My Story

After raising a family and living in Africa and Asia for over fourteen years, in 1987 I decided to pursue a long dream of having a college degree. Once I started, I developed a thirst for knowledge that led to several college degrees. I even gave serious thought to completing a PhD. But, with my master’s degree in counseling, I was also faced with $20,000 in student loans. As a non-traditional student who was approaching sixty years of age, I needed to put my education to work. I developed a careful plan and was able to pay off my outstanding debt in five years.

In the process of teaching and counseling at community colleges, the seeds for creating a scholarship class started to germinate, and by 1998, I was teaching my first scholarship class. Since then I have taught the class every semester. There were many scholarship books that I used in the classroom as texts, but none provided all of the necessary elements.

Out of necessity, I wrote my own book and companion portfolio a couple of years ago. There have now been several printings as a result of constant upgrades. My students admit that the proper method is a lot of work, but there are a lot of “happy campers” when the scholarships start rolling in. A number of students have also written that the time management and organizational skills learned in the class have made a big difference in their other courses. Success is in the system – knowing the rules of the game produces winners.

Out of necessity, I wrote my own book in Word format in 2003. By 2007, it was professionally edited and published as a proper textbook - a companion portfolio was created at the same time.

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Professional Experience

1999 – Present
Scholarship Consultant – One-on-One Counseling
Scholarship Reader (Judge) – Pathways to Success, College of the Desert
Author - #150ScholarshipTips
Key Note Speaker – Educational Conferences
Counselor – College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA
Instructor – Student Development Classes, Intro to Scholarships Class
Coordinator – Career Development Center
Curriculum Committee Member
Author – The Search for Scholarships and Let Scholarships Pay the Way
Counselor – Cañada College, Redwood City, CA
College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA
De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
Instructor – Career and Life Planning
Intro to Scholarships
Portfolio Class (College Credit for Life Experience)
Continuation School
Work Experience Advisor
Assessment Test Proctor