Federal Student Loan Repayment

The U.S. Department of Education offers some useful information on loan repayment options. “While your loan servicer (the company that handles the billing and other services on your federal education loan) will automatically place your loan on the Standard Repayment Plan, you CAN choose another plan.”

The Department of Education offers several traditional and income-driven repayment plans with different payment options. So, make sure to take the time to understand these options and find the plan that works best for you.

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CyberCorps Scholarship and Research Opportunities

NSF logoSMALLThe National Science Foundation’s CyberCorps(R): Scholarship for Service (SFS) program “seeks proposals that address cybersecurity education and workforce development. The Scholarship Track provides funding to award scholarships to students in cybersecurity. In return for their scholarships, recipients will work after graduation for a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. The Capacity Track seeks innovative proposals leading to an increase in the ability of the United States higher education enterprise to produce cybersecurity professionals. They contribute to the expansion of existing educational opportunities and resources in cybersecurity and focus on such efforts as research on the teaching and learning of cybersecurity, including research on materials, methods and small-scale interventions; curricula recommendations for new courses, degree programs, and educational pathways with plans for wide adoption nationally; teaching and learning effectiveness of cybersecurity curricular programs and courses; integration of cybersecurity topics into computer science, information technology, engineering and other existing degree programs with plans for pervasive adoption; partnerships between institutions of higher education, government, and relevant employment sectors leading to improved models for the integration of applied research experiences into cybersecurity degree programs.” Find out more.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

This program provides educational opportunities for  Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students . This program provides indirect funding for students at this level or focuses on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention. To inquire about possible funding opportunities not directly from NSF, please look at the active awards for this program.

Lemelson-MIT Program

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The Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition honors promising collegiate inventors around the country, undergraduate and graduate, who have inventions in either the categories of healthcare or consumer technology. Inventions can address issues in both developing and developed economies.

Undergraduate teams can win up to $10,000 and graduates can win up to $15,000. Applications are open for the 2015 year and are due by January 30, 2015.

Touch of Genius Prize

 

The Touch of Genius Prize for Innovation is a $20,000 prize that recognizes software, apps, educational tools, or games that promote braille learning or braille-related hardware. The prize is offered through the National Braille Press and the Gibney Family Foundation, and attracts participants from around the world in fields such as education, technology, engineering, and general literacy.

Stay tuned to the National Braille Press website for details on the 2015 competition. Although applications have not yet been released, the deadline for registration is expected to be January 7, 2015.

Code for Progress Fellowship

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The year-long Code for Progress Fellowship aims to train people to build digital tools to communicate, organize, and mobilize in their communities. The fellowship specifically is looking for applicants from low-income backgrounds, or who are LGBTQ, people of color, and women.

The program starts with an 18-week residency in Washington, DC to learn how to code and navigate the professional and social justice environment. Participants receive a monthly housing allowance and stipend during their time in DC, and will then be placed in social justice organizations to work for the remainder of the year. Applications have already closed for the 2014 year, but those who wish to apply for the 2015 class can sign up for the Code for Progress listserv to receive updates.