WMU Alumna and Founder of The Scholarship Expert Receives a Business Development Grant from The City of Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, MI – The City of Kalamazoo has awarded The Scholarship Expert a $750 Business Grant and $2,500 Business Grant technology assistance, marketing and other needs. The grants are awarded through the Business Development Fund from the City of Kalamazoo to provide resources to local residents who have a desire to start a business or grow their small business.

From left to right: Dwayne Powell, Neighborhood Business & Special Projects Coordinator at City of Kalamazoo, Alexis Lenderman, Founder of The Scholarship Expert, Justin Black, Communications Director, The Scholarship Expert 

Founder of The Scholarship Expert and recent Western Michigan University graduate Alexis Lenderman recently re-launched her business. In 2016, she began her business by conducting classroom presentations to assist students in finding and applying for scholarships.  In 2019, and after advising nearly 300 students, Lenderman decided to take a step further in her quest to help young students graduate debt-free by creating online courses to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully navigate the scholarship process. “ I wanted to assist students in becoming autonomous when finding and applying for scholarships. This idea became The Scholarship Blueprint,” said Lenderman. 

Together with her fiance, Justin Black, who is also a Seita Scholar and WMU student, they have created a four-module course focused on strategies to help students graduate debt-free from college. In addition to the Scholarship Blueprint course, they’ve created an Ebook, and a planner, The Perfect College Student Planner, structured to help university students maximize opportunities in their college careers. With this method, Lenderman and Black intend to support more students through an online platform. 

The grant money from the City of Kalamazoo will help to create The Scholarship Blueprint book. To further develop success among college students, The Scholarship Expert has also begun to formulate the Perfect College Student Planner to help students stay organized throughout the semester.

If you’d like more information on how to apply for a grant or loan through the Business Development Fund, call 269-337-8026 or email [email protected]

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About The Scholarship Expert

The Scholarship Expert, a scholarship coaching business, was founded  in 2016 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI by Alexis Lenderman. Its mission is to position students to graduate debt-free while obtaining the necessary skills to maximize their college experience academically, professionally, and personally.

Lenderman, who earned approximately $200,000 through her college career, wanted to assist  students in finding ways to graduate debt-free. Communication Director Justin Black has joined The Scholarship Expert team in providing mentoring and presentations particularly focusing on working with underserved populations, especially with foster youth first-generation students. Black will be graduating in June 2020 with over $140,000 in scholarships. 

About the Founder

In 2018, Lenderman’s work was recognized by the Clinton Foundation and she was awarded the CGI U Commitment-Maker Seal for her commitment to The Scholarship Expert.

“I began The Scholarship Expert as a way of sharing what I’ve learned along the way so that other students don’t have to go through the same struggles as I went through. Originally, I planned to mainly focus on supporting foster youth, but I realized that there are thousands of high school students who lack the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in college” said Lenderman. “The average high school student only receives less than an hour of college advising, including which colleges to apply for and what financial aid is available. Students deserve much more and we must do better. I am committed to making this happened,” added Lenderman. 

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