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A Social Sharing Platform

Nowadays, technology is at our fingertips and the possibilities are endless. Shane Hvizdzak can attest to this, as the founder of Helpified, a social solution sharing platform.

"Every day, new high quality resources and tools are added to the web. Business, technology and access to information have advanced so much that it's easier than ever to start a business and learn new skills," said Shane Hvizdzak, who launched Helpified in November 2012.

Shane went on to explain, "You can run an entire enterprise from your computer and learn anything from the best instructors in the world, simply through the Internet. Very few people understand how to navigate the web enough to find and utilize things. So, I want to lower that barrier for them to start a business or learn a new skill. "

When Shane Hvizdzak started his first company at 19-years-old, it took him months just to figure out the basics. Building a website, filing taxes, and setting up an LLC in Pennsylvania were tasks that resulted in confusion and wasted time for young Shane.

Now, Shane knows that the resources are out there, yet people are still struggling to find information they need. The Helpified platform aims to organize and display resources, which users can easily find and save into "Toolsets". These sets can be shared with friends, co-workers, or clients.

Whether you're an entrepreneur, consultant, employee, expert, instructor, or student, Helpified will benefit you. Sign up today! 

Top 10 Tools for Writing College Admission and Scholarship Essays

Top 10 Tools for Writing College Admission and Scholarship Essays

When you start applying for colleges and scholarships, you come to the realization that essay writing skills are more important than you ever thought. Before allowing you to attend a certain college, the admission board will look at your application, so you have to distinguish yourself as a candidate that has something more than a decent GPA. Without any exaggeration, the essay is a gate to your future.

If you want to make the process of writing less stressful and more successful, you’ll need to rely on the right tools at the right time. Take a look at this selection of 10 tools that will help you write better admission and scholarship papers.

  1. JCU – Writing and Math Skills Online

At the website of James Cook University, you will find detailed guides for the essay writing process. You can use these resources to learn how to write academic content and avoid plagiarism.

  1. Write My Essay

This custom writing service is your way out of trouble when you cannot write the perfect papers regardless of the efforts you put into the process. You can rely on real writers who will help you complete your application and scholarship papers, or get your own essays edited by professional editors.

  1. Vanderbilt University – The College Essay

Many universities share effective writing tips on their website. Vanderbilt University offers several articles that will help you understand what the admissions board members expect to see in students’ application papers.


This is a unique online community of writers, where they can share their work and receive tips and critiques from other writers. You can read other authors’ work to get inspired, or share your essays to get real feedback that will help you improve your style and technique.

  1. ThinkTankLearning – Enlighten Blog

At this website, you will find valuable tips and guides that will prepare you for the college admissions process. For example, you can learn how to write an application paper when you don’t know your major, how to put your personality on paper, and how to find the perfect college fit.

  1. Teen Ink – Today’s Best College Essays

This website publishes students’ papers on daily basis. If you read some of the featured content, you’ll learn how to distinguish good writing from mediocre style. You will probably find inspiration about your own admissions and scholarship essays at this page, but make sure not to copy the content; you need to come up with your own ideas.

  1. Evolution Writers – How to Write a Scholarship Essay

This guide has a specific goal to teach you how to write an extraordinary scholarship essay. It won’t take more than five minutes to read this article; it gets straight to the point and it helps you understand that the process of writing scholarship essays is not as daunting as it initially seems.

  1. Harvard College Writing Center

Harvard College provides useful writing resources at this page. The concise explanations will guide you through the essay writing process. For example, you can read detailed tips on how to read an assignment, how to develop the essay structure, how to construct a strong thesis, etc.

  1. Cornell College – Tips for Writing Essays for Scholarship and Fellowship Application

This guide, provided by Cornell College, will tell you what students are expected to present in their application essays. The straightforward tips are focused on content/organization and grammar/style.  

  1. How to Write a Scholarship Essay – Examples

This website brings the process of scholarship essay writing closer by including examples of great content written by real students. You will find samples of essays that answer common scholarship prompts, such as “Describe a major hurdle or obstacle you’ve had to overcome” or “Who has been the most influential person in your life?”

Don’t let the application papers discourage you; they are only a stage of the admissions process that every student needs to go through. With the 10 resources listed above, you will be able to tackle the challenge with success.    

Renovating a Home

On Valentine’s Day, Levi Haros along with The Hispanic Business Students Association at Arizona State University volunteered with Habitat For Humanity.  Levi and HBSA renovated a house in Casa Grande, Arizona for a woman and her family in need.  The organization was split into different teams.  While one team laid down protection in the newly installed wood floors, other members scalped the backyard of any weeds, and lastly, others leveled the front yard and poured new rocks in the front yard.  Within six hours, The Hispanic Business Students Association at Arizona State University transformed the bare house into a home ready to move in!  

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit that was founded 1976 by the Fuller family. The organization is committed to eradicate the issue of poverty housing.  The organization renovates old houses and builds new buildings in urban areas. Within the nonprofit, there are a number of programs such as: A Brush of Kindness, Neighborhood Revitalization, & Disaster Response.  The houses that they build are modestly-sized and built to reflect the local culture.  

The Hispanic Business Students Association is committed to build students at Arizona State University personally, professionally, and academically.  The organization regularly volunteers to build its community through service projects. 


Hey you! Yes, you! Ever imagined creating your own virtual pet? Ever played Neopets, Tamagotchi, or Sims and wondered how they worked? Looking for something fun and productive to do over the summer? Here’s your chance!


Time to Apply for Scholarships: High School Edition

Apply for Social Justice Themed Grants And Scholarships! We see these opportunities as a great way to develop longtime service connections with these organizations! Ongoing Grants for volunteer projects are listed on this page and you can always find featured scholarships here.  But below a list of MORE scholarships and grants which are all due in the next three months!

Social Justice Based Essay Contests




ZocDoc Healthcare Scholarship 1-2 page essay about a personal interaction with the healthcare system (whether it’s you, a family member, a friend, etc.) and explain what changes you would make. March 31, 2013 
Samuel A. Green Scholarship A 250-word essay that explains how a college education will help you  cultivate prosperity in your neighborhood/community. April 15, 2013
Create Real Impact Reckless Driving Creative Writing Piece of between 100 and 1200 words showcasing the problem of reckless and distracted driving with your solution to stop the behavior. April 20, 2013
International Bipolar Foundation (form) Essay describing how stigma behind Bipolar disorders can be erased. 500 word limit. May 1, 2013
Hey U.G.L.Y Anti-Bully Campaign Write a 500 word essay about why you think it's important for youth across the globe to understand and embrace that they ARE good enough. May 31, 2013