Category Archives: Undergraduates “Hit the Books” Scholarship is the subsidiary of Coffee Serv Inc., founded by Jack and Lynn Kirshner. is an online coffee retailer that carries a wide variety of coffee products and Keurig K-cups. With 25 years as a business leader in Philadelphia, we at know that tough times do not just hit the banks. They hit us all, but we must never lose sight of our biggest investment in the future: the next generation of scholars and entrepreneurs.

Jack and Lynn have set an example with their nearly 20 years of active involvement in the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and Coffee Serv Inc. has followed that example by giving thousands of dollars in donations and coffee to the same. In order to continue this tradition of community involvement, we at are introducing the semi-annual “Hit The Books Scholarship” as our way of helping the future leaders of the business world meet their educational goals.

Eligible students will be aged 18-25 and enrolled in an accredited college or university.* Candidates will have the opportunity to compete once in January and again in September for the scholarship, but will only be eligible to win the scholarship once. The “Hit The Books Scholarship” will award one student up to $500 dollars to be used for educational books and materials.**

In order to be considered for the scholarship, candidates should submit an essay of no more than 500 words on the subjects of the importance of education in their lives and how the scholarship money will assist the students’ goals. Bonus points will be awarded to those students who find a creative way to include their passion for coffee within their essay without losing sight of the primary topic. “Hit The Books Scholarship” winners will be selected based upon two criteria: successful accomplishment of essay subject matter and individual student needs. Scholarship awardees will be expected to permit Coffee Serv Inc. to publish their winning essay on Awardees will also be required to compose and publish a follow up blog posting on with a photograph of themselves and an update on how the scholarship has helped them accomplish their goals.

Hit The Books scholars are expected to illustrate integrity and drive with their use of the scholarship funds but will also be required to submit receipts for the educational materials acquired as a result of the scholarship award.
Applicant Essays are to be submitted to via email to:

Spring Scholarship deadline: January 31, 2015
Fall Scholarship deadline: September 30, 2015

To see our past scholarship winners, visit our “Hit The Books Scholarship Winners” page.

*Proof of enrollment required.
**Up to $500 for Cost of Books and Materials. Winners are responsible for sending receipts to CFL.

WInner will be announced on the CoffeeForLess Facebook and Twitter Pages.

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National Federation of the Blind of Texas Scholarship

Each year the NFB of Texas offers scholarships to the best and brightest blind students in the state. The scholarships are awarded during our annual convention. This year the convention will be held in Austin from November 13-15. In order to be eligible for a scholarship from the NFB of Texas applicants must: be legally blind, residents of Texas, and pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the fall of 2015.The following scholarships will be awarded. Follow link for application information. 

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND OF TEXAS MERIT SCHOLARSHIP – 1 scholarship in the amount of $3,000.00. This scholarship is provided through the generosity of the hard-working members of the NationalFederation of the Blind of Texas. No restrictions apply.

HOUSTON LADY LIONS SCHOLARSHIP – 2 scholarships in the amount of $2,000.00 each. These scholarships were donated by the Lady Lions, in Houston. A preference will be given to winners who are women and/or who live in the Houston area.

NFB OF TEXAS HOUSTON CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP – 1 scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00. This scholarship has been sponsored by our Houston chapter since 1986. No restrictions apply.

CRITERIA – Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, financial need, and community service. The National Federation of the Blind of Texas is dedicated to providing opportunities to all blind people. Therefore, membership in the organization is not a requirement.







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Arborjet Taking Root Scholarship Program

Arborjet Taking Root Scholarship Program

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Deadline: June 30, 2015

Arborjet has established its Taking Root Scholarship Program to encourage and enable bright and promising young students to fulfill their dreams of entering careers in the arboriculture industry.

Scholarships are offered for students looking to pursue full-time studies in Forestry, Plant Sciences, Horticulture, Entomology, Environmental Science or a related major at an accredited two- or four-year college or university of the student’s choice.

For more information, please visit

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Fall 2015 Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Award

Fall 2015 Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Award

Thermo Fisher Scientific is offering our future science scholars an opportunity to win $10,000 in scholarship funding for the Fall 2015 semester. This scholarship was created to help provide educational opportunities for the future generation of scientists. Graduate students or undergraduate students must be enrolled in an accredited college for the Fall 2015 semester to qualify for this scholarship. A pre-selected committee will award two $10,000 scholarships and four $5,000 scholarships among the candidates.

Scholarship Award Criteria:

  • – Candidate must be enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student at an accredited college or university for
    the Fall 2015 semester
  • – Candidate must have a declared major of Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related life science field
  • – Graduate students must have received a cumulative undergraduate GPA of > 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • – Graduate students should be maintaining a GPA of > 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during Graduate School
  • – Sophomores and Juniors must have a cumulative college GPA of > 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • – Freshman must have a cumulative high school GPA of > 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • – Candidates must complete an application [if selected, an official transcript will be required]
  • – Although not required for an application, references can be submitted to:
    Thermo Fisher Scientific
    Attn: Scholarship Reference
    3747 N. Meridian Rd
    Rockford, IL 61101
    or via email to
  • – Deadline for applicants is 11:59:59 p.m. Central Time (CT) on July 27, 2015


Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please submit all materials in the checklist before July 27, 2015 (all information should be submitted at once). Award recipients will be notified no later than August 17, 2015. Please see official Terms & Conditions for additional information.


* Note this scholarship is only available to United States citizens or students possessing appropriate Visa status in order to study in the U.S.

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Gagne, Schere & Associates Scholarship

Gagne, Schere & Associates Scholarship

Amount: $1,200

Deadline: July 17, 2015

This scholarship requires a 500- to 1000-word essay on the following topic:

“What is the most significant development in military law in the past two years?”

Additional essay guidance is provided on the scholarship provider’s website. In short, the scholarship provider wants applicants to select one significant development and focus their essay around that topic. You should discuss why you feel that this development is significant, how it has impacted those in the military and their families, and perhaps share a bit of the history of the law surrounding this development.

One thing to keep in mind: the scholarship provider is a law firm that defends members of the United States military—so, they are going to know their stuff. If you want to win, make sure that your essay is well researched and well thought through. Remember, you’re writing about a topic that these guys are experts on!

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled in a college or university or planning to be enrolled in the fall of 2015
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

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The Obeo American Dream Essay Contest

The Obeo American Dream Essay Contest

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: July 1, 2015

The Obeo scholarship requires a 500-word essay on the following topic:

“Do you believe home ownership is still a part of the American dream?”

The essay that wins this contest will be the one that can make the strongest case for their argument for or against the notion of home ownership being a part of the American dream. (Hint: home ownership hasn’t always been considered a part of the American dream).

Here is how I would approach this essay topic: Strong essays will be able to articulate the history of the American Dream (who created it and when?) and how its definition has changed over the years. Use this research to support your case for or against home ownership as a part of the American Dream. If you believe that home ownership is still a valuable part of the American Dream, elaborate on why and be sure to draw upon personal experiences as well as historical and recent events to support your case.

(Note: I’ve reviewed the “content contribution agreement” that must be signed to apply for this scholarship. This agreement states that the organization (Obeo) will own your scholarship essay upon submission and that they are allowed to reproduce and publish your scholarship essay in the future as they see fit. Most scholarship organizations will state this in the terms of their scholarships, but for some reason this organization decided to make it a separate document. )

To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be enrolled at an accredited university or college in the United States
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must be a current full-time student

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Student Thought Leadership Scholarship

Student Thought Leadership Scholarship

Michigan Consumer Credit Lawyers has been a leader in consumer credit law for over 20 years. It has been offering sound and honest legal consultation during this time and is headed by renowned credit attorney Gary Nitzkin. MCCL will be running an essay-based scholarship to award students with thought leadership on the current issue of of the rising national student loan debt.

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Student Loan Debt has the highest delinquency rate among all forms of debt and it’s the only one that has been on the rise since 2003. According to FICO , the average student loan debt has jumped 58% in just seven years from $17,233 to $27,253 since 2003.

