15 Scholarships with September Deadlines


Fall is here and for many of you who are returning to school or beginning college for the first time, it is an exciting but stressful time. We have compiled a list of 15 college scholarships with September deadlines to help you alleviate some of the financial burden associated with tuition and school expenses.

1. Youth Forward ‚Äď Scholarship Opportunity for Exemplary Volunteers

  • Eligibility: National Driving and Traffic School is proud to announce their scholarship opportunity, entitled ‚ÄúYouth Forward.‚ÄĚ The company is seeking applicants for three $1500 scholarships rewarding a deserving youth ‚Äď either enrolled as a High School Sophomore, Junior, or Senior or as a College Freshman ‚Äď on the topic of volunteerism and youth.
  • Award: $1500
  • Deadline: September 1st
  • Url:¬†http://www.dmvedu.org/scholarship/

2. Apartment List Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Any legal U.S. resident at least eighteen (18) years old who meets one of the following criteria: Currently attending high school and will be attending an accredited university or college in the next academic year. Currently attending an accredited university or college (undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible)
  • Award: $500
  • Deadline: September 1st (Fall) March 1st (Spring)
  • Url:¬†https://www.apartmentlist.com/scholarship

3. Stop-Painting.com Scholarship

  • Eligibility: The Stop-Painting.com scholarship is open to any student currently enrolled at an accredited college, university, or related technical program. All majors, programs of study, and class years are encouraged to apply.
  • Award: $1000
  • Deadline: September 5
  • Url: http://stop-painting.com/post/scholarships.asp

4. JonesTshirts.com Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Open to any student who will be enrolled in a college or University at the time of the next deadline. This scholarship is limited to students attending school in the 50 U.S. states.
  • Award: $1000
  • Deadline: September 12th (Fall) January 9th (Winter)
  • Url:¬†http://www.jonestshirts.com/scholarship

5. Experian Data Quality Scholarship

6. The Bryan Cameron Education Foundation Cameron Impact Scholarship

  • Eligibility: The Bryan Cameron Education Foundation (‚ÄúFoundation‚ÄĚ) awards four-year, full-tuition, merit-based undergraduate scholarships to exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service.
  • Award: Full Tuition and Expenses (estimated to be between $20,000-$50,000 per annum).
  • Deadline: Regular Application Deadline for the Class of 2017¬†is September 15, 2016.
  • Url:¬†http://www.bryancameroneducationfoundation.org/cameron-impact-scholarship/scholarship-description

7. Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship

  • Eligibility: To be considered eligible for the Odenza Marketing Scholarship you must: A) Be between the ages of 16 and 25 on September 30 of application year B) Submit answers to the essay questions, which can be found on the application page, prior to the September 30th deadline. C) Have at least one full year of post-secondary studies remaining at the time of the award. (Current High School Students are also eligible.) D) Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. E) Be a citizen of the United States or Canada.
  • Award: $500
  • Deadline: September 30th
  • Url:¬†http://www.odenzascholarships.com/awards/8/eligibility_odenza_marketing_group_scholarship.php

8. CoffeeForLess.com “Hit the Books” Scholarship

9. Tobacco-Free Life Academic Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Tobacco-Free Life awards $2,000 in scholarships each quarter to students who are committed to preventing the suffering and death caused by smoking. 18 years or older. Undergraduate or graduate students accepted to or enrolled in a college or university in the United States.
  • Award: $1000
  • Deadline: September 30th
  • Url: https://tobaccofreelife.org/scholarship/

10. My Kool Smiles Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: Applicant must write essay on how dental health can contribute to the well-being of families and children demonstrates excellence. Must be enrolled in an accredited high school, college or university in the United States. Students must either be in the final year of high school, enrolled as an undergraduate, or a graduate student in an U.S accredited institution. Considered in academic Good Standing at current institution – i.e not on academic probation or suspension. Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent).
  • Award: $5000
  • Deadline: September 30th
  • Url: https://www.mykoolsmiles.com/l/scholarship

