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You Don’t Need Motivation. Make a Decision.

Students, it is extremely important that you seek opportunities for yourself and choose to chase them relentlessly.

You won’t manifest your dreams by watching a series of motivational videos throughout the day or reading motivational quotes every moment. You have to make a decision. 

You have to decide to get off of social media, eliminate the distractions, and invest in yourself! An hour of work today will put you an hour ahead tomorrow!

If you are ready to begin your scholarship journey, then I encourage you to enroll in our Scholarship Success Program! You’ll learn the secrets and strategy I used to win $200,000 in scholarships to graduate debt-free from Virginia Tech in May 2019!


Check our Upcoming & Past Events page to see if my team and I are coming to an area near you soon. If you would like to book me for a speaking engagement, please visit our Events page.

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The Perspective You Need to Win Scholarships!

My favorite thing to do as a scholarship coach is to help students all around the world graduate debt-free! Unfortunately, many students quit or choose not to begin their journey to success because they don’t believe in themselves. Watch this video to learn about the perspective you need to ensure your scholarship success.

If you are ready to begin your scholarship journey, then I encourage you to enroll in our Scholarship Success Program! You’ll learn the secrets and strategy I used to win $200,000 in scholarships to graduate debt-free from Virginia Tech in May 2019!


Check our Upcoming & Past Events page to see if my team and I are coming to an area near you soon. If you would like to book me for a speaking engagement, please visit our Events page.

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Overachievers Don’t Exist!

Are you wondering why you’ve hit a plateau? Or are you stuck in a rut and can’t seem to get out?

Remember this, “there is no such thing as an overachiever!” You will see the results you want when you believe in yourself and your ability to manifest your greatness! The results require hard work, diligence, persistence, and determination, but they are attainable.

It doesn’t matter if you’re attempting to graduate debt-free, earn your Ph.D., or be the first millionaire in your family. It’s all attainable when you take the limits off of your abilities!

If this video helps you see the truth in the fact that you can achieve anything, then please let the ones you love know by sharing this video. If you need scholarship assistance to graduate debt-free, then enroll in our Scholarship Success Program! I want to help you achieve your dreams!


I would love to come to your area to teach your students and community how to earn scholarships to graduate debt-free. Book me by visiting www.dough4degrees.com/events.

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Danielle’s 2019 SVB Trek Experience

2019 began with a bang! As a student entrepreneur and the founder of Dough 4 Degrees, I traveled to San Francisco, California for a four-day extravaganza with the Silicon Valley Bank.

Watch the video below to learn about my key takeaways from conversations with millionaire investors and prominent CEOS. Read this PDF for a full list of all of the speakers.

I also would like to express gratitude to Dan Beck, Chief Financial Officer of Silicon Valley Bank, for sponsoring my travel through Apex’s Venture Scholars program. His generosity and willingness to ensure that a fellow Hokie has a chance to learn more about entrepreneurship is deeply appreciated.

The Silicon Valley Bank Trek is for student entrepreneurs at different universities around the world. In my cohort, there were students from India, Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. We were a diverse cohort in age, socioeconomic background, disciplines, and experiences.

However, there were similarities that allowed us to connect beyond our identities and interest in entrepreneurship.

I encourage you to consider my advice below if you would like to join the next SVB Trek:

  1. Know your business and yourself. The SVB Trek is an opportunity for you to grow as an individual and receive critical advice that can help your business grow. I used this experience to gain more self-awareness and create conversations with others so they could critique the business model of Dough 4 Degrees. Their feedback and ideas have helped tremendously.
  2. Connect with the entrepreneurship program at your university. Silicon Valley Bank is constantly looking for new schools and students. The university official that SVB will probably communicate with the most about this opportunity is the director or associate director of your entrepreneurship program. I suggest that you strive to consistently improve your business idea and ensure that your university’s entrepreneurship program is aware of the work you’re doing, so they can nominate you.
  3. Build traction early and leverage it at all times. Having an idea is great, but having a prototype and/or paying customers is even better. Demonstrating that you have traction via press, investments, or paying customers gives you leverage to show why they should consider you for this opportunity. Always keep this approach in mind, but never unethically manipulate your data to help you win.
  4. Always operate with a heart of gratitude. Be grateful for the opportunity regardless of your results. Expressing gratitude and operating with humility will take you further in life than boasting and gloating.

I hope my video and the tips above are helpful. Please contact me via LinkedIn if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions. I would love to hear about your experience!


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Maximize Your Break​

The ability to rest and not suffer from sleep-deprived nights is a benefit of your winter break. Doesn’t it feel good to step away from a demanding academic schedule and spend quality time with your loved ones?

Enjoy those moments and the holidays as you prepare for 2019. Now, is the best time to take advantage of your free time to ensure that you will graduate debt-free!

Watch the video below for three tips to maximize your break!

Review our Dec. 2018 Scholarship Challenge to take a step toward earning thousands of dollars in scholarships!


