RIP Dad

Today marks the anniversary of my dad’s death. His death came as a surprise, but a reminder that we’re not put on earth to be here forever. We are only travelling through.  Be sure to tell everyone that you care about how much you love them. Don’t put it off.  Do not allow the excuse “I’ll do it tomorrow” keep you from living your life TODAY.

Scholarship Leads for High School Seniors

African American Business Council (AABC)
Deadline: usually October each year

AWARDS: four scholarships at $500 each
CRITERIA: African American. 3.0 GPA
CONTACT for Application and information: Janice M. Freeman at
301-428-9715 or John Hardy at 301-948-2590

WENDY’S HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: October 1, 2007

open to SENIORS; applicants must be entering their senior year of high
school, have at least a “B” average and have participated in at least
one of the 32 sports official sanctioned by the National Federation of
State High Schools; applicants MUST submit an online application AND
have that application reviewed by a high school official (check in your
college/career center); visit http://www.wendysheisman.com beginning
July 1 to apply. Students MUST notify their college/career center once
they begin the online application process.

Stand Up for Freedom PSA Contest

Deadline: October 4, 2007

http://www.aclu.org/standup/contest/contest_index.html

For: Ages 17-29

Amount: $500-$2000

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Zilo Networks (Zilo) are
holding a contest for students across the country to produce the best
audio podcast or video public service announcement (PSA) about today’s
pressing civil liberties issues.

Outstanding Student of America

Deadline: October 10, 2007

http://www.outstandingstudentsofamerica.com/

Outstanding Students of America is an organization dedicated to
providing seniors with scholarships. The scholarships are in the
increments of $1000.00 and are open to any current senior with a GPA of
3.0 or higher. The scholarships are payable to the college of the
students’ choice. Outstanding Students of American is seeking a well
rounded, intelligent student as a recipient. The focus will be the
student who is participative in community/school activities and
maintains an above average GPA. An essay is required.

Dale E. Fridell Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: October 14, 2007

Amount: $1,000

General scholarship. Students must write an essay. Awards can be used
at any 2-year college, 4-year college/university, trade or technical
school.

2007 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Deadline: October 31, 2007

Offers: State Honorees receive $1,000: National Honorees receive $5,000
Criteria: http://www.prudentialcom/spirit

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Deadline: October 31, 2007

Application Information:
https://www.coca-colascholars.org/cokeWeb/jsp/scholars/FAQ.jsp#CCSPAP

Award Amount: 50 four-year $20,000 scholarships ($5,000 per year for
four years) and 200 four-year $10,000 scholarships ($2,500 per year for
four years)
Criteria For Selection: Current high school seniors can apply between
September 1 and October 31 High school senior expecting to graduate in
the year that they apply. Must meet citizen guidelines outlined by
Coca-Cola

The Admission Facts Scholarship

Deadline: November 1, 2007

Online Application: http://www.admissionfacts.com/Scholarship.html

Amount: $1,000

The Admission Facts Scholarship is available to both high school and
college students. The scholarship is for $1000. To be eligible for the
scholarship, applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and submit a
personal essay on the topic: “Why I deserve this scholarship,” to be
considered for this award. The personal essay must be no more than 500
words in length and include the applicant’s educational goals, personal
commitments, and any obstacles the applicant has overcome to achieve
academic excellence.

Voice of Democracy Scholarship

http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmtyleveld&did=150

Deadline: November 1, 2007

Amount: Up to $30,000

Criteria: 3 to 5 minute audio-essay contest for high school students
in grades 9 – 12. Write and record an essay of between 3 and 5 minutes
on a theme found on the website. Must submit essay to your local VFW
Post

HERB BLOCK FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

Deadline: November 10, 2007

Application: http://www.herbblockfoundation.org

Open to RISING SENIORS; applicant must be US citizen or permanent
resident; applicant must be a high school senior as of September;
planning to attend a 2-year college in Maryland, DC or Virginia;
application and eligibility requirements can be found at the above
website link.

Toyota Community Scholars Program
Deadline: November 15, 2007
http://www.toyota.com/communityscholars

Offers: This years the program will award 100 renewable scholarships,
valued at $10,000 or $20,000 payable over four years, to seniors who
enroll at a four-year college or university in the United States
starting in the fall of 2007.
Criteria: High Schools are invited to identify one student from the
senior class as their nominee in this year’s competition. All
nominations are done by the students high school faculty. We are seeking
a candidate who has an outstanding academic record, is an effective
leader, and has a well-documented record of service both within and
outside the school setting. While academic performance is a prime factor
in the selection process, please note that the distinguishing
characteristic will be the overall impact of the student’s contribution
(s) in the area of community service. The nominee must have initiated or
be actively involved in a service program addressing a school or
community need.

“Chase Your Dreams” Scholarships

Deadline: November 30, 2007

Website/Contact Info: http://www.shaylaprice.com/scholarship.htm

Award Amount: $500

Are you ambitious? An excellent leader? And always chasing your dreams?
Well, you could win a $500 scholarship to your dream college.

In 300-400 words, explain how AND why you are chasing your dreams. You
may discuss your extracurricular activities, awards, hardships, and/or
community involvement.

All high school and undergraduate students are eligible. Entries will be
judged on creativity, originality, and relevance to topic.

