Access to Higher Education

Dear Readers,

I hope that everyone has weathered the recent snowstorm.  I must say this has been one of the coldest winters that I can remember and we are only in January.  But, in all things, I am truly grateful.

Before we blink, it will be time for high school graduations.  In very short order, many of us will be consumed with helping family and friends with plans to continue their education.

On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, The Dallas Weekly, published its list of Top 10 Scholarships for African-American students.  Earlier today, a dear friend shared this information with me and I quickly thought of you.  When reading the article, I noticed that many of these opportunities have January deadlines so, if you are interested, please act quickly.  If you know anyone who could use this information, please remember to pass it along.

In true Brooklyn Legends’ style, I began my search for women from Brooklyn who have benefitted from these programs.  I found three amazing women to share with you.  I invite you to spend a few minutes “meeting” each one.

Britney Wilson

Britney Wilson was the first winner of the Tom Joyner Full Ride Scholarship.  Ms. Wilson graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Howard University in 2012.  She is presently studying law at the University of Pennsylvania.  Here is a quote from Ms. Wilson that will certainly encourage you:
“I am a black female and disabled and I take my representation of all three groups very seriously.  You just have to know that you can do anything you put your mind to”.

Veronica Threadgill

Veronica Threadgill is a former Ron Brown Scholar.  Last year, while working on another project, a friend recommended I add the book I Have Risen – Essays By African-American Youth to my library.  This book contains essays written by students who were selected to receive Ron Brown Scholarships.  I was drawn to Ms. Threadgill’s essay for I was so proud that she was from Brooklyn.  In 2005 she graduated from Roger Wilkins University with a degree in accounting and financial services.  Here is a quote from Ms. Threadgill that I found to be quite moving:
“Because I grew up in New York, One might assume that I’ve seen diversity in every aspect of life.  I wish that were true.  If a person comes from childhood, having no first hand experience with people who are different, they aren’t likely to be unbiased adults”.

I am pleased to report that in addition to her career in finance, Ms. Threadgill is dedicated to creating her own personal project that will bring together children from different backgrounds.

Dr. Aprille Ericcson-Jackson

Dr. Ericcson-Jackson is the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University.  She is also the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goodard Space Flight Center.  I could not readily discern if Dr. Ericcson-Jackson received a scholarship from NASA, but surely anyone who is interested in working in Aeronautics would view her as a wonderful role model.  According to an article written about her in Ivillage, her favorite quote is:
“Shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you’re still among the stars”.

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Here is the list for your reference.

#1 – The Tom Joyner Foundation “Full Ride” Scholarship awards a full scholarship to one student to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).  Learn more by following this link.

#2 – The Burger King Scholars program is designed to help high-school seniors who are looking to start college next year. Annually, the program awards more than $1.4 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students.  Learn more by following this link.

#3 – The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (also known as the Bill Gates Scholarship) awards scholarships each year to African-American students who plan to enroll full-time in a two-year or four-year college or university program.  Learn more by following this link.

#4 – The Ron Brown Scholar Program provides scholarship awards to African-American high school seniors who are excelling in their academics, exhibiting exceptional leadership potential, and actively serving in community service activities.  Learn more by following this link.

#5 – The Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship Program is sponsored by Discover Financial Services. The program recognizes students in their junior year of high school who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their communities.  Learn more by following this link.

#6 – The National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) provides four scholarships each year to African-American students currently in law school. Each applicant will be required to complete an essay on a topic that is related to the specific scholarship for which they are applying.  Learn more by following this link.

#7 – Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships (RMHC) for African-American Future Achievers are awarded to eligible high school students with high academic performance and community service as well as financial need.  Learn more by following this link.

#8 – The Talbots Scholarship Program awards one-time scholarships to women who want to go back to school to earn their undergraduate degree after graduating from high school or receiving their GED at least ten years ago. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.  Learn more by following this link.

#9 – The Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program awards scholarships to college juniors and seniors who demonstrate leadership qualities in support of freedom, American values and constitutional principles.  Learn more by following this  link.

#10 – The NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a career in the field of aeronautics. It is a renewable scholarship for U.S. citizens and nationals. Learn more by following this link.

To search hundreds of other 2014 scholarships, visit Scholarships Online.

Credits:
Dallas Weekly Newspaper

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