Monday, August 29, 2011

we are powerful beyond measure

“Our deepest fear is not that we are powerless. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Nelson Mandela, 1994

People Principle

People Principle: If you employ imaginative and effective people, especially on the frontline, and give them the freedom to innovate, they will succeed. If you don't, they will fail.

Saturday, August 27, 2011


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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers FAQ (Learn in Freedom!)/FLY FISHING TO COLLEGE

Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers FAQ (Learn in Freedom!)

Home Education Magazine
March-April 1998 - Articles
Fly-Fishing to College
The Value of Uniqueness vs. Orthodoxy
Alison McKee

The college application process need not be as traumatic as it is often made out to be. I was gently reminded of this fact when Christian, our son, got yet another note from Kalamazoo College. This one asked for "written certification" of his high school graduation. The note alarmed Christian, and when he brought it to me, I must admit that I too felt panic set in. Was this going to be the loop-hole we had not anticipated, the loophole which would cause the college to withdraw its scholarship money and leave Christian out in the cold? I'd heard often enough of homeschoolers dickering with college admissions officers about discriminatory or seemingly unfair admissions policies and couldn't help but wonder if, after having avoided such pitfalls, we were finally going to face the raging bull. At this point in the game I knew I was entirely unwilling to allow administrative details to cut Christian's dreams short. We'd come too far.
Christian's decision to attend college was not made known to David, my husband, and me until he was seventeen. Before that time, an all-consuming interest in fly-fishing and fly-tying suggested that Christian might want to pursue a career that would keep him by a trout stream most of the time. Indeed, he would be going to West Yellowstone, Montana that summer to work at a job that he thought might lead him toward more permanent work as a paid fly tyer and possibly a fishing guide. Needless to say, Christian's announcement came as something of a surprise but, as in all of our homeschooling ventures, we did our best to take it in stride and offered what support we could.
Our living room, which has served in years past as sick bay, center stage, play room and central library, now took on yet another disguise: school counseling center! Christian soon cluttered the floor with college directories, math texts (he hadn't done a lick of higher math and needed to study for the ACT he'd take in five months), and an assortment of pens, pencils, and stationary. In the meantime, I sat in my well worn spot on the living room couch with a small collection of homeschooling literature which discussed college entrance procedures.
From our personally assigned positions on floor and couch, Christian and I freely engaged ourselves in study and discussion. When David could free himself from writing his own dissertation, or Georgina, his younger sister, felt the urge, they also perused the college directories and offered words of advice and support. Christian regaled us with his thoughts about various schools while I discussed, with anyone who would lend an ear, what our college admissions options looked like.
Admittedly our conversations were not always relaxed discussions of what a grand time we were having. We all agreed that Christian's best chance at cracking the admissions process was to emphasize his unusual educational history. His competitive edge would be that he was unique, having no grades or traditional course work and vast experience living and learning in our community, in other states, and even in Germany. And, as it turned out, this was the case. The feedback from college officials was that his uniqueness is what made him such a strong candidate. Often times our most difficult discussions were about how to document such a unique life. At other times David and I found ourselves encouraging Christian to apply to more than Kalamazoo College. Christian felt it was the only school "worth it," while David and I felt he should open up his options "just in case." Christian wasn't wild, either, about the prospect of having to submit to taking the GED. We, on the other hand, reminded him that it might be a necessity given the fact that he would need all the financial aid he could get. Needless to say, the next two months were filled with decisions to be made, procedures to learn, documents to produce, and applications to file.
First and foremost was the decision about the diploma/GED issue. As an unschooler Christian had no "official" diploma. But wait? Hadn't we educated our children in accordance with the laws set out by the state? Didn't that qualify us to stipulate that Christian had truly graduated? We'd always advised both children to claim high school graduation status on job applications once they were beyond high school age. Was this situation much different? We eventually decided it wasn't different. Not willing to jeopardize Christian's future, though, we decided to do our own research. Through reading, letter writing and conversation, we uncovered lots of useful information about the "GED vs. the personalized diploma."
As I had always suspected, taking the GED was a guarantee of nothing. In fact, a story came to me of a young man who had been advised by a university admissions counselor to take the GED before sending in his application. When the young man finally took the exam and submitted his score (which was a good one) along with his application for admissions, he was told, "We don't accept students who have taken the GED." He got nowhere with his appeals.
