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Gatling Scholarship – What’s In A Name!

scholarshipsStudents are working hard these days to find additional scholarship opportunities but what if your ability to receive a scholarship was determined the day you left the hospital as a newborn? It is hard to imagine but depending on the name your parents gave to you on your birth certificate, you could be eligible for some awesome college scholarship dollars.

One scholarship program (depicting the scenario above) that I recently came across was established at North Carolina State University by a successful businessman named John Gatling. He was a devoted supporter of NCSU and his desire was that his estate be used for educational scholarships. His only requirement… the grant can only be awarded to a first-time undergraduate degree-seeking student who is born (this is the important part) with the surname of GATLIN or GATLING.

The amount of the grant varies every year and is dependent upon the investment return of the endowment but the Gatling Scholarship program provides approximately $9,000 a year for North Carolina residents and $18,000 for out-of-state residents. Which will more than cover your cost of tuition at NCSU

If your last name is GATLING (or Gatlin) and you are looking for a school with affordable (or free!) tuition, you may want to check out North Carolina State University

The following are the steps required to be considered for the Gatling Scholarship:

  1. Submit a Notification of Interest to the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid.
  2. Submit an NC State Undergraduate Admission application and materials by February 1.
  3. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at no later than March 1.Be accepted for admission to NC State University no later than April 1.
  4. Submit a copy of a birth certificate, confirming the name Gatlin or Gatling, to the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid.

Since funds can be limited, priority for the scholarship is provided as follows:

  • North Carolina residents attending NC State with the surname Gatlin(g) who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA
  • Non-North Carolina residents attending NC State with the surname Gatlin(g) who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA
  • North Carolina residents attending NC State with the surname Gatlin(g) who do not demonstrate financial need.
  • Non-North Carolina residents attending NC State with the surname Gatlin(g) who do not demonstrate financial need.
  • As of the 2002-03 academic year, funds have been available for students attending NC State University only. In the event that additional funding is available, additional priorities will be considered.

Certainly a great opportunity if you have the right surname. If you have any friends that qualify, please be sure to send this scholarship information onto them using the “share tab” below.

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Nursing Scholarship Program Covers All Your Costs

scholarshipsNurses have been in demand for as long as I can remember. When I was first coming out of high school, it seemed like every medical organization and office in the county was providing incentives to try and recruit good quality nurses. Some were offering large signing bonuses while others promised to pay for your training as long as you committed to work a set number of years after graduating. Some organizations even agreed to buying out any previous commitment you had with a current employer. Needless to say, I didn’t see a future in the medical career for myself but I have witnessed a good number of friends becoming very successful nurses.

Anyway.. onto the recent scholarship opportunity for nurses… The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and they have recognized that we are still apparently experiencing a nursing shortage in our country.  In order to combat this, they are funding a scholarship program that will fully cover all the expenses associated with getting your nursing degree. The only catch is that you are committed to working at a medical facility experiencing a shortage of nurses for at least two years after completing your degree.

The following is a detailed list of what the scholarship provides:

In exchange for at least 2 years service at a health care facility with a critical shortage of nurses, the Nursing Scholarship Program pays

The qualifications are fairly simple for eligible applicants:

  • U.S. citizens (born or naturalized), nationals or lawful permanent residents
  • enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a professional registered nurse program (baccalaureate, graduate, associate degree, or diploma) at accredited school of nursing located in a U.S. state or territory
  • begin classes no later than September 30
  • free from any Federal judgment liens
  • free from existing service commitments
  • not delinquent on a Federal debt
  • more about applicant eligibility

The funding of this scholarship program is expected to be made available to at least 500 applicants this coming year. Preference will be given to those that have a zero EFC on their FAFSA and are either currently enrolled or accepted into a nursing degree program.

Applications for this program will be accepted until May 6th. If you are interested, you can apply here. If you know of others that may qualify, please forward this information onto them by using the “share tab” below. Seems like a great opportunity!

If you would like additional information about this nursing scholarship program, be sure to take a look at the following information:

Program Overview

Eligibility Requirements

Program Requirements

How to Apply

Eligible Sites

Funding Preferences


Tuition, Required Fees, Other Reasonable Costs, and Stipend

Changes in Scholarship Payments

Breaching the Contract, Suspension, Waiver and Termination

Requesting an Additional Year of Scholarship

Definition of Terms

Frequently Asked Questions

Application & Program Guidance (PDF – 286 KB)

Supplemental Forms (PDF – 234 KB)

Nursing Scholarship Program Facts (PDF – 209 KB)

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University of Toledo Offers Free Tuition & Fees

UTLogoOhio students (and some Michigan students) can now benefit from a new scholarship program being offered by the University of Toledo. The Blue and Gold Scholar award is open to all students residing in Ohio and also those in Monroe County, Michigan.

The premise of the scholarship program is to attract students with a grade point average between 3.0 and 3.6. ”This is a strategic endeavor to help families afford college,” said Kevin Kucera, UT associate vice president for enrollment services.

While most universities compete for the ”best and the brightest,” UT is concentrating on students with a lower grade point average. That’s because the best students have many options from which to pick and UT can’t necessarily compete successfully, the university has said.

The University of Toledo’s tuition and fees for the upcoming year equate to approximately $8500. All recipients of the Blue and Gold Scholar Award must be eligible for the Pell Grant which can range from $1,000 to $5,350 each student. That benefit combined with the Ohio College Opportunity Grant of $1000 reduces what is left over in unmet need. The University then kicks in the Blue and Gold Scholar Award to cover this need to make the student have no out of pocket expense for tuition and fees.

If the student decides to live on campus and not be a commuter, they will still have some expenses that will not be covered by the Blue and Gold Scholarship. ”They still have some skin in the game,” Kucera said. They are responsible for room and board, which on campus costs about $8,500.

