Local college scholarship expert gives tips on how to find funding

Local college scholarship expert gives tips on how to find funding


OF THEM ARE THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE AND HOW THEY ARE GOING TO AFFORD IT. A LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP EXPERT SAYS THERE IS A LOT OF FREE MONEY OUT THERE FOR COLLEGE, YOU JUST HAVE TO KNOW WHERE TO FIND IT. NEWSCHANNEL 6’S SAMANTHA WILLIAMS JOINS US WITH THE DETAILS. SAMANTHA: MIKE, THAT SCHOLARSHIP EXPERT SAYS IT ALL STARTS WITH LOCAL RESOURCES. WHETHER IT’S TAKING A TRIP TO YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR’S OFFICE OR GOING ON THE COLLEGE’S WEBSITE, SHE SAYS MONEY SHOULD NOT HINDER PEOPLE FROM GOING TO COLLEGE. SAMANTHA: ASHLEY HILL, OWNER OF LAH GROUP LLC, SAYS IT MAY SEEM INTIMIDATING WHEN YOU START THE SCHOLARSHIP PROCESS, BUT IN THE END, SHE SAYS IT LITERALLY, PAYS OFF. SHE ADDS THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SCHOLARSHIPS. ASHLEY HILL/ SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH STRATEGIST: “SO INSTITUTIONAL ARE THE ONES OFFERED BY THE COLLEGE. AND WHEN I SAY NATIONAL, I REALLY MEAN PRIVATE, SO ANYTHING THAT’S NOT A COLLEGE. THEN LOCAL.” SAMANTHA: THE ONE ASPECT MOST EVERY SCHOLARSHIP ENTAILS: AN ESSAY. AS A PAST SCHOLARSHIP JUDGE, SHE SAYS THE WRITING PORTION IS VERY IMPORTANT. ASHLEY HILL/ SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH STRATEGIST: “THE GRADES WERE SIMILAR. THE ACTIVITIES WERE KIND OF SIMILAR, WHAT THEY WERE INVOLVED IN, SO WE NEEDED SOME WAY TO SIFT OUT WHO WAS GOING TO WIN AND WHO WASN’T. THE ESSAY ALLOWED US TO GET PERSONAL INSIGHT ON THE STUDENT.” SAMANTHA: HILL SAYS ALWAYS HAVE A COPY OF YOUR ACT OR SAT SCORES ON HAND, AS WELL AS A COPY OF YOUR TRANSCRIPT. AND MAKE SURE YOU LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION. YOU CAN RECYCLE YOUR ESSAYS, NOT WORD FOR WORD, BUT BECAUSE MOST OF THE QUESTIONS ARE SIMILAR, YOUR ESSAYS ARE GOING TO BE AS WELL. HILL HAS SEEN COUNTLESS SUCCESS STORIES BECAUSE OF HER TIPS. SHE HAD ONE STUDENT WHO SHE HELPED WITH FINDING SCHOLARSHIPS RELATED TO THE CAREER SHE WAS ALWAYS INTERESTED IN. ASHLEY HILL/ SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH STRATEGIST: “WHEN IT CAME TO THE ESSAY, IT SAID ‘WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE A SOCIAL WORKER?’ WELL, I DIDN’T KNOW THIS, BUT SHE EXPLAINED SHE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AS A CHILD.” SAMANTHA: TRAGEDY, BUT HILL ENCOURAGED HER TO SHARE HOW IT SHAPED HER LIFE. ASHLEY HILL/ SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH STRATEGIST: “SHE WAS HESITANT, BUT IT WAS SO EXCITING. SHE CALLED ME TWO WEEKS LATER. THE COMMITTEE CALLED HER AND SAID HER STORY WAS AMAZING, AND WE’RE GIVING YOU THE 2-THOUSAND DOLLARS. AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SHE NEEDED. SHE WAS ABLE TO GO TO SCHOOL, AND NOW SHE IS ALMOST FINISHED WITH HER PROGRAM, AND SHE IS GOING TO GO ON TO HAVING HER OWN NONPROFIT TO WORK WITH OTHER YOUNG WOMEN WHO WERE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED.” SAMANTHA: HILL SAYS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS GENERALLY GIVE THE MOST FUNDING. SCHOLARSHIPS.COM IS A GREAT SITE TO UTILIZE, AND HILL SAYS YOU SHOULD FIND SCHOLARSHIPS THAT SPECIFICALLY LINE UP WITH YOUR FUTURE CAREER OR INTERESTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ASHLEY HILL’S SCHOLARSHIP BUSINESS, VISIT WJBF.COM.

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