DirectTextbook.com Photo Essay Contest

January 1st, 2015 by Jonathan Frankel

booksDirectTextbook.com Photo Essay Contest Scholarship
Deadline: January 15

Every student knows that textbooks are expensive! This scholarship is a great opportunity for students like you to gain a little extra cash to help pay for your books. This contest is open to US citizens enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university for winter or spring term. If you plan on studying abroad through your US school this is a great way to help boost your bank account for your trip.

To enter the DirectTextbook.com Photo Essay Contest you must submit an original photo that captures the theme “Expectations.” Students can be a graduate or undergraduate student but must have a 2.0 GPA or higher and not be currently incarcerated.

Prizes include:

  • Grand prize winner selected by DirectTextbook.com: $1,000
  • Second place winner to the photo with the most votes: $500
  • Third place winner will be selected at random: $250

Get more information on the DirectTextbook.com Photo Essay Contest Scholarship and get help paying for your textbooks!


The 2014 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest Winner

November 24th, 2014 by Jonathan Frankel

Congrats DanielleIn September we announced that InternationalStudent.com was hosting their ninth annual Travel Video Contest. The contest was open to anyone age 18 and older who is enrolled or plans on being enrolled in a college or university outside their home country. If you’re wondering who walked away with the winning titles last week- we have the answer and are pleased to announce the Travel Video Contest Winner!

The $4,000 grand prize winner was Danielle Boxill for her video “My Illustrated Life.”
Danielle grew up Trinidad and it was there that she discovered her love for animation. Wanting to pursue animation as a career- she first wants to start by obtaining an accredited animation degree. Studying in the US will be her chance to start her dream. Watch “My Illustrated Life” and watch Danielle’s story unfold. Danielle will also be blogging about her studies in the US through her very own blog. Visit her blog on InternationalStudent.com to hear (and maybe watch) more of her stories come to life.

The second place winner ($500) was Anh Nguyen for his video “Revisiting Homeland Vietnam.”
After visiting his homeland of Vietnam Anh realized that along with the vast beauty, there is also vast poverty- and he was inspired to make a difference. Watch Anh’s video and see how he plans to take action within Vietnam.

The third place winner ($250) was Drew Thomas for his video “Hollywood of the North.”
Drew has a love (and talent) for visual effects. He wants to take his talent to the next level by attending CG Masters School of 3D Animation & VFX- but needed some financial help. Watch his video and see just how talented he is and why the InternationalStudent.com judges thought he deserved the third place title!

Next year InternationalStudent.com will host their tenth annual Travel Video Contest and you won’t want to miss out! Check back September 2015 for your chance to enter the contest!


The 2014 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest

September 11th, 2014 by Jonathan Frankel

2014 Travel Video ContestThe 2014 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest
Deadline: October 22nd

For the ninth year InternationalStudent.com is hosting their Travel Video Contest! Not only is this one of the more fun scholarship opportunities- it can really boost your bank account if you win! Although there will be great runner-up prizes and a viewer’s choice award, one lucky grand prize winner will receive $4,000 for their studies abroad.

Who is eligible?

This contest is open to those who are 18 and older and who are enrolled or plan on being enrolled in a college or university outside their home country. The winner will receive their very own blog on InternationalStudent.com- so you must be willing and able to contribute at least once a week to the blog while preparing for and on your trip.

How do you enter?

Create a video in five minutes or less on why you want to study abroad and where you want to go. One key item to keep in mind when creating your video: be creative! Keep the InternationalStudent.com judges entertained to make it into the final round of winning videos. How you keep them entertained is up to you, but here are a few tips and tricks to get you started! Make sure you enter your video and entry form before the deadline of October 22nd to be eligible to enter this contest.

Sign into your account then get more information on the 2014 InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest here. Follow the link to the InternationalStudent.com contest page for all of the official rules and regulations and to see the past winning videos. Keep in mind the judges want to see original videos- but checking out past winners is a good place to start.

The winner of this contest will be announced in November during International Education week. Make sure you stay connected during that week! Not only will it be announced on the InternationalStudent.com site and social media, but if you are one of the lucky winners you’ll be notified through email and telephone.


Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

August 14th, 2014 by Jonathan Frankel

Portrait of a boy with the map of the world painted on his face.Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship
Deadline: December 19

Trying to get ready for your study abroad journey and find more financial aid? If so, apply for the Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship. Tortuga Backpacks specializes in carry-on sized bags for travelers who are preparing for city adventures and wants to give back to one lucky traveler. This biannual award is once again open for you to apply if you meet the necessary criteria!

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you do not need to be attending a specific school or studying a certain field- however, you must be a US citizen or US permanent resident studying abroad- or be a student visa holder. You must also be a full time undergraduate student in good standing with your college or university, be attending a degree granting college or university in the US, and have applied for a study abroad program that will help you receive credit toward your degree.

Before applying, students should read all instructions and eligibility requirements on the Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship to ensure they are eligible to apply.

If you meet the criteria of eligibility and want to apply, complete the application form found at the link in the Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship listing before the deadline of December 19th at 11:59pm PST.

The Scholarship winner will be announced January 5th through the Tortuga Backpacks blog and social media accounts. One winner will receive $1,000 for their study abroad journey.

Tortuga Backpacks was founded in 2010 by childhood best friends Fred Perrotta and Jeremy Michael Cohen after a backpacking trip to Eastern Europe. Their mission is to “to help people take amazing trips.” Read more so you can enter to win before December 19th for a chance to win!


Chris Meyer Memorial French Scholarship

March 20th, 2014 by Jonathan Frankel

Paris 186529763Chris Meyer Memorial French Scholarship
Deadline: April 15th

Students who want to study the French language through a homestay summer program won’t want to pass up this award. Students who would like the opportunity to participate in this program without having to pay tuition must demonstrate not only outstanding academic performance through their Grade Point Average (GPA), but also through extracurricular performance in the field of French language and culture. Those who apply must have a passion for French culture and be involved in French school work or school projects that demonstrate this, or through foreign language clubs and events.

One student will receive full tuition for this program and one will receive a partial tuition.

To apply, students must submit the following:

  1. A foreign language evaluation
  2. Two letters of recommendation: One personal, one academic
  3. An official academic transcript
  4. A recent photo
  5. A personal statement that includes the following:

• Your reasons for applying for a fellowship or scholarship
• Academic strengths and challenges
• Any applicable internship/leadership/work experience or volunteer activities
• Your future academic and career plans, including an explanation of how a fellowship or scholarship and participation in an Abbey Road summer program will support these plans
• The reasoning you used to determine your preferred summer program choice
• Any other information you feel the Scholarship Committee should know

The Chris Meyer Memorial French Scholarship is sponsored by Abbey Road in memory of Chris Meyer (1980-2009). Chris was a member of the of Abbey Road’s French Homestay Summer Programs staff in 2002 and 2003, and diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2002. Although diagnosed with this illness, he graduated from Stanford in 2004, began a Ph.D. program in art history at Harvard and received numerous awards and recognition including the Harvard Presidential Fellowship and a Mellon Fellowship.

Learn more about this scholarship and how to apply here.


DirectTextbook.com Photo Essay Contest

January 3rd, 2014 by Jonathan Frankel

textbooks and money 86522685DirectTextbook.com Photo Essay Contest
Deadline: January 15

Start the new year off with some extra cash! Before January 15th students are able to submit their original photo into the DirectTextbook.com photo essay contest for a chance to receive $500.00. Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a US citizen or resident
  • Be enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university
  • Not currently be incarcerated
  • Have a GPA of 2.0 (on a scale of 4.0) or higher
  • Be a high school graduate

Photo entries must capture the theme of “balance” and be accompanied by the fully completed application form.

Students who enter have the chance to win one of following three scholarships:

  1. $500 scholarship: photo selected by Direct Textbook
  2. $500 scholarship: photo with the most votes
  3. $500 scholarship: photo selected at random from all eligible entries

If you have a great photo that you would like to submit, get more information on how you can apply for the DirectTextbook.com Photo Essay Contest here.


