Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Scholarships Due July 31st

We only provide brief information about upcoming scholarships. You’re strongly encouraged to
follow the links to find out more information about eligibility and requirements. Don’t cross out a
scholarship before looking!

This is a merit-based program that helps students fulfill their dreams of a higher education. Short
personal statement required.
Must be an Alaska resident. Based on need, achievement, leadership and contributions to the LGBT
community.
Scholarship is open to U.S. residents enrolled in high school, college, or trade school. Applicant must
submit a 2-5 minute video on saving money.

Applicant must submit an essay describing how they anticipate design thinking or design tools will
impact them and their career choice.
Applicant must design three original logo design concepts.
Applicant must submit 1000 word essay surrounding the idea of harassment and online defamation,
see site for details.
Applicant must have a disability and at a minimum GPA of 2.8.
Applicant must submit a short video sharing what they will do in life to make people smile.

Write an Essay about President Lincoln

For musicians, music producers and audio engineers.

Applicant must be a member of the credit union and include a copy of school enrollment and
transcript.
Applicant must be a member of the Credit Union and be a high school student located in a service
area.
There are many other scholarships with due dates that will be coming up fast. Don’t forget to check out our database on Compass under the “Financial Aid” tab.

Good Luck!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Save Money on Textbooks: Art School Edition

Yes, yes, I know, you’re getting ready to attend an art school in the fall, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have to buy textbooks for some of your classes. Lots of professors of HS classes and even some of your core classes will require you to have a “textbook” of some kind.
We don’t have a bookstore, so that’s not an option - though it wouldn’t be a good money saving option anyway. So you have no choice but to look elsewhere. Depending on the class, and the book you’re looking for, you’ve got some options below for you to pick from.


First, check your syllabus. Hopefully you're starting to get emails or information from your instructors that include a syllabus and information about the classes you've signed up for. Take a look at the syllabus and see what books are required for you to have.


Borrow or buy from someone. If you know of or can find someone who already has the book from taking the class in the past. If they don’t want to sell the book, ask them if you can borrow it for the semester. You can even offer them some money for the “rental” to make it more enticing for them.


Check Facebook. Every year there’s usually a group that’s made for the incoming class on Facebook. This is a great resource for lots of things, one being finding your books! A lot of upperclassmen will join the group and post things about things they’re selling or old books they want to get rid of. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, make a post! It also wouldn’t hurt to try and make a post in a different classes group to see if anybody has the book & would be willing to sell it to you or let you borrow it.


Head to the library. You won’t be able to keep the book for the entire semester but knowing that it’s available for use is good. Many professors will put the book on reserve for their class which makes the check out time shorter so it ensures that it will be there when you need it. If your professor is only using a few pages or chapters out of the book you can always make some copies to have on hand.  If our library doesn’t have it, check out some of the local public branches to see if they do! You can also speak to one of the Reference Librarians in our library and they will do whatever they can to help you find what you're looking for - even if that means requesting it from a different library!


Rent. There are lots of sites that offer the opportunity to rent the books you need which will usually be cheaper than buying the book for yourself. Plus you won’t have to figure out what to do with it when you don’t need it anymore! Check out these links for a few rental options and see if your book is available:


Buy used. If none of the options work for you so far, consider going on the hunt for used versions of the book you need.
  • Check out some local bookshops. There are a good number of students who decide to sell their old books locally to shops who are willing to buy them. Look at some shops on Capitol Hill (Twice Sold Tales), in Lower Queen Anne, etc. - places where you know a good number of students live off campus or shops that are near campus. You might get lucky and find exactly what you’re looking for!
  • Check out these sites. These are just a few examples of some places to look online for good deals on used books.


Buying new. If you’ve exhausted all of the other options or simply have to buy the book brand new, check out these ideas.
Buy an older edition. Contact your professor to see if purchasing a different edition of the book (assuming it has them) will work for the class. In most cases, this is just fine, but sometimes the professor is very specific about which edition they want you to work from.
Split the cost. If you know someone else who is going to be in the same class as you, reach out to them and see if they would be interested in sharing and splitting the cost of the book for the semester.
Buy it as an e-book. Ebooks are usually less expensive than purchasing a physical copy, plus you don’t have to lug it around with you. You’ll want to check with your professor, however, sometimes they’re not okay with the use of electronic devices in their classroom - even if it’s just for the book.


Sell your books at the end of the Semester. Provided that you didn't buy an e-book or rent a textbook, you're going to be faced with a decision. Do I need to keep this text book, or not? Will this help with my future courses or with my career? If you decide you won't need the books, there are a variety of places that you can try to sell them back for some of your money. The quickest and easiest is usually going to a local bookshop (Twice Sold Tales, Mercer Street Books, etc.) and seeing if they will buy your book(s) for cash or in-store credit. Other options for selling your books include Amazon, Craigslist, or even posting them on the Facebook page to see if anyone else is in need of the book.


You can also check out this awesome resource from The City University of New York for a master list of some great places to find some of the books you need.  

