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Chaldeans Want to Know Where the Scholarships Are?
By CE&CC :: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 :: 73426 Views :: Career & Education, Chaldean Education & Career Center

As the cost of a college education rises, Chaldean students are finding ways to foot the bill. Chaldean Students have won scholarships to pay their way through school. What's their secret?

They know where to find scholarships, when to look for them and how to write for them. There's no guarantee you'll win a scholarship, but there are ways to skew the odds in your favor.

Where's the Money: Anywhere and Everywhere

Do your homework.
Chaldean students seeking scholarship money should take advantage of free online scholarship searches, such as the following listed below:

FastWeb Scholarship Search 
The FastWeb Scholarship Search is the largest, most accurate and most popular free scholarship search site, with more than 35 million registered users. It is also the most frequently updated and provides automatic email notification of new scholarships that match the student's profile. The FastWeb Scholarship Search was the first scholarship database available for free on the web and is the most innovative and student-focused of all the scholarship search sites.

College Board's FUND FINDER
The College Board's FUND FINDER scholarship database lists scholarships and other types of financial aid programs from 3,300 national, state, public and private sources. The database is updated annually.
The database has good coverage of awards and a fairly precise match, but some of the scholarship entries in the database appear to contain old information.

More Specialized Scholarship Databases

In addition to the scholarship databases listed above, there are also several other free scholarship databases specific to a particular major. These databases are smaller, but also more tightly focused.  Be sure to check out the Scholarly Societies and Professional Organizations page.

Also, research the Web sites of colleges you want to attend because they have information about scholarships. The reference section in the library provides books and resources of federal, national and state sources of college aid. The library also has scholarship directories that list awards based on age, state of residence, cultural background or field of study.

Search in your community.

  • Start by asking the organizations and institutions in your community if they offer awards for college. Don't forget about cultural organizations that grant awards based on ethnic background.
  • The Chaldean Federation of America helps Chaldean students with scholarships through their commencement program.  Graduating seniors in both high school and college should enroll in the Chaldean commencement program for a unique and exclusive chance to secure scholarship funds. 
  • The Chaldean Education and Career Center also offers scholarships for students graduating from high school. 
  • Other community sources for scholarships include and your local Chaldean churches.
  • Chaldean students heading to college should also look towards their neighborhood banks and community businesses.  Stores like Wal-Mart and Meijer offer scholarships.

Talk to your school's counselor.
They know your academic record inside and out. Ask them about private and corporate sponsorships that you qualify for and be persistent.  Chaldean students need to be aggressive and consistently remind their counselor about their college interests and needs.  Remember, the squeaky wheel gets oiled. 

Chaldeans shouldn’t limit themselves.
There are also scholarships for unique talents and abilities. Don't confine yourself to academic scholarships or big national awards. Small awards will come in handy too.  There are also awards for those who are athletic, artistic, and religious. 

Chaldeans should start early.
It's never too soon to start your scholarship search. Some organizations give college scholarships as early as sophomore year in high school. There are also programs that you can qualify for that act as scholarships.  For instance, Chaldean students can enroll in programs that allow you to only take two years of undergraduate study in college and automatically be accepted into a professional school like law or medicine.  This in essence is a two year scholarship. 

Chaldeans should be prepared in advance:
Make a list. Focus on deadlines. List the scholarships with the earliest deadlines and give them first priority.

  • Test scores. Take the ACT and/or SAT well in advance; if you need to improve your score, you'll have time to take the tests again before the scholarship deadline. Take practice tests in the fall of junior year in high school, then start taking the real tests during the spring of junior year and fall of senior year.
  • Financial Information. Most need-based scholarships require family income and tax forms to prove financial need. Prepare these forms ahead of time to qualify for scholarships.
  • Write Your Essay. Most scholarship applications require short essays. The essay is your chance to tell the selection committee about your personality, interests and activities, and why you deserve their money:
  • Write more than one essay. You should apply for more than one scholarship to increase your chances of winning, so you should have more than one essay. Select at least three essays from your schoolwork that demonstrate creative thinking and good communication skills. Write two more essays that answer general questions, such as:


  • Of the books you have read in the past year, which was your favorite and why?
  • What is your strongest characteristic and why? What is your weakest?
  •  What person, living or dead, has had the biggest influence on your life?

Make an outline.
Depending on the essay question, pick one main theme to focus the essay and select three ideas that support your theme. Your first paragraph should introduce the main idea and provide any relevant background information, but avoid simply summarizing the essay. The other paragraphs should highlight one idea per paragraph. Wrap up the essay with a conclusion. Most essays should be no longer than two pages single spaced.

Show, don't tell.

It's easy to say, "Having immigrant parents made things more difficult." But it's better to show the reader why: "The mounting pressure to handle traditional parental duties was frightening.  If I made a mistake I could harm the ones I love the most. I often had to translate and handle the processing of bills and letters for my parents, wait in long apathetic lines to fill out confusing forms, or sit in somber emergency rooms holding my dad’s hand reassuring him that the doctors are aware of his pain and that he is waiting on them.”  Include scenery so the reader can visualize your essay, rather than just read it.

Many selection committees will automatically reject applications with misspelled words and grammatical errors.

It's possible for all Chaldeans to go to college.
Don't be discouraged by the price tag on your favorite school. The Chaldean Education and Career Center often holds scholarship workshops, college admission application sessions, and SAT/ACT testing preparation events to help Chaldean students.   


St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.