This story made me even more suspicious of the GED. Does the GED serve, in an unofficial and unspoken way, as a cautionary red flag to administrators at universities? If this is true is it because the test has come to be associated with students who are unsuccessful in completing traditional course work and have dropped out, or with students who opt to participate in "school-within-a-school" programs? With my suspicions running rampant, I decided to call a local GED testing agency. I asked about how students go about being tested. There was the preliminary requirement, I was told, of age or class graduation, that had to be met. I told the woman on at the other end of the line that those requirements would soon be met (Christian was almost eighteen) Next I was told about more bothersome requirements: Christian would have to submit to three days of reading comprehension tests and career counseling before they'd even consider giving him the GED. My suspicions were confirmed. The GED seemed to be a test which, when passed, signified only basic literacy in general schoolish subjects. At this juncture it seemed wise to forget having him take it and focus our efforts on our personal diploma, but would it suffice?
For a few more days I warmed my place on the couch in our "counseling office" while Christian was sprawled out across the living room floor and Georgina played with the dog. I pondered our dilemma. We had educated Christian in compliance with the guidelines set out by our state. Weren't we, therefore, the persons responsible for graduating him and granting him his diploma? Surely the state had no intention of making homeschoolers remain perpetual students when the law which stipulated that parents need only register those children who were between the ages of six and eighteen as homeschoolers. Given this, wasn't it implied that homeschoolers would eventually graduate? Besides, who else could graduate Christian, since he'd never even enrolled in an "accredited" homeschool correspondence program?
It seemed to follow logically that the diploma David and I granted Christian would carry just as much weight as any high school diploma if we ourselves would only believe in it. That was no problem. We'd always felt our children had educated themselves far better than any school could have. But what about those admissions committees and financial aid officers? Would they believe in the strength of our diploma?
There was only one way to find out. Christian drafted a letter of inquiry to Kalamazoo College. In it he discussed his unusual educational history and asked for an application. In no time at all he received a letter from the dean of admissions praising his unusual interests and experiences and encouraging him to apply. That Christian had spent four years fishing, sprinkled with volunteer work, two or three college courses, singing, and otherwise enjoying himself, seemed no barrier to this dean, diploma or not.
In fact, his fishing exploits were what made him such an interesting and attractive candidate! Encouraged by this response, Christian set up a campus visit. He'd go and spend two days living on campus. David would drop him off and meet with a financial aid officer.
The question was simple. David asked what were the requirements for receiving federal financial aid. Among the requirements were a diploma or GED. David didn't press the issue. We had learned to call our home a school when it was necessary, to label our children in terms of particular grades when it seemed expedient, and to acknowledge that we taught our children when, in fact, they taught themselves (and us!). We were on the verge of learning the final homeschooling lesson: we grant our children diplomas. A diploma, according to this officer, would suffice.
When Christian and David came home, our living room took on yet another disguise. It became a "document production center." We didn't busy ourselves with creating a credential to validate Christian's life; that wasn't necessary. Instead we spent the next few weeks composing the final draft of Christian's college portfolio. David and I composed a statement of our educational philosophy and donned the caps of high school counselors to write a counselor's letter of recommendation for Christian's application. When David and I weren't working on these documents, I was busy sifting through the final notes in Christian's "academic journal" in order to enter them into his emerging homeschooling/college portfolio in a more presentable fashion. In the meantime, Christian wrote the required entrance essay and filled in page after page of application.
All of this work made us a bit edgy but we were confident he would be successful in his quest. Acceptance at Kalamazoo College, as well as at Grinned College, Hamline University, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, confirmed our belief in ourselves and our ability to weave our way through the murk and mire of red tape, credentials and transcript writing.
Luckily, those experiences came well ahead of the recent request for "written certification" of Christian's graduation. Had we not resolved for ourselves the issue of the validity of our diploma we may have been unable to see things clearly. But, I must admit that our confidence was shaken, and we suggested that Christian write the dean of enrollment and ask for some clarification. Within a day's time Christian had the answer to his e-mail note. He was merely being asked to provide a letter, which could be written entirely by himself, stating that he had graduated from high school. This courteous explanation told Christian that the request was made as part of a federal regulation. It was entirely up to Christian, but he could have "the individual who provided your schooling" sign the letter too. I chuckled as I thought to myself who it was had actually educated our son (himself, mostly) and whether or not he'd ever be as intimidated by issues of credentials as his parents had been.
As I reflect on the experience our family had composing a college portfolio, I realize that David and I worried, somewhat needlessly, about orthodox credentials. By giving our children opportunities to become "experts" in fields of their choice (fishing and German for Christian; drama, singing and animals for Georgina) they have moved themselves well beyond the confines of traditional school work and have become avidly curious learners. It is their "real world" expertise, their ability to think creatively and their facility to converse with people from all walks of life, which makes them attractive college candidates. These are the credentials that most homeschoolers bear. These credentials - that interesting uniqueness - rather than the more traditionally recognized credentials, are the ones, we have learned, homeschoolers should proudly emphasize when they seek college admissions.
© 1998 Alison McKee

