National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation NHFDC Scholarships

National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC), for and on behalf of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India, invites applications from Students with Disabilities for award of Scholarship under the following two Scholarship Schemes :-

1. Scholarship Scheme (Trust Fund) :-
  •  Under this scheme, 1000 Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students with disabilities for degree and post graduate level professional and technical courses from recognized institutions in India.
  •  Applicants may apply any time in academic year for scholarship under this scheme. Scholarships will be awarded on quarterly basis for the applications received in preceding quarter. Under this scheme, an advance copy of application should also be submitted online by the candidate ..
  •  Reimbursement of Non-Refundable fees restricted to the limit of fee of similar courses in Government/ Government –aided institutions. Maintenance allowance will be paid to the students for 10 months @ Rs.2500/ per month for Professional Graduate Courses and Rs.3000/- per month for Professional Post-Graduate Courses in one academic year.
  •  Books/Stationery allowance will be paid to students pursuing Professional Graduate Courses @ Rs.6,000/ per annum and Rs.10,000/- per annum for pursuing Professional Post-Graduate Courses.
  •  Visual and hearing differently-abled students in addition will be provided financial assistance for purchase of aids & appliances (only once during life time).
  •  Monthly income of the beneficiary /parent or guardian should not be more than Rs.25,000/- (Rs. 3.00 Lakh p.a.) from all sources. Family income includes income of parent/guardian.
2. Scholarship Scheme (National Fund):-
  •  Under this scheme, 500 National Scholarships will be awarded to eligible students with disabilities for pursuing higher academic/professional or technical qualification.
  •  Applicants has to apply for scholarship before 31-8-2011 and scholarship shall be awarded once in a Academic year under this scheme.
  •  Scholarship of Rs.1000/-p.m. for hostellers and Rs.700/-p.m. for day scholars studying in professional courses at graduation and above level, and Rs.700/-p.m. for hostellers and Rs.400/-p.m. for day scholars pursuing Diploma/Certificate level professional courses. Course fee reimbursed upto ceiling of Rs.10,000/- per year.
  •  Financial assistance can be given for computer with editing software for blind/deaf graduate and post graduate students pursuing professional courses and for support access software for cerebral palsy students.
  •  Monthly income of the beneficiary/parent or guardian should not be more than Rs.15,000/ - (Rs. 1.80 Lakh p.a.) from all sources. Family income includes income of parent/guardian.
  •  How to apply :- The applications for scholarship in prescribed format along with requisite documents duly countersigned and recommended by the Head of the Institution, where they are studying, should reach to: National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC), Red Cross Bhawan, Sector-12, Faridabad-121007.
  •  Note :- Only one Scholarship out of the two Scholarship Schemes shall be granted to the eligible candidates if he has applied under both the Scholarship Schemes.
  •  For further details, please visit website of NHFDC “” or contact: NHFDC at, Telephone nos. 0129 - 2226910, 2287512, 2287513 Fax no. 0129 - 2284371, E-mail -

Adrian College Tuition and Scholarships

Adrian College Scholarship Policy
Adrian College Scholarships are earmarked for full-time, on-campus study for up to eight semesters. Students may not receive institutional scholarships that are in excess of tuition. Outside scholarships may affect Institutional or State grants and scholarships. Veteran Affairs Benefits, Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), and ROTC Full-tuition scholarships are included and will reduce the scholarship eligibility of the student dollar for dollar.

Full Tuition Scholarships
The combination of the Full-Tuition Scholarship Award, State of Michigan grants or scholarships, Federal grants or scholarships, and private grants or scholarships will equal full tuition at Adrian College. To be considered for this scholarship students must be ranked #1 or #2 in their graduating class and have their application completed and submitted prior to December 17. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-877-2246.

2011-2012 Fine Arts Scholarship
Adrian College applicants may also apply for fine arts scholarships in the
following departments:
Department Annual Award Requirements
Art and Design Scholarship Up to $3,000 Portfolio review
Marching Band Scholarship Up to $2,000 Audition & Participation
Music Scholarship Up to $2,000 Audition
Theatre Scholarship Up to $2,000 Audition or Interview

2011-2012 Additional Scholarship
Adrian College applicants may also apply for additional department/association scholarships in the following departments:
Annual Award
Academic Department Scholarship
Participate in the Academic Department Scholarship Day (February 19 and March 12); Open to unconditionally admitted students directly from high school
Legacy Scholarship
Up to $5,000
Grandparent, parent, or sibling is a graduate of Adrian College
United Methodist Scholarship
Letter from pastor verifying church membership

Other scholarships

United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
Offers many scholarship opportunities for United Methodist students.

Adelphi University Scholarships

Adelphi University Honors Scholarships are merit-based. (A student's financial aid package may include substantial additional awards, loans, and work-study based on family need.) There are three levels of scholarship awarded to Honors students:

* Trustee Scholarships: Generally awarded to a limited number of entering full-time freshmen with the most outstanding academic achievement and extra-curricular activities. Our Trustee scholars have combined SAT scores minimum 2020 (critical reading, math and writing) score and rank in the top 10% of their high school class. An interview with a faculty member is also highly recommended.
* Presidential Scholarships: Awarded to entering full-time freshmen with exceptional academic achievement and extra-curricular activities. Presidential scholars typically have combined SAT scores of at least 1950 (critical reading, math and writing) and rank in the top 10% of their high school class. An interview with a faculty member is also highly recommended.
* Provost Scholarships: Awarded to entering full-time freshman and transfer students with excellent academic performance and extra-curricular activities. In general, Provost scholars have combined SAT scores minimum 1800 (critical reading, math and writing) and rank in the top 15% of their high school class or have a minimum transfer GPA of 3.5. An interview with a faculty member is also highly recommended.

Financial Aid and Employment Opportunities for International Students at ACU

Below is a summary of the financial aid and employment opportunities that may be available to international students interested in studying Abilene Christian University.

ACU Undergraduate Students
The best source of financial aid for international students who are entering freshmen is scholarship awards based on SAT or ACT scores. Occasionally, other scholarships offered by ACU, such as the Church Match Scholarship, the Presidential Scholar Awards, the iSchool scholarship, etc. do apply to international students. A complete list of scholarships offered by ACU, along with a brief explanation of each one, can be found at the following URL:
Abilene Christian University Scholarships and Grants

Transfer Students
Transfer students granted admission to ACU with a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible for Transfer Awards. Scholarships awarded based on SAT or ACT scores do not apply to transfer students. More information about transfer awards can be found at the following URL:

Athletics and Music
Other scholarships may be available for those with outstanding musical or athletic ability. To find out more, students should contact the ACU Athletic Department or Music Department accordingly.

Graduate Students
For graduate students, financial aid is awarded by each department via scholarships and graduate assistantships. Opportunities for graduate assistantships are limited, so prospective graduate students need to apply for these positions as early as possible.

Graduate School of Theology
The ACU Graduate School of Theology (GST) does offer generous tuition discounts to qualified graduate students. In general, students can receive a minimum of a 70% tuition discount and may apply for additional aid. Please see the GST website for more detailed information.

Sponsored Students
A small handful of students do find sponsors for their education in the way of generous individuals, supporting organizations or government programs. However, the Center for International and Intercultural Education does not actively seek out sponsors on behalf of students. It is the sole responsibility of prospective students to secure financial support for their education beyond any amount that ACU may offer in financial aid.

International students are not able to secure loans from US financial institutions to study in the US without a US co-signer. Occasionally, student loan programs in countries such as Sweden, Norway, Canada, etc. allow these loans to be used for international study. Students should inquire to their local governments to know if this is a possibility.

Employment Opportunities
International students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week on campus during the fall and spring semester, and may work full-time during official school breaks. A realistic estimate of the maximum one can earn in an academic year is $2,500-$3,000. After successfully completing a degree, international students are eligible to apply to work for one year in the US in a field related to their degree. This is known as optional practical training (OPT).

Country-Specific Advising
The US Department of State supports at least one US Education Advising Center in almost every country in the world. These centers provide information about US education in general, scholarships, application procedures and tests required for admission such as the TOEFL, SAT and GRE. In addition to the information we provide, we ecourage all students to contact the nearest US Education Advising Center for in-country support. Contact information for these advising centers can be found on the US State Department's Web site at the following URL:

Abilene Christian University Scholarships and Grants

Available scholarships at Abilene Christian University:
* ACU Grant
* Academic Scholarships
* Athletics Scholarships
* Christian Academies
* Christian Colleges
* Church Match Scholarship
* Departmental Scholarships
* Faith & Education Scholarship
* iSchool Scholarships
* Missionary Children
* Multicultural Scholarships
* National Merit Finalist or Semifinalist Scholarship
* National Merit Commended Scholarship
* Presidential Scholar Awards
* Rachel Blasingame Memorial Scholarship
* Tessie Eerligh Scharing Memorial Scholarship
* Transfer Merit Award
* Valedictorian or Salutatorian
* GPA Requirements Summary
*Note: These scholarships are for the incoming Fall 2011 freshman class. Please contact your admissions counselor with questions. All eligible students are automatically considered for these scholarships when they apply for admission, and any scholarship amounts awarded will be renewable for up to eight long semesters.
*At this time, ACU does not incorporate the writing section of the SAT into the total SAT score; therefore, only the combination of the verbal and math sections are used to determine the amount of your award.
ACU Grant
The ACU Grant is need-based financial assistance provided to help reduce the cost of attending college for full time undergraduate students that might otherwise not be able to afford to attend. The award amount is based on the results of completing the FAFSA as well as information provided in the admission process. Funding of this grant comes from a combination of general institutional financial aid, university endowments and money provided by the state through the TEG (Texas Equalization Grant). The ACU Grant is renewable to students that continue to demonstrate financial need (based on completing the FAFSA each year) and are making satisfactory academic progress as defined by the university.
Academic Scholarships
Academic scholarships are available to first-time freshmen (students entering ACU with fewer than 12 hours, excluding dual credit, AP and IB) who show outstanding achievement on the ACT and/or SAT, perform well in their high school classes, and are ranked highly in their senior class.
*Note: These scholarships are for the incoming Fall 2011 freshmen class. Please contact your admissions counselor with questions. All eligible students are automatically considered for these scholarships when they apply for admission, and any scholarship amounts awarded will be renewable for up to eight long semesters.
*At this time, ACU does not incorporate the writing section of the SAT into the total SAT score. Therefore, only the combination of the verbal and math sections are used to determine the amount of your award.
Athletics Scholarships
Who Determined by NCAA and coach.
How Much Amount varies and ranges from $1,000 per year to full tuition.
How Long Renewed annually, based on various factors.
How to Apply Contact coach in respective sport. For more information, view sports recruiting and questionnaires.
Deadline No deadline
Christian Academies
Who Undergraduate only, with less than 15 hours. Must be a dependent child of a full-time employee of a Christian school that is a National Christian Schools Association member. How Much Guarantee of $6,000 of tuition for employees' children, $12,000 of tuition for the children of the superintendent, CEO or principal when coordinated with federal, state and other institutional grants. How Long Up to eight long semesters while pursuing first undergraduate degree. Not available for summer terms. How to Apply Please contact Student Financial Services for more information on how to apply.
Deadline March 1
Other Employee must be employed for 12 months prior to date of ACU enrollment. Student must be under age 25.
Christian Colleges
Who Undergraduate only, with less than 15 hours. Must be a dependent child of a full-time employee of an ACU sister college participating in the reciprocal tuition discount program.
How Much Guarantee of 50 percent tuition when coordinated with federal, state and institutional grants.
How Long Up to eight long semesters while pursuing first undergraduate degree. Not available for summer terms.
How to Apply Must complete the Christian College Tuition Discount Application.
Deadline March 1
Other Employee must be employed for 12 months prior to date of ACU enrollment. Student must be under age 25. Contact Financial Aid for list of participating schools.
Church Match Scholarship
Who Students must receive a matching scholarship from their church congregation and be enrolled full time (12 hours per semester). The congregation must send the scholarship check with the completed application.
How Much The maximum amount eligible for the matching scholarship from ACU is $500 per student per academic year.
How Long For fall and spring semesters only, not for use during summer sessions.
How to Ap
ply Congregation must complete the Church Match Scholarship form and send the scholarship check with the completed application.
Deadline Submit application with check between June 1 and Sept. 1 for fall semester, or Dec. 1 and Feb. 1 for spring semester.
Departmental Scholarships
Some scholarships are awarded by academic departments in addition to those awarded by ACU Student Financial Services. Contact your department to learn more about potential scholarship opportunities. Below are a few departmental scholarships that are available online:
* Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Scholarships
* Bible, Missions & Ministry Scholarships
* College of Business Administration Scholarships
* Communication Department Scholarships
* Communication Sciences & Disorders Scholarships
* English Department Scholarships
* Exercise Science & Health Scholarships
* Graduate School of Theology Scholarships
* Journalism & Mass Communication Scholarships
* Marriage & Family Therapy Scholarships
* Mathematics Department Scholarships
* Music Department Scholarships
* Political Science Department Scholarships
* Sociology & Family Studies Department Scholarships
* School of Information Technology & Computing Scholarships
* Teacher Education Department Scholarships
Faith & Education Scholarship
Who This Scholarship is open to all active Church of Christ members who are attending a four-year liberal arts college. The scholarship is for undergraduate education only.
How Much The scholarship is $5,000 paid in two $2,500 payments (at the beginning of each semester)
How Long This is a non-renewable, one-year scholarship. However, students are encouraged to apply annually.
How to Apply The application and other relevant paperwork must be downloaded from the "Apply" section of the website:
Deadline March 2011
iSchool Scholarship
The School of Information Technology and Computing awards scholarships to a select number of incoming students each year. All students who have been accepted to ACU and indicated an intended major in computer science or technology are welcome to apply.
Fall 2011 freshmen and transfer students are eligible to compete for this scholarship.
Student must have applied and been accepted for admission to ACU and submit all documents for a technology or computing scholarship.
*Transfer students from Abilene InterCollegiate member schools are not eligible.
How Much Amount varies. Typically ranges from $2,000 to $5,000 per year.
How Long The Scholarship pays a maximum of eight semesters (fall and spring semesters for four years). The scholarship may not be used for summer semesters.
How to Apply Submit the online application for 2011-12 academic year.
The selection process includes a thorough review of all scholarship application items. Please note the following:
Application items and essay should demonstrate your interest, talent and commitment to the field of technology or computing.
Candidates receive higher award consideration for GPA, test score and commitment to the field of technology or computing.
Financial need may be considered (submit FAFSA here).
Please contact your admissions counselor if you have any questions about this process at 800-460-6228 or email
Minimum GPA required to maintain scholarship is 3.0.
Missionary Children
Who Must be a child of full-time Church of Christ missionary currently in a foreign field. Must be sponsored by a U.S. Church of Christ. This scholarship is available to undergraduate students only.
How Much Guarantee of 75 percent of tuition when coordinated with federal, state and other institutional grants.
How Long Up to eight long semesters while pursuing first undergraduate degree. Not available for summer terms.
How to Apply Complete the FAFSA annually and the application for missionary scholarship.
Deadline March 1
Other Recipients must reside in university-owned housing or University Park Apartments and must earn at least 12 semester hours. Minimum GPA to maintain scholarship is 2.5.
National Merit Finalist or Semifinalist Scholarship
Who Must be named a National Merit Finalist or Semifinalist, an undergraduate and entering ACU with less than 12 credit hours (excluding dual credit, AP, IB).
How Much Guarantee of 100 percent tuition when coordinated with federal, state and other institutional grants.
How Long Nine consecutive long semesters or your graduation, whichever comes first. May be used for summer terms (including Maymester) between the first and ninth semester.
How to Apply Provide National Merit Certificate and meet the scholarship requirements stated here.
Deadline March 1
National Merit Finalists and Semifinalists are required to list ACU as first choice with the National Merit Corporation. Minimum GPA to maintain scholarship is 3.2.
National Merit Commended Scholarship
Who Must be named National Merit Commended, and undergraduate and entering ACU with less than 12 credit hours.
How Much $2,000 per academic year.
How Long Nine consecutive long semesters or your graduation, whichever comes first. May be used for summer terms (including Maymester) between the first and ninth semester.
How to Apply Provide National Merit Certificate and its requirements in a PDF file.
Deadline March 1
Other Minimum GPA required for renewal varies by scholarship program. Satisfactory academic progress must be made by each student in order to maintain any financial aid program.
Presidential Scholar Awards
The Presidential Scholarship is ACU's most prestigious scholarship. Students with an ACT of 27 or higher or an SAT of 1210 or higher have the opportunity to interview for this scholarship.
Note: Invitations have already been sent to members of the Fall 2011 class. If you have not received your invitation, please contact our Admissions Helpline - 800-460-6228.
Rachel Blasingame Memorial Scholarship
Who Qualified high school seniors who desire to attend ACU.
How Much Amount may vary depending on individual need.
How Long One year
How to Apply Go to
Deadline Application must be postmarked by May 30, 2011.
Other Please attach most recent report card; all grades must be above 70 to qualify.

