Scholarships and grants for mothers who want to go back to school make it possible to fund some, or all of your tuition and educational costs.

Michael Bloomberg $1.8 Billion of Scholarships at Johns Hopkins University

For many of us, going to a top university has always been out of the question; it’s just affordable.

Now, philanthropist Michael Bloomberg has made a huge contribution that is going to change that for students at least one university: Johns Hopkins University.

Bloomberg is making available $1.8 billion worth of scholarships and financial aid so that budding students can study at this highly respected university, regardless of their financial situation or if they don’t come from a wealthy family.

According the Bloomberg’s article published today in the New York Times, the result of his generous donation for financial aid and scholarships is that JHU will never again be using financial circumstances as part of admission decisions for students; otherwise known as “needs-blind”. This opens up opportunities for studying at JHU to anyone with the academic ability and the will.

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eSports Scholarships – Scholarships for Gamers

Gaming is big business these days. Not only developing games; but playing them. Gaming is now a real sport (called “esports”), often with money involved for the best players. And just like we have sports scholarships, there are now more and more gaming scholarships available to talented gamers.

eSports – if you’re a busy mom you probably don’t have a lot of time to think about computer games. You might have a family member who does though; or perhaps you ARE into computer games and you happen to be really good at one of them, and you’re wanting to go back to school.

What if you could combine both?

eSports is a relatively new term given to the competitive world of gaming. And yes, there are now real eSports scholarships out there for the most talented and motivated gamers who want to advance their skill and prospects in this field that has increasingly become one where it’s possible to make a living.

Even the biggest universities in the country see the value in esports, and many are offering scholarships. The University of California, Irvine for example was the first public US university to offer a dedicated esports scholarship, which it only started doing in very recent years. So this is a very new field in the world of scholarships, and one that keen people are taking notice of. These scholarships have been valued up to $6000.

The National Association of Collegiate Esports is the governing body for esports in the USA and it now has around 110 members covering universities and colleges throughout the country. Needless to say, these institutions are keen to take on board the most talented esport gamers, and most of these are willing to offer scholarships in order to do that.

Are Scholarships Taxable? Will I Need To Pay Tax on Scholarship Money?

I’ve you been awarded a scholarship, or are looking to apply for scholarships in the hope of receiving one, you will be pleased to know that most scholarships are not taxable. That is: in most cases, if you get a scholarship you will not have to pay tax on the amount you receive.

There are some exceptions though. So while most scholarships aren’t required to be taxable, there are a few circumstances where a scholarship might have to be taxed. Read more…

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