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1 Million Cups - Spotlight - Jordan Schanda - 2/21/17 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:19:22 +0000 1 Million Cups - Spotlight - Jordan Schanda - 2/21/17 1 Million Cups - Spotlight - Jordan Schanda - 2/21/17 KOLR [?] >> kelly: welcome back, everybody. today we're talking to jordon schanda, who is in the spotlight of 1 million cups this week. it's great to see you! >> guest: thanks for having me. >> kelly: thanks for coming up. it's called scholarprep that you have created. it's based on personal experience during the college application process. can you tell us all about it? >> our mom and i developed this based on personal experiences. so when i was a senior in high school i spent a lot of time searching for and applying for scholarships. i was successful, but it was extremely stressful. my mom was serving on scholarship review boards. so she saw what students were doing wrong and struggling with and saw scholarships go completely unawarded because nobody applied. most families go through that. i would have moved on when i went to college. but i have a younger brother. and we want him to have an easier time with the process. so we documented everything that worked well for me. and that became our scholarprep organizer. >> joy: it's not only a organizer. there's online classes. what does it encompass? >> guest: in addition to the organizers -- i brought something to show you. it's hard to get a visual. it's comprehensive. it covers every section that a student will encounter on a scholarship application. they can store their application materials here in the organizer. so you would use this as soon as your student graduates eighth grade. >> joy: wow! okay! >> guest: you track your activities and achievements throughout high school, instead of sitting down as a senior and say what have i done for four years. >> kelly: why hasn't anyone come up with this! >> guest: when we sit down with families, they have a lot of question. so we created a digital course to get the information and create a custom college prep plan. >> joy: this takes into account the things you need to search your memory bank, your extra curricular activity, leadership rewards, leadership examples, that you might get asked questions for an interview for a university or college. >> guest: right. it mirrors the application process. >> joy: wow, this is really -- it's literally. -- so you've got everything in one spot. >> guest: exactly. in one place. >> joy: which is really, really helpful. >> kelly: are you always thinking of new things that you come up with that need to be out there? >> guest: yes. so we have a blog that we update weekly. so we're always putting out new resources for families and students to help them through the process. we have a different theme every month. this one for standardized testing. we're always putting new information out there. >> joy: wow, this is valuable! you put in it a little time, you might get a better deal on scholarships or anything. there is the website. there's what it looks like. i scrolled through it today. you learn a lot. you think wow, these are things that we need to think about starting like you said after eighth grade, not the first day of your senior year. you better start early. >> guest: exactly. that's the -- the biggest challenge is when families come to us and get our product in their hands, they say they wish they got it sooner. because they're not thinking about until junior or senior year. it's most valuable if they get this in their hands in freshman year. >> kelly: do you go to schools? >> joy: i notice this says staffo stafford indians. >> guest: what we're trying to do to get at the barrier of being able to reach students earlier is work directly with schools. we have several schools in the area who use our product. this is an example of the stafford cover. so we can customize these for any school. >> kelly: that is perfection. how have 1 million cups helped you? >> the most valuable thing that came from 1 million cups was really having to think through the ins and outs of our business so early on. i think most people jump into a business. we kind of fell into this on accident. so having to put that presentation together and then having questions from the audience, it's just really valuable insight that, you know, i'm so thankful that we had that early on. >> joy: sure. it helps you refine your idea i'm sure. did you and your mom go to do the presenting for 1 million cups or you? >> guest: she did the presentation and then i answered questions. >> joy: really. so it's still a team effort. >> guest: yeah. >> joy: i'm sure you've gotten people from all over that have asked you about this. how has the response been? >> guest: it's been great. we sell these directly online to parents. so anyone can go online on our website and order one. and then, schools, obviously, they can always send me an e-mail, and i would be happy to chat with them. the way we work with schools, we tailor that to what they need. >> joy: very good. and there are testimonials online. by the way, 1 million cups is going to be celebrating its three-year anniversary coming up in springfield. you can take part in the celebration on wednesday, march 1st, from 8:30 until 10:00 a.m. at the springfield art museum. i'm sure you can meet people just like that you that have been helped. thank you so much. >> guest: thank you! >> kelly: thank you. this is wonderful information for all those coming up. thank you so much. >> joy: yeah, look into 1 million cups. i think you'll be impressed for sure. >> kelly: coming up, joy will be

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