How I Earned $160,000 In Scholarships At My Dream School (Episode 85)


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Hear how my student earned $160,000 in college scholarships in Episode 85 of The College Checklist Podcast. Listen now at into college is hard. Winning college scholarships is even harder. I am so proud to have my student Darius and his mother Shawnae on to talk about their family’s college admissions journey that included a strategic approach to financial aid.

Their family’s open, honest conversation about the cost of college gave Darius the full view of what it was going to take to get into and pay for his education. That translated into motivation and allowed Darius to achieve tremendous success on his path to college.

It’s one thing for our expert guests to share how to win scholarships for college. It’s another thing to hear from a family who has actually done it.

I’m so honored that Darius and Shawnae came on to share their journey to admissions and scholarship success at Darius’s dream school, Wake Forest.

I hope their story inspires you to work hard and reap the rewards too!

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Show Notes


Quotable quotes

“I started thinking about what Darius would need to do to get in to the college of his dreams when he was in middle school.”

“In 10th grade you need to be sure you are taking the right courses.”

“There is a lot of scholarship money out there if you do the research and do the work.”

“I wanted a smaller school so I could interact more with my teachers. When I walked on campus for a tour I knew it would be a good fit for me.”

Lightning Round Q&A

Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
Darius: De-stress. Take some time for yourself.
Shawnae: Stay organized and know the timeline for specific colleges.

Q2: What is your favorite college admissions book, blog, or tool that no family should be without?
Darius: Create a good relationship with your guidance counselor.
Shawnae: The College Checklist Podcast

Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
Darius: Make sure you have a plan.
Shawnae: Make sure the colleges you are looking at are a good fit.

Q4: What are your all-time favorite books?
Darius: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi*
Shawnae: As a child, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas*. Recently, Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly* and Game Plan by Heilemann and Halperin*.

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