Abilene Christian University Scholarships and Grants

Who This scholarship is open to active Church of Christ women who are attending a 4 year liberal arts college. The scholarship is for undergraduate education only.
How Much The scholarship is $5,000 paid in two $2,500 payments (at the beginning of each semester)
How Long This is a non-renewable one year scholarship. However, students are encouraged to apply annually.
How to Apply The application and other relevant paperwork must be downloaded from the "Apply" section of the website:
Deadline March 2011
Transfer Merit Award
Who Undergraduate only, transferring to ACU with high academic standing
How Much
Based on cumulative GPA from all previous colleges.
3.0 to 3.24 GPA = $1,500 per semester
3.25 to 4.0 GPA = $2,500 per semester
How Long This scholarship is renewable for up to six long semesters while pursuing first undergraduate degree. It is not available for summer terms.
How to Receive Must be an admitted student. Must provide an official transcript of all classes prior to ACU.
Deadline First day of class for entering semester.
Other Minimum GPA to maintain scholarship is 3.0.
Valedictorian or Salutatorian Scholarship
Who Undergraduate only. Must have a No. 1 or No. 2 high school class rank.
How Much $1,000
How Long This is a one-year award.
How to Apply Provide official transcript indicating class rank.
Deadline June 1


New York Times College Scholarship Program

The New York Times College Scholarship Program is a prestigious academic scholarship competition for New York City high school seniors. Past winners have demonstrated academic achievement, a drive for success — especially in the face of financial and other obstacles — and community service. Furthermore, candidates whose parents did not attend college are favored. Each year, since 1999, 20 scholars are announced. However, in 2009, due to financial hardships, the New York Times selected only 12 winners. In 2010, that number was halved to 6 finalists. There are a total of 218 Scholars to date. To enter the competition, a student must

* be enrolled full time at a New York City public, private or parochial high school, progressing normally toward completion of high school and planning to enroll full time in college in the fall following the completion of high school
* be an American citizen or have a valid green card and alien registration number

Monbukagakusho Scholarship

Monbukagakusho Scholarship (formerly known as Monbusho Scholarship) is a prestigious scholarship offered by the Monbukagakusho. To date, some 65,000 students from approximately 160 countries and regions around the world have studied in Japan under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship program established in 1954. There are seven types of Japanese government-sponsored scholarships available under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship program: those for research students, teacher training students, undergraduate university students, Japanese studies students, college of technology students, special training students and YLP students.

Research students: You must be under 35 years of age and a college graduate (includes prospective graduates). Or you must have completed 16 years of schooling. This programs allows the recipients to apply for a Graduate Degree Program (Masters and/or PhD) given that they passed their assigned University's entrance examination.

Teacher training students: You must be under 35 years of age and a graduate of a college or teacher training college. You must have at least five years of active experience as a teacher in a primary, secondary or teacher training college in your country. (Please note that college and university teachers currently in active service are not considered for this scholarship).

Undergraduate university students: You must be at least 17 and under 22 years of age and have completed 12 years of school education or have completed courses in a school comparable to a high school (includes prospective graduates).

Every year 120 students are enrolled by embassy recommendation (see below). Two halves of the contingent undergo a 1-year preparatory program at Osaka University Center for Japanese language and culture and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies before entering a 4-year undergraduate program at one of 87 Japanese national universities.

Japanese studies students: Applicants must be from 18 to 30 years old. Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students in faculties or schools which major in Japanese language or Japanese culture in a university outside Japan at the time when they come to Japan and must be enrolled in the home institution at the time when they return to their home countries. Students majoring in the fields other than Japanese language or Japanese culture who wish to study various aspects of Japan ( engineering, economy, agriculture, architecture, art, etc.) as part of their major studies should apply to the JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) for admission to the Short-term Student Exchange Promotion Program.

College of technology students: You must be at least 17 and under 22 years of age and have completed school education comparable to a high school (a minimum of 11 years beginning in primary school) education (includes prospective graduates).

Special training college students: You must be at least 17 and under 22 years of age and have completed 12 years of schooling or have completed school education comparable to a Japanese high school (includes prospective graduates).

Young Leaders' Program (YLP) students: Applicants must be young public administrators and so on, from Asian and other countries participating in the YLP who are expected to play active roles as future national leaders in their respective countries. The participants must be university or college graduates, who have at least 3-5 years' work experiences in public administration or enterprises and so on(*). The screening of the participants is based on recommendations of the recommending authorities.

Embassy recommendation: In this type of scholarship, scholarship recipients are recruited and initially screened by a Japanese embassy (or consulate general, depending on the country). Research student, Undergraduate student, College of technology student, and Special training college student recruitment for the next fiscal year (April, October) is made between March and May. The initial screening (documentary examination, written test and interview) is made at the embassy between June and August. The embassy then recommends the selected candidates to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the beginning of September. Teacher training and Japanese studies student recruitment for the next fiscal year (for those arriving in Japan in October) is made between December of the previous year and the following February. Screening is conducted between mid-February and March. Selected candidates are recommended to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by end of April.

University recommendation:Research students and Japanese studies students who will be studying in Japan as an exchange student based on inter-university student exchange agreements can be screened through the national, public or private Japanese university involved as a candidate for a Japanese Government Scholarship. The university directly recommends the selected candidates to the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Research students recommended by a university for study in Japan as government-sponsored scholarship recipients basically arrive in Japan in October. Japanese studies students basically arrive in Japan in October according to the university program. Universities recommend candidates to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology by mid-April.

