Rolex Scholarship

June 27th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

Rolex Scholarship
Deadline: November 30

There are three Rolex Scholarships granted each year: one in North America, one in Europe and one in Australia. Each year the Rolex Scholarship award amount increases and it is now up to $25,000 for the North American award, £16,000 for the European award and AUS $30,000 for the Australian award! This award is open to individuals interested in a career in an underwater related discipline, with this scholarship they will not only receive the cash award, but also training from skilled leaders in the industry. The winning scholar will explore the underwater world in their region, but will also venture to other regions of the world as well. For one year the individual will be on the road, traveling extensively to the next expedition, the itinerary and scheduling of these trips will be organized by a coordinator.

Experience gained during the Rolex Scholarship underwater research will include: scientific expeditions, laboratory assignments, underwater research, scientific expeditions, equipment testing and design, photographic instruction and other specialized assignments.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be pursuing marine biology, plant sciences, travel/tourism, and sustainable development and biology/life sciences. If you would like to apply for the Rolex scholarship you can learn more here.


Top 10 Schools Providing Financial Aid to International Students

June 26th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

A recent New York Times article announced, “many public institutions that used to get most of their financing from state governments now rely on tuition for more than half their budgets.” It comes as no surprise then that with international students paying out of state tuition – which is higher than the in-state tuition – along with international student fees, that colleges are turning to international students to not only diversify their student body but to also help bridge the funding gap. With that being said, however, there are still schools providing financial aid to international students that show their hard work, dedication, and capability to rise above the challenge.

The U.S. News Report comes out with the list of top 10 schools providing financial aid to international students. This can be quite helpful as studying abroad can be expensive between, travel and tuition, student fees and programming – and after all said and done, the majority of international students are not eligible for federal financial aid programs.

Here are the top 10 schools providing financial aid to international students according to this 2011-2012 report:

School State Average aid awarded to international undergraduates Number of international undergraduates who received aid
Yale University CT $53,255 350
Skidmore College NY $52,967 64
Harvard University MA $51,865 504
Amherst College MA $50,990 141
Trinity College CT $50,854 139
Williams College MA $50,591 127
Dartmouth College NH $48,977 251
University of Chicago IL $48,907 58
Bates College ME $48,888 76
Duke University NC $48,391 134

According to this list, you’ll notice a lot of big name universities and colleges – and most are located in the Northeast in the United States. While applications can be competitive, and financial aid even more so, having an outstanding college application with strong test scores and high school stats can provide you with the opportunity to stand out among the rest.


10 Tips on How to Save Money on Books for College

June 21st, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

textbooksdv740057The new school year is right around the corner and we want to help you save money! One expense you will run into during the first few weeks of the new semester will be buying books for your classes. It’s amazing how quickly you can spend thousands of dollars just on books for one semester. If you pre-plan, think ahead, and do your research, this could end up saving you thousands of dollars. Check out these 10 tips on how to save money on books for college:

