How I Earned $100,000 in Scholarships. . . Application Tips + Where to Look for Scholarships

I brought up with a little bit of

background about me my name is Danielle

I'm a second year at UVA the University

of Virginia pretty much love it here and

are you too high school now prior to


prior to college in high school I was

blessed enough to earn over $100,000 in

scholarship money so I'm here in for

free and it's great I don't have to

worry about banks or books I really

don't have to worry about paying for

housing tuition none of them just here

so just solely on medication so that's

great it's a great choice you know to be

able school for free so I'm just here to

give you some tips while I go to school

for free so what did I do with Farah

college applications

oh stall here's my first tip we're going

to keep this video nice and short so

here's a festive

first tip is it cannot be lazy you can't

be later you have to go ahead and apply

for those colleges slowly people I know

didn't apply for different scholarships

because all it wants me to write 10

essays you know if it's going to give

you a great amount of money to it it is

so worth it it's so worth it only so

many people will regret not applying for

different scholarships and when I paying

out of pocket to go to school and I

really think you should just go ahead

and do it it's not hard at all it's very

easy actually just have to be willing to

put in the work so that's my first tip

do not be lazy willing to put in the

word number sort of basically a

disclaimer for people who aren't as

confident in their ability to get a

scholarship because maybe they don't

have the highest GPA or dies at least

affected for a CT score you do not need

to have the highest GPA or the highest

as I did for to get a great gossip do

not need it me I was personally blessed

and very grateful and on it that God

allowed me to you know earn a high GPA


hi as it was but it was not my safety

scores or my GPA that allowed me to get

my scholarships I spoke to so many

different on scholarship committees

after they reviewed my application and

they told me that it was not my GPA or

my SAT score that drew them towards me

it was my story and my passion and what

I displayed throughout my essays that

made them actually want to invest in me

and invest in my future and support what

I believe in and so I would just

recommend that you tell your story in

your essay solely for me personally and

I've gone through a lot throughout my

four years my parents end up divorcing

and it really just took a toll now into

a lot on you know mentally financially

we struggle but we got through it and so

I used those struggles I went through

and I wrote about it and I told about

how I wrote about in my essay how I

didn't allow my negatives to determine

my future and I didn't allow my

negatives to serve as an excuse for why

I can't you know become who I want to

become so I think that's our and so I

wrote about how I turned my negatives in

my pocket and every essay I would sign

off with what I've been through

while applying for the scholarship and

not only how the scholarship will

benefit me but how I will benefit the

scholarship committee and how I will go

back and benefit those who were in need

or are in need just as the scholarship

committee would benefit me as a

scholarship so this guide is told our

story by apply and how I will go back

into the community and invest in this

community community once I'm financially

set or will up so I just talked about my

dreams or my clothes stuff like that and

now you might say oh that's only 500

words but how can I do that you can do

it you know you don't have to tell

everything with detail about the story

but just get your point across

keep your point of us let them know that

hey you know I struggled but I still

persevered in the face of ever

so the idea what I had to do and I

didn't allow my circumstances to serve

as an excuse is that I kept on pushing

forward so say things of you don't have

a story maybe you haven't been through

anything I literally had to sometimes

you have a story you just suppress it or

you don't know that you have one and so

you really sometimes I could get into a

quiet place and just think and just let

it all out I know for me you know

sometimes I even broke down crying

writing my essays but I knew I had to be

vulnerable and open was my decision

because I knew my story somebody would

love to hear it

somebody would invest in me after they

heard my story sometimes of you feel

like you don't really have a story even

if that after you go on to that quiet

place then you write down everything and

you still feel like you don't have

anything right about your passion so

maybe your fans have enjoyed you know

maybe you haven't grown up without your

mother your father or maybe you haven't

listened to anything like that and I

pray you that it just you know these are

tough things the Guster but maybe other

passions are helping people maybe you

really care about animals and share that

you know homeless people and something

like that so you can write your essay

about how you want to Salado and help

people you know and the closet will help

you achieve your goals and your goals

and your success will allow you to maybe

not necessarily in poverty but help to

diminish it or you know limit Parvati

and it just be you don't be anybody else

don't try to tell them you know what you

think they want to use just be yourself

they want your authentic self so accept

number three is you should always have a

planner with all the dates of the

ecology with it in it so this is my

operator right now in college I don't

have my singer with me from high school

because I am at college I know but the

same way that I live right now if I had

an exam and something the same way our

right now scholarships you don't need to

teach my fellow says this novel is real

so that's what is really so cute like I

said I would have on the actual you know

monthly calendar I will write it down

and then on the actual day I'll have it

down as well in case I forget like a lot

of probably they mention it yep I forget

everything that's why I have a list

right here I think this my tips because

I forget so it's ok you don't have to

remember everything you were going to

forget something I but you need a

planner a sighs phone player you need to

keep what a floater and have to be ask

you to visit but you need to fold I

liked it and what did I use this phone

for what did I use this photo for with

it up putting you so looking into the

school year my senior classes started

