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These testimonials prove that How to Win College Scholarships is a great tool in the quest to find free money for college. Get your copy HERE.

Hello! I’m Monica Matthews, a former teacher and now stay-at-home mom. I have helped all three of my boys win tens of thousands of scholarship dollars
and I would love to show you how you can too…

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Success Stories

“My daughter applied & didn’t win MANY scholarships before we decided to invest more time in HOW to win scholarships. Then we saw success and local and one National award. My oldest 2 both got $ back last semester due to scholarships. My daughter has all 4 years covered full ride and my son is about $1500 away from having his sophomore year full ride as well. It is possible but you need to apply SMART.”  J.K., Scholarship Help & College Talk for Parents Facebook group member, Idaho

“We are using Monica’s strategies and they are so helpful. My oldest has been awarded $25k so far & is a junior in college. She keeps applying to the university scholarships.”  S.H., Indiana

“I have used the guidelines from Monica Matthews’ ebook. This was such a great starting point…definitely my “go to” on how to start the process of scholarship applications. In addition, I have purchased Monica’s Scholarship Toolkit Organizer, which is a great way to organize materials and monitor deadlines (rather than notes written all over the place). The ebook provides you with guidelines and tips that are best practices. Our school’s guidance office only provided a minimal list of scholarships. Monica is tremendous in offering potential scholarship information or answering any questions I may have (that is worth her weight in gold). My son had success winning 15 scholarships (local and national). He was a good student, but nothing like some of stats I have read from other parents. So it is possible…keep applying!”  D.E., Indiana

“I can’t recommend this ebook enough! I have learned so much invaluable information. She really helped clear up the scholarship mystery and made me and my son feel like we could do this!”  J.C., Happy Parent

“100% of your scholarship applying strategies worked! And now as a freshman in college, we are using them all over again. Last year as I was sourcing high school senior scholarships I started a new list of scholarships for college-level students.” S.M., Virginia

“I wanted you to be the first to hear that I received 2 scholarships today!! One from the Elk’s for $500.00 and one from our local hospital for $1500.00. It feels great to hear back from a scholarship or 2 after working so hard on applying. Thank you for your help and your ebook!” C.B., Student

“Thank you so much! You’re like an angel to so many of us going through this process.” L.H., Facebook Parent Group Member

“You helped when I was thinking I would never be able to send my son to college. So thank you!” S.M., Single Parent

“Thank you so much for what you do! Just your tips on getting organized first were worth the cost of your PDF!” J.M., Virginia

“Hi Monica, I wanted to give you an update. My college sophomore just won another scholarship from our community foundation. It was one that is for college students only so I had to make a note for when she was eligible (your recommendation). She has been able to get by on what we had saved for her, scholarships, and govt loans. so far she has not had to tap into private loans. What you teach really works and makes things much easier.

With that being said, I am also helping my high school senior with the scholarship process. The second time around is easier for me because I know what to expect. I overheard my oldest daughter giving advice to my senior to not take it personally when I say the essay needs to be redone or polished because I have done a lot of research and know what I am talking about. That made me laugh.

I also have a high school junior and I have already begun the process for her as well… Anyway, just wanted to basically say thank you for doing what you do. You help so many people and it is so overwhelming at the start. I will keep you updated if any more scholarships are won in this household.” S.H., Indiana

“I learned a lot from the book and it helped me win some local scholarships as well as one from the college I am attending.” S.H., Student

“We love this ebook! It has helped so much in the scholarship essay phase of our journey. Monica has been very hands-on also answering questions and helping point us in the direction needed.” T.A., Kentucky

“Monica’s book is so helpful. Beyond worth every penny!” A.T., Missouri

“I recently purchased your “combo” offer and my daughter and I have found your guides to be tremendously helpful and insightful.” B.M., California Dad

“Son is a freshman and so far nothing out of pocket at least for this 1st year. For years 2-4, out of pocket is reasonable and will be paid from 529 so no loans. Remaining $ in 529 is geared for graduate school. But we’re consistently working on outside scholarships. Definitely pick up the How to Win Scholarships guide. Very valuable info. One of my son’s scholarship committees were so impressed with his hard copy application they gave him a $100 visa giftcard outside of the normal $500 scholarship. They said the “packet” was so impressive & the heavyweight paper. Also, his interview was impressive as well but they couldn’t get over his packet.” W.Y., Facebook Fan

