Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education
Revised 2023 Edition
First edition was nominated for NAACP Image Award in 2015
|Release Date:||January 10, 2023|
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 annually, this amount could easily pay for four years of college at any American college or university.
However, these success stories are the exception, not the rule. They are aberrations among 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. According to EducationData.org, 42.8 million borrowers have federal student loan debt. The average federal student loan debt balance is $37,787 while the total average balance (including private loan debt) may be as high as $40,780.
101 Scholarship Applications: What It Takes to Obtain a Debt-Free College Education was written specifically to address the issue of college loan debt, and help students and their parents identify scholarship opportunities, as well as develop strategies for submitting applications and winning awards. This book's author, Gwen Richardson, is a parent who spent several years researching scholarship sources for her daughter, who attended an out-of-state college at the cost of $30,000 per year. Her daughter graduated in May 2018 with zero college loan debt and all costs financed entirely with scholarships and grants.The highlight of this book is a comprehensive listing of more than 300 scholarship sources, including award amounts, eligibility requirements and direct web site links. All sources have been vetted and researched for accuracy.