Dough4Degrees Scholarship Chat: Danielle Jeffers

Updated 12/2/2019

Dough4Degrees founder, Danielle Jeffers, graduated from Virginia Tech DEBT-FREE in May of 2019.

Her knowledge about finding and applying for scholarships equals her passion for making change and impacting the lives of youth. Her entrepreneurial journey continues. Learn more about her on LinkedIn or YouTube.

The November 3, 2016 #CampusChat on Twitter 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

Get ready for a night of inspiration and exploration! Tonight’s guest is Danielle Jeffers, a six-figure scholarship earner. #CampusChat

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: 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 

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