“Monica Matthews has a wealth of great resources for finding and winning scholarships! Scholarship Help and College Talk for Parents is her group — definitely join that, too.” J.B., Facebook Fan

“Thank you, Monica. Your book is a fantastic resource! Highly recommend to all parents and students.” J.D., Iowa

“Hi Monica, I read the latest version of the book. Can’t thank you enough for writing this book. It is such a helpful guide for any parent who wants to navigate the scholarship process. Your latest version has even more clearer steps. Thank you.” L.P., California

“I appreciated your recommendation to me a couple of weeks ago on a good site to check for scholarships, and I recently downloaded your book. You offer a lot of great resources, so thank you! I’m already reading through it and picking up some good tips.” J.L., Georgia

“My son is at a college here in our state and his freshmen year we pulled in $18,000 in scholarships. I paid like $978.00 for his freshmen year. The information is priceless. Thank you so much.” G.G., North Carolina

“Lots of great information in the guides. I was feeling overwhelmed at the thought of starting but you break out the steps and make it seem manageable.” A.W., New York

“Hi Monica, I just finished reading your parent guide. Your kids are very lucky, you are an awesome mom. I will start collecting information on the scholarships that available for me locally here and take your guidelines in looking for them. Fortunately, my kids are still in middle school so I’m assuming I have time to gather and get set go. Thanks again!” L.P., California Mom

“Your tips are incredible. After reading your book and applying your advice he applied to two local scholarships and one more AND we have won all three!! We will keep searching and applying for more.” D.G., Texas

“Hi Monica, wanted to touch base with you. This morning we had our high school scholarship awards ceremony & I am proud to say my senior (including merit from college) was awarded $17,500! Thank you for your work & guidance!” S.H., Indiana

“5 STARS!!! It works. It has original tips!”, R.B, Texas

“My son accepted a scholarship tonight from the local Rotary Club. He was one of 4 students receiving a scholarship. (A $2,000 scholarship renewable for 4 years for a total of $8,000) The announcer commented to the crowd that my son’s scholarship application was the “neatest” package he had ever seen in his 20 years of heading the scholarship committee. While my son had a good essay, and achievements to report, it was obvious that the presentation of the materials made a positive impact. Thank you, Monica Matthews, of How to Win College Scholarships, for the great advice and tips! The small investment I made in buying her book truly helped. This is the 4th scholarship my son has won and they all add up! I post this information to encourage parents that scholarships are available and if you are going to apply, apply smart!” S.M. Facebook Fan and Proud Texas Parent

“My son just won his first outside scholarship! It’s only $1500 but finally he’s seeing a reward for all of the work he’s done (he’s applied for over 60 scholarships!) And every little bit adds up! They plan to interview him next week and then will publish on their website! I’ve read your book and we’ve followed your ideas and guidelines. It’s been hard to continue doing the applications without seeing the benefit but hopefully, this is just the first of others to come. And interestingly, they will be sending him the check directly!” S. M., Texas

“You are the best! I’ve been following you for years! I bought your book and realized we share the same ideas on scholarship strategies. The twins amassed $320k Thanks so much.” C.K., Delaware

“Monica, her book, and this page have been so helpful in starting the process of searching for scholarships. The information on how to get organized, composition of essays, & presentation is very informative. I wish I would have come across all of this before senior year.” S.H., Parent and happy customer

“Monica – your books are the bomb – my daughter is having a blast setting up a resume website, and all the tips and tricks are so helpful. I am very thankful I saw your interview last week and I ordered the student and parent copies. My daughter and I are very focused with the scholarship process but you took it to a whole new exciting level!!” L.G., New Jersey

