My Scholarship Story...
...and why I built this website

College ScholarshipsHi, my name is John and it wasn’t so long ago I found myself in the same situation as many of the visitors who come to my site looking for a way to pay for college.

I consider myself to be quite lucky and many parents ask me how I became so successful in funding my son’s entire college tuition with scholarships and grants.

It first started with my own challenge of paying for college…

My father was a Korean War veteran who passed away when I was seven years old. Because of his war time service, I was eligible for grants that helped me pay for college. My mother passed away when I was twelve years old and when I became college age, I knew that my adoptive parents could not afford to help pay for my college tuition.

If a college education was to be, than I knew it was up to me.

Sorry, I didn’t mean for it to sound corny!

This was OK because I had the money I needed between what I managed to save and the benefits I was eligible for. At the time, the grants were getting scaled back and by the time I finished my sophomore year in college my grants ended and my savings were used to pay the difference.

I Was Out Of Money…

…and unfortunately, at the time I had no one to tell me about all the scholarships that existed to help pay the rest of my college tuition.

I knew there was only one path to follow and that was finishing college and getting my degree. I just didn’t know how I was going to do it.

If I managed to graduate, I would be the first in my family to earn a college degree. I knew I had to get it done.

I didn’t like the feeling of taking out loans to pay for tuition, especially not knowing whether I would get a job right away to start paying them off. I was determined to find another way.

I decided to explore the military option. I had a friend how was joining the Army and I thought maybe they could help me. I visited with each branch and they all offered a great program that would pay almost all of my tuition. Out all thee branches I quickly learned at the time that the Air Force was probably the branch that was more open to working with me to get my degree in the shortest amount of time…

…And That Was The Path I Chose To Take!

In no time, I was on my way to finishing my degree through an Air Force enlistment. I found myself working on jet engines as a mechanic during the day…which was quite cool…and going to class at night and taking about two and half years to finish my last two years of my degree program.

Before I knew it I had earned my degree, learned a skill and I had zero debt.

I was at the time fortunate enough to come up with some creative ideas, the same ones that I list here on my site to help pay for a degree and be left without any student loan debt.

These are ideas that I know many of you could use to help you get and pay for your college degree as well. If I can do it, you can too.

Here We Go Again…

…when our oldest son was accepted to the University of his choice, we were reintroduced to that overwhelming feeling of how are we going to be able to afford the tuition. It was much more that we could ever imagine affording and yet we didn’t want to discourage him from following his dream.

What were we to do?

The Quest Begins…

This is where I began my journey to try and find the means to pay my sons tuition through college scholarships and grants. I spent months researching and digging for scholarships wherever I could find them.

I learned all the ins and outs of applying…the things you should do and the things you shouldn’t. There were things that you absolutely had to know if you were to be successful.

Then there were all the pitfalls that you needed to avoid. I learned a great deal in a short amount of time, but I put a lot of time into it.

My quest became an all out assault dedicated to killing that student loan monster. In the months that followed I not only had an intimidating list of scholarships and grants, but I had also put together a plan and some strategies that I had learned for my son to be able to conquer this mountain of tuition.

There are no big scientific revelations here…everything I did you can do as well with a little help from the information on my website.

My quest led me to answer my biggest question I had when I began this journey. Is it possible to pay for college through scholarships and grants without accumulating virtually any debt? The answer is a big resounding…YES!

With effort, focus and time anyone can do what I did. Everyone’s path will be different, but whether you’re senior in high school searching for scholarships and looking for tips to win them or young parents planning early to guide their kids to be successful…it can be done.

If I can do it anyone can do it and I’ll show you how!

How Can I Help?

I quickly learned over time after talking with so many parents and students that too many people just don’t realize the potential there is in paying the cost of college with scholarships.

I learned how some schools had good guidance counselors and programs to help their students while others fell short of being any real value to their students when it came to helping them prepare and find strategies for getting into college and paying for it.

I saw an opportunity to share my success and help so many others just like myself get over this obstacle and become successful in their college journey.

Accomplishing this goal helped me to confirm that nothing is impossible with the right attitude and a little bit of elbow grease and perseverance.

The Perfect Solution!

Knowing what I now learned to be successful with scholarships and grants, then talking with so many people that needed help with their own college financial aid challenges, I had to figure out a way to be able to help other people.

Creating a website seemed like the most obvious choice. This is how this website came to be.

This is actually my second site. Both of my sites were built with SBI. Stands for…Site Build It!

You probably never realized this, but you can turn any topic into a viable online business. This is one of the first things I learned with SBI on my first site.

They show you how to use your idea or help you find the perfect idea for your site, to build it, to get traffic to it, and then they even teach you how to make money with it!

Imagine taking an idea or something you’re passionate about and having someone show you how to turn it into a website that grows traffic and earns an income.

You can take a look at it here…Video Tour. Here’s the Quick Tour if you have dial up or a slow connection.

This site would have never been born had I not had the success I had with my first site that I built with SBI. Both of my sites were built in my spare time. My other site was started in 2010 and my traffic is growing rapidly each month and already earning an income.

Take a look at hundreds of successful SBI websites, which were all built by normal people like you and me. All these sites are in the top 1% of the most successful sites on the web.

There are so many different people with various topics who all successfully built income generating online businesses with SBI.

I have already seen success with this site which is less than a year old, I sometimes get carried away and try to come up with ideas for another site and then realize I have to reign in the horses and focus on the two sites that I have because I know they’ll be able to grow for years to come and so will my income.

It’s probably a good idea to let you know that I’m not a web designer of any sorts. Everything I’ve learned was the easy way through SBI. They teach you everything!

There is work involved…but when you’re working on something you love or are passionate about…it’s not really work!

The only thing that I found disappointing was not having found SBI when I was in college. Having all that time on your hand and all things that I was passionate about, I could’ve easily found a topic to build a website about that would not only have helped me pay for college but I probably would be working for myself today earning a substantial income from a number of successful websites.

One of the things that really convinced me to try SBI with my first site was the number of people I learned about that had two or more websites. This was a trend I found hard to ignore.

Obviously, everyone is different and some are happy with doing this part time and earning a great substantial supplemental income and others spend hours working on their sites so they can eventually walk away from the drudgery of their 9-5 job.

If you’re looking for more ideas…take a quick look at these case studies.

Oh…I forgot to tell you something else about SBI. It’s their 100% full money back guarantee. It’s totally risk-free. They want you to be sure it’s right for you.

So if I can do this at my own part time pace…so can you!

“ The person who said they never had a chance, never took a chance!”

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