Ep. 76 Lead the Way: How to Build Character & Get Into College (PLUS: Charlie’s Test Scores)

CharacterIn today’s episode, we talk in detail about how to build good character in a student throughout their high school years. Character is one of the four core principles of getting into college. The other three are communication skills, coursework and community.

Character is not something we are generally born with. It is molded and developed over a period of time and shaped based on environment and life experience. A student can build upon their character through participation in programs that give them an opportunity for leadership, community service and extra-curricular activities in school.

If your child participates in a club such as boy scouts, girl scouts, 4H club, any youth auxiliary of a church, sorority or fraternity (such as Kappa League or Zeta Archonettes #ZPHIB1920) provides them with an opportunity to hone their leadership skills though projects and working with other youth.

Every city or town has plenty of community service opportunities for our youth. They have to pick one that interests them. It also helps if parents model this behavior by participating themselves in either a nursing home, soup kitchen, canned food drives, recue animal shelter etc…

I talk about a friend of mine whose child is a graduating senior with very good grades but absolutely no  school or outside activities in the past four years. This sends the wrong message to colleges. They appreciate a well-rounded student that is able to manage their time between activities. It shows them you have mastered discipline, commitment, dedication, time management and character development. My friend even mentioned that they could have gotten more merit aid if her son had more to offer (in terms of his profile or resume). DON”T LEAVE MONEY ON THE TABLE.

Foundations that give out scholarships look for the same stellar character as colleges do. It tells them that you have not just focused on grades (which are important) but can also represent their organization by how you show up in the world.


We also have a bonus appearance from Charles Lovett. He talks about his leadership skills, extra-curricula activities and volunteer service. He also talks about  his recent test scores from the ACT & SAT. We end our conversation talking about the importance of improving his grammar and writing skills as it relates to test taking. The best way to do this is through READING MORE BOOKS! (womp womp womp…)

Ep. 71 Happy New Year: Scholarships A-M

New ScholarshipsHAPPY NEW YEAR! 2017 has finally arrived with NEW SCHOLARSHIPS just for you. Regardless how you feel about 2016, a new year is ahead of us with new adventures and possibilities. We want everyone to seize the opportunities that come before you this year. Start fresh. Make new goals. Recommit to excellence in everything you do and demand no less from everyone around you.

Our goal for 2017 is to stay focused on what our passion is – finding new scholarships and sharing them with the world. We will be loading the first two episodes of this podcast for the new year with nothing but scholarships – from A to Z. Literally.

It will be broken into two separate episodes for easier digestion. YOUR WELCOME. HAPPY NEW YOU!


Selecting the Right College – Using DATA to Make Better Decisions

(w/ Bill Phelan of College Factual) @CollegeFactual



Aceable Scholarship – DEADLINE 2/1/17 $500 Open to HS Seniors, Undergrads and Community College Students. Submit an essay on your thoughts on being an “ACE” driver.

Bart Kamen Memorial Scholarship – DEADLINE 2/1/17 $10k Open to HS Seniors who are interested in career in BioMedical Engineering or Pre-Med.  They also have to be a participant of either FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge or FIRST Robotics Competition Team. (FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology)

C-SPAN Student CAM Documentary Competition – DEADLINE 1/20/17 $5k Open to students in grades 6-12. Submit a short video on their message to Washington. @studentcam

Deborah Canon Partridge Wolfe International Fellowship – ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, Inc. DEADLINE 2/1/17 $1000 Open to Undergraduate students studying abroad and foreign students studying in the United States. #ZNEF1975 #Zphibhq #zphib1920

EngineerGirl Essay Contest – DEADLINE 2/1/17 $500 Open to Girls and Boys Grades 3-12. Complete an essay on a topic related to working as an engineer.

Full Ride Scholarship (Tom Joyner Foundation) – Various Amounts DEADLINE 1/20/17 Open to students accepted at HBCU (Historically Black Colleges & Universities). @tomjoynerfound

GIRLS IMPACT THE WORLD Film Festival Scholarship – DEADLINE 1/20/17 $5k Open to High School and college students up to age 25. Submit a 3-6 minute short film on the awareness of a critical issue affecting women and girls (or propose a solution).

Healthcare Leaders Scholarship – DEADLINE 1/29/17 $1000 Open to college students enrolled in a nursing or medical related program. Submit an essay on career goals.

National Italian American Foundation Scholarships – DEADLINE 3/1/17 up to $12k Open to High School students through post-graduate. You must be able to demonstrate that at least one ancestor immigrated from Italy.

Justice Empowered Scholarship – DEADLINE 1/20/17 $2500 Open to current college students. Submit a video on a topic related to justice (social justice interests).

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Foundation – Various Amounts, Open to college bound High School Seniors and current college students. Local Chapters provide scholarships. @kapsi1911

Lint Center for National Security Studies – $1000 DEADLINE 1/31/17 Open to college students pursuing a career related to national security ( i.e. counterintelligence).

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarship – DEADLINE 1/18/17 $3k Open to High School Students who have been diagnosed with MS or have a parent with MS. @MSSOCIETY