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Confessions of a Scholarship Winner: The Secrets That Helped Me Win $500,000 in Free Money for College- How You Can Too! Paperback – April 16, 2013

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"Kristina Ellis's story is absolutely inspiring. And the 'insider' information she presents in this book is just as motivating. If you're looking for great ideas and easy-to-follow advice from somebody who has already blazed the scholarship trail, Kristina Ellis is the choice. Confessions of a Scholarship Winner is the only book you'll need for creating your own path to success."--Curt Jones, Founder CEO, Dippin' Dots Ice Cream"I wish I had been given a copy of this book in high school-- what an incredible resource for young people! Now everyone will understand that going to college really doesn't have to leave you or your family in debt for years. Students and parents alike need to read Confessions of a Scholarship Winner!--Brenna Mader, Miss Tennessee USA"Confessions of a Scholarship Winner is a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the college financial-aid and scholarship process for attending a college or university. Kristina's personal story is both compelling and accessible, and her clear, thoughtful writing helps makes this an indispensable resource for the college-bound student." --Dr. Thomas Burns, Provost, Belmont University "I love this easy-to-follow guide for finding and winning scholarships. Confessions of a Scholarship Winner is packed with information, yet it is presented so well that it's not intimidating. It's a fast read and easy to implement. Homeschool.com highly recommends it." --Rebecca Kochenderfer, Senior Editor and Co-Founder, Homeschool.com, Inc.

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Kristina Ellis graduated from Vanderbilt University with dual majors in human and organizational development, and business planning and entrepreneurship. She earned her master's degree in education from Belmont University. She has been recognized as a Coca-Cola National Scholar, a Gates Millennium Scholar, and a U.S. Presidential Freedom Scholar, among various other scholarships, grants and awards, including being named Miss Indiana Teen USA and winning two Junior Olympics gold medals in gymnastics. She currently lives in Nashville.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Publishing (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617951579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617951572
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have two daughters, ages 14 (almost) and 16. Wow, am I glad this book came into our lives--with not a second to spare! It will save us thousands and thousands of education dollars, all for the cost of a Starbucks coffee and a breakfast sandwich.

What I like about CONFESSIONS OF A SCHOLARSHIP WINNER is that the author LIVED IT. Her story is amazing. This makes this book very personal, very real. If you're looking for a book containing a list of thousands of scholarships--this is not it! Besides, you can find that kind of information on the Internet (the author shows you how). As a result, it is as much a inspirational/motivational book as it is a "how to" book. The author basically becomes your very own college scholarships mentor or coach. Very unique approach--and a good one.

The author shows you everything you need to know to go after scholarships of all sizes. How to write essays, what to concentrate on, how to make every word count (sort of like Twitter!). It's amazing how every word does, in fact, COUNT! In addition, she shows you how to create your own personal formula for success. I really loved the section where she goes inside the mind of a scholarship judge...and reveals how they think, and what they are looking for. There is even a chapter on the often-overlooked things that make or break a scholarship application. Are you kidding me? I would have never of thought about those things in a million years!

Again, this is not your ordinary scholarship book. The author wrote this to be your guide. She holds your hand and mentors you through the process. She seriously could be the next big motivational speaker for a new generation.
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As a high school counselor I answer questions almost daily about the college scholarship application process. I plan to recommend this book to my students. I found the book to be reader friendly and packed with great information, tips, and suggestions for success.
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Just read the book after buying it from Amazon. This book should be "THE GO TO" book for teaching college bound students the path to take for scholarships! As a family of five, I need all the help I can get to help with the escalating costs of education. I am happy that I read this book and WOW, did it help. It was inspiring as well. Kristina shows that it can be done! I would recommend this to everyone.
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I'll be honest, I was impressed with Ms. Ellis' interview but I was concerned by some of the negative reviews that the book may not help a solid family. I was pleasantly surprised! The book is a perfect blend of knowledge and inspiration and applies to everyone. Yes Ms. Ellis comes from an impoverished background and is a minority. However, several of the scholarships she won don't use either factor in awarding winners. Since she had average grades and test scores and her background wasnt a factor, there must be another reason she won. The secret is HARD WORK! Ms. Ellis worked hard to fill her resume with volunteer work, activites and achievements. Ms. Ellis time and time again explains that winning scholarships takes preparation, strategy, and effort. She has helped explain the preparation and devised the strategy. The effort comes from you. That's why any student can do it despite background or academic ability. We all have the ability to WORK HARD! Ms. Ellis does an excellent job of guiding students how to best direct their effort so it will pay off with scholarships while adding inspiration and motivation along the way. When the effort has been put in, Ms. Ellis expertly guides the student in putting their efforts on paper in a way that makes them stand out from the crowd. Be advised. This book is not a quick fix to money problems. But if you are willing to WORK HARD for your dreams, it is the perfect book for you or your student.
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I am still looking for a book that helps students who are white, have both parents living, both parents work at full time jobs, are above the poverty level, and have been sacraficing to save for college, but do not have enough for the skyrocketing college costs. Those students need scholarships too, but most scholarships discriminate against those kids, which is very demoralizing. A few chapters, like 6 and 7 are helpful since most of that advice is needed by everyone applying for scholarships. Miss Ellis' book and interviews on television are inspiring, and she should be applauded, however it is very little help for most Americans.
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I read this book a second time and this is what I conclude:This book was not truly written for parents, it was written by a 24 yr old college graduate woman who beat the odds while attending high school, and made it through an awesome college! The reality is that to get into college you need great grades, not just good, and a more meaningful life (except if you are recruited by a technology company or you have super wealthy parents with college connections).

She shares that top colleges/universities want a package deal. They want to recruit someone who is academically inclined (AP courses, Honor Roll), has over come some setback (family, emotional, academic via financial/emotional, environmental and i.e... abuse, alcohol, divorce, etc), and that is willing to go the extra mile (had a meaningful job, volunteered after school, baby sat siblings, did chores, help with household upkeep, comforted a parent because they were depressed, and any experience that a kid today is going through...they have a long list on us...) to learn and acquire knowledge.

She correctly states that colleges want meaningful applicants and not those that tout old ideas. The thing about this book is that it was truly written for a 14-15 yr old and not for parents that are currently searching for grants. It is a meaningless task if your child does not have the required portfolio and this book may have arrived a little late...

If I had read this book at 15, I would have probably been influenced to excel to the next level. I would have known that I needed to do much more than just get great grades, and would have participated more meaningfully in the community.

The problem is the many poor urban and rural high school kids will never get to read this book...
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