Scholarships -- The Way to Pay for Your College Education!

 By Mario Magaña Álvarez and Friends

Why are you having financial problems when there are millions of dollars available for you in scholarships, grants and loans? It could be because your “lack of actions” not because your “bad luck.”

Take advantage of these great scholarships below. Most of them will apply to you because your community service with 4-H. I will be more than happy to write a letter of recommendation for you if you have been a camp counselor or a 4-H Volunteer.

Please give me the opportunity to pay you back with a letter of recommendation in appreciation for you hard work and dedication to our 4-H International Summer Camp or other related volunteer service to our program.

I am not going to say “good luck” with these scholarships because I do not believe in “good or bad luck.” Instead, I will share what I really believe that makes a successful person in life. This is what I believe: “results” come from the “actions” people take in life. If you want to accomplish something, reach a goal, or achieve great results, “take positive actions now” and you will “see positive results later.” We all make positive or negative decisions and take actions every day; actions that will take us closer or faraway from our goal. For example, if your goal is to earn a Bachelors Degree in any subject, but instead of doing your homework and attending classes you decide to spend all day-long visiting your friends; these actions will take you faraway from reaching your goal. But if instead of visiting with your friends, you decide to do your homework and attend classes, you will have no problem to reach your goal of earning a Bachelors Degree.

This is the type of freedom that we enjoy in this country. Whatever you do on your daily activities, you are taking positive or negative actions that will help you to reach your goals and accomplish your dreams or negative actions that will ashamed you for doing them for the rest of your life.

Think about these items: Situation, Task, Action, Result

  • Situation? Recent challenges and situation in which you found yourself at the present time.
  • Task: What do you want to achieve? You need to ask yourself what you were trying to achieve from your present situation.
  • Action: What are you going to do? You need to look for all your alternatives that can provide you with the resources, information, and support to get out of the situation and lead you towards your goal.
  • Results: The results will be the outcome of your actions. Whatever you achieve through your actions will help you to reach your goals and dreams.

 I would like to share an article Written by John Sherry on October 11, 2010 named “Simply Change Your Actions To Drastically Improve Your Results”

Download a PowerPoint Presentation with more than 150 Scholarships created by Mario Magaña Álvares and OSU Students:

This is link for College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees by American Educational Guidance Center: 

Financial Aid Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (NEW!)


List of College Scholarships

Disability Scholarships: is pleased to offer scholarships in support of those with disabilities. Every six months, one high school senior will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to help with the costs associated with attending school. You can find the description page with more information on the scholarship here: Contact: Jessica Thorseon:

The BRICK Awards <> The BRICK Awards by Do Something provide a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 grant to "change-makers" age 18 and under who work with Do Something to improve their communities. A $10,000 grant is available to those aged 19-25. The competition is open to Americans and Canadians. Of the twelve BRICK Award recipients, four will be selected as Golden BRICK winners and receive an additional $15,000. The deadline is December 1. For more information, send email to brick@dosomething. org <> .

Discover Card Tribute Award <> The Discover Card Tribute Award awards up to $1 million in scholarships annually to high school juniors nationwide. Discover awards up to 300 state scholarships of $2,500 and up to ten national $25,000 scholarships. The scholarships may be used for postsecondary education at two and four-year colleges and trade/technical schools. Winners are selected on the basis of community service, special talents, leadership, and overcoming an obstacle. Candidates must have a GPA of 2.75 or better in the 9th and 10th grades. The deadline is January 31. For more information, call 1-866-756-7932.

 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards <,1474,intPageID%253D1622%252  The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recognize children in grades 5-12 who have engaged in volunteer activities and have demonstrated exceptional community service. The program is sponsored by Prudential in conjunction with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). State winners receive a $1,000 award. National winners receive a $5,000 award. The student application deadline is in late October.

 Tylenol Scholarship  <>  The Tylenol Scholarship program awards ten $10,000 scholarships and 150 $1,000 scholarships to students for excellence and leadership in community service. The deadline is April 30. The program is administered by Scholarship America, Inc.

 AngelSoft Angels in Action <> The Angels in Action awards recognizes ten children aged 8-15 who perform acts of kindness and volunteerism in their communities. The grand prize winner receives $20,000 and the ten first prize winners receive $2,500. Each winner also receives a one-year supply of Angel Soft bath tissue. The deadline is in mid-June.