“Monica, in the two times that you’ve helped me now, you have been so kind. Even though we’ve never met, there’s no question you have a huge heart. Look how much you’re helping people! Trying to look for financial aid is nothing short of an overwhelming maze of choices — omg. But thanks to your efforts, people can now hone into the most important places, and put their emphasis where it matters. You’ve made scholarships much more accessible to the people who really need them.” J.A., California

“I can’t say enough about how much helpful information is in Monica’s program. It is worth way more than she charges and anyone who has a child in high school that wants to send them to college should buy her scholarship guide. It will save you time and help your son or daughter earn more money for college.” J.C., Parent

“This guide took what was bound to be a very overwhelming experience and turned into a very rewarding and easy experience. We didn’t have a clue as to even how to get started applying for a scholarship. Thanks to this guide our son received a scholarship with a paid internship. Thank you so much!” H.H., Parent

“I was delighted to read Ms. Matthew’s truly insider scholarship guide. It’s so thorough that she’s figured out what font and size to use when typing out scholarship applications. I was particularly impressed that she used her own experience so I could know what to expect in a process that she doesn’t glorify or suggest “how easy it is.” What really caught my attention was HOW to present the applications. For example, use oversized envelopes when mailing your applications. That’s just for starters. I’m a marketing guy, and the marketing advice in this guide is priceless. Hint: Get this authoritative source while you still have time. Not getting it will have you wondering later…’What if I had purchased that scholarship advice.’ College is just too expensive not to act now.” Paul Hemphill, Planning for College

“Clear list of ideas for scholarships. Great reference guide!” T, Parent

“I have loved Monica’s approach to the Parent/Child scholarships team since I first learned of it, and am doing the same with my own child.” J.V, Dad

“Monica’s books include many of the strategies I used to win over $1 million in scholarships in high school and college. I wished this book was around when I was in high school, for $27 I could have won even more money” – Davis N, Debt-free college graduate

“Monica Matthews helped us get our son through school without debt!” B.W., Parent

“Most comprehensive collection of winning scholarship aids I have ever come across.” M.G., Parent

“Thanks for the great information on Twitter for my students both in private practice and at West Bloomfield High School. You are very wise! I am excited to connect on Linkedin, and hope to meet you in person at a conference one of these days.” A.B., West Bloomfield College Admissions Career Center Coordinator

“I’m almost done reading the parent guide, and this is the best information I’ve read for parents to know about scholarships to help out their kids. As an Academic Success Coach, I have helped out many parents with scholarships and I know they are going to appreciate this. Honestly, as I continue reading this I can’t help but think how awesome this is. As a first-generation, low-income college student with no financial support from my parents, I am thankful there is something like this scholarship guide to help out other parents.

So many first-generation college students and their parents have no idea about scholarships, especially within the Latinx community. Often, most of the students I work with are low-income and it’s frustrating to see how parents feel that sometimes they can’t help out their child. But, this guide can give them guidance to help them support their child in applying to scholarships to attend college and not have to stay home because of the lack of money. This guide is worth way more money, but you made it cheap for anyone to buy. My reason for writing this is just to say thank you, truly.” M.R., College Academic Success Coach, California

“As always, your content is so good. Love that you give real tips and not just an open-ended post. Please don’t stop! My college-bound boys and I read every one of your posts! Big fans here in Dallas!” Facebook Fan and Mom, Dallas, TX

“Helpful information! College planning and funding is so overwhelming. This guide would be a tremendous resource for anyone.” B.W., Tennessee

“We are SO excited! We used the ideas in your scholarship guide and THEY WORK! At a dinner, we had to attend to pick up one scholarship check, one of the judges told me that it was the way my son’s scholarship application was put together and presented that made it stand out and get chosen among the many that they had narrowed the stack down to. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!” S.W., Marysville, MI

“Using tips from How to Win College Scholarships: A Guide for Parents in 10 Easy Steps, my high school senior secured scholarships to cover tuition, books, and fees her first year in college. How exciting! No extra outlay of money for either she or I…her very important freshman year in college…allows her to focus completely on her studies. Staying organized listed as step #1 in the guide was essential. Completing all the lines and thinking of the presentation as if she were acing a job interview helped immensely. Thank you, Monica, for putting together this thorough, inspirational, and amusing guide. It’s a masterpiece and it truly works! If we can do it, so can you!!!” T.R., Louisville, KY

