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... It took a single phone call to quickly bring me back to reality- and to tears, too (the happy kinds, though). The reassurance that "life will be okay" for my daughters and I is a true blessing, much more than a ten thousand dollar check, winning this scholarship has proven to be a golden opportunity, also.

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Name: Trevor Petski
Hometown: Panama City, FL
Drawing Date: January 15, 2015

My name is Trevor Petski. I’m 22 years old and am currently enrolled at Auburn University working to complete my bachelors in electrical engineering. Going away to school has really helped me get out from under my parents and has really helped me grow to be more independent and very appreciative of my parents. Though, I live apart from them I am unable to have a job while taking classes full time, thus I’m completely financially dependent on them. I have thus far paid my way through school with loans, and when I graduate I will have to hit the work force running in order to pay then off. Winning this scholarship seemed to have popped out of thin air. I’m incredibly grateful to receive this because it means I can, in a way, give back to my parents for all they have given me. I’m overwhelmed that someone would give me $10k to help me go to school and ultimately get into a career I can be proud of. I won’t be proud because of me but it will be because of the people who helped me fund my dreams.

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Name: Fred Roberson, Jr.
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Drawing Date: December 15, 2014

I would first like to thank God, the universe, definitely, your scholarship program, and all those involved in helping people pursue higher education. Being a person who recently resign from job to go back to school full-time, take care of my two year old and wife who is expecting our next bundle of joy in February, this award is a God sent.

When I first received the call, I almost missed my blessing, thank God for allowing me to answer my phone again. Honestly, its still an awesome feeling. The decision to finish my B.S. degree in accounting/information management, was a family decision, knowing that some sacrifices would have to be made, finances would change, and a lot more stress. However, what I found out was that family and love was all we needed. It was this faith in ourselves which allowed us to rise to any occasion. I rarely, believe in coincidence and as described in Paulo Coehlo "The Alchemist", while on this journey we discover that your faith supersedes your fear of failure, and once you realize that all good things come to work in your favor, your treasure is waiting right around the corner. The reward is a great compliment to all the hardships, the late nights studying, the going to work while taking classes during and after work, the sleepless days and night while nurturing a newborn into the world, the strength you give to your spouse, your friends, your family. What I have learned, it's all about transforming an environment of positive love so strong that it lights the void, it lights your path, it lights your home, that all will hear the message in my testimony. Will hear that as a non-traditional husband, father, employee, student, regardless of your current title more is waiting, and once we get past the pessimistic thought that my glass is half empty, you are able to see that its already full with endless possibilities, where dreams become reality, and know that your labor is not in vain. The funny thing is literally, the evening before I received the phone call from 10kforschool, I told my wife that our change is coming, that this is our year to receive blessings, that the past is the past and we won't last if we cant move pass anything holding us back from greatness, as Dr. J. Gilmore once told us to "get out of your F.O.G - fear of greatness and get into your favor of God", and this is what allows the blessings to come in, doors to open, and opportunities to never cease.

The blessing of this gift, is an honor, a privilege, I'd say to whom much is given even more is required (Luke12:48), I would never have thought from the first time I saw an email about 10K for school, never would have guess that I would be selected, however, I believe that maybe just maybe its my turn, that maybe this organization would bless me, and bless me indeed they have. I am just so thankful to and your subsidiaries for blessing me. This will allow me not only to have enough to pay for Study Abroad this summer, pay remainder Fall classes but also work on my Masters in Accounting (M.Acc program) at the University of Tennessee, I graduate this December so this reward, just encouraged my soul. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you and may your organization and employees be blessed in every goal, task, mission, and dream. To anyone reading this have faith and do apply. Thank you.

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Name: Jennifer Farah
Hometown: Matthews, NC
Drawing Date: October 15, 2014

My name is Jennifer Farah and I am a 40 year old, single mom of two boys. I currently attend Carolinas College of Health Sciences and working towards becoming a registered nurse. My dream is to be a critical care nurse, primarily trauma and ER. I am currently working part-time as a cashier and was very worried about how I was going to afford the nursing program. This scholarship will help me out tremendously with all of the books I need to buy, help pay for my tuition, and help with the cost of my uniforms and other items I will need for my clinicals. I was so stressed looking at everything I needed for my upcoming semester and trying to figure out what books I could do without but winning this scholarship changed all that. I know that I will now be able to get all of my textbooks and won’t need to worry about missing information that I know I will need. I cannot begin to explain how thankful I am and how a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders allowing me to concentrate more on my studies and less on how to finagle finances with school.

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Name: Savahnna Marquez
Hometown: Merced, CA
Drawing Date: Aug 15, 2014

Winning this scholarship is a huge blessing in my life. It will open many doors that will make it possible for me to successfully continue my education.

The scholarship money I will receive will go towards my main goal in life which is to attain a Medical degree and be able to possibly save lives. Attending the Milan Institute of Merced to become a certified Medical Assistant as well as being a full time student at Merced College to attain an AA degree has been a costly struggle. Educating me in an area where I can help others is more important to me than just your average student.

My recent heartache has lead me to this career choice with one thing in mind,” save lives”. Recently I have had to watch the most beautiful woman in my life lose her battle to a medical condition.

My determination to succeed in the Medical field is strong and the 10,000 dollar scholarship would benefit me by helping me accomplish this goal. I know I will succeed no matter what. Winning this scholarship will help me to invest in areas needed such as school supplies, school books, transportation, scrubs, and professional clothes. I can use the money to better research areas that will help me get to the level of profession in the Medical field I am striving for.

There are many things I am limited to as a student due to the fact I am unable to afford all the necessities needed. Although I manage to find ways without any money at all to buy scrubs and wardrobe from thrift stores, the struggle takes away from time I could be spending on my homework and studies.

The scholarship money is definitely going to help me be able to concentrate on my grades and having reliable transportation. Having the determination I have to succeed and one day be able to save lives is more than just any ordinary person’s determination.

Having to watch my little brother deteriorate and pass away from a medical condition in 2007, then having to watch my mother do the same thing in 2013 has made me realize I want to make a difference in this world by saving lives.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be able to keep continuing my education so that I can better myself and better the lives of others. I also hope to give others that have been or are going through the same thing I have gone through hope, faith and courage.

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Name: Edwidge Fleury
Hometown: Lake Worth, FL
Drawing Date: July 15, 2014

My name is Edwidge Fleury. I am thirty-five years old and have two children. My daughter is 12 years old and my son is 10 years old. I am attending Palm Beach State College, and majoring in nursing.

I am face with many hardships and financial burdens. I have lost my job on June 12, 2014 and I have been unable to find a job. Having to put food on the table and trying to keep a roof over our heads has been nearly impossible, but I refuse to allow these obstacles to stop me from furthering my education. Returning back to school was one of the most important decisions that I made. My father always drilled into my head, “with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible.”

I am now a sophomore in college and have maintained an overall GPA of 3.52. After I graduate, I plan to continue my education and the BSN program at Palm Beach State College. Hopefully one day, my children will look back at all my obstacles, hardships, and struggles, and with proudness say, “my mommy made it.” I also hope they realize that there is no limitation to achieving one goal if one has perseverance and willing to work hard.

When I received the call from Scholarship4Mom, I was shock because I have never won anything before. I thought to myself another advertisement! I prayed, “Lord, as desperate as I am now, PLEASE let this be real!”

Receiving this scholarship will help me get one step closer toward my education. This scholarship will help me pay for my tuition, books, and resources needed to further my education. It will also help me to stay focus on my education and not so much on how am I going to my bills. Thank you very much for considering my application.

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Name: Andrea Toles
Hometown: Canton, OH
Drawing Date: June 15, 2014

My name is Andrea and I'm so thankful that I won the 10000 dollar grant I went to Akron university and I loved going to school but I got pregnant and the commute from Canton to Akron in the winter while being pregnant was too much and I had to drop out of school I took the time to be a mother and ended up having my second child I didn't think it was possible to go back after my loans went into default even if I tried but I ran into this page and applied and won I'm so happy I can finish schooling and better my future for me and my kids Thank you so much

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Name: Latricia Jenkins
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Drawing Date: May 15, 2014

My name is Latricia Jenkins; I’m a 32 year old single mother that lives in Detroit Michigan with my two little boys, also I’m working full time at General Linen& Uniforms, Supplies. I am currently attending The University of Phoenix in Southfield for a Bachelor degree in Business Management. Most people have heard the saying ‘never say never’, well I am a witness to that saying .Four months ago my adviser told me that I could not receive financial Aid anymore but I’m able to take out loans for school and pay out of pocket. My heart start pounding and tears start coming down my eyes thinking I’m the middle of my degree and I've been working so hard to achieve my goals. So I got on my knees and prayed to God because I’m about to lose my education. A week later my adviser sends me websites to go on to apply for scholarships. I took out time in one day to apply for 20 scholarships, saying to myself I’ll never win these scholarships. So, I started looking for a part time job just for school and no one was hiring for part position, I’m thinking oh God I’m about to took on a lot of stressful things please help me. On May 19, I was very tired, I had just come home from work and the boys were all over me. I asked my sister she could watch them while I sleep for a few hours and just as I laid my head down I got a phone call from free scholarship. I was so mad at the time because I thought someone was playing on my phone until the woman on the other end started talking a little bit more about the scholarship. I was so in-denial still, I told my sister and she was happy. I got the email that the lady said I would get and I started to cry thinking God. At this time I will like to thank Free College Scholarships, LLC for giving me a wonderful opportunely to continue school. I plan to pay for school with this scholarship and give something to someone in need, my way of thanking God. I believe that anything happened by the grace of God. Also I am able to get my laptop fix, I've going to the library to use their computer. Thank you very much I am truly thankful.

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Name: Jasmin De Jesus
Hometown: New York, NY
Drawing Date: March 15, 2014

My name is Jasmin De Jesus im 19 years old and I go to The Borough Of Manhattan Community College in Manhattan, NY. I am in my freshman year with a liberal arts major. I am so honored to have been chosen to receive this award. This will come in handy when it comes to purchasing my books and essentials for this oncoming semester.

First and foremost I would like to thank the Free College Scholarships, LLC for awarding me this scholarship. When I got the call I couldn't believe it I was in so much shock that wasn't excited at all. It's not everyday that you win 10k for school so when It happened I didn't know what to feel. I was just really thankful and grateful to have been picked.

I'm an only child of a single mother from uptown New York in Washington Heights. I have eight other siblings on my dad's side so college is a financial burden when it comes to my family. Financial Aid is never enough and my Dad has three kids going through college. My mom lives paycheck to paycheck paying these expensive New York City bills so money is always scarce. This scholarship money couldn't have come at a better time! Since I've just found a school that covers the major I really want which is radiology. Provided by Columbia University Medical Center a twenty four month program in Harlem Hospital for radiology. To pursue this degree I would have to pay a tuition of 15,000$, so this was definitely appreciated.

I can't even express how thankful I am. This was a gift from God. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to follow my dreams.

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Name: Deyanira Montes
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Drawing Date: February 15, 2014

Hi, my name is Deyanira Montes! I am 23 years old going on 24 this year on July 29th, 2014. I am Hispanic born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I am the baby of my family. I have two older brothers and one sister. I am blessed to have my parents happily married after 34 years of marriage. My parents come from a small town south of the border in Eagle Pass, Texas called Zaragoza, Coahuila.

My mom is my biggest inspiration and she is the reason why I must push harder towards a better future. I want to be able to give my mom what she deserves: to be taken care of like she took care of us when we were younger. She dedicated her whole life for us to have a better one than the one her and my dad had.

I hope to be able to get one step closer to my goals and dreams with the help of this scholarship in pursuing a career in journalism. I would like to be able to work as a film editor/film producer. I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity and help to pursue my dreams!

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Name: Darian Formy Duval
Hometown: Lake Waccamaw, NC
Drawing Date: January 15, 2014

I was completely ecstatic when I received the call informing me that I was the winner of the $10,000 scholarship. Living in a single parent household can be a very tough situation in several different ways. The financial struggle is the toughest part of living with only one parent. After my parents divorce, my father and I were left in a financial struggle. We were living paycheck-to-paycheck without being able to set aside any money for higher education. After that, I knew that the only way I could go to college is to receive scholarship assistance or be forced to take out loans. I worked extremely hard throughout high school, maintaining a high grade point average while I still held the responsibility of maintaining a household. That was one of the biggest difficulties I faced; however, I kept a clear goal in mind for what I admired most...success.

I, now, go to a university where all of my education is paid for by student loans. Because of our household income, I am unable to receive financial aid. This is an extreme issue for my family because we cannot afford to pay my tuition and fees. Therefore, the only option I have in paying for college is student loans, which will put me in a struggle having to pay them back after graduation. The thought of graduating from college with a substantial amount of loan debt is very disturbing. However, receiving this amazing scholarship gave me the motivation to continue my education without having such great debt. This scholarship will be valued and put to the effective use of solely paying for my collegiate education. Because of the $10,000 Scholarships4WorkingAdults scholarship, I am able to pay for my education without being forced to take out a single loan. This is something that my family and I are beyond grateful for. It has truly changed my life and given me hope for a successful future. Thank you so much!!

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Name: Tanya Pough
Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA
Drawing Date: December 15, 2013

My name is Tanya Pough and I am attending Troy University in my senior year majoring in Social Work with a minor of Sociology. I plan to become a Social Worker after graduating with my Masters degree. This scholarship will help me out tremendously especially with my tuition and books. I have a one year old son who is a joy to me and my family.

Let me begin by saying I am honored in winning this scholarship. When I received the phone call that I’ve won the scholarship, I was surprised and I still cannot believe that I am awarded. When I first attended college, winning a scholar just for being a mom was unheard of; most of the time winning a scholarship would be based on gpa, grades, and how well you can write an essay. Today, there are many scholarships for unique things and I am just amazed at how easy it is to fill out an application online for the scholarship, meet all of the requirements by the deadline, and later check to see if you have won either through email or a phone call. I hope my testimony encourage and help other students apply for this scholarship and many others so that they can get the help needed in order to achieve their dream.

I would like to thank for contacting me about the scholarship and helping me achieve my dream. I would also like to thank my mom, my cousin, and my close friends for always encouraging me to stay in school and to apply for as many scholarships as possible. I would like to dedicate this scholarship to my one and only son because he motivates me to accomplish a lot of things including winning this scholarship.

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Name: Tracey Urban
Hometown: West Mifflin, PA
Drawing Date: November 15, 2013

This scholarship money is a miracle! With my husband attending college for his master’s degree and being enrolled in college myself, I have been trying to figure out how we will both manage to purchase books for our classes and also be able to provide money to our children for their lunches, not to mention everything else that they need for school. Then I have to wonder how we will manage to pay off all of our student loans. So after finding out that I was chosen, it was like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. I had to buy a new laptop and Microsoft Office for one of my classes. I had to put those purchases on my credit card, along with books for three classes. Now I will be able to use this money to purchase all of my other books. I will be paying off my credit card as well and applying whatever balance is left to pay towards my student loans. I figure that if I start paying on them now, that will reduce the interest that I will owe when I am finished with school. I still can’t believe that I won a scholarship. I really didn’t think anything would happen when I filled out that entry form. I figured it was a scam, and I would never hear anything. Never in a million years, did I think I would be getting a check for $10,000!! It literally is the best thing that could have happened when I decided to go back to school!

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Name: Brenda Mouzon
Hometown: Ooltewah, TN
Drawing Date: October 15, 2013

At age ten, I was the little, illiterate Haitian Bahamian girl in the first grade. At the age of six, my parents sent me to live in Haiti with my grandparents who did not find it necessary to give me an education. When I returned to the Bahamas at the age of ten, I did not have the education to be placed in my regular grade level. Although I was ridiculed by the other students, I was determined to be the best that I can be. Named “Brenda Star” by my favorite teacher at the Catholic school that I attended, I was motivated to achieve the highest accolade. The determination to achieve success was further strengthened when I attended high school. In the tenth grade, a Dr. John Carey (the motivational speaker at the first day of school assembly) said, “Success does not come to you, you must go to it”. I have taken this law of life and made it my own. When I graduated from high school (2nd in my class) at the age of 20, it was not because I was a struggling learner; rather, it was because I started my journey later than my classmates.

Consequently, my life-long goal has been that I will be the best that I can be in any opportunity that I encounter. As a result of this scholarship, I will be able to accomplish my goal of reaching the highest pinnacle of my educational career. The funds received from this scholarship will help me to complete my education which I would not be able to do had I not received the scholarship. I am very grateful to be the recipient of Scholarship for Moms for the month of October. I will not only make my two children proud, but also, I will be better equipped to meet the academic needs of my classroom students.

Thank you!

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Name: Lydia Menino
Hometown: Corvallis, OR
Drawing Date: September 15, 2013

Hi, My name is Lydia Menino; I am 19 years of age and attend Oregon State University. This will be my sophomore year at OSU. Oregon State University is located in Corvallis, Oregon. I was born and raised here in Corvallis, which is a very beautiful place. Corvallis is full of nature and hiking trails that show the town’s hidden treasures. I grew up in a house outside of town with my parents and my three sisters. We have several acres of land and over the years I have raised sheep for 4H. I also have horses that I enjoy riding when I have the spare time. I couldn’t be happier that Corvallis is where I grew up.

I am currently majoring in Interior Design and Business; art and design have always been a passion of mine since I was young. Although the program is starting to become challenging, I am enjoying it. I am a sophomore so I am just now starting to get into the programs studio classes. The classes are very involved and detail oriented. I am also studying business not only because I think it is very helpful but because I hope to one day own a business of my own.

I plan to put the money I was awarded towards studying abroad. One of my biggest dreams is to travel the world and study abroad. I am very interested in a particular program that is located in London. I think it would be such an incredible experience to study abroad and understand other cultures while learning. I think especially in design it is very beneficial to go to other countries and see the beautiful things they have to offer such as architecture and vibrant colors.

I cannot say thank you enough for this incredible gift.

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Name: Rebekah Ritchie
Hometown: Cantonment, FL
Drawing Date: August 15, 2013

This is such an amazing opportunity! I am a full time student and a full time worker and this scholarship is such a blessing. Not only does this help in the financial department, but it also helps with the ongoing mental question of how everything will get paid off! This money will definitely go a long way and help me continue in my schooling and fulfill my dreams of becoming a part of this country’s criminal justice system! I came across and I figured “why not? It can’t hurt to try.” I never thought that I would be the winner of the $10,000 scholarship!! I plan on using this money to pay for my tuition, and also all of the necessities that come with being a full time student. Thank you so much!

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Name: Tiffany Swanger
Hometown: Culpeper, VA
Drawing Date: July 15, 2013

My name is Tiffany Swanger and I'm a 29 year old mother of two. My fiancé has been a great supporter of me returning to school and completing my goals. Returning to school was a priority for my family. I wanted to show them that nothing is impossible, so I decided to return to school. I was super excited to hear that I was selected as the winner of the $10,000 scholarship. I'm currently enrolled at Germanna Community College as a nursing student and working hard in completing my goals. Nursing school can be expensive and this scholarship will help me pay for textbooks, tuition, pay down some of my student loans, and any extra costs. This money will help me reassure myself that things are looking up for me and reaching my goal to becoming a registered nurse. I have been a stay at home mom for the past 6 years and I love it but there comes a time in life that you have to set goals and accomplishments in life for yourself so what better way than to stay home with the kids and continue my education. I want them to be able to say my mom worked hard and do the same for themselves. Now days you need a degree or higher education to make it in the world. I couldn't image life any other way, yes times do get tough and things may not look bright but keeping a positive attitude and having a strong support system will keep me on track. Thank you!!

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Name: Roberta Lorette
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Drawing Date: June 15, 2013

My name is Roberta Lorette and I am a 38 year old single mother. I was super excited to hear that I won the $10,000 scholarship! Last year I attended Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts and received my Culinary Certificate to become a Chef. I plan to open up my own restaurant and so this year I am continuing my education by going to Orange Coast College and obtaining my Hotel and Management AA degree. With the scholarship I will be able to obtain a well needed computer so that when I do menus and food costing I can do it in a professional manner. I would also like to use it for room and board for my son and I as we have been struggling for independence these last few years. The church that I go to told us to as to ask for favor on our lives and I did. Right after that Mylene from called me and told me I won. At first I hung up on her and then she called me back to inform me that “yes” in fact I was the WINNER of the scholarship.

I would also like to use the scholarship towards school loans, books, parking permit, and my materials for the next stage in my schooling. I truly believe that it will this will help take me and my son up to the next level in my career goals. It is so important to have opportunities out there that allow people that want to improve their life be able to succeed. Thank you so much, I am so excited that I won and and I am proud to share my experiences with future entries. Everyone should enter to win; you never know…you could be the next winner!!

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Name: Stephanie Gruchow
Hometown: Kenosha, WI
Drawing Date: May 15, 2013

My name is Stephanie. I am an older student returning to school to complete my accounting degree. We have two young children and my husband recently suffered a stroke this last Christmas so I was unsure if I would be able to continue attending or if I would have to wait again due to financial constraints. This award will help me to complete my degree as I have only twelve more credits to achieve my diploma – something I have been working for and my family has endured many sacrifices to allow me to complete my dream.

I can’t begin to express my gratitude as every year, I’ve applied for grants and scholarships – the few I qualify for as an older working student and mother, regardless of my dean list’s grade point average – and been refused any assistance besides federal student loans. The luck that allowed my name to be chosen as a winner after all the disappointments has renewed my sense of hope and dedication.

My family is very active in our community. We volunteer with the “Make A Wish” Foundation, the “Health Digestive Alliance”, local community boating and water safety programs, sled dog rescue and dog adoption, and are regular blood donors.

My hobbies are reading – primarily science fiction, playing role playing games (rpgs), and hang gliding. Many years ago, my husband and I had a sled dog kennel, with the dog breeds of Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, and Canadian Inuits. We fostered, placed and rehabilitated sled dogs young and old into new ‘forever’ homes. We also took dogs into schools and groups (boy/girl scouts, movie theatres when sled dog movies were newly released) to educate the public about the responsibilities and needs of a sled dog to help people understand the breed. We believe this helped many to decide if a working breed, such as a sled dog, would or wouldn’t be a good fit into their family and lifestyle.

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Name: JoAnn Felix
Hometown: West Jordan, UT
Drawing Date: April 15, 2013

My name is JoAnn Felix. I come from a family of three brothers and two sisters, as well as four step-sisters and a step-brother. I enjoy having a big family. I am 43 years old and have been married for 21 years to a wonderful husband named David. We have one adopted son who is 15. He says he wants to join the marines when he turns 18. As proud as I am of him, that kind of scares me. I enjoy hiking and camping, reading, playing the piano, and crocheting.

I am attending Stevens Henager College and working to obtain my degree in forensic accounting. I am enjoying it very much. I have always enjoyed doing accounting type work. I work for an attorney now, and as well as doing the legal secretary duties, I am also the bookkeeper and that's actually my favorite part of my job.

A college degree is a very important thing to have. It helps increase earning potential and will allow me to earn a better income and be able to save better for retirement. I want to be able to travel and do things when I retire. I also want to work smarter, not harder. I earn pretty good money where I'm at now, but I know my earning potential good be a lot more with an accounting degree.

I am also feeling better about myself. I feel like I have more self-confidence in my abilities. I feel happier and more well-rounded in the rest of my life as well.

One of my biggest concerns about going back to school was how I was going to pay for it. It was almost a deterrent to me going back, but I decided to do it anyway because I have had been wanting to do it for a long time. I am really grateful for winning this scholarship. It will be very helpful in paying for school

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Name: Peter Allen
Hometown: Little Falls, NY
Drawing Date: March, 2013

Hello, my name is Peter Allen and I am from Little Falls, New York, a small town in the central part of the state, surrounded by the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains. Winning a scholarship for Ten Thousand dollars is a surprise; one that I thought would and could never happen to me. As a married father of four children, my life is busy, non-stop busy. My luck is horrible, as I told my family that I won a ten thousand dollar scholarship they laughed. After the laughing subsided and I further explained that I actually won, everyone was in shock, for me to win something is an amazing feat, but to win a something of this magnitude is still very shocking. I am enrolled at Ashford University and attend classes online; I was just accepted into Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, which was a great honor. Currently, I am pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in History. I love it and winning this scholarship has relieved some stress and added to the enjoyment I have of learning. Also, winning this scholarship is a great benefit in helping with cutting down some of the costs of school, especially books and supplies, as I have a year and a half left, ten thousand dollars should cover the books and supplies I will need for the rest of the time I am in school. A new laptop will be needed soon and without this scholarship being able to afford another would be almost impossible. Winning this scholarship could not have happened at a better time, as it is time to order books and other supplies for school; this is one of the best things to happen to me. Thank you so much for this scholarship; it will be used wisely and with great appreciation!

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Name: Kathy Frye
Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
Drawing Date: February 15, 2013

I am so thankful to be awarded this scholarship for $10,000 through Scholarship Zone. When you receive a phone call and hear you have won the drawing for a $10,000 scholarship for the month, your first reaction is one of unbelief and skepticism. I have checked with the Better Business Bureau and followed all the procedures one can follow to make sure this is a legitimate offer and can find nothing to discredit this company. I am a mom beginning life over again as if I were in my twenties. I am studying to begin a new career as a medical assistant, finishing seminary, and putting my son through college while trying to earn a living at the same time. Needless to say, winning this scholarship is very welcome news in the midst of very trying times. This scholarship will pay part of my tuition towards my medical assistant certificate and give me peace of mind knowing that some of my bills can be paid! It has put a smile on my face and filled my heart with thanksgiving and praise to God, who is Jehovah-Jireh, my provider. I give Him all the glory, for He always makes a way where there seems to be no way. Thank you Scholarship Zone for helping students to complete their education!

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Name: Camisha A. Lewis
Hometown: Allentown, PA
Drawing Date: January 15, 2013

I just want to say thank you so much for this fabulous gift. I normally don¹t win big like this and it's a blessing that it worked out like this. A little about myself, I¹m a mother of four girls. I recently (almost a year ago) lost my job and didn¹t want to stay in that field. I had a great opportunity to go back to school, so I decided that I wanted to go in the Medical Field so that I can help others. What I¹m going to do with this gift? One pay some bills off , buy a washing machine, buy uniforms for my 3 younger daughters, and put money away for my oldest for school. Again thank you so much.

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Name: Villa Natividad
Hometown: Truth or Consequences, NM
Drawing Date: November 15, 2012

Hello, my name is Natividad Villa. I am currently a senior at Hot Springs High School. I come from a family of eight. My parents have greatly influenced my career choice with all their support; I am blessed with the opportunity to continue on with my education. I plan to further my education in Electrical Engineering. I have always had an interest in this because I am fascinated with the way electricity works. Doing the best I can with all the support I get, I know with certainty that I will strive to succeed in my goal.

I believe that this scholarship will go a long way for me. As I graduate high school I start to think about my life in the future. How will I pay for college? By this scholarship winnings I believe that I will be able pay my tuition as well as room and board for the first semester of college. This is a huge relief for me because I was not sure if I was going to be able to handle my first semester of college. I just want to thank you for giving me the support with this scholarship to continue my education and to better my life. Thank you.

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Name: Theresa Long
Hometown: Norwood, PA
Drawing Date: October 15, 2012

I am Theresa Long and I signed up for your Scholarship Provider promotion. I plan to use the winning to further my education by taking courses that will update me in my teaching profession. I am currently a high school Health and Physical Education teacher in Delaware County, PA. I have been married for 25 years and have two sons who are 19 and 15 years old. My older son is a college sophomore and my younger son is in 9th grade. I am a believer that education is a lifelong process and have tried to save money to help my sons through college but up until now I was unable to pay for courses for myself. Trends change with youngsters and educators need to stay on pace or they will not be able to connect. Personally, I need to keep up in the area of technology. I plan to use some of the winnings to take courses that will show me how to bring more technology into my Health classroom. I also plan to take courses that will give me the most updated information in the curriculum areas that I teach which are nutrition, mental health, substance prevention, first aid, and human sexuality. Finally, I plan to use the winnings to take courses that show me how to tie heart rate monitors and other technologies into the Physical education curriculum. I thank Free College Scholarships for giving me the opportunity to "go back to school".

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Name: Judith Aguilar
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Drawing Date: August 15, 2012

My name is Judith Aguilar and I am from Bakersfield, California. I still can’t believe I won this scholarship from Scholarships4Moms; it is truly a blessing. It was definitely a big surprise to get a call saying I had won. Getting the phone call and winning the scholarship was so surreal. Being a single mom has some struggles, but there was no way I would stop going to school. I know how important it is for me and my daughter. I attend school at Bakersfield College. I am studying to become a school psychologist. I want to apply this scholarship towards my tuition, my books, and to help me get through college. Having to work and go to school isn't easy so I know that this will be a big help for me and my daughter. I'm very grateful to have won this scholarship. Thank you so much Scholarships4Moms!

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Name: Lydia Faulk
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Drawing Date: June 15, 2012

Hi, my name is Lydia Faulk. I am a single mom of two adorable boys. I am a CNA. I am a student at Brewster Technical School. It is really difficult balancing my family, work and school. I am so excited to have won this scholarship. When I received the phone call from 10KforSchool saying I had won the scholarship I was in shock. I am honored and grateful to have won this scholarship from 10KforSchool. It will really help a lot in paying for the tuition and books I need for my classes. Going to school while supporting my family is hard, but when I graduate from Brewster and start working it will be worth it. I will be able to give my boys the things they want and deserve. Thank you!

