$500 Scholarship from Home Depot for Construction Trade Programs

From EC&M:

The Home Depot, Atlanta, recently established its first-ever trade scholarship program. Through the program, the company will award more than 600 students enrolled in building and construction trade programs $500 to help offset the cost of tuition, fees, books, and supplies. In total, more than $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded to support the future leaders of the building and construction industries this fall.

The Home Depot trade scholarship program is open to students nationwide currently enrolled in a building and construction trade school program at a college, university, or accredited educational institution who will be entering into the final year or term of their degree or career program. Winners will be selected based on academic performance, leadership, and work experience. English and Spanish applications are available online at The Home Depot Web site. The application deadline is June 20. Winners will be announced in September.

How to Give: Tips For Passing on Wealth To Your Kids, Your Charity, and Your Dog

From US News:

In tough economic times when everyone’s focused on keeping what they have, giving freely is still important. Already, charities are feeling the pinch that comes with a severe recession, and many parents are wondering just how much they’ll be able to pass on to their children. Since it’s likely that you’re focused on staying afloat—and working with less money—it’s important to find the most efficient ways to give. With help from Debby Cochran, a lawyer and estate planning specialist at Cochran and Owen in Tysons Corner, Va., U.S. News offers advice on how to make sure your giving goes exactly where you intend with the least amount of hassle:

1. Giving to your children. Everyone wants to provide for their children and luckily, using gifts to transfer wealth is fairly straightforward.

The basics: Giving gifts to your children is a way to distribute your estate without taking a huge tax hit. But it’s important to start early, since there are limits on how much you can pass on each year. If you’re married, a couple can give up to $26,000 tax-free to as many individuals as they’d like each year (the limit is $13,000 for gifts from singles.) Above that limit, gifts are still tax-free but they count against a lifetime gift exemption of $1 million per individual as of 2009. Gifts over that limit can also overlap with estate taxes, and you’ll have to file a Form 709 gift tax return. If you expect to hit that $1 million limit in your lifetime, Cochran says now might be the time for some extra giving, since assets that have fallen heavily in value lately but could later recover are counted at their market price at the time of the gift.



Consider a loan: Straightforward gifts are great, but for larger amounts, it might be a good time to consider a loan. Right now, low interest rates in general mean rates on inter-family loans are at rock-bottom levels: as little as 2 percent for medium-term loans (three to nine years) with longer-term loans in the still-cheap 3 percent to 4 percent range. Rates are usually set by the Applicable Federal Rate, published monthly by the IRS here. If loans are set at or above those rates, they can be given without incurring incurring gift taxes. If, for example, you son or daughter need a $300,000 loan to by a house, you can lend them the money at the low rate and then forgive the debt tax-free at the gift rates mentioned above. Bottom line: Family loans have a tax advantage and better rates than most banks are offering at the moment. “You can get rid of appreciation tax-free,” Cochran says. As for finding a lender, inter-family loans are available online through “social-lending” sites like Virgin Money for relatively modest fees.

To read the rest of the article visit US News.

$1,000 for Student Volunteers at Conference and Trade Show in Boston

From Boston College Career Center Blog:

Ten $1,000 Student Student volunteers and scholarship applicants are needed for the 84th Annual Conference & Trade Show in Boston, MA, which will take place July 24-28, 2009.  Attending and volunteering at the Annual Conference & Trade Show is an invaluable experience for students to learn from and network with industry professionals.  All students who volunteer will receive full conference registration.  IAAM Foundation Student Scholarships are a great way to further offset trip expenses.  This year up to 10 student scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded.

For more information visit IAAM.

Free College for Low Income Washington Students

From HeraldNet:

These are low-income middle schoolers who are guaranteed a full ride to any Washington college if they fill out an application, maintain a 2.0 grade point average and don’t commit a crime before they graduate high school.

Some haven’t applied because they think the deal is too good to be true. Others don’t know about it. And some just haven’t taken the time to fill out the brief application, which includes one question about family income and basic information about the applicant.

Statewide, just 28,000 students have applied since the program began last year.

Many students wrongly believe they need to pay to apply for the scholarship or that it’s some kind of hoax, said Amie Mbye, an eighth-grader at Alderwood Middle School in Lynnwood.

For more information on the College Bound scholarship program or to apply online, go to www.hecb.wa.gov/collegebound.

To read the complete article visit HaroldNet.

Explicit Lyrics

I came across this article about a parent complainng about the music played at an afterschool dance in Virginia and it got me to thinking, “who decides what explicit is and who is supposed to enforce it”?

I remember having my mother talk to me about the lyrics of music I listened to, and setting me straight about a few things, when I was younger. She made it a point to explain what the lyrics meant, how they may be applied to me, and how others might view me as a consequence of me repeating those lyrics. With that upbringing, I went on to work in afterschool during undergrad. I distincly remember students wanting to play music that I didn’t deem “appropriate” for them thought I listened to it myself. The argument was usually something along the lines of:

Student, “I listen to it at home.”

Me, “Then go home and listen to it”

Student, “But my mom knows I listen to it. It’s not a big deal.”

Me, “Great, then listen to it at home. Let’s try something new while we’re here.”

Needless to say, I won out because 1) I wouldn’t budge and 2) I was in charge. After introducing them to music that I deemed “appropriate” for them to listen to, I would drive away listening to the same songs that I didn’t think they should have heard. Am I a hypocrite?

When I heard parents complain about the work that educators do/ enviornment that their child is in, I wonder how many of them are adhearing to the same standards at home. How do the kids know to request those kinds of songs in the first place?

Red Cross Scholarship for Students – Bloodstock 2009

What is Bloodstock?
To help avoid any life-threatening blood shortages, the American Red Cross is kicking off Bloodstock 2009. This is a fun program for you – our dedicated high school and college students. The American Red Cross believes that, with your support, we will be better equipped to meet the blood needs of the patients in our community!

How do you qualify to enter Bloodstock?
Bloodstock 2009 drives will be held between May 1 and August 31, 2009 and December 15, 2009 through January 15, 2009. American Red Cross will have a drawing for scholarships for any student that plans and organizes a successful Bloodstock 2009 blood drive! To qualify for the scholarship drawings, a student must plan and organize a blood drive that collects a minimum of 50 units of blood ($2,000 scholarship) or a drive that collects a minimum of 35 units of blood ($1,000 scholarship) from volunteer donors.

Scholarship for Undocumented Students in Los Angeles


Promoting College Access for Low Income and Immigrant Communities


Funding Your Future Scholarship

Application Deadline is: Tuesday, June 30th, 2009


All application materials must arrive by Tuesday, 6/30, mailed together in a large envelope to:

Scholarship Program

Futuros Educational Services

6721 Leland Way #24

Los Angeles, CA 90028

If you have questions, please contact Paz Oliverez at 310.923.0803 or by email at poliverez@futuros-california.org.

Minimum Student Requirements (High School Students):

· Be an undocumented immigrant student

· Have at least a 2.5 grade point average

· Be attending a high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)

· Be available for future participation in Futuros College Access Mentoring Program (CAMP)

· Demonstrate financial need

Minimum Student Requirements (College Students):

· Be an undocumented immigrant student

· Have at least a 2.5 grade point average

· Be attending an accredited institution of higher education (i.e., CA Community College, CSU, UC, private college/university) located in southern California

· Be available for future participation in Futuros College Access Mentoring Program (CAMP)

· Demonstrate financial need

FINALISTS will also be required to participate in an in-person interview.

Scholarship for “Rising Through the Ranks” RAB Radio Training Academy, Dallas

From Radio Ink:


NEW YORK — April 27, 2009: The partnership of the RAB, BMI, and the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group is now accepting applications for scholarships the second annual two-day “Rising Through the Ranks” training seminar at the RAB Radio Training Academy in Dallas.

