Testimonials

I’m grateful to all of you who take time out of your day to stop in and give me compliments on the site or the book.  Here are some real life comments that students have left about this website and my book, Confessions of a Scholarship Judge. Most are plucked straight from the comments that appear all over this site.

Thank you so much for the incredible quality of advice given here! You have invigorated me with a new drive to write quality essays through the seemingly endless number of them! Thanks again.”

Dakota Robbins

I found this website while looking on ways to better my scholarship essay and I have to thank you. This is going to be a huge help when my girls start applying for college and scholarships in a year or two. You are truly a blessing.”  – Jennifer Mattscheck

Wow, thanks so much for the tips. I’m currently writing an essay for a scholarship and this has helped me so much. Thanks again.” – Stephani Rachelle

I applied for your scholarship earlier… and didn’t receive it. Now I am reading your book and remembering mistakes that I made in the application! This is a great resource– put in my favorites for later. Thanks for your great work!” – Alan Hendrickson

Thank you for the enlightening article! I never realized how important spelling
was. And I deeply enjoy your straightforward manner
.”  – Jonathan M.

Wow…your language is so informal compared to other websites. This is a total surprise. Props to you for this, it really woke me up, even made me laugh a bit. Ha! who knew someone,that speaks like us, wants to help our poor souls get money! You amaze me.”  – Yvonne Chu

Your book has been a big help to me so far and pointed out some things that I would have never thought to do before. ” – Anna Allen

“…I wasn’t even planning on reading this whole thing in one sitting (no offense), but the way it was written just forced me to. The information given is without a doubt very valuable, but the way in which it is given is truly priceless. Thanks.”- Jose Corona

Thank you for such great information, by the way. I love reading your posts! Julia D.

Thank you for all of your tips and information!Susan

First off, I would like to say that your tips are, by far, the best pieces of advice I have ever read on writing to win scholarships. I have spent days reading articles attempting to help the applicants but until now they have been sub-par. You clearly outline every area of how a scholarship applications go dead wrong. I love the way you bluntly describe the mistakes the majority of students make when writing scholarship essays. I greatly appreciate your spot-on advice and say “Keep the Tips Coming!”Matt Long

Thank you so very much for your insight and advice. This is all very helpful and honest. Thank you.Chelsea

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Brittany Radke July 31, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Josh,
I really appreciate what you’re doing here. I know a lot of high school kids who need help like this. It was encouraging to find I have been doing everything right, and a little discouraging to also know I have yet to receive any scholarships. You’re articles were still worth the read though. Thanks!

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Josh Barsch August 1, 2009 at 11:20 am

Thank you, Brittany! I appreciate the kind words, and I agree that a lot of kids need the help. Keep up the good work and keep applying the principles I talk about here, and I think good fortune will eventually find you. The students who adhere to all of them are few and far between, and those who do stand out even more. Good luck!

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Alicia April 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

I really appreciate your scholarship tips and advice, they really help me think about what I should write on applications in order to win over the judges :) I’ll make sure to put them to good use for future scholarships! Thanks again :)

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Eleanor Perkinson June 5, 2010 at 2:32 pm

My son-in-law was awarded custody of my now 20 yr old twin granddaughters who are now working fulltime at IHOP to try to get through college. The only thing he provides is their cell phone and has them on his automobile and medical insurance as dependents. He and his wife file joint income tax returns and she has considerable resources, so this cuts down on the amount of grants and financial aid they could get if they were on their own and not considered as dependents. They just can’t do it by themselves. Their mother cannot help. If he refuses to drop them as dependents, do they have any recourse so they can get more financial aid?They make poverty wages and struggle daily and it seems he is benefiting more claiming them as dependents than they are. HELP!

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