The Ten-Step Guide to College Financial Aid By Zachary Freeman

Tough Economic Times Doesn’t Mean Tough Scholarship Times

Okay, so I am fed up hearing about people who think that there isn’t free money to be had.  I can’t tell you how many times people have told me that they can’t get any money because “Nobody is giving any away right now”.  To those people I say “The heck they aren’t!”  I know most of you my age don’t understand the concept of taxes yet, but let me share a bit of information that I have  learned.  When a company is doing well (which a lot of them actually are right now), they share their profits with people who will either a.) benefit them in the long run, or b.) give them a bigger tax break.  There is literally no better way to improve a company’s future outlook than to invest in intelligent people who may very well come to work for them one day.

Let’s explore this example real quickly.  Let’s say that Coca-Cola, a company that awards $3.4 Million dollars in scholarships ANNUALLY, has just developed a new machine that will revolutionize the way that people drink their Coca-Cola products.  They desperately need people who possess the skills to market the ideas, to build the prototype, to repair the model, whatever it may be.  I don’t know about you, but if Coca-Cola gave me a significant amount of money to go to college, I would form a pretty high opinion of them, and honestly, I would love to end up working for them in exchange for their generosity.  What Coca-Cola has done is recruited workers, promoted their brand, and gotten a tax break, all at the same time.  Because what am I going to do now? I am going to tell the world that I got scholarship money from the Coca-Cola Company, which will in turn be free promotion for them, and also provide training for someone who is interested in joining their workforce after they graduate.  

 One more quick example.  This is actually a true story, too.  There is a scholarship foundation in Nashville, Tennessee that has the sole purpose of awarding money to people who want to go to college.  This foundation has millions of dollars a year donated to them to distribute to deserving students.  They gave out 81 scholarships this year, and every single one of them was $10,000.  70% of their applicants got scholarships.  It makes me sad to think about people running their financial future into the ground, which is why I really want to encourage you to just look around for the free money.  It’s not incredibly difficult to find, and it never costs you more than a postage stamp to apply for.  Shameless plug–if you haven’t read my book yet, I would definitely encourage you to do so.  It will talk about things that you need to do and not do to improve your chances of winning.  It is available on my website, as a downloadable e-copy or as a hard copy.  If you want the free money, follow the instructions in the book!  It worked for me and it will work for you too if you put in the effort.  Yes, it can be time consuming, but its not difficult.  Best of luck!


5 responses

  1. Pingback: A Scholarship Success Story: Zachary Freeman | Financial Aid Finder

  2. jeannie

    i am looking for scholarships for ADHD or
    asperger’s, ODC,
    handicapped students

    October 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm

  3. Cindy Watts 1751 Martinscille Road Smiths Grove, Ky.

    My son will be entering Western Kentucky University as a freshman in August, and we would like to have any information concerning the best plan of action we could take to get any kind of financial aid for him. His high school GPA was about 3.5, and he was heavily involved in marching band, drama, academic team competition, and some other things. Can you help us in any way? Any help would be appreciated.

    June 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    • Zachary Freeman

      Ms. Watts,

      Please check out Zachary’s Free Money Please!: The Ten-Step Guide to College Financial Aid here. Plenty of advice on the battle plan for your son’s financial aid can be found in there. Have a great week!


      June 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm

  4. Cindy Watts 1751 Martinscille Road Smiths Grove, Ky.

    +Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

    June 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm

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