How to Submit a Winning Scholarship Application by Shay Spivey

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What inspired you to write your book?
I wrote this scholarship series to fill a special need in the community.  I wish I had these books when I was in high school because I would not have felt so lost.  I dropped out after my sophomore year when I ran out of money.  Years later I decided to return to college as an adult and began researching alternative ways to pay for college.  I won $100,000 in college scholarships and want to help others find free money to complete their degree.
What is your favorite lesson in your book?
My favorite lesson is that scholarships and free financial aid provide financial access to education to underserved groups of people.
Who is the intended audience for your book?
“Hot to Submit a Winning Scholarship Application” is written for high school and college students, families, teachers, and counselors looking for alternative ways to pay for college outside of student loans.
What do you want readers to take away or say about your book when done reading?
First I hope that my readers can walk away with a solid understanding about scholarships and financial aid.  Also I want people to walk away feeling empowered, knowing that they can afford to pursue their higher education goals.
Name a few of your favorite books
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  I also have been deeply inspired by  – Don’t Bring Home a White Boy: And Other Notions that Keep Black Women From Dating Out by Karyn Langhorne Folan.  Both books changed my life, perspective, and set me on a journey to look deeper into myself and my experiences.
Who are some of the writers that have influenced your writing?
My current influential writers would be Karyn Langhorne Folan, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  Their books are showing the world a new global perspective.  Also, their writing styles are great examples of how research, critical thinking, and a hot topic can be informative.
What are your thoughts on the publishing process and getting your book to market?
My publisher said to me that was very accurate – “…writing the book is the easy part. The marketing and promotion work after the book is written is when the real work begins.”  I believe her now.
Where is your book available?
My books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many libraries across the nation.  If readers do not find my books at their local library or bookstore I encourage them to request it.
Amazon Links:
How to Submit a Winning Scholarship Application @
How to Find Scholarships and Free Financial Aid for Private High Schools @
How can readers find out more about your book, upcoming titles and events?
Readers can learn more about scholarships and free financial aid at my blog:
Readers can learn more about my books, workshops, tours, and events on my author’s blog at:
I can also be found on Facebook ( and Twitter (@ShayMSpivey).
How did you win $100,000 in college scholarships?
I won over $100,000 in college scholarships which allowed me to return to college and change my life.  Earning my degree became a top priority; therefore I made finding the money to pay for it a priority as well.  One thing was certain in my situation:  No money, no college.   
I treated the process of applying for scholarships and free financial aid like it was the last chance I might ever have to return to college… because it was.  This was it.  College was my ticket out of poverty, my chance to change my life, and the opportunity I had been waiting for.  
If I could not convince scholarship organizations to help me financially, I had no other way to pay for college.  I put my heart and soul into telling my story and getting it into the hands of anyone who could help.  Applying for scholarships opportunities became my part-time job, and I was determined to give it my best shot.  
What is next for you, Shay?
In addition to writing books, I also provide scholarship and financial aid workshops and presentations at schools, organizations, churches, and college preparatory programs.   Learn more at or email me at
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