My experience in assisting my children in finding scholarship money led me to a position in their high school district as a Scholarship Coach.  Due to my success, I shared my information and experiences with other parents in their school.   I received a full ride scholarship to attend Mt. St. Mary College in my hometown of Newburgh, New York where I received a BA in Social Science and Secondary Education.  My father died when I was 12, leaving my mom to raise 6 kids.  I knew she did not have the money to send us to college.  It was important to me to do well in school so I could be in position to obtain scholarships.  I obtained my Masters in Career Counseling from California State University, Los Angeles.  I have spent over 20 years researching scholarships and have assisted many students in obtaining millions of dollars for college, many of whom received full tuition scholarships.  Also, I have conducted numerous scholarship strategy and financial aid workshops throughout the Chicago area.   I am a member of the National Career Development Association and certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator and Financial Aid Expert through the Illinois Student Aid Commission.   I am interested in helping students figure out what they want to do in life  for a career and helping them  find the money to do it without incurring a lot of debt. In sharing my story, I will highlight lessons learned and strategies used that parents can use to help their children obtain a debt free education.

For speaking engagements contact me at scholarshopmom@gmail.com.




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  1. Rhonda McDowell

    Brenda ~ with our youngest a junior in high school, your blog is just what our family needs right now!!!

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