How do I find private scholarships?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Financial advisor Brad Barnett breaks down how to find private scholarships.

    Brad Barnett

    Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Arkansas University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business.  He furthered his education by graduating from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, specializing in Mental Health.  He has been involved in the financial aid and/or rehabilitation professions for the past 15 years. Brad, a Past President of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships for James Madison University.  Immediately prior to JMU, he served as an Assistant Director of the Financial Aid Office at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Brad has presented numerous sessions at state, regional, and national conferences, and has served on a variety of association committees.  In addition to speaking at professional conferences, Brad has conducted an abundance of workshops and presentations in non-conference environments, including teaching a credit based financial literacy course at JMU entitled “Dollars and Sense.”  Many of the topics Brad’s speaks on include communication, leadership, values, financial aid policies and procedures, financial literacy, and saving for college.  He has also facilitated strategic planning and value development retreats.

    Host: How can I afford to attend a private school which costs more than a public one?

    Brad Barnett: I think one of the biggest misconceptions out there is, I can t afford to go to a private school because it costs too much. People get in what s called sticker shock mood. When the reality is, if a private college wants you, there are many times when they can it more affordable for you to go to a private college than we can for go to you to a public college and that s pretty much because of the institutional money that most private colleges have. So, don t discount a private college just because you think it's going to costs too much. Speak with the financial aid office, see if they can put together a package that will make affordable for you.