Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Gift Ideas to Help Students Be Successful and Win More Scholarships

Often when meeting parents at Back to School Night, they asked me what books they could give their children for Christmas, Hanukkah or on their birthdays to help them be more successful. I loved this question, and created a list of gift ideas. Here’s the list and the appropriate age for each book:

1.   Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey – Age 13
2.   Personality Plus by Florence Littauer – Age 14
3.   The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz – Age 15
4.   Free $ for College for Dummies by David Rosen and Caryn Mladen – Age 16
5.   The Blue Zones of Happiness by Dan Buettner – Age 17
6.   The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley – Age 18

Of course, it would be unethical to suggest families buy my own book, Free College, if I was still in the classroom, but I’m not. You should buy a copy if you are a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle of a Pre-K through high school student (college bound or not). It contains a proven step-by-step guide to help your kids earn more scholarships and grants. Buy it now from Amazon,

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  1. This is an excellent list of books! I would add "The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke" for new graduates, especially when they are graduating from college. It will help them avoid many financial mistakes.

  2. That's by Suze Orman, isn't it? Good suggestion.

  3. Thanks for your lovely comment. Good luck in college.