The Undergrads Unleashed Scholarship

November 28th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

studyonline179504838The Undergrads Unleashed Scholarship
Deadline: December 6

If you’ve thought about exploring the world of online classes, here’s a great chance to receive a scholarship to help you fund you way. Chegg and Semester Online is granting one student the tuition for a four semester online course and a $3,200 stipend.

TheUndergrads Unleashed Scholarship is open to all US college sophomores, junior and seniors who are currently enrolled in a four-year accredited university and are in good standing. This award is not limited to those pursuing a specific field of study.

Eligible students can apply before December 6th by writing a 600 character statement in response to the question on the application form. This year’s statement should answer the question of how taking online classes would help the student make the most of their college experience. The winner of this award must apply and be admitted to Semester Online.

Find more about the Undergrads Unleashed Scholarship and if you are eligible to apply here.


5 Reasons Why Studying Abroad Can Help Your Career

October 20th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

interview135895794In today’s economy it is getting harder and harder for recent college graduates to differentiate themselves from the herd. Despite the fact that potential employers see application after application with a strong GPA, solid test scores, and positive recommendations, though, there is one thing you can do to help yourself stand out: study abroad. That’s right, studying abroad is not just about having a fun adventure – although, of course, it can be – it can also help your chances when you enter the job market. Here are the top 5 reasons why studying abroad can help your career:

1. Language Skills
Even if your classes are in your native language, immersing yourself in a second one by living abroad has been proven to be the most effective way to learn (or polish) the must-have language skills needed in modern international business.

2. Communication Skills
There is more to getting your point across than the words you use, however, and employers know that applicants with study abroad experience can work with people from different backgrounds – be they in the classroom or in the boardroom – a crucial skill in today’s global economy.

3. Independent Thinking
Because studying abroad, by definition, means leaving home – and the usual support network it entails – behind, employers know that students with international experience are more capable of making well-reasoned decisions on their own.

4. Multi-Cultural Exposure
Because more and more business is being done across national borders (but less and less time is being dedicated to on-the-job-training), hiring managers are eager to find employees who already have hands-on experience in a particular international market. With such experience employees can begin to contribute to bottom-line from day one.

5. International Experience
The piece de resistance, of course, is international work experience. Above and beyond the normal practical experience such opportunities impart, internships and jobs abroad are proof positive that you have developed the skills listed above and can use them in a useful context.


Console and Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship

October 17th, 2013 by Jonathan Frankel

redhand170597209Console and Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship
Deadline: July 15

The Console and Hollawell Legal Leaders scholarship is open to those pursuing pre-law, paralegal studies or a juris doctorate with any concentration in law. To apply for this scholarship you must mail or email a 500 word essay on how you plan to impact your community through your legal work along with your valid transcript, and an official document from your school that states acceptance or enrollment in an accredited college or university.

You must also meet the following requirements:

  • Be a US citizen
  • Obtain at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Attend an accredited college or university full time or intend to with the acceptance of entrance into your choice institution

Console and Hollawell have been personal injury trial attorneys throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 1994.

Eligible students must apply before July 15th and will be notified on the winner around August 15th. You can find more information on the Console and Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship here.


Bridging Scholarship

October 4th, 2012 by Jonathan Frankel

Bridging Scholarship
Deadline: October 10

US citizens who are currently enrolled in a college or university in the United States and that plan on studying abroad in the Spring are still able to submit their application for the bridging scholarship. This award grants at least 20 students a stipend of either $2,500 (for the semester program) or $4,000 (for the academic year program) to be used towards travel and living expenses associated with their study abroad trip.

Applicants can be working towards a degree in any field; however, they must be studying abroad in Japan. To apply for this award students will need to complete the application, write a short essay of 500 words or less pertaining to why they want to study in Japan and submit an official college or university transcript and letter of recommendation.

This award is sponsored through the US-Japan Bridging Foundation. The foundation has provided awards since 1999 to assist students with their studies in Japan. Funding for this award comes from a number of private foundations and individual donors.

Students who would like more information on the bridging scholarship can visit here. Applicants please keep in mind that October 10 is not the postmark date; applications must be received by this date.

 

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