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Application Deadline:

June 1, 2012

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school seniors and undergraduate students
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Current enrollment
  • 2.0 GPA


1) Write a 500 word essay explaining how your college experience is or will be enabled by remarkable frugality, ingenuity, effort or thrift.

Example: one of many other things I did at school was buy a router and wireless cards (they were cutting edge then!) and sell wireless internet access to others in my building.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss topics such as:

  • student loans
  • other scholarships and grants
  • personal savings
  • working full or part time while in school
  • any other creative or remarkable approach to paying for college or saving money as a student

2) Break down your all-in educational costs (tuition, room, board, other) and how they are or will be paid.

Note: given the “shop smart” theme, there is a bias against both high annual tuition costs and student loans.

Essays will be judged on the creativity of the money saving strategies described, along with the overall remarkableness of the author’s experience paying for school in the spirit of thrift.

Terms and Conditions:

Winner will be notified by email by July 1, 2012, and may also be contacted by phone or by mail.

By submitting an entry, you agree that all essays become property of Shop Smart, Inc. and BradsDeals.com and may be reused, repurposed or published.

Winners may be required to verify enrollment, GPA or submit the Student Aid Report (SAR) derived from your FAFSA.

Scholarship winners must submit a current photo and a signed publicity release granting BradsDeals.com and Shop Smart, Inc. permission to use his/her name and photo on its websites and in marketing materials including but not limited to press releases about the scholarship.

The BradsDeals Privacy Policy applies to all submissions. No contact details such as address, phone or email address, or financial information provided in the scholarship application will be disclosed or publicized without permission.

The Shop Smart Scholarship Application

For 27 years, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics Inc. has been recognized as the undisputed leader in one-on-one tutoring in Delaware. In addition, the company offers a unique Department of Education-approved Private School for grades K-12 and a Private Business and Trade School for ages 16 and older. Back to Basics is the 2010 Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.

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