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Sarah Jacobs Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hannah Breaux   
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:41

BATON ROUGE, LA (04/26/2013)(readMedia)-- The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that Sarah Jacobs of Le Claire, Iowa, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Jacobs is pursuing a degree in Biology at University of Wisconsin–Platteville.

Jacobs is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Its mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

More About Phi Kappa Phi

Since its founding, more than 1 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.

Rotary Club of Davenport Scholarship Presentation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Best   
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:36
During their meeting on Monday, April 29, The Rotary Club of Davenport will award $56,000 in college scholarships (one $16,000 scholarship and four $10,000 scholarships) to five Davenport high school students.  Students from Davenport Assumption, Central, North and West were eligible to apply.
The Rotary Club of Davenport Scholarship Program is one of the largest in the Quad Cities metro area providing four $10,000 and one $16,000 scholarship annually.  Since its inception as the Rotary Memorial College Loan and Scholarship Fund in 1922, the Fund has awarded scholarships to 82 students and made loans to over 400 students for a total of over $900,000. Winners are selected based upon GPA, test scores, community service, interview, and recommendations.
For more information, contact Rick Best at 563-359-5524 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  A press release with the details about the scholarship recipients will be available at the meeting.
Who: Rotary Club of Davenport
What: Scholarship presentations to five Davenport high school students
When: Monday, April 29. Rotary meeting starts at noon.
Where: Outing Club (upstairs ballroom), 2109 North Brady Street, Davenport.

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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:15
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Is Your Teen Graduating with an ‘A’ in Personal Money Management? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:03

3 Important Lessons They Don’t Teach in High School or College

More high school students than ever will be collecting diplomas in the coming weeks, an increase attributed in part to new career-oriented schools that help students appreciate the link between learning and earning.

“After 40 years, we’re finally seeing significant improvements in high school graduation rates. The national average shot up from 72 percent in 2001 to 78 percent in 2010,” says retired business executive Cary Siegel author of “Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School? 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By,” (

“While it’s wonderful to offer initiatives like career-prep schools, I worry these new high school and college graduates won’t have a clue about how to manage their paychecks.”

Siegel speaks from experience. Even after earning an MBA from the University of Chicago, he realized he knew little about how to best manage his personal funds. Setting financial goals helped him establish some basic principles, a trial-and-error process that was ultimately successful: He retired at age 45 after a marketing and sales career that included introducing new products like Crystal Light and Jell-O Light for Kraft Foods.

“I wished I’d learned these things in school – I would’ve made fewer mistakes,” he says. “My main goal was to retire early enough to spend time with my kids while they were still young, and I was able to do that. It’s not because I’m rich; I’m not! It’s because I learned how to effectively manage my money.”

All high school and college grads should leave school armed with that knowledge, says the father of five teenagers ages 13 to 17.

He offers three of his favorite tips:

• Just say no to credit cards (and don’t get one in college!) Credit card companies inundate college students with special offers. They want to hook you early on! But getting hooked on credit cards is as bad as getting hooked on drugs. The more you use them, the easier they are to use, and since you’re not required to pay off the balance each month, you can quickly spiral into debt. You pay for that debt, too. The average interest rate on student credit cards in April was 17.4 percent – which means for every dollar of debt you have, you’re charged almost 18 centsevery month.

• Know what your bills are and take action when they go up. It’s amazing how many people don’t know what they’re paying their service providers each month. (If you don’t know within $5 what each monthly bill is, you’re probably overpaying on many of them.) When your cable, internet or cell phone company tells you it’s increasing its rates, call the company and ask to speak to a manager or someone in the retention department. Be polite and don’t raise your voice. Ask for detailed rationale for the increase; often, this will immediately stop the increase. If it doesn’t, stress how long you’ve been with the company and your excellent payment history.

• Spend an hour a week learning about personal finance. Once you start, you’ll find you’re learning so much, you’ll spend more than an hour exploring. Some free resources include the internet and the library. Look for a financially savvy individual, write up a list of questions, and ask if you can interview them. You may not have to look any further for this than your own family. Just one hour a week adds up to a lot of time over a few years: 52 hours your first year, and more than 200 hours during four years of college. “I’m fairly certain that is more time than 95 percent of other college students spend on learning personal money management,” Siegel says.

About Cary Siegel

Cary Siegel is a retired business executive. After earning his MBA from the University of Chicago, he began his career in brand management with Kraft and went on to lead several companies in marketing and sales. He wrote “Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School? 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By,” for his five teenage children. Following his personal money management principles allowed him to retire at the age of 45, and coach more than 40 of his children’s soccer, hockey and baseball teams. Siegel is a popular speaker on both marketing and personal money management.

Simon: Apply to College Illinois! to budget for college now PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara Beach   
Thursday, 25 April 2013 07:31

Illinois families have until April 30 to apply for prepaid tuition

CARBONDALE – April 24, 2013. To combat the rising costs of higher education, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today encouraged Illinois families to apply for the College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Program before next week’s April 30 deadline for the current enrollment period.

“Planning for college entails more than academic preparation,” said Simon, the state’s point person on education reform. “Families should also have a long-term strategic plan for how to pay for tuition and fees in the future.”

In her first year in office, Simon toured all of the state’s 48 community colleges to push for reforms that will help students earn college degrees or certificates that translate to good-paying jobs. During her second year as Lt. Governor, Simon convened College Affordability Summits at each of the state’s 12 public universities and called for cost transparency, targeted state assistance and federal tax breaks to control college costs. In a white paper released earlier this year, Simon cited college affordability as a “significant barrier to students seeking degree at public universities.”

Illinois supports students and families through a variety of non-loan assistance, including the Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant for low-income residents and the College Illinois! Prepaid tuition program for all residents. College Illinois! allows families to lock in a lower price today to cover the expense of future tuition and fees. Program officials project that tuition and fees for a child born today could be as much as $180,000 to attend an Illinois four-year public university.

“With ever rising costs of higher education, College Illinois! offers parents a great opportunity to plan ahead and make college more affordable for their kids,” said Eric Zarnikow, executive director of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which administers the program. “We’re urging parents to seize the day and sign up for College Illinois!, or talk to one of our advisers now, before the enrollment period closes.”

Simon noted that Illinois residents have access to several state tax-advantaged programs that make it easy to start saving today. The College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Program has assisted nearly 22,000 families and has paid over $400 million in tuition and fees to nearly 950 state and out-of-state postsecondary institutions, including community colleges, public universities and private schools. Since the program’s start in 1997, over 70,000 prepaid tuition contracts have been purchased by Illinois residents.

College Illinois! offers various plans which let purchasers choose a pricing option that best fits their financial needs. For additional information about the College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Program, please visit,, or call 877-877-3724.


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