`Free money’ for college

scholarship.jpgThe Sallie Mae Fund’s Paying for College Bus Tour makes a stop at Lighthouse Community Charter School (345 12th St., Oakland) tonight, with a light dinner at 6 p.m., a workshop at 7 p.m. and college counseling from 8-8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

If you can’t make it on such short notice, you might find this Web site useful. It offers online scholarship searches, for example, and lists of scholarships designated for African-American and Latino students.

Considering last year’s probes into the student loan industry, I’m sure Sallie Mae and other lenders are eager to improve their public image. (The Sallie Mae fund is a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae. And, as one of its spokespeople noted, the bus tour started three years before the investigation.) But hey, free money is free money.

Isn’t it?

image from beasiswa.terbaru’s site at flickr.com/creativecommons

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Sue

    Sounds way better than what I was put through for scholarships.

    Not much I can imagine that’s worse than having one’s father push one into a county fair beauty pagent because he found out there was a scholarship awarded to the winner. Unless the girl herself thinks she’s pretty enough, and *wants* to be herded around the stage like a prize heifer, she shouldn’t be forced to participate. For the record: the cheerleader won, and the female lead from the high school drama department was the runner-up.

    It was a waste of time and money to put me in that competition – which was what I told dear old dad beforehand.