The seminar will be held August 25-26 and will feature Erica Farber, the former publisher of Radio & Records and the winner of the RAB and MIW Group’s first annual Trailblazer Award. BMI will be providing 25 scholarships for the 2009 program, covering the cost of the training course.

“As we continue our efforts to create opportunities, educate and support the careers of women in radio, ‘Rising Through the Ranks’ and similar programs remain essential to the advancement of women in management roles,” said Heidi Raphael, VP of Corporate Communication for Greater Media and spokesperson for the MIW Radio Group.

Scholarship applications and registration for the seminar are available at www.rab.com


$10,000 Nordstrom Scholarship

From Teen Diaries Blog:

Nordstrom is committed to celebrating their communities and for them, supporting the development of our young people is a great place to start. They are pleased to offer the Nordstrom Scholarship to high school students in an effort to support and encourage the pursuit of higher education.

Deadline: June 1, 2009 (received by) Amount: $10,000 (five each to be issued) Requirements: Un-weighted GPA at least 2.7. made substantial contribution to the community, involved in school activities, financial need, personal statement, essay.

10 Low Income Areas in Michigan Become “Promise Zones” for Scholarships

From Battlecreek Enquirer:

Michigan picks ‘promise zones’ scholarship locations

The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan this weekend is announcing qualifying locations for a new program aimed at providing more college scholarships to high school graduates in 10 low-income areas of the state.

Designations have been awarded to Baldwin Community Schools, Battle Creek Public Schools, Benton Harbor Area Schools, the City of Detroit, the School District of the City of Hazel Park, Jackson Public Schools, the Lansing School District, the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, the School District of the City of Pontiac and the Saginaw School District.

A measure signed into law in January by Gov. Jennifer Granholm allowed the creation of 10 “promise zones,” and 14 communities submitted applications. The legislation was modeled somewhat after the Kalamazoo Promise, which guarantees free college tuition to graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools.

“Communities need this powerful new tool to take charge of their economic futures,” Granholm said in a statement. An official announcement was planned for Sunday.

Communities, relying heavily on private funding, must prove they have enough cash to run their college scholarship programs for two years before they could get matching funds from the state. At a minimum, the programs must provide students living within the “promise zone” tuition for two years at a community college.

State Rep. Tim Melton, a Democrat from Auburn Hills, and state Sen. Gerald Van Woerkom, a Republican from Norton Shores representing the Muskegon area, spearheaded efforts to pass the law in the state Legislature.

“This initiative is one of the most creative ways to give children in these areas of higher than normal poverty a new lease on life,” Melton said in a statement.

Central NY Community Foundation, Inc. Scholarship

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The Central New York Community Foundation will award two $2,400 college scholarships to Onondaga County seniors planning to study engineering, manufacturing, science or education next year.

Students have until May 15 to apply for the Frederick K. Killian Memorial Scholarship. One male student and one female student will be selected based on academic performance, commitment to their chosen field and volunteer work.

Download the application and informational flyer, or call Stephanie Parzych at 422-9538 ext. 232. 


Time to Write Competition

The City of Los Angeles and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Planning Committee Invite you to participate in this year’s “Time to Write” Creative Writing Competition
2009 Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage 

Guidelines for Entry:
• No Purchase Necessary to Enter this Contest
• Competition is open to ALL Los Angeles County public and private school students in grades 6-12
• Creative writing must be an original work and not previously published
• Entry can be a poem, a song, a narrative, an imagined story, essay, etc.
• Must NOT exceed one page
• Entry must be TYPED 􀁹 Handwritten entries will NOT be accepted
• Entries will be judged by representatives of the City of Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable, The Walt Disney Company and other members of the Asian- and Pacific Islander-American Heritage Month Planning Committee. The judges will base their decisions on originality in interpreting the figure or movement chosen; creativity; clarity of the writing; and knowledge of Asian-/Pacific Islander-American History

