Scholarships and Competitions

Scholarships… Man, I remember those times. School is really expensive, well college is very expensive. Even with online schooling, I was charged about $2000 to $5000 each semester. I qualified for FAFSA so most of the expenses were paid. Unfortunately, I had to take out a loan to cover the rest of the fees. The sad part was that I was working 3 jobs for income while attending school. As soon as the universities started offering online courses, I jumped on it right away. It didn’t lower the tuition at all but made schooling more flexible for me. I was always an AP/honors student before college so I learn at a faster rate than most people. The professors usually have attitudes so there was never a point to ask questions. Tutors can’t help with engineering courses, so most of the time I was on my own completing assignments. One day a lightbulb in my head turned on when I realized all I had to do to be successful in the class is to read the book. Reading the book helps prepare me for the lesson better than the professor’s recordings.

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Luckily I had online courses because when I go in person, I have to carry the weight from other students. When students didn’t understand their teacher or were distracted, I’d repeat the explanation the professor gave but dumbing it down a bit so they can understand. My family didn’t speak English very well until I started helping/tutoring them on it. I don’t mind helping people with the homework, but my writing style is unique, so the teachers can tell right away. They can tell when I only put an hour or two into writing an essay vs when I put in my normal work. I am a writer and I love to write. I can type just as fast as I can talk, so it doesn’t take me very long to produce 1000 words. And that’s without doing research, once I start looking up data and statistics, I’ll end up typing forever. Instead of going outside to play, I was stuck at home writing books, persuasive essays, and comic books in middle school.

They started teaching us about egos, logos, and pathos. I liked being able to convince people stuff, so I practiced it. I was hoping to use it on my family members so they can buy me stuff. My family had a tight income so even if I could convince things to them, I still couldn’t get the things that I wanted due to that. I didn’t know what living from paycheck to paycheck or robbing Peter to pay Paul meant. It wasn’t until I got my first job at 16 that I started to understand the value of money. I was so happy getting my first job, I finally was able to buy myself a cell phone. That was the only bill that I had at the time so I was enjoying it. I got my car at 16, so I went off-campus during high school for lunch. So all the money I was making went towards food and electronics. It wasn’t until my mom lost her job, that I started to help with the bills. I did this up until I turned 18, I was in a rush to move out and get my place. Once I got my place I started focusing more on work, rather than school. I applied for many scholarships, which were hard to find, but I submitted them every week like it was apart of my homework assignment. Unfortunately, I didn’t win any of them. I played sports though, but I wasn’t good enough or doing it long enough to get a scholarship from that. Over time it became easier to just work a full-time job. I was able to pay my bills with one job. That way I could use the money from other jobs to have fun with. The internet has evolved since then, so it’s much easier to find scholarships now. They have scholarships just from playing video games. I wish they had that when I was growing up. I listed some scholarships and science competitions on our website homepage. The scholarships represent science and technology. It aligns very well with our mission. In case you missed it the scholarships are:

Davidson Fellows. This prestigious scholarship annually awards up to $50,000 to students, 18 and under, who have completed a “significant” piece of work in one of eight categories including Engineering, Mathematics, Science, Literature, Music, Technology, Philosophy, and Outside the Box.

Google Science Fair. Beginning with online submissions, this competition invites young scientists from all over the world to compete for up to $50,000 in scholarships as well as a trip to the Galapagos Islands sponsored by National Geographic. Finalists are invited to Google Headquarters to present their projects before expert judges. 

Microsoft Imagine Cup. Imagine Cup is a global competition for computer science students who team up to use their creativity, passion, and knowledge of technology to create applications and compete for cash, travel, and prizes. 

Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Since 1999, the Siemens Foundation has provided young scientists with opportunities to win scholarships ranging from $1000 to $100,000 for original research in a team and individual categories. 

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I’m going to leave these scholarships and science competitions on the home page for your future reference. It would be great if you signed up for one. Let me know how it goes. You can post the results in our group chat. How do you grow a group chat anyways? I want to get more people in there so we can discuss Nature’s Uprise stuff. If you know people that are into nature, plants, fish, science, or technology tell them to join our Facebook group.

I still offer to tutor for $20/hr, so we can book a few sessions just to work on the scholarships if you’d like. I learned mostly about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) because I went to some of the number 1 schools in California. I was learning calculus in middle school. When I moved to AZ in 2007, the school out here was having trouble accommodating me. I was a freshman taking most of my classes with the Junior and Senior class. I learned quickly that AZ wasn’t the best in education or diversity. I thought it was odd they don’t celebrate black history month in schools here. At least I was able to graduate with honors. I was also apart of a program called Trio Upward Bound, which is an agency that helps prepare students for college and their careers. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. If you have Upward Bound in your city, I recommend joining because they help pay for classes, CLEP tests, homework, and is a really good resource for all things education. In AZ they have an exam called the PSAT. I heard that it is more than a practice SAT and that you can qualify for a scholarship on that one if you have good scores. Upward Bound works directly with the U.S. Department of Education, so they would be another good resource for finding scholarships. Don’t forget to join our Facebook Group and sign up for our mailing list to gain a free session.

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