“We can’t afford to send you to college, but you still have to go.”
My parents told me this during the beginning of my senior year of high school.
What do you do when the dream you’ve worked so hard to achieve now seems out of reach? You keep fighting and improve your strategy immediately. That’s exactly what I did during my senior year of high school to make sure my college education was secure.
I knew I didn’t want to attend the college of my dreams on loans, so I used a resource available to everyone – scholarships. I started my scholarship journey unaware of the amount of time, dedication, and perseverance it required, but I learned along the way.
My first step to acquiring a list of scholarships I was eligible for was sharing my story with others. No one knows what you need until you tell them, so I told everyone – my family, my high school guidance department, friends, and local community members. Some of those people joined my team of editors, references, and resources. My scholarship success would not have been possible if it weren’t for them.
All of the late nights and early mornings spent on scholarships paid off.
By the end of my senior year of high school, I had applied for approximately 30 scholarships and earned 20 of them, totaling over $100,000.
Those scholarships have covered the cost of my undergraduate education and provided freedom at a young age. Today, I enjoy my college experience at my dream school without stressing over loans.
Smart College Visit is excited to have Danielle on board as our new Student Scholarship Editor! You can read more about Danielle at her website, Dough 4 Degrees.