Christian Messemer

About Christian Messemer

Christian Messemer is the founder of Scholarship Shepherd, and an expert in the scholarship search and application process, having paid for his Master's and doctoral degrees using external scholarships. He works with students, parents, and administrators assisting in the creation of programs and educational resources, which enable students interested in pursuing scholarship opportunities to be fully prepared for the application process.

Manage Your Online Persona

I was under attack. The year was 1999 and I was engaged in a battle for interstellar domination in the online strategy game StarCraft. I was in a 2 v 2 battle and the opposing team decided to concentrate their attack on me, with the hope of wiping me off […]

By |September 21st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Undermining the Myth: All Scholarships are Created Equal

Little kids love coins. The size, look, feel, color and sound are enough to captivate the imagination of little ones for a while. What’s even better is that when they are still young enough, children do not care at all for the coin’s value. Children do not discriminate against the […]

By |September 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Scholarship Mindset

College football season is in full swing and last night I had the opportunity to watch my Vols play the Oklahoma Sooners. As a Vol fan this was the type of game I had wanted to see for years.  For over three quarters the Volunteer defense frustrated and punished OU’s […]

By |September 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dealing With Debt: Deferment Options

When I enrolled in my Master’s program after five years as a financial planner, I considered taking advantage of an option within my loan agreement called loan deferment. The deferment option would have allowed me to postpone my monthly payments for the duration of my approved deferment. Due to my […]

By |August 31st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dealing With Debt: Paying Your Accrued Interest While in School

In my last three posts I focused on how to evaluate your finances in order to make the proper funding decisions concerning your education. My end goal is always the same, I want to see students graduate with the degree, but not saddled with the debt. If my example on […]

By |August 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Making Funding Decisions (Part III)

In my past two posts, I have been working with you on developing a budget for your upcoming academic year. This entailed, first, examining your funding inflows and, second, developing a detailed list of your expenses. Now, we are going to combine the information you have been aggregating these past […]

By |August 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Making Funding Decisions (Part II)

Last week I began a three part series on budgeting for the upcoming academic year. That post focused on the inflow portion of your budget, i.e. what you have currently available or pledged in order to meet your upcoming expenses. Now that you know what you have as a means […]

By |August 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Making Funding Decisions (Part I)

Like it or not, budgets provide a great starting point for long term fiscal responsibility. With only a month to go until most colleges are back in session, now is the perfect time to assess where you are financially for the upcoming academic year. Hopefully you already have a firm […]

By |August 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Frank Discussion On Debt

With the start of another academic year right around the corner, chances are you have already made the financial arrangements necessary to pay for another year of education. If you are like most students, debt, be it through student loans or a credit card was the dominant method of payment. […]

By |July 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fill Out That FAFSA!

I know what you are probably thinking, “why would a site devoted to helping students find scholarships and avoiding student debt want to even mention the possibility of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),” an application that forms the basis for the student loan programs offered […]

By |July 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments