Law Firm Scholarship: DBD Law

A college education gives students the chance to study their field of interest that will help them with their careers later in life. However, money is often a major obstacle for most students. Whether it’s paying for tuition, room and board, or even textbooks, the price can deter people from pursuing higher education. At DBD Law, we believe that money shouldn’t get in the way of one’s educational career.

We’re offering a $1000 scholarship once a year to students who are in their first year or plan to start college or graduate school. We believe that helping our students now will give them the opportunity to create a better world for all of us.

We’re currently accepting applications for Fall 2018. Applications are due by Sunday, July 15th, 2018.

What are the Scholarship Qualifications?

  • Students must be in or planning to enter their first year of college or graduate school.
  • The school needs to be in the United States.
  • You must show proof that you’re in your first year. Provide a digital copy of your college acceptance letter and include the college letterhead.
  • Applications are due by Sunday, July 15th, 2018.

Essay Topic

Submit a 500+ word essay on this topic:

Tell us about a volunteering experience that helped you grow.

After the application closes, DBD Law will decide the winner. Our goal isn’t to find a perfect essay. We’re looking for an essay that’s well-written with a fresh and creative perspective.

By submitting your essay, we have the right to put the essay on our blog. We will feature the winning essay and some finalist essays. There might be some small edits to the essays when they’re published.

The Application Process

Your application should include:

  • Your essay answering our topic question.
  • A digital copy of your acceptance letter to show your standing.
  • A short bio about yourself.

Please send this information to

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at We look forward to reading your applications about volunteering.


Best Test Prep Programs from The Best ACT/SAT Test Prep Courses

By 10th grade, all students should be proficient in the subject matter on the ACT and the SAT. That doesn’t mean they’re ready to take the test. Edward Carroll, a standardized test expert and tutor at The Princeton Review, said it best: “The SAT, more than anything else, shows how well you take the SAT.”

Think about it like this: A high school basketball player knows how to shoot a free throw, but shooting free throws in the driveway isn’t the same as sinking one during the fourth quarter of the state championships. That’s why we practice, practice, practice.

Taking the SAT or the ACT can feel like suiting up for the state championships. The best test prep courses will help students prepare for that feeling, to acclimate them to the test and its oddities, and help them practice — so when the clock is running down, their practice kicks in.

“The best test prep programs not only prepare students for the test, but also help enhance their knowledge of the subject matter covered in the test. They offer personalized learning that helps build on the student’s strengths and shore up their weaknesses across subject areas, so students feel confident they are prepared for and can do their best on the test.”

Paul Weeks Senior VP for Client Relations at ACT

Kaplan and The Princeton Review are both huge names in the test prep world. We liked Kaplan’s $299 basic program and its video-centric materials. But we loved the number of practice tests it came with: It sends 8 practice tests in its Big Book of SAT Practice Tests (if you’re studying for the ACT, it has a similarly giant book called the Big Book of ACT Practice Tests). The Princeton Review is also $299 for the basic program and stood out for having the simplest way to connect with one-on-one help. The basic program includes three hours of chat help, and it’s easy to buy more by the hour ($50 per hour) and a lot simpler than trying to hire a tutor.

Our top pick for SAT prep app is Khan Academy — a nonprofit online learning resource with courses in just about anything. For its SAT Prep, it partnered with the creator of the SAT, the College Board. Take a few diagnostic tests, plug in your test date, and get a customized study plan. The materials include video lessons and seven practice tests written by the College Board.

The best ACT prep app is ACT Online Prep. Like Khan Academy, ACT Online Prep partnered with the creator of the ACT (which is also called ACT). This program was the most fun — tons of games and quizzes to take — and had a continually updating expected score that kept us motivated.

Click here for full review…

Scholarship Tips from The Best Scholarships Search Platforms of 2017

College is the most expensive it’s ever been. With tuition rates rising an average of 3.5% every year, the average undergraduate now finishes their degree with over $37,000 in student debt.

Scholarships are one of the best ways to reduce these growing costs and scholarship search platforms exist to help students find the most relevant ones. These platforms compile large databases of available scholarships and provide filters to allow students to maximize their searches. created the guide to review the best scholarship search platforms and instruct students on how to use them effectively to find as many opportunities as possible.

