Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Gifts That Help Students Earn Scholarships

I’m sure parents would like their children to earn lots of scholarship money for college. Even people with good paychecks would rather save their money for retirement than put it towards college tuition. Yet, most parents are not aware they can help their children earn more scholarship money while giving them presents for Christmas, Hanukkah, or birthdays. This is, however, 100% the case.

Anything that improves the odds of earning scholarships and grants is a benefit to the family. Why not dedicate money that would be spent on gifts anyway to help reach this goal? For children 13 and over, buy, wrap up and give them a copy of Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. If you can find it, also give them the workbook that accompanies the book. I kept 20 copies in my French classroom for students to read. Many borrowed the book. After doing so, 100% went out and bought a copy to keep at home and suggested their friends do the same. Pretty good results.

For students in the 11th or 12th grade, give them a copy of Free Cash for College for Dummies. You know the Dummies series. This one is well done like the others. It contains step by step instructions students need to follow to find, qualify, and apply for scholarships and grants. It’s a valuable resource.

For children in middle or high school, find a large, laminated wall calendar for their room. It will help them become and stay organized. This is a necessary tool for success in secondary school and will make it easier to fulfill requirements and meet deadlines. These calendars are everywhere this time of year. You can find them online, in malls, as well as in big box and office supply stores. Buy packages of multi-colored erasable markers and a couple of erasers at the same time.

The last resource you need isn’t available yet. It’s my upcoming book, Free College Awareness. The book contains 16 strategies used by families of successful Full Ride scholarship applicants. These students were awarded such large scholarships, that their college education was essentially free. These tips worked for them, and could work for your children too.  Check back on my blog and on my Twitter feed, @ElizaWallace27, where I’ll announce when it becomes available for purchase.

For more information, you’ll want my new book, Free College Awareness, coming soon from Griffin Publishing. How to avoid needing college loans; available soon to families of Pre-K through High School students.

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