11. Bant.io Scholarship Opportunity

  • Eligibility: Open to all students who are currently enrolled in a high school, college, university, or trade school, and who complete the scholarship application online at www.bant.io/scholarship/. Applicants must be enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2016) in a college or university within the United States or United Kingdom.
  • Award: $2000
  • Deadline: September 30th
  • Url: https://bant.io/scholarship

12. Digital Responsibility – Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

  • Eligibility: You must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
  • Award: $1000
  • Deadline: September 30th
  • Url: http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/dont-text-and-drive-scholarship/

13. ShipDig Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Open to all students enrolled in accredited academic institutions, and high school seniors who are enrolling upon graduation. Students of all majors and intended majors are welcome to participate. Applicants must be residents of the United States. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Students who have previously applied but have not been awarded as finalists are urged to reapply. Awards will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the institution of the finalist’s enrollment.
  • Award: $1000
  • Deadline: September 30th
  • Url: http://www.shipdig.com/scholarship/

14. Create Real Impact Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Create Real Impact Contest Awards are open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia between the ages of 14 and 22 years. Entrants must be enrolled as full-time students in an accredited educational institution (secondary [middle/high] school, trade school, college, or university). Residency, age, and current enrollment at an accredited educational institution will be verified. All applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited.
  • Award: Up to $1500
  • Deadline: September 30th
  • Url: http://createrealimpact.com

15. Review It Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Applicant must be attending a college or university no later than September 2017. Must be or planning to attend a U.S. college or university. Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA during the last academic year. Must submit your movie review no later than 11:59 EST on the day of the deadline.
  • Award: $1000
  • Deadline: September 30th
  • Url: http://www.drchiureviews.com/reviews.php

More September Scholarships

For additional scholarship opportunities, visit: http://www.collegeresourcenetwork.com

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8 Tips to Help You Win Scholarships for College

I‚Äôm sure you have heard that there are thousands of college scholarships out there just waiting for applicants to apply. I am here to tell you that it is VERY TRUE and not just a myth. There are scholarships for everyone regardless of gender, age, race, religion or sexual orientation. Initially, applying for scholarships can seem intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to help you win scholarships for college.


1.  Check the Correct Deadline with the Scholarship Provider. Many times scholarship deadlines change or are incorrect on various search engines or list sources. It is always BEST to check with the ACTUAL provider first to make sure the scholarship is still being offered and to confirm the correct deadline and information.

2. Apply for as Many Scholarships as Possible. As long as you are eligible, you can apply for as many scholarships as you would like. There is no limit to the amount of scholarships you can apply for. The more scholarships you apply for, the more chances you will have to win. Note: Check with your financial aid office to see how scholarships will affect your overall financial aid package.

3. Apply to Smaller and/or Less Familiar Scholarships. It is true some scholarships are much more advertised and therefore much more competitive. If there are only 2 scholarships available at $1000 each and there are over 6000 applicants, your chances are very unlikely that you will get that scholarship. Not to say that it is impossible, just very unlikely. There are thousands and thousands of available scholarships with most not being highly advertised or even heard about.

4. Fully Complete Your Application and Submit ALL Required Documents. Any missing documents or information will most likely automatically disqualify you from the application process. Check off the requirement list and recheck before you send your application.

5. Make Sure the Mailing Address and Postage is Correct. It is best to contact the scholarship provider for the most current mailing address. Keep in mind some providers only accept online applications and prefer a certain format. If that is the case, make sure you have the correct contact person and e-mail. If mailing your scholarship application, check your local post office to make sure you have the correct postage. There is nothing more heart breaking than receiving a returned envelope with your application and missing a scholarship deadline because you didn’t have the correct postage.

6. Write a Winning Essay…and Keep within the Word Requirements. Many scholarships require that you write an essay to be submitted along with your scholarship application. Keep within the word requirement guidelines and personalize your essay. If an essay requirement is 500-1000 words, stick within that range. Sometimes, the essay question is very direct and sometimes it is an open-ended question. Scholarship providers want to know why they should award YOU with the scholarship. It is always best to answer the question asked and put your best qualities out there. Provide evidence and examples such as leadership or volunteer experience.

