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April 10, 2013
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  • Maine proposal would cancel tuition for top students living in poverty
    Top-achieving students in Maine who are also living in poverty could qualify for free college tuition if a proposed bill is approved by state lawmakers. The legislation, proposed by independent state Rep. Ben Chipman, would waive tuition at state colleges for students who graduate in the top 25% of their class and live in households making less than $30,000 annually. "[My bill] would help hundreds, if not thousands, of students in Maine," Chipman said. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does the conversation around higher education need to change?
    Comparing students' academic careers and dwelling over college acceptances and rejections to top schools is counterproductive to the true problem that exists in higher education, Liz Willen writes in this blog post. In a country where barely one-third of Americans have a four-year degree and more and more students are struggling with the skills required for college admissions, the focus needs to shift from who got in where to why more students aren't adequately prepared, Willen argues. The Hechinger Report/HechingerEd blog (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tips on mastering the art of the job interview
    Job candidates should create a narrative and convey their key messages during an interview, asserts author and personal finance adviser Ramit Sethi. Interviews are not just about answering questions, Sethi suggests; they offer job seekers an opportunity to show why they are the right person for the job. "[I]if you've done your homework you know what the key challenges of that company are. You also know what that role entails and who they work with. So you start using the words that the company uses and all of a sudden that interviewer, his or her eyes are going to light up," Sethi concludes. American Public Media/Marketplace (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The do's and don'ts of the informational interview
    Informational interviews are a great way to do research when contemplating a career move, so come to them prepared with many questions, experts say. "Aside from questions that are ridiculously inappropriate ... there is only one absolute taboo: Don't ask for a job," author Paul Freiberger advises. CNNMoney/Fortune (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How can social media be part of a scholarship search?
    Social media can be a powerful tool for students seeking scholarships, Matt Konrad of Scholarship America writes in this blog post. Konrad offers four social-networking tips for students, including being "authentic but tactful," engaging in conversations about topics they are passionate about and utilizing sites beyond just Twitter and Facebook. For example, YouTube has become a focus of several financial-assistance and scholarship programs, he writes. U.S. News & World Report/The Scholarship Coach blog (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NSCS News 
  • North Carolina State University to host fundraising social event
    The North Carolina State University (NCSU) NSCS chapter will be hosting a combination fundraiser and social event on Thursday, April 18th. The chapter has partnered with FreshBerry to host an all-day fundraising event. FreshBerry will donate 15% of purchases from customers who mention NSCS during checkout. After enjoying some frozen yogurt, NSCS members will gather outside of Witherspoon Student Center on Harris Field to watch "The Avengers." Learn more about the NCSU chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • University of Mississippi one of five NSCS chapters selected for Engaging Race Grant
    The Ole Miss NSCS chapter has been selected as one of five recipients of the NSCS Engaging Race Award, a $1,000 grant that will support a service organization or the local community. The Ole Miss chapter has selected Lovepacks, a local service organization, as the recipient of the grant. Lovepacks works with counselors at schools throughout the community to identify hungry children who may not have access to meals once they leave in the afternoons. With the help of volunteers and donations, Lovepacks purchases items that are easy for children to open and contain single servings of food such as cereal, pasta, soup and fruits. Learn more about the Ole Miss chapter here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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