The final of the four Path to Scholarships® workshops concluded on Saturday afternoon, November 5, 2011, ending another great series of workshops helping students learn how to successfully apply for college scholarships.
We would also like to extend a special “thanks” to Gerardo Ochoa, Associate Director of Financial Aid, at Linfield College, who presented the four sessions. Gerardo, contributing author of Path to Scholarships® College Edition, has led many of these workshops helping students learn how to organize materials successfully, write winning scholarship essays and conduct personalized scholarship searches. As a result of attending the workshops, many Linfield students have won scholarships each year. In fact, on average, students attending the workshops have earned $6,000 in scholarships!
“I have learned from working with the ADP students that regardless of age, background, or circumstance, paying for college can be overwhelming to students, “ said Gerardo. “Many of the students who attended the workshops have incredible stories of obstacles and triumph to tell, but it is challenging to share them in a scholarship essay with total strangers. Whether students are enrolling in college for the first time after graduating from high school, or attending college as working adults, all students need individualized guidance, encouragement, and support with the scholarship process; I believe we accomplished that in the four Path to Scholarships® Workshops.”
The workshops were held throughout the state of Oregon, including Bend, Portland and Salem, as well as a fourth session held as a webinar. The feedback received from those students who attended the four workshops was very positive, including the following comments received from the workshop evaluation forms:
“Mr. Ochoa was extremely helpful in a constructive way. I felt I could ask him anything without embarrassing myself.”
“The greatest takeaway of the workshop was the essay writing portion. This helped a lot, because I failed to apply for previous scholarships for this exact reason.”
“This was so helpful, I wish I had this workshop years ago. It’s great that Linfield provides this for their students.”
“The tools in the workshop workbook have been very helpful and will give me a tremendous foundation from which to start.”
“Outlining the key factors of writing a scholarship essay was extremely helpful and beneficial to me. Time to start writing my essays.”
“The style of teaching was the best feature of the workshop. Honest and constructive comments from Mr. Ochoa really made me think.”
Though the Path to Scholarships® workshops have concluded for 2011, based on the enthusiastic response from adults who participated in the fall workshops, Linfield College will hold more scholarship workshops in 2012 for Adult Degree Program students. The upcoming dates will be shared on the Event Calendar, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. We invite you to follow us.
For more information please contact Linfield Adult Degree Program today!