Scholarship Fast Track

The Scholarship Answer Vault

The Scholarship Answer Vault is a quick reference for any scholarship questions you, your family, or students may have while using this site.

We add new information all the time, so be sure to bookmark this page!

Getting Started FAQs

I’m new here – where should I start?
First, I want to welcome you to Scholarship Informer (SI)! I’m honored you’ve given us a chance to help you pay for college. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start, so here are a few suggestions.

Check out the Start Here page. It’ll help you get the most out of SI and explain what each section of the site is about.

Next, make sure you introduce yourself in the Scholarship Talk Facebook Group. It’s our private community where you can meet other SI students or families and receive help/support while upholding your commitment to any scholarship goals you’re setting.

Finally, don’t forget to watch the FREE Scholarship Fast Track videos You will learn the important scholarship strategies that have helped me earn over $100,000 in scholarships to pay for my BA, MBA, and now doctorate degree. From finding scholarships fast to applying for scholarships in half the time, this resource is better than most paid programs.

Don’t be overwhelmed by all of the information we have here; you’ll quickly become used to how everything is setup.

Where do I go if I need help or have a question?
The first place to go if you need help or have questions is our Scholarship Answer Vault (which is where you are right now). If you still need help, you can post your question in the Scholarship Talk Facebook Group.

Throughout the site, you’ll see areas where you can ask questions specific to lessons or information.

If you need additional assistance, consider adding Scholarship EDGE to your scholarship process. Click here to learn more.

How do I get access to the Scholarship Fast Track Facebook Group?
Request access by clicking here: Scholarship Talk Facebook Group.

Within 24 hours, an administrator will approve your request. If you have not received approval within 24 hours, please contact support at

Where can I find the videos that show me what I need to know about scholarships?
Our scholarship videos are in different sections on the Scholarship Fast Track Dashboard. Scholarship Roadmap, Profile Boosters, Find Money Fast, Application Accelerators, and Rapid Results make up our core scholarship content.

I’m completely new to scholarships, where should I start?
To start off on the right track, begin with the Scholarship Roadmap section of our Scholarship Fast Track videos. It will lay the foundation you need to help your family build a semester-after-semester scholarship system.

Scholarship Fast Track FAQs

Is Scholarship Fast Track really 100% FREE?
Yes! There are no strings attached. I created it with families like yours and my own in mind.

Plus, I believe a lot of the free (and even some of the paid) content that you will find elsewhere isn’t that great. Because of this, I vowed to offer the best free scholarship content found on the internet.

There are some things on our site that have to be paid for, but you will be getting the best online scholarship trainings and resources at the most affordable prices for the value you’ll receive.

How do I get back to the Dashboard?
Getting back to the Dashboard is easy. Just click the Scholarship Fast Track logo at the bottom of any Scholarship Fast Track page. Also, all fast track pages are red and orange at the top and bottom for easy navigation and identification.

Where can I download templates, cheat sheets, checklists, etc.?
We’ve designed a special toolkit for Scholarship Fast Track called the Scholarship Success Toolkit. It includes:

  • A Scholarship Essay Review Checklist for Students and Essay Editors
  • Scholarship Essay Starter Templates
  • A Scholarship Team Assembly Cheat Sheet
  • The 10 Most Important Scholarship Emails You’ll Need to Send (Plus Templates)
  • A Scholarship Resume Outline and Example
  • and more!

To find out more about this resource, click here.

How do I schedule my Scholarship Jump-Start Session?
Member Jump-Start Sessions are ONLY for students that have purchased a Scholarship Fast Track Scholarship Success Toolkit. If you’re interested in obtaining checklists, cheat sheets, worksheets, and additional tools to help you with your scholarship process, click here.

If you’ve already purchased a Toolkit, scheduling instructions are within the opening pages.

You have 30 days from the initial purchase of your Toolkit to schedule your Member Jump-Start Session. If you are having difficulty locating your scheduling instructions, email us at

1-on-1 Help and Scholarship Coaches

Do I need a Scholarship Coach?
No. You can continue to figure it out by yourself, and the information in our Scholarship Fast Track will help you do just that. With videos to watch and activities to complete, there’s plenty to learn and do on your own time.

But just as a tutor may help with specific subjects like physics or advanced calculus, a Scholarship Coach can help you reach your scholarship goals faster. A coach is meant to help you navigate the process as quickly as possible by ensuring that you’re on the track that’s best for you.

How can I work with a Scholarship Coach?
We provide multiple options for students and their families to work with a Scholarship Coach.

Depending on the type of assistance you need, we can help you with finding scholarships, completing scholarship applications, preparing for scholarship interviews, and/or other parts of the scholarship process.

To find out more about our programs and how they can help your family win scholarships, click here.

