his excellent post about it.