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 once a year, this amount could easily pay for four years of college at any American college or university. On the other hand, these success stories are the exception, not the rule. They’re aberrations a few of 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. In line with federal government estimates, the average undergraduate who borrows money to pay for college graduates with about $28,400 in student loan debt. 101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education was once written specifically to address the issue of college loan debt, and assist students and their parents identify scholarship opportunities, in addition to develop strategies for submitting applications and winning awards. This book’s creator, Gwen Richardson, is a parent who spent nearly two years carefully researching scholarship sources for her teenage daughter, who entered college debt-free as a freshman. The highlight of this book is a comprehensive listing of more than 200 scholarship sources, including award amounts, eligibility requirements and direct internet site links. All sources have been vetted and researched for accuracy.
101 Scholarship Applications – 2016 Edition: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education