Domestic Selection: Privately financed, full-time postgraduate foreign students, prospective postgraduate students, and full-time, prospective fourth-year undergraduate university students (prospective sixth-year students in the case of medical schools, etc.) are granted domestic selection scholarships that begin in April. Recruitment is conducted through national, public and private universities with the exception of junior colleges. Universities carefully screen academically and individually excellent students and recommend them by mid-December as government-sponsored scholarship candidates to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

LIS Access Midwest Program (LAMP) Scholarship

Library and Information Science Access Midwest Program (LAMP) is an Institute of Museum and Library Services funded regional network of academic libraries and information science schools working on promoting careers in library and information science. The program looks for promising undergraduate students at its member institutions to participate in activities and events designed to increase their awareness of the profession. The program then provides financial and mentoring support for their graduate studies at one of the member schools. LAMP specifically seeks to encourage the participation of students from statistically and historically underrepresented populations in LIS.

IITA Scholarship

IITA also gave scholarships to the international students studying in Korean universities for IT & Electronics majors. It is two years for masters and four years for a Ph.D. It is offered twice a year (Spring and Fall semesters). To apply for the scholarship, the students are supposed to apply directly to the universities. It covers tuition fee and all other expenses with a stipend.

Mitchell Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a scholarship given annually by the US-Ireland Alliance to twelve Americans age 18-30 to fund one year of graduate study in Ireland. (One year is usually enough to complete an Irish master's degree.) Although the first class of scholars only began their studies in 2001, the Mitchell Scholarship has already quickly established itself as one of the most selective fellowships available[citation needed], alongside the much older Rhodes Scholarship and Marshall Scholarship.

A Mitchell Scholarship award includes tuition, housing, airfare, a cash stipend, and other benefits such as a travel bursary to encourage travel both in and outside of Ireland. In recent years, Mitchell Scholars have used their travel bursary to explore countries as diverse as Oman, Cambodia, Senegal and Azerbaijan.

Mitchell Scholars are placed at universities in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, including Trinity College, Dublin, University College Cork, University of Limerick, National University of Ireland, Galway, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, University of Ulster and Queen's University Belfast.

Filipinas, Ahora Mismo

Filipinas, Ahora Mismo, or Pilipinas, Ora Mismo (English translation: Philippines, Right Now), was a nationally-syndicated, 60-minute, cultural radio magazine program in the Philippines broadcast daily in Spanish for five seasons from March 2007 to September 2009. The only one of its kind in the country, it was presented by veteran radio announcer, and stage, television and movie actor, Bon Vibar. Created by the Cádiz Press Association (or Asociación de la Prensa de Cádiz, APC) as part of the Cádiz 2012 project, the show was primarily targeted at Filipino listeners who could speak and understand Spanish. The program was a mixture of cultural, informative and educational reviews of various topics ranging from literature to cinema to history to geography to cuisine, all interspersed with traditional and modern music sung in Spanish. It aimed to promote Filipino culture and its ties with Spain, the empire that ruled the nation for 333 years. It also commemorated the forthcoming bicentenary of the Constitution of Spain of 1812, which was promulgated by the Cádiz Cortes.

The show was first broadcast in March 2007. There were no commercials in each episode as the show was fully-funded by APC and the Government of Andalucia, Spain.

Originally slated to fulfill a four-season contract, the program was renewed for a fifth season on February 20, 2009 until it aired its finale on September 1, 2009.

Distinguished Young Women

Distinguished Young Women, formerly known as America's Junior Miss, is a national non-profit organization that provides scholarship opportunities to high school senior girls. Depending on the schedule of the various state and local programs, young women are eligible during the summer preceding their senior year in high school. This program is designed to provide young women with the opportunity and support needed to succeed before, during, and after attending college. Since its creation in 1958, over 700,000 young ladies have participated in competitions spanning the United States. Each state hosts a state program in which the chosen representative advances to the national program, held in the program's birthplace of Mobile, Alabama.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX, German name: Parlamentarisches Patenschafts-Programm or PPP) is a youth student exchange program founded in 1983. The program, which is dually sponsored by the United States Congress and the German Bundestag, funds exchange programs for German and American students through grants to private exchange organizations in both countries. The funding in the USA is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State (and formerly by the United States Information Agency until the agency was dissolved) on behalf of the United States Congress.

The program was established to celebrate the 300th anniversary of German settlement of the United States and has been renewed by both legislative bodies since its inception. Thus far, over 17,000 German and American students have completed their exchange through the program, which provides a full exchange year complete with orientation and language programs and travel opportunities within Germany and the United States. The exchange year culminates in a conference in Washington, D.C. in which German and American students reflect on their exchange year and share their experiences.

The scholarship program is merit-based and is funded based on congressional district for Americans and Bundesland for Germans. It consists of a High School program (currently administered by five organizations in the United States: AFS, ASSE, AYUSA, CIEE, YFU), a Young Professionals program (administered exclusively by CDS International) and a Vocational Student program (administered by Nacel Open Door).

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme under which Commonwealth governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The plan was originally proposed by Canadian statesman Sidney Earle Smith in a speech in Montreal on September 1, 1958 and was established in 1959, at the first Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) held in Oxford, UK. Since then, over 25,000 individuals have held awards, hosted by over twenty countries. The CSFP is one of the primary mechanisms of pan-Commonwealth exchange.

There is no central body which manages the CSFP. Instead, participation is based on a series of bi-lateral arrangements between home and host countries. The participation of each country is organised by a national nominating agency, which is responsible for advertising awards applicable to their own country and making nominations to host countries.

In the United Kingdom, which is the biggest contributor to the Plan, this process is managed by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom, a non-departmental public body, and funded by the Department for International Development. Since 2008, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office no longer contributes financially to the plan and the number and type of scholarships available for students from more developed Commonwealth countries (Australia, The Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Malta, New Zealand, and Singapore) to study in the UK has been reduced. Other countries, such as Australia, no longer offer scholarships as part of the CFSP.

Chevening Scholarship

Chevening Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship scheme for international students who wish to study in the United Kingdom. The Chevening Scholarships are named after Chevening House in Kent, the official country residence of the Foreign Secretary. The scheme commenced in 1984 and is funded by the British government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The stated objective of the scheme is to build a network of friends of the UK, who will be future leaders in their countries.

The number of available scholarships varies from country to country. More than thirty scholarships are currently awarded to candidates from India and China, with less than ten core scholarships now available to candidates from Australia and Canada. (US students are not eligible, but can apply for the Marshall Scholarships which are also supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.) In 2005, a companion Chevening Fellowship scheme was commenced aimed at mid-career professionals to undertake intensive 12 weeks courses in the UK.

The significance of the Chevening scholarship scheme rests on its large scope - approximately 1000 scholarships are awarded each year to students from more than 130 countries, allowing students from developing countries to access British tertiary education institutions some of which are of a very high standard as determined by international university rankings. In this way the Chevening scheme is more similar to the US Fulbright Scholarships which bring students from 140 countries to the US and differs from the Rhodes Scholarship scheme which currently allows applications from approximately 18 countries. Winners of Chevening scholarships often receive coverage in national and local newspapers.Kuwait Times storyStory in Anguillian

In most countries, the local office of the British Council manages the administration of the scholarship. Candidates are selected by the British Embassy/British High Commission according to criteria that value leadership and academic skills. Current selection criteria state that an ideal candidate is:

* A graduate with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership. These include:
o influencing and communications skills, leadership track record, networking ability, ambition, plans for the future
o intelligence, academic potential, drive, self management, strength of character, integrity, interests outside work
* Motivated to make a career that will take them to positions of leadership in their own country within 10 years of their scholarship
* Committed to networking to find global solutions
* Able to use their studies and experience in the UK to benefit themselves, their countries and the UK

Applications are made online via a webportal. in October of each year, except for some sponsored scholarships for which applicants apply via the co-sponsoring organisation. Scholarship applicants also apply directly to their preferred universities in the UK, usually for Master's degree courses. Competition for scholarships is high with approximately 17 000 applicants for approximately 1 000 awards. Most scholarships include a living stipend, airfares and the full or partial cost of tuition fees.