  1. Find out what books you need early. You are all geared up for the new school year, and you know what classes you are going to take. Check online and in your syllabus to see whether your professor has listed the required books for the semester. Be sure to check that the books listed are for your semester – and not the one prior – to make sure you don’t buy the wrong book or the wrong edition.
  2. Avoid your school’s bookstore. It’s common fact that the bookstore on campus does not offer the best available rate. While the convenience is appealing, often times there are other stores that will offer their books at a fraction of the cost.
  3. Buy used. Brand new books can be appealing, but the sticker price isn’t! If you buy a used book – whether online or in the store – you’ll find that books are much more affordable. And really, who cares? You are going to use it for one semester, and likely mark all over it. Many times you can find a version that looks new, but without the price of a new book.
  4. Buy online. If you have done your homework and already know what books you need, buying online may very well be the best option. Be sure to find out the complete costs that includes any shipping or handling costs. Websites like Amazon, eBay, Chegg, and AbeBooks can help you find the best deal. You can also find it comparison tools that help you find the cheapest textbooks.
  5. Don’t buy, rent. That’s right, now you can rent your textbooks instead of buying it. As with buying online, make sure that you check the shipping charges to make sure you are getting the best available prices. ValoreBooks, Barnes & Noble’s, and BookRenter are just a few resources that do this.
  6. What about the library? Depending on the classes you are taking, it’s not impossible to find the books you need at the local library. While they do have a due date and you’ll have to make sure they stay in mint condition, this can be a great place to turn to save some extra $$$.
  7. Free books online. That’s right, with the World Wide Web you can now find free books right online. Flat World Knowledge allows students to have access to a complete catalog for a low fee – or none at all.
  8. Reduce, reuse and recycle books. While many courses may want you to purchase the newest version, there may not be a whole lot of difference between the different editions. We recommend contacting your professor to see whether an older edition will work for your class.
  9. Sharing. This may not be the easiest thing to do, but you can form study groups and share the books you are using. Be aware that this may mean going out of your way to study as a group, but it also means splitting the costs.
  10. Sell books when you are done. When classes end, many students want to put their class out of their mind. With that, goes the textbooks. Other people like to keep their books as a reference or memento. Keep in mind that the best time to sell a book is right after your class ends to ensure that you don’t have an out-of-date edition as that will reduce the amount of money you’ll get for your books. You can sell them online, use Craigslist or social media to give them to a friend, or sell it back to stores in your town. Be sure to check around to get the best price.


Malmberg Scholarship for Study in Sweden

June 20th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

diploma money99256295Malmberg Scholarship for Study in Sweden
Deadline: November 15

The American Swedish Institute grants the Malmberg scholarship for study in Sweden to one individual annually. This award is granted up to $10,000 for study or research in Sweden and can cover fees associated with items such as tuition, travel, books and housing.

The Malmberg scholarship for study in Sweden is open to U.S. citizens or residents who are full time students in a degree-granting program at an accredited US college or university- but who are able to supplement their current studies with time in Sweden or those who are qualified scholars that are able to enhance their study with research in Sweden. There is not a restriction on the field of study or research in Sweden that individuals can be pursuing to receive this award. However, award recipients must submit a final report on the study in which the grant assisted, as well as acknowledge the American Swedish Institute upon receiving an award associated with the work which the grant assisted with.

This award was established from a contribution from Cornelia Malmberg- an educator from Winthrop, Minnesota who spent much time abroad, and had a strong interest in Sweden and educating others on Sweden.

You can apply and find more on the Malmberg Scholarship for Study in Sweden by visiting here.


Bird-X Generation Green Essay Contest Scholarship

June 14th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

parachutemoney147002669Bird-X Generation Green Essay Contest Scholarship
Deadline: August 2

Bird-X is now hosting an essay contest for one individual to win the grand prize of $1000 toward their college education. To win, international students must share what effort they are making to live life more environmentally friendly. The essay must be 500 words or less and must address how they are living life greener, reducing their carbon foot print and minimizing their consumption/waste.

The Bird-X creative department will determine the top 5 essays which will be posted on the Bird-X website. International students who apply can share the post with friends and family via social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to gain points toward winner consideration.

Those who enter to win the Bird-X generation green essay contest scholarship can also submit a photo of a pest bird in action to win the photo bonus award. The two top photo winners will win $200. All winners will be announced August 2nd.

To apply, the following rules must be followed:

  • All material submitted must be original
  • Individuals may only enter once
  • A photo is not required to enter the essay contest
  • An essay is required to enter the photo contest

Bird-X is the leading brand of humane bird control solution. Products are to prevent infestation, property damage, spread of disease and workplace liability without the use of chemical pesticides, poisons and dangerous traps.

You can find more on how to apply for the Bird-X generation green essay contest scholarship here.


Have You Heard Of Crowdfunding?

June 12th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

change balanced on hand83313553Want to fund your studies overseas, but need help doing it? A recent trend has emerged – have you heard of crowdfunding? Crowdfunding allows individuals to raise money by asking people to invest in your trip or project. Over the last couple of years, websites have been popping up that are designed to gather small amounts of money from investors, and then pool a sufficient amount of money to finance a particular project.

