Entries for month: May 2013

Scholarships for Homeschool

May 31, 2013 ·


The school year is coming to an end for many high school students, but we want to take a moment to focus on those students whose “school” never closes: the thousands of home school students whose classrooms are also their living rooms. At the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF), we know that the process of figuring out how to pay for college is a daunting one.  With long, complicated financial aid and scholarship forms that often ignore a “Home School” option, we understand the frustration of applying for money you rightly deserve when you don’t fit the “traditional” student mold.  That frustration is, in part, what led to the start of CKSF in 2001.  Just like how not every student is a stellar academic or award-winning athlete, not every student leaves home for eight hours-a-day, 180 days-a-year to receive a quality education.

Whether you call your teacher “Ms. Smith” or “Mom,” CKSF has a scholarship for you.  Once registered with us, it does not matter whether you are home schooled by Dad or attend an elite, Ivy League preparatory school.  We strive to create an environment of scholarship opportunities in which every one of our students has an equal chance of earning a scholarship through CKSF.  Our scholarships have been won by home schoolers before, and we are confident they will be again and again. 

If you are home schooled or know someone that is, feel free to contact CKSF.  The contact link is at the bottom of the CKSF website or you can click here.

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CKSF Count Down to a Million

May 28, 2013 ·

For thirteen years, high school and college students have been signing up with the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) to win scholarships by testing what they know.  Sometime in June or July of 2013, an unsuspecting student will become the millionth to do so. 

Thirteen years ago, Alex Velasquez and Daryl Hulce noticed an interesting phenomenon; students from around the world were logging into their online quiz generator and taking quizzes for no apparent reason.  They wondered why anyone would do that, unless they were forced to as part of a course.  A couple of quick emails asking students why sparked a source for scholarships that really have become “common knowledge” in the scholarship world. 

As it turns out, all sorts of people want to test what they know or remember about a specific book, movie, course or general trivia.  When the chance to win money is added to the mix, the numbers increase exponentially! And this is the story of the Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation.  Since its beginning, people have been donating money to create scholarship quizzes, and students across the United States have been signing up to take them. 

It isn’t hard to understand why Common Knowledge Scholarships are compared to most other scholarships.  With CKSF, there are no essays to write, no forms to fill out, no GPA requirements and it doesn’t matter how much money you or your parents make.  Scholarships are awarded based on what a person knows about the quiz topic and how quickly he/she can answer a set of quiz questions about the topic. 

There are several things that add to the appeal of Common Knowledge Scholarships.  The fast-paced quizzes are only 15 questions long.  Even students who take their time spend no more than ten minutes answering the questions. The quizzes are also automatically scored and results are displayed as soon as the student submits the last question.  All scores are then ranked on the CKSF results page www.cksf-results.com. But most of all, the quizzes are fun and interesting.  Many CKSF participants are fanatical about taking every CKSF quiz they can even though they have never won a scholarship; they just enjoy testing what they know and learning new things. 

So somewhere in the near future, a student will register with CKSF, probably in the middle of the night, and become the 1,000,000th person to do so.  There will be a small celebration in the CKSF office on the Nova Southeastern University campus in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; then, it’ll be a countdown to reach a million dollars in scholarships awarded. 

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Letter to Nursing Students and Parents May 2013

May 05, 2013 ·


May 3, 2013 

Dear Nursing Student, 

The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) has a new program called Tuition Back Scholarship specifically for undergraduate nursing students.

Each semester the Tuition Back Scholarships program gives nursing students several opportunities to earn their "tuition back" by taking online quizzes. Each quiz is based on a specific course and is designed to help students review and prepare for exams.

Eligibility and Cost

Tuition Back Scholarships are free to all undergraduate nursing students in the United States.

Scholarship Award

A scholarship of up to $1,000 per course will be awarded to the winner if his or her college or university   is participating in the Tuition Back Scholarships program. If the winner is attending a school not yet participating in this program, he or she will receive a scholarship of $100. Make sure you ask your college advisor if your school is participating in the CKSF Tuition Back Scholarships program..

Getting Started

Make sure to update your CKSF profile to include your college or university and college graduation date. Complete details for each scholarship can be found on the CKSF website.

Go to www.cksf.org and click on "Tuition Back Scholarships."

*Students and parents should ask their college advisor or financial aid administrator if their school is participating in the Tuition Back Scholarship program. 

Thank you and good luck in your college endeavors. 

Daryl Hulce, President
Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation.


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