Winner Testimonials Reviews & Success Stories

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Winner Testimonials, Reviews & Success Stories

Sheila X., Zuckerman Fellowship Winner ($88,000 award!) at Harvard Kennedy School (+ more than $500,000 in funding offers)

Carmen G., fully funded PhD candidate in Sociology at UCSF ($345,000 funding package)

L. Tomay Douglas, fully funded PhD candidate in Sociology at UC San Diego ($345,000 funding award)

Omar N., fully funded PhD candidate in Genetics at Stanford University ($350,000 funding package)

"The Fully Funded Course is an amazing program! This program provided me support in getting accepted to PhD programs directly after my Bachelor's degree. The course modules were very helpful, they guided me in writing an excellent application. Thank you so much Dr. Vicki Johnson!"

 Opeyemi N., fully funded PhD candidate in Biology at Washington State University ($225,000 funding award)

Sherron H., fully funded PhD candidate in Behavioral Health at University of Texas, Austin ($295,000 funding award)

"I got into the PhD program in Public Health at the University of Hawaii! I wanted to say thank you for everything. The course has been SO helpful in searching for schools and writing my applications." 

Clara M.

When I found your Fully Funded program I felt so relaxed, because now I had a plan, and I knew I could do this!

Merceadez M.

PhD Applicant to 8 Programs

“The Fully Funded personal statement writing exercises and interactive workbooks were beyond helpful, especially for a visual learner like myself. The course feels guided and personalized. It gave me the strategies I needed to be successful!"

“I was accepted to all three graduate programs I applied to! ASU is offering me a $35,000 merit scholarship and I'm a finalist for an additional scholarship that would cover my full tuition! The advice and strategies you teach were valuable in developing a competitive application. I want to thank you for the role you played in my successful applications."

Jennifer M., $35,000 Scholarship  Winner + Full Tuition Award Finalist, ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management ($200,000+ in funding awards)

"I would absolutely recommend this course to graduate school applicants! If you are applying for the first time and you aren't familiar with how it all works, it can be overwhelming. It really helps to have an organized space in the Fully Funded workbooks to take notes on graduate programs and develop your strategy on how to approach them. Seeking a degree in the UK as an international student has been tricky and stressful, but with the support of the course and Vicki's Office Hours, I have achieved acceptance to several programs!"

“The module on "Interview Secrets" was incredible! It really helped me outline my interview plan, reach out to past fellows (which I was easily able to do), and formulate interview questions both for myself and the interview team. I walked away from that interview so excited, proud, and grateful for the experience."

Marci G., PhD applicant with new job offer

"Prior to this program, I've always written my essays and submitted my applications at the last minute because for the life of me and my lack of street smarts, I just could not figure out how to break down every aspect of the application process and have been a serial procrastinator for the past decade. I honestly never thought it'd be possible for me to compile an application, and write (and edit!) essays across several months, but now I know I can! The lessons you taught us will carry us through life. Thank you for pushing us! It was only because of the support from you and others that I was able to submit my strongest application to date."

“I just received this exciting email for a finalist interview and I’ve got tears of joy. I used your tips, listened to your videos over and over again, developed and reviewed my workbook, met a current fellow like you advised, and got more insights before submitting my application. Viola! This is my first invitation to interview after many unsuccessful attempts. I just can't thank you enough.”

“Before taking the course, I thought I wasn't a unique or qualified enough candidate to be applying for any of the opportunities I had my heart set on. I took the leap with this course because I have always felt like I didn't know how to showcase my best self. This course taught me how to research opportunities, find the "insider information" that was right in front of me, and determine the best way to tell my story for each award. These are REAL strategies and tools that will elevate your application and make you stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. I am now a semifinalist for three highly competitive awards, including a Fulbright award! This course gave me the confidence to know I will never give up again." 

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