7. Spell and Grammar Check Your Application. This is perhaps one of the most important and sometimes overlooked portions of the application process. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how great an application and essay you submit. If you have spelling and/or grammar errors, your application can be rejected. It is best to check several times and have a friend or family member look it over also. Spell check programs are great but not foolproof.

8. Submit a Neat and LEGIBLE Scholarship Application. Make sure your application is typed or neatly hand-written (check requirements). It is the neatness of your application that will initially impress the scholarship reviewers. If your scholarship application is messy or illegible then you may automatically be disqualified.

We hope these tips help you in your scholarship application process. Best of Luck to you!!

Great High School Scholarships with January and February Deadlines

High school students looking for ways to help ease the financial burden of college tuition and expenses can apply for these great scholarships and awards with January and February deadlines. To find hundreds of other similar scholarships, visit our free and easy to use scholarship search engine, College Resource Network (www.collegeresourcenetwork.com).

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Description: The Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites United States high school students to consider the concept of political courage by writing an essay on a U.S. elected official who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient.

  • Award: Up to $10,000
  • Number of Awards: 7
  • Deadline: January 6
  • Website: www.jfklibrary.org

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship
Description: Open to graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship at school, at home, at the workplace, and within the community.

Burger King Scholars Program
Description:  Open to graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school by the fall term. Students do not have to work at Burger King to apply.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Description: Open to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American students who plan to enroll full-time in a two-year or four-year college or university program in 2014. The scholarship is renewable and may be used in the freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate years. Sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations
Description: To recognize, support and encourage the young people who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the cause of positive race relations. Must be currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12 and have been actively involved in a volunteer activity in the past 12 months that has had a significant impact on race relations in his or her school or community.

Abercrombie and Fitch Anti-Bullying Scholarship
Description: Abercrombie & Fitch is launching an ongoing college scholarships program for outstanding students who have academically persevered while experiencing bullying and for those who have led anti-bullying efforts in their schools and communities. Eligibility requirements include high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants may be from the U.S. or international.

Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship
Description: Open to high school seniors who demonstrate the qualities of a free spirit. Must be committed to pursuing a career in journalism.

Courageous Persuaders Scholarship
Description: High School students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to use their creative talents to create 30-second television commercials that stress the message of the dangers of underage drinking, while middle school classrooms judge and determine the scholarship winners.

AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship
Description: Open to high school seniors. Must submit essay on how Alzheimer’s has affected family and/or community.

  • Award: Up to $5000
  • Number of Awards: 10
  • Deadline: February 15
  • Website:¬† www.afateens.org

The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship
Description: Open to high school students who promote vegetarianism (no meat, fish or fowl) in their schools or communities. Must be U.S. citizen to apply.

  • Award: $5000
  • Number of Awards: 2
  • Deadline: February 20
  • Website: www.vrg.org

For more scholarship opportunities:

Mental Health Scholarships: Where Are They?

As an owner of a scholarship search engine, I have spent a lot of time researching available scholarships over the past 4-5 years. I have found a multitude of college scholarships available to just about everyone. Our scholarship search engine, College Resource Network (collegeresourcenetwork.com) focuses on providing scholarships to minority and disadvantaged students.

Of all the scholarships I have researched, I have found the least amount available to the mentally ill and their families. This has been both alarming and disheartening given the staggering number of mentally ill adults (and children) in the United States.The National Institute of Mental Health reports that one in four adults-approximately 61.5 million Americans-experience a mental health disorder in a given year. One in 17‚ąíabout 13.6 million‚ąílive with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder. Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For ages 8 to 15, the estimate is 13 percent.

Why is it important to provide mentally ill students and their families with scholarship money for college?

People who have been diagnosed with a mental illness whether it is depression, bi-polar disorder, manic depression or schizophrenia have to deal with obstacles many others cannot understand unless they have gone through it themselves. Society labels and rejects people with mental illness and makes it harder for them to function in day-to-day life and become accepted members of society. Many times, it is a daily struggle for survival.

