As our country and the world struggles to control the spread of this virus, we are truly in uncharted waters. During this time, I wanted to send suggestions to all of you as we work from home (if possible) and endeavor to continue our learning online (as necessary).

  • First and foremost, please take care of yourselves, stay safe, and protect others. If you’re wondering how, please reference the CDC website or see
  • Always make good decisions that can result in good outcomes. If your goal is to go to college and to get money to help you pay for it, DO NOT LOSE SIGHT OF YOUR GOAL. I believe we will get through this. And I hope you do too. When we are able to breathe freely everywhere (both literally and figuratively), understand that deadlines may not have been extended for scholarships and other great opportunities. So even though school may be closed for the time being, don’t lose sight of your goals. Keep working and keep trying! And stay on top of deadlines.
  • If you can help those who are most vulnerable and in need, PLEASE do it. Not only is it a great community service, it’s the right thing to do.
  • Keep a journal. Write a few sentences (or more) daily about how you’re dealing with this crisis, how it’s affecting you and others, and also how you’re helping others. Not only could it make you feel better to express your feelings, it could be something you incorporate into a future essay you need to submit.
  • Read. Even if you can’t visit your local library or a bookstore, you can read an eBook. Many local libraries provide access to Libby, Hoopla, and Overdrive where you can read thousands of eBooks. In some cases, you can watch movies too. See this article about reading ebooks through your local library.
  • Take a virtual tour of your future college or university. Even though you may not be able to visit some of your options in person, you can see a lot. YouVisit is one option that allows you to do this.

Stay safe and be well.
Marianne Ragins and The Scholarship Workshop

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Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines in April  

FOR CURRENT COLLEGE,  high school and younger STUDENTS (elementary and middle)
Deadline: April 24, 2020
Open to current college students
Deadline: April 30
Open to high school seniors, students with GED diplomas, undergraduate (2yr or 4yr) college students, and students at vocational or trade schools who are 25 years of age or younger.
Deadline: April 15
Open to students age 8 to 18.
Deadline: May 16 
Up to $1000 for high school seniors and current college students. Funds can also be used by international students and for study abroad.
Deadline: June 5
Up to $5000 available to high school seniors and current college students.

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