for us I think the day after Labor Day

in high school so probably like two

weeks before Labor - I wrote probably

three generic essays and the essays were

just random questions like on not really

random little more so generic like why

you want to - as ultra scholarship move

the scholarship - for you where your

goals where you train how those

scholarship help you achieve your goals

and I'm just throwing out some random

general questions out there but pretty

much all color ships fall within those

lines are those standard questions so I

wrote three essays each essay was

slightly differently all related back to

my story and my passion and my purpose

in life and luckily for me I knew what

my passion and my purpose was in life so

I related that all back together and if

you don't it's okay you don't have to

know you can still write about your

story or your passion and you don't

necessarily have to know your exact

purpose which you can know that you want

to help others isn't

aid others and make a difference that's

the work that's the phrase I'm looking

for make a difference you know you want

to make a difference in some way shape

or form so you can just write about that

or have three different essays and in

this folder I would just have like 10 or

12 different copies of each essay I'm

not also had like ten different copies

of my resume with me is rolling in


and I also had three or four different


recommendation letters for me and I will

have copies of their recommendation

letters with me as well so you might say

like watch my carry around that folder

with me well it's a reason to forget

your materials at home or your essays at

home and it's a foul should do that day

you don't have to run home or say you

can't apply you just lick sure to go

forward you get out your generic essay

in your recommendation letter and your

resume and you're good oh and in that

folder you also need your unofficial or

your official transcript because a lot

of you want to have your transcript it's

not like they're going to examine it

from A to Z but they want to see a

transcript if you don't have the highest

GPA still be confident put that

transcript in there and keep it moving

okay you don't have to have the higher

you see PAHs because some people are

very intelligent and they're not great

perspective my tip number five will be

if you qualify you need to apply it on

different scholarships like I have

different qualifications you need to

have a minimum GPA some colleges need

you to be in a certain form of financial

need some scholarships for seniors for a

certain gender go into a certain field

if you qualify you should apply many

different people may not apply for

scholarships clear like that like this

is a math major and I am leaning more

toward science but I'm not sure I kind

of like math to you know apply for that

scholarship do you know how many people

I'm in college now do you know how many

people actually change their major once

they get here it's people in their third

year they still hasn't even declared

their major like you need to apply

people changing their major so many

different times it's only people that's

in the engineering school here that

transfer it out it's so many people who

are in the college and transfer into the

engineering school so it's okay so

scholarship committee want you to have

an idea of what you want to do but they

know that that idea is not set in stone

you can change your mind

and it's okay once you change your mind

they're not going to revoke your

scholarship it's okay keep on going up

after that scholarship if you are

undecided for to take you between math

and science apply for the math class of

a popular science more to do it if you

know you want to be a lawyer you're not

apply for a scholarship that has

something to do with the medical field

unless you're interested in that type of

law again don't be lazy I know there

were so many different times where I not

scholarships and they were like you know

what we wish more people would have

applied you know we definitely would

have given you the scholarship skills

and more people applied but it's a shame

when you have four different

scholarships and only three people or

five you have money left over so we

really wish that more kids would have

applied so spread the word stuff like


so sometimes you you just might be the

only one applying for you - oh no but

John has a better GPA meet John it's

better SAT score than John is probably

Oh fine don't worry about done worry

about yourself and apply for that

scholarship because you may get only

price on a pint and that's more money

for you a month on a scholarship

okay so say Perez's you apply for under

scholarships and you haven't gotten in


do not stop applying don't give up keep

applying don't get up I started applying

for scholarships

back in September I fight for bigger

ones little ones medium ones when I said

big I mean like full ride scholarships

when I say small ones I mean like on

five hundred to a thousand last a medium

couple thousand I applied for


starting in the beginning of September

and I did not receive one scholarship

award until April 8th that was the first

time I received a scholarship and I had

applied for more than 70 or 80 80

scholarships and I never seen and I had

a great GPA I had great SAT scores I had

a lot of different credentials this is

not to discourage you you're saying like

it's so competitive that you should do

it this is to say that don't give up I

didn't give up and now

because I didn't you know I go to school

for free

another thing is never too late to apply

for college if yes if the deadline is

the 15 minutes or 16 it's a little too

late but if the deadline is the 15th in

this or 15 apply for that scholarship I

just will have some spirity a pony in

college if you don't know that is

basically they pay for your

undergraduate graduate degree and your

PhD determine on the 15th opening the

application at 12:35 p.m. and the

application was due at 5:00 p.m. some of

the gate scholarship you have I think

nine different days teacher


you also have activities extracurricular

Awards honors all that stuff to put in

and you can just submit a letter from a

teacher yes we have to go in and get

your teacher to sign in and write her

own letter in there oh and all I'm going

to looking at at 12:35 saying there's no

way possible I can write 9's things and

go to my teachers get their

recommendations and still have a good a

presentable application like there's no

way but you can do it you can do it I

did it I did not think about how much

