In this episode, I am joined by Shellee Howard,
Shellee is founder and CEO of College Ready and CR Tutoring and Test Strategies. She is a Certified Independent College Strategist and best-selling author of the book ‘How to Send Your Student to College Without Losing Your Mind or Your Money’.
Shellee talks about the inspiration behind her organization, College Ready. As a single mother of four children, she knew that college would be expensive and sought to put them through school without going broke or in deep debt. It all starts with the unique approach of creating a profile and a stand-out strategy for students that gets them into top tier schools without going into debt.
Shellee says that the optimum planning for college is when the student is ready to have the conversation and the understanding of the effort that needs to be enacted to stand out. She explains that the level of student maturity matters, as well. Students don’t need to know exactly what they want to ‘be’ when they grow up, just a desire for higher education. It is all about finding out their expectations for their grown up life and talking through individual motivation for success.
Shellee talks about why she wrote the book ‘How to Send Your Student to College Without Losing Your Mind or Your Money’. It grew out of a desire to just give, and to help parents and students navigate the important decisions that come along with the journey to higher education. Shellee says that today, students can’t just have a good gpa in order to be a strong candidate to access grants, scholarships, and funding for their dream school. They need test scores, community service, and extra curricular activities. It is a multi-tiered scenario.
Shellee started Passion with a Purpose to help students see volunteering and community service as something they would love to do for the rest of their lives. Not just sign up, show up, check the volunteering box, but something they can appreciate and look forward to as they grow, mature and go through life. Giving back and giving to others is a passion and mission of College Ready.
The College Ready website https://collegereadyplan.com/ can be navigated easily and Shellee encourages visitors to explore the options and opportunities. In 2021 alone, College Ready helped students earn over $10.7 million in scholarships! College Ready provides several options for financial planning and advice for families which helps you to see the return on investment. From $495 to $4,000 depending on family need and desire for support. But…
Shellee also says that she gives away tons and tons of free advice on their Facebook page. All you have to do is visit and follow for free advice for your family and students. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/CollegeReadyPlan/ Shellee also provides her own funding opportunities and scholarships to students through an annual essay writing submission. She also says that if you reach out to her on her website, and request a copy of her book, she will provide it for you free of charge.
College Ready is a US based organization, but is available for students who want to attend college abroad AND for international students and families who want to send their students to the US for their college education. Shellee is offering all of my listeners a 30 minute call with her to see if you and/or your student is on the right track for third level education. Just schedule on her website.
Shellee’s final words of wisdom? The time you have with your children passes so fast. If you can help them realise that it’s not just getting ‘to’ college as the goal, but it is more about who they are and why it matters in the long term. Your children really do want your support, so invest in them because they are our future. Come #ListenAndLearn #Podbean #PodcastInterview