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Name: Amal Jeylani
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Drawing Date: May 15th 2012

My name is Amal Jeylani I am from Minneapolis Minnesota; I attend Hennepin Technical College. I am more than happy to have received this scholarship because it means a lot. With this scholarship I can pay off all my school tuitions now and in the future. I am very thankful and appreciative to, thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity.

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Name: Lori Briggs
Hometown: Midland, MI
Drawing Date: April 16th 2012

I'm still in shock that I won this scholarship. I never imagined that real people actually win these things. I have been putting myself through college slowly with no financial help. I'm starting my final year at Northwood University this fall. This money will take a lot of the financial pressure off. I'm so excited! Thank you so much!!

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Name: Jessica DeFago
Hometown: Eden, GA
Drawing Date: February 29, 2012

Hello my name is Jessica Defago,
I live in Eden, Georgia and I am a student at Armstrong Atlantic University. I am working towards my bachelor’s degree in video film production with a minor in fine arts. My next college path is to attend Florida State College to begin my film/video studies. Each year I am at college cost more money for books, art supplies, cameras and tuition. Worrying about how to pay for everything is very stressful. I have chosen a career that needs technology as well as creativity. One day… I received a phone call saying I was a $10,000 scholarship winner. I fell to my knees and voiced “Now my dreams can become reality!” Now I can apply the money towards my tuition and cameras. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel. I have never won a contest before and especially one that will have a dramatic impact in my life. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this scholarship program and to the people who helped make this happen for me. I really feel blessed. Thank you, ScholarshipProvider!

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Name: Kiara Hopkins
Hometown: Austin, TX
Drawing Date: January 31, 2012

I was in shock when I received the call saying I had won the scholarship from Scholarships4Moms. I hardly ever win anything, I couldn’t believe it. The call came as a complete surprise. I started going to a Community College to pursue a career as a Pharmacy Technician. I had to overcome so many obstacles. When my babysitter backed out on me in the middle of the school year I was forced to drop three of my classes to stay at home with my children. But I didn’t give up hope. I kept my online class and I am doing very well. With the scholarship I can pay my tuition costs and pay for the classes I had to drop so late into the semester. I will be able to buy the two books that I was not able to afford. I will be able to pay for professional childcare in advance next semester; this will guarantee that I will be able to attend class. I am extremely thankful that this has happen to me. This is the true meaning of a blessing. With all humbleness, I say thank you to Scholarships4Moms!

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Name: Matthew Varney
Hometown: Dubois, WY
Drawing Date: December 30, 2011

Wow, what a blessing and an honor to receive this scholarship. I always thought I missed out when I didn't go to college right after graduation and was never quite sure I would be able to go back. Now I can! My goal is to start with my Associates in Computers Technology and go from there.

It's been 18 years since high school and I now have 2 beautiful daughters. I've been struggling to give them better and do the things I want to do with them. I always put them off because of the bills. I also have a few dreams for myself. Receiving this Scholarship helps reassure me that those wishes and desires are still attainable. Thanks again.

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Name: Donna Coleman
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Drawing Date: November 30, 2011

I am Donna Coleman. I never in my wildest dreams thought it would be possible for me to win this scholarship, until I received that special phone call stating that I was the winner. I was so shocked and I didn’t believe it at first. I had just talked to my college’s financial aid office. She told me that I would have to take out a loan for about 10,000 dollars if I wanted to continue to obtain my bachelor’s degree for Health Care Administration/Management at the University of Phoenix. Now I will be able to obtain that degree and get the job that I have worked so hard for. Thank you so much Scholarships4Moms. God Bless!

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Name: Jim Lou
Hometown: Fresh Meadows, NY
Drawing Date: October 31, 2011

I am very happy to have the opportunity to win this proffered scholarship from Free College Scholarships. I am presently enrolled in a doctoral program at the Pace University campus in White Plains, New York. The tuition isn’t cheap.

I am enrolled in a Doctor of Profession Studies in Computing program. It has been my long time dream to earn a doctoral degree. I am not a young person anymore so I feel that this is my last real opportunity to do so.

The scholarship will go a long way towards paying of the remainder of this semester’s outstanding bill and help reduce the need for student loans, which can be odious.

Thank you Free Colleges Scholarships.

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Name: Abigail Masters
Hometown: Connersville, Indiana
Drawing Date: September 30, 2011

My name is Abigail Masters. Everyone calls me Abby. I have two brothers and two sisters, and I love my parents. I also like hanging out with my friends from my hometown in Connersville, Indiana and from college. This is my first year at Anderson University in Anderson, where I am studying elementary education. I desire to be able to teach the earlier grades in elementary schools upon my graduation. I plan on using the scholarship to pay for my college, which includes tuition and books. I am very appreciative of this generous scholarship, as it will help me complete my education at Anderson University.

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Name: Maya Thomas
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Drawing Date: August 31, 2011

My name is Maya Thomas. I am a hardworking mother of two beautiful children, one 6 year old son and a 1 year old daughter. I recently decided to go back to school at the age of 27. I started working towards my Associate's in Science Degree at Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas this fall 2011. Going back to school has been a difficult yet great opportunity for me, and I am excited about earning a degree to better myself and the life and examples I am building for my children. I am thankful to have come across such a blessing as

With the scholarship money I am able to pay for any classes as needed, buy books and needed supplies, purchase a laptop to use to better my education, and I plan to pay for my daughter to go to daycare full time at least a few days out of the week so that I have time to dedicate to school work. I am so excited at all the great things ahead of me, and this is just a push towards my strive to excellence.

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Name: Tonya Rhymer
Hometown: Claymont, DE
Drawing Date: August 1, 2011

I’d like to say a heartfelt thanks to Scholarships4WorkingAdults for the $10,000 scholarship gift. My name is Tonya Rhymer, a single student aspiring to become a registered nurse. I attend Del-Tech Community College in Newark, Delaware, while working part-time as a patient care technician. Born and raised in the US Virgin Islands, I moved to Pennsylvania in 1994 and eventually settled in Delaware in 2006.

I was surprised and very happy when I was notified about winning the scholarship! I had enrolled in school and didn’t know how I would pay for my tuition and books. I thank God for answering my prayer and performing this miracle. A couple of years ago I wanted to go back to nursing school but couldn’t. I didn’t have the finances to do so. I’m grateful for this scholarship because I can now pay my tuition fees and cover my books and supplies.

Once again, thank you Scholarships4WorkingAdults for giving me the opportunity to pursue my goal and give back to my community by taking care of the sick.

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Name: Joyce Shaw
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Drawing Date: June 31, 2011

I am Joyce Shaw, I was at work on the internet and thought that I would go on, and saw that there was a free scholarship give away… One day in the early part of July I received a call from a woman at Free College Scholarships leaving a message for me to contact her because I had been chosen as the winner of the $10,000 Scholarship.

I was surprised because I never won a big prize like this before. I was happy that it was a scholarship because I could use it very bad to help me pay for college and a few personal things.

Believe in yourself when things might seem impossible because it's possible, just have faith and believe. I want to say once again to Free College Scholarships, thanks a Million!!!!

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Name: Cynthia Barker
Hometown: Eatonton, GA
Drawing Date: June 1, 2011

WOW!!! After applying for scholarships and grants throughout the last two years of being in school, I couldn't believe I was finally selected for $10,000.00!!! I am a 43 yr old single mother putting myself through school while trying to provide for my family! I am so excited!!

This will help out with me finishing up my Education degree so that I may teach school and help other children accomplish their dreams too! Thank you so much to Scholarships4moms and for this wonderful experience and opportunity!

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Name: Alexandria Chandler
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Drawing Date: March 31, 2011

Hello my name is Alexandria Chandler I am from St. Louis, Missouri. I plan to use this ten thousand dollar scholarship to help pay for books as well as tuition for the upcoming school year. I'm so grateful to have won this scholarship and I can't say thank you enough. This extra money will allow me to pay off my previous balance and it will also help out with future tuition.

With that being said I would like to say thank you over and over again, this is a huge weight off my shoulders and I really appreciate it.

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Name: Emily Moffat
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Drawing Date: March 1, 2011

Winning this scholarship is so surreal; it's like a dream come true for me! I am currently a freshman majoring in Nursing at Arizona State University. I'm going into nursing because I love helping others, and I enjoy learning about the anatomy and physiology of the body. The price to attend school is ever increasing, and this money will help make my dreams of becoming a nurse come true.

Nursing school will take up a whole lot of time. It'll be hard to find the extra time for a job to help pay school costs while going to school. This past year, my parents and I have been struggling to pay for my college expenses. It's not easy for them, because they're not only helping me, but they are helping two of my older siblings in college as well. This scholarship money will help me and my parents out in so many ways. I've always wished to win a scholarship like this so that I wouldn't have to worry so much about paying for school. Now, I will be able to not rely on my parents as much and use this money for tuition, books, housing, and other school fees. Thank you so much, FCS, for this scholarship! I am very grateful to be the recipient of this scholarship. It is such a wonderful blessing. Thank you again!

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Name: Stacy McLean
Hometown: Linthicum, MD
Drawing Date: February 1, 2011

My name is Stacy and I am surprised to have won this scholarship from I am now pursuing my Master's degree in Nursing. I have always needed loans to pay for my education but with this scholarship my bill will be paid in full for the next year!

Thank you

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Name: Jan Sloat
Hometown: Hopatcong, NJ
Drawing Date: December 30, 2010

I just couldn't believe it when I received a phone call from a young lady, telling me that I had just won a $10,000 Scholarship. I thought it was some kind of scam, although I knew that I had been entering at a number of $10,000 Scholarship websites over the past few years. I have never been a 'lucky" person, so I was still skeptical. But after phone and email conversations with the folks offering the award and checking with the Better Business Bureau, I was mostly convinced. I became fully convinced after I contacted a few of the previous winners. This is real!