There are many reasons why the student loan debt is increasing. The cost of education is getting higher for one, and another reason is that the relationship between the lenders and the students is getting very shaky. Students with not much of a credit score are getting approved for massive student loans. Many times these loans are borrowed for degrees that have a decreasing value in this more tech savvy job market. Because of this, many students are getting a reality check come graduation time when they realize that their annual salary is going to be lower than the sum of their student debt.

This affects many life-decisions. Decisions like buying a car, buying a home, and other major decisions are being put on hold so that former students can start to make their payments. In fact, according to research from Progress Now, you are 36% less likely to own a home if you are currently repaying student loan debt. Other areas of life that this study found to dramatically affect your life would be the purchasing a new car, and the amount of time a student was going to repay back their debt based on the type of degree they pursued. MCCL believes that all students should be aware of the cost, benefits, and consequences of undertaking debt when going to school.

Scholarship Rules & Guidelines:

Deadline: July 1st 2015

  • First Place : $1,000
  • Second Place: $750
  • Third Place: $250
  • Written essays must be Between 500-1000 Words (See topics below)
  • Applicant must be either a current student at an accredited school within the U.S. or at an accredited undergraduate university planning to attend school.
  • Applicants Must have a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Applicants Must Submit a Copy of Their Transcript



  1. What action should the government take to prevent students from damaging their credit with student loans?
  2. What programs would you like to see to help students prevent student loans from damaging their credit?

How To Apply

To apply either fill out the application form on our site, or download a copy of our application form and mail a hard copy to our office.

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Each year the makers of TYLENOL® award annual scholarships to well deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare. Twenty-three years and over eight million dollars later, we’re proud to continue a tradition that supports those dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others.


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TADC Urban Scholarship Fund

The 2015 – 2016 TADC Urban Scholarship Fund Application will be available on March 1, 2015. 

  • 2015-2016 SAR (Student Aid Report) and
  • High School Transcript/Diplomaor other proof of high school city or
  • College Transcript(with High School Listed)
  • GED Certification (list location and city on application)
  • I-551 (Permanent Resident) Copy of front and back
The Urban Scholarship Fund is for graduating high school seniors, new and/or returning college students attending any accredited nonprofit public or independent two or four-year college/university or technical school. ANNUAL awards are $700 for community college, junior college and technical college; $1,000 for public four-year college/university; and $2,000 for independent (private) four-year college/university. Funds are disbursed half each semester.ELIGIBILITY:United States Citizen or permanent resident
Texas Resident
Demonstrate financial need (EFC not exceeding 00050 – NO EXCEPTIONS)
Undergraduate full-time student in good academic standing at the end of the 2014/2015 academic year.
Graduate of a high school in one of the following 29 cities (NO EXCEPTIONS):Abilene, Amarillo, Arlington, Austin, Beaumont, Brownsville, Carrollton, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Denton, El Paso, Fort Worth, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Houston, Irving, Killeen, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen, McKinney, Mesquite, Midland, Pasadena, Plano, San Antonio,Waco and Wichita Falls.

NOTIFICATION PROCESS: All communication is transmitted e

  •  Ineligible applicants are notified immediately once their application has been processed.
  •  Eligible applicants will be notified after the application deadline, please insure that you have a valid e-mail address.



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Mark your calendars! Alpha and McNair have set the GRE workshop dates early so that you can make plans to attend. Here are the dates!

Saturday, 1/24/2015
9:00-noon — Pre-test — Location: ADMIN 327
1:30-4:00 — General test strategies — Location: Honors Classroom in Zelner Hall
Saturday, 1/31/2015
9:00-noon — Math Strategies — Location: Honors Classroom in Zelner Hall
1:30-4:00 — Verbal and Writing Strategies — Location: Honors Classroom in Zelner Hall
Saturday, 2/7/2015
9:00-noon — Post-test — Location: ADMIN 327
To get the best results, attend all three sessions. To registration for the workshops, please go to the link below.

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