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Jordan DozierSpring Scholarship, Spring 2016
Jordan Dozier
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

The HotelsCheap Scholarship Program

In addition to being a Cheap Lodging provider, HotelsCheap is offering college scholarships for students aspiring to achieve a college education. Having attended college ourselves, we appreciate the difficulty students face in financing their education, and we recognize the benefits a college degree can provide. That's why our need-based scholarship rewards students who are looking to better themselves, who have goals and dreams, and who are committed to achieving a college degree. US students who are 16 years of age or older are encouraged to apply for our scholarships. High school students, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners are all encouraged to apply.

Current Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship NameAward AmountDeadline

General Scholarship for Higher Learning: Spring 2017

Students enrolled in a two year, four year, or a graduate program are eligible to apply. The General Scholarship is awarded each fall and spring semester.

$1,500.00April 15, 2017Apply Now

General Scholarship for Higher Learning: Fall 2016

Students enrolled in a two year, four year, or a graduate program are eligible to apply. The General Scholarship is awarded each fall and spring semester.

$1,500.00October 15, 2016Winner Selected

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Previous Scholarship Winners

Jordan DozierSpring Scholarship, April 2016
Jordan Cozier (Duke University, Durham, North Carolina)
Growing up right next to the cloud forest of Costa Rica, some of my greatest memories involve secretly riding my neighbor's cows with my fellow young partners in crime, or running through the lush forest with my siblings. These memories, along with just breathing in nature, gave me a love for the environment that one can only foster through such extreme contact with it. I worked several jobs while at home as well, serving as a tour guide in one of our national parks, as a waiter in a local restaurant, and even as a farm hand. This culture of hard work has been set into me as a kid, and with it I wish to work with the environment, though I am still figuring out what area is the best fit for me/how I can make the biggest impact. Thus I wish to pursue an environmental degree, but also am considering double majoring in Spanish as well. I want to continue to grow and gain skills to make practical sustainable differences in my communities, especially in under-resourced communities.

In addition, I love playing soccer, hanging out with friends, trying new foods, taking breaks for video games, and just going on long walks through the different natural wonders around me. I am blessed to be where I am today with the people I have, and certainly am extremely thankful to be selected for the HotelsCheap Scholarship Award. I had a couple of financial issues; which mostly involved not being able to buy basic necessities, but with this scholarship I will maybe even be able to take myself out to dinner! A big thank you to everyone involved!

Marisol GonzalezFall Scholarship, October 2015
Marisol Gonzalez (Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California)
Marisol Gonzalez is a third-year law student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and is interested in practicing law in civil litigation. She is originally from Mexico City and arrived to the United States at the age of three. She grew up in South Los Angeles, a challenging urban community with high rates of poverty and crime. Despite the socio-economic challenges she faced, she became the first in her family to pursue a college education and then a legal education. In May 2016, she will graduate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and will begin studying to take the California Bar Exam. Ms. Gonzalez is extremely grateful to, Brian Prince, and the executive committee for their commitment to help students pursue a higher education. This scholarship motivates Ms. Gonzalez to continue working hard to achieve her legal education and become a great advocate for her community. The scholarship will also allow Ms. Gonzalez to alleviate some of her tuition costs. She hopes to continue to help the youth in her community to achieve a higher education.

Ashley CrossSpring Scholarship, April 2015
Ashley Cross (Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin)
I’ve been ambitious from a young age, with most of my goals focused on two things; having an adventure, and making money. These desires have often combined, leading me to opening my own business and learn about investment from the age of 15. I’ve worked very hard to save my money and learn new things. The hard work I’ve been putting in has certainly paid off, and I’m eager to embark both on study abroad tours, as well as continue to learn closer to home. Heading into college, I was at a crossroads. I wanted to eventually hold public office, but did not want that to be my full career. Either I was going to study Public Relations and get my master’s degree in such, or I was going to go to law school. I ended up deciding to head to law school, and will hopefully become a corporate lawyer. I’ve got a while to go, but overall am just enjoying the college experience and the opportunity to study one of my passions. I’ve very excited and honored to receive this award, it will help so much with paying for books and fees, alleviating some of the financial burden college unfortunately places. I’d like to sincerely thank Brian Prince and everyone at Hotels Cheap for this award.