If you know you need to earn scholarships to attend the college of your dreams, then enroll in our best-selling product, Our Scholarship Success Program. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to graduate debt-free!

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Relationships Lead to More Scholarships

Life is about who you know and who knows you! You may know some amazing people who are accomplishing their dreams. Continue to support them and encourage them to do what’s right. But, how will your life change when people know you?

Relationships will open doors for you that you may not know exist. This week, we communicated the importance of relationships on social media.

We all want to be known for something. It’s natural. We’re built for community and relationships. The important questions are “What do you want people to know you for and how do you want it to impact you?”

As you apply for scholarships, you want the scholarship providers to know you for your accomplishments, commitment, honesty, integrity, and drive. When they see your name, you want them to think and speak good things.

So, here are some tips you can use.

On Thursday, I had a conversation with Naphtali Bryant, a scholarship success strategist. Naphtali has won several scholarships and traveled around the world debt-free to pursue his education. You can learn more on his website.

During our conversation we exchanged ideas about the scholarship process. He mentioned something that will help you, “Use social media as your personal news network.”

What does that mean?

That means you have to take intiative to connect with the individuals who could be reviewing your scholarship applications.

What should you do?

  1. Call or email the organization who is providing the scholarship you’re applying for to gain the name of the contact who’s responsible for the scholarship.
  2. Once you have the contact’s name, connect with them on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram.
  3. Post humble content with updates about how you’re performing in school and what you’re up too. The goal is for them to become familiar with who you are before you submit your scholarship application.

Post any questions in the comments and share this someone you know who needs scholarships! Let us know if there is a topic you would like to know more about in the comments.


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Did you know that you can complete your FAFSA on your phone?

Yes, it’s true. On October 1, 2018, students will be able to complete their 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on their smartphones!

You can download the “myStudentAid app” on your device via the Apple AppStore or the Google Play Store. Downloading the app will streamline your FAFSA submission and give you access to the information you used to have to wait days to receive (e.g., Estimated Family Contribution also known as EFC).

We have a resource for you if you would like to learn more about how this app can help you. Visit Smart College Visit’s blog, “myStudentAid: The FAFSA Mobile App and How It Can Help You.

Smart College Visit is one of our partners in helping students go to college and graduate debt-free. The company provides resources and services to educate students “to search for colleges, find campus visit dates, get directions for college trips, and book hotels near campus.”

If you would like to learn more about how you can prepare to submit your FAFSA, then read our blog, “Free money anyone?” It contains three tips to help you start today!


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Priorities & Goals

Did you follow us on social media this week? If you said no, you should because we are giving you FREE tips to graduate from college debt-free every day. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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Last week, we released Dough 4 Degrees’ Priorities & Goals worksheet to help you visualize your success. This week, we spent time digging into the mindset and habits of those who choose to commit to their priorities to accomplish their goals.

Remember, you control your success. The decisions you make today will impact the life you live tomorrow. Please download your copy of our worksheet, complete it, and hang it somewhere you will see it everyday. If you need guidance, refer to last week’s post.

Also, if you would like to hear a playback of Thursday’s presentation at Virginia Tech’s Innovate Living-Learning Community, click this link. See you on social tomorrow for our #ScholarshipSunday.

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Academic Success & Priorities

In the United States, school is supposed to be the number one priority for everyone until the age of 18. We sit in the classroom for at least 7 hours a day in elementary, middle, and high school to learn material that will supplement our growth. We have a choice to make once we complete our secondary education and cross the stage.

What do you want to do with your life, and who do you want to be? Will you go to college for a degree, enter the workforce immediately, or take some time to explore the world? 

If you choose to go to college and would like to graduate debt-free, contact us so we can help you. We will teach you how to earn scholarships to graduate debt-free, but that means school has to be a priority.

How do you make school a priority? You have to identify what’s most important to you and what else is consuming your time.

Download a copy of Dough 4 Degrees’ Priorities & Goals and print the PDF. Fill in the document by using the example on the second page. Once you fill in your copy, hang it up so you will see it every day. Allow it to remind you of what comes first and why you do what you do.

Why should you do this? Everyone has more than one thing to do, but knowing why you’re doing it will help you keep the end in mind. It is important to know what you’re working toward and how you want it to impact you.

Email us a picture of your priorities & goals or paste one in the comments. We would love to hear how this material helps you.

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Our September 2018 Events

Update as of September 20, 2018: Radford University’s Career & Talent Development Center has postponed their 2018 JumpStart Career Development Conference “in an effort to positively impact a broader number of students.” We hope to collaborate with them once the new date is announced.

Visit Radford’s site if you would like to learn more.


We have been on the move recently and we’re not stopping anytime soon. In the next two weeks, we will present our Scholarship Quick Start three different times. Learn more about our presentations and submit a booking request form to bring us to your area!

Thursday, September 20, 2018: Innovate Living-Learning Community, Blacksburg, VA

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Saturday, September 22, 2018: Radford University, Radford, VA

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Saturday, September 29, 2018: Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Springdale, MD

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