The most popular destinations for study in 2006 were the London School of Economics & Political Science and the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Nottingham and Leeds. See 2005-2006 Annual Report

There are an estimated 32 000 Chevening Scholarship alumni, with an emphasis being placed on improved links with and between previous scholars as a consequence of reviews in 2005 page 40 and 2006.

In 2007-8 year the Chevening Scholarships cost the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office approximately 22 million Great British pounds. Letter for Foreign Affairs Committee In the same year the Chevening Fellowships cost approximately 4 million Great British pounds.

In July 2010 the British Foreign Minister announced a cut of 10 million GBP from the scholarships budget, in the context of wider budget cuts. This resulted in a number of scholarships being cancelled for 2010-11. After a review period, the 2011-12 scholarship round opened for applications in February 2011.

Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation

The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation was a private, independent organization created by an act of the Parliament of Canada in 1998. It received an initial endowment of $2.5 billion from the federal government to provide awards annually for ten years. The foundation distributed $325 million in the form of bursaries and scholarships each year throughout Canada in support of post-secondary education. As well, the foundation conducted research into post-secondary access, via the Millennium Research Program. The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation was created by an Act of Parliament in 1998 by the then Liberal government under Jean Chrétien. Branded as Canada's way to marking the new millennium, the Foundation was endowed with CAD$2.5 billion and was given the mandate to 1) improve access to post-secondary education for all Canadians, especially those facing economic or social barriers, to 2) encourage a high level of student achievement and engagement in Canadian society; and to 3) build a national alliance of organizations and individuals around a shared post-secondary agenda.

Since 2000, the Foundation delivered more than half a million bursaries and scholarships worth more than $1.5 billion to students across Canada. Its two best-known scholarship programs were:

* The Millennium Bursary Program, which targeted students with the greatest financial need.
* The Millennium Excellence Award Program, which provided scholarships based on merit (including leadership, innovation, academic achievement and community service). Separate sets of awards were provided to entrance and in-course post-secondary students.

Millennium Bursary Program

The Millennium Bursary Program represented 95% of the awards distributed by the Foundation. The value of the Foundation's millennium bursaries was approximately $3,000 on average, but ranged from $1,000 to $4,993.

Millennium Excellence

The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation also issued merit-based scholarships through its Millennium Excellence Awards Program to deserving youths entering post-secondary studies for the first time. Laureates of these awards all exhibited excellence in community involvement, innovation, leadership and academic achievement. The MEAP was unique because of its Canada-wide reach - whether a student lived in a major metropolitan area or in a remote village, anyone could apply and be evaluated based on their contribution to their community. Excellence Awards represented only 5% of the total scholarship sum awarded by the Foundation. More than 10,000 Excellence Awards were issued since 2000.

The MEAP provided laureates with more than a cheque. Laureates were invited to participate in regional or national conferences hosted by the Foundation. Laureates also had access to project seed money through the Millennium Grants Program.

The Excellence Awards were divided into two groups, the Entrance Awards geared towards students entering their first year of post-secondary education, and the In-Course Awards for those already enrolled in post-secondary studies.

Entrance Awards

As of 2008, there were three different levels of Entrance Awards:

* Local awards: one-time awards of $4,000

* Provincial/territorial awards: $16,000 award, disbursed in annual allotments

* National awards: $20,000 award, disbursed in annual allotments

In-Course Awards

As of 2008, there were three different level of In-Course Awards

* Up to 100 awards of $5,000, renewable for up to one additional year, for a total of $10,000

* Up to 200 awards of $4,000, renewable for up to one additional year, for a total of $8,000

* Up to 900 one-time awards of $4,000.

Millennium Research Program

The Millennium Research Program was launched in 2001 to assist the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation in carrying out its mandate to improve access to post-secondary education in Canada and provide students with the educational opportunities they need to prepare themselves for the future. The Research Program advanced the study of barriers to post-secondary education and the impact of policies and programs designed to alleviate them. It ensured that policy-making and public discussion about opportunities in higher education in Canada were informed by rigorous analysis and empirical evidence.

Dissolution and Legacy

In February 2008, the Conservative government led by Stephen Harper decided not to renew the CMSF at the end of its 10 year mandate. Instead, the federal government replaced the foundation with a new Canada Student Grants Program, which will distribute $350 million dollars per year to post-secondary education students. Much controversy has come to light since the government has announced this program, in which 250,000 students will now benefit per year, as opposed to the approximately 100,000 that are receiving money from the CMSF. Although the amount of money that the federal government will be putting towards post-secondary education has not changed dramatically, the average student award decreased from about $3000 per year to about $1250 per year.

Before the decision was made, Canada's two largest national post-secondary student organizations, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), took dramatically different views on the fund's future. While CASA fully endorsed the foundation's renewal, on the basis that non-renewal would constitute a significant cut to student financial assistance, the CFS had called for the organization to be replaced with a system of grants based purely on financial need.

Ironically, after the announcement was made, CFS president Amanda Aziz noted in an interview with Canwest that the new grant program is just “splitting the same amount of grant money among more students”.

The Millennium Excellence Awards Program, the merit-based component of the scholarship program, was not renewed, thus ending one of the two Canada-wide merit scholarships in existence, with only the Loran Scholarship remaining. However, as of 2009, alumni of the MEAP founded the Millennium Network, a non-profit organization that is part alumni association, part community action group that aims to help build capacity of existing community actors.

Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation Loran Award

The Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation (CMSF) is a national charitable organization awarding scholarships for students entering university or community college in Canada. Founded in Toronto in 1988, it awards the prestigious Loran Award as well as the Garfield Weston Award scholarships. The Loran Award is a large and prestigious undergraduate scholarship in Canada. It is valued at up to $75,000 and awarded to 30 students each year. The Loran Award has been awarded since 1990, and is administered by CMSF.

Loran Awards are tenable at twenty-five public universities throughout Canada; however, the lower level awards (provincial awards and finalist awards) can be used at any public Canadian university or college. Eleven Loran scholars have gone on to win Rhodes Scholarships. The Loran Award is granted over four years of study, and consists of tuition waivers, living stipends, summer enrichment funding, and mentoring. There have been more than 250 Loran scholars since its establishment in 1990.

Candidate selection

The Loran Award selection process is rigorous. The selection process is as follows:

* 1,800 nominees come as sponsored candidates, with endorsements from their schools. Each secondary school can sponsor up to three students for the Loran Award. Evaluations are made by 26 Area Committees in 21 centres, from St. John's to Victoria, and then as many as 250 semifinalists, or approximately 10 candidates, are chosen for Area regional interviews. 50-60 candidates are then invited to attend National Selections in Toronto.

* 2,200 candidates from across Canada come through the CMSF Direct Pool as self-nominated candidates. The 12-member National Assessment Panel sits during December and January and evaluates the application of each candidate, and telephone interviews are conducted with semi-finalists. 15-25 candidates are then invited to attend National Selections in Toronto.

* 76 finalists are chosen from across Canada and flown to Toronto for National Selections.

* Up to 30 candidates are offered Loran Awards.

Loran Awards

Several scholarships are awarded by the Foundation.

* $75,000 Loran Award, awarded to 30 finalists.

* $5,000 Loran Finalist Award, offered to all finalists who attend National Selections but are not selected as Loran scholars.

