Why Should You Attend The Scholarship Boot Camp to Get a College Scholarship?

  • The Scholarship Boot Camp gets you started on the scholarship process  
  • The Scholarship Boot Camp teaches you how to get a scholarship and helps you learn what it takes to get a full ride scholarship or get multiple college scholarships  
  • The Scholarship Boot Camp helps you start writing your scholarship essays or to polish existing scholarship and college essays so they stand out and represent you well


Join us for a mini online scholarship boot camp led by Marianne Ragins, $400,000 scholarship winner!

NOTE: Attending the boot camp WILL NOT guarantee that an attendee will win a scholarship. This online scholarship boot camp is for high school students who are US citizens.

This special online SCHOLARSHIP BOOT CAMP will include:

  • 3 hour online workshop (with breaks, fun activities, and sometimes cool prizes) where Marianne will discuss:
    • Over a dozen qualities/areas that scholarship programs and colleges look for when considering students for competitive scholarships and programs
    • How to craft a compelling résumé to showcase skills, interests and talents
    • How to find scholarships in every nook and cranny AND how to find scholarships specific to you, your situation, your family and your location
    • Step by step directions for writing:
      • A winning scholarship and college résumé (these are different than those for employment)
      • A scholarship focused essay (this section will also include steps for answering the most frequently asked essay questions)
  •  Course folder with the following:
    • Class handouts for the online scholarship boot camp
    • Your state financial aid agency information
    • Your community foundation information (if available)

If you hate writing, Marianne will help you get beyond the blank page. If you’re good at writing, Marianne will give you tips to help your written words stand out from the crowd.


Rave Reviews for Marianne Ragins and her presentations

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.  Ms. Ragins is a superb speaker and a consummate professional. She does not disappoint! – Dr. D. A. Bright, Director of Articulation, Transfer, and Academic Services – Montgomery College


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 – College Access Challenge Grant Program, U.S. Virgin Islands


Marianne’s presentation is both relevant and engaging. Both the parents and the students in the audience could relate to her material. By using her own personal stories, Marianne Ragins managed to encourage and motivate students to pursue their goals of going to college. I saw many parents and students taking notes during her presentation. Her use of visuals kept the attention of the audience well. Out of the families that attended the session, 98% stated their desire to see our organization sponsor Marianne again as a speaker in the future. – D. Fiavi, Program Liaison, Fairfax County Schools College Partnership Program


Ms. Ragins delivered a flawless presentation to our monthly parent session attendees. Both students and parents found the message to be valuable and Marianne provided tangible advice that the participants could immediately put into action. She was an overwhelming hit! – S. Knight, Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools College Success Program


My fraternity has been sponsoring a Financial Aid Forum for parents for over 25 years. In the 5 years that Marianne has been participating in that event, the timely and invaluable information she provides has made her the most popular portion of the forum, consistently high-rated by attendees. Marianne’s Scholarship Workshop helps lift the fog on financing a college education and gives families a practical roadmap to making that education attainable. – R. Little III, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Guide Right Program for Students

Don’t wait until the spring of your senior year and definitely do not wait until you know which college you want to attend! The most successful scholarship applicants start early. That’s what Marianne did. Get ready now for early scholarship deadlines!


In her senior year of high school, 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.