244 pages. $17.95 paperback.
“Scholarship Lady” Kimberly Stezala uses warm encouragement and insider expertise to coach students in how to win scholarships. With more than 3 million high school graduates enrolling in college each year, competition for funds is fierce. Stezala’s four-point plan converts dreams and qualifications into applications that capture judges’ attention. “Why would a scholarship committee want to spend its cash on you if you haven’t invested in yourself?” she asks.
Crucial ingredients include a Team of Champions (mentors who scout scholarship opportunities and critique applications), a gripping essay and a scholarship worksheet. Students further increase their chances by using the intensive home version of Stezala’s workshop, the Scholarship Success Boot Camp.
Supported by a website (www.scholarshipstreet.com), these strategies benefit committed students, with the help of parents, educators and caring adults. (800) 714-6395, http://www.amacombooks.org.