Firsthand Tips from Students for Avoiding Scholarship Scams

Scholarship Scams - Grant Funding ExpertThis article is about avoiding scholarship scams, but what makes it special is that it was researched and compiled by high school students, who are themselves in the target demographic for scholarship scamsters. It originally appeared in The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools.

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Scholarship Surprise: 8 DC Students Awarded

George Washington University Scholarship - Grant Funding ExpertWASHINGTON – Eight D.C. high school students are getting a big boost for their future on Tuesday—and they wouldn’t have seen it coming. The lucky and very worthy seniors are being awarded full scholarships to George Washington University (GWU), and it’s all a surprise to them!

GWU has offered the GW-Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarships for the last 25 years. They reward talented seniors with the four-year scholarships, which are worth more than $200,000. Eight kids win them each year.

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Government Grant Phone Scammer

phonescam-Chris-Johnson-Government-Grant-Funding-ExpertImagine the heartache of being cheated out your life savings. An Oswego County family says they were scammed out of more than $10,000 by people who hijacked a legitimate government program.

Doug Nash and his 80-year-old mother Mildred Mantor say they lost their life savings over the promise of a free government grant. Trying to hold back his tears, Nash tells CNY Central’s Jim Kenyon, “I just thought it was legitimate…they had a very elaborate scheme.”

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Make Money with Real Estate Investments

RE-InvestmentMost people purchase real estate in hopes of earning wealth from their purchase, just as they would with any other investment asset. However, real estate is unique in that it has four distinct components of investment return. Essentially, here are the four ways you can make money as a result of real estate ownership:

– Appreciation in value
– Cash flows
– Income tax benefits
– Mortgage principal pay down

It’s important to note that just because there are several components of returns, that does not mean you will earn money on real estate investments. Many people lose money due to insufficient research and analysis, as well as through unmitigated risk issues. Do your homework before investing in real estate.

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Michigan Students to Attend College for ‘Free’ Education fund

StudentLoanPhotoThe latest, greatest idea for making a college education affordable sounds simple enough — students can attend school for free.

But there’s a catch.

In return for free tuition, students have to agree to pay a fixed percentage of their future income for a specified number of years to a special fund that would pay other students’ college bills.

A version of the pay-it-forward tuition plan was introduced recently in the Michigan Legislature and is awaiting action. More than 20 states are looking at some version of the plan, although most are simply looking at studying it, while the Michigan bill would set up a pilot program.

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Top Time-Wasters in Searching for Government Grant Funding

Top Time-wasters in Searching for Government Grant Funding-Chris-JohnsonYou’ve probably heard the old adage “Work Smarter, Not Harder.” This idea also applies to seeking governments grants. It’s entirely possible to work diligently, but have no success. Here are a few of the ways all your hard work can be wasted.

First are you applying to the right funder? Funding organizations are usually clear about what their funding priorities are, but even when they’re not, there are ways to find out. Why waste your time applying to a funder that will not fund your type of project?

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Would You Do Volunteer Work to Pay Off Your Student Loans?

Would You Do Volunteer Work to Pay Off Your Student Loans-Chris-Johnson-Government-Grant-Funding-ExpertAmid the great music, movies, and parties that will light up Austin, Texas during the upcoming South by Southwest festival, a small nonprofit called SponsorChange.org will receive a community service award for finding a way to help college graduates battle student loan debt by volunteering.

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Deadline Is Approaching for $12,000 Education Grants

prestigious scholarship deadlineThe Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) is a $12,000 grant award for women applicants of developing countries to pursue higher education in the USA and Canada. The MMMF also typically invites the recipients to Washington DC to participate in a three day Awards Program organized in their honor.

Applicants must be enrolled (in residence) at an accredited US or Canadian educational institution for the academic year 2013-14 and intend to be enrolled for the 2014-15 academic year.

An MMMF grant covers a portion of the total costs for an academic year. Grant application deadline is January 15, 2014.

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Government Grants Department Perseveres To Shutdown

US Dept of Grants 2Here’s John Kelly of The Washington Post, in his own words, relating his experience with being offered $9,200 out of the blue, “for being a good citizen.”

Isn’t it nice that even though dozens of federal agencies were shut down, the U.S. Government Grants Department was able to stay open?

That’s who called me last week with the welcome news that I was going to be paid $9,200 — tax-free — simply for being a good citizen.

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Students Across the United States to Receive Grants

GreenProjectMatchMaking-GrantsForty teams of graduate and undergraduate students from across the country are each receiving a $15,000 government grant for research proposals that develop solutions to real-world water and environmental challenges. The government grant funding, provided through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Phase I grants, was recently announced by the Agency.

“The P3 program offers a unique opportunity for students to develop and showcase innovative designs for environmental solutions,” said Lek Kadeli, principal deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “As we enter the 10th year of the government grant program, the ingenuity and passion of the students continue to provide solutions that protect health and the environment while spurring economic development.”

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