With the national student loan debt at $1 trillion, it’s clear that college tuition has become inordinately expensive. The good news is that Congress recently voted against doubling student loan rates, but tuition at most schools is still too high for students to afford on their own.
CollegeNET is a website that helps students pay for college by allowing them to post blogs competitively for scholarship money. If you are a student or still have a student loan to pay off, you can create an account and begin posting blogs on community forums, covering a range of topics including arts, education, politics, sports, technology, and more. Participants can then vote on the best blog posts, and the top 10 weekly winners receive a minimum of $300 each. There is no limit to the amount of funds you can receive from blogging, and some students have earned thousands of dollars in scholarships as a result of their continuous blog posts.
In an effort to give today’s generation a voice, CollegeNET developed this scholarship program as a sort of experiment. The website raises an interesting point:
“We look at the persistent challenges of the Middle East, Darfur, and Afghanistan; the worldwide bloodshed over religious views and traditions; and the global gap between rich and poor. All of these problems have persisted and, in some cases, worsened, under the watch of today’s leaders and elites. Yet the values of these elites–typically the same ones reinforced through scholarship committees–dominate. Pardon us, but skepticism seems in order: will the great issues of our time ever be effectively addressed by the same old value systems? Or could the values that would be directly and collectively expressed independently by the next generation–values perhaps different and even offbeat from those traditionally held–be ones that lead to change?”
CollegeNET, Inc. is a Portland, Oregon-based, privately held company providing web-based on-demand technologies to colleges, universities, and non-profits. The CollegeNET scholarship program is funded by a combination of advertising revenue and corporate support. So far, CollegeNET has given away over $1 million in scholarships.