Nursing Student Michelle Rex Wins Study.com's Textbooks for a Year Scholarship

We asked entrants to our 'Win Free Textbooks' $1000 scholarship to share their most creative ways to reduce textbook costs. We were impressed by winner Michelle Rex's generous, forward-thinking plan to save money not only for herself, but for her fellow students at Horry Georgetown Technical College. Congratulations, Michelle!

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Inspired by a favorite aunt, Michelle Rex has wanted to be a nurse ever since she was a young girl. Now, at the age of 38, she's realizing her ambition with the support of her husband and children. Enrolled in the nursing program at Horry Georgetown Technical College in Myrtle Beach, SC, Michelle is working hard to become a nurse specializing in obstetrics and pediatrics. With her children quickly growing up, Michelle says, 'I just wanted to go back to school and do something for myself.'

Sharing to Save

Textbooks Winner Michelle Rex

'I think that sharing books is a great way to save on cost,' Michelle wrote. 'This could be done with fellow students in the same classes that you are currently enrolled with by having study groups, or either by having a 'library' of books that people can donate to, or borrow from whenever they need a book. We do currently have a few books that are being passed around on a first come, first serve basis at my school. It's nice to know that the books are there if you need them and really don't want to spend the money on them.'

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A Tight-Knit Community

This textbook 'library' developed in Michelle's nursing program, a tight-knit and supportive group of students of all ages and backgrounds. 'We have a great class,' says Michelle. 'We have all age ranges, and it's amazing because we have some that are 21 or so and we have some that are 52.' She's happy to have her family's support, but notes that others are not as lucky: 'It's very hard. I give props to the single mothers who are doing it, and the ones that have to work 40 hours a week and do it.' She hopes that her scholarship win can eventually benefit her classmates down the road. 'Just financially so many are struggling and dropping classes and trying to cut back because they just can't do it, so definitely I've got a bookshelf full that whenever I graduate, they can have them.'

Though currently the book-exchange is only active in Michelle's nursing program, she has plans to expand it to the rest of her college. She thinks flyers encouraging people to give back if they can would go a long way toward fostering the same kind of sharing and camaraderie that characterizes her nursing program, and plans to get in touch with the college administration about establishing textbook libraries in other departments. She also thinks that Facebook is a great tool for sharing strategies to save money on books: 'It gets the word out,' she says.

Congratulations, Michelle! And thank you to all of our entrants who put so much thought into their answers; we're encouraged to see that so many of you are thinking so creatively about reducing the cost of textbooks for yourselves and others.

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Look out for future scholarships on our Facebook page. Currently running: Tuition Won't Stop Me, a scholarship that could be anywhere from $100 to $5,000--depending on how many of your friends and family you get to like your comment and our page. We hope we can continue to help students like Michelle get the financial boost they need to finish their degrees and start their careers.

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