Emily DurkaFall Scholarship, October 2014
Emily Durka (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington)
I was the kid who watched Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and National Geographic instead of Cartoon Network and Disney Channel. I mean, I watched those shows too, but only if nothing good was on the first three networks. I lifted rocks to see what lived underneath them and wandered down game trails during hikes. My interest in nature and the environment is why I chose Washington State University. They have a good environmental science program here, and, now, as my first semester as an environmental science candidate is almost over, I am happy with my choice of university. I’m beginning to explore environmental policy as well as environmental science and will have to decide which I prefer soon.

Besides environmental science, my interests include photography, writing, and travelling. I was so excited to receive the HotelsCheap Scholarship for my writing on a place I love to travel to. I would like to express my gratitude to Brian Prince and the executive team involved in choosing my essay as the winner. The money from the scholarship will help alleviate some of the financial stress of college and allow me to focus more of my attention on my studies, ability to further explore the opportunities my major offers, and my friendships- three very important things to me. Thank you very much!

Jade CerasoliSpring Scholarship, April 2014
Jade Cerasoli (Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY)
I am ecstatic to say that I will be attending the Fashion Institute of Technology next year as a Fashion Merchandising Management major. I have always been enthralled with fashion, knowing it was what I was meant to do since I was little. I can't wait to live my dream in New York City next fall as a freshman at FIT. In high school, I was involved with theater and speech team. Both gave me an invaluable sense of professionalism and public speaking skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Being involved in high school extra curricular activities made me confident that learning how to work as a member of a team and being able to collaborate with creative minds will help me in any future career. I hope that one day I can work in the fashion industry and further pursue my passion for style. I'd love to work as a fashion stylist, putting together looks for fashion magazines or dressing clients for events. I am very excited to be going to my dream school next year because my fashion fantasies can finally become a reality! I am incredibly honored to be selected as a scholarship recipient. I feel very privileged to receive the support in my college endeavors! As I pursue my degree and live my dream, I hope to inspire others to do the same. With hard work and dedication, you can achieve anything!

Steve HansonFall Scholarship, October 2013
Steve Hanson (William Mitchell College of Law - Moorhead, MN)
What motivates a student with a disability from a lower socio-economic, single-parent family to conceive and then pursue a goal of becoming a public defender who would represent the legal rights of society's most vulnerable people, those who suffer discrimination because of race, color, poverty, or handicap? I personally made such a decision that was motivated by my collective life experiences. My education made me aware of the many challenges that disadvantaged people face. Consequently, during high school, I decided to use my knowledge to help others in my community who also had life challenges. I volunteered for over 140 hours at various local agencies where the clients faced various life issues that ranged from academic failure and physical and mental disabilities to poverty and limited English. Initially, the purpose of my community service was simple: helping people who needed assistance with life challenges. However, as I continued to serve those in need, I also learned by listening to their stories about their poverty, their disabilities and their academic failure in schools. Gradually, I realized that my volunteering had evolved into a deeper understanding of the challenges that disadvantaged and underrepresented people face. I resolved to advocate on their behalf.

Qian YangSpring Scholarship, March 2013
Qian Yang (USC - Los Angeles, CA)
I am currently a senior student of International Studies in Peking University in P. R. China. Three months later, I will be in U. S for my graduate study. During my undergraduate years, I edited school magazines, led social practice teams and did academic work in whichever international topics I like. Apart from campus work, I like hiking, climbing, badminton and so on. I also travel a lot. I have just been back from Ghana, Africa, and I plan to go to South East Asia with my friends weeks later. We don't have much money, but we can always figure out some cheap ways to fulfill our journey. For me, life is also a journey, which can be both melancholy and marvelous. I may never be able to know what is in store for me in the next turn. Whereas, I can still enjoy the melody as long as I know the road is under the feet. May be that's part of the reason why I like travelling. I want to express my sincere thanks to Hotelscheap. When I pushed the key to submit my scholarship application form, I thought chances were small for me to win the scholarship, considering my inexperience and the difference in nationality. "Just do it." That was my attitude when writing the travelling guidance article for the application. Thank Hotelscheap, as it shows me how generous Uncle Sam can be, and facilitates my enthusiasm to study there.

Chevon PatrickFall Scholarship, October 2012
Chevon Patrick (University of Denver - Denver, CO)
Chevon is a mother of three, and is attending the University of Denver, majoring in social work. Chevon was diagnosed with life threatening cancer in early 2012. It was after that experience that Chevon realized how much life's simple things meant to her. Family, friends, the basic joys of life no longer were taken for granted. Chevon has made it a life goal to take her experience and help others, as she said, "Passing on the power of all these assets is my goal. To encourage another being to want to change and/or help someone else in despair would mean the world to me. I believe that this is one of my purposes in life and my goal".
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