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Scholarship Opportunity

22 Oct

This just in from our friends at the North Carolina Paralegal Association:

NCPA STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY CONTEST

SPONSORED BY NORTH CAROLINA PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION, INC.
The North Carolina Paralegal Association, Inc. (“NCPA”) will be sponsoring its annual Student Scholarship Essay Contest opening October 1, 2014. Any paralegal student enrolled in an accredited North Carolina paralegal educational program is eligible. An essay competition will be the basis of the scholarship.

Essay Topic: “I have chosen to be a paralegal…”

Essay Requirements: The essays must be typed, double spaced, and on letter sized paper. They may not exceed two pages in length. Please be aware that spelling, grammar and punctuation will be taken into consideration, so please review your work before submitting. The essays will be judged anonymously, so do not reference your name or your paralegal program within the body of the essay.

Awards**: First Place: $400.00
Second Place: $300.00
Third Place: $200.00
Fourth Place: $100.00

In addition to the scholarship, all awards include one free student registration to NCPA’s 35th Annual Seminar and Meeting to be held March 19-21, 2015 in Wrightsville Beach.

Send your typewritten essays by January 1, 2015 to:

Charlotte A. Ward, CLA, NCCP
Student/School Relations Chair
info@ncparalegal.org
PO Box 36264
Charlotte, NC 28236-6264

Please contact Charlotte A. Ward at (919) 906-1822 with any questions.

**All award scholarship checks will be made payable to the winners’ educational facility. Please note that winners for the previous year are ineligible.**

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FAFSA Day – February 22, 2014

10 Jan

FAFSA Day is a program offered by the College Foundation of North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and the State Employees’ Credit Union. On February 22, 2014, students needing assistance with completing their FAFSA form can get help from volunteers. You can find out where these events are being held here at the CFNC web site. If you’re not a State Employees’ Credit Union member, the closest site for Bull City students is at North Carolina Central University.

Even if you don’t think you qualify for financial aid, fill out a FAFSA. Durham Tech’s financial aid office need it to take a look at what they can do for you.

It’s a fairly simple process, and it’s free. You’ll need to have your 2013 federal tax return completed, but getting a jump on getting your FAFSA knocked out means you can get it to your school earlier. And if you’re already working on your FAFSA, here’s a handy tip: Durham Tech’s school code is 005448.

There’s no need to wait until February, though. You can get more information from Durham Tech’s Financial Aid Office web page, or visit them in the Phail Wynn, Jr. building.

Sound like a lot of work? It’s not. The FAFSA isn’t that complicated at all, and you may be surprised at what financial aid opportunities exist. Here’s a good video overview:

Single Parent Program Applications Available

4 Nov

The deadline to apply for the Single Parent Program for child care assistance for the Spring Semester of 2014 is Monday, November 11.

Applicants are awarded funding based on need, academic standing, and availability of funds. In order to qualify, you must have completed a minimum of one semester and meet satisfactory academic progress. If awarded, students receive assistance with childcare expenses. The awards vary according to a student’s individual situation, including course load and child care needs. Need an application? Stop by the Financial Aid office located on the second floor of the Phail Wynn, Jr. building.

NCPA Student Scholarship Essay Contest

23 Oct

ImageThe North Carolina Paralegal Association, Inc. (“NCPA”) will be sponsoring its annual Student Scholarship Essay Contest opening October 1, 2012.  Any paralegal student enrolled in an accredited North Carolina paralegal educational program is eligible.  An essay competition will be the basis of the scholarship.

 Essay Topic: “I have chosen to be a paralegal…”

Essay Requirements:    The essays must be typed, double spaced, and on letter sized paper.  They may not exceed two pages in length.  Please be aware that spelling, grammar and punctuation will be taken into consideration, so please review your work before submitting.  The essays will be judged anonymously, so do not reference your name or your paralegal program within the body of the essay.

Awards**:  First Place:     $400.00

Second Place:  $300.00

Third Place:    $200.00

Fourth Place:  $100.00

In addition to the scholarship, all awards include one free student registration to NCPA’s 32nd Annual Seminar and Meeting to be held April 2013.

Send your typewritten essays by January 1, 2013 to:

Charlotte A. Ward, CLA, NCCP
Student/School Relations Chair
PO Box 36264
Charlotte, NC  28236-6264
info@ncparalegal.org

Please contact Charlotte A. Ward at (919) 906-1822 with any questions.

**All award scholarship checks will be made payable to the winners’ educational facility

Financial Aid at Durham Tech

27 Aug

If you could use a little financial help to get to graduation, don’t overlook the resources available at Durham Tech. The college’s financial aid page gives a great overview of how to get started. But the secret to all of this–and the easiest way to get started–is to simply fill out a FAFSA form. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It’s done electronically, and is an easy, straightforward application.  That FAFSA application goes to Federal Student Aid, which is part of the Department of Education. They state that they provide “$150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school.”

You’ll need a few documents handy, such as your last federal tax return. Although the deadlines have passed for Fall and Spring registration, it still makes sense to get your name in front of the Financial Aid office.

In addition to grants and loans available from Federal Student Aid, there are local scholarships available to qualifying Durham Tech students. You can check them out here. An even larger list of grants and scholarships–money that you don’t have to pay back–can be found at the College Foundation of North Carolina. But remember that the first step is completing your FAFSA.

Filling out the FAFSA is absolutely free. If a web site asks you to pay some money first before you can fill out the form, then you’re not on the official site: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

NFPA Scholarships Available – Application Deadline July 1

14 Mar

National Federation of Paralegal Association Scholarships Applications Available

NFPA has announced the essay topic for the 2013 NFPA/Thomson Reuters scholarships–it’s now available here along with the application form. There are two scholarships available: first place is $3,000 and second place is $2,000.

This scholarship opportunity is open to both member and non-member students of NFPA. The deadline for submission of completed applications and accompanying documents is July 1, 2013. Winners will be provided a travel stipend to attend the NFPA Annual Convention in Hartford, CT in October and will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 5. Notification will be provided to the winners on or about August 26, 2013.

NCBA Scholarship Opportunity

6 Feb

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From the NCBA:

The Student Scholarship provides an award of $500 for tuition to a North Carolina resident enrolled in a North Carolina Qualified Paralegal Studies Program as defined by the North Carolina State Bar.

The criteria:

1. Be a North Carolina resident enrolled in a North Carolina Qualified Paralegal Studies Program as defined by the North Carolina State Bar;

2. Be a North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division Student Member in good standing;

3. Submit a signed Certificate of Good Academic Standing (form included with application packet) from your school verifying you are in good academic standing as defined by your school;

4. Provide a sealed Letter of Recommendation from your paralegal program advisor OR from a current or past instructor within your paralegal program; and

5. Submit an essay on “Will you pursue certification as a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal? Why or why not?” All essays must be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length and typewritten. Grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and flow will be considered.

Download the guidelines and application here. Download the membership application here.

Deadline: Faxed or postmarked by April 5, 2013