Brad BarnettBrad 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 do I find private scholarships?
Brad Barnett: Finding private scholarships can be challenging, but it can also be a lot of fun because the door is wide open, there are several free internet searches that you can use to find things on a national basis and I encourage students to use those but I also encourage them to spend probably more time on things that are local, things that are in their community.
They may have a better shot of getting those, when you do about going up against thousands of the people applying across the country. So, start with places like your Church, start with the local civic organizations like the The Kiwanis, and Lions Club and Rotary Club. Go to the local library, if you are a high school student, talk to your school counselor. They will often time have access to a lot of that information. Talk to the financial aid office at your college. They may know of some local scholarships that you can get. Have to do a lot of digging, your parents may even be able to help you to their employer. If you spend the time, typically, it s worth it but it does some time to find scholarships