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CheapScholar Announces 2012 Scholarship Winner! was founded in January of 2010 and a number of amazing things have happened since that first informative article (Now Introducing The Sleeker, Newer, Updated FAFSA!). The following represent a few notable moments for me and

  • Over the course of the past three years, I have had the opportunity to share over four hundred articles with our readers
  • CheapScholar’s College Resource Center has helped thousands upon thousands of readers find the answers that they need on topics related to the financial aspect of their college experience
  • CheapScholar had a very meager beginning with just a couple hundred visitors in the first month. Now the site is welcoming tens of thousands pageviews each month
  • Our Find Scholarships page has become a “go to” resource for students/families looking for outside scholarship dollars
  • recently rolled out a free resource for Guidance Counselors that provides them with tools and information to help the students and families in which they serve

One of the greatest accomplishments that achieved this last week is awarding our first “How Do You Make College Cheaper?” scholarship. It has always been my goal to help students make their way to college through the information and resources provided here on but I also wanted to help by providing financial support via a scholarship. This year I was able to make that happen. And, based upon the number of entries, the positive feedback received, and the good will generated, I plan on continuing the scholarship giveaway in subsequent years. So Enter Today! 😉

I am pleased to announce that Lauren Downs is the 2012 scholarship recipient.  Ms. Downs is doing wonderful things as a Junior at Ohio University and I hope this scholarship gets her one step closer to achieving her educational goals.

If you would like to learn more about Lauren, please take a moment to read through the bio she submitted to us to share with our readers. As you will see, this year’s scholarship found a good home with Lauren.

Lauren Downs
(2012 Scholarship Recipient)

I am in my third year of college at Ohio University with a major in Nursing. I graduated high school as co-valedictorian of the poorest school district in Ohio, in a rural Appalachian town. I still live with my parents, commuting about half an hour to classes and over an hour to clinicals. I have two brothers and two sisters, and the best family you could ask for. My boyfriend of 5 years is an Army Infantryman, about to be deployed … again. I wouldn’t trade my small-town country life for the world. In my spare time (when I don’t have my nose in my Med/Surg book), I play/watch sports, hunt, quilt, cross-stitch, and participate in local fundraisers. I love the Cincinnati Reds. After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I plan to work part-time as a nurse while getting my master’s degree to become a women’s health nurse practitioner. I plan to work in a small-town area, like my hometown, where health care is not readily accessible. I also dream of having a horse ranch, and using it as a sort of therapeutic day care for mentally disabled adults/children. I am so very thankful for this scholarship, which will greatly help with my college expenses!! GO BOBCATS!!! 😉

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