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Scholarship Plaza

Name: Maryam Funmilayo

Location: Irving, TX 

Type of Business:
Scholarship Consultant

What does your business do?
My business serves as an advising and mentoring avenue to motivate 9th-12th grade high school students towards applying for full-ride, merit, partial scholarships, and grants for college. My business also connects current students in community colleges, vocational schools, universities, and graduate schools, to various scholarship resources. The aim is to educate students that funding their college education does not have to be loan-dependent. The goal is to empower students to take advantage of the free money out there and be able to graduate debt-free.

When and why did you start the biz?
I have been doing this scholarship 'hunting' as a vocation since 2000. I savored the numerous scholarships and grants I was awarded that helped me fund my studies throughout undergraduate and graduate school. I started the business after realizing the need and local demand in my community for scholarship sources for college students. My business opened in July 2017.

How Many People are in your Company?

Where's your office?
My office location is a shared space because of the cost of having a full furnished office.

What's the toughest part of running your biz?
The toughest part is doing it alone without employees. It is sometimes very overwhelming and demanding, coupled with taking care of a family.

What's the most fun part?
The most fun part is digging the hidden treasures out there and sending the resources out there that will eventually help many students and their families financially. I feel so satisfied at the end of the day because I have made someone happy.

Anything you would have done differently?
Not at all.

What's next on the horizon for your biz?
The next on the horizon for me and my business is to establish a well-staffed office.

What advice do you have for others?
Follow your passion! Your passion might be totally different from your academic career goal. It might be a hobby or an interest. Thrive in it and with it and get all the support you could get. I am a public health education professional and I am proud to say that I love being a scholarship consultant as well.

How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I would use Idea Cafe to help with my business through adequate staffing. Since we have no employees at the moment or even paid interns, we are unable to reach many people as we would like to.

School (where, still in school, degree)?
MA in Health Education and Promotion - East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina

Prior jobs or business?
Public Health Educator, Nutritionist

Favorite Food?
Plantain and Beans

Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?
A homeschool colleague/fellow mom/new friend who found out that I knew much about scholarships and advised me to start a business.

Anyone you publicly want to thank?
Sakinah my homeschool fellow mum. Miftah my husband.

Contact Info:
Maryam Funmilayo
2600 AlManzor Avenue
Irving, TX 75062



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