Monday, August 22, 2011

eight aspects of the work that stimulate creativity

Amabile and Gryskiewicz (1989) identify eight aspects of the work environment that stimulate creativity: adequate freedom, challenging work, appropriate resources, a supportive supervisor, diverse and communicative coworkers, recognition, a sense of cooperation, and an organization that supports creativity. They also list four aspects that restrain creativity: time pressure, too much evaluation, an emphasis on
keeping the status quo, and too much organizational politics. Studies of the creative press (or environment) are often designed to determine how the context in which one works or
studies may be modified to encourage people to be more creative. Environment doesn't have to mean a work environment; other research has examined home background and childhood and how these early experiences are related to

The International Handbok of Creativity,
Understanding Creativity,
Handbook of Creativity,
Understanding Innovation in Problem Solving,

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Show what you have learned.

You can prepare a portfolio by writing about your learning, making a video of yourself performing a task, providing a product of your work, or having a third party verify your knowledge. The documentation-or portfolio-you present is then evaluated by a college faculty member. If what you have submitted is at the same level as what a successful student in a college-level course could produce, a faculty expert will recommend that you be awarded college credit.

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Another good information resource is American Council on Education's (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT). This program connects workplace learning with colleges and universities by helping adults gain access to academic credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs. Colleges and universities have trusted ACE to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate credit award decisions. Corporations, labor unions, professional and volunteer associations, schools, training suppliers, and government agencies, offering courses from Arabic to Waste Management, participate in this added-value service. For more information visit the ACE CREDIT website.

In addition to CLEP Exams, DSST, ACE and DANTES there are a wide variety of methods utilized for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) including evaluation of a portfolio, military transcripts, and much more. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) is a good resource for learning more about issues related to adult and experiential learning. To visit CAEL online go here.
  • For service members and veterans of the U.S. Army, we’ll need an AARTS transcript.
  • For service members and veterans of the U.S. Navy & Marine Corps, we’ll need a SMART transcript.
  • For service members and veterans of the U.S. Air Force, we'll need a transcript from the Community College of the Air Force.
  • For service members and veterans of the U.S. Coast Guard, we'll need a transcript from the U.S. Coast Guard Institute.
  • For service members who left the military before 1986, the college can apply credits from a notarized DD 214 form.

