How to pay for college: Organization for scholarship success

Without a 4.0 and 0 sports skills I paid for my education thanks to scholarships and grants and you can too! Learn how!
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  • Lectures 37
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

I won $25,000 to pay for my college education thanks to scholarships and grants and I want you to be successful too! You can learn my tips and tricks to get organized and maximize the number of scholarships for which you apply and the quality of those applications.

Maximize Your College Scholarship Potential!

  • Learn Professionalism - get a leg up on your peers
  • Learn Organization - my tricks for easy access to everything you need
  • Learn to Search for Scholarships - where will you have the best luck
  • Learn Interviewing - what to wear, say and do
  • Learn Follow up - how to actually get the money you earn

Scholarships can make your college dreams possible!

Don't let the cost of a college education scare you away and don't get burdened with student loan debt. Scholarships can help bring those costs WAY down and make your education attainable.

This course is a series of video lectures where I share my personal story and teach you step by step how to get organized. This is a video version of a workshop I have been teaching for nearly 10 years. My past participants have found success and you can too!

One of my best students earned herself $71,500 in scholarships and grants using the tools and skills learned in my workshops.

If you or someone in your family is getting ready to apply for scholarships, take this course now to maximize your experience.

This course also incudes the following FREE resources:

  • my 15 page printable workbook
  • list of the top scholarship search sites
  • dress for success tips
  • a sample resume
  • and much MORE!

This course has a 30 day money back guarantee.

So why wait? Try it today and see what your results could be! Will you be my next top student?

What are the requirements?

  • No materials are required but I strongly encourage a portable file box, hanging folders and file folders.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Organize their scholarship applications and materials for effeciency
  • Understand the best practices in asking for letters of reccomendation
  • Create a properly formatted student resume
  • Be ready for the interview process
  • Create a detailed list of activities and involvement.
  • Understand the proper follow up required when scholarships are awarded

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for high school or college students who want to be better prepared for the scholarship application process
  • This course can also be utilized by parents of children applying for scholarships
  • This course is NOT meant for graduate students

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Before you get started

Learn about my story and why I think this simple system can work for you!


To get the most from this course complete the course by section, take breaks between lectures and take notes.


Don't put yourself in the hole before you even begin! Make sure that your email, phone and social media are all looking professional and mature.


What would Grandma think? This one suggestion will help during the entire scholarship process.

1 question
    Have you implemented what you learned?
Section 2: Lets get you organized!

The key component to maximizing your scholarship earnings is to get organized! This video shows you how and gets you started.

Getting together your list of involvement

Take a few minutes to start brainstorming what you have accomplished. This lecture will help you get some ideas on paper and get this list started.


A great letter or rec will make or break your scholarship application. Learn why asking early and asking correctly is critical to getting quality letters on time! At the end of this lecture you will know how and when to ask.


Simple but vital, you need current transcripts ready to send at a moment's notice. At the end of this lecture you will know to keep a small quantity on hand at all times.


Too many people fear the essay! Instead of fearing it, embrace it! At the end of this lecture you will know the value of putting time into the essays and the importance of getting help in the editing.


So what do you put in the box? At the end of this lecture you will know how to organize your scholarship box to have all the materials you need ready to go.


Save early and save often! You need to have all your scholarship information saved and backed up. In this lecture I discuss several options for storing your electronic files.

Get prepared!
2 questions
Section 3: Searching for scholarships

The scholarship search can be a daunting one. While this course isn't focused on searching, here are some thoughts for you on where to find scholarships. At the end of this lecture you will have a starting point of scholarship search resources.

Scholarship Search Sites
1 page
Section 4: Applying!

Simple but important! Fill out the application properly, type it and remember to sign if required.


Don't let the fine print kill you! Read all the details and understand the application deadlines. At the end of this lecture you will understand the difference between deadlines and the importance of reading all the fine print in the application.

Honesty is the best policy
1 question
Section 5: Interviews!

Mastering - or at least being comfortable - with interviews can help you for the rest of your life. This lecture introduces you to why this section is important.


How should you dress for your interview? This lecture and the additional PDF will help guide you in your choices. At the end of this lecture you will understand some key concepts in selecting your scholarship interview attire.


Sometimes it isn't what you say but how you say it. At the end of this lecture you will have some simple tips to have better body language and eye contact during your interview.


Don't be afraid of saying the wrong thing! This lecture is all about being true to yourself in your interview responses. At the end of this lecture you should understand that there aren't right or wrong answers to most interview questions.

1 page

As an added bonus here are a few sample questions that may be asked during your scholarship interview. Refer to this for ideas on what may be asked and spend some time thinking about how you would respond to each of them.

1 question
Quiz Description
Section 6: Final Steps

Once the applications are sent, what do you do now?

The finals steps

Thank you notes are becoming a lost art. But remembering to send a thank you note for a scholarship is important and can help you in earning the scholarship again in the future. At the end of this lecture you will know how important a thank you note is.

Follow up

The scholarship application process is not a one time event. If you don't earn a scholarship the first time, try again. At the end of this lecture you will know this is a 4 year process and not to give up after a rejection letter.

Thank yous
1 question
Section 7: Resumes
Why a resume matters!

In this lecture I will show you how your resume should look and the content that you should include.

Resume section quiz
1 question
Section 8: Wrap Up

This summer I got to listen to presentations for several groups providing scholarships. They had two clear messages that I want to share with you!


Good work completing this course! Let me know if I can be of additional help!

Section 9: Supplemental Materials
Interview Questions to ponder
1 page
Dress for Success Tips
1 page
Supplies List
1 page
Scholarship Search Sites
1 page
15 pages

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Instructor Biography

Shannon Douglass, College and Career Consultant

Shannon is a professional career consultant and part-time college instructor. The inspiration for her career path developed out of the success she experienced applying for – and being awarded – college scholarships totaling $25,000. She used that money to become the first person in her family to graduate from college, earning both her bachelors and masters degrees from the California State University system.

Eager to share her journey and what she learned, Shannon's career now focuses on helping others achieve their educational and career goals. Her consulting practice focuses on promoting career pathways in California and connecting people to amazing careers.

While Shannon has been sharing her scholarship success strategies with hundreds of students in the form of local workshops over the past 10 years, she wanted to reach a wider audience. Her content is now available on-line in an easy-to-follow, digital format, enabling students and families across the U.S. achieve similar success in funding their college educations.

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