About the Author
Sedgwick Hines is an author and self-publisher of Aviation Scholarships, The
Scholarship Workbook, and other forthcoming books, owner of AvScholars Publishing,
He graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Technology
in 1994. Mr. Hines is a professional airline pilot as well, in which scholarships
and other forms of financial aid he received allowed him to purse his childhood
My Financial Aid Story...
Students, Parents, and Educators:
I would like to share my quest for financial aid
with you. It cost me approximately $130,000 to attend
Purdue University’s Aviation/Flight Program in West
Lafayette, Indiana from 1990 - 1994. I received nearly
$90,000 in scholarships, grants, and institutional
aid to help pay for my college tuition and flight
training fees. However, knowing what I know now,
I believe I should have gone to school for free or
close to free. I attended Chicago Vocational High
School, which is a public high school located on
the south side of Chicago, IL, and in my senior year
of high school I was Class President and salutatorian.
I had a 4.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and I was a member
of various clubs and organizations in school such
as the Track & Field Team, National Honor Society,
National Beta Club, Law Club, Math Club, etc. I also
volunteered as a tutor at a local church and community
organization to elementary school students.
When it was time to start applying for financial
aid, my mother and I didn’t have a clue about the
financial aid process. We made numerous mistakes
on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),
and I didn’t apply for most scholarships in which
I was eligible. I felt the scholarship application
process was a little intimidating, especially when
I had to write an essay or prepare for an interview.
If it had not been for my mother and guidance counselor
pushing me to complete the scholarship applications
that I had, I would not have received the scholarships
that I was awarded.
Although, I received nearly $90,000 in scholarships,
grants, and institutional aid to pay for college.
I still had to borrow close to $40,000 in student,
PLUS, and Alternative loans to pay for the remaining
flight training expenses. I should have applied to
more scholarships to reduce the number and amount
of loans I had to borrow for my education. Despite
my financial aid mistakes, I was still able to pursue
my childhood dream of becoming a professional airline
pilot. And currently, I’m a pilot for a major airline.
After graduating from college, I wrote and published my first book titled Aviation
Scholarship Directory to help students find aviation scholarships. After
publishing the second edition of this book, I was asked if I could help students
that were not interested in aviation with their scholarship search. So I started
to reflect on my personal experiences and lessons learned. Then I researched
the financial aid topic more and attended various financial aid workshops.
What I realized was that students and parents were still having the same problems
that my mother and I had years ago.
So, I decided to write The Scholarship Workbook.
The overall goal of The Scholarship Workbook was
to simplify the financial aid process for students
and parents by making it a step-by-step guide. There
are four major steps, in which I consider as building
blocks, to help students with the financial aid process.
The four major steps (building blocks) consist of:
1: Financial Aid Basics
2: The Workbook (Documenting Qualifications)
3: Scholarship and Financial Aid Sources
4: Completing the Scholarship Application
Each step was designed to help students by making
the financial aid process less confusing and intimidating.
I assure you that The Scholarship Workbook will
help students with their scholarship search and application
here to order your copy of The Scholarship
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