Meet the Expert

College Funding and Preparation Strategist  
|  Advocate |   Consultant   |   Trainer
Promoting College Access and Success

Certified Financial Educator 

National Financial Educators Council


Invited to be the featured presenter for the NACAC Virtual College Fair Meet Up Session - Scholarships:  Frequently Asked Questions.

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In February 2020, I was invited to be a college funding expert for the Experian Paying for College Twitter Chat event. 

Of Note!

Selected to be featured in The Spring 2015 issue of The Pacer, a publication of the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) Read More Candace's PACAC Story


The Essence of EduDreamer
Motivating students to identify their inner strength, find their voice, and see themselves as leaders, achievers, and college degree receivers– through staff professional development, presentations, and direct service.

With 35 years of experience in post-secondary preparation, Candace Powell Kinard is a Certified Financial Instructor and an Educational Consultant inspiring organizations, students, and their families to bring educational dreams to life.


Candace's rich past experience includes working in college admission, managing and creating new college access program initiatives, supervision of school-based practitioners, and managing college access centers that provided walk-in college planning services to middle school, high school students, and adults.

Recognized By Her Higher Education Peers

She has been recognized by her peers and was awarded the Gary M. Kelsey Human Relations Award. She is currently the chairperson for the Philadelphia NACAC National College Fair.  Her passion and commitment for the issue of access to higher education can be seen through her work as an Advisory Council member for the Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable, a networking organization for college preparatory professionals, Villanova’s Undergraduate Advisory Council, the New Castle County Coordinator with Stand by Me Delaware, scholarship judge and reader, and other higher education advisory committees in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

A Blast from My Past

I was very honored to be featured in a local Philadelphia newspaper in 2011.  Read the article here.

Fairhill: College Access Center Director Encourages Students

“I have a small and growing consultancy.  I look forward to meeting you and your team and helping your students pay for college, define your goals, develop solutions - and realize them! So what are you waiting for, let's meet" 

Candace Powell Kinard, Founder and Senior Consultant


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