Winning Scholarships for College

Best Selling College Scholarship Guide from Marianne Ragins

Winner of More than $400,000 in Scholarships for College

Marianne Ragins, the publisher of and winner of more than $400,000 in scholarship money, presents the fully revised and updated Winning Scholarships for College, Sixth Edition. Containing the most up-to-date scholarship resources, this classic guide will show you how to get scholarships and pay for college. This is one of the most comprehensive books on winning scholarships on the market, revealing where and how to search for funds, and containing step-by-step instructions for the application process. Marianne uses her knowledge of being a scholarship applicant, a mega scholarship winner, a scholarship committee judge, a scholarship sponsor, and a scholarship coach to help you fund your educational dreams and minimize student loans! 

The sixth edition has information on hundreds of scholarships from the most well-known resources to smaller, more localized funds. This edition also guides readers through the use of the Internet and social media in their scholarship search, and gives detailed suggestions for essays with examples from the author’s own highly successful scholarship search.

With special chapters focusing on helping middle class scholarship seekers, home schooled students, minorities, nontraditional students, those without an A average, students as young as age 6, and even those looking for scholarships that don’t require writing essays, this guide is a must have tool. Whether you’re in high school, enrolled in or going back to college, studying abroad, or pursuing a postgraduate degree, this book is an invaluable resource for helping you effectively finance the education you want.

WINNING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE also provides hundreds of new references linking students and parents to millions of scholarship dollars. With fully updated references, websites, and detailed program information, this easy to use college readiness resource covers every aspect of the scholarship process, from organizing your search strategy to choosing scholarships and colleges for maximum value.

Winning Scholarships for College Answers These Questions and Many Others

  • When is the best time to start searching for scholarships? Is it ever too early? Is it ever too late?
  • Are there scholarships that don’t require essays?
  • Are there special scholarships for students with military parents?
  • Can I get scholarships/grants to pay back student loans I already have?
  • Are some scholarships grade-blind?
  • Is community service important for winning scholarships?
  • What are the top 10 mistakes students make when applying for scholarships?
  • If we’re middle class with a two income household, can my kids still win scholarships? Is it okay for my son/daughter to write their own recommendation for a time-pressed counselor to sign?
  • What does the PSAT mean for scholarships?
  • If I’m not a highly recruited athlete, can I get an athletic scholarship?

Chapters That May Interest You in Winning Scholarships for College, Sixth Edition

  • Scholarships for the military and their families
  • Scholarships for students in kindergarten and beyond
  • Scholarships for middle-class students
  • Scholarships for students with less than an A average
  • Scholarships for home-schooled students
  • Using the Internet and social media in your scholarship search
  • How to understand and minimize student loans if scholarships don’t cover the entire cost of your education
  • Scholarships for Minority Students
  • Scholarships for Nontraditional Students
  • Scholarships That Don’t Require Essays

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Table of Contents - Winning Scholarships for College

1. College Costs

2. The Scholarship Search: Discovering Hidden Treasures

3. Using the Internet and Social Media in Your Scholarship Search

4. The Local Scholarship Search: Finding Scholarships in Your Backyard

5. Financial Aid Forms and Help from the Government with College Expenses

6. Getting Organized

7. Getting the Most from Your Counselor

8. Taking Tests

9. Writing Your Scholarship Résumé: How to Stand Out and Why Grades Don’t Mean Everything

10. The Application

11. Writing Scholarship Essays That Get Noticed

12. Scholarship Interviewing Tips

13. The Art of Getting Good Recommendations and Requesting Nominations

14. Scholarships and Awards for Community Service, Volunteering, and Work

15. Unusual Scholarship Opportunities

16. Scholarships for the Unnoticed Athlete

17. Scholarships for Minorities: What’s the Difference in a Minority Scholarship Hunt?

18. Scholarships for Current College Students and Transfer Students

19. Going Beyond the Undergraduate Degree— Paying for Graduate School

20. Scholarships for Nontraditional Students— Distance Learners and Adults Returning to College

21. Scholarships for International Students and Study Abroad Funding for U.S. Students

22. Scholarships for Disabled Students

23. I Am Homeschooled— Can I Still Win Scholarships?

24. I Do Not Have an A Average— Can I Get Scholarships for College?

25. Are There Scholarships for Middle- Class Students?

26. Scholarships for Younger Students— From Kindergarten to 11th Grade

27. Scholarships and College Funding for the Military and Their Family

28. Scholarships That Do Not Require Writing an Essay

29. Making Choices: You’ve Won an Award . . .Now What Do You Do?

30. For Parents Only: Helping Your Son or Daughter with the College and Scholarship Process

31. For Parents Only: Motivating Your Kids to Win Scholarships

32. For Parents Only: Saving for College

33. It’s Never Too Early to Prepare for the Scholarship Search

34. Scholarship Do’s and Don’ts: Insider Tips from Scholarship Providers

35. Understanding and Minimizing Student Loans If You Don’t Win Enough Scholarship Money Initially

36. Major Reasons Why Some Students Win Scholarships and Others Don’t

37. Tips for Reducing Your College Expenses and Increasing Your Scholarship Chances

38. What to Do If Your Financial Aid Package Is Not Enough or Your Dream School Reduces Your Aid Package Due to Scholarships You’ve Won

39. Parting Words

Appendix A and Appendix B



In her high school senior year, Marianne 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, Newsweek, Money, Essence 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.”

Ragins is the author of the highly successful Winning Scholarships for College: An Insider’s Guide, College Survival & Success Skills 101, and other publications. She is the president of The Scholarship Workshop and sponsor of the Leading the Future II and Ragins Braswell National Scholarships. Ragins is an experienced motivational speaker and lecturer who has traveled nationally and internationally conducting The Scholarship Workshop presentation and giving other motivational seminars and speeches.

Marianne graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from Florida A&M University and received an MBA from George Washington University. Both her degrees were entirely funded by scholarships and other free aid. Marianne is originally from Macon, Georgia and currently resides in northern Virginia.