Grads: Vocational scholarships are available for technical and trade schools!

Choosing a vocation over a college degree? There’s a scholarship for that!

You don’t have to go to a four-year university in order to continue your education. In fact, there are many vocational and career colleges and programs that can help prepare students for specific industries — from healthcare to culinary arts, from automotive to cosmetology, criminal justice, or art and design.

There are several different types of educational institutions, but they generally split along two lines: nationally accredited vs. regionally accredited. Vocational or “career” schools generally have national accreditation and are predominantly for-profit institutions. Regionally accredited schools are predominantly …

It’s National Volunteer Week. Celebrate change-makers in your community!

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. National Volunteer Week was created by Points of Light, and is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. Their stories serve to inspire others to find ways to take action that creates change.

At Back to Basics, we take volunteering to heart not just during National Volunteer Week, but all year long. And, as a group, we have completed …

Share your vision of an addiction-free world and win a $2,000 college scholarship. Applications open 4-21-2017!

college scholarshipsDid you know that addictive substances abuse has killed more people than every American war combined? 

Through the years, millions of lives have been damaged due to drug abuse and addiction. In the US alone, there are an estimated 3.6 million people who are addicted to some form of drug, whether for recreation or by prescription. These include people who accidentally become dependent, and eventually addicted to, painkillers like Opioids. is raising awareness on this important issue by sponsoring a scholarship. Each year, awards $3,000 in scholarships each year to students who share their vision for an addiction-free …

What is academic college readiness and how to get your student prepared!

According to a recent study release by the Delaware Department of Education, an unprecedented 41% of all public high school graduates who are entering in-state colleges and universities are unprepared. In Delaware, and across the nation, far too many students are graduating high school unable to succeed academically due to the level of rigor necessary in a college course. Simply put, acceptance to college does not equal readiness.

Which students are unprepared?

It may not surprise parents to hear that many high school students with less-than-stellar academics struggle when they begin college classes. But, shouldn’t their high-achieving “A students” …

David Brower Youth Awards Scholarship deadline is fast approaching

The David Brower Youth Scholarship recognizes six people ages 13 to 22 living in North America who have shown outstanding leadership on a project or campaign with positive environmental and social impact. Applicants must have played a major leadership role in creating, organizing and implementing a project or campaign. Examples of projects and campaigns eligible for the award could include, but are not limited to, conservation, preservation and restoration.

Six winners annually receive a $3,000 cash prize, a professionally produced short film about their work and an all-expense paid trip to the San Francisco Bay area to attend an awards