Student $1000 Scholarship Opportunity

Not very much, but not bad for a future project already in mind. :(
Maybe others have more projects on-line. :)

Interested applications should apply by June 30, 2013
Lift Parts Express, a fork lift and machine equipment vendor is offering one lucky student the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship. Interested applicants are asked to write an essay that outlines how much they expect to spend to finish their schooling, how they intend to pay for a higher education, and what they expect their job to be once they have received their degree. Essays must be submitted online by June 30, 2013. Additional information and eligibility requirements may be found by visiting Scholarships – List of College Scholarships and Applications.

Lift Parts Express $1000 Scholarship Opportunity | Brandeis University
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As somebody once noted, "You can either curse the darkness, or light a small candle.". I don't know how large an operation "Lift Parts Express" is, but offering even a single $1000 scholarship is a noteworthy act on their part. In my mind it's at least as commendable as putting up money to buy uniforms, trophies, etc for youth sports teams.

What really intrigues me is the subject of the essay. It's primarily expressed as a business analysis, mirroring the ideas recently expressed in articles such as "Only 150 of 3500 U.S. Colleges Are Worth the Investment: Former Secretary of Education" at As somebody once noted, "You can either curse the darkness, or light a small candle.". I don't know how large an operation "Lift Parts Express" is, but offering even a single $1000 scholarship is a noteworthy act on their part. In my mind it's at least as commendable as putting up money to buy uniforms, trophies, etc for youth sports teams.

What really intrigues me is the subject of the essay. Who conceived this, and what is the underlying agenda? It's primarily presented as a business analysis, mirroring the ideas recently expressed in articles such as "Only 150 of 3500 U.S. Colleges Are Worth the Investment: Former Secretary of Education" at http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/dail...s-worth-investment-former-132020890.html?vp=1 . I wonder how many submissions will build their case by referencing these sources exclusively. Or, given the current state of numerical literacy in the U.S., will ANY submissions include spreadsheet-style analyses of the student's individual situation?

Will any submissions challenge the pretext of the topic, using dissenting opinions such as expressed in "How to Assess the Real Payoff of a College Degree" at http://chronicle.com/article/Is-ROI-the-Right-Way-to-Judge/138665/ ?

Of course, managers have worked for decades to eviscerate the intellectual content from most jobs (especially their own), yet demand increasingly advanced academic credentials of those filling the positions. Considering the end-use of products carried by "Lift Parts Express", I wonder how they would treat an application from a student of an industrial training or apprenticeship course, whose application includes comments such as my favorite from Dr. John Gardner:
"The society which scorns excellence in plumbing, because plumbing is a humble activity, yet tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water."
I really wish I could see those scholarship applications!

Dale