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Confessions of a Scholarship Winner: The Secrets That Helped Me Win $500,000 in Free Money for College- How You Can Too!

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As an average student with less-than-impressive test scores, Kristina realized she would have to sell herself to scholarship committees if she wanted to stand out. That’s when she devised the plan that led to her receiving over $500,000 in scholarships–enough to pay for her full education at a top- 20 university, all the way through her doctoral degree, and make her dreams come true.
 

How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay: 30 Essays That Won Over $3 Million in Scholarships

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This book examines the two basic components of scholarship competition—essays and interviews—this vital guidebook offers practical advice and real-life examples to guide students through the entire application process. With insight into the judges’ criteria for a successful application, 30 previously awarded scholarship essays are thoroughly analyzed, from choice of topic to writing style. The book reveals unique strategies for preparation and overcoming nervousness, this definitive resource also includes sample interview questions and answers.

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Do Story: How to tell your story so the world listens.

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Today’s world wants the story behind the story. Whether you have a company mission to share, an audience to entertain or a product to sell, we’re more likely to engage and connect if you deliver a well-crafted story with an emotional core. The author, Bobette Buster, is a story consultant who works with and teaches at major studios including Pixar, Disney and Sony Animation and in top film programs all over the world. In this book she shares her 10 key principles of storytelling – as used by some of the world’s best storytellers – and helps you to apply them to your own.

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Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact

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Most people have been conditioned to believe that communication must be clear, rational, and objective, with no place for emotion or subjective thinking. Yet the most powerful, persuasive communication has a human element…often delivered simply and personally through the telling of stories. This book shows readers how to use personal stories to get their ideas across and create meaningful connections between themselves and their audience. Moving beyond the usual speech-openers or ice-breakers, the book gives readers a process for finding, developing, and using their own stories.

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Improve Your Writing

Those serious about winning scholarships will find these articles helpful.

4 Ways Writers Can Make Their Personal Drama Relatable

How do you take your experience and turn it into something the average person might care about? When you write about your life, write with C.A.R.E. Try these four techniques to make your personal drama more relatable.
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CopyBlogger: How to Write Conversationally: 7 Tips to Engage and Delight Your Audience

At school, we learned grammar rules. We learned how to write and spell, but we didn’t learn how to use language to connect with our readers. We didn’t learn how to engage, persuade, and inspire. But readers crave a human touch.
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CopyBlogger: How to Add Suspense to Your Stories and Dramatically Improve Your Content

Let’s explore how this concept can dramatically improve your own storytelling and keep your audience completely focused on your content.
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