Progress does not follow the same linear fashion as it may for the average college student. It may take longer and many more attempts to complete a college class or a degree program. The value of education and enrichment is invaluable for someone who is facing or has been through mental illness. It can offer a sense of self-esteem and accomplishment which can help one overcome his inner battle or at least contribute to their sense of well-being.

I have seen first-hand what mental illness can do to those who suffer from it on a daily basis and the effects it has on the family members who love them. Both my sister and my mother suffered from mental illness for most of their lives. My mother has been severely depressed for as long as I can remember. My sister Annette was diagnosed with Schizophrenia at the age of 16 and was in and out of mental hospitals until her untimely death at the age of 26.

For her, she struggled immensely with so many of the issues that people with mental illnesses face: medication side effects, stigma and labels, finding work, living independently. She graduated high school later than her peers due to her struggles but she found solace in taking classes at a local community college. It gave her a sense of pride and enrichment although she had to work so much harder than her classmates. By providing scholarships to mentally ill students and their families, it can enrich and empower them as they are often overlooked by the rest of society.

Scholarships for the mentally ill can help ease the financial burden associated with college expenses and provide much-needed support and encouragement. In the end, it ends up benefiting society as a whole by helping to prevent the mentally ill from living on the streets or in jails and falling through the cracks of a faulty mental health system. Scholarships can give opportunities for enrichment and a greater chance of success in not only life but in the personal struggle with self that all persons with mental illness face.

Some of the scholarships I have found for people suffering from mental illness are:

  • Promises Treatment Centers – Offering 3 scholarships ranging from $1000-$6000 to students who have been affected by mental illness.¬†Students of all majors are invited to submit an essay answering this question:
    “How has addiction or mental illness affected you or someone you love?” ¬†Deadline: December 31st NEW!

  • DRK Attorneys Mental Illness Scholarship¬†– Offering a $1000 scholarship to a student currently accepted or enrolled in a U.S. college or university who has a minimum 3.0 GPA and is will to share their story. The goal of this scholarship is to show¬†those with mental health issues¬†that they have options.¬†Support¬†someone who has struggled with mental health issues but has found a way to manage it and overcome those struggles.¬†Shine some light on mental¬†health¬†and the difficulties that its victims manage on a daily basis. ¬†Deadline: August 1st ¬†NEW!
  • Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award –¬†an annual award honoring a student who is reducing prejudice around mental illness, raising awareness of mental health issues on campus, and encouraging help-seeking among their peers. It was established in 2008 through a contribution made by Carol Ullman and the late Joseph Greenspan, in memory of their son, Jerry Greenspan.¬†This award is designed to¬†encourage dialogue¬†about mental health on campuses,¬†reduce prejudice¬†around emotional disorders, and¬†raise visibility¬†of the outstanding students who are tackling these issues at schools across the country. Award: $3000 cash award,¬†Recognition on The Jed Foundation‚Äôs website, a trip to New York to attend JED‚Äôs Annual Gala. ¬†NEW!
  • JC Runyon Foundation Moving Forward Scholarship – Open to undergraduate students with behavioral health disorders including but not limited to depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, emotional and PTSD.
  • Paradigm Malibu $1000 Annual Depression Treatment Education Scholarship – Open to any student currently enrolled in an accredited college.
  • Buckfire & Buckfire P.C., Disability Scholarship – For those with mental or psychiatric disorders including depression but also applicable to people with other disabilities or medical conditions.
  • Baer¬†Reintegration Scholarship – For those affected by schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
  • The Charles A. Olayinka Scholarhip – For those affected by bipolar disorder.
  • Bi-Polar Lives Scholarship – For those affected by bipolar disorder. Scholarships are currently suspended but check their website for upcoming opportunities:
  • Tips on finding additional scholarships:

    • Check with your local mental health organizations which may provide grants or scholarships for college.
      Check memorial scholarships for mental illness, many times it is the families who will start a scholarship fund to benefit those with a mental illness
    • Check disabled scholarships. Sometimes organizations may offer scholarships to individuals with a mental or physical disadvantage. Contact the sponsoring organization and check with them about eligibility requirements.
    • ¬†Search scholarship search engines such as collegeresourcenetwork.com¬†or fastweb.com.