Additionally, a the published book titled, “Earn College Credit – For What you Know,” written by Janet Colvin, explains the PLA process in great detail. An older book titled, Preparing the Portfolio for an Assessment of Prior Learning by Roslyn Snow (Paperback - April 16, 1999) is also an informative resource. Both books are available for purchase on Today, many Colleges and Universities offer portfolio assessment using online assessment tools. If you plan on applying for credit for life experience, you should explore the PLA courses offered by the institution. Remember with a little extra effort and leg work you can get the college credit you deserve. Don’t sell yourself short or make an unnecessary investment of time and money. Your knowledge and experience may place you further along the path towards a college degree than you might have imagined!

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If you studied at a regionally accredited community college, you may transfer up to 80 credits. If you studied at a regionally accredited four-year institution, you may transfer up to 120 credits. If you have studied at more than one institution, we can accept your credits, provided the institutions are regionally accredited.


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Military & Veteran Education Support Center

Welcome to the Thomas Edison State College Military & Veteran Education Support Center.
Call (609) 281-5215(866) 446-1804 (toll-free within the U.S.)
Or call (609) 281-5215

Our staff is available to assist you via telephone Monday through Friday, from 0900-1200 and 1300-1600 (ET).

If our counselors are working on a military installation, they may not be able to immediately pick up your phone call.  You may press "1" at any time to leave a voice mail. When you leave a message, please include your full name, student ID (if you have one), and your e-mail address.
E-mail Prospective or Newly Enrolled* Military or Veteran Students

Please contact one of our Military counselors.

*students who have completed under 6 credit hours with TESC
E-mail: Current or Returning Military or Veteran Students

Please contact one of our Military counselors via email: or through myEdison by submitting a Helpdesk ticket (choose "Military")
Tuition Assistance Submittal

Please register for the course through Online Student Services and then email the approved TA voucher to:
*Please be sure to include your student ID on the TA Voucher.
VA Benefit Documentation

To submit VA documents, such as your Certificate of Eligibility, Parent Letter and Veteran Benefit Information Sheet, please email the documents to: (This address is NOT for questions pertaining to benefits, it is for documentation only).
Other Contact Information:

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA)

Develop Your Pathway to a Portable (Go-Anywhere) Career

MyCAA offers the following:

Training and Education Financial Assistance: MyCAA provides a maximum education benefit of $4,000 with an annual fiscal year cap of $2,000 to assist eligible military spouses who need professional credentials to meet their Portable Career goals. Annual cap waivers are available if there is an upfront tuition cost that exceeds $2,000 (up to the maximum education benefit of $4,000). Thomas Edison State College offers several associate degree programs eligible for MyCAA Financial Assistance, available entirely online.
Who is eligible for MyCAA Financial Assistance?
Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2 who can start and complete their coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders, including spouses married to members of the National Guard and Reserve Components in these same pay grades.
Those who are not eligible include:
  • Spouses married to service members in pay grades: E-6 and above; W-3 and above; and O-3 and above
  • Spouses who are a member of the armed forces themselves currently on Title 10 orders
  • Spouses who are married but legally separated (or under court order or statute of any state or US territory) from a member of the armed forces on Title 10 orders
  • Spouses whose National Guard/Reserve Component military sponsor is in a Warning Orders/Alert, Post Deployment/Demobilization or Transition Status
  • Spouses married to a member of the Coast Guard
Employment Readiness Counseling: Counseling services are provided to all military spouses married to active duty service members of all ranks, regardless of their eligibility to receive MyCAA financial assistance and their desire to pursue higher levels of education. Counseling services help military spouses identify additional sources of federal, state and local financial assistance, expanded career choices and opportunities, and support resources (e.g. child care, transportation, books, computers, equipment, supplies, etc.).
Employment Assistance and Career Services: Referrals are made to networks of military friendly employers for MyCAA spouse participants who have completed their programs of study using MyCAA funding and who are ready to seek gainful employment.
Those who are not eligible include:
  • Spouses married to service members in pay grades: E-6 and above; W-3 and above; and O-3 and above
  • Spouses who are a member of the armed forces themselves currently on Title 10 orders
  • Spouses who are married but legally separated (or under court order or statute of any state or US territory) from a member of the armed forces on Title 10 orders
  • Spouses whose National Guard/Reserve Component military sponsor is in a Warning Orders/Alert, Post Deployment/Demobilization or Transition Status
  • Spouses married to a member of the Coast Guard
  • Spouses who are unable to start and complete their course(s) while their military sponsor is on Title 10 orders

