Inspirational Speaker and Motivational Speaker – Marianne Ragins

If your audience needs motivation, inspiration or information, contact Marianne today for student success. If you’re a parent or student who wants to attend a presentation, see this page.

Student Success

Marianne is considered to be one of the first students ever to win $400,000 in scholarships. She is also someone who persevered to do something no one in her world had ever done by instigating her own scholarship bonanza and incurring zero student debt to get a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

Using anecdotal stories and humor, Marianne takes audiences on her journey from small town dreamer in a family with no collegiate background, who’d never traveled to more than two states in her life; to how she became a scholarship guru, international traveler, college graduate, and an achiever for all of her girlhood dreams using three guiding principles to shape her decisions.

Marianne can provide motivation and inspiration to help your audience realize their dreams and create their own student success.

Keynote Speeches & Motivational Workshops

Most Requested Presentations and Programs

The Scholarship Workshop Presentation and The Scholarship Workshop Boot Camp

Our most popular seminars are the Scholarship Workshop presentation, a one, two or three hour interactive workshop; and the Scholarship Workshop Boot Camp, a full day and a half of activities designed to help students and parents leave the weekend with scholarship essays, résumés, and applications completed and ready to go. The Scholarship Workshop presentation and the Scholarship Workshop Weekend are both interactive seminars designed to help students conduct a successful scholarship search from the research involved in finding scholarship money to the scholarship essays, scholarship interview tips and strategies involved in winning them.


Surviving and Succeeding in College – The College Success Factor

Do you want to help students put a little more zing into their college experience? Would you like to help them uncover strategies for winning college money even after they’ve enrolled? Curious about common pitfalls most students encounter and how to avoid them? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this session is for your audience! Attendees of this presentation will learn how to find more scholarships and awards to shrink the tuition bill, invest on shoestring budget, understand and avoid the credit crunch, tame their credit card and student loan balances, and secure high‐powered internships, co‐ops, and summer jobs. Engage Marianne for this exciting session and your students can learn how to pack their college years with experiences that can lead to graduate and professional schools clamoring to admit them, employers offering multiple job opportunities, and a whole lot of fun and satisfaction! Conducted by a $400,000 scholarship winner and 1st generation college graduate, this session will include several handouts and interactive discussion.

Whether your audience is composed of current high school students planning to attend college, interested parents who wants to make the most of the college investment, individuals who advise youth, or students already enrolled in college, they’ll find information they can use in this presentation.

Scholarship and College Funding Strategies for Current College Students

Student loan balances have been increasing exponentially for years. This could be attributed to the rising cost of college, the ease of getting a student loan, or the fact that many don’t realize there are scholarships available to current college students. One unfortunate result of this is that students who begin college for the first year often don’t return the second year due to the cost of their continued education. This session will provide attendees with strategies for finding ways to fund their college education without substantially increasing their loan balances. Best practices will also be discussed for selecting majors, learning the future earnings outlook for a career path, and handling the resulting loan balances associated with a particular major without additional funding. Current college students will learn strategies to help find and win scholarships for their education. Moreover, high school seniors who may not have a full ride scholarship when they start college will learn ways to maximize their scholarship chances when they become a college undergraduate. Information will also be provided for helping students effectively use the Internet and social media in their scholarship quest.

For nearly two decades, motivational keynote speaker Marianne Ragins has been giving the very interactive Scholarship Workshop seminar to thousands of students, parents and educators throughout the country to provide scholarship search help for students nationwide. Get more information about the Scholarship Workshop presentation or learn more about inspirational speaker Marianne Ragins.



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Marianne will use her experiences to motivate and galvanize your audiences to success in every aspect of their education or career. A keynote can be customized to the specific needs of your audience or cover any of the following topics:

For High School Student success

  • Turning Dreams Into Achievements
  • Preparing for College
  • You Can Do Anything: Keys to Success
  • For Parents: Motivating Your Teenager
  • Goal Setting
  • The Scholarship Process for High School Students & Parents
  • Using the Internet to Achieve Scholarship and College Entrance Success
  • Positive Power for High School Students
  • Developing Good Study Habits

Motivational Workshops For College Student success

  • Preparing for Graduate School
  • 7 Steps to Getting Internships
  • Turning Dreams into Achievements as a College Student
  • The Scholarship Process for College Students
  • You Can Do Anything: Keys to Success as a College Student
  • Jump‐Start Your College Career
  • Getting the Most from Your College Education
  • 10 Steps to Managing Finances Wisely as a College Student
  • Secrets of Getting and Keeping a Higher GPA

For Educators & Youth Leaders

  • Motivating Your Students
  • Coaching Your Students for Scholarship Success
  • Helping Your Students Find Scholarship Resources
  • Making a Difference
  • Youth Success Begins with YOU!

Additional and customized presentations are also available.


  • Power Charge Your Future – Best Ways to Use Social Media to Help NOT Hurt
  • Get the 411 on Scholarships! – Keys To College Money Success from a $400,000 Scholarship Winner
  • Stand Out Scholarship & College Entrance Essays Made Easy

If you are interested in bringing motivational speaker Marianne Ragins to your area for one of the presentations outlined above, a breakout session, or a custom topic, click here. Ragins can also speak at graduations: contact her to be your next commencement speaker!


Marianne Ragins’ Scholarship Workshops are phenomenal! Ms. Ragins has a wealth of knowledge and experience that is unparalleled. For the past three years, the U.S. Virgin Islands College Access Challenge Grant Program has included and plans to continue utilizing The Scholarship Workshop as part of our program activities. Through her workshops and presentations, Marianne provides  valuable insights, information, strategies, and support that achieve successful results. Based on the feedback received from students, parents and educators that have attended The Scholarship Workshops here in the Virgin Islands, everyone agrees that Marianne Ragins has perfected the art of the scholarship search.

D. Lake, Educational Outreach Coordinator

Established in 1980, the CSP is the speaking profession’s international measure of speaking experience and skill. Little more than 12 percent of the speakers worldwide hold this professional designation. To earn the CSP designation, Marianne documented nearly 300 presentations that she gave within a period of 10 years. Also, a panel of professional speakers with a proven track record of keynote success, reviewed and rated favorably one of Marianne’s 60 minute keynote presentations. 

The National Speakers Association also contacted dozens of Marianne’s past clients and workshop sponsors and asked them to complete evaluation surveys rating Marianne Ragins on her speaking performance, audience engagement, and professionalism. For the CSP designation, Marianne had to earn 28 out of 36 points on these evaluation surveys. Marianne’s average from previous clients completing the survey was 36.05 out of 38 points, a 95% favorability rating!

If you’d like one of your audiences to benefit from Marianne’s experience as a speaking professional, learn from her wealth of knowledge, and be inspired by her engaging stories, contact us today. She is ready to speak for your organization and have you become a satisfied client as well. Call us now to discuss how she can wow and inform your audience!