How To Win Scholarships (Ep. 34)

Shanice MillerWant to graduate college debt-free? Listen to this.

Shanice Miller is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore Dental School, and she didn’t just graduate debt free… she ended up with $10,000 extra from numerous scholarships she was able to win.

Like me, Shanice couldn’t rely on her parents for financial support in college. Her solution was to figure out how to win lots of scholarships – both as a high school student and while she was attending college.

It’s her view that any student – regardless of GPA, academic standing, or income – can win scholarships (I tend to agree). Today, she coaches students and families on where they can find scholarships they’re likely to win, and how to best present themselves and increase their chances of winning.

In this episode of the podcast, Shanice and I dig into exactly how you can win scholarships, including:

  • Where to find scholarships (besides the typical advice to check FastWeb)
  • Why you should prioritize small, local scholarships
  • How to write compelling essays
  • How to ask for recommendations

…and a lot more.

Things mentioned in this episode:

Resources of the Week:

At the beginning of each episode, I briefly feature one tool I’ve found to be useful, as well as one learning resource I’ve found enlightening.

  • The Tool: 30/30 is an iPhone app that combines a work timer with a to-do list, and it’s a great tool for blasting through a bunch of tasks.
  • The Learning Resource: Debt-Free U by Zac Bissonnette is probably my all-time favorite college success book. Why? Well, the average student graduates with $30,000 in debt – Zac’s book will help you be one of the few who don’t. It’s a perfect tie-in with this episode.

Listener Tip of the Week

This week’s listener tip comes from Brian. Thanks Brian! Check out the episode to hear his tip.

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  • General college tips – learning, studying, productivity, etc
  • Jobs and internships
  • Money management

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D Hunstad
DO NOT USE HER SERVICE unless…… we contracted with Shanice Miller to help with college scholarships. we were very upfront and honest, stating that we are Caucasian, earn a good living $150K +) and that we had a stellar student with a 4.4 GPA with a top 10% ACT score and lost of community service and he interviews great….we stated that he will not be able to get NEED BASED scholarships, and we CANNOT get any minority based scholarships, the only scholarships that we will be eligible for are MERIT based. Shanice assured us, “no problem, we can easily get you 25% to 50% of the cost of college”. We asked again about our son, him being Caucasian and again we were assured that we would receive scholarships by Shanice. we applied for so many scholarships and spent hours and hours (80+) on filling out all the forms. guess what? not a single award. we noticed that all the scholarships are somewhat need based (at least a portion of the factors), thus we got none. we did get some minor awards straight from the college that our son is attending, but that was automatic, no application required. BOTTOM LINE: if… Read more »
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