Attention to crowdfunding has now made its way into the realm of international education. Colleges and universities, especially study abroad programs, are evaluating these fundraising websites as a means to help students fund their travels overseas.

The idea. Students create their own campaigns or websites that discusses the purpose of their trip and the total amount of money they are looking to raise.

Sharing. Next, students share their page through their social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, email, blogs, etc.

Affording. Depending on the site, students may be able to keep all contributions even if they don’t meet their goal, other sites require a certain level of money raised in order to keep the funds, while still others will require you to meet the complete goal otherwise no funds are gathered.

If you are interested in checking this out as an alternative way of funding your education, check out these sites along with a short bio about them:

  • Fundmytravel.com – This crowdfunding site is designed for those studying or volunteering abroad. It is meant to give you a platform for your friends and relatives to help you fund your travel experience.
  • GoFundMe.com – This site allows you to fundraise online for a whole host of reasons, from traveling to honeymoons to everything in between. This site gives you a donation page where you can raise money by reaching out to friends, family, and personal contacts.
  • Indiegogo.com – This site allows you to raise money by creating a campaign and then helps you spread the word around the world. The site also includes social media tools to help encourage others to contribute.
  • Projecttravel.com – Want to raise money for domestic and international educational travel experiences? Then check out Projecttravel.com. Here you can raise money by creating a project and letting your network of friends and family know. This site is limited to only US citizens and permanent residents.
  • Kickstarter.com – This fundraising site is full of projects and has more than 4.2 million people pledge over $654 million. This site allows you to set up a funding goal and deadline, and if you meet the goal you’ll get the money. If not, then you won’t. This all-or-nothing model makes it unique from its competitors.

Be sure to do your research if you plan to get involved. Most of these crowdfunding sites do charge a fee so it’s important to compare and find the best crowdfunding platform for you!


Finding the Best Value School

June 7th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

weigh158461873If you are interested in studying in a foreign country, it’s important that you find a school that both fits your educational (and career!) goals as well as your wallet. Many schools in the US can be pricey compared to what you may expect to pay back home, but the value of a US education in the long-term can be invaluable to your career and long-term earning potential.

With this in mind, it’s important to consider the following factors when choosing your school and finding the best value school:

  • How much will you be expected to pay?
  • Is there any available scholarships, grants or other awards?
  • Does the school offer a unique program that will coincide with your career goals?
  • How much money on-average can you expect to pay upon graduation and 5-years post graduation?

Considering these questions will help you narrow down the selection so that you have help find the best value school. The US News came out with the Best Value Schools in the US:

  1. Harvard University
  2. Yale University
  3. Princeton University
  4. Stanford University
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  6. Columbia University
  7. Dartmouth College
  8. California Institute of Technology
  9. Duke University
  10. Rice University

As you evaluate schools, keep in mind that finding the best value school may be different for you depending on your needs. The first place to start would be to see what schools are top in the area you wish to study. You can do this by looking at rankings, comparing statistics, and talking to alumna. Once you have narrowed down your selection, then start the dialogue with the school and see what the average per-year cost would be and what the likelihood of obtaining any financial assistance is. As you continue to gather more information, the clearer value will soon be revealed.


Staton Scholarship

June 6th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

moneycap133985180Staton Scholarship
Deadline: September 30

IMD is a top-ranked business school that offers programs and services around the world. They are currently offering the Staton Scholarship which will grant one eligible candidate $50,000 toward their studies. Students from the following countries in South America are able to apply: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Fr. Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

To qualify for this scholarship students must also have applied to the full-time IMD MBA program and agree to return to South America for at least three years after graduation. Eligible students who wish to apply for this award must complete and submit the IMD financial aid application by the deadline along with the following:

  • Proof of salary from a current employer
  • Latest tax return
  • Latest statement from all bank accounts

Those who receive the Staton Scholarships and do not comply with the award agreement terms- including returning to South Africa for at least three years after graduation- will be required to utilize the award as a loan.

If you would like to find more on this scholarship and how to apply, you can visit here.