Just one quick question to the students out there — If you saw money on the streets, would you take it or leave it? ‘I would take it’ would probably be the answer of the many of you out there, but time and again, students fail to spot a similar deal in the form of scholarships.
One of the people who was able to take great advantage of scholarships is Tenisha Taylor Bell. She proudly says that she never took loans, but instead, relied on scholarships and grants for her college education. And that’s just the beginning of her wonderful journey. She did not only get free education; she was also able to have extra money from the scholarships right after graduation. This is also the reason why she was given the nickname ‘Scholarship Queen’ by her friends.
How much money did she make? According to Tenisha Taylor Bell, she had so much money that by her senior year, she was able to buy her own car with a big lump cash down payment. She says that the money came from her refund check, which was a result of the many scholarships coming from different institutions, ranging from corporate foundations, civic groups, to private organizations.
Tenisha’s father was murdered when she was still a kid, leaving her mother to take care of their finances. While her mother saved some money for her college education, this was only enough to send her to a state school. But Tenisha wanted to attend Clark Atlanta University. Her mother’s advice was that she had to find a way or make one. And then she found gold in scholarships.
Just like her, students can pay for their college with the help of scholarships. The NerdWallet says that $2.9 billion dollars worth of free federal grants in 2014 was left on the table.
In case you are wondering if you are qualified, Tenisha says that there is a scholarship for everyone. There is one for the minority student, for the left-handed, whose parents are a victim of homicide, for children of veterans and cancer survivors, and so much more. Find the right one, and you won’t have to live in your parent’s basement after you graduate.