lupDujHomwIj luteb gharghmey! (That’s “#imakefinancialaidawesome” in Klingon.)
Ranking right up there with July’s National Ice Cream Month (we live in a desert, cool treats rock!), Financial Aid Awareness Month is a party around this office. Why? Because we know February will see a proliferation of information, infographics, articles and resources tweeted out across the country.
Together we can all make financial aid awesome. See an opportunity for improvement? This is the month to voice your suggestions. Change comes from identifying gaps, and speaking up about new solutions, ideas, visions. Just look at what some inventive groups/folks did to make scholarships work better for niche audiences:
- May the Fourth Scholarship – In 2015 The IronYard gave Star Wars enthusiasts the chance at $1,000 scholarships to code school.
- Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship – The American Sheep Industry provides $2,500 scholarships toward sheep-related graduate studies—sheep OR wool research, of course.
- The Zolp Scholarship – Rev. William A. Zolp established this one in the 1970s. Criteria: have the last name Zolp, and proof of Roman Catholic baptism or confirmation. With so few Zolps, Loyola sometimes cold calls possible Zolps!
- Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest – in its 9th year, the $10,000 award goes to the top original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card.
- Tall Clubs International Student Scholarships – barefoot, you have to be a 5’10 woman or 6’2 man (we’re guessing that’s a minimum height requirement) to apply.
While the Klingon Language Institute no longer offers a scholarship, the fact they did in past years is simply too awesome not to mention. And we were just kidding. lupDujHomwIj luteb gharghmey actually means ‘My hovercraft is full of eels’… but you knew that, didn’t you?
Financial aid, scholarships, student success resources – it’s only as boring or as old-school as we let it be. Think big this Financial Aid Awareness Month. Let’s take #finaid boldly where no one has gone before.