* $2,000 Loran Provincial Award, offered by regional committees outstanding semi-finalists who are not asked to attend National Selections.

* Honour Citation, granted to students who distinguish themselves at regional interviews but are not offered any monetary awards.

* Semi-Finalist Certificate, issued to students selected for a regional interview.

Loran Award Criteria

Loran Awards are granted to Canadian students on the basis of character, service and leadership potential.
Loran Award Financial value

The Loran Award is valued at up to $75,000 and has three main financial components:

* The institution at which the scholar chooses to study grants a tuition waiver up to $8,000 per annum.
* As of 2008, the Award offers an $8,000 living stipend per annum.
* Scholars are awarded $7,500 for three summer enrichment experiences.

The Loran Award is tenable at the following universities in Canada:

Atlantic Canada: Dalhousie University, Memorial University, Mount Allison University, Université de Moncton, University of King's College, University of New Brunswick.

Québec: McGill University, Université Laval, Université de Montréal.

Ontario: McMaster University, Queen's University, University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, York University.

Prairies: University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Manitoba, University of Saskatchewan.

British Columbia: Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria.
Loran Award Experiential value

One of the many things that makes a Loran Award unique is the mentorship program, where each Loran scholar is paired with a mentor who is in their field of academic interest. Furthermore, CMSF offers funding, up to $7,500 each summer, for three summer experiences:

* The Enterprise Summer
* The Personal and Community Development Summer
* The Public Policy Summer

Garfield Weston Award

The Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation also administers the Garfield Weston Award for outstanding college or CEGEP-bound students in Canada. Established in 1999 with the support of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, it awards up to 25 scholarships to entering college students, and 25 scholarship to upper year college students.

American Society for Engineering Education

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is a non-profit member association, founded in 1893, dedicated to promoting and improving engineering and engineering technology education.

ASEE is more than 12,000 deans, professors, instructors, students and industry representatives.

It accomplishes its mission by

* promoting excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice;
* fostering the technological education of society; and
* providing quality products and services to members.

In pursuit of academic excellence, ASEE develops policies and programs that enhance professional opportunities for engineering faculty members, and promotes activities that support increased student enrollments in engineering and engineering technology colleges and universities. Strong communication and collaboration with national and international organizations further advances ASEE’s mission.

ASEE also fulfills its mission by providing a valuable communication link among corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions. ASEE’s organizational membership is composed of 400 engineering and engineering technology colleges and affiliates, more than 50 corporations, and numerous government agencies and professional associations. ASEE directs many of its efforts at providing for open and ongoing dialogues among these groups.

Science, Mathematics, And Research For Transformation (SMART) Defense Scholarship Program

The Science, Mathematics, And Research For Transformation (SMART) Defense Scholarship Program was tested as a program in 2005 under the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. SMART was fully established by the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2006, and was assigned to the Navy Postgraduate School (NPS) as the managing agency in late 2005-early 2006.

The SMART scholarship program is a Department of Defense (DoD) workforce development program created to address the growing gap between America and the rest of the world in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. SMART facilitates this goal by recruiting and retaining some of the best and brightest STEM candidates in the nation.

SMART is a DoD civilian scholarship-for-service program which is a part of the National Defense Education Program (NDEP). Like other NDEP programs, SMART is funded through the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The program is open to current and prospective students, including current DoD employees who meet the following requirements:

* U.S. citizen
* Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
* Pursuing a degree in on the STEM disciplines
* Able to participate in paid summer internships
* Willing to accept post-graduation employment within the DoD
* Able to attain a SECRET clearance

While these are the minimum requirements, the average GPA is well over 3.0, with the current 2009 cohort year averaging 3.73 on a 4.0 scale. Students who are accepted receive the following benefits:

* Full tuition at any accredited college or university within the U.S.
* Annual living allowance of $25,000 (Undergraduate) – 41,000 (Doctorate)
* Paid summer internship (Part of your living allowance, not extra money on top of Annual Living Allowance)
* Health insurance stipend
* Book allowance of $1,000 per academic year
* $1200/week during Summer Internship ONLY if your sponsoring facility is more than 50 miles away from your School's address
* Mentoring by a DoD sponsoring facility
* Post-graduation employment placement within the DoD

Students are required to pay back the scholarship by working with the Department of Defense in a 1-1 year ratio. This work is a paid position within a specific DoD agency.

Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme

The University Grants Commission invites applications for the award of fellowship for the year 2010-11 under RAJIV GANDHI NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP SCHEME (RGNFS) for the benefit of SC/ST candidates for the consideration to select the candidates for award of fellowship belonging to SC/ST category under the scheme. The scheme has been initiated keeping in view the social background of the candidates for the deprived section of the society and to provide them opportunity to undertake advanced studies and research in Sciences, Engg. & Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences in Indian Universities and Colleges. There are 2000 slots for scheduled caste and 667 slots for scheduled tribe every year for all subjects. 3% seats are reserved for physically handicapped candidates belonging to SC/ST categories as per Govt. of India norms. The objectives of this award is to provide fellowship in the form of financial assistance to students belonging to SC/ST to pursue studies leading to M. Phil/ Ph. D degree (full time) in Sciences, Engg. and Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences. The candidates should have a Post Graduate degree in the concerned subject & registered for M.Phil/Ph.D in recognized University/Institute/College. The tenure of fellowship is initially for two years under the RGNF scheme. Before expiry of this period, the work of the Fellow will be evaluated by the Committee of three members comprising of Head of the Department, Supervisor and one outside expert to be constituted by the concerned Department of the University/Institution/College. If the research work is found satisfactory, his/her tenure will be extended further for a period of three years under the enhanced emoluments of the Rajiv Gandhi National Senior Research Fellowship (RGNSRF). The recommendations of the Committee shall be submitted to the UGC for upgradation to the level of RGNSRF.

Fellowship in Science Humanities and Social Science

@ Rs. 12000/- p.m. for initial two years
@ Rs. 14000/- p.m. for remaining tenure



Fellowship in Engg. & Technology

@ Rs. 14000/- p.m. for initial two years
@ Rs. 15000/- p.m. for remaining tenure



Contingency A

@ Rs. 10000/- p.a. for initial two years
@ Rs. 20500/- p.a. for remaining tenure

Humanities &
Social Sciences

Contingency B

@ Rs. 12000/- p.a. for initial two years
@ Rs. 25000/- p.a. for remaining tenure

Humanities &
Social Sciences
House Rent Allowance As per University/Institution/College rules

Departmental Assistance

@ Rs. 3000/-p.a. per student to the host institution for providing infrastructure

All Subjects

Escorts/Reader Assistance

@ Rs. 2000/- p.m. in cases of physically handicapped & blind candidates All Subjects

The applications in the prescribed format attached may be sent to Mr. JOGINDER, DEPUTY SECRETARY, (SA-III), UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION, BAHADUR SHAH ZAFAR MARG, NEW DELHI-110002 duly forwarded by the Registrar/Director/Principal and competent authority of the Universities/Institutions/Colleges where the fellow desires to undertake research work latest by 20th March, 2011 (non-extendable). The candidates may also go through UGC website for detailed terms and conditions also. The selection will be made by an Expert Committee on the basis of merit. The ecision of the Commission in this regard shall be final. Direct and incomplete applications will not be entertained. “The application form received from the candidates who will not be selected for fellowship will be destroyed after six months of the selection made in that respective year under the scheme. Henceforth, such application form cannot be called for after destroying.”

