030: Are Dual Enrollment Courses Right For You?

There are many ways to wisely approach preparation for college in order to get the most out of it, and one of the best is the possibility of taking dual enrollment courses while still in high school. On this episode of The Scholarship Shark, I outline what dual...

028: Q&A With Admissions Counselors at a Christian College Fair

It’s always a good idea to do your homework before applying to colleges and one of the best ways to do that is to attend a college fair. I recently had the opportunity to attend a Christian college fair and was able to chat with 6 different admissions counselors about...

025: How College Fairs CAN Be a Place to Find Scholarship Money

It’s not a normal thing by any stretch, but on occasion, students are offered money for college, by schools attending college fairs. Today’s episode features a student who was offered scholarship money on the spot at a fair. Leslie Tyler is a senior from Wilmington,...

024: How to Apply for the National Merit Scholarship, Step by Step

Perhaps you’ve heard of The National Merit Scholarship Program and wonder what you need to do to apply. If so, that’s what this episode of the Scholarship Shark Podcast is all about.  The NMSP is an academic scholarship competition administered by the National Merit...

023: [New Student Success] Getting Involved on Campus

What are some ways to get involved on campus?  How do you manage balancing classes and activities?  Three returning students share how they started clubs and got involved both on and off campus.  In this final episode of the New Student Success series, Arianna...

022: [New Student Success] What is Career Services?

According to Forbes Magazine, Career Services is the most important department on campus.  Career Services has one goal and that is to assist students and alumni land a job.  Career Services, which may be alternatively called a career center, career placement office,...

021: [New Student Success] What Is Academic Support?

Academic resource center provides writing assistance, test preparation, study skills instruction, help with English as a Second Language and time management.  They also arrange appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities to assure them access to...

019: [New Student Success] What is Academic Advising?

Academic Advisors assist students in developing an academic and career plan, monitor students in the major, and discuss how a course of study fits a particular academic or career interest.  Advisors answer questions concerning a specific academic concern, such as...

018: [Student Interview] Meet Nic Wilcott

Introducing Nic Wilcott, a second year student at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.  Nic is majoring in Game Art Design.  He is the Social Media Content Manager Intern for The Scholarship Shark.  He will provide content from a student's...

016: [Interview] College Fairs Online

College fairs are a way to learn about different college and talk with admissions representatives.  In addition to traditional college fairs, students can attend an online college fair.  This allows you to visit with admissions representatives without incurring the...

015: [Scholarship Winner] Creating A Scholarship Video Essay

In this episode... Do you know what it takes to produce a winning scholarship video?  How does a video scholarship differ from a written essay?  Autumn Carlson, a recent high school graduate shares how she made a quality video that landed her scholarship dollars.  She...

013: [Scholarship Winner] It’s Never Too Late To Win Scholarships

In this episode... What if you did not apply for scholarships while in high school?  Is it too late?  What is the best way to stand-out on campus to be considered for a scholarship?  Daniel Nathanson, a rising sophomore at Liberty University shares his story on...

012: Summer Tips for College-bound High School Students

Summer is a great time for high school students who are college-bound to use that time to their advantage.  In this episode, Pam Andrews discusses four things that students should do this summer. Mentioned in this episode: To register for the SAT To register for the...

011: [Scholarship Winner] You’re Never Too YOUNG to Win

Meagan Warren is 13 years old and lives in Bexley, Ohio with her mom. She attends Bexley Middle School and is in the 8th grade. Meagan founded her own 501c3 charity, Books For Bedtime, when she was 11 years old and in the 6th grade. Her favorite classes in school are...

010: [Scholarship Winner] Creating Volunteer Opportunities

Rusty Fields is an enthusiastic, passionate, and highly self-motivated individual who consistently seeks new opportunities to learn and grow. His burning desire and passion for becoming a neurosurgeon are equally matched by his dedication and commitment towards civic...

009: [Scholarship Winner] Earning an Associates Degree in High School

Amira Daughtery graduated from Dekalb Early College Academy (DECA) in 2016.  She is currently attending Agnes Scott College.  Amira is the recipient of the Coca-Cola Scholarship, the Honors Merit Award at Agnes Scott College and the Writing Award at Agnes Scott...

008: [Interview] How To Overcome Rejection

It’s the time of year when high school seniors have applied to colleges and are waiting for their acceptance and award letters. For some it’s an exciting time receiving the news of “Congratulations you have been accepted to ABC University.” But for others, it is...

#007: Success Leaves Clues With Tyler Miles [Podcast]

This is the second in our 2017 series "Success Leaves Clues" where Tyler Miles, a college freshman at Yale University shares about establishing good habits in high school, tips for writing the essays and his process for winning scholarships. Scholarships Won: Gates...

#006: Winning The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program [Podcast]

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Universities.  The scholars program provides full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, and room and...

#005: Understanding The 4 Phases Of College Planning [Podcast]

It's a New Year and a great time for new beginnings.  This is the time of year when we focus on setting goals, planning for the future, revisiting our hopes and making resolutions.  Having hopes for the new year is good, but when it comes to the college planning...

004: [Scholarship Winner] Non-violence Advocacy Wins

In this episode, you'll hear from Grace a first year college student at Rice University.  Grace is the founder and director of Kickin' Violence, a 501(c)3 non-profit that seeks to empower the next-generation of leaders in non-violence advocacy through a unique...

003: Prior Year IRA Contributions and the FAFSA

In this episode, I'll share a strategy to reduce your taxable income so that you can lower the estimated family contribution (EFC) on your FAFSA when filing for school year 2018. Disclaimer:  This post provides a guide or a place to begin.  It is an education tool...

002: The New SAT

In this episode... Pam briefly discuss a few of the changes to the new SAT and what this means when applying to colleges and applying for competitive scholarships. Links mentioned: PrepExpert PrepScholar The College Board Follow: Facebook  /ScholarshipShark Twitter...

001: Turning Summer Experiences into College Scholarships

In this episode... How can community service lead to money?  Community service scholarships are one of the more common scholarship categories out there and a lot of times it is not dependent on your GPA or your SAT/ACT score. It is based on what you have already done...