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.


Students: Pay Attention to These Non-Fixed Scholarships

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3 FAQs About Timing in Your Scholarship Search Process

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Scholarships for Women During Women's History Month

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3 Myths You Should Know About Creative Scholarships

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How to Make a Great First Impression to Win Scholarships

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Scholarship Opportunities for Black History Month

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3 Common Obstacles to a Successful Scholarship Search

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Your Quick Mid-Year Scholarship Search Checklist

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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