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Get the Education Advantage

Did you know that LA Kelley Communications had the very first on-line listing of national scholarships? We started this many years ago, and now update it yearly. Go to our scholarship page to learn more. But this week I want to highlight one right here.

For the fourth consecutive year, Baxter Healthcare Corporation is sponsoring the Education Advantage scholarship program for hemophilia A patients. Baxter has increased its funding of this program year after year.
 

To
date, 104 scholarships have been awarded, totaling $565,000. Students working
toward a bachelor’s degree are eligible for up to $15,000 per year. Students
seeking an associate’s degree or pursuing a technical/vocational certificate
program are eligible for up to $2,500 per year. Scholarships are renewable for
up to three years or until the student finishes school.

The program is administered by
Scholarship America, the nation’s leading
non-profit scholarship administrator. Scholarship America is solely responsible for
reviewing all scholarship applications, determining financial need and
eligibility, and selecting scholarship recipients.


The Education
Advantage program will start
accepting new scholarship applications on February 1, 2013.  Completed applications are due
to Scholarship America and postmarked by April 1, 2013.
The program goes beyond financial aid with resources
to help people with hemophilia A get more out of life,
including education
planning, career development, health management and community
involvement.  
For more information on the program, visit www.thereforyou.com/educationadvantage or call Scholarship
America at 877-544-3018.  
Interesting Book I Just Read
Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkum (Kindle)
Scott Berkun may be a professional public speaker, but
speaking and writing are two different media. This book is a mixed bag. He
shares his own career as a public speaker, trying to be part comic and part
storyteller, but neither really works at first. The opening chapters are awkward
and clumsy, with repeated references to aliens and spaceships for some reason. Lots
of the information he shares is info you can get from much better written
books. But midway through the book it does get more interesting. It becomes
less about his direct experiences (which are kind of lame) and more about the
psychology of presenting, listening and delivering. I found the chapter on TV
and other media interesting (perhaps because I don’t do a whole lot of that and
wanted to know more).
Know that at least one-third of the book is appendices.
These contain good condensed information. I didn’t like his use of profanity,
and wondered what kind of a speaker teaches about what to beware of when he himself swears! Unless you know your audience intimately, unless you are on the level of a
Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, or unless you are a comedian, never use profanity for
risk of alienating your audience. Two and a half out of five stars.

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