time I didn't have I thought about the

time I did that so a lot of people may

look at me and say oh again inner gates

solid like you just got that scholarship

because your family was a neat oh and

how am I supposed to pass for college

looks like yeah I know my mom and dad

are financially said but they don't want

to pay for me to go to college so how do

I find crisis for me when my family is

not considered need this that's

perfectly fine you can look for a

scholarship there are scholarships out

there that do not have financial

requirements there are plenty of

colleges updated financial

quirements case was actually the one in

only scholarship that I received that

did not have a financial requirement and

I received at least I think like 30

it was between 25 and 30 thousand

additional dollars and how to fund

besides my game policy so that means

that there's 25 to 30,000 additional

that does not have anything to do with

gates what is financial me just because

you feel like all the scholarships are

only for people I need there are

scholarships out there for you there are

plenty scholarships out there for you

just look so you already get enough

scholarships come for one year sometimes

when you get that I don't know

twenty-five to thirty thousand dollars

dollars dollars in scholarships so your

first year that is okay be happy that

you have one year paid off you have time

to look for concepts for the volume here

watching it in college you know most

people aren't really looking for college

if they look to be an RA which were

covered in how they growing in board but

they don't actually look for actual

scholarships I think that you should

continue to look for scholarships

especially me you're not on the

four-year scholarship you own a yearly

scholarships and you should look for

houses and again because so many people

aren't applying you might be that only

one person are applied and you will get

that solitude you should apply so don't

be discouraged that you don't get a

four-year scholarship it is okay now

that's just I get this question a lot as

well where do I look for scholarships

where do I find them

there's many different ways you find

classes I know that here as a gate

scholar there are many different gay

fathers or other gay college as well and

they're not just gay college they're


quest free scholars and dill scholarly

you know they are scholars they have

scholarships many different people and


so that had my high school they had like

a bulletin board it was a huge one this

is not I guess a representative of that

both you were but basically only voted

to what they had like a ton of

scholarships and so every day I would

check it check it check it ticket and I

will write it down that I play never go

back write it down in my plane is like a

pipe it is from class additional

partners and I will again hide your

folder on me an outside message you say

oh my school doesn't have a bulletin

board with college system that's okay

normally at school generally or your

city generally has a website with

college but then you just have to know

where it is so literally concerns like

so if you at a public school you can

search your City Public Schools

scholarships it should be a link that

pops up and it will have like all

different scholarships that are that

your city knows about you can apply for

all of those if you qualify I'm using of

life all of those I would apply follow

along side qualify for me I didn't limit

myself to my city so I was dead I live

in an area where there's many different

cities like a big metropolitan area and

I would look in every different cities a

website to figure out scholarships I

wasn't just looking at my city I was

looking at there's the bordering cities

the cities that were further away and I

was applying for scholarships I was not

just staying in my one city and I

believe that something that I wanted to

look online and those were just for

local scholarships so these are the ones

that are between 500 to like four or

five thousand dollars so I applied for a

lot of those for a long time I didn't

get any but eventually I received a lot

and I believe that you guys should don't

just say oh that's a small scholarship

don't be lazy a pipe of loans they add

up there you really do at it and as far

as the big ones I would look for him and

really apply and do your best but don't

rely on them one thing about me I didn't

rely on games I was not sure if I was

the kid gates

I pray deliver I prayed every day but I

and I was you know a little skeptical

about my ability to get the Polish

shipping that I had not put my complete

best foot forward but there is other

scholarships like you just have a list

on there's Wendy's quest breeze there's

different one for your location I know

one of my friend she goes here and she's

from Texas and they have this being

called posse and pockets play pays for

your tuition but they don't pay for room

board which is fine you can come here

you can become an RA and get your get

your room and board paid for about RA

and then boom you're on the floor ride

this is just about taking it step by

step and just looking for different

things in your area there are people

here scholarships for you know living in

a third area there's scholarships for

being a first generation you know

college student like just look look look

that's all I can say I didn't pretty

much really rely on scholarships calm I

didn't rely on sites like that not to

say that they are not credible because

they might they may fail well have

scholarships up there but I just tended

to what I mean so I focus on what was

going on me my local scholarships and I

let those pal up and then I focus on my

bigger gates I also talk about the big

ones when I didn't give them and that's

okay you know don't be laughing you

don't get certain scholarships because

it will all work out pretty good I

really believe that I hope hope that

this video was helpful if you need any

more videos you want me to make

something about organization about

resumes about college being of less than

a TV a anything like that it is um write

a comment subscribe to whatever you got

to do but just please apply for

scholarships I really want you to go to

school for free I don't one finances

this stop you from getting a great

education so yeah hopefully this was

helpful if you have any questions love

happy to help you throughout the process

of applying for

I know that it is January I know back in

January I was really really applying for

college so hopefully this video was

helpful thank you