Earning Credits for Military Training



(Encore/ACIS' Travel is Education Scholarshipfor a chance to win a $1,000 Travel Scholarship Certificate for his/her next Encore tour)

ACIS tours educate students and they can help with your continuing education, too!
ACIS is pleased to offer the opportunity for teachers to earn three semester units for leading an ACIS tour. All because traveling on an ACIS tour makes you a better teacher. You can also earn semester units when you travel on one of our Global Conferences.
ACIS is proud to have partnered with the University of the Pacific, one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the state of California, to offer you this benefit. The Center for Professional and Continuing Education offers teachers the opportunity to earn Graduate Professional Development. These semester units are intended for graduate professional growth, not for pursuing an advanced degree. They are designed for salary advancement and have been accepted in school districts across the US.
All courses are in accordance with guidelines set forth by California WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges). Participants are advised to verify acceptance of such credit with their school district or state licensing bureau prior to registration for unit credit.

Three Simple Steps to Earning Three Semester Units for Your ACIS Tour

Step 1:
  Obtain prior approval from your school district regarding graduate level university credit for leading an ACIS educational tour or participating in a Global Conference.

Step 2:
  After your tour, submit a registration form (PDF) along with payment of $279 to:

Karin Alexander, Coordinator
University of the Pacific
Professional Development Courses for Teachers

696 San Ramon Valley Blvd
- # 518
Danville, CA  94526

Payment can be in the form or MasterCard, Visa or a personal check made payable to the “University of the Pacific.”

Step 3:
  Once the University receives your registration form and payment, they will contact ACIS to verify your participation on an ACIS tour.  When this verification is complete, a grade letter will be mailed to you on University letterhead.  This process typically takes 2-3 weeks.

More information on the University of the Pacific’s credit, grading and transcript policies can be found here (PDF).

ACIS and the University of the Pacific are dedicated to helping teachers receive credit for all the work they do to improve their students’ education.

Q.   Who can earn Graduate Professional Growth?

   All teachers leading or participating on an ACIS tour or Global Conference are eligible for these courses.

Q.   How many semester units can I earn?

A . 
  Group leaders will earn three semester units per ACIS tour or Global Conference.

Q.   How much do the units cost?

  Three semester units cost a total of $279.

Q.   How do I download the Registration Form and the University of the Pacific Credit Policies?

   The Registration Form (PDF) and the University of the Pacific Credit Policies (PDF) are available in PDF format.  To view both, you must have Adobe Acrobat Readerinstalled on your computer. It may take a few moments to install. After it is installed, you can view and print the form.

Q.  How do I fill out the Registration Form?

  Please read the complete instructions on how to fill out the Registration Form (PDF).

Q.   Where do I send the Registration Form?

   Please send the completed registration form and payment to:

Karin Alexander, Coordinator
University of the Pacific
Professional Development Courses for Teachers

696 San Ramon Valley Blvd
- #518
Danville, CA  94526

Q.   When will I receive the credit?

   The University of the Pacific will send you your grade on University letterhead about 2-3 weeks after you submit your registration and your tour participation is verified. You will also receive a computerized grade from the Registrar in about 6-8 weeks.

It is your responsibility to check with your school district prior to registration, to find out whether or not they will accept the grade report or only an embossed, sealed transcript. Please note: there are no refunds for registrations.

Q.   What do I do if I need a formal, embossed, sealed transcript?

  When you receive your computerized grade from the University Registrar, in the same envelope will be instructions on how to request an embossed, sealed cumulative transcript.  For more details on obtaining an official transcript, please read the University of the Pacific Credit Policies (PDF).

