Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education
Revised 2017 Edition
Nominated for 2015 NAACP Image Award
|Release Date:||January 4, 2017|
We have all read the headlines featuring a fortunate college-bound student who received $100,000 or more in scholarship awards. Assuming that the scholarships were renewable annually, this amount could easily pay for four years of college at any American college or university.
However, these success stories are the exception, not the rule. They are aberrations among the pool of millions of aspiring college students who submit scholarship applications to the hundreds of companies, foundations and non-profit groups that offer them. The reality is a much different, and sobering, picture. According to federal government estimates, the average undergraduate who borrows money to pay for college graduates with about $37,000 in student loan debt.
101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education was written specifically to address the issue of college loan debt, and help students and their parents identify scholarship opportunities, as well as develop strategies for submitting applications and winning awards.This book's author, Gwen Richardson, is a parent who has spent five years carefully researching scholarship sources for her daughter, who will enter her senior year in college in 2017 and is completely debt-free. The highlight of this book is a comprehensive listing of more than 200 scholarship sources, including award amounts, eligibility requirements and direct web site links. All sources have been vetted and researched for accuracy.