Thursday, May 9, 2013

Confessons of a Scholarship Winner

It's that time of year again! A chapter in life is about to be concluded and a new one to begin! GRADUATION!  High school students around the country will be anxiously waiting to hear their name called, walk across the platform and receive their diploma! I remember my high school graduation like it was yesterday (in reality it was a few decades ago) and the excitement of moving ahead to a new life.  What I didn't realize was how much money it was going to take to make that move.

College education is becoming more and more expensive and yet there are over 1.5 million scholarships available that total over $3 billion just waiting to be awarded.  What does it take to qualify for those scholarships?  What kind of grades are needed?  What about test scores?  Are the applications difficult?  Where can I find help to apply?  All these questions and more are answered in Kristina's book, Confessions of Scholarship Winner.  Kristina shares, on her first day of high school, how she was told by her single mom that if she wanted to go college she would need to find the money because they didn't have it.  That put Kristina on the quest to find the money needed to realize her dream.  Not only did she find money for college but also money for graduate and post-graduate work.

I had the chance to talk with Kristina and ask her some of the questions I, as a parent of a soon-to-be college student, had and what I needed to do help my son achieve his goals.  She gave me a lot of advice and encouragement from explaining the ins and outs of college financing and how to find niche scholarship offerings to sound advice on nailing a scholarship application and seeking out letters of recommendation.  Kristina's desire is to make sure that money is not the reason a student is unable to go to college.

To listen to me and Kristina's conversation click here.  To learn more about Kristina's book check our her web site, The College Ninja.