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How to Work With Me in Fall/Winter 2023-2024

Grade 12 is busy! It’s also the best time in your life to win scholarships!

From August 2023 to February 2024, I will be working with grade 12 students on scholarship preparation.

Here are 3 ways you can work with me this Fall/Winter:

Over the years I have helped students win hundreds of thousands of dollars. This Fall, I will be working with select grade 12 students on a one-to-one basis.

Who is it for?

This package is a good fit for motivated students who have solid grades, a variety of extracurricular activities including volunteer work, and at least one leadership role. Most students I work with will be applying for several scholarships, including some of the bigger ones in Canada, and may be writing personal statements for admission to competitive programs.

Students will meet with me in two one-to-one online sessions. Parent(s) or other supporter are also welcome in these sessions. I leave it up to the family to decide who attends the meetings.

This one-to-one service is highly customized, so we discuss what is most important to you. We’ll discuss your goals, your marks, and your activities and experiences. Usually, students are working on one or more scholarship applications, and writing admission personal statements.

I help students plan their strategy for applications and help them to highlight their best experiences to optimize success. In addition to meeting one-to-one, I will review your essay(s) and provide feedback and suggestions for improvement. Students will be expected to complete “homework”, including at least one essay, as part of this package.

Although I don’t actively search for scholarships for students, I may suggest scholarships the student can apply for. I also provide you with an instructional video on how to search for scholarships strategically throughout the year.

All students who work with me in the Grade 12 Scholarship Prep Program will also get access to several valuable resources, templates, and instructional videos.

To determine if you are a good fit to work with me in the Scholarship Prep Package, please use my contact form to send me a message and request a no-obligation call with me. Based on our discussion, I will let you know the best pathway to access my services.

Students can also work with me through my popular small group online essay writing workshops. These Workshops are 2.5 hours long. I normally hold three or four Workshops between August and March each year.

Who is it for?

The Scholarship Essay Writing Workshop is a great fit for students who will be applying for scholarships and who want to know how to tackle the essay portion of the application. They may be too busy to work with me one-to-one, or they need information quickly, or they want a more cost-effective way to access my expertise. When the Essay Workshop is coupled with an essay review (see below), this is a fantastic way to get a lot of important information fast!

Many students struggle with how to write scholarship essays. The essay is arguably the most important part of most scholarship applications, so it’s important to get it right. That’s why I created a service that focuses solely on the essay.

Students really like this 2.5 hour session because it’s a real workshop – they actually work in it. Participants will write a draft essay in the workshop. First, I'll help you get past the blank page. Then, as I teach tips and techniques, you'll apply them to your essay. At the end of the workshop, not only have you learned how to write an essay, you’ve also created some great content that you can use in scholarship applications all year long!

You do not have to have an application you’re working on. I will provide you with a selection of common essay prompts you can use to write your practice essay.

Students can sign up to get an essay review for an extra $99.00. I review your practice essay and provide written feedback and specific suggestions for improvement. Students say (and I agree) that his is the best way to get the most value from the workshop. This add-on essay review is also the most economical way to get my advice on an essay.

Scholarship Essay Workshops are the easiest and fastest way for you to learn a lot of fantastic tips, tricks, and techniques in a short period of time.

I hold several Scholarship Essay Writing Workshops throughout the Fall. They are restricted to 12 students, and they often fill to capacity. You can grab a seat in a Workshop by making payment on my website here. Once you do so, your seat will be reserved in that session, and I will forward details to you via email.

If you like to “Do It Yourself”, my scholarship guidebook is a great DIY option. This is a printed, coil bound guidebook that’s mailed to your home. It’s colourful and student friendly. Students, parents, and school counsellors love it!

In the How to Find and Win Scholarships guidebook, you’ll learn

· How to get—and stay—-organized (a key to scholarship success!)

· Where, when, and how to look for scholarships

· What to do before you start writing the application

· How to write your best scholarship essays

· How to get the best reference for scholarships (includes a template to request a reference)

· Sample essays, and more

Other Services

In addition to working with students, I can also be hired to deliver scholarship information sessions, training, and workshops for schools, groups, and organizations. Please see my speaking page for more information.

I also provide lots of great free information on my blog and through my free resources.

Have further questions? Please email me at Janet[at]

Best wishes for a successful scholarship journey in 2023-2024!

About the author

Janet MacDonald is a Scholarship Coach with mycampusGPS Education Consulting. She is a former Canadian university admissions officer. For seven years, she was the coordinator of a scholarship program at a major Canadian university. Janet has helped her student clients win hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships.

You can find her online at, and on LinkedIn.


Learn more about Janet MacDonald by visiting the About Page.

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