Q.   Who do I contact with additional questions?


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Credit can be earned for a course solely exam. Two universities that notably do this because of their large programs of study include: Ohio University (independent Study0and the University of North Carolina (UNC Division of Continuing Education)by taking the final exam, one need not be enrolled at the school to do this, u must pass the final

The college board offers subject specific tests to high school students to obtain college credit while in high school.


Creditworthy Life Experiences include volunteering, or volunteer work : community service or activities, political campaigns, church activities, service organizations, volunteer work in social organizations or social service organizations such as hospitals or the Red Cross. ( An example of a social service act would be a PSA or public service announcement… THIS IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT; environmental protection issues

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Liable to the nonprofit person suing on its behalf
Liability for statutory requirements; violating environmental protection, antitrust, tax laws

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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All 50 States
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Contact the individual states Bar requirements
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

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Life coaches charge between $60 to $150 per hour, depending on their experience.  Some coaches charge by the month, seeing their clients weekly. 
You can also offer group coaching or workshops and charge between $100 and $300 per person, depending on the course you are providing for your clients.

How to Calculate Class Rank

if you had a class rank of 10 in a class of 100 students, you would be in the top 10% of the class.
Use your GPA to determine your specific numerical ranking out of the students in your class. Ask your guidance counselor for a list of the GPAs of your class from highest to lowest; the majority of guidance counselors will be able to tell you your exact numerical class rank. For example, if the person with the 12th highest GPA had a cumulative 3.45, and you had the next highest GPA at 3.41, your numerical class rank would be 13th.
Many colleges require the class rank of a potential student as part of the specific application process of that university. Class rank is a quick way of comparing how a student performed grade-wise when compared to all the other students of their class. Class rank is always based on GPA, which is a grade point average calculated based on the numerical grades acquired in each course, and how much the course was worth. Your specific guidance counselor or advisor will have your cumulative GPA available to you at all times,and in addition, your cumulative GPA is usually included on each report card you receive

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No-Grade Colleges Encourage Hard Work--NARRATIVE TRANSCRIPTS

Critics of the no-grade system say that the lack of a traditional evaluation can contribute to lazy students, but proponents are firm in their belief that without letter grades, students feel freer to explore different subjects and get the most out of their coursework.



Fastweb: a database of over 400,000 scholarships

College scholarships for valedictorians are plentiful. High school students and their parents will do well to look into the renewable awards first, since they may pay the student’s way through college. The downside is the fact that these high-dollar awards limit school choice. Non-renewable scholarships -- for the student who may rely on a different grant or scholarship for future semesters -- broaden college or university options while slightly decreasing the amount of money that the freshman or the parents have to pay.

Finding College Scholarships for Top-ranked Students

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Published May 16, 2011
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There are five college scholarships for valedictorians that the graduating high school student should know about. Find out what it takes to apply for them and how much money they put toward a college education.

First Things First

“Southport High School” by Nyttend/Wikimedia Commons Valedictorian or not, college applicants must put together an application package for the schools they are picking out. Scholarships are offered to these contenders but not guaranteed; even as some schools offer more than one grant per semester, they are still hotly contested by students hoping to decrease the out-of-pocket cost of a four-year college education.
An application package usually consists of a high school transcript, letters of recommendation and also a brief but concise introductory letter. The student uses the latter to let her personality shine and offer some insights into academic interests. It also underscores why she is a great fit for the college -- not just academically but also with respect to long-term goals.

One-time Funds from Schools

  • Mississippi State University: Apply for this scholarship by February 1. Valedictorian students qualify for a one-time $1,000 award. Supporting paperwork from the high school principal or a guidance counselor must be on file with the admissions office by August 1. (It is noteworthy that the school also offers a PMBA program for working professionals.)
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  • Western Illinois University: The school rewards valedictorians with a $500 non-renewable A.L. Knoblauch scholarship. It is open only to entering freshmen and the school must receive the application no later than February 15. Western Illinois University offers five awards each school year.
  • Jackson Community Foundation: The organization offers a variety of scholarships to top-rated graduates of Jackson County, Michigan high schools. For example, the $1,000 Eleanor A. Ernest Scholarship is available to the valedictorian of a high school with less than 148 students in the graduating class. For schools with more students, the $1,000 Robert P. Ernest Scholarship provides additional opportunities to top-honors students. Neither of these scholarships is renewable. Applications are accepted year-round.

