INDIANAPOLIS — Whether you're going to college, a vocational school, or any level of higher learning, finding a scholarship or financial aid can be overwhelming.
"You hear it all the time. There's money out there, you can get a full ride, but a lot of people have no clue where to start," Brianna Membres said.
That's where Membres and her money-finding company, She Edits, come in.
After finding success hunting down scholarships for herself, the former fifth-grade teacher is now giving full-service lessons on how to find and win scholarships and financial aid.
"It's actually helping them, first of all find the money, and then write the essays, put in the applications, do financial aid appeal letters everything they need from start to finish," Membres said.
Membres said she can find scholarship money for anybody, so I put her to the test, giving her three days to find actual scholarships for this reporter.
I gave her the following criteria:
- A hypothetical 18-year-old Cameron
- Planning to join Ball State University as a freshman
- Studying Journalism and Telecommunications
After submitting my background information including facts about my parents and how many people in my family went to college, Membres found four scholarships totaling more than $10,000.
She said having very specific information is key to finding the scholarships you might otherwise miss. "It goes from wanting to be a journalism student, to wanting to be a journalism student at Ball State, to being a Freshman journalism student. Then even out of this pool of applicants, not everyone is going to apply," Membres said.
The assistance from She Edits comes at a number of prices depending on how much help you need, but Membres said a student investing in themselves will come with a cash payout in the end.
"You do have to put in a little bit of money to get money. But with the investment, you can get paid back like that. I helped a student not too long ago, and she just got over $11,000," Membres said.
Whether you get help or you find scholarships on your own, Membres says you shouldn't put it off. The time to grab free money is right now.
"From like January to May, that is when they are just giving out millions of dollars and the longer you wait, the more weeks you wait, literally the more money you're leaving on the table," Membres said.
In addition to finding scholarships, She Edits helps clients edit essays and resumes.
You can learn more here: https://sheeditsllc.com