Scholarship Of The Month: The Goedeker’s General College Book Scholarship

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Textbooks are expensive (especially if you have to buy a lot of them). Fortunately, this scholarship can help.

This month’s featured scholarship is open to all currently enrolled college students—and its prize is something all currently enrolled college students could likely use:

$500 to help cover the costs of expensive college textbooks!

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There is no official application for this scholarship. Instead, the scholarship asks that you submit your essay, proof of GPA, your contact information, a recent photo, and proof of college enrollment via email.

The essay needs to be 300 words minimum. Meaning, you can (and should) write a much longer and comprehensive essay (around 500 words). If you have a solid career goals scholarship essay already handy, then use that essay as a base and make edits to better reflect the requirements of the Goedeker scholarship.

Here are the details, as well as some answers from the scholarship provider about what they’re looking for in an applicant.

Website: The Goedeker’s General Book Scholarship

Award Amount: Up to $500

Deadline: July 31

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Any student that is enrolled in an accredited college is eligible to participate
  • Must be enrolled for the spring 2014 or registered for the fall 2014 semester

Q&A With The Goedeker’s General Book Scholarship

Q: Tell us about your motivations to start this scholarship program.

A: Goedeker’s started the annual book scholarship because we understand how difficult it is to pay for college tuition and textbooks. With tuition increasing faster than student aid, it has become almost impossible to graduate from college without utilizing some form of student loans. We believe that every person who desires a higher education should have a chance; that is why we are offering a textbook scholarship.

Q: What is the scholarship judging process like? Are the judges volunteers? Employees?

A: After the deadline, a few selected employees will read and analyze each essay based on creativity, grammar, spelling, originality, and organization of thought. The submission requirements determine whether you make the cut; the essay determines who will win. We will bring the best entries together to determine the final winner and two honorable mentions.

Q: What are some characteristics that you look for in an ideal applicant?

A: The ideal applicant will show promise and desire to excel as a student and in whatever they do outside of school. We are looking for someone who follows directions, has goals for their future, and who dreams of making a difference.

Q: What is the biggest mistake you see applicants make when applying for your scholarship?

A: The biggest mistake we see is failure to follow directions. The requirements are clearly noted on the scholarship page. When part of the application is missing or the applicant does not include the proper subject heading, the entry automatically goes into the non-qualified folder.

Q: What are some characteristics that make an applicant stand out?

A: A stand-out applicant has a creative essay that makes me think, “Wow. This person is amazing!” Whether it be through extracurricular activities, volunteerism, or personal hardships, I want to see why they deserve this scholarship more than anyone else.

Q: Do you have any advice for the students who apply for this award?

A: Edit, edit, and edit again. Poor grammar, spelling, and punctuation are going to be the ultimate factors in who wins the grand prize. One essay may have better content, but if there are grammatical errors all over the place, the other will win.

Find even more scholarship opportunities in our post on Upcoming 2014 College Scholarship Deadlines.

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