Introducing ‘Shark Tank’ for Scholarships!

Shark TankI am a huge fan of the ABC television show Shark Tank. Each week, I tune in to see what new invention will send Mark Cuban, Mr. Wonderful, and the rest of the millionaires into a feeding frenzy. It’s quite entertaining to see the presenters squirm and stammer, as they try to convince everyone to invest. Although many walk away empty-handed, the exposure alone can help save their product from being shelved, so the stress is definitely worth it. In the past, I have actually tinkered with a few ideas myself.  Two of my ideas include stackable cribs for daycare centers (my husband said they looked like mini-prison cells) and a game that uses professional athlete’s jersey numbers to help teach children simple math problems (What do you get if you add Joe Flacco and Peyton Manning?), but I never did anything with them. Still, I hold out hope that something will give me inspiration and earn me enough money to retire. Continue Reading…


Scholarships for High School Seniors

Scholarships for SeniorsAre you one of those students who waited until your last semester of high school to start looking for college scholarships? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Every year, I encounter students (and parents) who mistakenly believe that scholarships are only available to graduating high school seniors or older students; most are unaware that they could have been applying for and winning scholarships since they were high school freshman. The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities still available, and many programs are specifically for high school seniors, just like you! If you are trying to figure out how you are going to pay for your college tuition this fall, here are some scholarships that may be able to help you reduce the amount of your final bill. Continue Reading…


Does a College Education Matter?

Education Matters With the cost of a college education increasing each year, some people might say that a degree is no longer worth the time or the money it takes to earn one. It’s not uncommon to hear the horror stories about students who are drowning in student loan debt. Some students are leaving college with as much as $20,000, $40,000, or more in debt. Our economy has definitely not helped the situation, either. It’s no wonder many high school students are re-considering the value of a college education.

But for those who think an education doesn’t matter, consider this – Continue Reading…


What’s Your Scholarship Strategy?

Search for Scholarships If you go on Facebook or Twitter, you’re bound to see plenty of posts by discouraged students who are desperately searching for last-minute financial aid help. Many are now realizing that their high school guidance counselors and parents were right; applying for scholarships in high school should have been a priority, not an afterthought. These ‘last ditch effort’ students clearly did not have a scholarship strategy and are now faced with the tough decision of taking out student loans or walking away from their dream school. It’s very important that you have a scholarship plan in high school, but which is best? Let’s take a look at how some scholarship strategies score on our grading scale. Continue Reading…


What Would You Do With $3,000?

Cha-Ching! If you won $3,000, what would you buy? Would you head over to McDonald’s and purchase more than 1,000 Big Mac’s, or would you go on a shopping spree for clothes? Maybe, you’d go on a cruise or head over to Disney World for some fun. Personally, I would use it to help pay for school.

I’m sure this will come as no surprise, but a college education can unlock the door to a better life. Having a college degree can give you access to fantastic opportunities, such as expanded career choices, alumni networking, discounts on insurance and more. Especially in today’s economy, it is important to have as many skills as possible. But, as we all know, earning a college degree can get expensive. Even if you do qualify for federal financial aid, you may still find yourself coming up short on cash when it comes to paying for college. Continue Reading…


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