Scholarship and National Recognition Opportunities for Members

Are you looking for a way to bridge your success into the next phase of life after high school? If so, then a great place to start with is learning about the diverse set of scholarships that FBLA has available for members. In addition to providing sources of income for college ventures, scholarships also provide awesome opportunities to be recognized for achievements. FBLA helps its members. In particular, FBLA offers scholarships and recognition awards for college programs and supplemental educational programs.

The following list entails the available scholarships available for members. Click the link on each segment of the list for more information about a particular scholarship. You may also vist www.fbla-pbl.org to learn more about available scholarships.

 

Arizona State University

Barton College

Berkeley College

Catawba College

Central Christian College of Kansas

Champlain College

Cumberland University

FBLA Distinguished Business Leader

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Horizons School of Technology

Johnson & Wales University

Knowledge Matters

LifeSmarts & the National Consumers League

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Minerva Schools at KGI

Morrisville State College

National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS)

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)

Northwood University

NSU & Razor’s Edge Scholars Programs

Penn Commercial Business/Technical School

Pittsburgh Technical College

Ringling College of Art and Design

Southern New Hampshire University

The Art Institutes System of Schools

University of the Ozarks

Webber International University

Wesleyan College

 

Also, be sure to keep in mind scholarship opportunities available specifically for Georgia FBLA members because Georgia FBLA offers members $10,000 in scholarships each year.

Furthermore, also be on the lookout for national recognition and awards due dates. Submissions for Business Achievement Awards will be due starting in March. Keep in mind that you will receive national recognition for earning the America Level Award.

  • LEAD- due March 1st
  • Future, Business, and Leader Levels- due March 1st
  • America Level- due April 25th

Community Service Awards (CSA) submissions are also right around the corner! Be sure to get turn in your community service hours on time to be given the opportunity for national recognition at NLC this summer.

  • CSA Community- 50 hours, due March 1st
  • CSA Service- 200 hours, due March 1st
  • CSA Achievement- 500 hours, due April 25th

FBLA has a wide range of opportunities for members to find success. Use this information wisely, and do not be afraid to apply yourself!

Getting Ready for SLC

The 2018 Georgia FBLA State Leadership Conference is right around the corner! This year we will be in beautiful downtown Atlanta. I am sure that as many of you prepare for your competitions and projects you are wondering what you need to know before you leave for the SLC. Well first things first make sure that you start preparing as soon as possible because the competition will be higher than ever! Begin utilizing specialist in your school as well as your advisor to prepare for speaking, testing, and projects in real world scenarios. There are many prompts and examples for each competition that you can find online and use at no cost to you. The SLC will be crazy and fast paced so make sure that when you step in the door all you have to do is make your final preparations. Be sure to pack any toiletries and clothes you may need 3 days before you are to leave for Atlanta. Review the dress code and make sure you have everything you need so that you do not get a point deduction. Finally, relax! It is going to be a fun and exciting experience that you won’t soon forget so don’t forget to enjoy yourself and have fun! Good luck to all of you!

Final Push for BAAs

Hopefully everyone has been hard at work to complete the Business Achievement Awards! The BAAs are due for the 2018 SLC on Thursday, March 1st. The clock is ticking!

If you are struggling to complete the more difficult, time-consuming tasks, set aside a few hours on particular days with no major plans. Set a list of priorities for the tasks so you can track your progress. This tends to motivate people in all types of scenarios.

If you usually spend too much time perfecting your work, do not worry so much about the perfection of each task until you have completed each one. Then, go back to edit and clean up the projects. Creating outlines for your projects can aid you in fitting in the information required, later leaving you with time to revise your work.

I hope these tips will come in handy as you strive to finish up your BAA submissions! We hope to see you in March at the 2018 state Leadership Conference!

5 Steps to Get a Speaker at Your Next Meeting

“The best a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people.”-John C. Maxwell

One of the best ways to prepare your chapter for the future is to have mentors come in form your local community. They will be able to share professional insight and personal experiences to enrich your chapters understanding of the professional world. While this sounds great on paper, it may be difficult to begin inviting guests. Here is quick and easy guide on how you can build bridges for guest speakers to come to your chapter meetings:

  1. Set a date: Always know the dates where you have space and time available for guest speakers to come. A good idea is to have these dates coincide with meetings to get the largest attendance possible. Having a list of dates gives the speaker flexibility and increases the chances of a speaker accepting your invitation.
  2. Know the speaker: Before you invite a speaker, try to learn a little about them so that you know what topics may be best suited for them. In addition, knowing a little bit about them shows them that you have prepared and increases the chances of them coming over to speak at the meeting.
  3. Have a topic: While most speakers don’t want to be fed a word-for-word script, it is important to give them an outline of possible topics. Keeping in mind number 2, tailor the topic to an area that they know well and coincides with one of the goals of FBLA.
  4. Send the invitation: One of the easiest and also hardest parts of the process is to send the invitation. Taking initiative and sending the invites as early as possible is essential to guest speakers accepting the offer, so don’t procrastinate and send them now!
  5. Communication/Follow-up: After sending the invitation it is important to follow up with the speaker by communicating with them depending on their response. You want to be respectful and quick on your responses whether they accept or decline the offer to speak.

Hopefully, this 5-step process will get you some amazing mentors at your next meeting. Good Luck!

5 Steps to Get a Speaker at Your Next Meeting

“The best a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people.”-John C. Maxwell

One of the best ways to prepare your chapter for the future is to have mentors come in form your local community. They will be able to share professional insight and personal experiences to enrich your chapters understanding of the professional world. While this sounds great on paper, it may be difficult to begin inviting guests. Here is quick and easy guide on how you can build bridges for guest speakers to come to your chapter meetings:

  1. Set a date: Always know the dates where you have space and time available for guest speakers to come. A good idea is to have these dates coincide with meetings to get the largest attendance possible. Having a list of dates gives the speaker flexibility and increases the chances of a speaker accepting your invitation.
  2. Know the speaker: Before you invite a speaker, try to learn a little about them so that you know what topics may be best suited for them. In addition, knowing a little bit about them shows them that you have prepared and increases the chances of them coming over to speak at the meeting.
  3. Have a topic: While most speakers don’t want to be fed a word-for-word script, it is important to give them an outline of possible topics. Keeping in mind number 2, tailor the topic to an area that they know well and coincides with one of the goals of FBLA.
  4. Send the invitation: One of the easiest and also hardest parts of the process is to send the invitation. Taking initiative and sending the invites as early as possible is essential to guest speakers accepting the offer, so don’t procrastinate and send them now!
  5. Communication/Follow-up: After sending the invitation it is important to follow up with the speaker by communicating with them depending on their response. You want to be respectful and quick on your responses whether they accept or decline the offer to speak.

Hopefully, this 5-step process will get you some amazing mentors at your next meeting. Good Luck!