Good luck out there!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Save Money on College Essentials

Create a list of things that you need. This way you know what you’re looking for while you’re out and about or doing online shopping. It should also keep you from getting too overwhelmed because there’s lots of stuff out there and a lot of advertisements for “back to college” items that you don’t really need - especially if you’re trying to save yourself some money.
Figure out what you already have. Before you start any of your school shopping, look around to see what you’ve already got - you may be surprised. This will save you some time and money when you start to shop. Do you already have some cute bed sheets that will work - at least for now? Already have some cleaning supplies on hand? Do your parents need all of their pots and pans? Maybe they’ll let you have some. Cross off the things you already have or don’t need right away. Work from there.
Check out local thrift shops like GoodWill, Value Village and more local based thrift and consignment shops. This is a really good place to start because you never know what you might find and you could end up saving a ton of money on things you thought you were going to have to buy brand new. Keep an eye out for bedding, decorations, lighting, office/school supplies, clothes, storage, etc.
Look at yard sales too! You can find some super great deals and most people are even willing to negotiate! Check out Craigslist, local power polls, and Facebook events, and other resources to find them!
Find the sales. Finding as many “back to school” sales and discounts as you can will be a big help. This is the time when you will find them. If you know you’re going to need lots of art supplies - LOOK FOR DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS. Art supplies are expensive and anything that can lower that price is going to be a huge help.
Look online. Depending on the deals you can find and whether you’re local or not, it’s probably worth looking around online. You can even have things sent right to you once you’re settled into the dorms or your apartment and have the trouble of having to move said things. Also make sure to activate Ebates while you’re shopping to get some money back!


Keep an eye out for our next post on how to save money on textbooks!

Good luck out there!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Scholarships Due July 5th-30th

We only provide brief information about upcoming scholarships. You’re strongly encouraged to
follow the links to find out more information about eligibility and requirements. Don’t cross out a
scholarship before looking!

For first-generation U.S. citizens (born outside the U.S.), refugees, or immigrants (legal
documentation is not required).
Goedekers College Scholarship - $100-500 - Due 7/8
Write a 300+ word essay on why attending college and your field of study are important to you.

C.A.R.E.S. Scholarship - $500 - Due 7/15
Student must be diagnosed with an inherited blood disorder or have an immediate family member
who is. Must also be a resident of Kentucky.

Must be of Polish descent from the Chicago area and scholastic achievement in the Performing Arts.

Awarding a scholarship to a student in good academic standing who has used creative thinking to
succeed in his/her academic or personal life.
Adversity Scholarship - $5,000 - Due 7/15
Applicant must submit an essay or video on overcoming a life-changing adversity.

For architecture, design, and/or engineering students. Must create a unique shade sail structure
using Tenshon's standard sized shade sails.
Vegetarian/ Vegan Scholarship - Up to $200 - Due 7/15
Create and submit a video relating to what you want to tell others about vegetarianism and/or
veganism.

Students with a severe visual impairment may qualify. See website for details.
NLA Foundation Scholarship - Varies - Due 7/30
Open to minority students who are pursuing undergraduate training in Computer Science, Aviation,
Nursing, or Music.
Scholarship for Fine Art students. Must submit a 300-500 word essay.
Flavor of the Month Scholarship - $1,500 - Due 7/30
If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?
There are many other scholarships with due dates that will be coming up fast. Don’t forget to check
out our database on Compass under the “Financial Aid” tab.

Good Luck!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Scholarships Due July 1st

We only provide brief information about upcoming scholarships. You’re strongly encouraged to
follow the links to find out more information about eligibility and requirements. Don’t cross out a
scholarship before looking!

Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to freedom of religion.
For Children of an eligible law enforcement officer or firefighter who was killed or totally and
permanently disabled in the line of duty.

For choreographers- create an original work for public concert performances. By nomination only.

Open to any incoming college freshman during the 2017–2018 academic year enrolled in music.

Open to any incoming college freshman during the 2017–2018 academic year enrolled in music.

Open to any incoming college freshman during the 2017–2018 academic year enrolled in music.
Designed to help provide personal finance education to students and to develop a deeper
knowledge and appreciation of good money management.
Each winner will receive $3000 towards funding his or her college tuition. Please visit website for
requirements and criteria!
For environmentalists who want to spread the word about the cleanest, most reliable, and abundant
source of renewable energy: the sun.
Applicant must have a documented physical or learning disability (students with ADD/ADHD alone
are not eligible) and have demonstrated financial need.
Applicant must submit an application and answer questions related to the applicant’s educational
plans.

For parents who have put their children up for adoption in or after 1985.
For students who are enrolled members of a U.S. Federally Recognized Tribe.

For students dealing with disability or who desires to work in a field that will benefit the disability
community.
Essay (250 words): Ideas and solutions to reduce drunk driving car accidents.
Scholarship is open to incoming and current Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian
students who are/will be pursuing the arts.

Applicant must submit a design and an essay on why they are passionate about pursuing a degree in
Graphic Design or Applied Arts.

pplicant must be diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), be active in your community,
& be willing to share their story with others.

There are many other scholarships with due dates that will be coming up fast. Don’t forget to check
out our database on Compass under the “Financial Aid” tab.

Good Luck!