    Hopefully, there will be many more scholarship opportunities in the future to bring both awareness and support to mentally ill students and their families.
    If you or a loved one are facing a mental illness, you are not alone. Seek support from a mental health organization such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Helpline: (800) 950-6264<
    Helpful links to help find health care providers and treatment:


    For a comprehensive list of mental health associations and resources, visit Nami.org

    Additional Community Resources:

    Reach Out РAn excellent resource with fact sheets written on topics such as depression, anxiety, family relationships, self-harm, substance and alcohol abuse, romance, LGBTQ issues, loss and grief, suicide and eating issues. Reachout fact sheets are written by young people for young people and are edited by mental health professionals. There are also real stories of people coping with difficult and painful experiences. Learn how to reach out for help or help someone you love by visiting the Get Help section. You can also visit the forum section of the website. Like the rest of ReachOut.com, the forums are a safe, anonymous online space where teens and young adults can go for immediate support and information free of judgment. 

    The Trevor Project Program and Resources –¬†The Trevor Project offers accredited life-saving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQ youth that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text.

    HelpGuide.org РAn excellent guide and resource for a variety of mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional health, caregiving resources and support, depression, suicide prevention, grief and loss, stress, addictions, family and relationship issues, teen issues and more.

    Love Our Children U.S.A. РProvides an excellent list of emergency toll-free hotlines. They are mostly focused on children and teens but there are also hotlines for adults. There are organizations and help hotlines for those suffering from child abuse, drug abuse, rape, alcohol addiction, eating disorders, domestic violence, dating violence, cutting and self-mutilation.

    Additional Resources 

    Supporting College and University Students with Invisible Disabilities: A Guide for Faculty and Staff¬†Working with Students with Autism, AD/HD, ‚ĶDisorders, Anxiety, and Mental Illness by Christy Oslund – “Students with invisible disabilities are often academically talented but struggle with certain aspects of higher education such as keeping track of appointments or maintaining concentration in lecture halls. By providing detailed information on a range of disabilities including autism, AD/HD, dyslexia, OCD, and affective disorders, this book facilitates a better understanding of the unique needs of these students and what their strengths and limitations may be.” ¬†Recommended reading material for university professors, faculty, counsellors or anyone wanting an in-depth guide book on mental illness. On¬†Amazon.com¬†¬†Also, available on Kindle.

    Jed Foundation Protecting Your Child’s Mental Health: What Can Parents Do?  Р contains some helpful advice and mental health resources for parents with college-age students. Outlines ways parents can communicate with their son or daughter and offer support.


    College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It by Richard Kadison – “Written for parents, students, college counselors, and administrators,¬†College of the Overwhelmed¬†is a landmark book that explores the stressors that cause so many college students to suffer psychological problems. The book is filled with insights and stories about the current mental health crisis on our nation’s campuses and offers:

    • A hands-on guide for helping students overcome stress and succeed in a college environment.
    • An examination of the effects of such commonplace stress factors such as: identity development, relationships, sexuality, roommate problems, academic pressures, extracurricular demands, parental expectations, and racial and cultural differences that affect self-worth.
    • Personal stories of students under stress and describes how they overcame a variety of problems.
    • The warning signs and symptoms of common problems, including depression, sleep disorders, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, impulsive behaviors, and suicide.” ¬†Available on Amazon.com

5 Great Scholarships for Asian Americans

early decisionWith the growing number of Asian students coming to study at American Universities, there is a greater need for financial aid that will help them support their educational goals and follow their dreams. Below we have highlighted 5 great opportunities for Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students looking for scholarships to help offset the cost of college.

Lena Chang Scholarship

The Lena Chang Scholarship offers the ethnic minorities who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate course work the opportunity to win  $2500 scholarship prize. The selection is based on the applicants’ college transcript, 2 letters of recommendation, and a 3-page essay on ways to achieve peace in the nuclear age and how they hope to contribute to this end.