Now my head and heart were racing ... I knew exactly what to do with the award. I already have the school's course catalog in hand! At 62 years old, I have had a number of careers: in communications/business, in the art field, in the veterinary world. With only a high school diploma, and having had to enter the working world right out of high school for family financial reasons, there was only so far I could go, though. My dream of going back to school for higher learning has just now been fulfilled. It's never too late to start, and this scholarship award will give me the chance to finally re-build myself into the person I've wanted to be for a long time, with a career I can take with me anywhere in the world, and that gives me the ability to be self-sufficient.

I sincerely thank you for your generosity and the opportunity to fulfill a long-sought dream!

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Name: Ashley Brown
Hometown: Dublin, OH
Drawing Date: November 30, 2010

Thank you so much for this great opportunity. I could hardly believe it when I got the phone call from Free College Scholarships that I had won a $10,000 scholarship.

When I entered the drawing I never dreamed that I would actually be chosen to receive the Scholarship. I always entered just in case…but this was such a big surprise!

I am currently studying Fine Arts in college and this money will go a long way toward paying my tuition and paying for my books and supplies for my art classes. College expenses are so high and this money will really help me pay for college and not have so much debt after I graduate. Thank you again for helping me achieve my college education and lift some of the financial worry that goes along with it. I am so grateful for this generous scholarship.

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Name: Chelsea Chadwick
Hometown: Windsor, CO
Drawing Date: October 29, 2010

When I got a voice mail from a lady, I thought it was just one big scam, but I was still curious and called back. A few days ago I got a packet that said I was the winner!

With the $10,000 I have won, I can now be independent and not rely on my parents while I am away at school. Two weeks ago I did not have enough money to pay for school and I was not sure how much help my parents could give me, but now, with the help of FCS, I know that I can support myself at school. With the money I am going to pay off my tuition bill, fees, apartment rent, buy books and pay for my food.

Without the help of FCS, I would not be able to have the money to better my education. Thank you FCS, you guys are the best. Please keep helping make other student's futures bright, like you made mine!

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Name: Dana Morgan
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Drawing Date: September 30, 2010

Well here I am Dana Morgan, I was so amazed when I received the good news of being the winner of the $10,000 scholarship. In the beginning, I thought that this was just another gimmick to get me to subscribe to something, but as they explained the process to me, I felt more confident in that things were legit. When I entered this contest I didn't think that I would be a winner so I totally forgot about it. So again, I was excitingly amazed when I returned the call.

With my $10,000 scholarship I can pay my tuition being that I just started school. Also, I can move into a bigger home with my five children. At this moment I am a single working mother, attending school, working a third shift job, living in a two bedroom home. With these funds I can stock up on the supplies I need for my class (business management), move into a bigger home without having to worry about taking a month worth of paychecks to pay deposits. I will get beds for all of my children and a few winter items that they need.

This could not have come at a better time. I truly take pride in my success and love to lead my children and others in a positive direction. This can also show others the rewards that can be obtained when trying your best to be successful. Thanks again to Scholarships4Moms.

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Name: Lori Hare
Hometown: Ashtabula, OH
Drawing Date: August 31, 2010

It is such an incredible blessing to be winning this scholarship! Just like others, I figured it wouldn't hurt to enter the scholarship... but the odds were slim to none that I would win. I entered for three months straight, whenever the reminder came to my email about a new scholarship. Then I received the call that I had won! I couldn't believe it.

I have been attending college for a bachelor's degree in Communications and my husband and I have kept questioning being able to pay for it. Now I will never question finishing my degree again! This scholarship will cover probably 90% of what I have left.

Thank you FCS from the bottom of my heart. I'm really glad that I came across this organization and now I know that dreams really do come true.

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Name: Carlos Chavarri
Hometown: Snellville, GA
Drawing Date: July 30, 2010

Oh my God! It is real! I received a phone call on July 19th from a young lady stating I won the $10,000 scholarship I entered for working moms. I was saying to myself, yeah right. "Watch she's going to ask me for a checking account number or something." In total disbelief, I was not excited at all until I received e-mail and a packet. Okay, now this is real! I started screaming since I have never won anything in my life.

This scholarship money will allow me to continue on to pursue my Master.s Degree, buy a new much needed computer, fix my car so I won't be breaking down trying to get to school, and open my own business. Thank you so very much for helping me make my dreams come true.

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Name: Duanaya Williams
Hometown: Newark, NJ
Drawing Date: May 28, 2010

I applied for the scholarship because I wanted to study abroad this semester. This scholarship has really been a blessing. I am extremely thankful to Free College Scholarships. I am the oldest of 5 daughters and money is always tight so without this amazing scholarship I would not be able to attend the study abroad program.

Thank you FCS from the bottom of my heart. I'm really glad that I came across this organization and now I know that dreams really do come true.

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Name: Anna Hanlin
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Drawing Date: April 30, 2010

My chances of winning I figured were slim to none. I had a better change of being struck by lightening. Well, I haven't been struck by lightening but when I got the call and the email and the letter in the mail, WOW! Woo Hoo! Yippee Yahooey!

The money will be put to good use as I head back to college and a graduate degree. Education is one of the most important things one can do with their lives and ScholarshipProvider just offered me a chance to make that reality a little easier to accomplish.

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Name: Nikki Herder
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Drawing Date: March 31, 2010

I never imagined I would be chosen as the winner, and to this day I am still in shock! When FCS first notified me, I was sure it was some Internet scam and couldn't be real. But when I received the packet in the mail, along with the letter indicating I had won, it became more and more real. But for me to have won a $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP means so much more than these few words can say.

So to Free College Scholarships I want to extend a heartfelt thank you! This scholarship has opened up a world of educational opportunities for me and I am eternally grateful.

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Name: Ian Walker
Hometown: Prairie View, IL
Attending School: Undisclosed
Drawing Date: March 1, 2010

Never in my life did I think I would actually be selected for something so valuable! By the time I entered the drawing I was beginning to lose hope that I would win anything, and becoming really discouraged about all college scholarship. Being the first of four kids in my family to go to college, with three right in a row, I know this money is greatly appreciated and I am extremely excited and honored to have been selected for this scholarship. Now my parents and I can worry a little less about my college future and have a little more stability in our lives. I never would have thought that something like this would happen to me and am still a little shocked that it has happened. I am excited for the various opportunities this scholarship will bring me and cannot wait to utilize it the best way possible. Thank you Free College Scholaships!

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Name: Alice Cloud
Hometown: Leander, TX
Drawing Date: February 1, 2010

Being one of the millions of unemployed Americans today I had come to the conclusion that continuing my education was not only necessary but a mandatory goal. I have been researching schools to complete a degree in Psychology but hesitant to sign up due to all the school loan issues that have arisen. I have also been patiently waiting to see what the govt. was going to do to assist students with the cost of continuing their education. Like many others the financial side of education was holding me back. I was so thrilled to get the call I had won this scholarship. Now I can get that laptop I so badly needed and rest assured the expense of tuition, living expenses and books is covered. I am grateful for the opportunity to fulfill my dream and encourage others to sign up to take a chance on their future. I can't thank free college scholarships enough for this wonderful gift of a brighter future for me and my family.

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Name: Joshua Vazquez
Hometown: New York City, NY
Drawing Date: December 30th, 2009

I have lived in New York all my life, spanning three boroughs, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. I moved to Staten island when I was about 15 with my mother and younger brother... I am the first in my family to go to college and now I think I'm going to actually finish. The scholarship money could not have come at a better time. I plan on using the funds to help pay off my student loans.

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Name: Kathleen Pfleider
Hometown: Los Lunas, NM
Attending School: Devry University
Drawing Date: December 1st, 2009

When I entered, like most people, I was thinking that there is no way I am going to win this, but what would it hurt. It will only take a couple of minutes of my time every now and again. But when I received that phone call and actually discovered that I DID win, I was speechless. I NEVER WIN ANYTHING. I am a stay at home wife of a disabled Vietnam veteran and we get by on his disability checks. I am going back to college so I can have a career that I like and will help us both financially. Just the other day, we were sitting down and trying to figure out how we were going to pay the part of the tuition that the loan didn't take care of. This scholarship is going to help out in so many ways. Plus, I will be able to use my salary, when I go back to work, for us instead of using it all to pay back school debts.

I just wanted to THANK YOU. You are a Godsend to this family. To all of you out there, registering for this, believe me, IT CAN HAPPEN FOR YOU TOO !!!!!

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Name: Crystal Mitchell
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA
Drawing Date: October 30, 2009

When I registered for the drawing, I was thinking, yeah, ok. What can it hurt? Many years of not winning things made me think, that MY name was Never going to be pulled from a list of lots of people. WOW!! How that has changed!!!

I can now buy my books, supplies, maybe even help with my daughter's bigger list of needed supplies for school, in the Spring 2010 . My daughter and I commute together to college, until we go to different colleges. It can also help get through tough times here at home, as we are living on limited income. THANK YOU so MUCH!!! Now, things will be a lot easier for this family's living expenses and for help to go back to school easier, with LESS DEBT! I know this doesn't say THANK YOU enough, but I don't know how else to say it! Thank You, Thank You, Thank YOU!!!

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Name: Carol Ashment
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Drawing Date: September 30th, 2009

Before I found out about this scholarship, I was going to have to quit school so that I could work more hours at my job until my husband can find work. I was very upset, because I am so close to done, and I didn't know when I would ever be able to finish.

The day that I got the phone call, I was planning to call my school and withdraw for next term. With this scholarship, I will be able to make up the difference in our expenses while I finish school. This is such a blessing to me. Because of this money I will be able to reach my goal to finish my degree this fall! And I would not be able to get there without this help. Thank you so much!

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Name: Jesse Blair
Hometown: Xenia, OH
Drawing Date: August 31, 2009

I was so excited when i learned i won the 10,000 dollar scholarship from free college scholarships. Im a single mother trying to go back to school for nursing and im paying all on my own. Its a true blessing that now I do not have to worry as much about paying for college. Im not the kind of person who wins anything so this is amazing.

Thank you free college scholarships for your help with paying off college a litte easier than it would have been. I truly am grateful that a person like me could win such a thing. Im more confident that i will go on and complete school. Being the first in my family to do so. Thanks again!

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Name: Elizabeth Kinney
Hometown: Coralville, IA
Drawing Date: July 31, 2009

I was so excited when I learned that I had won a scholarship from Getting ready to head off to a new place with new people for the first time is really intimidating (not to mention stressful) and on top of all that I have finances to worry about! But receiving this scholarship definitely eases my mind. Paying for college is no easy task no matter what way you spin it and I am so grateful to for their help.

I plan to use this scholarship money to help pay for my education at Oklahoma City University. There I will be majoring in dance management for four exciting years. After I complete my education I hope to return to my home state of Iowa and open up my own dance studio. I will then be able to share my love of dance with hundreds of others.

Once again, I am so unbelievably thankful for the financial help. I feel so fortunate for this scholarship money that will help provide for my college education and launch my lifetime career!

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Name: Priscilla Philavong
Hometown: Hiram, GA
Drawing Date: June 15, 2009

I am Priscilla Philavong and I am proud winner of the $10,000 from I did not know I would ever have a chance to win anything like this because I never really win anything but I gave this a try. Here I am writing a testimonial for the people who changed my life. I plan on using this money to help me pay for school for the next three years of college since I am already in college. This money would really help me pay off my loans, help pay for books, not look for quarters and pennies in my dorm room with my room mate, and help remove from financial stress from my parents. I thank all the people at for this opportunity to win this money and actually win it. Thanks!

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Name: Christina Baca
Hometown: Fountain, CO
Drawing Date: March 25th, 2009

I have been really hard on myself about getting money for college. My mom kept telling me don't be disappointed if you don't get a job this summer. We will find a way to make it work. But being my one and only responsible parent and having a part time job. I didn't see how we were going to make it. Sure I have grandparents and other family members that could help me but I didn't find a point in asking them. I knew I had to keep some hope in me and faith. So I kept putting in for scholarships hoping and praying I would some amazing news saying I had won and money would be sent to me so I could pay for my college. As the spring semester started to come to an end at Hasting College doubts and fears filled my mind. I didn't know how I was going to pay for my next year of college which would be my sophomore year. I was thinking I would have to drop out of school and start looking for a part time or full time job then maybe start going to college all over again. Then I got a call from saying I was a winner... I couldn't believe it my school year and hopefully my next two years would be paid for depending on what my college expenses would be. I still can't believe I won, all my hard work has paid off. I want to thank! Without your help I don't know how I would be paying for the fall year. I'm very grateful and honored especially since I don't have a lot in life and I struggle. Now my dreams of becoming a Rock n' Roll singer will come true.

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Name: Alisha Brown
Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL
Drawing Date: January 23rd, 2009

I grew up watching my mother work two, sometimes three, jobs at a time and still struggle to support two children on her own. She always pushed us to do our best to succeed. So in my mind not going to college was not an option for me, however as I finished high school and looked into financing, I could not see my dream of being a college graduate began to fade. As I would look in the mirror, I saw history repeating itself. Here I was, a single mother, earning just above minimum wage, still waiting for the opportunity to go to college.

Even with student loans tuition has been out of my reach but I never stopped hoping and searching for a way to make it happen. That's when I happened across's/ $10,000 drawing which I entered. Nearly two weeks later I received a phone call stating that I had been chosen as the winner. I was so excited, I did not know what to say or how to react. I could not believe it! Now, with the help of I can go to college, pursue a degree in nursing and career I can be proud of, and give my son an understanding of how far persistence can take him.

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Name: Danitra Henry
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Drawing Date: November 14, 2008

I want to give my sincerest gratitude to FreeCollegeScholarships.Net for the generous prize I won. They have blessed me with one of the most miraculous opportunities one can bestow upon a struggling single mother of two (one unborn and one terrifically two years old) second year-college student. They have not just given me a scholarship, but an opportunity bundled in an abundant monetary amount, equivalent to about ten semesters worth of school books, supplies, and fees, a  laptop, or a little more than seven-and-a-half months worth of room and board!

Just as I started to lose sight of all that I accomplished in life and began to dwell on what I thought were "missed opportunities", it took a single phone call to quickly bring me back to reality- and to tears, too (the happy kinds, though). The reassurance that "life will be okay" for my daughter and I is why FreeCollegeScholarships.Net has given me a true blessing, much more than a ten thousand dollar check, winning this scholarship has proven to be a golden opportunity, also. I am finally able to breathe- just a little- and stay humble- and hungry- about furthering my education.

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Name: Diana Rosas
Hometown: North Hills, CA
Attending School: San Francisco State University
Drawing Date: September 15, 2008

Throughout my life, like many friends and family members, I have had to overcome multiple adversities; varying from commuting to school every day by six in the morning, to finding a way every year how to avoid taking out immense loans under my parents name in order to pay for my education. After hearing I am the winner for Free College Scholarships/, I had a sigh of relief knowing that I will not have to stress about paying my tuition for the following year, and that my parents most importantly won't have to take out more loans. Thank you Free College Scholarships/, you have given me like many, the opportunity to focus solely on our education that will forever change our future.

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Name: Janice Marcharl
Hometown: Boston, MA
Attending School: Suffolk University
Drawing Date: July 31, 2008

When I first got that call that I got chills when I heard it was from Free College Scholarships, I couldn't believe it. When I heard i won the money I couldnt believe it , I first said "Are you serious?" I couldn't imagine something like this happening to me. It all came at the right time because this is my first year of college and I was struggling to get a loan and trying to pay off my dream school (Suffolk University). Being a full time student and a part time worker puts a damper on everything with my social life, but struggling to juggle all those things was a hassle. This scholarship is helping me pay for my second semester of college and I cant find any bigger word to thank you for that. Thank You Free College Scholarships!!!!

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Name: Sharonne Hillman
Hometown: Paducah, KY
Attending School: AIU
Drawing Date: June 30th, 2008

I am a single a parent with four children,and I am always telling them that a good education is the key to success. So, I decided to go back to school and get my degree. I applied at AIU and put in for plenty scholarships to help pay for school. The last week of my first class I received a call from  God has answered my prayers and sent to me. I thank God and for helping me continue my education. I will be able to buy a better laptop to do my homework,and I can pay off some of my school loans. Not to mention, once I graduate I will get a promotion at work. I thank God everyday for, because without them it would very difficult to go to school.

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Name: Kristy Noltkamper
Hometown: Wright City, MO
Attending School: South West Baptist University
Drawing Date: May 16th, 2008

When FCS first contacted me and informed me I was the winner of the $10,000 scholarship I was skeptical, however, after some investigation and found this not to be a hoax I became very excited! I am currently working two jobs to try and pay my college tuition. This scholarship will greatly aid me in paying my tuition this upcoming year. I greatly appreciate this scholarship and am very grateful to all the people that made this scholarship available. With this scholarship I will be able to continue to work towards getting my degree in children's counseling. Thanks FCS!!!

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Name: Casey DiBiccari
Hometown: Mamaroneck, NY
Attending School: New York University
Drawing Date: March 14th, 2008

Paying for my first year of college was a struggle. Especially after one of my younger sisters started her first year at college, I realized I would have to take out many loans. Now, with three younger sisters in college and me attending graduate school, it has been very hard financially on my family. When I got the phone call from FCS I could not believe what I was hearing. I had applied for many scholarships but never heard from any of them. So, when I was told I had won a $10,000 scholarship, I was speechless!

The cost of attendance is very high at NYU. With the scholarship money, I plan on using it towards my tuition. The burden of loans is very stressful. Winning the scholarship is extremely helpful because now I do not have to take out more loans. I am so happy to receive this scholarship. It is going to be so helpful in paying for my next semester at NYU. Thank you SO much FCS!

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Name: Tanner Klemcke
Hometown: Rockport, TX
Attending School: Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Drawing Date: January 15th, 2008

As a sophomore in college coming up on my junior year, I know as well as anybody the stresses and expectations that college can put you and your family through. Having been paying tuition with loans for the past 2 years, winning this scholarship has been the biggest blessing me and my family could have ever dreamed of. With my sister nearing her college graduation, and my brother coming up on his freshman year in college, this scholarship couldn't have come at a better time. I would like to thank FCS and all of their sponsors for this blessing; I can now pay off all my student loans, and even 2 semesters of my schooling for next year. You all are incredible, thank you so much!

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Name: Ashley White
Hometown: Queen Creek, AZ
Attending School: Arizona State University
Drawing Date: November 15th, 2007

Getting the call that day was so surprising I couldn't believe my ears! Bills really start to build up when you are trying to go to school and take care of yourself. I am a full time student and almost a full time worker, and no matter what I do I always seem to get behind, whether it's with my school work or the oncoming bills. I can't even imagine the struggle I will have when I go off to Vet school in a couple of years and have to pay almost three times as much for school. I'm going to use my scholarship to get caught up and save up for my next year at Arizona State University. Words cant even express how truly grateful I feel for FCS. Thank you!

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Name: Misty Phillips
Hometown: Milton, FL
Attending School: Pensacola Junior College
Drawing Date: November 15th, 2007

My name is Misty Phillips. I am currently attending Pensacola Junior College and I am majoring in nursing and I was the recipient of the $10,000 scholarship from I was so excited about that phone call that I could not believe it was actually happening. It was like I was dreaming. I plan to use the money to help pay for tuition and books, but mostly books. Because we all know how expensive college books are. I would just like to thank the people at This money will help out tremendously. So, thank you so much!

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Name: Jessica Hicks
Hometown: West Carrollton Ohio
Attending School: Sinclair Community College
Drawing Date: September 14th, 2007

Winning the 10,000 dollar scholarship is truly a blessing. I have spent the last few years trying to work to pay for college, but working a lot of hours can be tough on your grades. Lately school had been on the back burner, so I am relieved that I will finally have this help. I know that this scholarship will help me work my way towards my Law degree! It is well known that just the thought of law school is expensive, but thanks to this scholarship, my dream of being a lawyer is really going to come true! I cannot thank FCS enough!