Only one entry per person (Previous Heritage Creative Writing winners in calendar year 2008 are ineligible for 1st Place)

Each entry must have the following information: Submit essay(s) to:
1. Title of entry Department of Cultural Affairs
2. Student’s full name & visible grade level Attn: Youth Arts and Education
3. Student’s home mailing address 201 N. Figueroa St., Suite 1400
4. Student’s home phone or cell phone Los Angeles, CA 90012
5. School’s name & address email: dca.yae@lacity.org
6. Teacher’s full name, telephone number & e -mail Deadline: Entries MUST arrive in our office by 9:00 am on Monday, May 11, 2009 (This is NOT a postmark date)

Emailed entries as an attached word document are encouraged. Submit to dca.yae@lacity.org

Prizes: All winners will receive tickets to Disneyland 1st Place: 2nd Place: 3rd Place

Division I: 6th-8th Dell Laptop Computer 6 mos Free Road Runner Cable Pkg 3 mos Free Road Runner Cable Pkg

Division II: 9th-10th Dell Laptop Computer 6 mos Free Road Runner Cable Pkg 3 mos Free Road Runner Cable Pkg

Division III: 11th-12th Dell Laptop Computer 6 mos Free Road Runner Cable Pkg 3 mos Free Road Runner Cable Pkg

Winners will be notified by phone the week of May 11, 2009. Further details of the awards ceremony will be provided at this time. The winning student along with their class will be invited to attend an awards ceremony to be held the week of May 18th. All entries become the property of the City of Los Angeles. The City has the right to reproduce or publish the materials in any medium for current or future use in educational materials and programs. Selection of winning entries by the judging panel is final.

Participants may be required to provide proof of parental consent in form and substance suitable to Sponsor, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, in order to be confirmed as a prize winner. The Contest is solely sponsored by the City of Los Angeles. All questions and concerns related to the Contest should be directed towards the City of Los Angeles. The Sponsor has the right to disqualify an entry for any reason. Road Runner prize will only
be awarded to the parent or legal guardian of the winner, and such parent or legal guardian must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to accept the prize. To qualify for a Road Runner prize, the parent or legal guardian of the winner must qualify for a “standard installation” as defined by the franchise agreement granted by Los Angeles, CA and must sign a standard subscription agreement.”

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE COMPETITION PLEASE CALL (213) 202-5565 or Email: dca.yae@lacity.org Purpose: To celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander American heritage and promote greater access to the arts in Los Angeles Theme: Spirit, Dreams, and Hope Flows to the Future

To participate in the Creative Writing Competition, it is required that you choose one of the following movements from Asian or Pacific Islander American history and connect how the movement has inspired you or how it has affected you personally. Below are examples of the events or people that have helped shape these movements:

• Asian-/Pacific Islander-American contributions to Early American Infrastructure: Maya Lin; Transcontinental Railroad
• The role Asian-/Pacific Islander-Americans have played in the U.S. Military: 100th Infantry Battalion; Maya Lin
• Japanese American Internment Camps
• The Civil Rights Movement and the Voting Rights Act: Philip Veracruz, AWOC, and UFW; Grace Lee Boggs; Yuri Kochiyama;
U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark
• The Long Fight for Equal Education in America: 1968 Asian Student Strike at San Francisco State University; 1885 Tape v. Hurley
• Asian-/Pacific Islander-American Influence on Music and the Arts: Sessue Hayakawa; Anna May Wong; James B. Leong
• The Role of Asian-/Pacific Islander-American Community-Based Organizations Past, Present, and Future
• The Road to Public Service: Joseph Cao; John Chiang; Patsy Mink; Saqib Ali;

$10,000 Scholarship for Video Entry

Tuition Tales

Think you or someone you know deserves $10,000 for college? Tell us about it – in a 30-second video. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Make money for college. Three $10,000 winners will be chosen in this video contest. You could be one of them! Are you saving for college, in college now or paying back student loans? Tell us your Tuition Tales today