WinShape Foundation Scholarship

The WinShape Foundation is an American charitable endeavor of the fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A and its founder Truett Cathy and his family. WinShape also has a sister foundation that was started by Cathy's daughter Trudy and her husband John called Lifeshape. The foundation started in 1984 as a small college scholarship program housed on the former Berry Academy campus of Berry College. Within several years, a boys' summer camp, followed by a girls' summer camp, were added. The foundation has continued to expand in its over 20 years of existence. It now includes foster homes, a challenge/ropes course, corporate and marriage retreats, and sponsors mission trips both within the United States and internationally.

WinShape College Program

The WinShape scholarship currently provides $8,000 yearly – funded jointly by WinShape and Berry College. These funds replace the first $8,000 of any academic scholarships offered by the college and require a special application and interview process. The program originated with only several dozen students and offered a total of $10,000 over four years. Today, WinShape currently has over 100 college students enrolled per year, with over 800 alumni in just over 20 years.

The requirements of the scholarship program have varied in details over the years. Eligibility originally required current Chick-fil-A employment, high achievement and community involvement in high school, and a willingness to sign a contract including Christianity-based rules. Employment by Chick-fil-A is no longer a requirement, but the Christian-based nature of WinShape is perhaps stronger today than ever; the current contract specifies weekly meeting attendance, leadership discussion group participation, community service, and a fundamentalist Christian lifestyle, including abstaining from alcohol and drugs. Beginning in 2006, freshmen and transfer students were required to attend a week-long orientation camp known as FreshThing.

Mission Statement

WinShape College Program exists to cultivate college students who develop disciples, create community and launch leaders to impact every generation.

Program in Detail

The training and programming that students participate in throughout their four years in the program seeks to give the students six key experiences. These are living out of our identity in Christ, establishing a network of supporting relationships, making decisions and contributing based on communal thinking, experiencing a meaningful leadership opportunity, leading from gifts, passions and a love for Jesus, and developing a Biblical worldview.

To accomplish this, the Freshmen class comes for a week prior to their first year for a week of introduction to the community and to a biblical worldview. The first year of training focuses on God's Story, their identity in Christ, and biblical community.

During the summer between the Freshman and Sophomore year, the students participate in an event called StrengthsTrek, which helps students to understand their strengths and how to utilize and develop them. The second year of training focuses on self-discovery, including strengths, personality, spiritual gifts, passions, and other elements. This process culminates in a trip between semesters called the Dream Casting Trip, during which students have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of significant people in history. In this context they that acquire tools that will help them to develop a first draft of a focused life purpose statement.

During the second semester the students are assisted in processing through their newly crafted purpose statements and identifying next steps in making it a reality. At the end of the semester, rising Juniors and Seniors form into teams of students with similar life passions. During a trip over Labor Day weekend called the CIT Initiative, these teams establish focused purposes for creating positive change in the Rome, Berry, or WinShape community and spend the school year accomplishing their purpose.

WinShape Residential Camps

Cathy had taken his boys Dan and Bubba and his daughter Trudy to a summer camp called Ridgecrest in North Carolina when they were children. After the start of the college program in 1984, he wanted the campus to be used during the summer months. With the help of Rick Johnson who had worked for years at Camp Ridgecrest, they started a summer camp for boys in 1985 and a summer camp for girls in the Ford buildings on the main campus in the summer of 1987. The camp was structured similarly to the Ridgecrest camp--a sports camp with a Christian emphasis. With the use of a native American "Indian" theme, the age groups were divided into different "tribes". Another aspect of the program included "indian ranks" that campers could achieve based on good behavior and virtues, the apex of which allowed a camper to take a test to achieve the rank of "Little Chief" for boys or "Black Comanche" for the girls.

Typically a summer at WinShape Camp for Boys or Girls consists of four 2-week sessions--campers typically stay for a two week session, although younger campers (2-3 grades) may stay for a one week session. Both camps also offer an adventure program for older campers. This program includes excursions to go backpacking, whitewater rafting, caving, rock climbing, and multiple nights camping.

The newest forms of camp for WinShape Camps include the introduction of a family camp in the autumn of 2006, and a traveling camp known as C3 (Camps Connecting Communities) that launched officially in the summer of 2008.

Boys Camp Tribes

* Mohawk (2-3 grades, one week only)
* Apache (2-4 grades)
* Shawnee (5-6 grades)
* Choctaw (7-8 grades)
* Navajo (9-12 grades)
* Sioux (10-12 grades, adventure program)

Girls Camp Tribes

* Calusa (2-3 grades, one week only)
* Chippewa (2-4 grades)
* Chickasaw (5-6 grades)
* Cheyenne (7-8 grades)
* Cherokee (9-10 grades)
* Catawba (11-12 grades)
* Creek (12 grade and returning campers only , adventure program)

WinShape Camps C3

WinShape Camps C3 (Camps Connecting Communities) is a one week day camp that was started by WinShape Camps in 2008. In the inaugural year, WinShape Camps had three C3 Teams that traveled to 9 communities around the country, going to a total of 27 cities. In 2009, WinShape Camps C3 went to 36 Communities with four C3 teams. In 2010, WinShape Camps C3 traveled to 45 different communities across the country, reaching over 9,000 campers. This number was more than the combined totals from Boys and Girls Camp from the past three years.

A C3 team consists of 22-23 staffers that travel in two 12-15 passenger vans with all of the equipment packed in a rented 24ft. Penske truck. Each team has six leadership positions, with the overall leader having the title of "Director." Other leadership positions fall under him include: Assistant Director, Production Director, Rec Director, Camp Pastor, and Volunteer Director. The remaining staffers with the exception of a videographer are teamtime leaders. One of the teamtime leaders is also the worship leader.

WinShape Camps C3 combines track times such as Fastfood, Drama, Flag Football, Soccer, Painting, Crafts, etc., High energy worship servies, small group bible studies, and intensive recreation to provide a day camp experience in a community.


Campers are divided into different villages that represent the different age groups. Within each village, campers are assigned to an animal representing their small group:

Ocean (1-2 grades): Dolphin, Jellyfish, Lobster, Penguin, Seagull, Seahorse, Swordfish, and Tigershark.

Safari (3-4 grades): Elephant, Lion, Parrot, Rhino, Warthog, and Zebra.

Alpine (5-6 grades): Bears, Eagles, Moose, Rams, and Trout

WinShape Camps International Projects

After 25 years of doing camp in the United States, in 2009 WinShape Camps decided to start to do Camp in Brasilia, Brazil. In 2010, WinShape Camps went back to Brazil to do week-long day camps around the capital city. WinShape Camps takes its summer staff who have served with WinShape Camps in the past and are coming to serve again to partner with local churches in the Brasilia area to conduct an incredible day-camp experience. You can find out more information and see the day-to-day events at

WinShape Homes

S. Truett Cathy, began a foster home in 1987 near the WinShape Centre on Berry College's campus. This home was designed for up to seventeen children and had full-time parents to take care of them. Out of this effort, several other foster homes have been birthed so that as of December 2007 there were 11 WinShape foster homes in the United States--eight in Georgia, one in Alabama, and two in Tennessee--as well as one in Brazil.

WinShape Retreat and Marriage Retreat

Atop a hill behind the WinShape Center on Berry College's Mountain campus lay a Dairy farm that Martha Berry had built to resemble Normandy architecture. The WinShape Center acquired this dairy when Berry College was seeking to shut it down. After remodeling and adding two additional buildings to the complex (which ironically were part of the master plan from 75 years earlier, but had never been built), the whole complex was converted into a four-star retreat center for people seeking respite and a break from the care of the world. The center now accommodates over 8000 guests every year.

