“Danielle, we can’t afford to send you to college, but you still have to go.” That’s the message my parents relayed to me soon after my senior year of high school began. In that moment, my mind reflected to a previous promise.
At a young age, I promised myself I would further my education after high school at a Division I institution and pursue my dreams. Of course, I was naive to the amount of work, persistence, and passion it required – but I always knew it would happen.
So, I went to work my senior year of high school and applied for more than 30 scholarships in five months. I received six out of ten rejection letters within the first two weeks. It’s a heartbreaking feeling to have a goal, put in the work, and produce little to no results. But, at that point persistence propelled me towards success.
By the end of my senior year of high school, I earned 14 scholarships totaling more than $100,000 and accepted my offer to attend Virginia Tech. Less than a year later, I created Dough 4 Degrees to help students earn scholarships and graduate debt free.
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