Katie Waples wants to be a nurse for the underprivileged.

Katie Waples has five siblings, four parents, and big plans. The 17-year-old from Billings, Montana, wants to be a nurse — not just as a career, but as a calling. This is what she told Debt.com…

I thrive off of providing care to others while also doing my best to improve one’s quality of life. I believe the fortunate few in life that can care for themselves should lend their time and effort to support those who cannot care for themselves or their dependents. Earning a college degree in nursing will help me pursue my passion of serving the underprivileged and underserved patients of rural communities.

Of course, the Debt.com Scholarship for Aggressive Scholarship Applicants doesn’t just bestow $500 on noble plans. Applicants have to work hard, too. Katie fits that description — and has exceeded it.

“I have applied for over 20 scholarships in the past few months,” she says. “If you’re willing to devote the time and effort to scour the internet for them, you will not come out empty-handed.”

With the Debt.com scholarship, Katie has now won her third scholarship. She’s not done yet.

“I come from a split family, so I have four parents,” she says. “My mom and step-dad both have careers in healthcare, while my dad is a pilot for Southwest and my step-mom takes care of the ranch back home. Being split like this has proved to be difficult at times, but I cannot fully express the gratitude I have for my family. They are always there to support me and I know they always do what they can to facilitate my success.”

With such a large family comes a large tuition bill. Two of Katie’s older siblings, ages 20 and 18, are currently in college, and she adds, “My younger siblings are not too far behind at the ages of 17, 14, and 11.”

She explains: “My mother and stepfather are currently helping to send my two older siblings to college, and I am up next. This task has proved strenuous, and I wish to alleviate that stress as much as I can. My father has refused to help send me to college, he has also done this to my brother. I also have another little sister that will be attending college as well in four short years.”

If Katie has any advice for her fellow college aspirants, it’s this: “The biggest chance students have at paying for college are scholarships, so get out there and start applying! Even though rejection is inevitable, that fear should not stop you from trying. Persistence is key; if you don’t give up you will succeed! Being able to accept rejection is an important quality to have. You will become more devoted, dedicated, and stronger through it all.”

That’s excellent advice. While public and even private student loans are almost required to afford college these days, and while scholarships will rarely cover all your costs, they’re free money for a few minutes of your time.

That’s why I urge you to apply for the  Debt.com Scholarship for Aggressive Scholarship Applicants. We give away $500 every two months to students like Katie. Want to be next?

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Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Howard Dvorkin, CPA

I’m a certified public accountant who has authored two books on getting out of debt, Credit Hell and Power Up, and I am one of the personal finance experts for Debt.com. I have focused my professional endeavors in the consumer finance, technology, media and real estate industries creating not only Debt.com, but also Financial Apps and Start Fresh Today, among others. My personal finance advice has been included in countless articles, and has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Forbes and Entrepreneur as well as virtually every national and local newspaper in the country. Everyone should have a reason for living that’s bigger than themselves, and besides my family, mine is this: Teaching Americans how to live happily within their means. To me, money is not the root of all evil. Poor money management is. Money cannot buy happiness, but going into debt always buys misery. That’s why I launched Debt.com. I’m glad you’re here.

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