To determine the best scholarship search platforms, they spent over 200 hours researching 17 of the most popular sites across five core metrics including search functionality, scholarship availability, ease of use, application tools, and additional helpful resources.

According to their research, the best scholarship search platform was Fastweb. They scored the highest out of all 17 platforms because they were the easiest to use, had the most tools, and had among the most available scholarships with the highest dollar amounts. This search engine is best for most students including high school, undergraduate, and graduate.

They also recommend Cappex. This platform scored consistently high in the most important categories of scholarship availability, ease of use, and tools. It is the best and best for students who want to be able to apply for and track the status of a large number of scholarships.

What they cover:

  1. The major challenges students face when searching for scholarships
  2. How the right search engine can help students overcome these challenges
  3. What students should know before applying for a scholarship
  4. The most important features of a great scholarship search platform
  5. The best scholarship search platforms of 2017
  6. Advice on early preparation to qualify for scholarships
  7. Tips on applying for scholarships
  8. Their full methodology and scoring process

Click here to see the full report…

The Simpson Promise

If you thought attending Simpson was out of reach, we’ve got great news for you!

The Simpson Promise offers you the chance to obtain the excellent educational benefits and life-changing campus experience of Simpson College at a price you can afford.

The Simpson Promise covers the full cost of tuition (inclusive of Simpson, federal and state gift assistance) for qualified students from Iowa families with a 2016 family adjusted gross income at or below $60,000.

A lot of people talk about making college affordable. Simpson is doing something about it with this bold new initiative.

Don’t qualify for The Simpson Promise? We have something else for you! click here

To be eligible for The Simpson Promise, you must:

  • Be an Iowa resident – 2018 graduate of an Iowa high school
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than July 1, 2018, and be eligible for federal aid
  • Reside on campus
  • Have a 2016 family adjusted gross income at or below $60,000
  • Be a full-time, accepted, incoming first-year student

Simpson is committed to providing the grant/scholarship amount awarded to the student in their first year, for all four years at Simpson, provided they are in good academic standing and complete the FAFSA. Students are responsible for the costs of room, board, and fees.

The Simpson Promise
represents our dedication to the success of our students. It is, in fact, the heart of our mission, and it has been that way since we were founded 157 years ago.


Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund

History of the Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund

The establishment of the Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund occurred in October 2001. This scholarship fund is named in honor of Janice Marie Scott. Why was this scholarship fund established? To recognize her involvement with various youth programs and community service activities within the Greater Metropolitan Area of Washington, DC. Janice was one of 125 individuals that perished in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 when terrorists hijacked and crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the building of the Pentagon. She was the daughter of Geraldine Holmes of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Janice was born in Memphis, Tennessee on October 12, 1954. Shortly after her birth, Janice moved with her family from Memphis to Milwaukee. She attended public school in Milwaukee until her mid-teen years. During the late 1960’s, she and most of her family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where one of her older sisters was assigned as a soldier to Fort Carson near the city of Colorado Springs. She graduated in 1972 from Harrison High School. Her sister was reassigned to a military installation in West Germany soon after she graduated from high school. Janice then took on the task of caring for her younger sister and the daughter of the sister who went to West Germany. She assumed this task in conjunction with taking classes at a business college and working on Fort Carson.

In 1975, Janice met 2nd Lieutenant Abraham Scott. He was assigned to the Finance Office on Fort Carson. After a brief engagement, Abraham and Janice traveled to his hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina and they were married by his father. They were blessed with two daughters, Crystal Marie and Angel Marie. In 1988, Janice earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the adult school of the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. She was a member of five organizations: Blacks-In-Government; Burke/Fairfax Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated; American Society of Military Comptrollers; the Association of Government Accountants; and the 5-Star Toastmasters Club. She was also a member of Greater Little Zion Baptist Church in Fairfax, Virginia.

Value: $2,500


  • US Citizen or permanent resident of US
  • GPA of 3.0/equivalent or higher (out of a 4.0 scale)
  • High School Senior who will matriculate full-time at a US accredited four-year college or university within the fifty states or District of Columbia.
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participating in community services or other extra curricular activities.
  • Combined adjusted income of the parent(s) cannot exceed $50,000.

