Ep. 39 Winning $1Million in College Scholarships, Without Being the Cream of the Crop

Scholarships Ep. 39Today’s episode of the college money maze is a discussion about college scholarships, specifically about a young man (Blake Dawson) in high school who won over $1million to date. There was a recent video and article posted on our facebook community page for The College Money Maze. The video and article first appeared in the Courier Journal.

A student who focuses their efforts on finding college scholarships, wanting to be student loan debt-free can achieve that goal. He and others are living proof of that. There are a couple of key points that he makes and the writer of the article underscores:

  1. Getting and staying organized from the beginning of the process.
  2. Being diligent and researching each school on his list to see what college scholarships are available that he may qualify for. Many of them are not advertised on the general scholarship search websites.
  3. Great quote from him – “If you don’t ask, you’ll never know”.
  4. His parents set the expectation early on that it was his responsibility to find money to pay for his college education. Have a mindset of “excellence”.
  5. He treated this just like a part-time job, setting aside a few hours on a Saturday to complete essays or during his study hall time at school.
  6. He asked for help from his counselor and parents.  They reviewed his essay and helped with his applications.
  7. He did not let hearing the answer “NO”, deter him from applying for others.
  8. He has not only earned a “Full Ride” for college, he has tens of thousands of dollars for all of the additional expenses that he will incur.
  9. Completing the FAFSA puts you in a position to be eligible for institutional aid.
  10. Being part of a debate club helped him market himself, especially in interviews with colleges.


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Scholarship Spotlight

All about Education Scholarship – This is located on the Unigo.com website. Deadline April 30, 2016. They are awarding a $3000 scholarship to a student 13+ at time of application who can answer the question – How will a $3000 scholarship for education make a difference in your life?

Create Real Impact Contest – Sponsored by Impact Teen Drivers. They are awarding up to $1500 for a student between the ages of 14 and 22 years of age. Student must submit an original work (video, music, creative writing or artwork) showcasing their idea for a solution to the very real problem of reckless and distracted driving. Deadline April 29, 2016

Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship – Sponsored by the Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities.  They are awarding $1000 to any student k-12, undergraduate or graduate with a minimum GPA 2.5.  Applicant must submit an essay on how Denny’s can impact childhood hunger in their communities. Deadline is April 29, 2016

Dunkin’ Donuts South/Southwest Florida Scholarship Program – they are awarding $1000 to a high school senior at designated (see website) high schools in the Florida Palm Beach Treasure Coast area, the greater Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, and the Greater Ft. Myers-Naples area.



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