Tips to Finding an Educational Scholarship

Everyone dreams of securing education in a field that they love. However due to monetary problems not many people can actually afford to fulfil this dream of theirs. Therefore, there are plenty of organisations as well as the government that tries to make sure that the people who actually deserve it – get it!Who are they meant for?Well, one thing’s for sure, you don’t need to be a genius in order to secure a scholarship. It is really easy to find money for your further education, all you need to do is search and apply to the right places. But, if you’ve never done it before there’s a probability that you have absolutely no idea as to what needs to be done.Tips on finding educational scholarshipsWell, there are scholarships that range from a few hundred dollars per semester to scholarships that cover all your expenses. If you manage to get a complete scholarship it would cover your boarding, tuition as well as costs that you spend on books.Pick your school wellCertain scholarships are only available to a few selected schools and therefore before you join a school you should make sure that you check out the various kinds of scholarships as well as the different kinds of expenses they cover.Apply to as many as you canIn order to increase the chances of you getting a scholarship for your specified course at the university or school you choose you would need to apply to all the possible places that come to mind.Search onlineWhen it comes to the number of people, organisations as well as the various government schemes that offer scholarships the list is never ending, however it’s really difficult to find the right information at the right time. But, thanks to the internet the present generation is really lucky and they would be able to find plenty of different kinds of scholarships available to them.Are they totally free?Well, there are different kinds of scholarships, therefore make sure that you know what you want before you go ahead and sign up. Some of them would be totally free wherein you don’t have to repay anyone, whereas others would be a kind of loan wherein you don’t have to pay any form of interest.However, there are also those scholarships that are actually contracts wherein businesses choose to pay for the education of some brilliant minds so that they would get the next generation of employees.

Tips For ‘Pitching’ Class Trips to Administrators

Educators are already bogged down with many responsibilities both inside and outside the classroom. Some are in need of assistance to help plan and execute student trips. Working in the student travel industry for over 25 years, I have several ideas on how to make student trips more enticing to administrators. There are talking points for approaching the administration or even the school board about taking students on an educational trip.I am the owner of a student travel company, Educational Travel Consultants. I have assisted many teachers in planning and executing class trips to Washington D.C., New York City, Orlando, and other U.S. destinations.These days, class trips can be organized around science themes, performance trips, art tours, theater tours, eco-trips, and more. Taking a multi-subject approach to travel as a tool for educational enrichment means there are more possibilities for students to engage in active learning on a variety of topics.Many teachers are required to validate student travel objectives to administrators or others. I would like to guide teachers in how to be successful at this challenge.This article gives some tips on how to make the best approach to administrators and gain approval for a class trip to a desired destination.1. Teachers Need to Make a Direct Connection between the Curriculum and the Student Trip. Teachers in subject areas outside of U.S. History can engage student learning with trips. The obvious choice for a trip to Washington D.C. is to tie it into an American History or Government class. But this is only one way of ‘pitching’ a trip to Washington D.C. A trip to Washington D.C. could be focused on science, be a band trip tied to a performance, include theater or provide a tour of art venues in town. My company is always ready to provide appropriate tour suggestions for any of these areas of study. Or we can book a standard class trip to Washington with a tour of the White House, Capitol, and downtown area.2. Define the funding source clearly. Fundraising is an important issue and must be addressed in a meeting with administrators. Here is a brief list of some effective fundraising ideas that students can participate in that I recommend frequently: citrus fruit sales, selling roses and carnations on Valentine’s Day, sponsoring a car wash, selling scratch off cards, or selling CDs or DVDs. The teacher may want to do some preliminary research on or offline to confirm some of these fundraising methods and look at profit margins on products to set realistic fundraising goals for the class trip. Parents can also be asked to pay for a certain portion of the trip.3. Present a Trip Budget. Break costs down by student and also add any other additional costs for the student trip that may be needed. A student travel consultant can assist with this. Present a comprehensive budget with an estimation of the number of people traveling on the trip.4. Outline Financial Benefits. Teachers and chaperones are usually given complimentary trips by student travel companies. This eliminates costs for most adults to travel. This is one large benefit that is important, especially during tight budget years for the school.5. Discuss Educational Benefits. What are the educational benefits of this trip? Will students come away with a firsthand knowledge of the way in which democracy works after visiting the Capitol and the White House? Have they benefited from visiting the estates of some of the founding fathers in Virginia, or seen the early canal system that used to move people and goods in the U.S? Indicate how students will be academically prepped before the trip. Give students a way to process the trip by building writing assignments into post travel curriculums.6. Safety: Research and confirm that students, teachers and chaperones are insured on the trip, to alleviate liability to the school should anything occur. Select a well- established travel company that specializes in student travel and guarantees trip insurance. ETC carries a $2 million dollar liability insurance policy for all student trips. Another way to ensure safety includes something my company has done for ages. Our tour consultants book ONLY hotels with interior hallways and locked doors.7. Chaperones: List the parents who will be accompanying students on this trip. Indicate the chaperone to student ratio.These are just a few ideas that will guide an educator in preparing the foundation for an excellent educational experience that includes active learning: a class trip. Even during times of economic challenge educational travel should still be planned and executed, because it makes learning fun and is a desirable addition to any curriculum.