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Scholarships should not be a secret

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Liz Larson, the Client Relations Representative at the Financial Aid Office, said that now is the perfect time to be looking for scholarships. Specifically, Larson recommended the Women’s Club scholarship that has a deadline of October 31. “It’s a good one to look at,” she said, as there are no high credentials.

Larson also suggested students set up a profile on ScholarshipAmerica.org, which shows students what scholarships may be right for them. There are a variety of little-known scholarships available.

Field of study

Larson said now is a good time to start checking departmental scholarships. She said some departments only have one time a year for students to apply.

College of Education’s scholarship period takes place in March. In addition, the School of Information Technology has scholarships available now. Education majors, especially those who are single mothers under the age of 25, should try the Rollings Scholarship.

Criminal justice sciences majors may be eligible for the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship. Students majoring in accounting can apply for the Ferengul Endowed Scholarship.


Whether students bowl for sport for fun, there is likely a scholarship available for them. For example, the USBC Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow scholarship is a $6,000 award for any female college student who competes in the sport of bowling.

In contrast, the USBC Earl Anthony Memorial scholarship is a $5,000 award to any college student with a record of strong community involvement, academic achievements and financial need. More than $6 million is offered each season for scholarships by bowling associations and councils, certified tournaments and proprietors throughout the country.


Tall students should look into Tall Clubs International. TCI awards up to $1000 each to tall students every year. In order to be eligible, the student must be under 21 years of age, entering their first year of college and meet the height requirements of 5’ 10’’ for women and 6’ 2’’ for men.

For short students, there is an organization called Little People of America who give out scholarships to students under 4’ 10”.  Awards range from $250 to $1000. Larson said that when students are looking for scholarships they should ask themselves, “What are the unique characteristics about me?”


Jif Most Creative Sandwich Contest: the winning sandwich gets the creator $25,000 and a Jif peanut butter gift basket.

Excellence in Predicting the Future Award: a desire for economics and skill at predicting the financial market could earn students a $400 reward.

Mycological Society of America Scholarship: study fungi and win up to $2000.

Copyright Awareness Scholarship: write about why copyright is important and win up to $5000.

Abuse victims ‘take back the night’


(Samantha Flory / Photographer)  Take Back the Night is a night for sexual assault and domestic violence victims to tell their story and inform people what happened to them.

(Samantha Flory / Photographer)
Take Back the Night is a night for sexual assault and domestic violence victims to tell their story and inform people what happened to them.


The Feminist Lead Activist Movement to Empower (F.L.A.M.E.)hosted their annual Take Back the Night Event Tuesday, where victims and their close friends were given the opportunity to speak against hate crimes, sexual assault and domestic violence.

In support of this event, Illinois State University President Larry Dietz and other faculty and staff joined the group of students and community citizens giving a voice to victims affected by the different acts of violence.

Over 150 people showed up to the event.

To kick start this powerful event, community organizations such as Planned Parenthood and Neville House, and campus RSOs such as NAACP and PRIDE participated in a community fair that dealt with the issues of the event.

Following the community fair, there was a rally where survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence shared their stories while speaking words of encouragement and empowerment to those who may be currently dealing with the sexual assault and domestic violence.

The highlight of the night for many was the marching of the campus. After the rally, students, faculty, staff and community members marched through ISU’s campus  ‘taking back the night’ while chanting phrases of self-empowerment.

Some of the chants included, “Survivors unite; take back the night,” and “Sexist, rapist, anti-gay, you can’t take our night away.”

This event for many meant the opportunity to regain their voice, reclaim their power and understand that the acts of violence against them was not their fault.

“It’s not your fault, it’s never been your fault, and it’ll never be your fault. You are still in control of yourself and you are still able to regain power and get past what has happened to you,” Brooke Barnhart, president of F.L.A.M.E.,  said to victims.

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