Required Documentation

Application- Each candidate must submit a complete and timely application.  An application will be considered incomplete and not processed if all instructions have not been followed or the material presented is insufficient to permit an adequate review. Do not send supplemental or corrected material after the deadline date.  Applications must be typed or completed with the use of a black/blue writing ink pen.  The staff of the JMSMSF will not accept any application packet or portion thereof that is filled out with a pencil.  Application and required documents should be neat and easy to read.  Materials should be impeccable in terms of appearance and legibility.  Mail the complete application packet so that it is received or postmarked on or before the deadline date of March 31st.  Application packet should be mailed to:

Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund
ATTN: Abraham Scott
Post Office Box 1023
Springfield, Virginia  22151

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Summer Programs at George Mason

Youth Leadership Conferences

Mason is excited to partner with the following student leadership conferences to offer outstanding high school and university scholars the opportunity to participate in the following experiences for elective college credit.

  • Envision Career & Leadership Programs
  • Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program (HOBY)
  • Washington Journalism and Media Conference
  • Washington Youth Summit on the Environment

These programs have been approved by our faculty, and students who qualify can receive college credit for “Special Topics in Leadership.” Scholars enrolled in 4- to 8-day programs earn one (1) college credit, while programs that run 9 days or longer are eligible for two (2) college credits. This is elective Mason credit and generally transfers to other four-year colleges and universities, but we recommend that students and parents check with the college/university they are applying to or attending if they are interested in how the credit would apply.

General Information

How are students selected?

Students are selected to represent their school and state through our academic partnerships. Nominations may be made by high school educators or students are identified by George Mason University through information we receive about students interests and/or academic ability through college entrance exams, or through data from NRCCUA (National Research Center for College and University Administrators), which conduct high school interest/career surveys. Educators are invited to fill out a nomination form for any of our student leadership opportunities and students will be contacted to confirm their nomination.

How are students evaluated?

The course, Special Topics in Leadership is a “Pass/Fail” course and students are evaluated based on their experiential learning opportunities throughout the week. Conference faculty will monitor their active participation in simulations, contributions to discussions and demonstration of leadership and critical thinking skills in group and individual settings. Students will receive feedback on their progress throughout the conference.

How do I enroll in Mason college credit?

Scholars must “opt in” and apply for the elective credit by contacting the conference Office of Admissions and completing the online enrollment application, as well as answering the required questions on the Student Information Form. This must be done no later than the end of the second day of the program session. Students enrolling for credit must be capable of doing college-level work and have completed the 9th grade at the time of the program. Students are asked to provide a self-reported GPA and complete the required questions and student leadership essay prior to conference participation. Tuition is $100.00 for one (1) credit and $200.00 for two (2) credits. Payment will be made to the specific conference. Students who do not meet the requirements for college credit will be refunded the credit tuition amount


Northeastern University Torch Scholars Program

Torch Scholars have the power to change the world.

Continuing Northeastern’s century-old commitment to educational opportunity, the Torch Scholars Program is a bold and innovative initiative that provides students with the opportunity to explore their passions and expand their global horizons. The program’s nomination and holistic review process identifies bright students from across the country
 who have already succeeded against the odds, but who have not yet reached their full academic potential.

Torch is dedicated to supporting these talented, first-generation college students through an extensive full-scholarship program that includes:

  • a comprehensive summer immersion program,
  • intensive academic planning and assessments,
  • in-depth peer and professional mentoring,
  • and a wide array of social events that foster group identity and camaraderie.

The program is simply unparalleled in its support for first-generation students from diverse backgrounds. Much more than a scholarship, Torch is a comprehensive model for access, retention, and achievement.

Torch Scholars have a drive to succeed—for their families and for themselves—and exhibit a universal commitment to giving back, completing 100 hours of service each academic year. Our scholars possess the ability and the will to succeed—Torch transforms them into leaders by empowering them to put those qualities into action.


Torch looks to guidance counselors, teachers, mentors, clergy, and community workers to find deserving Torch Scholars.

Torch Nominators are non-family members—adults and professionals in or out of the school setting who know the student on a personal 
level. Nominators should be prepared to answer questions about the candidate’s family obligations, motivation, and emotional readiness 
for college. Please take a moment to think about the promising young people in your life who might benefit from the Torch Scholars Program. You may nominate more than one student in the same academic year.

We’re glad that you are considering nominating a student for Torch. You can nominate a student here.

