#1081 – The Scholarship Game by Luke Arnce

jhp57c6ff803ff10 The Scholarship Game
A No-Fluff Guide To Making College Affordable

Written by Luke Arnce
Compass Books  1/27/2017
78 pages   Ages 13 +

“The Scholarship Game is a guide to the college application and scholarship selection processes written from the perspective of someone who just finished them.

The book provides a step-by-step walkthrough of the application process beginning with developing a resume and deciding where to apply, and ending with negotiating with colleges and making a final decision. It covers how to approach every aspect of a college application as well as tips for writing scholarship applications and breakdowns of every type of interview the author experienced during his own process.” [INSIDE JACKET]

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The Scholarship Game is the guide for kids thinking about going to college. Kids need to begin thinking about and actively preparing for college in their freshman year of high school. Yes, you read that correctly: freshman year. Luke Arnce, who set himself up in a top college and a full-ride merit scholarship helps you understand why and how to get your child started. Actually, this book is for your child, though also recommended for parents. Arnce explains everything your child needs to understand and do beginning day one of high school. And most importantly, he explains how to pay for college; from the application to the interviews, he leaves nothing out. Everything Arnce did is included.

Arnce gives kids tips on how to fill out the arduous online application and, most importantly, how to stand out from the crowd. What I really like about The Scholarship Game is how Arnce writes as if he were talking to a group of parents and students, anticipating questions and giving heartfelt and useful answers. Arnce’s guide—his publishing debut—is personal, heartfelt, and sincere.

Why should you listen to a college freshman? Freshmen are (barely) adults, and often act like silly two-year-olds (think Spring break). How does this “kid” know so much about getting into college that he thinks he is an expert?
For starters,

  • He applied to 18 colleges, including Ivy league schools,
  • Wrote more than 20 essays,
  • Experienced 16 interviews,
  • Attended scholarship weekends,
  • Had his choice of schools,
  • Won over $1,000,000 in merit scholarships (school specific), and
  • Currently attends college on a full-ride, merit scholarship (those still exist).

A review is not supposed to root so loudly for a title, but to critic it. The Scholarship Game is well-written, well-researched and tested, succinct, and truly one-of-a-kind. Arnce laid out the methods he used when applying to college—he was extremely successful. Sure, there is absolutely no guarantee anyone will fare as well as he did. Arnce makes no promises. Ninety-five percent will depend on you and your child, but the other five percent, The Scholarship Game, will give you an advantage. This is one advantage you should take.

High school counselors need to have The Scholarship Game on hand. School libraries need to stock a few copies, as should public libraries. Middle grade counselors should read The Scholarship Game and recommend it to their college bound students. And parents, especially homeschooling parents, should be sure their child has a copy and reads it.

The Scholarship Game is written for older kids than those books normally reviewed here at KLR. But it is for the middle grade students I agreed to review The Scholarship Game. I thought about and planned for college when I was in middle school, even had an interview, so there are kids doing that today. This is a good time to read about and understand the resume section, as this applies the moment middle grade is over. The idea of going to college is exciting, yet scary. The Scholarship Game, and Luke Arnce’s calming voice will make for good pre-high school, summer reading.

THE SCHOLARSHIP GAME. Text copyright © 2017 by Luke Arnce. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Compass Books, Washington, DC.

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The Scholarship Game
A No-Fluff Guide to Making College Affordable
Written by Luke Arnce
Compass Books 1/27/2017


4 thoughts on “#1081 – The Scholarship Game by Luke Arnce

    • Love to know what you think. I’ve been through all of it. I’d love to know what you think and feel after reading this, knowing that you are looking toward college instead of away from, like I did. (Make sense?) Will what he writes overwhelm or scare you, or put you at ease and more confident about your college future?


    • It really is a good idea. The author talks about building your high school resume for college, starting with the courses you choose your freshman year (which guide the selection in the next three years) and the clubs and community you join. He said it didn’t matter if there were five or fifty in the group. And to make your activities diverse. I would definitely get a copy. If you can’t get a hold of one, let me know.


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