As a speaker who has spoken to many audiences of first generation and at-risk students, Marianne Ragins is available for presentations and workshops to inspire and motivate at-risk students and 1st generation students. Marianne’s experience of navigating the process of finding and winning scholarships without a lot of help makes her the perfect success story for first generation students in search of college money! For many years, Marianne has worked with College Access, Educational Talent Search, GEAR UP, Upward Bound, AVID and similar programs that often include at-risk and 1st generation students. By providing valuable information and stories of success relevant to 1st generation students and being a first generation student herself, Marianne can motivate this audience to form a positive outlook, exceed expectations and achieve the highest goals.

Speech topics include:

  • Turning Dreams Into Achievements
  • Preparing for College
  • You Can Do Anything: Keys to Success
  • Goal Setting
  • The Scholarship Process
  • Using the Internet to Achieve Scholarship and College Entrance Success
  • Developing Good Study Habits
  • Secrets of Getting and Keeping a Higher GPA

MOST REQUESTED WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS AND PROGRAMS

The Scholarship Workshop Presentation and The Scholarship Workshop Boot Camp

scholarship success boot campOur most popular seminars are the Scholarship Workshop presentation, a one, two or three hour interactive workshop; and the Scholarship Workshop Boot Camp, a full day and a half of activities designed to help students and parents leave the weekend with scholarship essays, résumés, and applications completed and ready to go. The Scholarship Workshop presentation and the Scholarship Workshop Boot Camp are both interactive seminars designed to help students conduct a successful scholarship search from the research involved in finding scholarship money to the scholarship essays, scholarship interview tips and strategies involved in winning them. Need a shorter time frame? We can work with you to customize a scholarship boot camp or scholarship workshop for your audience and schedule.

In The Scholarship Workshop presentation, speaker Marianne Ragins proves that it is not always the student with the best grades or the highest SAT scores who wins scholarships. Instead she shows students of all ages that most scholarships are awarded to students who exhibit the best preparation. By attending The Scholarship Workshop  presentation, a student will be well prepared to meet the challenge of finding and winning scholarships.

Whether the student is in high school, currently enrolled in college, returning to college, planning to go to graduate school or interested in studying abroad, The Scholarship Workshop presentation is a necessity for those who want to pursue their educational goals. In The Scholarship Workshop presentation, speaker Marianne Ragins shows students that anything is possible if they have the self-motivation, determination, and persistence to succeed.

Turning Dreams Into Achievements

Using anecdotal stories and humor, Marianne takes audiences on her journey from small town dreamer in a family with no collegiate background, who’d never traveled to more than two states in her life; to how she became a scholarship guru, international traveler, college graduate, and an achiever for all of her girlhood dreams using three guiding principles to shape her decisions.

College Orientation – College Survival & Success Skills 101

college successDo you want to help students put a little more zing into their college experience? Would you like to help them uncover strategies for winning college money even after they’ve enrolled? Curious about common pitfalls most students encounter and how to avoid them? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this session is for your audience! Attendees of this presentation will learn how to find more scholarships and awards to shrink the tuition bill, invest on shoestring budget, understand and avoid the credit crunch, tame their credit card and student loan balances, and secure high-powered internships, co-ops, and summer jobs. Engage Marianne for this exciting session and your students can learn how to pack their college years with experiences that can lead to graduate and professional schools clamoring to admit them, employers offering multiple job opportunities, and a whole lot of fun and satisfaction! Conducted by a $400,000 scholarship winner and 1st generation college graduate, this session will include several handouts and interactive discussion.

Whether your audience is composed of current high school students planning to attend college, interested parents who wants to make the most of the college investment, individuals who advise youth, or students already enrolled in college, they’ll find information they can use in this presentation.

Popular Breakout Sessions for youth conferences and parent conferences

  • Power Charge Your Future – Best Ways to Use Social Media to Help NOT Hurt

  • Get the 411 on Scholarships! – Keys To College Money Success from a $400,000 Scholarship Winner

  • Stand Out Scholarship & College Entrance Essays Made Easy

If you are interested in having Marianne Ragins as your keynote speaker for a general audience on one of the topics included above or a custom topic, click here or you can visit our contact page. Ragins can also speak at graduations: contact her to be your next commencement speaker!