Rod & Staff

The Scholarship Journey

Interested in scholarships, but do not know where to start? You need a guide to help you find your way.

The Scholarship Journey is a five-hour webinar that teaches students how to find, write for, and win scholarships, based on a program I designed after winning $250,000 in external merit-based scholarships. […]

By |June 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The College Journey

Does your family have a plan to pay for college? Families without a strategy are far more likely to rely on student loans as their primary mode of funding. And those statistics are not pretty:

Forty-four million borrowers$1.6 trillion in outstanding loansSeventy percent of students graduate with a loan balanceThe average […]

By |June 11th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Scary Truth: How Families Pay for College


By |October 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Research Review: “Student Debt and the Class of 2015”

There are many great organizations advocating for college students. One of the best I have run across is the Institute for College Access and Success ( On October 18th, the Institute released a new report “Student Debt and the Class of 2015.” This report is the eleventh in the series, […]

By |October 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fill Out That FAFSA: 2017-2018 Changes

October the 1st is here, which marks the kickoff of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-2018 academic year. If this seems earlier than usual to you, you are correct. This year the FAFSA has been made available a full three months earlier than previous years. […]

By |October 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Research Review: How America Saves for College 2016

One of my favorite research pieces is the “How American Pays for College” series produced by Sallie Mae and Ipsos. Introduced in 2008, this study examines the views of undergraduates and parents of undergraduates concerning how these families are choosing to fund a college degree. While a blog is no […]

By |September 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Research Review: 10th Annual College Savings Indicator

This week Fidelity released the “10th edition of their College Savings Indicator Study.” (FULL DISCLOSURE:) I’m a huge fan of Fidelity Investments and their research arm. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERâ„¢ I used Fidelity’s 529 plans for my clients’ college savings needs. They are a leader in the college savings […]

By |August 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Upcoming Scholarship Workshop on February 6th!

Scholarship Shepherd and The Financial Aid Department of SWBTS are teaming up to bring you “Change Your Funding Paradigm,” a half day scholarship workshop at The Naylor Student Center (2nd) Floor @ SWBTS, on February 6, 2016 from 8:00 AM to noon.

Presenting will be Christian Messemer a current PhD student […]

By |January 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Create a Funding Covenant

In last week’s blog I wrote about Kim, a college student who had been gifted $90,000 for college by her grandparents. Unfortunately for Kim, with a year to go in her degree program, she had depleted her college account. With this semester’s bill just arriving in the mail, she had […]

By |October 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Parents: Don’t Give Up Your. . .

Back in July, Yahoo published a story that garnered national attention for all the wrong reasons. Kim, a 22-year-old college student, had called into “The Bert Show, ” an Atlanta radio program to discuss her current financial plight and seek the hosts’ advice. With one year to go in her […]

By |September 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments