Jean O'Toole

Jean O’Toole is an educational consultant and author of the bestselling book, Scholarship Strategies Finding and Winning the Money You Need. Over the past 15 years, she has helped tens of thousands of students in the United States. Individuals collectively have been awarded millions of dollars by applying Jean’s scholarship strategies. In 2008, Jean co-founded Connections101, a company specializing in providing motivational tools for scholarship searching. It is her goal to empower students to design their paths to their future without college debt. Visit for more information, and follow Jean on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Scholarship Opportunities for Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, here are some great scholarship opportunities from organizations dedicated to promoting and uplifting Black student more

3 Common Obstacles to a Successful Scholarship Search

Deserving students miss out on a lot of money each year because of three common obstacles in the scholarship search process. Here's how to overcome them!read more

Your Quick Mid-Year Scholarship Search Checklist

You're halfway through the school year. Congrats! But there's still a lot to be done. Make sure you're on track in your scholarship search with this more

Scholarship Strategies That Help Cut Grad School Costs

Grad school is expensive; that's no secret. What seems to be are the scholarship strategies that can help cut your graduate education costs. Here's how!read more

Scholarship Criteria That Can Increase Your Opportunities

As you're conducting your scholarship search, keep an eye out for these particular phrases in scholarship descriptions to maximize your award more

3 Scholarship Search Mistakes Students Should Avoid

Students are often eligible for many more scholarships than they initially think. Here are three mistakes you can avoid to find and win more money for more

7 Scholarships to Help You Study Abroad

One day students will be able to return to studying abroad. Be prepared for that day by finding great scholarships to help pay for your study abroad more

3 Scholarship Action Steps for Native American Students

Native American students have unique opportunities when it comes to scholarships. Here are actions steps you can take to receive more money for college. read more

A Community Service: Sharing Scholarships With Others

Community service is an easy way to increase scholarship eligibility. Helping others find them is beneficial too! Check out these awards and share the wealth. read more

3 Questions to Ask as You Look for Scholarships

Wait! Before you start applying to scholarships, make sure you ask yourself these three important questions to guide your scholarship search and application process. read more