All in all, it seems to be a great program and certainly a good opportunity for someone to get their undergraduate education for free (as a commuter student). If you are interested in checking out the University of Toledo and learning more about the Blue and Gold Scholarship program you can find more information here.

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Get Your M.I.T. Education For Free

mit_logoThat is right.. Everyone in the world now has the ability to get an education from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There is no entrance exam, no tuition charges, no mandatory attendance, and you don’t even have to change out of your pajamas before going to class (of course most college students seem to be enjoying the pajama wearing, class attending, Starbucks coffee consuming approach to campus learning). The only requirement is that you have internet access and the proper bandwidth to support streaming video.

Sound to good to be true?

Well… it is.. It is all in the wording. Notice I said that you can get your education for free from MIT and not necessarily a diploma or degree (which probably has a more profound impact on your future career path).

However, if you are just looking to get an education and increase the synaptic activity of your brain cells, MIT is happy to oblige by offering over 1900 courses for free online through a program called MIT OPEN COURSE WARE. Through this website, you will have access to lecture notes, exams, and videos direct from MIT. No registration is required and it certainly trumps any program I have encountered at the local public library.

MIT states that it costs between $10,000 – $15,000 dollars to bring a course online to the public for open-sharing. Given that they have 1900 courses, I estimate their total investment to be between $19 and $29 million dollars. KUDOS to MIT for making this available to the masses.

Their course offerings span across the following disciplines of learning. If you see something of interest, check it out!

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Stanford Puts $200k Price Tag on Education

stanforduThe Board of Trustees at Stanford University recently increased tuition by 3.5% and room/board costs by 3.6%. The total cost for students attending the university for 2010-2011 will be $50,576.

Assuming a student attends all 4 years of undergrad at Stanford, they will easily be surpassing the $200,000 mark before graduation. Add in some tuition increases that are sure to pass in the coming years and they may be close to having a quarter of a million dollars invested in their education.

The numbers are quite beguiling and it sure is giving Stanford some headline coverage now that they have passed 50k. However, what you need to remember is that this is only the sticker price and not necessarily what you would have to pay to attend their university. At the same time Stanford’s Board of Trustees announced the tuition increase, they also stated that they would be providing enough financial aid to allow any admitted student to attend. Basically, they will fund your education up to whatever the FAFSA states you can afford. In addition, they are maintaining a new financial aid program that provides free tuition for families making less than $100k a year and free tuition, room, and board for those making less than $60k. The only catch is that you have to get admitted and maintain satisfactory progress (academically).

The lesson today is that you always take a look at the sticker price of your college or university of choice but don’t let that number scare you away. Nine times out of ten, you are going to end up having to pay much less.

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Free Tuition at Weber State University

WSULogoWSU is offering free tuition to students who have an annual household income of $25,000 or less. They are referring to this remarkable program as “Dream Weber” and it starts in the Fall of 2010. Opportunities like this are few and far between, so I definitely encourage anyone in the great state of Utah to give this some serious consideration.

Eligibility for this program is pretty straight forward:

  • You have to be a legal resident of the state of Utah
  • Have a household income of $25,000 or less
  • Qualify for Federal Pell Grants
  • Be an undergraduate student with less than 150 credit hours

Maintaining your participation in the program is even easier:

  • You need to keep your GPA above a 2.0 (This should be no problem for most)
  • You need to complete the FAFSA and WSU financial aid applications by March 1st and March 10th
  • Register for at least 12-18 credit hours each semester

This program is being funded by a generous $2 million dollar gift that the University received from an anonymous donor.

“Financial hardship shouldn’t be an impediment to pursuing a college education,” said WSU Provost Michael Vaughan. “This program is WSU’s commitment to helping provide entry-level access to higher education.”

If you think this program is for you, click here to get more information about applying to WSU.

Fast Facts about Weber State University

  • It was founded in 1889
  • The name is pronounced Wee-ber (good to know if you are planning on attending!)
  • The main campus is in Ogden, Utah with an additional campus in Layton
  • Educating over 23,000 students
  • Student/faculty Ratio is 22:1
  • Strong athletic and student life programs
  • Total financial aid awarded to students in 2008-2009 was 56,000,000 (yes.. count the zeroes..)

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Want Free College? – Go To Jail…

prison_barsThis is certainly an unorthodox way of getting your college education for free but apparently many of the 2 million people incarcerated in the United States are taking advantage of the behind the bars perk.

At first, I thought this seemed a little insane but the logic behind the education program for prisoners actually makes some sense. Prisoners that are released from incarceration have a higher chance of being a repeat offender and costing the tax payers more money if they don’t have an education or a trade skill to help them obtain gainful employment after prison.

As seen in this article (written by two life-sentenced convicts), the state of Michigan is currently trying to cure their budget woes and one of the programs on the chopping block is the education program for the prisoners. They site Malcom X in their support of the education of prisoners. “As Malcolm X said, education is a passport to the future. National studies show that college classes cut recidivism(repeat offenders returning to prison) by 30% or more. That would make a pretty good investment for state taxpayers. Are we a nation that rehabilitates and rebuilds those who make mistakes, or are we a nation that believes in revenge above redemption?”

Ok.. so back to the topic at hand… Is it worth going to jail to get free college? There certainly appears to be some cost-benefits of utilizing that approach to getting an education. The state would provide you with free room and board. Plenty of extracurricular activities are sure to be available during your downtime. Imagine all the street smarts that you would gain while being behind bars. The question though, what  law can you break that will guarantee you to only serve four-five years and then be released.  You know.. because you obviously do not want to spend more time in jail than you would in college. 😉

Definitely a little bit out of the ordinary but it does give you some food for thought…

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