What is Scholarship EDGE?
Scholarship EDGE allows you to receive 1-on-1 guidance from dedicated Scholarship Coaches as well as an actual scholarship winner. Your coach will give you the accountability you need to be successful. They will listen, brainstorm, share insight, provide scholarship strategies, and challenge you to exceed your own expectations. Your coach is going to look for the best in you and your family while supporting you along every step of the way.

Benefits of communicating with your coach via chat:

  • You can save, reread, and reuse the information anytime you need.
  • You can contact your coach at your own convenience instead of having to formally schedule an appointment.
  • You will save time by focusing on the areas that give you the best scholarship results.
  • You will save money because online coaching is very affordable for most families. One $500 scholarship could easily pay for an entire year of 1-on-1 help.
  • You will have someone dedicated to your family that knows what makes you unique and how to position your story to the committee.
  • You will have a safe space where you can share your concerns, fears, and worries with someone that understands exactly where you’re coming from.

In addition to 1-on-1 email coaching, you’ll also have access to:

  • Weekly LIVE Office Hours with Gabrielle where she’ll teach you a scholarship strategy, share insight on upcoming scholarships, and answer all of your questions.
  • A private member’s only Facebook group where Gabrielle and the Scholarship Informer Team will assist you.
  • Scholarship Quick Start Videos that provide inside information on upcoming scholarships.
  • and more!

If you know that you need someone that’ll hold your hand and guide you to success, click here to learn more.

How much does Scholarship Fast Track EDGE Cost? How do I sign up?
Scholarship EDGE Legacy is $47 a month.

We will only be accepting the first 300 families at this time.

However, if you’re serious about joining EDGE, secure your families spot and price today. After we have reached 300 families, we will not allow any additional students to join until a later time in 2017.

There are no annual commitments and you can cancel at any time. To sign up for EDGE, click here.

What is the Scholarship Essay and Application Advantage Program?
The Scholarship Essay and Application Advantage Program is our more comprehensive 1-on-1 coaching program.

We’ll help you create your Scholarship Profile, find the ideal places to look for scholarships, assist you in writing your 16 Core Scholarship Essays, and develop a custom plan for you to use semester-after-semester. You’ll have 24/7 priority access to your Scholarship Coach.

Space is extremely limited for this program due to the amount of time you’ll be spending with your coach. You must complete an application in order to be considered. Priority consideration for enrollment is given to students that are Scholarship EDGE Members.

To get started on your application, click here.

What is a Scholarship Profile Creation Session?
After one of these sessions, you’ll walk away understanding how to position yourself to stand out from your competition. To find out more, click here.

Scholarship Winners

What is the success rate of students and families that work with Gabrielle and the SI Team?
Students that have worked with your scholarship instructor, Gabrielle McCormick, have earned scholarships ranging from $500 to a FREE college education.

By law, we cannot guarantee anything, but we can ensure that you will receive all of the information Gabrielle used to graduate from college DEBT-FREE. Ultimately, your success is dependent on you. Make sure you’re taking advantage of everything your membership has to offer!

What do students that win scholarships do differently?
 Winning scholarships requires having a consistent strategy that incorporates knowing what to do, how to do it, and the accountability to make sure that it gets done.

Most students lose hope, quit, or continue doing the same activities without any positive results.

Take a close look at the current system that you have in place. Compare it to the 10 Characteristics of Scholarship Winners found in the Scholarship Roadmap section.

How can I/my student become a scholarship winner?
1) Make sure that you’ve studied the material within Scholarship Fast Track and on the Start Here to Win Scholarships page.

2) Hold yourself accountable for your daily and weekly scholarship activities.

3) Continually monitor and assess your scholarship strategy so you are able to make any necessary adjustments.

4) Utilize your Scholarship Team and people that have already succeed at earning scholarships by asking questions.


Scholarship Time Management

Can I be successful by applying for only a couple of scholarships?
The short answer – No.

Scholarships are a numbers game. It’s difficult to discern what’s working and what’s not if you’ve only applied for a couple.

Think of it this way: You can’t expect to win a marathon if you’ve only been running a mile here and there.

It takes routine action to move closer to the results you and your family desire.

I’m currently a full-time student. How much time do I need to focus on scholarships to be successful?
 The more you put into something, the better results you’ll achieve. You may not have an hour every day to allot to scholarships, but 15-30 minutes a day is realistic.

As the saying goes, “You make time for what you want.” How bad do you want it? Is spending a little of your free time on scholarships now worth not having to pay back student loans later? I believe it is.

You’ll get out of scholarships what you put in. Spending 20-30 minutes or more a day will help fast track your results.

I currently work full-time and have multiple obligations outside of my coursework. How much time do I need to focus on scholarships to be successful?
The better question is where can I find blocks of time in my schedule? I’m all for jotting notes in a mobile device when you’re busy, but this doesn’t compare to spending focused time on scholarship activities.

Instead of a daily approach, schedule periods of time throughout the week when you can work without any distractions.

Consider getting up 30 minutes earlier.

Attempt to hold off on watching a show.

Consider sacrificing a little time on social media, online, or participating in other distracting activities.

You have to decide where you can find the time to produce your best work.

What tools can I use to help speed up my scholarship process?
The fastest acceleration technique is working with a Scholarship Coach that will encourage you to make the best decisions possible. They’ll be able to guide you through specifics related to your unique Scholarship Profile, where to find your ideal scholarships, and how to submit competitive scholarship applications.

Another great tool is our College Scholarship Organizer and Planner Pack. You can get yours for only $7 by clicking here. It’ll help you manage the scholarship process so that you’re aware of what’s working and what’s not.

How much time, on average, would you suggest spending on scholarships each day, each week?
Initially, you’re probably going to invest more time as you learn the scholarship fundamentals. As you become more comfortable with scholarships and our Scholarship Informer philosophy, you’ll develop your own unique system.

Realistically, it’s not uncommon for our students to spend 20-30 minutes a day on scholarship activities. This equates to a few hours a week. More importantly, this investment in yourself reaches far beyond scholarships.

How can I be more consistent with my scholarship search and application process?
Great question! Consistency starts with having a system in place.

It’s not something that happens overnight but is built up over many weeks and months of actively finding and applying for scholarships.

In order to begin creating consistent behaviors, you’ve got to begin incorporating scholarships into your daily routine. Understand your potential pitfalls and devise a plan that pushes you past any distractions.

Consider our College Scholarship Organizer and Planner Pack to help you establish a realistic plan. Grab your copy here.

Scholarship Basics, Terminology, and Awarding Processes

When do I need to start looking for scholarships?
Students can earn scholarships as early as kindergarten. If you don’t believe me, google “Doodle for Google Scholarship”. It’s a $30,000 scholarship for K-12 students for doodling. They’re not the only ones offering those types of opportunities. It’s never too early to start looking.

Plus, scholarships are due almost every day of the year. For that reason, there is no such thing as “scholarship season”, and you can begin to find or apply for scholarships as early as today.

How does the scholarship awarding process work?
Each scholarship is different. Some may award the scholarship within a couple weeks of the deadline while others may be months after.

Take notice of these deadlines as they will undoubtedly affect your scholarship planning.

I would hate for you to need scholarships this semester but primarily apply for scholarships that are awarded months from now. You’ll want to have a good mix of scholarships that are awarded at various points of the school year.

Checks and cash awards are either written directly to students, sent to the financial aid office or held until the student meets all awarding criteria.

What is a Scholarship System?
A Scholarship System is your plan for the scholarship process. A system helps focus your scholarship time and activities.

For example:

  • Every Tuesday you devote two hours to finding scholarships
  • Wednesdays are spent following up with your Scholarship Team and brainstorming scholarship essay topics
  • Fridays you take a break
  • Saturday mornings you complete applications.

Your System is unique to you and based on your schedule.

Develop a system that holds you accountable, but also allows enough flexibility for the things life throws at you.

What is a Scholarship Profile?
A Scholarship Profile is the building block for each applicant’s scholarship process. It guides how and where you find and apply for scholarships. A Scholarship Profile begins before a student is even born.

Without one, students overlook important scholarship opportunities and fail to properly position themselves in their scholarship applications.

To learn more about creating your Scholarship Profile, view information in the Profile Boosters section of Scholarship Fast Track.

What is a Scholarship Team?
A Scholarship Team helps you reach your goals faster, easier, and with less stress.

Your Scholarship Team is your personal cheerleading squad that will bend over backward to see you succeed.

They’re your accountability group that will make sure you follow through. You will automatically increase your chances by having a Scholarship Team because the number of scholarships you find and the quality of your applications skyrockets.

Who needs to be on my Scholarship Team?
A Trusted Confidant, Academic Professionals (Professors/ Teachers/ Instructors/ Faculty/ Staff Members), College and Career Advisors, College Financial Aid and Scholarships Professionals, Current College Students, Industry and Career Mentors, Scholarship Winners, Current Websites, and Current Resources

To find out the importance of each member, make sure that you review Building Your Winning Scholarship Team: How to Create a Team That Increases Your Chances under Scholarship Roadmap.

How do I know if a scholarship is legitimate?
We’ve identified several scholarship scams that families should be aware of. Take a look at this blog post that breaks down how to find and avoid each or watch this video within the Scholarship Fast Track Curriculum.

Scholarship Motivation and Inspiration

How do I stay motivated throughout the scholarship process?
Always focus on why you need scholarships.

A good way of figuring this out is to ask yourself, “Who am I doing this for?”  Example answers may be the following: for my family, for my son/daughter, for all of the lives I want to change, for all the sacrifices that have been made on my behalf, for me.

Success psychology finds that individuals who connect with the reasons behind “why” they’re participating in certain activities tend to stick with it over a period of time. Maintaining and increasing your scholarship success means getting your mind and will to align with your actions, keeping a network of supportive people around you, and identifying the reasons behind your habits (whether good or bad).

What should I do if I don’t earn a scholarship?
The first thing is to understand that it’s part of the process. Not earning a scholarship is something that happens to everyone. This article will give you some ideas on why the committee said “No.”

Next, make sure you haven’t committed any of the following critical errors: missing deadlines, failure to answer the question, grammatical mistakes, forgetting to submit supplemental information or anything else that could have negatively influenced the committee’s decision. Read this article on other reasons why the scholarship committee may have hated your essay.

If you’ve purchased a College Scholarship Organizer and Planner Pack, review your scholarship applications. If the essay theme is one you’ve used frequently, it may be time to update your story or other scholarship elements. If you’re struggling with this, make sure to contact your Scholarship Coach (EDGE Members) or see how others handle this by sharing your results in our Scholarship Talk Facebook Group.

What should I do when I win a scholarship?
1) LET US KNOW! We want to celebrate your success!!!

2) Send a handwritten thank you letter or note to the awarding organization or individual. Pave the way for others by reaffirming their decision to sponsor a scholarship.

It upsets me when students fail to thank organizations because committees internalize those feelings and may remove scholarship opportunities in the future. These are scholarships that we need to pay for college.

3) Check with your university/college’s financial aid office. Most have procedures that ask you to report any additional scholarships you may receive.

4) Determine what’s working. What made you stand out against the competition?

5) Encourage someone else that may be struggling with scholarships. There’s nothing like spreading a little hope to others around you including a sibling, a family member, or a friend.

How do I gain more confidence in my scholarship abilities?
Scholarship confidence comes from repetition.

Once you get the hang of the scholarship process, you’ll develop more confidence as you begin to win.

A Scholarship Coach can also help you develop the confidence you need because you’ll be receiving expert advice.

Finding Scholarships

Where are the best places to find scholarships?
The best place to find scholarships is different for every student.

Your family’s best-fit scholarships will be different from others because you have different strengths, different talents, and a different story. Begin looking in the places that you have direct contact: your school, university, majors, minors, student organizations, involvement and activities groups, hobbies, etc. You can find additional places to look within the Profile Boosters and Find Money Fast Modules.

If you’re an EDGE Member, we discuss upcoming scholarships and strategies for applying to them EVERY WEEK during Office Hours.

When do I need to start looking for scholarships?
NOW! Scholarships are due almost every day of the year.

There is no such thing as “scholarship season”. You can begin to find and apply for scholarships as early as today.

It’s never too early or too late to earn scholarships.

How do I know if a scholarship is legitimate?
We’ve identified several scholarship scams that families should be aware of.

Take a look at this blog post that breaks down how to spot and avoid the most common scholarship scams.

Scholarship Applications

How many scholarships should I be applying for at any given time?
Scholarships are a numbers game. It’s difficult to discern what’s working and what’s not if you’ve only applied for a couple.

Think of it this way: You can’t expect to win a marathon if you’ve only been running a mile here and there. It takes routine action to move closer to the results you and your family desire.

It’s not uncommon for students to apply for 3-5 scholarships per week or more. There may be periods of time where that number is lower or higher, but you cannot afford to go several weeks without applying for a scholarship.

What’s the best way to start a scholarship essay?
There are multiple ways to start a scholarship essay. Consider an impactful story, a bizarre statement, or a shocking fact. For more ideas and help, make sure that you head over to our Scholarship Talk Facebook Group or the Application Accelerators Module.

What’s the best way to end a scholarship essay?
It can be argued that the way you end your scholarship essay is more important than the way you begin because it’s the last memory the committee has of you.

A few ways to end a scholarship essay include the following: a recap of your main message, telling your future plans in a way that encourages the committee to put their trust in you, or challenging the committee to take action.

The closing must flow with the essay.

We all hate a movie with a bad ending. Make sure your essay’s ending isn’t lackluster. Ask yourself, “How do I want the committee to walk away feeling?”

Organizing Your Scholarships

How do I stay organized in the scholarship process?
The easiest way is to utilize our College Scholarship Organizer and College Scholarship Planner found here.

Another suggestion is to simply list all the things needed for each scholarship.

What should I do after I apply for a scholarship?
I always encourage students to double check that their application was received by the system or committee representative.

Some committees will send confirmation messages, others will not. Email attachments sometimes become distorted, so it’s always wise to make sure that there were no problems with viewing your application.

If it’s an application that you submit in person, it’s always thoughtful to send a thank you note expressing gratitude for the opportunity.

Last, make sure that you’ve tracked your scholarship activities. How will you know what’s working and what’s not if you don’t know what you’ve done?

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