Confessions of a Scholarship Winner by Kristina Ellis–Book Review

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Attempted suicide, bulimia, bullying—it’s not the opening you would expect from a book about college scholarships. Author Kristina Ellis revisits old wounds as she shares her journey from an impoverished youth to Vanderbilt graduate (with $500,000 in scholarships).

On Kristina’s first day of high school, her mother dropped a bomb on her. Kristina would have to put herself through college.

The family had fallen under the poverty line when Kristina’s father died years earlier. Paying for college seemed the impossible dream.

What this book is about

I don’t think you can read this book without feeling inspired. It’s targeted towards high school students, but there is a message of hope that will likely resonant with many parents.

The advice is simple and practical. Your budding scholarship winner will learn how to:

  • Get the right kinds recommendation letters
  • Repackage scholarship applications to highlight their best qualities
  • Meet scholarship deadlines and stay organized
  • Uncover niche scholarship offerings
  • Navigate the financial-aid maze

Best of all, Kristina’s advice is not just for the perfect student. As the author points out, she had imperfect grades and average SAT scores.

Unlike many scholarship books, this one is also about overcoming fear and letting go of the past.

Of course, Kristina didn’t stack all that scholarship cash without a lot of the ‘D’ word. Discipline. In that regard, Kristina encourages teens to view the scholarship process as the best-paying—part time job they’ll ever have.

Excerpt confessions

Where I come from, $333 an hour is a lot of dough.

Would you recommend to a friend?

I’m grateful to the author for sharing her strategies and story. I would recommend this book to any student or parent in the scholarship hunt.

My only grievance—and it’s a minor one—is that I would have liked to see even more of Kristina’s strategies for finding scholarships. The instant book focuses primarily on how to apply for scholarships, rather than how to find them. Dare I ask for another book?

Readers: Have you talked to your kids about paying for college?

Just the facts, Jack: The publisher provided a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. I received no compensation for this post. Any and all reviews posted are based solely on my own experience and may be atypical. Please practice due diligence in making any related purchase decisions.

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About Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson is a Dallas-based freelance writer who specializes in college planning, parenting, women’s lifestyle, education, and self-help. But she's always hungry to munch on new topics. In addition to writing for The BookWormMama blog, Nicole provides content, copywriting and proofreading services for various publications.


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