 Hiram College Hal Reichle Memorial Scholarship <>  Hal Reichle took great pleasure in helping others and would do so secretly and serendipitously. In his memory, family and friends funded a scholarship at Hiram College to reward students for their random acts of kindness. Recipients are chosen on the basis of their humanitarian efforts, community involvement, and volunteerism. There is no application for this scholarship. Instead, the selection committee relies on an army of stealthy observers, the Secret Society of Serendipitous Service to Hal (SSSSH!), to identify students of strong moral character with a spirit of giving and dedication to others.

 AXA Achievement Scholarship Program <>  The AXA Achievement Scholarship Program awards more than $1.3 million a year to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in non-academic activities in school, community or workplace. The award is sponsored by the AXA Foundation <> . US citizenship or legal residency is required. The program includes scholarships of $25,000, $10,000 and $2,000. Information and applications are available at the AXA Achievement Scholarship Program web site <> .

 Girls Going Places Scholarship < The Girls Going Places Scholarship is sponsored by Guardian Life Insurance Company of America . It awards prizes totaling $30,000 to 15 girls aged 12-18 who have demonstrated budding entrepreneurship. There is one first place award of $10,000, one second place award of $5,000, one third place award of $3,000 and twelve $1,000 awards. The competition starts September 1. The deadline is March 1.

 AFSA National Scholarship Essay Contest <> The AFSA National Scholarship Essay Contest is sponsored by the American Fire Sprinkler Association. The national winner receives a $4,000 scholarship, with second and third place winners receiving $3,000 and $2,000 scholarships. The four remaining regional winners each receive $1,000 scholarships. Information is available starting in the fall. The deadline is in early January.

 AIDS Orphans in Africa Essay Contest <>  The AIDS Orphans in Africa Essay Contest awards $1,000 scholarships to the author of the best essay in each of three age categories (under 12, 13-17, and 18-22). US citizenship or permanent residency is required. The deadline is April 15. The awards are sponsored by Oakseed Ministries <>  and Stand for Africa <> .

 Akademos / Scholarship Contest <> Akademos Inc. offers spring and fall scholarship essay contests to help publicize the web site, a source of new and used textbooks. The contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students. The grand prize winner receives $2,000, and two runners-up receive $250 gift certificates for The fall deadline is October 31. The spring deadline is April 30.

 Americanism Essay Contest <> The Americanism Essay Contest is sponsored by the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) National Committee on Americanism- Patriotism. Awards include a grand national prize of a $15,000 US Savings Bond, and $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 US Savings Bonds awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each grade category. The contest is open to students in grades 7 through 12. Entrants must be sponsored by a FRA member or by a chartered branch or unit. The deadline is December 1.

Calgon Take Me Away to College Contest <> The Calgon Take Me Away to College Contest is an essay contest sponsored by Calgon. One $7,000, one $3,500, one $2,000, and five $1,000 scholarships are awarded. The deadline is February 28.

College Prowler Essay Competition <> The College Prowler Essay Competition awards a monthly $1,000 scholarship to current high school and college students for the best original college application essay. The deadline is the last day of each month. For more information, send email to scholarship@ collegeprowler. Com <> .

Environmental Essay Contest <> The aBetterEarth Environmental Essay Contest is sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies. Candidates should be full-time undergraduate or graduate students or under age 25 as of May 15. High school students are not eligible. The contest awards one first place award of $2,000, one second place award of $1,250, one third place award of $750, and four runner up awards of $250 each. The deadline is May 15. For moreinformation, send email to  <> .

Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest <> The Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest is designed to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust. Ten first place winners receive an all-expense- paid trip to Washington DC to visit the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and scholarships of $1,000 to $5,000. The contest is open to all residents of the United States and Mexico , and also to US Citizens living abroad. Candidates should be enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) and age 19 or younger. The deadline is April 15. For more information, send email to holocaust@hklaw. com <> .

Maryknoll Student Essay Contest The Maryknoll Student Essay Contest awards a $1,000 first place scholarship in each division (grades 6-8, grades 9-12). MaryKnoll is a US-based Catholic mission movement. The essay contests are usually on religious topics. The deadline is December 1.

MoneyMatters101. com Scholarships <> The MoneyMatters101. com scholarship involves an essay on a financial theme. It is open to college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors attending college in the US or Canada . A GPA of 2.3 or higher is required. One $300 scholarship will be awarded. The deadline is August 31.

OP Loftbed Scholarship <> The OP Loftbed Scholarship awards one $500 scholarship to a college student each year. US citizenship is required. The essay topics vary from year toyear. The deadline is July 31.

School Band and Orchestra Magazine Scholarship <> The School Band and Orchestra Magazine Scholarship awards ten $1,000 scholarships (five to students in grades 4-8 and five to students in grades 9-12). The essay topics focus on music. Entry forms are available online starting September 1. The deadline is December 31.

