It’s time once again for our monthly check-in! How are we doing with our goal to remain debt-free while I earn a graduate degree?
Last month, we got a big surprise when we did our tax returns. Our return was so huge that is was enough to cover two of our last three school payments, due in July, October, and January. That meant we only needed to pull together about $4500 by January to meet our goal.
Where are we now?
This week, we had another big surprise. I learned that all of the time I have spent pulling together scholarship applications has borne some fruit.
I won a $2500 scholarship!!
I am the finalist in the Value Colleges Finish It! Scholarship for Non-traditional and Returning Students. I hear they may be giving away an annual scholarship, so if you or your child are looking, feel free to bookmark this link and apply next year. We are both ecstatic and grateful to receive this.
This means that we now only have to come up with $2000 by January to meet our goal. Yes, I am still filling out scholarship applications. I just sent another application off today for a $1500 scholarship. I have a week off from school this week, but I am still working about 7 days a week on my two websites, working on the nursing textbook rewrites, and spending Saturday afternoon at the library researching for more scholarships. I will keep plugging away at scholarships until I near the end of my program.
I have spent about 20 hours so far working on scholarships since I started school in September. If you calculate the scholarship amount by the hours I worked on applying, I have paid myself $125/hour for my efforts.
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