Japanese Bar Scholarship

This California-based scholarship is offered to any student who participates in community service to the Asian Pacific American Community, demonstrates financial aid, has overcome adversity, and plans to practice law in Southern California. The scholarship has four prizes of $2000 each available for the winning students.

Tang Scholarships

Tang Scholarships offers scholarship opportunities to self-proclaimed Asian/Pacific Islander (minimum 25%) and gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender and involved in the GLBT community. The applicant must be high school graduate from one of the 9 Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara County, Napa, Sonoma, Solano. Students should also demonstrate financial hardship and academic potential and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Hong Im Lee Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is open to Korean and minority high school seniors who attend high school in the Clark County School District. There is a minimum 3.4 GPA requirement and students must show financial need. There are up to three $500 scholarships available.

Asian Reporter Foundation Scholarships

The Asian Reporter Foundation has at least four $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to Oregon students attending Oregon schools of higher education. Applicants must be of Asian descent and must be a graduating high school student or current full-time undergraduate college student working towards an undergraduate degree at an institution of higher learning in Washington or Oregon. The AR also has other scholarship opportunities available.

There are also over 100 other scholarship opportunities for Asian students or students of Asian descent in our scholarship search engine.

Infographic Wednesday: Best Schools for Asian Americans

The presence of Asian students at US universities is increasing in pace and it is not going unnoticed. There have been several articles dealing with the cap on the number of Asian American students¬†at top US schools¬†and the difficulties they face getting into certain schools. On the opposite side of the spectrum, many schools with a high number of Asian American students continue to help this population strive in their academic¬†endeavors. An article in the now out-of-print “A. Magazine” highlighted a survey made¬†among¬†its readership who voted for the best schools for Asian Americans.

The top six schools are featured in this Wednesday’s infographic.

Asian American schools

Do you think this ranking still holds true? Which university do you think is the best for Asian Americans in you experience? Let us know in the comment section below!

Focus of the Week – Asian Americans

This week, the College Resource Network’s blog will focus on Asian Americans in college. We offer over 100 scholarships for students of Asian descent, so we are happy to showcase the talent coming from this community.

Talking about talent, many Asian Americans have made history in the US through their achievements. They might not be the ones whose faces we see on magazines or TV commercials nowadays, but they are ones who shaped American history with their unique perspective and serve as inspiration to new generations. Let’s review seven remarkable Asian personalities who have broken through personal and professional barriers to achieve amazing goals.

Minoru Yamasaki, architect, designed the World Trade Center’s building one and two. Yamasaki was one of the most prominent architects of the 20th century and a University of Washington graduate. He designed several other noteworthy buildings, such as the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College and the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.

Norman C. Bay¬†was the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico from 2000‚Äď2002, and the first Chinese-American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney.¬†Bay was raised in¬†Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from¬†Albuquerque Academy. He attended¬†Dartmouth College¬†and¬†Harvard Law School.

Ken Kashiwahara is an Emmy winning television journalist who was the first Asian American network news anchor. Kashiwahara, spent 25 years with ABC News as a correspondent, which includes coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, Ronald Reagan’s presidential bid, and the Vietnam War.

Chien-Shiung Wu¬†is arguably the most admired female Asian-American scientist in U.S. history. Wu developed a procedure for using gaseous diffusion to separate U235 from U238 was key to the Manhattan Project’s success in building the world’s first atomic bomb. She is a graduate of UC Berkley.

Hiram Fong was the child of poor Chinese immigrants and in 1959 became the first Asian-American senator. Fong is a graduate from University of Hawaii and Harvard Law School.

Ellison Onizuka was the first Asian American astronaut in space, on the first spaceflight in 1985. Onizuka made a career in the Air Force before he was selected to be part of NASA. Sadly, Onizuka died in the 1986 Challenger disaster.

Sheryl WuDunn is the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer Prize, at The New York Times in 1990, for her coverage of investment banking and new media. WuDunn has studied at Cornell University, Harvard Business School and Princeton University.