“The whole guide reads beautifully, very clear and organized step by step. You should market this to all high school counselors as a tool to give parents. Well done!” H.C., Port Huron, MI

“I’ve read the book. The strategies make sense and are necessary to stand out in the scholarship process!” YouTube Viewer

“So clear, concise and helpful. Still feel overwhelmed, but at least now I have a plan and resources!” H.V., Parent

“I’m very thankful for the help that this guide has given me. It took a lot of stress away from me while applying for this scholarship by providing easy steps to follow. I received a scholarship with a paid internship. Upon graduation, I will continue to work within the same company. I cannot thank you enough for paving the road to my future!” Z.H., Student

“Thank you for the tips. I managed to win a $10.000 Entrance Scholarship at my university. I am very grateful and I will recommend your work to all my student friends! Sincerely, A.D.” A.D., Student

“My daughter has won over $32,000 in scholarships so far! When she gets tired of applying, I remind her that she has made over $200 an hour so far and that gets her excited again. She is my second daughter to use the ideas in your scholarship guide with success.” Proud Dad

“I just wanted to thank you very much for holding this program to give incoming college students like me the opportunity to fund their undergraduate education, and I am very grateful for the award for which I was chosen. It means a lot that you outline specific guidance regarding application techniques, which I will keep in mind as I continue to apply for further scholarships.” Student Scholarship Winner

“Thank you for putting together such a well-written concise mountain of information, You have put so much work into helping your son – thank you for sharing all that you have learned. It was well worth the money!” R.C., Hicksville, NY

“This guide is a thoroughly researched, organized, and well-written resource for parents and their college-bound students. Kudos to Ms. Matthews for helping families navigate these often turbulent waters.” H.B., Big 10 University Marketing Director

“Organization made applying for scholarships a whole lot easier. Keeping track of the ones you’ve already applied for and the ones you plan on applying for, as well as when the due dates for those applications are, make it really simple to just go through when you have some spare time and fill out one or two applications. By breaking down each application into simple steps, preparing a good application that was likely to put me into consideration for the scholarship was neither difficult nor time-consuming.” Student

“By saving more time on each application, it made it possible to apply for more scholarships, increasing the chances of winning. To be honest, I got discouraged a lot when I was applying for scholarships, but the simplicity of filling out an already organized application made it easier to stay on task, and believe me, it’s more than worth it in the end!” J.M., Student

“This info is just what I was looking for; I think all HS counselors need this! We have started keeping track of all the kids community service hours and I can’t wait to sit down with my daughter (junior) to start working on other stuff. Thanks!” S.A., Lakeport, Michigan

“I LOVED your scholarship guide! Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to answer my email and give me further help!” C.L., Student, Colorado

“I think your website is fantastic and is of great help to many students seeking scholarships. It can be difficult when setting up an online business, with all the factors like marketing and SEO. But you have done well, and your product is actually a blessing worth the small investment, particularly for students and parents just starting out in searching and winning scholarships. Keep up the good work…” S.H., East Coast

“Just had to tell you, we received the first envelope of “payback” and it was on my son’s birthday. Directly as a result of all your guidance and tips. He was named State of Idaho High School Honoree for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award — all-expense paid trip to DC (for he and I!) and $1,000. I now know the feeling of opening the first envelope — as you said, the hard work does pay off — and the feeling is over the top! Thanks again!” L.B., Idaho

“Monica’s site has been very helpful to thousands of students. I purchased her Scholarship Guide and it is packed with great information to help you win scholarships. After reading it I have recommended it to many students looking to have success in applying for scholarships.” Chuck Kittrell, Student Recruiter

“At my daughter’s awards ceremony, they announced the scholarship winners and kept calling her name over and over and over again. It was amazing and everyone was saying that they had never heard of a student at our high school that won SO many scholarships. Thank you for your scholarship guide!” S.A., Michigan

“I love sharing when I find experts that help parents finance college. How to Win Scholarships in 10 Easy Steps is definitely a MUST READ. Monica Matthews provides insider tips, makes the scholarship process seem simple, and shares easy steps for anyone to follow. Reading this should become a family project for parents and their students.”
Wendy David-Gaines, Author of Parents Of College Students Survival Stories

“I used the appeals process you described in your scholarship guide and was awarded $1000 more in aid from my college! Every bit helps, thank you!” T.R., Adult College Student, Michigan

This is probably the most beautiful of all testimonials!

