Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards

To celebrate the very best of America’s high schools, Varsity Brands.com has created the Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards. The Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards will reward schools, school groups and individuals who go the extra mile to build school pride, student engagement and community spirit. Each winner will be honored with up to $1,500 in prize money, totaling $25,000 awarded from Varsity Brands! Contest submissions will open on varsitybrands.com February 8, 2016 and will close on March 1, 2016. Read on to learn more about the submission requirements and selection criteria: Submission Requirements for All Entries: Nominees must be nominated by a student, colleague or community member.

All entries must include:

  • One 500-word essay about why the nominee is deserving of this award
  • One letter of recommendation from a school principal, administrator or community leader
  • Two photos of the nominee and his/her/their work
  • Optional: Three links to additional media (including but not limited to press releases, videos, additional photos, articles, etc.)
  • All nominees must be affiliated with a high school in the United States (student, faculty, coach, staff, etc.)
  • Please submit a separate nomination for each category if you are interested in being considered for more than one award.

Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

Seniors are reminded to use ScholarshipQuest when looking for scholarships provided by organizations in Lincoln, Southeast Nebraska, and the state of Nebraska. Some of the new additions to ScholarshipQuest  this week include the following:

  • Johnny Baxter Carriage House Foundation
  • Lincoln Builders Bureau
  • Nebraska Legal Professionals Association

Each year, thousands of scholarships, especially those available at the national level, remain unused because students do not complete the application process. To learn which national scholarships are being offered, students need to register with at least one or two national scholarship search.  USA Today, rates the following sites as its top 10  college scholarship searches:

  • Peterson’s
    • Peterson’s is a one-stop scholarship resource — not that we recommend this strategy —  with a number of great (and free!) resources. The site boasts $10 billion in scholarship awards and has an impressive collection of articles, test prep resources and more.
    • But it’s not just a stockpile of scholarships. It also has the tools and tips you need to start your search — and its search filters make navigation simple. Filling out a very short survey allows you to adjust the filters as you go, which gives you more control than sites that require extensive profiles to get started.
  • Unigo
    • Like Peterson’s, Unigo has plenty to offer beyond just scholarships, including jobs, internships, college profiles and rankings, articles and a textbook store. When it comes to scholarships, the site offers both profile-based matching as well as easy-to-browse categories.
    • Perhaps best of all is its user-friendly interface, which is somewhat reminiscent of a photo-sharing site. It makes finding scholarships simple. What’s more, the site values security and privacy of personal information – so, in other words, no spam!
  • Fastweb
    • Fastweb, a subsidiary of Monster, hosts more than 1.5 million scholarships that amount to more than $3.4 billion dollars. And it’s all so well organized! The search platform’s filters make it hard not to find exactly what you’re looking for.
    • One minor drawback: You have to fill out a profile to get started. But the profile helps match you with scholarships most likely to suit your needs, and the sign-up process is relatively painless.
  • Cappex
    • Cappex has a large scholarship database and they’re not afraid to brag a bit: “We’ve Got More Than $11 Billion in Scholarships.” Registering can be annoying, but you’ll be glad you took the time to get personalized results.
    • Cappex sets itself apart with its “What Are My Chances” tool, which attempts to calculate the odds that you’ll get into a certain college before you apply.
  • Chegg
    • Over the years, Chegg has expanded from its humble beginnings as an online textbook store to become a well-rounded education resource. It acquired scholarship match service Zinch in 2011 and now hosts scholarships totaling over $1 billion.
    • Its interface is simple and the mandatory sign-up process is well worth the time. What’s more, it has a “top scholarship picks this week” category, which highlights opportunities you may have otherwise missed. And on top of the scholarships, Chegg offers homework help, tutoring, test prep, internships and (of course) textbooks.
  • The College Board
    • As with all of the best resources, The College Board offers much more than an extensive list of scholarships. It also has test prep, articles and college search tools, among others. And its “scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs” totals nearly $6 billion. Added bonus: While you’re perusing the site you can prepare for the SAT!
  • Niche
    • Formerly known as College Prowler, Niche is one of the easiest sites to navigate. It’s neatly organized into categories that make it simple to start finding and applying for scholarships.
    • You can browse by categories – including, but not limited to, sports, interest area, career and major — but it can be tricky to filter outside of these preset groupings. Still, with no required sign-up and a user-friendly design, Niche is a simple and powerful resource.
  • Scholarships.com
    • Scholarships.com’s tagline says it all: “With more than 2.7 million scholarship and grant opportunities worth more than $19 billion, just about everyone is bound to find something.”
    • It’s one of the largest databases and is updated daily. You can browse by category, but if you really want to navigate the extensive list of opportunities, you’ll need to make a profile. It’s one flaw: The site has ample information about alternate forms of financial aid, but it lacks some of resources other sites offer.
  • CollegeNET.com
    • Despite its somewhat unusual interface, Collegenet has an impressive number of scholarships. You can search by keyword or create a personalized profile to get filtered results. From there, you can create, manage and save lists that you can return to later.
    • Scholarships are listed by their award amounts, with the highest payout listed first. While the site’s search results are often extensive, it could benefit from some more filtering or organizational tools..
  • Scholarship Monkey
    • Scholarship Monkey offers three search options: personalized search, search by keyword and lists of scholarships. Results from any of these searches can then be further filtered by college, but unfortunately not by any other criteria.
    • Despite its huge index of scholarships, the site is not as easily navigable compared to some others, making it more difficult to take full advantage of its opportunities. Another reason it ranks lower on the list: spam. I’ve received numerous emails from the site, even after unsubscribing.
    • Nonetheless, it’s a great tool with a huge database of scholarships – even if it is trickier to use than others on the list.

Additional  resources for scholarships include:

2016 Student-View Scholarship Program

The Student-View Scholarship is a unique opportunity for high school seniors. It is open to all students regardless of academic achievement or financial need. Please visit http://student-view.com/ScholarshipWmap.html to apply!

Student Insights will award the following prizes:

  • One (1) individual prize of a $4,000 scholarship.
  • Two (2) individual prize of a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Ten (10) individual prizes, consisting of $500 scholarships each
scholarships for seniors
 

* NO minimum SAT or ACT score
* NO minimum grade point average
* NO lengthy, time-consuming paperwork
* NO essays
* NO application fees

Simply complete a 15-25 minute online survey about local colleges. You will then be automatically entered into a random drawing for a scholarship award.