If you have any questions, please email


Northeastern University Regular Decision application deadline (all Torch applicants must complete the Common Application.) All application materials, including your nomination form, will be considered by the Torch Scholars Selection Committee.
Torch Scholars nomination deadline. (Access our nomination form here)

We will waive the application fee for Torch nominees. To request a fee waiver,  you must select “Other” as the fee waiver type in the payment section when submitting the Common Application and Northeastern Supplement. We will grant the fee waiver after verifying that a student has been nominated for the Torch Scholars Program. If you have questions about having your application fee waived, please contact us at 617.373.7204 or

Priority deadline for financial aid paperwork. Students should complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile in order to be considered for the Torch Scholars program as well as other federal and institutional financial assistance.
FebruaryFinalists will be notified and asked to complete a non-cognitive assessment and complete three additional essays prior to their interview day.
MarchTorch Scholars Program decisions are announced. Due to the unique nature of this program, students selected as Torch finalists will not receive their admissions decisions from Northeastern until after scholarship recipients are announced.

Click Here to View the Torch Scholars Brochure…

Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program

Contest begins in August  and ends in September, or until One Thousand (1,000) eligible Entries are received (“Contest Period”).

  1. ELIGIBILITY: The Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship Contest (“Contest”) is open only to the first One Thousand (1,000) legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia who (i) are currently enrolled as a high school junior or senior; (ii) plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school within one year of high school graduation; (iii) are under the age of 18; and (iv) are nominated by a high school counselor, school official or community organization leader with personal knowledge of the student (each, a “Nominator”) in accordance with these official Rules (each, an “Entrant”). Employees of Sallie Mae Bank (“Sponsor”), Scholarship America (“Administrator”) and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies (collectively, “Related Entities”) and members of their immediate family or household of each are not eligible. Void where prohibited by law. This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  2. SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this Contest is Sallie Mae Bank, 300 Continental Drive, Newark, DE 19713.
  3. HOW TO ENTER: Nominators go to to submit a nomination. Nominators must provide entries (each, an “Entry”), consisting of (i) personal information including student name, phone number, email address, postal address, grade level, (ii) two (2) written statements consisting of no more than two hundred (200) words each which address the evaluation criteria (as set forth in Section 4 hereof), including academics, community service, personal achievement, and financial need. Limit of one (1) Entry per Nominator during the Contest Period. Total limit of one thousand (1,000) Entries during the Contest Period. Administrator’s computer system shall be the official time-keeping device for the Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for Entries that are lost, late, misdirected, illegible and/or incomplete due to computer or electronic malfunction or other error. Use of robotic, automatic, or macro devices is not valid for Entry. Any Entry that is submitted with the use of a robotic, automated or macro device will be void. All Entries become the property of the Sponsor upon submission and will not be acknowledged or returned and the Sponsor and/or Administrator has the right to dispose of the Entries at Sponsor’s discretion. By submitting an Entry, each entrant agrees to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and the Scholarship America Privacy Policy. Unreadable, inaccurate, unintelligible, or Entries which otherwise do not comply with these Official Rules will be disqualified.
  4. By submitting an Entry, each Nominator consents to receive from the Sponsor and/or Administrator an email notifying such Nominator that his/her Entrant is a potential Scholarship winner. Nominators, by entering this Contest, and Entrants, by accepting a Scholarship, acknowledge that Entries may be posted at Sponsor’s website or social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter or at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor has no obligation to use or post any Entry submitted. The use of all or a part of any Entry content by Sponsor or any Related Entity does not have any effect on the winner selection process. Entries posted are the views/opinions of the individual Nominator and do not reflect the views of Sponsor in any manner. Nominators, by entering this Contest, and Entrants, by accepting a Scholarship, grant Sponsor and the Related Entities a worldwide, irrevocable, exclusive, assignable, transferable, unqualified, unrestricted, royalty-free license and right to edit, modify, publish, use, reuse, distribute, display, copy and otherwise exploit the Entry content or any part thereof (with or without the Entrant’s name and city/state), and any materials based thereon or derived from, in any manner and in any media (whether now known or later developed), for any lawful purposes whatsoever (noncommercial or commercial), including, without limitation, for use in the commercial packaging and point-of-sale materials, or for promotion, marketing or advertising of Sponsor, or any Related Entity, each of their respective brands and/or products in any medium (whether now or hereafter known) throughout the world in perpetuity without further permission, notification, consideration, or payment to the Entrant, except where prohibited by law. In addition, Nominators, by entering this Contest, and Entrants, by accepting a Scholarship, forever waive in favor of Sponsor all rights of “Droit Moral” or “Moral Rights of Authors” or any similar rights or principles of law that may preclude the use of an Entry (or any part thereof) as granted herein, or require Nominator or Entrant’s permission to use the Entry (or any part thereof) for the purposes stated herein.