Renewable Scholarships

  • University of South Carolina: The Valedictorian Scholars Award is a renewable $3,000 scholarship. Successful candidates may renew it three times, for a total financial award of $12,000. While at the University of South Carolina, the student must maintain a “B” average to do so. The high school guidance counselor must mark eligibility on the college application and return it to the school on or before November 15.
  • Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus: The C.W. Post Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholars Award is open to eligible freshmen who are entering the school on a full-time basis. Standardized test scores must feature a 1300 in critical reading and math or a 1950 in critical reading, math and writing. In the alternative, the student must present with an ACT score of 29 or better. This award is high: $21,000 per year, with possible renewal up to four years. Apply by March 1 (for fall) or November 1 (if entering in the spring).

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    Traditionally, a full-ride scholarship would cover tuition, books and room and board; however, because of rising costs, the valedictorian full ride is often modified to just a reduced tuition scholarship. In the state of Indiana, it is more common to give a traditional full-ride scholarship not just to valedictorians, but also to anyone who has a high GPA and high standardized test scores, and is successful with an essay and personal interview.

    1. Ball State University

      • Ball State University offers ten Whitinger Scholars Program awards each year. Subject to annual review, the award covers full tuition, fees and room and board, and is renewable for a total of eight semesters. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a first-time honors college freshman entering the fall semester. Also required are at least a 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale, a SAT composite score of 1950 or an ACT composite of 29. The scholarship is not advertised. Honors College applicants who meet the scholarship requirements and return the written school application will be sent a separate application for the Whitinger Scholars Program, which also includes an on-campus interview and an essay.

      Hanover College

      • Hanover College has two types of full-tuition scholarships through the Global Scholars Program Trustee Scholarship and the Benjamin Temple Scholarship Program. The Global Scholar Trustee Scholarship offers not only full tuition, but also a guaranteed, fully funded off-campus spring term trip for your choice of the sophomore, junior or senior year. To qualify as a Global Scholar, you simply apply for admission to Hanover College. If selected as candidate for the program, you will be invited for a faculty interview.
        The Benjamin Templeton Scholarship Program is a renewable, four-year, full-tuition scholarship that is awarded to 10 first-year students "on the basis of academic excellence and commitment to leadership, multiculturalism and social justice." For scholarship consideration, students must apply to the college and complete the Templeton scholarship application by December 1. Two letters of recommendation, an essay and a detailed resume are also required.

      Indiana University - Northwest

      • Indiana University -- Northwest offers a scholarship covering full tuition, mandatory fees and book costs to valedictorians. It is an admission-based scholarship, and no additional application is needed.

      Marian University

      • Marian University awards five competitive full tuition scholarships each year to first-time freshmen. To qualify for this award, you must complete a Marian University Academic Scholarship Application and participate in one of two scholarship competition days. You must have a 3.75 or greater GPA and a SAT score of 1200 or an ACT score of 27.

      Oakland City University

      • The Oakland City University Honors Valedictorian Scholarship covers full tuition and room. Academic requirements include a 3.8 GPA and a combined SAT score of 1900 or an ACT composite score of 33.

      Purdue University

      • Purdue University offers the Steven C. Beering Scholarship, which covers tuition, fees, room and board, and all other school expenses; it also provides spending money. Recipients may retain the scholarship to pursue master's and doctorates at Purdue. The top 100 early-application students are invited to apply for the Beering based on academic achievement and leadership ability. Finalists are invited for an interview. The number of awards varies each year, but at least one Indiana resident is always included

