College Scholarships: Author holds event at Huntley High School

March 8, 2011 10:08:45 AM PST
March marks the beginning of the Spring scholarship season for colleges.

Ben Kaplan, the best-selling author of "How to Go to College Almost for Free", says that many students miss out on college scholarships, because they mistakenly believe that you have to be an academic whiz or star athlete to earn college cash.

As the winner of two dozen scholarships worth $90,000, Kaplan knows from experience that students of every age and background--including high school students, college students, adult non-traditional students, and even kids under age 14--can earn substantial scholarship funds. Ben Kaplan has helped tens of thousands of families save half a billion dollars over the past 10 years. Tonight he hosts a free scholarship workshop at Huntley High School. You can still register and reserve a seat at


Ben Kaplan's Chicago Scholarship Workshop
Tuesday, March 8
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Huntley High School (Performing Arts Center)
13719 Harmony Road, Huntley, IL 60142

Cost: Free (advance registration required)

Register online

Ben Kaplan Bio: (property of

"Kaplan has authored 12 best-selling books and CDs, including How to Go to College Almost for Free (HarperCollins Publishers), the leading book in the genre with more than 500,000 copies in print. The book is based on his experiences in winning two dozen scholarships worth $90,000 -- enough to cover virtually the entire cost of his Harvard degree.

Now age 33, his popular "Scholars & Dollars" education column was launched in The Oregonian (Portland's daily newspaper) in 2006. In 2008, he launched a companion radio feature on KMOX-AM, the No. 1 rated station in St. Louis. Both are now syndicated nationally.

Additionally, Kaplan is a regular guest expert for leading media outlets: He has been featured on more than 2,000 TV and radio programs, including interviews on Oprah, Good Morning America, Nightline, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox News, NPR, and the BBC. Known internationally as "America's Scholarship Coach," Kaplan has also written columns for major publications such as The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and Time.

Kaplan delivers live presentations to 30,000 families each year at high schools, colleges, corporations, and community venues worldwide. He previously served as Fastweb's "resident scholarship coach," and has advised leading Fortune 500 companies and educational institutions such as Citigroup, American Express, Sallie Mae, Fidelity, UCLA, Texas A&M, and the National Parent Teacher Association.

A Harvard-trained economist, Kaplan has served as a speechwriter for the Nasdaq Stock Market's chief economist, written case studies for Harvard Business School and the U.S. Department of Commerce, and authored investor education materials for the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD). Graduating from Harvard in 1999 magna cum laude with a degree in economics, Kaplan conducted original academic research examining the timing of stock market IPOs. He is a recipient of the Morris Kronfeld Prize in Economics.

Among other awards and honors, Kaplan was selected as the "Top Student Leader in America" by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon."