What's New in the News at Access Scholarships?

Keep scrolling for news and podcast features, recaps from past events, and more!

PS - if you're looking for upcoming events, click here!!


Declassified College Podcast

This episode is for all college students. I partnered up with Justin from Declassified College to discuss what it was like to graduate during a global pandemic, and to offer advice to students who may unfortunately also be graduating under similar circumstances.

The podcast is featured on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and more.

Click here to have a listen, and be sure to check out Justin's website here.


Higher Ed Geek Podcast

I sat down with Dustin Ramsdell, founder of Higher Ed Geek, to talk about all things scholarships, including why they are important for students to know about and apply for, and developments I'm looking forward to in the scholarship/higher education space.

The podcast is featured on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and the Higher Ed Geek platform.

Click here to have a listen!


The College Prep Podcast

I virtually joined Megan Dorsey, co-founder of the College Prep Podcast, to talk about Access Scholarships, my top tips for students when it comes to searching and applying for scholarships, and general tips about navigating college life in general!

The podcast is featured on Spotify, the College Prep Podcast website, and more.

Click here to have a listen!

Past Events We've Hosted

College Admissions Q&A Panel Style Event (feat. admissions officers!)

The holidays are just around the corner, but before heading off on break for the holidays, we held a panel-style College Admissions event featuring admissions officers from four colleges and universities across the country.

During the event, our panelists gave amazing advice on how to navigate various aspects of the admissions process, including standardized testing, essays, course rigor, and more.

The full recording of the event is up on YouTube - check it out!


College Admissions & Scholarships 101: In Partnership with Admissionado

To kick off the fall semester, Access Scholarships collaborated with college admissions consulting platform Admissionado to put on a jam-packed virtual event for high school students. During the event, we talked about strategy for building your college list, navigating all parts of the college admissions process, types of scholarships, and where to find them, along with top tips for winning them.

We had a great turnout, with almost 150 students, parents, and school counselors on the webinar! And, at the end of the event, we gave away $50 Amazon gift cards to two lucky attendees.


$500 Scholarship Winner: Diego (11th grade)

"I'm extremely honored to have been selected for this scholarship! I plan to put aside the money for my college fund."

Access the Advantage: Ivy League Edition

In this virtual event I hosted with Coach Tony (College Admission Secrets), we sit down to chat with current college students attending Ivy League schools to hear about their experiences with everything from college admissions to classes to life on campus. We also gave away a $500 scholarship to one lucky student who attended the event! Click on the picture above to access a recording of the full session!


IG Live on College Admissions with Collegevine

What it was all about: In this two-part IG live with Collegevine, we talked about the five main components of the college admissions process - Essays, Grades/GPA, Rec Letters, Standardized Tests, and Extracurriculars.

We also discussed ways within each of those components that a student can be a competitive college applicant.


Bullet Journaling Workshop

 What it was all about: I hosted a workshop with bullet journaling enthusiast and expert Kimberly (IG @kimberlysdesk). We covered:

  • What bullet journaling is
  • How you can use bullet journaling in your everyday life
  • Easy ways to get started with bullet journaling

A blog post recap of the event is coming soon!


Your Guide to Becoming Financially Fit

What it was all about: We (virtually) sat down with Hallo and Natalie Barbu, founder of the Barbu Agency, to discuss all things money management and financial fitness. Some highlights of our chat included:

  • Providing an accurate definition of what financial fitness actually means!
  • The importance of budgeting and how to get started
  • Reasons why you should save your money

ICYMI, here is the link to the full presentation!


IG Live with America Needs You about their Fellows program

What it was all about: I sat down to chat with Idara Eno over at America Needs You, to discuss their awesome Fellows program. The program is created for high-achieving, low-income, first-generation college students in IL, NJ, NY, and CA, and offers extensive mentorship and career development opportunities.

Click here to learn more about the Fellows program.


IG Live with Declassified College

What it was all about: I met up with Justin from Declassified College over Instagram Live to discuss all things college-related. Some key areas of discussion included:

  • How to network properly and effectively through LinkedIn
  • Gap years, gap semesters, and more
  • Applying for and scoring full-time jobs after college graduation
Craft Your Career

Crafting Your Dream Career

What it was all about: We (virtually) sat down with team Hallo, to chat about what a dream job and career looks like, how to identify your strengths, solidifying your non-negotiables, and upgrading your skills to land that role.

Some key takeaways from the presentation included the importance of evaluating past academic and work experiences to determine what you like and don't like and the HUGE role that networking plays in helping you to both narrow down and eventually score your dream job.

ICYMI, here is the link to the full presentation!

The University of Chicago is one of a growing number of colleges and universities to make SAT and ACT tests optional for applicants.

College Admissions & Beyond

What it was all about: 150 high school students (and some parents and school counselors too!) joined us as we discussed everything under the sun related to preparing for college. A few of the major discussion points included the college admissions process and how to stand out as an applicant, standardized testing, and options for paying for college (including scholarships, of course!)

We even gave out $50 Amazon gift cards to 3 lucky attendees! Keep on the lookout for another college prep event in the new year.



Polish Your Professional Image

What it was all about: This event touched on everything that students can do to build a brand for themselves, from identifying your value proposition to cleaning up your LinkedIn profile to getting more involved in relevant communities!

In case you missed this event, here is the link to the full presentation!

Student Testimonials from Past Events

"As someone who is known to panic at the mention of higher education, the Access Scholarship event was really soothing.  The information was delivered very clearly and in a way that wouldn't seem overwhelming or intimidating to the audience.  I am really glad that I attended this event because I got a lot more out of it than just a gift card."

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Warisha K, High School Junior 

Navigating College Admissions & Beyond Attendee

"Through the presentation, I posed a lot of questions to myself and thought of how I can use the tools and tips provided by Access Scholarships' workshop to better my educational and professional career."


Lucinda Diehl, High School Junior

Polish Your Professional Image Attendee

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