An Unconventional Guide to Paying for College

Scholarship Saturday: Fall is in the Air Edition

Not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but here in the south, Fall is in the air. This past weekend my wife and I went apple picking, bought some pumpkins, then took a tour through a local corn maze and drank some apple cider. We packed all of our favorite things about fall into one weekend. Oh yeah, and college football is in full swing!! Here are some excellent scholarship opportunities that you can jump on right now, in preparation for your fast approaching May 2012 graduation and August 2012 college entrance date!

Dr. Pepper $1,000,000 Tuition Giveaway Dr. Pepper is holding this contest in connection with the Fall 2011 college football schedule. Every week they will select winners based on the previous week’s selections. All you need to do to enter is create an original video about why you need this money for your college tuition. Dr. Pepper will then pick the winning videos for each week. Typical winnings are $2500 per winner, with a grand prize of $100,000!!

Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship You don’t see many scholarships for graduate students outside of fellowships and research assistance. You must be in your second or third year of Veterinary School to be eligible for this scholarship, but if you win, it will give you $2500! “Hit the Books” Scholarship This is a scholarship after my own heart! The scholarship will provide $500 to be used towards the cost of textbooks and other materials.Winners will be selected based upon two criteria: successful accomplishment of essay subject matter and individual student needs. Winning essays will also be published on

National Society of Collegiate Scholars–Study Abroad Scholarship To be honest, there are not many scholarships specifically designed to support students financially when they study abroad. This is typically viewed as a voluntary choice, and a┬áprivilege, so you are usually left on your own to find the funds to pay. Here is an excellent option for finding money to help cover the cost of your study abroad trip!


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