The seventh scholarship winner has a superior brain but a suffering mouth.

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When Drew Sosanya applied for the Scholarship For Aggressive Scholarship Applicants, he knew how he’d spend the money.

On a dentist.

From Drew’s application letter….

Besides remaining debt-free, I want to be able to afford dental insurance for the first time. My parents have never had enough money in their budget to afford dental insurance. I’ve actually never seen a dentist in my life. Now as I am heading to college in the next few months, I have become self-conscious about my teeth and how they affect my appearance.

He has reason to: “Currently, I am missing two molars and have a cavity in another tooth.”

So Drew says he’s applying for scholarships so he can ease his pain and improve his appearance.

Drew might be missing teeth, but he’s not missing brain cells. The 17-year-old has a 3.8 GPA at his high school in Newark, Jersey. He’s also editor of the school newspaper and runs varsity track.

He won a scholarship to Dartmouth, where he starts this fall. He wants to become an engineer for either NASA or the privately run Space X.

“I want to send humans to Mars,” he says. “That is my ultimate goal in life.”

His next most important goal is staying debt-free. While other incoming freshmen might be dreaming about college parties, Drew is already working on a college budget.

“I’ve already finished outlining my expenses for the first year of college,” he says, admitting, “I knowingly buy stupid things I don’t need, but I also plan for the future.”

That’s more financial self-awareness than I’ve seen in many people twice his age. This summer, Drew is working at his high school full-time to save money for college. But, he says, “The first thing I’m buying is an electric toothbrush.”

The next round of scholarships opens Friday. Click here for details.

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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 I have focused my professional endeavors in the consumer finance, technology, media and real estate industries creating not only, 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 I’m glad you’re here.

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