90 Minutes a Week in 1 Year to Get Free Money for College in Scholarships

by Larry Stevenson

High school and college students don’t have a lot of spare time. So we outlined what your children–or you for yourself–can do in 90 minutes a week for one year to apply for 105 scholarships:

  1. The first few weeks you focus on finding scholarships using 11 different sources.
  2. The next few weeks you prepare reusable materials to copy and paste your answers into scholarship applications: scholarship statements, letters of recommendation, essays, and a master application.
  3. With your reusable materials in place, you begin applying for 3-4 scholarships each week for the rest of the year.
  4. Towards the end of the year, you add scholarship statements and letters of recommendation based on your accomplishments in the past 12 months.
  5. During the entire year, you will receive notifications of new scholarship matches your sources discovered for you–and apply for them.

This video will help explain the ides more clearly. It only takes 62 minutes to watch it. We hope you enjoy it.

As the costs of a college education continue to escalate, either the need for free money for college or student debt escalates. In addition, over scheduled teens and 20-somethings have less time to submit scholarship applications. Click the link below for a free checklist outlining, in detail, what to do each week for 52 weeks. Our system allows you to create an assembly line to process 100-400 scholarships in a 4 year period–all in just 90 minutes a week!

Click here to download our scholarship checklist.

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Parents Help Children Get Scholarships

The current college admissions scandal spotlights the competition for, and what some parents are willing to do, to get their children into top schools. This scandal draws attention to the perceived impact of college on lives. Yet, the cost of a college education prevents many from attending college. While we cannot condone what these parents did, we relate to a parent’s desire to help their children succeed and improve their lives.

Today, I would like to address some appropriate things that parents can do to help children qualify and win thousands of dollars in scholarships or free money for college. As the father of six children and grandfather of 14, I recognize the delicate balance required to support and guide teenagers without hovering, antagonizing, or creating codependent behaviors. I hope these suggestions help you with your children or grandchildren.

Parents can enhance their children’s probability of earning scholarships with the following actions;

  1. Monitor and record their achievements beginning at young ages. Ensure you record the numbers, dollars, or improvements generated by your children’s activities. Help them continue to record achievements themselves as they get older.
  2. Help them identify themes in their lives that describe who they are and what they love to do. Such themes may include: academics, activism, athletics, creative talent, entrepreneurship, ethnic background, leadership, service, survivor, or others.
  3. Help them create short, factual statements of their achievements that they can copy and paste into scholarship applications. You can help them remember what they have done by brainstorming both as a family, and with their friends. The brainstorm can be structured on the themes, with everyone writing down as many specific examples as they can for everyone in the group.
  4. Sit down with your children to review the list of Scholarships for Children Under Age 13 found on http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/age13.phtml.
  5. Help children complete profiles on the scholarship search engines: Fastweb.org, Chegg.com, StudentWallet.org, and others. Remind them of activities, organizations, and other aspects of their life as they review the questions listed in the profile.
  6. Encourage them to consult with the high school guidance counselor responsible for the school’s scholarship web site page. Using the phrase “I will be applying for 50-150 scholarships. I hope that you will help and support me as I do so.”
  7. Motivate them to apply for 2-3 scholarships a week.

These are just a few ideas that may help your children earn scholarships. I welcome your comments adding what else you found that could help others.

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Sources of Money 43: Government Finance Officers Association

[Logo-GFOA2.jpg]Wendy needed more money to get through school. She singed a contract to attend a proprietary, for-profit school to study nursing. She needed $35,000 for her Associates Program. She used our program to find scholarships through search engines, financial aid counselors at the college, and scholarship books. Unfortunately, the more she looked, the more she discovered that students at proprietary, for-profit schools did not qualify for hardly any scholarship money. She also discovered that the contract indicated she had to pay for the schooling even if she did not attend.

Characteristics of Government Finance Officers Association

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) sponsors a couple of scholarships. They include

  • Frank L. Greathouse Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to two undergraduate or graduate students who are enrolled in full-time study preparing for a career in state and local government finance. They award the scholarship at the annual conference
    • Qualifications: The web site says “Students must be currently a full-time student in an undergraduate or graduate accounting program that prepares students for careers in state and local government finance. Undergraduate students must be in the process of completing at least their junior year by the time the scholarship is awarded. Application must include a recommendation from student’s academic advisor or chair of the accounting program. Student cannot be a past winner of a scholarship administered by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.”
  • The Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship is available for award to a full-time graduate student who is pursuing an advanced degree and is preparing for a career in state and local government finance.
    • Qualification: Criteria for Scholarship Award: Statement of proposed career plan in state and local government finance and proposed plan of graduate study. Plans to pursue a career in state or local government finance. Past academic record and work experience.- Strength of past coursework and present plan of study, as it relates to a career in the public sector

Thursday we answer questions about applying for scholarships with reusable applications

This blog will improve as you submit comments, questions, and experiences. We will answer your questions in future blog posts. Please submit your comments and questions so we can answer them.

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5 Steps to Scholarship Success–Overview

Hi, this is Lawrence D. “Larry” Stevenson. I began helping people find scholarships in 1994. Our team worked with 1,000s of students to help them earn $4,000 to $360,000 from scholarships.

It’s been a while since I wrote to this blog. I’m going to start adding to it more frequently. This blog will introduce you to the five steps to Scholarship Success.

