Jean O’Toole is a scholarship strategist, author and speaker. She has been inspiring and helping high school and college students for the past 15 years. She is also the author of a new book, Scholarship Strategies: Finding and Winning the Money You Need (Morgan James Publishing). This is episode 284 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast.
She co-founded Connections101 in 2008, creating workshops, seminars, scholarship clubs, and assemblies for students, parents and educators to help empower young people to take a proactive role in their lives. Thousands of students across the country have participated. Her strategies have helped students win thousands of dollars, including some individuals who secured up to $200,000.
She served for six years, starting in 2005, as a speaker for Monster’s Making It Count program. She traveled across the nation, where over 150,000 high school and college students participated.
As a recipient of an academic college scholarship as well as several outside scholarships she was able to attend Wagner College and graduated with a B.S. in Arts Administration in 1987. Although her scholarships were generous it still required her and her family to pay for the remainder of her education with student loans. Knowing that the debt would need to be paid off after receiving her degree, she was focused on positioning herself for immediate employment upon graduation. Her “money mission” focus motivated her to complete six internships while in college and also work part-time jobs.
O’Toole, who is also a certified Journey Dance facilitator, guides moving meditations, and serves as a WW coach, as she is dedicated to helping people design their lives..
Jean, who grew up in Western Massachusetts, resides in Oak Ridge, New Jersey.
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