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Name: Terri Booth
Hometown: Delaware
Attending School: Daughter attending University of DE
Drawing Date: July 31st, 2007

I saw this ad to sign up for a drawing for a scholarship and thought, I probably won't win, but at least I will get my name on some lists and find out about more scholarships for my children. Get this, I won, I really won! Thank you, I was the winner of a drawing and I can now help my daughter pay for her first year in the University near our home, plus I can go back to school. I have wanted to go back and finish my degree in Deaf Education since I work in a school for the deaf. I thought I had to wait until my daughter was out of college to even think about going back to school myself. Now I am able to do both, only because of

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Name: Jerneisha Weaver
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Attending School: Howard University
Drawing Date: June 30th, 2007

My name is Jerneisha Weaver and I am a graduate from Southfield Lathrup High School. I am a well-rounded achiever, who is very determined to continue school with high honors. All through high school I have earned good grades and various awards. Awards such as, High Honor Roll, Dance Awards, Scholar plus, and National Honor Awards are just a few I received. In high school doing the right thing came easy to me because I knew my future depends on good education.

I am very excited about being a winner of the 10,000 scholarship contest. I am attending Howard University this fall and winning this money has been a blessing. My mother did not know how we were going to finish paying for tuition, but winning this money made my mother have no worries. I am going to use this scholarship to finish paying for school and also pay for the required books. Thanks! This has been a blessing to my family and I.

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Name: Tricia C. Bellot
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
Attending School: Xavier University
Drawing Date: May 31st, 2007

I am pleased to have been granted the opportunity of winning this $10,000.00 scholarship. I am really blessed to have this opportunity and I believe that this blessing could have not come at a better time in my life than now. On the day FCS called me, I woke up wondering how I was going to manage school in the fall. I recently had a baby in the spring. My 3.8 GPA dropped last semester due to the days that were missed because of my new delivery. This would have meant that I would not have gotten all of the financial aid I received my first two semesters. I would have had to come up with a few thousand dollars. I was so happy when I heard the good news. I couldn't believe it. But, it was true. This money will go towards my tuition and books and other fees for my upcoming college years at Xavier University in Louisiana. I plan to go to med-school and I believe that this money will help me reach my goal. Thanks Free College Scholarships, I am so happy that you guys rescued me! I will always appreciate this great blessing.

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Name: Jackie Cohen
Hometown: Upper Holland, PA
Attending School: Penn State University (UP)
Drawing Date: April 30th, 2007

When I found out that I had won a $10,000 scholarship from, I was in shock. I honestly did not believe that it was the real thing, it seemed impossible. Winning this scholarship really could not have come at a better time for me and my family. I will be a junior at Penn State main this coming fall and my younger sister will be attending her freshman year of college. I also have two younger brothers who will eventually attend college, so this scholarship will be an enormous help towards some of the expenses that I will have next year, such as tuition, books, room and board. This will also help to alleviate some of the stress that my family has that comes from trying to meet the financial burden of college. I am so glad that I applied for this scholarship, and would encourage everyone who could use some assistance with their college expenses to apply as well! I would like to thank for this wonderful opportunity, it is truly a blessing.

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Name: Chynna Mora
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Attending School: Texas State University
Drawing Date: March 31st, 2007

When I first found out that I won this scholarship, I couldn't believe it! I fell down and cried. I never expected such a wonderful thing to happen. I work at a Jack in the box across the street from my dorm. I make a decent salary and work as many hours as I possibly can to pay tuition. I usually end up staying late because it gets so busy late at night. My mom does what she can to help me out. She sends me money to stock up the mini fridge I have under my desk. I don't have a big mean plan so I usually end up eating once a day at the dining halls, but usually stay in my room to eat my ramen noodles and yogurt. This scholarship will cover all the expenses of next semester and a few summer courses at a community college in my hometown. I would never have believed I would get through college without having to worry about money for a least a year, what with a single mom struggling to support me and the family at home, or a dead-beat-dad that does nothing to help anyone but himself. I'm very happy that this happened; I never thought that I'd have such good luck. Somebody upstairs must really like me.

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Name: Brittany Kristine Bunker
Hometown: Sebeka, MN
Attending School: The Nova Academy of Cosmetology
Drawing Date: January 31th, 2007

In December 2006 I graduated from a local college with a degree in cosmetology but had decided that I wanted to specialize in Esthetics so that I could work with a dermatologist to help benefit people with skin disorders. The only problem I was still paying off my last schooling and there was no way I was going to be able to pay for more. My mom suggested that I apply anyway and with gods help we would have enough money. I started a full-time job to save up as much as I could before I started at the Nova Academy of Cosmetology, needless to say working in a small town isn't going to get you the money you need for college but I was trying as hard as I could. As I was checking my voicemail one evening after work, I came by the message that said I had been selected for the $10,000 scholarship. I was of course in shock! I called my mom almost in tears telling her that I had won; she was almost more excited then I was. This scholarship was definitely a gift from god and will help me pay for all of my continuing education. I want to thank Free College Scholarships, LLC for providing me with this life changing scholarship. Thank you!

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Name: Kerrie Hughes
Hometown: Tempe, AZ
Attending School: Arizona State University
Drawing Date: January 31st, 2007

I like many other young students going to college need financial aid of all kinds. But unfortunately most of the financial aid that I receive is through student loans and we all know they have to be paid back when you graduate. So I started looking around for some other financial opportunities and I came across this web site. I got a call one morning saying that I had won the $10,000 scholarship and was so excited. I have never won anything this big before and all I could think was how much this would help me finish my bachelors degree at Arizona State University. I also work full time and it is sometimes hard to juggle both. This money will relieve so much stress and I can now start worrying more about my next test than how am I going to afford next semester. I THANK YOU so much for everything!!!

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Name: Christina de la Llama
Hometown: Acworth, GA
Attending School: Kennesaw State University
Drawing Date: December 29th, 2006

I like many other young students going to college need financial aid of all kinds. But unfortunately most of the financial aid that I receive is through student loans and we all know they have to be paid back when you graduate. So I started looking around for some other financial opportunities and I came across this web site. I got a call one morning saying that I had won the $10,000 scholarship and was so excited. I have never won anything this big before and all I could think was how much this would help me finish my bachelors degree at Arizona State University. I also work full time and it is sometimes hard to juggle both. This money will relieve so much stress and I can now start worrying more about my next test than how am I going to afford next semester. I THANK YOU so much for everything!!!

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Name: Brian Koch
Hometown: Monroeville, OH
Attending School: Bowling Green State University - Firelands College
Drawing Date: December 1st, 2006

I received a phone call from my mother who insisted to tell me that she answered a phone call from Free College Scholarships and that I won a $10,000 dollar scholarship...I called to check it out and sure enough you're reading this because I did in fact win the Scholarship. This scholarship is a huge surprise, but it is going to be very helpful in aiding me to finish up my last year and a half of college. I plan on using this money to pay for books and tuition for my last three semesters and the rest will be put towards my school loans. This Financial boost has been very exciting for me and I'm very lucky to have been able to receive the scholarship. I would like to thank Free College Scholarships, LLC for this awesome scholarship.

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Name: Jessica Beard
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Attending School: Palm Beach Atlantic University
Drawing Date: September 15th, 2006

My family has never been the richest, but we haven't been the poorest either. My mom has been taking care of my brother and myself for 10 years by herself, and lately has had some medical problems, so getting money for college has been very hard. My family has been helping a little bit, but this scholarship has allowed me to pay off my loans, have money to pay off my debts and then some left over for next year. I am going to need it, going to school for six years for pharmacy will be a real challenge, but having this money will allow me to relax just a little bit and focus more on schoolwork. And next semester I will actually be able to get my own books for class! I have always thought that scholarships on the internet weren't true at all, but you've made me a believer, and I hope that you can help more students become believers too. Thank you so much for this opportunity and I'll be sure to recommend you.

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Name: Vicki Witmer
Hometown: Ft. Collins, CO
Attending School: University of Colorado in Colorado Springs
Drawing Date: September 30th, 2006

It seemed too good to be true, as I NEVER have won anything. I will wait until I have the check before telling my family! It will be an evening to remember!! I have a B.S.N. and a Master's degree, and I am a practicing nurse practitioner. My husband has a B.S., 2 M.S. and a PhD., and is a wildlife research biologist. Both of us realize and value the importance of higher education. This money will be used to fund my son's college education. He is a sophomore @ the Univ. of CO. in Co. Springs majoring in Biology with a minor in chemistry. Finding money to fund higher education has been hard. My son did qualify his 1st year with a $1,000.00 scholarship through the university, and has received monies through the College Opportunity Fund which is available if you are a Colorado resident attending an in state school. With this scholarship, he won't feel the pressure to work more hours than he should, and it will allow him and us to put off student loans until his graduate schooling starts. After his undergraduate degree, he will go on to pursue a Doctorate in Pharmacology.

By winning this scholarship it allows us some much needed breathing room. I am facing back surgery and a 3 month recovery period, and it will be unpaid time off. As my son graduates with his B.S., my daughter begins her college education.

I want to thank for providing this scholarship and the opportunities it affords our family. Thank you just does not seem adequate, please know that you scholarship is very truly appreciated by our family.

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Name: Jessica Baker
Hometown: Wilmore, KY
Attending School: Asbury College
Drawing Date: June 30th, 2006

This scholarship is a miracle. I have two brothers, three sisters and a single mom, who has raised my siblings and me by herself since I was two years old. Now that I have graduated and been accepted to Asbury College I have been dealing with the anxiety of how to pay off four years of college because my mom and my two twin sisters are attending EKU and my twin brother will be starting college in January, this adds an even greater burden of financial need for college. I know this will pull me through for this year and on into next because of other scholarships I have received. I thank those of you who gave donations to help grants, and scholarships like these become attainable for those who are in desperate need of financial help. This is also a burden off my mother's shoulders because like most freshman parents, she was worried about how to pay for my college education. Thank you, I don't know that I can say this enough. I was surprised at this scholarship, even though I thought it was a joke when I received the phone call, but it was real and it can be real for you, too.

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Name: Jereimah Reagan
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Attending School: UC Berkeley
Drawing Date: May 30th, 2006

At first it seemed a bit too good to be true when I had found out that I'd won. I remember skimming my e-mail late at night and finding a message stating that I had won $10,000 from a contest I had entered. I confess I didn't quite know what they were talking about until I followed the link to the main site. I began to regain some memory of spending maybe a minute total filling out some basic contact information under the philosophy of Why not?

$10,000 will be a big help as I enter my first year of college on my long road to obtaining a Doctorate in Physics. I plan to focus somewhere in the area of Quantum Mechanics and high energy Particle Physics. Ever since I was young I was always interested in how and why things were the way they were. What made the universe tick? I wanted to know what caused everything to happen from the most fundamental level possible. I discovered that study of the fundamental fell under physics and thus devoted myself to finding a way to study as much physics as I possible could. This included working on being accepted into a place with an outstanding physics program, and funding it at the same time. I start at UC Berkeley in the Fall and it is nice to know that I have tuition, supplies, and even some room and board covered for the first semester. It is amazing that a minute's worth of typing has greatly lessened the strain of college on my parent and I. Thanks for bringing me one step closer to my goal.

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Name: Teresa Branch
Hometown: Pinole, CA
Attending School: DeVry University
Drawing Date: April 30th, 2006

Over the years of my life I have had to overcome many adversities. Like being a single parent of three children who are now grown, working full time while attending college and sometimes working two jobs to make ends meet. But no matter what the obstacle is I have always seemed to prevail. I have not been able to attend school since 2002 because I have exhausted all of my financial aid options, since then I have been looking for other ways to pay for my education and have not had much luck. I am only eight classes away from having my Bachelor's Degree with DeVry University. As a result of not having my degree already I have been passed over for a promotion. Thanks to Free College I have yet overcome another obstacle in my life and will have my degree shortly.

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Name: Shelly Ann Allicia Major
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Attending School: Florida International University, Miami FL
Drawing Date: March 30th, 2006

I am Shelly Major, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a proud recipient of the $10,000 scholarship from! I think to some extent all of us who enter scholarship contests are skeptical about their validity and the odds of winning, but I am living proof that it is very possible! I am 18 years old and just completed my junior year of college. This summer officially marks the beginning of my senior year, and with graduate school rapidly approaching this scholarship couldn't have come at a better time. I was very fortunate to find enough funding for my undergraduate education (for that I give many thanks to the College Academy @ Broward Community College; who allowed me the opportunity to complete both my High School Diploma and Associate of Arts degree at the same time free of charge!) And now with this $10,000 scholarship I have truly been blessed to have nearly 5 years of my college education completely paid for!

When I got the call about winning I really didn't believe it. To be honest I wasn't really convinced until I received the money claiming forms via FedEx a few days later. I actually just received those forms today as I write this letter of thanks, and I've still got the jitters I REALLY CAN'T BELIEVE I WON!

Anyone who has been or is planning on going to graduate school, knows exactly how expensive it is and how impossible it is to get funds. Its almost as if no one wants to provide funds for graduate students. Websites like fastweb and other scholarship databases are filled with funds for undergrads; whats an aspiring grad student to do? Now that I can realistically afford a masters, it makes the prospect of pursuing doctoral studies even more feasible. Whats more I can now afford a private education, something that was completely out of the question prior to receiving this scholarship.

I am currently pursing a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Speech Language Pathology and a minor in Psychology. My intended date of graduation from that program is April 07, and I plan to start the Masters in Speech Language Pathology here at Florida International University that same fall (Aug 07). Now that I can afford post masters education (in the event I still decide to pursue it), it would more than likely be a Doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders, at Nova Southeastern University, in my home town of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. With that I'd like to specialize in deglutition disorders (Swallowing Disorders), and serve other victims of trauma or genetic mishap. I only hope the pursuit of advanced education enables me to become a clinician fully competent in my field, so that I may be most beneficial to my patients.

So once again, thank you for bringing me $10,000 dollars closer to fulfilling my dreams!

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Name: Debra Madden
Hometown: Hillsboro, Oh
Attending School: Southern State Community College
Drawing Date: February 28th, 2006

I have been going to college for two years, and my parents have been paying for everything in cash, because they make to much for grants. Now I am getting married this summer and I was worried about how I was going to finish college, because I was not sure if I was going to be approved for any grants. Since I've won this scholarship, I won't have to worry nearly as much, and maybe if I am lucky, I won't have to work nearly as much and just put all my time into school work. I only have three quarters left after I get married, and this scholarship will cover all my tuition and books. Thanks a lot!!

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Name: Lisa Dempson
Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
Attending School: North Carolina Central University
Drawing Date: January 15th, 2006

I am Lisa Dempson, a native of Durham, North Carolina and a proud recipient of the first $10,000 scholarship from This has made a believer out of me and it came at the best time too. I was laid off in March of 2003 and tried to get work for a year, but no job came available for me. I really didn't believe in getting school loans, but because I was laid off I had no choice. So I had to accept the school loans while I worked on campus work study assignments that barely paid my bills. The loans helped supplement where the monthly work-study checks were lacking. All of this was discouraging to me, but I didn't give up; I started searching for scholarships online.

I filled out several scholarship applications online, but I didn't hear from any of them. I only kept getting more and more junk mail so I stopped filling them out and continued to get the student loans. So, when I got the call about winning I couldn't even believe it, and when he said the name of the website and had all my information correct I became excited because I knew then it was no joke. I really won! I actually won from filling out the information on the website!!! I said, Praise the Lord!

When I was a little girl I decided I wanted to be an Engineer. I took electronics and several computer classes in high school to prepare me for college and my area of interest. I graduated Durham High School in 1987. I started school that summer at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. I didn't apply for any scholarships when I was in high school to help pay for college; therefore, I received small amount scholarships from my church and National Math Honor Society. Although my Mom is educated, she was a single Mom. This made it hard for me to afford college. Even though there are programs for single mothers, at that time you had to make very little to no money to qualify for the grants. After the first semester of my sophomore year I didn't have the money to stay in school. I left NC State with a goal to work and save up enough money to go back. However, instead of saving money to go back to college I ended up getting a new car and apartment with the manufacturing job I had at Mitsubishi. I still wanted to go back to school, but I was enjoying the money so I said I will go back later. A few months later I got laid-off and I still didn't have enough money to pay what I owed in addition to afford going back to school. Also, since I owed money for the semester I didn't get my grades.

Consequently, I had to start over. I am a graduate student at North Carolina Central University in Durham North Carolina. I am currently pursuing a Masters in Information Science and my expected date of graduation is May 2006. This is why the timing of this scholarship is paramount because I will soon have to start paying it back. Since I did get the school loans they have started accruing interest. This scholarship will help me pay back my student loan and start my career transition."

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Name: Karyn Kivi
Hometown: Northbrook IL
Attending School: Western Illinois University
Drawing Date: December 21st, 2005

Studying and pursuing an education is a desire that I have had since high school. Getting accepted into college and starting that desire has been a dream come true. Financing that desire has been a struggle. My resources have been limited and I have been trying to come up with ways to pay for my education. I was trying to see how I could juggle classes and work in order to earn the money I needed. My parents having been willing to help but they are both retired and I wanted to find a way to help ease the burden of my education. I have entered many contests and wished and hoped for a call to come. Well it did !!!! I was so excited when Freecollegescholarships called My dreams had come true. I plan on using the scholarship to pay for my tuition, room and board and buy books. Not having to worry about how my bills will be paid is such a relief, for myself as well as my parents. My energies can now go in the direction in which they should, studying. I want to thank for giving me the opportunity to continue with my education worry free this coming year.

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Name: Ben Niemann
Hometown: Wake Forest, NC
Attending School: Southeastern College
Drawing Date: September 30th, 2005

One of the hardest things to do in college is to balance time for school with time for work. This scholarship will allow me to devote a lot more time to studying. I am a Double Major (Biblical Studies and History) so I am always stuck in the books, and I have always struggled to find adequate time to get my schoolwork done and still be able to work enough to pay for school each semester. Up until now, it's been a few classes here, a few classes there. It's been a long, slow road trying to get the credits I need to graduate. Now, with the scholarship from, I can relax a little bit, take more classes and still have ample time to study. I can't believe that I won this scholarship. It's still a little hard to believe that this has happened to me. I was relieved to hear that I had won unconditionally. The skeptical part of me subsided and the excitement set in. Finally, my tuition is going to be taken care of and I can even pay off some old school debt. Having a financial burden like this taken off my shoulders is unbelieveable. Now I can just relax for a few semesters and not have to stress out about how I am going to make enough money to stay in school. Thank you so much!! I will be telling all of my friends to sign up on your website. You guys are awesome!!

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Name: Katrina Maniego
Hometown: Jersey City, NJ
Attending School: Fordham University, NY
Drawing Date: August 15th, 2005

To pursue college there are two things you need the determination to get in and the money to pay. I had the first one down and as for the money I had my doubts but I had parents who loved me enough to work hard, although, I didn't want to put the entire burden at their pockets. I decided to look for scholarships. I didn't really have any resources to start with so I relied where everyone has full access to - the Internet. Google it up was my solution, typing in free college scholarships. As a result to my search I quickly read a few scholarships and entered a few. There is no pain in trying I told myself half of me not really expecting any results. After a few months I received a call telling me I won. I answered the phone with so little enthusiasm it didn't really reflect the excitement I was feeling inside. I remember having school raffles and you secretly wishing they would pick your name out of the box but they never did. This time when you weren't really expecting it they chose you. With the money they are giving me I think I off to a very good start with my freshmen year. Mostly it would go to school books, school supplies, just a few things to get me started with college. With its amount, I think a generous amount would still be leftover which I would probably put aside for next semester's room and board. Actually I am so overwhelm of the things I can do with the money I am just happy I will be able to help my parents. When I place down the phone and said thank you I don't think I fully expressed my gratitude to "" but I am truly grateful. Thank you again and I wish you will be able to help more striving students like me.

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