Alissa LiPuma, founder and principal scholarship consultant of Scholartunities LLC, shares expert knowledge, professional resources, and caring support with those who are looking to finance their lifelong educational journey. Alissa focuses her scholarship expertise on successfully navigating clients through the often labyrinthine and ultra-competitive process.
In addition to her experience as a college admissions consultant, Alissa brings years of executive experience in marketing, brand strategy, advertising, research, and employee recruiting and development. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Emerson University in 1993 with a master’s degree in Marketing. In 1998, she received a second master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Elementary Education. In her words:
“Let’s face it, busy families do not have hours and hours to comb through the hundreds and hundreds of scholarship possibilities out there. It can be so overwhelming that many people get stuck right at the beginning, unable to decide where to start, leaving opportunities behind. Let me do that work for you. In fact, I already have; I have organized folders for scholarship categories of more kinds than I could possibly list. My expertise lies in getting to know the student and the student’s passions, achievements, and obstacles overcome. This unique, highly personalized process allows me to identify suitable scholarships And if a student needs help beyond that, with the admittedly daunting paperwork process of applying, I can help with that too.”
Elizabeth Ross Del Porto
Elizabeth Ross Del Porto is our in-house essay consultant. She graduated from the SUNY Albany English honors program with a bachelor’s degree in English, with a concentration in William Shakespeare, in 1991, followed by a master’s degree in education from Wheelock College in 1994. She also completed a school administrator certification course in 2003 and is currently a public school teacher in Massachusetts. In her words:
“Help with writing can take many forms and has many levels of support. Some students feel lost and don’t know where to start, so I use the information from the intake form, combined with live and/or phone conversations. These allow me to help students see through the fog of uncertainty and find a solid path forward to an essay that is a genuine reflection of the writer, with deliberate word choice and a palpable voice. Active listening and patient guiding allow me to help these students frame their ideas and polish them with award-winning writing techniques. Other students have always had a clear vision and have completed their essays, but just want a final once-over to check for crisp and immaculate grammar and usage. Many students are somewhere in the middle, needing a blend of help with light-bulb creativity and help with nitty-gritty proofreading. Whatever students need, the highly individual one-to-one guidance I can provide cannot be duplicated in any classroom setting.”