How to Win Scholarships and Pay for College

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How to Win Scholarships and Pay for College


Wondering how to win college scholarships and pay for college? So did Monica Matthews.

When Monica Matthews's son was a senior in high school, she wondered if she would have to go back to work full time to pay for his college education. But before sending out her resume, she decided she would do everything in her power to help her son win enough scholarship money to pay for college.

She partnered with her son in the research and application process and he was awarded so much scholarship money that she and her husband paid NOTHING for his education.

But that is not the whole story…

At first he did not win the scholarships he applied for. So Monica researched and researched and researched some more until she fully understood how to win scholarships! Preparing scholarship applications so that you actually win the scholarship is a skill that can be taught!

She has compiled all of her research, knowledge, and experience into her book How to Win College Scholarships: A Guide for Parents in 10 Easy Steps.


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How to Win Scholarships and Pay for College

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Monica provides readers of How to Win College Scholarships with the “been there, done that” method that she used to help her own son win over $100,000 in scholarships to pay for college. The book includes the same step-by-step winning method that she has used over and over to teach desperate parents how to help their own students win thousands of scholarship dollars.

Her expertise will guide you and your child through the process of working together to research, apply for, and win scholarship dollars. Her unique system reveals that the key is the partnership between parent and child. She breaks the tasks down into easy to follow steps that the parent can do to assist in the applications without doing the applications for their student. She also includes everything from how to organize your application procedures to exactly what kind of paper to buy to keep your child's application packet at the top of any scholarship committee's stack.

How to Win College Scholarships gives tips on the best letters of recommendations, how to write scholarship essays, how to maximize awards, honors, volunteering, and leadership. She also shares exactly how to keep track of your winnings.

Monica advocates the S.M.A.R.T. system in every aspect of the application.

S = Share personal details

M = Market Yourself

A = Answer the Essay Question

R = Review Guidelines

T = Trusted Eyes (Have 2 people review the entire application before sending it.)


How to Win College Scholarships: A Guide for Parents in 10 Easy Steps will help you and your student apply the S.M.A.R.T. system to assure that the applications sent are the absolute best and will WOW every committee that views them. Don't miss out on this Must Have Scholarship Resource!



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