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        If you have a lot of money or your family has political connections or you are royalty, you may be able to skip the remaining steps.
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        Pick your path to excellence. Ivy League schools are looking for individuals that excel in one or more areas. If you have the brains to be the valedictorian of your high school class, then you should focus on academic excellence. If you are bright, but you have more talent in sports, then you may want to focus your efforts on becoming one of the top athletes in your state. But you don't have to be an academic or sports hero. For example, if you are able to write a symphony, start a wildly successful business, paint beautiful pictures then you may attract the eyes of an admissions officer.
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        Think of why you are unique and what you have to contribute to the world. That will be important in developing your essays.
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        Apply to as many schools as you can (there are 8 Ivy League schools). You might get rejected by 7, but get accepted by 1.
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        Cross your fingers, pray, or do whatever else you can think of. Sometimes life isn't fair but other times it gives you a lucky break.

    Valedictorian Scholarships

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    A. L. Knoblauch Scholarship$500
    A.B. Miller Scholarship$9000
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    Board of Trustees Scholarship - East Central College$2000
    C.W. Post Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholars Award$21000
    Chancellor Scholarship - Oakland City UniversityVaries
    Chesley Perry Endowed Scholarship Fund/Fort Myers CampusVaries
    CMU Outstanding High School Student Scholarship$4000
    Cox Education Fund$300
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    Fulton Savings Bank High School Scholarship$500
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    Governor's Scholarship - Southeast Missouri State UniversityVaries
    Guy C. Lee Scholarship$1000
    H.S. and Vivian Barnes ScholarshipVaries
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    High School Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship$1000
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    Hopwood Scholarship - Lynchburg College$14000
    Hylah Hope Camp Simmons ScholarshipVaries
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    James Newton Matthews Scholars Program$1300
    Janota Scholarship for Valedictorian/Salutatorian$1000
    Jefferson Parish Council Scholarship$2000
    June S. Gardner Scholarship$1625
    KCTCS Commonwealth ScholarshipVaries
    Legacy Scholarship - Howard UniversityVaries
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    Marvin and Corabell McKee Presidential Scholarship$1400
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    President's Elite Scholarship - Williams Baptist College$6000
    President's Scholarship - Saginaw Valley State UniversityVaries
    President's Scholarship - Slippery Rock University$1500
    President's Scholarship - Southeast Missouri State University$2000
    President's Scholarship - TSJCVaries
    President's Select Scholarship - Williams Baptist College$5000
    Presidential Honor Scholarship - MECCVaries
    Presidential Scholars Award - University of ConnecticutVaries
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    Presidential Scholarship - Grove City CollegeVaries
    Presidential Scholarship - Lock Haven University$2000
    Presidential Scholarship - North Florida Community CollegeVaries
    Presidential Scholarship - OPSU$1400
    Presidential Scholarship - University of ScrantonVaries
    Presidential Scholarship - USIVaries
    Regent's Scholarship - Southeast Missouri State UniversityVaries
    Regents' Scholar Award$14568
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    Trustee Scholarship - Lycoming College$20000
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    Trustees' Scholarship - NIACCVaries
    Trustees' Scholarship - Youngstown State University$4500
    TWU Presidential ScholarshipVaries
    University Scholars Program - SHU$15000
    University Valedictorian Achievement Scholarship - EOUVaries
    USC Lancaster Full-Tuition Valedictorian/Salutatorian AwardVaries
    USF Valedictorian Scholarship$1000
    Val/Sal ScholarshipVaries
    Valedictorian / Salutatorian Award - Columbia College of Missouri$1000
    Valedictorian / Salutatorian Scholarship - Florida International U.$3500
    Valedictorian / Salutatorian Scholarship - Florida Southern College

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    Public Colleges and Universities

    • One of the largest sponsors of valedictorian scholarships, public colleges and universities often receive state funding to provide tuition money to students who rank first in their classes. Scholarship amounts and the number of awards handed out vary from school to school. For example, Mississippi State's Valedictorian/Salutatorian Scholarship awards a one-time $1,000 scholarship to any student attending Mississippi State who was named valedictorian of his high school. At the University of South Carolina, admitted freshman students who were valedictorians of their high school classes automatically earn a $3,000-a-year scholarship, renewable for four years.

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