Tips for Finding a Scholarship

Looking for the right scholarship to apply for can be very difficult. College is getting more expensive which means more people are applying for scholarships.

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The Anthony Muñoz Scholarship Fund offers $20,000 to up to six high school seniors in the Greater Cincinnati area. Previous winners have used different routes to find scholarships such as the Scholarship Fund. In a recent article, Edudemic featured tips on how to find a scholarship. These tips include:

  1. School Districts: Make sure to visit your schools district’s website because sometimes they list scholarships that your high schools don’t. (Information about the Scholarship Fund has been sent to your local high school! Ask someone about it today!)
  2. University Scholarships: Colleges usually have incoming freshmen scholarships, as well as upperclassmen opportunities. (AMF has also sent Scholarship Fund information to your college if they are on our eligible school list…have you seen it?)
  3. Community Foundations: (Like the Anthony Muñoz Foundation!)

When I was applying to college way back when, finding scholarships to apply for took a lot of effort. However, I learned a lot along the way. Some of my tips for finding a scholarship include:

  1. Take Advantage of the Resources Around You: While your high school might not list every scholarship opportunity, they have a lot of knowledge on how to find different scholarship opportunities. Your teachers and guidance counselor’s are there to see you succeed, take advantage of what they have to offer.
  2. Stay Optimistic: You may not receive every scholarship you apply for, but stay positive and keep applying. There are plenty of scholarships out there, for all students.
  3. Get A Lot of Eyes on Your Essay: You can never have enough people double check your essay to make sure there are no typo’s or any spelling errors. It’s basic editing, but if you make a small mistake you could be discrediting yourself.

While finding a scholarship can be difficult to find, locating the Anthony Muñoz Scholarship Fund is incredibly easy. Click here to find the application!

Mike Rizio
Programs Intern

To find the complete list of tips from edudemic click here!
To see where I found the picture above click here!

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New Year. New Finalists.

Just a couple of days ago, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation Selection Committee chose the 18 senior finalists for the 2013 Straight “A” Scholarship! (Don’t worry though, there is still time to apply for our $20,000 Scholarship Fund!) This years Straight “A” Luncheon will take place April 24th at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse!

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These finalists not only:

    • Pursue Academic excellence as well as Athletic achievement
    • Actively serve the community
    • Possess a strong Ambition
    • Maintain a winning Attitude
    • Have the ability to overcome Adversity

But they also inspire everyone to be their best.  Previous finalists like Jarrin Taul and Mandy Alexander set the bar pretty high, but these finalists are able to stand on their own as incredible nominees for this years’ Straight “A” Scholarship.

Girls:                                                  Guys:
DeNesha Bell:                                 Ryan Burton:
Western Hills University HS            Cincinnati Christian Schools
Dolores Clark:                                Shannon Chambers:
Dixie Heights HS                                Aiken HS
Jamie Daley:                                   Zachariah Class:
South Dearborn HS                           Bishop Brossart
Lindsay Darkins:                          Tom Cropper:
Mount Notre Dame HS                     Georgetown Jr/Sr HS
Allison Glatt:                                  Kyle Damen:
Seton HS                                             Georgetown Jr/Sr HS
Rachel Hall:                                    Jacob Havran:
St. Ursula Academy                           Bethel-Tate HS
Emily Kroger:                                 Ben Linnabary:
Ludlow HS                                          Colerain HS
Sarah LaCombe:                            Adam Steele:
Loveland HS                                       Simon Kenton HS
Cerryia Lindberg:                         Matt Toerner:
Indian Hill HS                                     Badin HS

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Let’s also take a second to thank the teachers who allow this to happen. Without their help and belief in their students, the Straight “A” Scholarship would not be as meaningful as it is today.

Take a second and congratulate these incredible students in the comment section below!

Don’t Forget: Applications for the Scholarship Fund are being acepted from now until April 30th! Apply today and you can have the chance to win 20,000!

Mike Rizio
Programs Intern

How To: Be The Leader You Were Born To Be

Our Scholarship Fund Winners Are All:

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Along with the desire to overcome adversity and having financial need, students that have been awarded the Scholarship Fund have fulfilled a leadership role in their community. Erik Zamudio created his own non-profit focused on feeding indigent workers and Alma Oñate, our 2012 Scholarship Fund recipient, is planning on going to medical school to help kids as a Pediatric doctor.

