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.

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