Celebrating Women’s History Month

Women's HistoryThe importance of an education cannot be understated, especially for women. With a college degree, you have options not available to others. Obtaining your degree without incurring student debt gives you the freedom to make your own choices, to be independent, and self-sufficient.

I want to help you achieve these goals by sharing my book of Scholarships for Women. It lists hundreds of scholarships tailored to meet your needs, along with detailed information on eligibility requirements, award amounts, number of scholarships awarded, contact information for the funding organization, required documents, and, most importantly, links to the real online applications. Organized by deadline date, it allows you to find scholarships before the deadline has passed so you’ll never miss another scholarship opportunity!

Get it here for 50% off with coupon code KS52U. It’s less than the price of a cup of coffee, but you’ll need to hurry as this offer ends with Women’s History Month!

New Book Release & Free Scholarship Books!

Guide to the Best & Worst Scholarship Sites & AppsWe’ve been in the publishing business for nearly 30 years and during this time, we’ve seen the industry go through radical changes. Everything from the advent of desktop publishing in 1985 which allowed us to design and lay out books without using typesetting and a waxer (remember those?) to the latest epublishing tools that allow us to create ebooks with hundreds of valuable links inside and publish directly with retailers. With epublishing, we can quickly revise and republish books with updates and respond to feedback from our readers.

We’ve just published “Scholarship Opportunity’s Guide to the Best & Worst Scholarship Sites & Apps” which was a section in our “How to Find & Win Scholarships” book. In it, we review 58 websites and apps to decide how well they do in finding legitimate scholarships, match your search parameters, what personal information you need to share to use the site, how they use your personal data (um, sold?), and who’s behind the site. This book will literally save you hours of searching. We’re happy to say that the book is now available on Smashwords and Amazon or you can get it for free when you subscribe to our blog.

How to Find & Win ScholarshipsWe’ve also revised and republished our “How to Find & Win Scholarships” book and pared down our list of scholarship search sites and mobile apps to only our top-rated and highly recommended sites. This book will get you started by showing you the fastest and easiest way to use search tools that yield high-value results, find genuine scholarships, and avoid dead-end contests and online scams. It reviews dozens of search sites, web portals, and mobile apps to help you select those with the best payoff, saving you effort. You’ll learn how to unleash your inner entrepreneur, build a scholarship team, and use social media resources to find and win scholarships. This book motivates and shows you how to get a college degree without mortgaging your future.

Scholarships for WomenWe’ve also updated our “Scholarships for Women” to include 255 scholarships with detailed information on eligibility requirements, award amount, contact information, required documents, and links to online applications. Because it’s organized by deadline date,  you can apply immediately with one mouse click so you’ll never miss a deadline. We routinely check our links and republish to avoid broken links!

To celebrate the release of our third book, we’re giving away free copies of our books! You’ll have until November 1st to download your free ebooks using the links and coupon codes below.

Happy scholarship hunting!

How to Find & Win Scholarships (use coupon code: JH45R)

Get a College Degree Without Drowning in Debt: Scholarships for Women (use coupon code: DA23A)

Resources for Disabled College Students

Resources for Disabled College StudentsWho’s Disabled?

Take a look at the photo. Can you tell who’s disabled? My guess is that many of you picked the wheelchair-bound student. And you would be right; her disability is clear to see. However, some disabilities are “hidden” and not obvious when you meet the disabled student in class. I have a hidden disability—chronic migraines. It impacted my ability to attend classes, take notes and tests and I required accommodations in order to complete my degree and maintain a high GPA for the possibility of attending Grad School. Knowing my rights permitted me to gain the resources and support I needed.

A student’s disability can be physical, mental, or learning. There are numerous laws to protect students and provide accommodations in higher-education settings. These laws govern the number of credit hours required to be considered full-time students, financial aid to cover disability related costs, accessibility to campus facilities, and academic and internship accommodations. We strongly advise students with a disability to know their rights before attending college. The following resources are highly recommended:

Because of my disability, I qualified to become a TRIO student. The TRIO Programs are federal outreach and student services programs administered, funded, and implemented by the United States Department of Education. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities. TRIO provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and motivates students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. Nearly every college and university has a TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program so be sure to ask your school (or potential schools you may be considering) about their TRIO Program.

According to the US DOE website: All TRIO SSS programs “must provide: academic tutoring, which may include instruction in reading, writing, study skills, mathematics, science, and other subjects; advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection, assist student with information on both the full range of student financial aid programs, benefits and resources for locating public and private scholarships; and assistance in completing financial aid applications. Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy and assist students in applying for admission to graduate and professional programs; and assist students enrolled in two-­year institutions and applying for admission to, and obtaining financial assistance for enrollment in four­-year programs….may also provide individualized counseling for personal, career, and academic information, activities, and instruction designed to acquaint students with career options; exposure to cultural events and academic programs not usually available; mentoring programs, securing temporary housing during breaks for students who are homeless youths and students who are in foster care or are aging out of the foster care system.”

Do you have a disability? What resources did you find helpful or needed but lacking? What was your on-campus experience?