Life Changing Commitment

Scholarship Academy students learn how to negotiate their financial aid packages, manage their financial awards (in preparation for tuition increases), create scholarship brag projects, and independently navigate the private scholarship market beyond our support, tools that reduce debt and increase the likelihood of graduation.

Since our inception in 2006, we’ve helped students secure more than $15 million in private funding sources (average student GPA is a 2.75).  On average, our students reduce their loan debt by $14,000. Our students’ resumes boast features on Oprah, Ebony, and US News and World Report for their efforts.

The Scholarship Academy is the nation’s only curriculum-based scholarship preparatory program that trains low-income, first generation students how to use the principles of leadership, entrepreneurship and civic engagement to reduce student loan debt and increase eligibility for entry level positions.
$26,600 – That’s the average debt facing college grads. With college tuition upwards of $25,000 and the average student receiving only $2815 in aid, college is viewed as an obstacle instead of an opportunity for our target families. At The Scholarship Academy, we are acutely aware of the fact that the average guidance counselor only has 38 minutes to helps students explore financial aid options. In contrast, Scholarship Academy students receive on-average 8 hours of intense scholarship prep support to help them build solid scholarship brands, identify tailored scholarship/internship resources, and craft winning applications.

TSA helps to reduce debt by targeting three main components

  • An increase student and family early awareness of the financial aid process through our 4-year college funding planning
  • Enhanced student eligibility for financial aid by exposing them to scholarship portfolio skill-building using leadership and service
  • Increased capacity for students and college access providers to partner to identify tailored scholarship resources to enable them to transition into a financially secure adulthood
1000 +
Number of low-income students enrolling in college
$ 633
Avg. Gap Between Cost/Financial Aid Offered
$ 100
Avg. Balance For College Drop-Outs

Our Mission

The Scholarship Academy’s mission is to be the premier higher education planning resource advancing students beyond financial aid obstacles to achieve scholastic goals at accredited colleges, universities and technical institutions.

Our Vision

“Transforming Average Students Into Exemplary Models of Leadership, Scholarship And Servanthood”

Welcome to Scholarship Academy

Founded in 2006 by Howard University graduate Jessica Johnson, TSA specializes in breaking down the scholarship process into realistic terms for ALL students.  Johnson is well-versed in navigating the financial aid system, having received more than $200,000 in scholarship herself.

As state-funded scholarship money is rapidly decreasing, more and more students are struggling to apply for financial aid while balancing college applications and school demands. The average college student carries an estimated $23,000 worth of student loan debt, which in many cases causes a student to leave school before graduating.

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The Scholarship Academy (TSA) is a comprehensive scholarship preparatory program that teaches low-income, first generation college students to navigate the maze of financial aid in order to fund their college education.

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Friday, Apr 14, 2017
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What Our Students Says

  • The Scholarship Academy (TSA) is a comprehensive scholarship preparatory program that teaches low-income, first generation college students to navigate the maze of financial aid in order to fund their college education.

    Theo Brad
    Theo Brad Student of Computer Sciences
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