Newly Created Scholarship Opportunity Helps College Students Pay For Textbooks

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Los Angeles-Based Test-Prep Center, The Learning Period, Awards Hundreds of Dollars to Promising Youth

I was given so many opportunities while in college. It just doesn't make sense for me to not pay it forward.

The Learning Period, a Los Angeles-based private tutoring center, has announced that it will hold an essay contest to cover a student's cost of books for the upcoming semester. Awards will have no cap, so they can cover the various prices among different university bookstores.

Tosin Williams, founder of The Learning Period, has decided to help highly motivated students be able to afford their textbooks. She has established a unique essay-based scholarship contest that awards students an open-ended monetary award that covers the exact cost of a semester's worth of required textbooks. While much media attention has recently been given to the potential increase of the federal student loan rate to 6.8%, the rising cost of college textbooks is an issue that has been set on the metaphorical back burner. New textbooks may cost college students anywhere from $50 to $200 each, and the typical student will take 3 or 4 classes per semester. The cost of textbooks therefore will prove to be a burden to many students. This especially applies to science and technology related majors, as their textbooks are often more expensive. In order to help relieve the recipient's financial burden, there is no set monetary cap on the award. Books are to be paid for in full by The Learning Period.

"I was given so many opportunities while in college," Tosin recalls during our interview. "It just doesn't make sense for me to not pay it forward. Not only was obtaining my dual bachelor's degree an amazing experience in itself, but my education has opened so many doors for me. I just want others to have the same access to... more. More freedom, more of a chance to create rather than follow a strict path in life." It's apparent that Ms. Williams puts her beliefs into practice. The creation Tosin refers to is the launch of her private tutoring business back in 2011. As an educator, Tosin spent nine years teaching English at a public high near Los Angeles. After realizing that there is simply not enough time during the school day to give students the individualized attention they deserved, she founded The Learning Period, a pay-it-forward model where free lessons and tutorials are given at either low or no-cost to student in high need areas.

About The Learning Period
The Learning Period provides students the opportunity to strengthen academic skills in English, math, and science. "What makes us different," Tosin explains, "is that we only pair students with credentialed teachers who have demonstrated a significant level of subject matter expertise. What's more, we put our teachers through a rigorous observation period where we gauge how effective they are at communicating [the subject] to our students. There's absolutely no reason to hire someone who bores their students during the typical school day!" Indeed, a quick glance through the hiring policy documents used internally by The Learning Period has no fewer than 20 pages dedicated to screening out potential applicants! Students who are interested in applying for The Learning Period scholarship should visit .

To learn more about this scholarship opportunity, please contact:
Reyna Dave, Media Relations
5042 Wilshire Blvd. #17292
Office: (323) 596-7859

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