  1. Find 60 to 155 scholarships that are perfect for you.
  2. Can you prove that you deserve the scholarships. (This is the power option). We’re going to help you prepare 36 statements to convince the scholarship committees you deserve the money.
  3. Solicit four to get five letters of recommendation that you can reuse over and over in your presentations.
  4. Prepare five to six reusable essays. That saves time, that you modify immediately.
  5. You apply for two to three scholarships each week in about 60 to 90 minutes.

Each blog in this series will cover one of the keys. You’ll learn how to

  • Find the scholarships using three sources: scholarship lists, scholarship search engines, and single sources.
  • You’ll be able to prepare those 36 statements that will say things like, “As chairman of our high school sub for Santa Committee, I supervise 26 students. We raised $12,000 and provided Christmas to 255 disadvantaged families.”
  • You will solicit four to five letters of recommendation from people who can recognize what you’ve done and speak specifically of your accomplishments.
  • You’ll write reusable essays and we’ll teach you how to take essays you’ve already written and turned them into essays that people want to use and will reward in scholarships.
  • Finally, with all of those reusable materials, you’ll start completing two to three applications each week and it’ll take you about 60 to 90 minutes to do all three each week.

We hope you enjoy the series and we ask that you leave us comments, especially as the money starts rolling in. We hope you enjoy it. Thank you.

Enroll in our free or paid online courses at GoalsWork-Institute1.Teachable.com

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Others Helped Me Earn My Masters

This week I earned my Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University (BYU). The sense of accomplishment and excitement surprised me. I remember the moment that I applied for graduation. I could not wipe the grin off of my face for several hours afterward. I had to call my wife, a classmate, and several colleagues to share the joy with them. I felt so silly and at the same time so happy.

I teach that “Others will help you achieve your goal“. I would like to take a moment to thank the many people who helped me achieve this goal. I do so, not only to show my gratitude, but to demonstrate how others can help. The others who helped me include:

  1. My dear wife Carol, who endured my absence almost every Thursday, and sacrificed together time while I did homework every waking hour (or so it seemed).
  2. My parents, Kay and Jo, who encouraged me and financially made the degree possible.
  3. My GoalsWork team that kept me on task, lifted me when down, and pushed me when frustrated. You guys exemplify what synergy is all about.
  4. Gloria Wheeler, the retired assistant department chair, who dragged me into the program, so that I would stop wasting time.
  5. Team RIP’M (Chad, Crystal, Kevin, & Temple) my first year study team and friends for life. We carpooled together the entire 3 years, kept each other going, discussed concepts, celebrated the victories, and mourned the losses. I could not have made it without your support.
  6. My fellow classmates who shared three years of Thursdays together. Your insights, discussions, and collaboration elevated my work.
  7. My professors who gave me 59 new tools to manage more effectively, analyze more accurately, and think more clearly. Governments and academics around the world recognize your contributions.
  8. My family and friends who cheered me on, tutored me, and shared the dream.

Others truly will help. Look at all the ones that helped me. Others will help you too.

PS: I earned my degree this week. I will walk with all my classmates in August.

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Act, Act in Faith, and Act with Excellence

Let me preface this blog by saying my last few blogs were too long. I will ensure this one is shorter.

You must act to achieve your goals.
I know this seems obvious. The number of people who think they can get what they want without doing anything would surprise you. Then, they gripe and complain when they don’t achieve what they wanted.

A great teacher once said “He that doeth not anything until he is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with a doubtful heart, and keepeth it with slothfulness, the same is damned.” I believe he outlined the only three things that can prevent you from achieving our goals. First, don’t do anything until you have to. Second, act doubting that you can achieve anything. Third, act slowly and poorly. Your inaction, doubtful action, and sloppy action will stop you.

The reverse is also true. If you act, and act with faith, and act with excellence; you shall achieve your goal. It’s that simple. You must believe that you can achieve your goals. You need to believe that effective actions create success. You should believe that you deserve good things to happen to you, or that you can do good things for others. If faith can move mountains, then faith can surely help you achieve your goals.

Others Can Help You Act Effectively
Other people probably already achieved your goal. They can share what they did to achieve the goal with you. In fact, many people already shared what they did in books, blogs, articles, and other publications. Others may not have written what they did, but would be happy to share their ideas with you. You can find them on social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. You can also find them in professional associations and service clubs.

You can discover what works by studying their actions. Usually, they describe the successful actions and the less successful ones. Studying what they did helps you prevent making the same mistakes they made. Following their advice can save you time and frustration.

Others can also brainstorm ideas of actions you can take, even if they haven’t accomplish the same goal.

Try this experiment.

  1. Get 2-3 friends together. Pick creative and outgoing friends.
  2. Tell each friend to come to the meeting with at least one goal they would like accomplish.
  3. Explain to them that each person will share their goal with the others.
  4. The others in the group share ideas (as quickly as possible) how achieve the goal.
  5. The person writes down all the ideas without criticizing or commenting.
  6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 for the next person until everyone has had a chance.
  7. Examine how the exercise changes your feelings about achieving the goal.

Select 2-3 actions to do in the next 30 days

Many people fail to achieve their goal because they try to do too much all at once. They can’t sustain the actions and soon give up. I recommend, instead, that you limit your actions to 2-3 a month. Do a little bit each month. Let the momentum build. Evaluate the consequences of your actions. Refine what you want to do. Persist with your plan.

Soon you will find that you move forward at an accelerating pace. Your pace accelerates even more if you synergize your actions with a GoalsWork team each month. We’ll discuss more about actions in later blogs. I suggest you try the experiment. Choose 2-3 actions you will do this month. Then, act, act in faith, and act in excellence.

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