There are many ways to fulfill a leadership role in your community. I recently talked to Anthony Muñoz and he gave me a little insight on what he thinks it takes to be a good community leader and some ways to fulfill a leadership role in your community. He said:

“Putting other people first and making sure you are helping others is very important. In general, it’s a matter of taking who you are 2012 IFE Camp 125leading from point A to point B and it’s about them being successful and it is not about yourself. When fulfilling a leadership role in your community it’s about balance. Get involved in as many activities as possible. It’s not a matter of overdoing it but just making sure that what you get involved in, you can offer your gifts and talents and be a contributor more than just someone who is there to be there.”

In order to be a great community leader, along with taking the advice that Anthony suggested you can also be a community leader by following these tasks I found from Community Toolbox!

  1. Dream Big: Think far ahead of what you want to accomplish so you have something to motivate you.
  2. Set Goals: You dreamed big. Now make sure your vision has more of a sharper image. It’s good to set short-term and long term goals so can accomplish you dream more smoothly.
  3. Think about the group as a whole: Don’t lose sight of what you wanted to accomplish in the first place. Make sure the group is satisfied with the direction you are leading them. The group will be stronger if you are able to work in sync.
  4. Recruit and teach others: A community won’t improve with just one leader. Teach others what you have learned along the way so you can help them reach their goals and they can help you accomplish yours.

If you have fulfilled a leadership role in the community or know somebody that has, take the time and apply for the Scholarship Fund. Applying can give you opportunity to learn from one of today’s great community leaders, Anthony Muñoz.

Comment below and let us know what you think it takes to be a great community leader!

Mike Rizio
Programs Intern

To find the complete list of how to be a community leader click here!
The picture at the top of the page is credited to Dreamstime: Stock Photos!

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Where Are They Now Wednesday! – Overcoming Adversity

“Life may present you with challenges, but every individual possesses the courage to overcome adversity” ~ Erik Zamudio (2010 Scholarship Fund Recipient)

Each finalist for the Scholarship Fund and Straight “A” Scholarship is unique in their own way, but they all have one thing in common: their ability to overcome adversity. From Jarrin Taul, whose speech impediment didn’t hold him back from getting on stage and flawlessly giving his acceptance speech, to Elizabeth Potter, who works part time to pay her college expenses while maintaining honor roll status, these students never let their adversities define them.

Erik Zamudio, our 2010 Scholarship Fund winner, never let the adversity of Erik Zamudiogrowing up quickly after his Dad was deployed to Afghanistan hold him back. Erik became the man of the house and sacrificed sports and hanging out with friends in order to help out at home and care for his sister. Erik has said that one of the most valuable lessons he has learned is to look at adversity as an opportunity. Erik made something good out of a difficult situation. He learned to change his goals and become a more mature person. He is now a junior at the University of Cincinnati studying Marketing. Over the past year, Erik has developed marketing campaigns for the first UC-sponsored applications for smartphone devices and the Freestore Foodbank and their new catering line. He is currently working in a product design studio for the Boeing Company!

Erik, like many other Scholarship finalists (see Brittney Miller blog post), is also following our mission of impacting others. Erik has said:

“Through the Foundation’s example I have found the importance of helping others.  This past summer I created a small non-profit that provides the Erik Zamudio 2indigent workers at the River Downs Race Track clinic with fresh produce and healthy food alternatives. I noticed that a common problem within the track was that workers were malnourished and unable to get a balance of the essential vitamins needed to endure long workdays.  After realizing this, a friend and I started our own garden and donated all of our produce to the workers in a free farmer’s market setup.  Every other week we would head down to the track and set up between four and five full picnic tables worth of produce for the clinic patients and workers to take.”

What started off as a small idea to help others turned into a huge success. By the end of the summer, Erik and his friend were providing fresh produce to nearly 200 workers and their families!

Be sure to apply today for the Scholarship Fund and share how you have overcome adversity!

Mike Rizio
Programs Intern