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BookRenter $250 Monthly Textbook Scholarship Winner Is…

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The winner of the $250 Monthly Textbook Scholarship for October is Lance Day of University of Missouri! Congrats to Lance!

You like extra rental credit? Then enter to win this month’s scholarship where you could win $250 in textbook rentals just like that!

The promotion ends November 30th! Every friend you invite gets you another entry.

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And Our Rock the World Scholarship Winner Is…

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After reading over 25,000 entries, we’re excited to finally announce the winner of the Rock the World scholarship competition and extend our congratulations to our winner.

Congratulation to Kyle Spaulding from Stephen F. Austin State University!

Thank you so much to all who took the time to enter the competition. It was difficult to pick just one winner when all of you have such inspiring stories and dreams. We hope to offer more opportunities like Rock the World in the future to continue helping college students succeed.

Now let’s meet Kyle Spaulding!

Using my education in:

Geology to find new and innovative ways of utilizing existing hydrocarbon resources through environmentally safe methods. Also, using my education to find other economically viable resources.

I will make an impact in the world by:

Providing an alternative to society’s crude-oil based infrastructure by helping to influence the development of natural gas conversion technologies and methods of bio-remediation of waste to produce harvestable fuel sources.

My passion for this comes from:

Prior military experience and an overall love for the planet earth.  Additionally, I feel that education should be a tool used to contribute to society in its entirety and not solely as a selfish means of financial gain!

Because I have been so:

adamant about contributing to the global community and empathetic towards our needs as a race,

I hope you’ll grant me this scholarship.

The dream that won us over: Kyle hopes to develop natural technology for the bio-remediation of waste to produce fuel sources. We asked Kyle to break the science down for us: Waste, meet natural bacteria and organisms. Bacteria, please break waste down into manageable products. (It’s almost as simple as that.) We’re all in favor of helping clean up the environment, and his determination to drive the current system in an environmentally-friendly direction spoke to us.

Through serving our country as a Marine, he realized how important it was to offer something back. “In return, the self-satisfaction and benefits one gets for providing a means to better the global community is payment in itself,” Kyle says.

We are proud to support a dedicated student who strives to make a difference in the world and one day make Earth a little bit greener.

Go rock the world, Kyle!

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BookRenter $50 “Extra Credit” Winners Are….

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With only a few weeks left of our Rock the World Scholarship we wanted to give a great big shout out to our Extra Credit weekly winners. They will each receive BookRenter $50 “Extra Credit.”

Congratulations to our winners!

Week 1 – Marcus Harun

Week 2 – Kate Felton

Week 3 – Robin Spoehr

Week 4 – Tiffany Villanueva

Week 5 – Elizabeth Beaulieu

Week 6 – Singfoo Oo

Head on over to the Rock the World Scholarship for your chance to win!

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
1.“Like Us” on Facebook.
2.“Enter” the Rock the World Scholarship for your chance to win up to $25,000.
3. “Share” with all your college friends for your chance chances to win $50 in free textbooks!

*To be eligible to win BookRenter $50 “Extra Credit” you must use the share tool provided on the Rock the World Scholarship page.  Full Terms

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The May BookRenter $50 “Extra Credit” Winners Are….

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As we close out the first month of the Rock the World Scholarship we wanted to give a great big shout out to our Extra Credit weekly winners. They will each receive BookRenter $50 “Extra Credit.”

Congratulations to our May winners!

Week 1 – Marcus Harun

Week 2 – Kate Felton

Week 3 – Robin Spoehr

Week 4 – Tiffany Villanueva

Head on over to the Rock the World Scholarship for your chance to win!

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
1.“Like Us” on Facebook.
2.“Enter” the Rock the World Scholarship for your chance to win up to $25,000.
3. “Share” with all your college friends for your chance chances to win $50 in free textbooks!

*To be eligible to win BookRenter $50 “Extra Credit” you must use the share tool provided on the Rock the World Scholarship page.  Full Terms

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Applying for College Scholarships? 6 Tips to Maximize Your Chances of Winning One

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By Guest Blogger Ashlee Hodson

Scholarships, better known as free money, are an important part of many students’ income and a cornerstone of their collegiate financial planning strategy. There are lots of scholarships out there, but with hundreds of applicants for each good one, actually winning the scholarship or grant you want isn’t a sure thing no matter how qualified you are. But keep in mind a few simple guidelines when you’re applying for scholarships and you could go straight to the head of the class.

by Keith Williamson

1. Work as hard on apps for small scholarships as you do for the big ones. Many students don’t even bother to apply for small scholarships because they feel that it’s a waste of their time. But when you’re in college, every penny counts. And while winning a $250 scholarship won’t cover your room and board, those tiny little awards – whether for $100 or $1000 – have a way of adding up.

2. Be organized. You’d think that this would be obvious, but people lose potential scholarship awards all the time because they forgot when their app was due or left out an important document. Invest in a calendar or use an online planner so that you can keep track of due dates, chart your progress, etc. Make sure the info you have for each scholarship is complete. Read the instructions and follow them to the letter. For example, if the essay assignment is to write about your community service efforts, don’t write about why people should be active in their community.

3. Be honest. A high GPA isn’t everything. Don’t exaggerate your grades, memberships, skills, or qualifications. In this day and age, it’s easy for scholarship sponsors to check your claims – and they will. Besides, many sponsors are more interested in well-rounded students who will add value to campus life through their involvement in the local community or school affairs; their interest in clubs, fraternities, and sororities; or their participation in team or other sports.

4. Be thorough. Remember, the people who’ll be reviewing your scholarship application don’t know how wonderful you are. And in early review rounds, when the panel will be looking for any excuse to winnow their list of applicants down to a manageable level, a simple typo or a misspelled word could land you in the reject pile. Proofread everything. (Consider asking a friend, teacher, or parent to read over your application packet with fresh eyes.) Spend quality time on the concept and execution of your essays. Create a CV to go along with your app, even if it’s not requested. It shows initiative and is a great way to highlight your activities and special interests. Make copies of everything and send your application packet by registered mail.

5. Be selective in asking for letters of recommendation. Choose people not only on the basis of how many great things they’ll have to say about you, but because of their standing in the community or school and their own reputation, especially as it relates to your areas of interest.

6. Watch out for scams. Remember the old adage that “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Don’t pay to search online for a scholarship or pony up dollars to pay for the chance to be awarded a scholarship. As one online website counsels, “Sponsors want to give YOU their money, they don’t want yours.”

Spending hours – or days – applying for scholarships might seem like a waste of time, especially with everything else that’s on a college-bound student’s plate. Tempted to take a few shortcuts? If you want a successful outcome – in other words, if you want to win that scholarship or grant – don’t. As with anything in life, you’ll get out of the scholarship application process exactly what you put into it.

Ashlee Hodson I DAYTONA STATE COLLEGE: Quirky, creative, a little goofy – and passionate about making a difference. This is a girl who dreams big. Hopes to one day earn a degree in Psychology. Ashlee, the world is waiting!

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