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Confessions of a Scholarship Winner

Teens who consider suicide a viable option feel their lives will never be free, never painless, never achieve success. They lack a solid plan for success that will put them in control of their lives. Perhaps is you find your life to include few options, the ability to win a full college scholarship and graduate debt free could be a plan to pull you out of the rut you're in?.

Kristina Ellis owns one of the feel-good stories of the day. The daughter of an immigrant mother from Venezuela and an American father who died from cancer when Kristina was seven, Kristin grew up living with her mother below the poverty line. Her mother told her, "Kristina, I love you and believe in you, but there is no way I can afford to support you after you graduate from high school. If you want to go to college, you have to start planning now."

And so she did. Kristina read every book, every article on scholarships she could find. She interviewed counselors, advisors, past scholarship winners about how to do this well. She applied for many scholarships, learning how to craft each application to the objectives desired by the award judges.

In the end, Kristina won more than a half million dollars in free money for college, including among many, the Coca-Cola National Scholarship awarded to only fifty students out of 100,000 applicants per year. And the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship which pays all education expenses from a bachelor degree through a completed doctorate. She currently has completed her bachelor and masters degrees and is a PhD student at Vanderbilt University - and owes not a dime in student loans.

Not a standout academic success in high school nor a star athlete, Kristina says she called attention to herself among applicants by completing more than 1,000 hours of community volunteerism in high school. That is an average of 5 hours per week, 50 weeks per year for four years. Her projects include the traditional routes such as volunteering at the animal shelter, to one project collecting hundreds of pairs of useful, used shoes and sending them to Haiti and Tanzania where people die from parasites that enter the body through the soles of the feet.

She has an inspiring story. Click on the book cover above to find the book through Amazon and click on the audio link below to hear a live radio interview.

Audio Interview

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