“I am infused with excitement at the possibility of scholarships for my daughter! Before reading your guide I was plagued by feelings of defeat at the prospect of helping my child seek out and apply for any financial assistance for her college education. Your guide’s simple step by step directions are exactly what I needed to begin our journey. As a sophomore in high school, she already has begun journaling her volunteer experiences, building her resume, researching types of degrees and building a list of essay ideas thanks to your tips. The best part is that all this data is in a designated location (just as you suggest in the guide) and SHE is just as excited about the process as I am. We look forward to our shared success which we will be delighted to report to you with our deepest gratitude. Thank you.” K.M, Michigan

“Great information that I like to pass on to my students!” S.W., Teacher

“You know…I haven’t even read much of your book yet, but you have already helped me so much with just a couple of emails. I am very busy… full-time job and 3 kids! Always pretty stressed! And especially now with all the college preparation, I was really starting to stress, but you have helped me a lot…to settle down, to put things in perspective and to not give up. I hope God blesses you in this business endeavor–because you are truly doing a good thing for others!” P.H., Texas Parent

“Thank you, thank you, thank you! We got a big letter today…10K one time check! It was a business major scholarship and I have no doubt his chances were increased by the cover letter and student resume ideas. I can never thank you enough!” B.D., Tennessee

“Great place to hang out and learn about college scholarships!” Alexis Avila, www.preppedandpolished.com

“I have read the scholarship guide and I am very impressed with the many ideas it has to secure scholarships. I purchased this guide to help my husband get scholarships to go to college. Due to the size of his Pell grants and grants from the State of Michigan, we never actually had to use this guide to help secure anything..but I would recommend this guide to anyone who is about to start college.” W.S., Michigan

“Monica is a scholarship success story. She single-handedly got her son a full ride into a top 20 University, all done by applying and winning scholarship money. I read her Ebook about how to find scholarship money and I found it resourceful, easy to read, and action-oriented. I had Monica on my podcast (Listen to the podcast here) and she was really generous with her advice. Overall, if you’re a parent who doesn’t know where to start when looking for scholarship money, go to Monica Matthews. She is a trusted authority and she will take extremely good care of you.” Alexis Avila, Founder of Prepped & Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation

Short and sweet testimonials!

“Thanks, Monica for suggesting the LA Tutor scholarship to my son…he won it!! I just love all the info you post! Much appreciated!” A.A., Virginia

“I purchased your CD, and I want to extend my gratitude for this valuable resource.” William, Higher Education Professional

“Monica, you truly are a guru! I pass all the scholarship tips on to teachers/school counselors!” L.G., Georgia

“I love your book and I learned a lot when I watched you on one of your webinars. I would definitely keep sharing your information online and on social media.” Anonymous

“What a fantastic source of knowledge I wish I had had when I attended university! Go to college without the hassle of devastating deficits!” J.J., Facebook Follower

“Read Monica’s eBook! Totally worth the investment!”  A.T., Facebook Group Member

“How to Win College Scholarships should be required reading for all parents and students on the college-bound journey. Not only does this book provide invaluable information about how to prepare for and successfully navigate the college scholarship process, it is also inspirational! After reading it, I was wishing I could go back to high school and go through the application process all over again. What a difference having this book would have made for me! Parents will walk away from this guide with the tools they need to help their students win scholarships and reassurance knowing that it IS possible!” J.S., Founder of ScholarPrep

“Monica is ‘THE’ Scholarship Expert. Her intimate experience as a college parent has given her the edge and subtle techniques that only a true expert would know. Her approach to scholarship submission is unique and precisely what any parent needs to know in order to effectively execute and win the scholarship of their choice!” K.M., GenerationYM CEO

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