Times - March 1st, 2006
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for people interested in overcoming adversity, adapting to change and
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IN THIS ISSUE
“It is not important How we come to the events in our lives,
but how we Deal with those events”- Troy
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This week’s article:
SECURING FINANCIAL AID FOR THE NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT
Having spent seven and one half years within the confines of a Federal
Prison I was determined that my time behind bars would not be wasted time.
Education would be my saving grace. Unfortunately, my aspirations coincided
with Federal Pell Grants be eliminated for the incarcerated. Undeterred,
I set out to secure funding on my own through scholarships, grants and
foundation assistance. After six months of filling out applications, writing
essays, begging, pleading and selling, I landed his first scholarship
for one class. That was a beginning, and when I walked out the doors of
prison I carried with me two degrees, both obtained with a 4.0 GPA and
designation on both the Dean's and President’s list. I now want
to share with you some highlights in securing financial aid for the Non-traditional
Your first attempts should be through the School or University you have
chosen to attend via correspondence. Most institutions will offer some
type of scholarship program/package through an alumni association, a foundation
or a sponsorship group. Some people may choose to research what is available
in the form of financial aid at several different schools, making that
the determinant in what school they will attend. This is first and foremost
the quickest way to land a scholarship.
· Apply for federal and state aid. Although the incarcerated do
not qualify for either, many scholarships which you will apply for in
the future require that you first exhaust these two possibilities.
· Contact the Department of Commerce where you reside, as well
as where the school is located. Get from them a listing of all Civic and
Service clubs in their area (Kiwanis, Rotary Club, Lions, Elks, etc.)
and contact these clubs individually. They often times sponsor scholarships,
and more importantly they often earmark their scholarship money towards
“hard luck” cases such as those incarcerated.
· Associations within your area. These can be brought up easily
on any search engine, and the key here is to contact the Public Affairs
Division and inquire as to what might be available for somebody in your
situation. In particular target nonprofit, social work and any associations
that are involved with the helping of others.
· Churches and religious organizations within your area. These
organizations often have money earmarked for, again “hard luck”
cases (homeless, disaster relief, etc.). Many times the church leaders
have discretion on how this money can be distributed, and many times those
incarcerated can fall under the umbrella of these funds.
· Private scholarships. This will be your bread and butter in the
future. There are literally thousands of private scholarships out there.
They are based on every imaginable criteria (the degree you are seeking,
sex, race, hobbies, location, religious background, etc.). The list goes
on and on. There are several good scholarship books that list every private
scholarship and grant available nationwide. Peterson’s Scholarships,
Grants and Prizes and Daniel J. Cassidy’s Scholarships, Grants and
Loans are both excellent resources, and each offers scholarships ranging
from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. In applying
for these scholarships, apply for anything and everything that you even
remotely qualify for. The association which funded nearly my entire academic
career started with a scholarship that I didn't even remotely qualify
for, but they were so impressed with what I was trying to do that they
decided to make an exception and give me a scholarship for one class.
That one class led to nearly my entire academic career being funded while
· The Internet. Databases with thousands of public and private
scholarships are available via the Internet. If you not have access to
the Internet yourself, ask a family member or friend to do some research
on it for you. The possibilities are limitless.
· Private and Public Foundations and Trusts. There are literally
thousands of Foundations and Trusts out there that are required to give
away a certain amount of money per year in order to keep their tax-exempt
status. Many of these are geared towards education. Although securing
these funds can often take months and even years, it is good practice
to look into these early in your academic career, as they can provide
a large chunk of assistance and allow you to go on to complete that second
or even third degree. The one publication that I'm familiar with, Foundation
Grants to Individuals is published by The Foundation Center, and is an
· Almost any scholarship you apply for is going to require that
you write an essay as to why he you feel you're deserving of this funding.
This is the most important process in the securing of financial aid. Your
application will be judged almost solely on what is written within this
essay. It is important you stress how you are using education as a way
to turn a very negative situation into as positive a situation as it can
be. Let the committee know that private scholarships or whatever you are
applying for is the only source of funding available to you. Let them
know that state and federal aid is not available, and that you are now
faced with the final avenue available for living your dream. It is very
important to sell yourself as someone who is attempting to turn his or
her life around. Also, make sure that this essay is in the correct format,
with spelling and punctuation being perfect, and that it is presented
in a professional manner combined with a heartfelt plea. Do these two
things and you will get results.
· A’s are a must. Again, A’s are a must. This is particularly
true in the beginning, for the first one or two courses. The reason that
this is so important is that as you apply for scholarships at later dates
you want to be able to send your transcripts, report cards, etc. along
with your application and essay. This sets a track record in what you've
done with scholarship money in the past. Show the committee members you
are serious about turning your life around and serious about education.
The importance of this is enormous. You must be able to show them that
their money is going towards a worthy investment.
This is just a rough outline to get help you get started. I want to stress
that there is money out there for everyone. There is absolutely no reason
you cannot secure funding for your education while incarcerated. It is
only a matter of beating the bushes. The money is there, but the effort
has to be there to make it happen. If you’re serious about obtaining
an education via correspondence while incarcerated, I'm here to tell you
and I'm living proof it can happen; you only have to want it bad enough.
I invite you to visit my web site www.troyevans.com and e-mail me with
any questions or comments you may have. In the near future I will be publishing
a book PAYING FOR COLLEGE: Financial Aid for the Non-Traditional Student.
As completed, it will be posted on my website. Good luck and go shake
Troy Evans is a professional speaker and author who resides in Phoenix,
Arizona with his wife Pam and his dog Archibald. Troy travels the country
delivering keynote presentations, and since his release from prison has
taken the corporate and association platforms by storm. Overcoming adversity,
adapting to change and pushing yourself to realize your full potential.
Other speaker’s talk about these issues, Troy has walked them.
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Thanks as always for your time and let us as a community and nation finally
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Troy travels the country delivering keynote presentations, and since his
release from prison has taken the corporate and association pl^tforms
by storm. Overcoming adversity, adapting to change and pushing yourself
to realize your full potential- other speaker’s talk about these
issues, Troy has walked them.
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