How do you pay for college? Here’s an answer…

Use that university noodle of yours and apply for the Answers.com Scholarship Fund for next year – in short, answer questions to win cash for college.

For the third straight year, Answers.com is making available a $20,000 scholarship fund for students planning to enroll in undergraduate college during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Here are the basics:

  • The scholarship is open to students attending universities in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and India.
  • Applicants must answer at least fifty questions in any of the 6,000-plus categories on Answers.com.
  • Prizes will be awarded as follows: a first-place $5,000 scholarship, two $2,500 scholarships, and ten $1,000 scholarships.
  • Candidates can submit online by March 28, 2011 or send a hard copy postmarked by the same date.

And now a word from Answers.com CEO Bob:

“The goal of Answers.com is to engage with those who want to gain knowledge on a particular subject or topic. We also encourage our users to take this pursuit of knowledge offline and to never stop looking for answers, no matter what the medium.”

Fun fact: users visit Answers.com with a science question almost every 30 seconds. So there’s plenty of material to go ’round – better get started!

Get further details on the scholarship program, qualifications, and the application submission process. Good luck!


Answers.com Scholarship: Calling for submissions!

Think you have the academic know-how to answer 50 questions on Answers.com and win money for school next year?

If the answer is yes, sit up straight and pay attention: Answers.com again plans to give away $20,000 in scholarships for college students. New countries have been added to the list of those eligible and this year the best submission of 50 or more answered questions wins a $5,000 scholarship.

You are eligible if you’re a student planning to be enrolled in a 2010-11 undergrad university program in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or India.

For more info, click the image below or read on…

Answers.com Scholarship

What? The Answers.com Scholarship Program plans to award one $5,000 scholarship, two $2,500 scholarships, and ten scholarships valued at $1,000 each.

How? Sign in to Answers.com with your username and answer at least 50 questions of your choice after January 1, 2010. The panel of judges will review the 50 answers you submit with your application for quality and accuracy to determine the winners.

Who? This scholarship is for students planning to be enrolled in undergraduate classes during the 2010-2011 academic year in the following countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or India.

When? All materials must be submitted (and postmarked) by March 31, 2010.

Be sure to read the FAQs and rules.

Jwilde222 in the House!

Knock-knock.

Who’s there?

Jwilde.

Jwilde who?

No! Jwilde222!

EinsteinOkay the joke might be a little lame, but this week’s featured contributor is far from it. With a whopping 50,000 contributions in less than six months, the joke is truly on us. An answering machine, this Supervisor, Gold Contributor extraordinaire oversees the categories of Hallucinogens and Illegal Drugs. He chose to Supervise these taboo subjects because “there is a great deal of misinformation regarding these topics and I felt that the record should be set straight.”

We couldn’t agree more! Hey…someone is knocking at the door! Who say you? It’s Jwilde222 (I’ll stop now):

What is your WikiAnswers user name and how did you come up with it?

My user name is Jwilde222 simply because jwilde was my high school nickname and 2 is my lucky number. I noticed several other WikiAnswers contributors have a name ending in 222, but it’s just coincidental (or because great minds think alike ha ha).

What is your first name?

My first name is Justin.

What is your age?

I am currently 19 years old and have a twin brother.

Do you have any pets?

I have a cat and a Chihuahua.

Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?

I’ve lived in Connecticut all my life (despite the Truth-or-Consequences location listed on my profile; that was just a joke). I enjoy getting to experience the variety of the seasons, although it does get a bit chilly in the wintertime. Also, there are some nice hiking trails up here.

What educational information would you like to share?

I am a sophomore in college working towards a B.S. in chemistry.

What are your past and/or present occupations?

I currently don’t have a job; but I am a full-time college student.

What is/are your key area(s) of knowledge, interests or expertise?

Aside from the topics I Supervise, I am also interested in chemistry. I like this subject because I find its history and applications very interesting.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I just have your typical small coin collection.

What do you like to do for recreation?

I like to listen to music (primarily artists like Keane, Depeche Mode and the Gin Blossoms). I also like hiking, poker and video games.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

My favorite colors are green and blue.

Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

No. I guess I’m pretty ordinary.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I graduated at the top of my high school class.

What are your special goals or dreams?

I would like to become a medicinal chemist and discover some live-saving treatment. (Does saying “I want to cure cancer” sound too cliche?)

How would you describe yourself or personality?

I might be hard to get to know, but I think I am actually very friendly. :)

What brought you to WikiAnswers?

I love using Answers.com as a reference site, and one day I decided to answer a few of the questions that were listed at the bottom of the page.

What keeps you coming back to WikiAnswers?

I come back to WikiAnswers because I like challenging myself to answer questions. With so many users, there is always an interesting selection!

What is your favorite WikiAnswers activity

I like answering questions because it tests my knowledge. If I don’t know the answer, then I get to look it up and learn something new.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

WikiAnswers.com Scholarship: Do not miss out!

Hey, American/British/Canadian students! Don’t mean to interrupt your weekend, but the deadline to apply for the $20,000 WikiAnswers.com Scholarship Fund is THIS TUESDAY! Between now and then, you should be able to find time to log in to WikiAnswers.com and answer 50 questions in any category/ies of your choice and submit them to win $1,000 for next year… right?

