About Us

The Scholarship Workshop LLC, founded in 1991, is an educational service from Marianne Ragins, $400,000 scholarship winner, best-selling author, and motivational speaker. We provide services and resources for parents, students, counselors and youth leaders such as The Scholarship Workshop presentation, online classes and scholarship webinars, motivational speeches, and a range of presentations about scholarships, college, and other educational topics. We also provide books and publications designed to help all types of students succeed in getting money to pay for college and being successful in college and beyond.

As an additional resource for students, we began awarding the Ragins/Braswell National Scholarship in 1995 and began offering the “Leading the Future II” Scholarship in 2003. To date, we have given thousands of dollars to deserving students.

About Motivational Speaker and Scholarship Coach, Marianne Ragins

In Marianne Ragins’ senior year of high school, she won over $400,000 in scholarships for college. As perhaps the first student ever to amass nearly half a million dollars in scholarship money, she has been featured in many publications including USA Today, People, Ebony, Newsweek, Money, Essence, Family Money, Black Enterprise and on the cover of Parade. She has also made hundreds of radio and television appearances on shows such as “Good Morning America,” “The Home Show,” and the “Mike & Maty Show.”

Marianne Ragins received a master of business administration (MBA) from George Washington in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in business administration from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Both degrees were entirely funded by scholarships and other free aid.

Marianne Ragins is also the author of the highly successful Winning Scholarships for College and College Survival & Success Skills 101. She is an experienced motivational and inspirational speaker who has traveled nationally and internationally presenting The Scholarship Workshop and giving other motivational workshops and speeches.

Why You Should Engage Marianne Ragins as a Motivational and Inspirational Speaker or Attend One of Her Webinars

Ms. Ragins is a powerful and passionate presenter who has tremendous knowledge and expertise regarding the college scholarship search and application process. She has provided the keynote address for our annual College Scholarship Conference for 5 consecutive years, and each year I continue to be impressed by her dynamic and comprehensive presentation. She has the unique ability to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds, including traditional age students, adult learners, parents, and professional educators. Folks leave her workshop empowered and inspired to execute the scholarship search and application process by using the practical strategies she shares.  Mrs. Ragins is a superb speaker and a consummate professional. She does not disappoint!

Dr. D. A. Bright, Chair – College Scholarship Conference – Montgomery College

  • Marianne can inspire your audience with an engaging speaker who has mesmerized audiences for years with personal examples. The most frequently used words when describing her presentations. “Awesome!” “Excellent!”
  • Marianne can motivate your students, parents, and educators to exceed all expectations, including their own. To keep your audiences engaged with humor, interesting anecdotes, and amazing facts
  • Marianne can inform your audience with relevant examples and stories of success that relate to students and parents in numerous situations. Marianne can not only provide information relevant to mixed audiences of youth, parents, counselors and other educators, she provides powerful information for at-risk youth, minorities, middle-class students, non-traditional students, and 1st generation.
  • Marianne can give your students an immediate scholarship opportunity. All attendees of the Scholarship Workshop presentation become eligible for the Ragins/Braswell National Scholarship, a scholarship offered by Marianne exclusively to audience attendees.

Marianne Ragins: Inspirational Speaker for Students

Marianne is a member of the National Speakers Association and an industry member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). In addition, Marianne is a sponsor for the Ragins/Braswell National Scholarship and the “Leading the Future II” Scholarship. Those who attend Marianne’s presentations, both online and live, are eligible for both scholarships.


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