Stokes Educational Scholarship Program (formerly known as the
Undergraduate Training Program)

Deadline: November 30, 2007
Amount: See website
Web address: http://www.nsa.gov/careers/students_4.cfm
Program for high school seniors (particularly minorities) who are
interested in studying Computer Science, Computer/Electrical
Engineering,or Mathematics. Program offers tuition at college of choice,
books reimbursement, housing and travel entitlements during summer
employment (if the distance between NSA and the school exceeds 75
miles), year-round salary and employment with NSA after graduation.
Applicants must be U.S. citizen; a high school senior at time of
application; must achieve a minimum SAT/College Board Score of 1600
(1100 Critical Reading and Math, 500 in Writing), or ACT of 25; must
have at least 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; and must demonstrate leadership
abilities.
Mailing Address: National Secuity Agency, Attn: Stokes, 9800 Savage
Road, Suite: 6779, Ft. George G. Meade, MD 20755-6779

FLEET RESERVE ASSOCIATION (FRA) ESSAY CONTEST

Deadline: December 1, 2007

Open to students in grades 9 through 12; 350 words or less essay on “Why
I Am Proud To Be An American”; 1st Place Award (local level): $100
Savings Bond (SB); first place awards are submitted for Regional
Judging: $200 SB with opportunity for an additional $500 SB; the next
level of judging awards range from $2000 – $5000 SB; for contest details
visit: http://www.fra.org/essay; CLICK HERE
to download contest rules and application.

Toyota Community Scholars Program

Deadline: December 1, 2007

Amount: $10,000

Must be nominated by your school counselor–See your counselor prior to
Dec. 1st for nomination.

Seniors who enroll at a four year college. Outstanding academic
performance Leadership and community/school service Nomination required

2007 McDonald’s Black History Makers of Today and Tomorrow Applications
Deadline: December 6, 2007

Offers: Winners will receive scholarship monies to go toward their
Education
Criteria: Leadership* Scholarship* Character* Community Service. An
electronic version of the application is available in MS Word format and
can be requested by sending an email to sguenther@golinharris.com The
completed application can be emailed back to the email address already
mentioned.

Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association Scholarship

Deadline: December 15, 2007

Award: $5,000
Contact for Application: Mrs. Vivian L. Smith, 3523 Carpenter Street,
SE, Washington, DC 20020 (202) 582-4348
Eligibility: 11th or 12 grader in a DC Public School or a public school
within a 50-mile radius of
Washington, DC. Submit a 5-7 page essay on what Frederick Douglass
would say about your
responsibility to vote. Essay must be typed and double-spaced and
reflect student’s own thoughts. It
must show evidence of research and knowledge of Douglass’s life, and be
based on the philosophy and ideas of Frederick Douglass as set forth in
his speeches, writings and life.

2007 Frank O’ Neill Memorial Scholarship

http://www.easyaid.com/scholarship_form.html

Deadline: December 31, 2007

The 2007 Frank O’ Neill Memorial Scholarship is open to anyone attending
a university, college, trade school, technical institute, vocational
training or other post-secondary education program in the 2007-2008 or
2008-2009 academic year. In addition, eligible students may not have
already been receiving or awarded a full-tuition scholarship or waiver
from another source. This means that you can not apply if you already
have 100% of your school paid for. International students are welcome to
apply. PLEASE READ THE RULES BELOW CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING TO AVOID
BEING DISQUALIFIED.

The criteria for the scholarship is to write an essay of fewer than 750
words on how the education of your generation is better or worse than
the education of your parent’s generation. Essays will be accepted via
easyaid.com: no postal mail or faxes will be accepted.

All-ink.com Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2007

Online Application: http://www.all-ink.com/scholarship.aspx

Amount: $5,000

This Scholarship is open to all students planning to enroll in a college
program during Spring 2008 / Fall 2008 or the Full 2008-2009 school
year. All-ink.com will choose the recipient of its award based on
applicants’ responses to two online short essays and a listing of
applicants honors and awards. To be eligible applicants must meet these
additional requirements:

* Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
* Must have a GPA of 2.5 or above

United States Institute of Peace National Peace Essay Contest

Deadline: February 1, 2008

To Apply: http://www.usip.org/npec

Eligibility: The contest is open to all students in grades 9-12
attending secondary schools in the 50 states. The essay question asks
students to analyze the role of natural resources in foreign conflicts

Award: Varies

Parents Beware It’s Another Toy Recall

  Home built toys may be the wave of the future. Here’s information about another recall on toys. I’ve lost count on how many have surfaced in the past month or so.

The latest Mattel recall, whose details were negotiated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, covers 675,000 Barbie accessories sold between October 2006 and August of this year. No Barbie dolls were included in the action. The recall also included 90,000 units of Mattel’s GeoTrax locomotive line and about 8,900 Big Big World 6-in-1 Bongo Band toys, both from the company’s Fisher-Price brand. The Big Big World products were sold in the U.S. from July through August of this year, while the GeoTrax toys were sold from September 2006 through August of this year.   To read more…

Interesting tidbit: On Aug. 2, Mattel made a similar recall with nearly a million toys that were coated with lead paint. Zhang Shuhong, co-owner of the company that made the defective toys, committed suicide after the recall.