These Asian Americans college graduates have put hard work into achieving their goals and overcoming challenges. Their college degrees served to catapult their professional careers and their perseverance carried them through adversity.

5 Great Scholarships for Women

We are closing our week focusing on women in college, and we’d like to end it on a high note! Below you can find 5 great scholarships exclusively for women. They include scholarship prizes for women going back to school, women of color, and much more!


For thousands of more scholarships options, be sure to visit our Scholarships page!

Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday! Can you believe these 1950s hairstyles women wore to college? Although not many women attended college in that time period, the ones that did put a lot of time and effort in putting their hair together for class.


College Yearbook from the 50s

In the 50s,¬†beauty titan Helene Curtis¬†coined the name ‚Äúhair spray‚ÄĚ with the release of her product¬†Spray Net, which became wildly successful, majorly due to the beehives and pin-up dos type of hairstyles that personified the 1950s and 60s. The product was so popular that several books noted that by 1964, hair spray was the most successful beauty product in the country, ‚Äúoutselling even lipstick!‚ÄĚ

Hairstyle guide from 1950

These are very different than the “messy bun” hairstyle college women wear today!¬†What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

More Women in College Now than Ever Before

It’s amazing to see how far women have come in the pursuit of higher education. We can think back to the 1950s, where women were discouraged by their families and society as a whole to pursue a college degree or get a job. In fact, a smaller percentage of women attended college in the 1950s than in the 1920s. Even when women attended and graduated from college, there was the expectation those college graduates would soon get married and start a family. A high school diploma was considered enough education for a female.

But the times change and the stats prove it. Today the number of women in college exceeds the number of males in the US. And the numbers keep rising. Between 1990 and 2000, enrollment in higher education institutions increased by 11%, while from 2000 to 2010, that number increased 37%. The number of females enrolling in degree-granting programs rose 39 percent in that time period.¬† At public institutions, about 58 percent of females seeking a bachelor’s degree graduated within 6 years, compared with 53 percent of males; at private nonprofit institutions, 67 percent of females graduated within 6 years, compared with 63 percent of males.

Graduation rates for females have also been consistently increasing for female students and have been higher than male students. The Institute for Education Sciences found that from 1999‚Äď2000, 60% of all associate degrees and 57% of bachelor‚Äôs degrees were awarded to females.¬† This number increased slightly from 2009‚Äď2010, where 62% of all associate degrees and 58% of all bachelor‚Äôs degrees were awarded to females. In addition, the amount of master‚Äôs degrees earned by females increased from 58% in 1999-2000 to 60% in 2009-2010. Doctor‚Äôs degrees saw the highest jump in the amount of degrees earned by females, with a 7% increase in degrees awarded from 1999-2000 to 2009-2010.

Minority females are also increasing their graduation rates and surpassing their male counterparts in the amount of degrees earned.¬† In the US, Black females earned 68% of associate’s degrees, 66 % of bachelor’s degrees, 71% of master’s degrees, and 65% of all doctor’s degrees awarded to all Black students. The same occurred with Hispanic females, who were awarded 62% of associate’s degrees, 61% of bachelor’s degrees, 64%¬† of master’s degrees, and 55% of all doctor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students. Women of all races are enrolling and graduating at a faster pace than ever before.

However, there is still much more that can be done by women, especially in the field of science and technology. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) published a report entitled ‚ÄúWhy So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics‚ÄĚ in order to address why women in STEM program don‚Äôt often complete them. Less than 25 percent of STEM jobs are held by women, and in college programs, the amount of females in STEM fields is¬†extremely¬†small, especially in the engineering¬†field. ¬†Research points to a lack of female role models, gender stereotyping, and less family-friendly flexibility in the STEM fields as potential factors.

Overall, women of all races have made great strides in achieving their college education and in surpassing males in the number of degrees achieved in certain areas. The new challenge comes in continuing to increase those numbers and in spreading female enrollment to areas that are traditionally male-dominated.