Student uses personal challenge of paying for college to help others succeed

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Deciding to further your education is an easy task, but finding the money to pay for it is sometimes challenging. That's why a Virginia Tech sophomore is trying to help with a new business plan that's giving students new confidence and more cash.

"If you tell someone to go to college, teach them how to go so they can have financial freedom afterwards," said Danielle Jeffers. It's safe to say the Virginia Tech sophomore is driven.

"My goal to create that system within the school systems, the education systems," Jeffers said.

The 20 year old from Danville isn't only focused on her education, but looking out for her peers too.

Jeffers created the website, easy to access from your cell, called www.Dough4Degrees.com. Simply put, it's a scholarship coaching company that links students up with funds for school. She started it last year and has directly helped about 30 students get more than 60 thousand dollars in scholarships.

"If you count the people we interact through workshops and social media maybe thousands, I don't know," Jeffers said.

Jeffers speaks from experience. She took the challenge of not having enough to pay for school head on. She researched, applied, and won 100 thousand dollars worth of scholarships.

"I wouldn't trade it for anything. Virginia Tech has opened so many doors for me. Taught me how to be a leader," Jeffers said.

In consulting sessions, she tells students where to find the right scholarship, how to apply, and how to write an essay.

She has plans to develop this into a larger company and continue to inspire.