Teenage Vision for America Essay Contest <> The Teenage Vision for America Essay Contest is sponsored by American Spirit Publishing. The first prize is $300. The contest is open to students aged 13 to 18, inclusive. The deadline is June 1.

Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship <> The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) offers two $5,000 scholarships each year to graduating US high school seniors who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and communities. The application requires an essay about how the applicant promoted vegetarianism in their high school or community. The deadline is February 20. Applications are available on the VRG web site. For more information, call 1-410-366-8343, write to The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463 , Baltimore , MD 21203 , or send email to

Voice of Democracy Essay Contest <> The Voice of Democracy Essay Contest is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW). The audio essay contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12. The first-place national winner receives a $25,000 scholarship. The essay topics always involve a patriotic theme. Thedeadline is November 1.

MyParkPhotos. org Scholarship Photography Contest <>The MyParkPhotos. org Scholarship Photography Contest is a scholarship contest for student visitors to North American National, State and Provincial Parks . One $500 scholarship is awarded each quarter. The deadlines are March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31.

ACLU Stand Up for Freedom Contest <> The ACLU Stand Up for Freedom PSA Contest awards one $5,000 scholarship to the best TV public service announcement (PSA) on civil liberties issues created by a US citizen or legal resident aged 17-29. The ACLU also awards one $1,000 scholarship for the best essay on civil liberties issues. See the web site for current topics. The contest opens on July 4 and the deadline for submission is October 4.

Christopher College Video and High School Poster Contests <> The Christophers hold an annual video contest for college students and an annual poster contest for high school students. The video contest provides cash awards of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 for first, second and third place winners. The poster contest provides a cash award of $1,000 for the first place winner. See the web site for contest theme. The deadline is in early June.

American Harlequin Dance Scholarship <> The American Harlequin Dance Scholarship is sponsored by Harlequin Floors <> . Twenty $25,000 scholarships are awarded by random drawing. The deadline is November 1.

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition <> The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition is sponsored by the US Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service. Students in grades K-12 may submit a drawing, painting or sketch of any North American waterfowl species. Each state, territory or district has its own competition, with the "Best of Show" winners submitted to the national competition. One of the 53 Best of Show images will be selected as the next Junior Duck Stamp. The national awards include a first place $5,000 cash award, a second place $3,000 cash award, and a third place $2,000 cash award. The contest is open to US ctizens, resident aliens and nationals. The deadline is March 15.

Student Inventors Scholarships

Coca-Cola Two Year College Scholarships

Holocaust Remembrance Scholarships

Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships

Gates Millennium Scholarships

Xerox Scholarships for Students

Sports Scholarships and Internships

United States Department of Agriculture

Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund  

FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid (scholarships) <

Presidential Freedom Scholarships

Microsoft Scholarship Program

WiredScholar Free Scholarship Search

Hope Scholarships &Lifetime Credits

 William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students

Easley National Scholarship Program <

College Board Scholarship Search  

Siemens Westinghouse Competition

GE and LuLac Scholarship Funds

Scholarship & Financial Aid Help  

FAFSA On The Web (Your Key Aid Form &Info)

Aid &Resources For Re-Entry and Non-Traditional Students

Scholarships for Study in Paralegal Studies

INROADS internships

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Black Alliance for Educational Options Scholarships


 The Roothbert Scholarship Fund


Scholarships and Grants for the Disabled

 1800Wheelchair Scholarship

Alexander Graham Bell Association

AMBUCS Therapeutics

American Academy of Allergy

American Council of the Blind

American Foundation for the Blind

American Speech Language Hearing Foundation

Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind And Visual Impaired

Association of Blind Citizens Scholarship and Assistive Technology

Blind Veterans Association

Casey Martin Award

Financial Aid for Eye Care

Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship

 Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

 College Scholarships for Disabilities

College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Helen Keller Foundation

Immune Deficiency Foundation

Jewish Guild for the Blind

Lighthouse International Scholarships

Lilly Reintegration Scholarship

Minnie Pearl Ear Foundation

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

Muscular Dystrophy Foundation

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Federation of the Blind

Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund

Pfizer’s Epilepsy Scholarship

Pilot Dogs

Spina Bifada Association

The Travis Roy Foundation

United Cerebral Palsy National Office

Mobility International 


Mario Magaña Álvarez

Associate Professor and 4-H State Outreach Specialist
Oregon State University
4-H Youth Development Education
123 Ballard Extension Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-737-0925,  Cell: 503-931-7206
FAX: 541-737-1332

Share this