Truett Cathy's middle son, Don "Bubba" Cathy, and his wife Cindy, also head up efforts to minister to couples in strengthening their marriages. The retreat center offers several special events for couples--ranging from couples who have healthy marriages to couples who are actively considering divorce. The program seeks to promote healthy marriages and families.

WinShape Wilderness

Started in 1991 under the leadership of a WinShape College program student, Tammy Preston, WinShape Wilderness seeks to glorify God by creating adventure experiences that encourage spiritual transformation. By using field games and low and high-ropes elements, the WinShape Wilderness staff coordinates safe, yet challenging team-building experiences to help teams work through problems and experience a new level of community.

WinShape International

WinShape International is an organization that seeks to mobilize Chick-fil-A operators and other leaders in the Chick-fil-A community to build young people in other cultures around the world and equip them to become leaders. WinShape International uses Chick-fil-A's SERVE model of leadership as a platform to help train young people to become servant-focused leaders.

Walter Byers Scholarship

The Walter Byers Scholar (also known as Walter Byers Scholarship, and Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship) program is a scholarship program that recognizes the top male and female scholar-athlete in NCAA sports and that is awarded annually by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). It is considered to be the NCAA's highest academic award. The NCAA initiated the Walter Byers Scholarship program in 1988 in recognition of the service of Walter Byers. The award is a postgraduate scholarship program designed to encourage excellence in academic performance by student-athletes. The recipients each year are the one male and one female student-athlete who has combined the best elements of mind and body to achieve national distinction for his or her achievements, and who promises to be a future leader in his or her chosen field of career service. Winners receive scholarships for postgraduate study. Currently, the stipend for each Byers Scholarship is $21,500 for an academic year. The scholarship amount is adjusted for the cost of living. The grant may be renewed for a second year based on academic progress. Financial need is not a factor in the granting of these scholarships. United States citizenship is not a required criterion to satisfy eligibility requirements. Awards from other sources will not disqualify an applicant, except that an awardee may not use more than one NCAA postgraduate scholarship. The Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program is separate and distinct from the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program, which provides numerous annual awards with smaller stipends.

The five-person Walter Byers Scholarship Committee, established by the NCAA membership and appointed by the NCAA Divisions I, II and III Management Councils, administers the program. The committee membership is required to include at least one man and one woman, at least one member from each division and subdivision of Division I, and one member each from Division II and Division III.

Three universities, Barry University, University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the University of Georgia, have had two winners each. All multiple sport honorees have participated in both track and field and cross country, except for 2002 winner, Kyle Eash, who was honored for track and field and football. Of the six football players, only one also won the Draddy Trophy as the top scholar-athlete college football player; the Draddy has a stated objective of rewarding community service as well as athletics and academics. Although basketball players were the first representatives of a sport to sweep the awards, track and field was the first sport to do so twice.

Among the most recognized for post-athletic career accomplishments are Randal Pinkett and Rob Pelinka. Of the winners the one most notable for having gone professional in his or her sport is National Football League veteran Rob Zatechka, who later went on to medical school.

Several of the winners have won other notable awards. The following are complete lists of dual winners of a selected set of notable awards:

* Rhodes Scholar - Henderson, Thigpen, Pinkett
* Top VIII Award - Black, Roethlisberger, Busbee, Carney
* NCAA Woman of the Year Award - Black, Bersagel

Voice of Democracy annual nationwide scholarship

Voice of Democracy (VOD) is an annual nationwide scholarship program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). It is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12. The program annually provides more than $2.3 million in scholarships. The first-place winner, who competes with all the first-place VFW Department (state) winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient's American university, college or vocational/technical school.

Besides competing for the top scholarship prize, as well as other national scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $16,000, each Department's first-place winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in March (annually), sponsored by Target.

The Voice of Democracy Program began in 1946 and was originally sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters. Initially, there were four winners selected, representing the North, South, East and West regions of the country. Each winner received a $500 savings bond and a wristwatch. The second year of the program, a student by the name of Charles Kuralt, the late television news broadcaster and author, was one of the winners.

It is endorsed by the contest criteria of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and is designed to foster patriotism by allowing students the opportunity to voice their opinion in a three-to-five minute essay based on an annual theme. Historically, the Voice of Democracy theme (chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief annually) is purposely kept broad in scope to allow the participant flexibility in interpretation, and thus, encourage originality. The new theme is posted on the website by May of each year.

The audiotape or audio CD (with the typed essay recited word-for-word), the actual typed essay, and completed official student entry form must be delivered to a local, participating VFW Post by the student entry deadline of November 1.

United Negro College Fund

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is an American philanthropic organization that fundraises college tuition money for black students and general scholarship funds for 39 private historically black colleges and universities. The UNCF was incorporated on April 25, 1944 by Frederick D. Patterson (then president of what is now Tuskegee University), Mary McLeod Bethune, and others. The UNCF is headquartered at 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive in an unincorporated area in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, east of the city of Fairfax. In 2005, the UNCF supported approximately 65,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities with approximately $113 million in grants and scholarships. About 60% of these students are the first in their families to attend college, and 62% have annual family incomes of less than $25,000. UNCF also administers over 450 named scholarships. This is in contrast with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund that raises money for the public historically black colleges and universities.

The UNCF's president and chief executive officer is Michael Lomax. Past presidents of the UNCF included William H. Gray and Vernon Jordan. Though set up to address funding inequities in education resources for African Americans, the UNCF-administered scholarships are open to all ethnicities; the great majority of recipients are still African-American. It provides scholarships to students attending its member colleges as well as to those going elsewhere.

Graduates of UNCF scholarships have included many blacks in the fields of business, politics, health care and the arts. Some prominent UNCF alumni include Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and leader in the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s; Alexis Herman, former U.S. Secretary of Labor; noted movie director Spike Lee; actor Samuel L. Jackson; General Chappie James, the U.S. Air Force’s first black four-star general; and Dr. David Satcher, a former U.S. Surgeon General and director of the Centers for Disease Control.

Fundraising and Lou Rawls Parade of Stars

The UNCF has received charitable donations for its scholarship programs. One of the more high profile donations made was by former U.S. President John F. Kennedy who donated the money from the Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles in Courage to the Fund. The largest ever single donation was made in 1990 by Walter Annenberg who donated $50 million to the fund.

Beginning in 1980, singer Lou Rawls began the "Lou Rawls Parade of Stars" telethon to benefit the UNCF. The annual event, now known as "An Evening of Stars", consists of stories of successful African-American students who have graduated or benefited from one of the many historically black colleges and universities and who received support from the UNCF. The telethon featured comedy and musical performances from various artists in support of the UNCF's and Rawls' efforts. The event has raised over $200 million in 27 shows for the fund through 2006.

In January 2004, Rawls was honored by the United Negro College Fund for his more than 25 years of charity work with the organization. Instead of Rawls' hosting and performing, he was given the seat of honor and celebrated by his performing colleagues, including Stevie Wonder, The O'Jays, Gerald Levert, Ashanti, and several others. Before his death in January 2006, Rawls' last performance was a taping for the 2006 telethon that honored Wonder, months before entering the hospital after being diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year.

In addition to the telethon there are a number of other fundraising activities, including the "Walk for Education" held annually in Los Angeles, California, which includes a five kilometer walk/run. In Houston, Texas, the Cypresswood Golf Club hosts an annual golf tournament in April.

The UNCF motto

In 1972, the UNCF adopted, as its motto, the maxim, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." This maxim has become one of the most widely recognized slogans in advertising history. The motto, which has been used in numerous award-winning UNCF ad campaigns, was created by Forest Long, of the advertising agency Young & Rubicam.

A lesser-known slogan the UNCF uses, in reference to its intended beneficiaries, points out about them, "They're not asking for a handout—just a hand."

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