  5. JUDGING CRITERIA: Five (5) Winners will be selected on or about the month of October from all Entries received during the Contest Period, one from each of the following four regions: Region 1: Indiana, Michigan, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Wisconsin; Region 2: Puerto Rico, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont. Region 3: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Region 4: Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Alaska, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, California, Nevada, Hawaii, Oregon and Idaho. The fifth Winner will be selected from among the eligible Entries whose nominated student resides in one of the five following counties in Utah: Davis County, Salt Lake County, Tooele County, Utah County, or Weber County. All Entries that are in compliance with all terms and conditions of these Rules will be judged on the basis of the following criteria (based on information provided by the Nominator):
    1. Academics (25%): Students who excel academically and demonstrate commitment and determination to achieve academic success.
    2. Community Service (25%): Commitment to the community and/or helping others in school or in the community.
    3. Personal Achievement (25%): Having faced challenge or adversity and overcome it.
    4. Financial Need (25%): A funding gap that may prevent them from attending.The Winners will be determined by judges from the Administrator’s staff who will rank each eligible Entry on the basis of a composite score based on equal weighting of the criteria (the Entrants nominated in the highest-scoring Entries in each of the five geographic regions shall each be a “Winner”). In the event of a tie, the Entry that receives the higher score for “Academics” will be declared the Winner. In the event of a further tie, the Entry that receives the higher score for “Community Service” will be declared the Winner. In the event of a further tie, the Entry that receives the higher score for “Personal Achievement” will be declared a Finalist. In the event of a further tie, the Entry that receives the higher score for “Financial Need” will be declared a Finalist. In the event of a further tie, Administrator in its sole discretion shall choose a Winner based on an evaluation of which Entry is superior overall taking all categories into consideration. The Contest contains no elements based on chance. The standards applied during the judging process focuses on assessing each entry’s properties. By the mere submission of an Entry by a Nominator, an Entrant acquires no automatic right to be awarded a Scholarship, nor any other right except for the right to have such Entry reviewed and evaluated subject to these Official Rules. The decisions of Administrator shall be final. Neither Sponsor nor Administrator will correspond with Nominators or Entrants about the determination of the winner other than as expressly provided in these Rules.
  6. FIVE (5) SCHOLARSHIPS: Five (5) Scholarship Winners will receive Twenty Five Thousand Dollar scholarships ($25,000.00) each. Scholarship awards are payable in equal disbursements to the Winner’s school for up to eight (8) semesters, to cover the cost of qualified tuition, fees, books and supplies. Scholarship awards may not exceed the total of such qualified costs. Scholarship awards are for undergraduate study only, unless the Winner’s undergraduate tuition costs are fully funded, in which case the Winner may request to have the Scholarship applied to qualified graduate school expenses. ALL EXPENSES, FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES AND COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ACCEPTANCE AND USE OF SCHOLARSHIP NOT SET FORTH IN THESE RULES ARE THE OBLIGATION OF EACH GRAND SCHOLARSHIP WINNER. No assignment, transfer or substitution of any Scholarship is permitted by a Scholarship Winner. Entrants agree that if a Scholarship Winner is found to have violated these Official Rules, or otherwise does not meet the eligibility criteria, such Scholarship will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate Scholarship Winner from among all remaining eligible Entries, based on the judging criteria set forth herein. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any Scholarship for a different Scholarship of equal or greater value, in its sole discretion. Sponsor is solely responsible for providing the Scholarships. Limit one (1) Scholarship per household. Total value of all Scholarships: $125,000.00.

Gates Millennium Scholarship


The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.


Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


To apply, students must be:

  • A high school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
  • Pell-eligible
  • A US citizen, national or permanent resident
  • A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale

Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.


An ideal candidate will have:

  • An outstanding academic record in high school (in the top 10% of his/her graduating class)
  • Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities)
  • Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)