This edition of our newsletter includes information students can use immediately to find and win scholarships. Getting started now will help students get ready for the many scholarship deadlines coming this fall and winter.   

Marianne Ragins and The Scholarship Workshop LLC

  • Start researching NOW – Many of the largest scholarship programs have deadlines starting in early fall. For the best chance at meeting deadlines and actually winning scholarships, students shouldn’t wait until they actually get accepted to the school of their dreams to apply. In fact, they don’t even have to wait until senior year. They can win money for college as early as age 6 (learn more in Senior Year Head Start). Even if a student is getting ready to start their freshman year or another year in college this fall, they should start researching now to get ready for early fall deadlines. Once a student gets a list of scholarship programs, web sites, and deadlines, they should create a monthly planner to stay on track and apply for every scholarship available to them. See chapter 2, 3, 4 and 6 of Winning Scholarships for College (5th edition) for help with finding scholarships and getting organized. You can also see The Scholarship Monthly Planner .
  • Review the activities you’ve been involved in since 9th grade. If you aren’t on pace to exceed any required community service hours OR if your school does not have a requirement, immediately begin to participate in at least two community service activities. Community service hours can help students become more competitive for scholarship programs AND for acceptance into colleges and universities. Not only can some scholarships be won on the basis of community service alone; nearly all scholarship programs want to see students who get involved in activities that benefit others. They also love students who can recognize a school or community issue and successfully come up with a way to solve it. Community service can really make the difference between winning and losing a scholarship competition. See chapter 14 of Winning Scholarships for College (5th edition) for more about the role of community service and scholarships.
  • Register for Google Alerts to get e-mail updates about recently written articles concerning scholarships, college, and financial aid. New scholarship programs can be introduced at any time. Using Google Alerts and choosing to “Like” The Scholarship Workshop on or follow us on Twitter @ScholarshipWork and can help keep students informed about current and newly created scholarship programs for which they might be able to apply. See chapter 3 of Winning Scholarships for College (5th edition) for more about using the Internet and social media in a scholarship search.
  • Find programs that earn students and parents free cash for college – Although they don’t offer scholarships, programs such as can help with the tuition bill. These are free programs that allow individuals to register credit and frequent shopper cards to earn rebates into a college savings account. If someone eats out at restaurants or shops online, they can get money for college with these programs. See chapter 31 of Winning Scholarships for College (5th edition) for the section on “Getting Free Money for Things You Already Buy.”
  • Begin working on a student activities résumé. Even if a student has already started a résumé; they should update it, and highlight any areas that need attention. For example, perhaps they need more community service or leadership (which can also include mentoring or tutoring). Extracurricular and community service activities will help students stand out among a crowd of other scholarship applicants. The résumé should showcase their qualities as a well-rounded and involved student who has engaged in several meaningful activities. See chapter 9 of Winning Scholarships for College (5th edition) for more information about writing a student résumé.
A Personal Note from Marianne


I started putting my scholarship strategies from Senior Year Head Start and Winning Scholarships for College into practice with my own kids last weekend. As a proud FAMU graduate, I took my kids to FAMU’s homecoming. And my husband (a graduate of Southern University) joined us. This was the first university experience for my daughter (12) and my son (10).
After watching the game, at dinner and in the car, my daughter wanted to discuss scholarships and how they could help pay for college. My son wanted to know how much 4 years would cost and to understand the difference between the cost of a private vs a public institution.

Our FAMU homecoming visit is helping me continue to build awareness, interest, and the desire to attend college, understand the costs, AND win college money with my kids at an early age. So far, my daughter has already won one small scholarship at age 7.


I’m excited! And I hope to keep them excited too!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
If you can, please consider donating time or money to an organization of your choice to support breast cancer research. If breast cancer has affected your life or that of a family member also know that there may be scholarships such as the Dr. Angela Grant Memorial Scholarship or a
Cancer for College scholarship available to you.
Attend The Scholarship Workshop in Macon, Georgia!


Learn how to find and win scholarships with Marianne Ragins on November 23 at Macedonia Church in Macon, GA!
See this page to register:
This workshop is open to the public and free for everyone to attend. 
Upcoming Online Scholarship Classes 
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Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

October 15 – Scholarship America Dream Award (open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students can win up to $15,000)


October 17 – Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway Promotion and Contest (open to students between the ages of 18 and 24. Students can win up to $100,000)
October 31 – Coca-Cola Scholarship ($20,000 scholarship open to high school seniors) – Marianne won the Coca-Cola Scholarship as a high school senior. She writes about being in the competition in Winning Scholarships for College.
November 5Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Contest – $4,000 to $50,000 scholarships open to high school seniors.


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The Scholarship Monthly Planner  – Helps students get organized to find scholarships and stay on track to apply for scholarships.

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Helps slow starters get their essays started AND finished.
– Get started BEFORE senior year winning scholarships and awards.
Last Minute College Financing Guide – Helps you find college money late in your high school senior year and beyond.


College Survival & Success Skills 101 – Helps students get off to a fast start in college, avoid pitfalls, and do well the 1st year and beyond.


Pay for College Using the Internet and Social Media – Helps you use the Internet and social media effectively to find scholarships and financial aid online to shrink your tuition bill.
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