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Strategies for college scholarship success

A national speaker and author is sharing his strategies with Twin Cities high school students on Tuesday.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - We're only a month (or two) into the school year for most high school students, but it's never too early to start planning for college.

Author and speaker E.J. Carrion brought a national speaking tour for his "Student Success Agency" mentoring program to the Twin Cities on Tuesday, for engagements at Cooper and Fridley High Schools.

"I was a first generation college student, I had no idea what I was doing," Carrion said. "I ended up really getting obsessed with the scholarship process. I applied to over 30 scholarships and got three back; but one of those was the Bill Gates scholarship, which paid for a full ride to go to school."

Carrion shares his strategies with students for applying for colleges and college scholarships while on a budget.

"My biggest thing is starting early," Carrion said. "There's tons of scholarships out there, you want to focus on national scholarships, which are the big scholarships that are hard to get; but then there's local scholarships, which is a little less competitive. Then, the big ticket is the colleges you want to attend; they have a list of scholarships they give to students once they're accepted."

Learn more about Carrion's program at Student Success Agency.