Monday, October 5, 2009

'Creative' Ways To Pay For College

(StatePoint) There's good news for parents who want to help their children get a college education but don't know how to pay for it.

We all know that scholarships are available for talented athletes and students with straight A's. But what if your daughter would rather pick up a paintbrush than a basketball? Or your son is a brilliant writer but doesn't get the best grades?

Each year, cash awards and nearly $4 million in tuition scholarships are made available to creative teens nationwide, through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, now in its 87th year.

Young artists and writers can earn money for college by using their talents in a variety of disciplines, including poetry, video game design, short stories, sculpture and more.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit that administers the awards, is now accepting entries from students in grades 7-12. To find out more, visit

"In our 87th year, we expect to see the trend continue of more submissions and even more superior work, thanks in part to the extraordinary teachers guiding these talented youth," said Virginia McEnerney, Executive Director at the Alliance.

If you or someone you know has ever received a Scholastic Art & Writing Award, share your success story with the Alliance at

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