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The best college advice that I can offer is to apply for as many scholarships as you can. When I initially started the college process I hadn’t applied for many scholarships, so my parents had to pay out of pocket which made our financial situation more of a struggle. However, once I started classes and the semester had passed I started to receive scholarships for good merit and based upon demographic information listed on my FAFSA. I would say to definitely use scholarship search engines such as Fastweb, Scholarship Central, and the Scholarship foundation of St. Louis. All of these are great resources for additional money to ensure school is not a hassle for you. I know that some of the applications are tedious, however if you take the time to complete the required information you will be more prone to win scholarships. In addition to utilizing the internet you should also do your best to perform academically well as there are a lot of perks tied to maintaining a GPA above 3.0. Over the past 2 years here at Fontbonne I have received 3 or more scholarships based upon my performance both in and outside of the classroom. I say this to let you know that although college is expensive, there are loopholes that you can get through to make the process much easier.


If you want to stay fit, playing sports is a good way to do it. It can also create many opportunities for you. My brother attends SLU high school and is on the track team. This has created many opportunities for him, such as going out of town, creating new friends, and college offers. Not to mention it also helps him to stay in shape. Doing sports and having good grades can get you a full scholarship. Hard work and dedication pays off.


On March 2, 2011, I attended the Endowed Scholarship Luncheon. Luckily, it took place during my break in between classes so I was able to not miss anything too important! (Sleep is only semi-important) At our assigned tables, scholarship recipients sat with their scholarship donors and other important figures at Fontbonne. My donor was not present, and instead, Dr. Taylor, the executive vice president, sat next to me. Since I have work-study, I tend to meet and see fairly important people at Fontbonne because of all the running around I do — seriously I run all over the campus some days!! But, I had never met Dr. Taylor before  nor a few others at our table. He was a very interesting character; the conversation drifted from who the students at the table were to where he was from and a little about what he does at Fontbonne. Lunch was very delicious — but then again I am not a picky eater to begin with!! Then, out of nowhere, some speaker starting calling out the names of the scholarship recipients and informed us we were to have our picture taken with Dr. Golden and our scholarship donor!!  Once, I heard “walk to the camera,” which was conveniently placed in front of everyone, I started to freaaaak out!! It’s hard enough walking in heels, but to do so in front of people who you know are watching your every move — that is nerve-wracking!! Thank God my name was roughly towards the end, giving me enough time to freak out and the crowd ample time to forget about my awkward “walking in heels” strut! After, I made my way to my seat and started to regain a normal heart beat! To top it all off, I was able to take the flower c,enterpiece!! It was a pretty great day!!

Now onto studying for tests and doing homework! wooooo!


I was extremely late turning in my financial aid this year. I would recommend to all college students to never procrastinate with financial aid. Take my advice from my own experience and file it asap after January! The sooner the better.

After classes began, I was getting several phone calls and e-mails from the business office about all this money I owed for my tuition. I had to pay an out of pocket fee just to hold my classes until October because I didn’t turn in my final financial aid paperwork until mid-September.

When my financial aid was finalized, I still had a big gap that I needed to fill. Again, the business office was warning me that if I didn’t pay for my tuition, I would get taken out of my classes. I spent the next 48 hours applying for loans at every website I could find, but I had more technical difficulty errors than being denied (since I didn’t have a co-signer).

Halfway into the semester, I found a miracle laying on top of my coffee table. It was mail from Fontbonne University. I ripped it open and could immediately see it was about my tuition. I couldn’t bare to read another warning letter, but fortunately the first word I read was: “CONGRATULATIONS!”

It is truly a blessing!!! I received an additional scholarship that covered more than what I needed! A great weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I don’t know where the scholarship came from and couldn’t find information on what it was for, but I am so grateful to have received it. 🙂 Nevertheless, I have learned my lesson!

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