And I’m not the only one talking it up… A whole bunch of education blogs have announced the scholarship in the last few days. So no claiming you didn’t know the opportunity exists…

One week left to win a $1,000 WikiAnswers scholarship!

Look, I understand procrastination – I was once a university student myself. But with only one week left to answer just 50 questions for a $1,000 WikiAnswers.com scholarship – there’s not much more time to waste.

Again, here are some of the details, broken down:

  • The WikiAnswers Scholarship Program plans to award twenty scholarships valued at $1,000 each for use by recipients.
  • This scholarship is for students planning to be enrolled in undergraduate classes during the 2009-2010 academic year.
  • Sign in to WikiAnswers with your username and answer at least 50 questions of your choice. The panel of judges will review the 50 answers you submit with your application for quality and accuracy.
  • All materials must be submitted (and postmarked) by March 31, 2009.

You can get more details, including the FAQs and the downloadable scholarship application on the WikiAnswers Scholarship Program page.

March Madness: stay in the game!

March Madness is well under way. Bets have been placed, games are being watched, alma maters are being cheered on.

And for those of us who have no idea what March Madness is or what is going on in this year’s NCAA tournament? No problem. Of course WikiAnswers.com has a Q&A category just for you. And you can get the full March Madness lowdown at Answers.com, reference-style.

Here are some Q&A’s to get you started:

Stuck On You: Parasites with degrees.

Everywhere we turn there they are; in the food we eat, the air we breathe and even on our cute pet pugs; no, I am not talking about the cast from High School Musical. I speak of parasites. As long as nature has evolved, parasites have evolved along with it.

So exactly what is a parasite, asks a WikiAnswers user.

A parasite is an organism that benefits from a close, prolonged relationship with another organism – its host – while the host organism is harmed. Examples include tapeworms in the human intestine, mites on a parrot or fungus infesting a maple tree. In all these cases, one species is sucking the life force out of another species.

So, are there any instances where this negative relationship occurs within the same species?

The answer, my fellow humans, is yes. Scientifically referred to as direct intraspecific kleptoparasitism, this type of parasitism is rare in nature but an all too common phenomenon amongst our own kind. Think about those hardworking parents, waiting with outstretched arms, to embrace their Xbox-playing, beer-chugging, Tila-Tequila-quoting, recent college graduates. These parents are so happy and giving, only to find, five years down the line, that their child has no intention of leaving the house with the couch, free laundry service and magical fridge that autofills each week.

What can we do to remedy this problem?

In nature, the rule is kill or be killed: the host or parasite will eventually die. Luckily, tapeworms are destroyed by one prescribed pill from the doctor, parrots get treated with a lethal-mite shampoo and fungus on a maple tree is attacked by toxins in the leaves.

People parasites are, however, different. There is no shampoo that gets your son a job interview or special toxin that oozes out of the Xbox controller when it’s been handled too long.

Perhaps communication is the key? Words are powerful, motivational and life-changing! Like one WikiAnswers user dared ask:

Can you tell your daughter and her children to move out of your house?

Change the locks. Sometimes locks speak louder than words and are a lot healthier than pesticide.

In case you’ve never heard of it yet…

Just received word that Answers.com was mentioned in the top 100 useful niche – well, I’ll let the title do the rest of the talking:

100 Useful Niche Search Engines You’ve Never Heard Of

“…college students sometimes need more specific tools to help them uncover quality information on the Web that they can use for class projects, research papers, and even job and apartment searches.” (College@Home)

Well, what an honor to be included on a list of 100 alternative online tools for college students. Answers.com is great for class research, quick look ups during study groups, familiarizing with summer internships, and loads more.

I just hope you didn’t really never hear of it yet…

Oh! The places you’ll go…

GraduationCongratulations to all the graduates out there! That’s a pretty awesome achievement. What are your plans now? Have you mapped out the next 5 years of your life? Ten?

No? Why not!?

I kid. I kid. I will tell you that I’m incredibly jealous of you at this moment. You’re young and ambitious. You’re still optimistic and haven’t become jaded by the industry. You’ve got fresh ideas and your whole life ahead of you. Not that I’m THAT much older than you but seriously, 9 years makes a lot of difference.

I remember my graduation from UNC (GO HEELS!) like it was yesterday. Those Carolina blue robes and all that sunshine…

*sigh*

In honor of your big day, I wanted to highlight one of the best commencement speeches ever given. It’s not from MY graduation, but I’ve heard people talk about it and I feel like everyone needs some good advice from time to time. The quote is from Jerry Zucker…he talks about the art of making mistakes.

If you’re going to fail, fail big. If you don’t, you’re never going to make a difference. Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. Ask yourself one question: If I didn’t have to do it perfectly, what would I try? For many of you, the biggest obstacle to getting there will be a fear that you have carried with your since childhood — the fear of humiliation, of embarrassment, of ridicule. That is SO stupid!

Jerry Zucker
University of Wisconsin
May 17, 2003

So that’s it, guys. Get out there and fail a little. It’ll help you succeed.

Speaking of succeeding…have you decided yet what you’ll do with the rest of your life? Still no!? Ugh. Fine. So in the meantime, go and ask or answer questions about Job Training and Career Qualifications!