Nothing like the lazy days of summer to prove that a college education is not worth it.  Most of the kids we know are slaving away at internships, most earning nothing, and some extremely lucky ones taking home $9 an hour. Meanwhile, recent grads are competing for barista positions all over the nation.  One very bright and talented Barnard girl we know had FOUR interviews, including one with the owner, before she was finally hired to prepare coffee in Chelsea. 
So, if you're planning to send your kid to college, maybe you should force your student to apply for zillions of scholarships.  Here is a report by a Tiger Scholarship Mom, whose daughter received seven merit awards, and has now exceeded her cost of attendance.  I'm imagining the lucky gal wearing an outfit from Kohls, enjoying a burrito dinner on her loftbed (just three scholarships on her enticing list – do you win goods/merchandise in addition to funds for schools?)
If you read the following College Confidential thread carefully, it sounds as if the poster's daughter has also won some sort of lottery.  I wish I could find out, and also report how many essays this girl was forced to write, but I'm too lazy to do the research.  Any (unpaid) interns out there willing to help?
Old 06-07-2011, 10:33 PM   #1
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Scholarships Applied To List
I was asked to share the list of Scholarships my DD applied to so here they are:
All Media NY Writing Scholarship
Alvin Cox Memorial Fund Scholarship
American Fire & Sprinkler Association
American Public Health Association Get Ready
Ashley Marie Easterbrook Scholarship
Asian & Pacific Islander American
AXA Achievement Scholarship
Best Buy Scholarship
Brandon Goodman Scholarship
Body by Milk Sammy Scholarship
Burger King Scholarship
C. G. Fuller Foundation Scholarship – SC Only
Charles L. Cummins/Mae B. Wham – LOCAL
CIP Scholarship – Spring 2011
CIP Scholarship – Fall 2010
Federated Women's Club – LOCAL
Kiwanis Club – LOCAL
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Doing Good Scholarship
Elks National Foundation MVS Award
ESA Foundation Scholarship
Freedom in Academia Scholarship
Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
Horatio Alger Scholarship
ISSA Foundation Scholarship
Jane E. Hunter Scholarship – OHIO or SC
Janice M. Scott Memorial Fund
Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarship – NC,SC, GA,AL,OK,MO,NE, AR,TN,LA,MS, FL, KY,TX
Kate Herzog Writing Awards
Kennedy Foundation
KFC Scholars Program
Kittie Moss Fairey Educational Fund Scholarship – Must Attend SC College
Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program
Leopold-Schepp Foundation Scholarship
Lowes Scholarship
M.A. Lee Foundation
McAlister Foundation Scholarship – LOCAL
Mercer Silas Bailey Memorial – LOCAL
OCA-AXA Asian Pacific American
OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Minority
OP Loftbed Scholarship
RMHC-ASIA Scholarship Program
Sam Walton Community Found Scholarship
Scottish Rite Masonic Shepherd Scholarship
Share Your Story Scholarship
Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship
South Carolina Sheriff’s Association – SC
South Carolina State Fair Scholarship – SC
Strom Thurmond Foundation – SC
Sun Trust Off to College – Every Two Weeks
TG Charley Wootan Grant – Outside Texas
US Bank Internet Scholarship
USA Funds Access to Education Scholarship
Wendy’s National Heisman Award Scholarship
William Orr Dingwall Asian Ancestry Grant
Winthrop University CLOSE Scholarship – College Based
Youth Foundation Hadden Scholarship
9 Beans and a Burrito Foundation Scholarship
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship
Big Sun 2011 Scholarship
Breylan Communications Scholarship Scholarship
Dowd and Guild Scholarship
ICBC Lawyers Scholarship

Hope that helps!
Take Care,

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Wow! Thank you very much! This was very helpful. I'm a soon-to-be senior and although I was aware of a decent number of these scholarships, there are so many on here that I didn't know existed. Any thoughts from the applying/awarding of the scholarship process as to which of the scholarships seemed to be the "favorites" (most amount of money awarded, easiest to complete application for, and most fun to apply for)?
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:32 PM   #3
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Oh my… Is this a normal amount of scholarships to apply to? I've applied to one so far and that took me about a week to complete.

How many did she get out of these?

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Old 06-22-2011, 10:54 PM   #4
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She won 7 of them and18 of them are still pending but it doesn't really matter anymore because she exceeded her cost of attendance and now they are taking away from her SC Life scholarship (lottery money) & Federal SEOG. I have an appointment with one to see if they can wait and send the check next year when she would actually be able to benefit from it. We declined one because she no longer had a need for this school year and felt since the funds for it was limitted that we'd rather someone else get it that still had need for this coming year.

She applied to 1 scholarship each week all of the past school year and 3 per week while school was out. I did all the searching and kept up with dates for her so literally just handed her which one to do next.

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wow thank you so much! Your daughter is very lucky to have you help her with scholarship searches!  Can you share which numbers she used for the lottery?


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  1. “She applied to 1 scholarship each week all of the past school year and 3 per week while school was out.”
    Only on CC.

  2. This is the Tiger Mom…
    I don’t see what is wrong with letting others know if they are determined they can do it!
    She would not be able to go to the college of her choice hadn’t she done this. I did not force her but could only afford a lesser priced school and offered to help her find a way to go where she wanted to if she was willing to do the if she did the work…
    It is the sad state of my finances and the economy that motivated her

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  4. Dear Lord. This child has something coming to her in the real world (if not in college) when there is no one handing her anything.
    I don’t see how you are preparing your child by “handing” them things.

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