The November 3, 2016 #CampusChat with Danielle Jeffers, founder of @dough4degrees, provided great tips for any student willing to take charge of their college costs and scholarship search. You will find the Q & A from the chat below.
#CampusChat November 3, 2016
1- Get ready for a night of inspiration and exploration! Tonight’s guest is Danielle Jeffers, a six-figure scholarship earner. #CampusChat
2- Danielle is the founder of @dough4degrees, a @virginia_tech student, a Boys & Girls Club alumna, and a @cityofdanville native. #CampusChat
Q1 Why did you go after scholarships in high school?
- My parents told me “We can’t afford to send you to college, but you still have to go.”
- I knew I wanted to further my education, but I didn’t want to go into debt. So, I started my scholarship journey.
- I woke up at 5am on weekdays and weekends to finish applications. My goal required more of me than I thought I had.
Q2 How did you begin your scholarship search?
- The 1st step was telling people that I needed money to go to school.
- I told my family, guidance dept., friends, peers, mentors, educators, and local organizations that I needed scholarships.
- You never know who is in an organization that provides scholarships. Share your need with others.
- Those conversations led to a team of editors, references, and resources in Virginia.
- I started my scholarship journey without knowledge about the scholarship process, but I learned along the way.
Q3 What tools did you use to find scholarships?
- My main resource was my local guidance dept. GWHS guidance dept. in @cityofdanville produced a monthly newsletter.
- I also applied for and received national + institutional scholarships suggested by my team of resources.
- One of the most memorable scholarships was Financial Education Services’ Youth Financial Literacy Foundation Scholarship.
- I earned a $6,000 scholarship + an all-expense paid 3-day trip to Las Vegas, NV. The application is live!
- Here’s the link to the YFL scholarship: http://yflfoundation.org/ The deadline is Dec. 15, 2016.
Q4 What are some of the benefits of the scholarship process?
- The scholarship process will improve your writing skills if you strive for excellence. Repetition breeds habits.
- Scholarships will also teach you how to be resilient. NO MEANS NOT NOW!
- Scholarships are a numbers game. Apply for more to earn more.
- A YES is probably coming your way soon.
- Don’t let a rejection letter disturb your work ethic. Keep pushing forward!
Q5 What tips do you have for students applying for scholarships?
- Build a team of references, editors, and resources.
- Set a financial goal to earn a certain amount of scholarships in a certain amount of time.
- Apply for at least 5 scholarships a week.
- Always do your best. Set a standard of excellence. Serve in your community. Ask for help.
- Follow my “10 Tips to Earning Thousands in Hours.”
Q6 How many scholarships did you apply for senior year? How many did you win?
- I applied for approximately 30 scholarships during my senior year. I received close to 20 of them.
- I set a goal to apply for at least 5 scholarships every week.
- All scholarship applicants should set a weekly goal. Remember, scholarships are a numbers game.
Q7 Did you continue applying for scholarships after you were in college?
- Yes! I’m still applying for scholarships today. Scholarships pay for my books and college costs such as tuition and fees.
- The scholarships I’m applying for now are for studying abroad and engaging in learning experience outside of the classroom.
- My weekly scholarship goal in college is 3 per week.
Q8 How does applying for scholarships before you’re in college compare to after?
- Most of the scholarships I applied for and received in high school were local.
- There were a few institutional and local scholarships also.
- Most of the scholarships I apply for now are national and institutional. I’m doing research on local resources.
Q9 What is Dough 4 Degrees and why did you start it?
Dough 4 Degrees, LLC is a scholarship coaching company.
- We consult with our clients on a monthly basis, teaching them how to finance their education without loans.
- I founded the company in January of 2016 after earning over $100,000 in scholarships in five months.
- We also produce content via blog posts, social media, and fee-based monthly consultations.
Q10 What is your best tip for students who want to win scholarships?
- Be persistent. Apply for as many scholarships as you can.
- Create a routine that fits into your schedule and follow it.
- Build a team of editors, references, and resources. It’s easier to apply for scholarships when you have a team.
- Input all deadlines into your phone and create notifications. Try to submit each scholarship a week before the deadline.
- Follow my 10 Tips to Earning Thousands in Hours