National Pancake Day: Get a Free Short Stack and Free College Money

Next week, IHOP will give away tons of free pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day. To this, I say: Nay IHOP, Nay.

Don’t get me wrong. I hope IHOP reaches its goal to raise $3 million for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I plan to hop in for my free stack and to make a donation. But all this pancake talk has me both hungry, and inspired to search for breakfast-themed scholarships.

You can get in the game, too. Just make a list of breakfast related words (e.g. orange juice, toast, Quaker oatmeal, etc.). Visit your favorite search engine, add the word “scholarship” to your breakfast terms, and see what turns up.

Here’s what I found:

McDonald’s, home of the sausage biscuit, offers several scholarships through Ronald McDonald House Charities. Applicants must be a high school senior and meet other eligibility requirements outlined by each scholarship.

McDonald’s also awards scholarships to its employees. While we’re at it, Burger King and Chick-fil-A also offer scholarships for employees. That’s something to keep in mind when your teen starts looking for that first job.

Pillsbury has great buttermilk biscuits, but if you win the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, you’ll be raking in another kind of dough. They’re looking for quick and easy recipes. One hundred finalists will win trips to Las Vegas to compete for cash and merchandise.

The grand prize winner gets $1 million. Now, that’s enough to pay for college and a beach house.

What would a breakfast-themed scholarship hunt be without coffee? sponsors a $500 book scholarship for enrolled college students. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay. That’s a buck a word, not bad.

To my readers: What is your favorite breakfast treat? Do you think you can come up with a recipe for the Pillsbury contest? Got any scholarship hunt advice?



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About Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson is a Dallas-based freelance writer who specializes in college planning, parenting, women’s lifestyle, education, and self-help. But she's always hungry to munch on new topics. In addition to writing for The BookWormMama blog, Nicole provides content, copywriting and proofreading services for various publications.


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    • Thanks TerriAnn. Blending non-related items together for my scholarship hunt keeps things interesting. More important, I come across opportunities that I probably never would have discovered.

  1. What a great idea! I would have never thought about doing this! I am going to have to check it out for my son. As he gets older the prices of education will too! This would help a great deal!
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  2. Great article!

    I need to develop some kind of recipe to enter. My oldest receives a partial scholarship to a local university. (Had she taken the ACT – again – a month or so earlier, she would have had full tuiton! But alas, we still have to pay about $4,000+ a year for tuition.)
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    • It’s great that your daughter earned a partial scholarship. Remind her that she can still apply for scholarships even as a college student.

      This Pillsbury contest has my mind churning. I hope I can come up with something.

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