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    (BPRW) THE HOME DEPOT KICKS OFF ITS 2017 RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL GRANT PROGRAM for HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES and UNIVERSITIES

    In Its Eighth Consecutive Year, the World’s Largest Home Improvement Specialty Retailer Will Award Deserving HBCUs $360,000 in Campus Improvement Grants


    GRANT PROGRAM for HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES and UNIVERSITIES


    (Black PR Wire) Atlanta, GA, February 3, 2017—Continuing its commitment to our nation’s accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), The Home Depot announced today the launch of its 2017 Retool Your School Grant Program offering HBCUs an opportunity to apply for grants to use toward creating sustainable renovations and additions to their campuses.

    This year, The Home Depot is pleased to introduce two ways to enter the Retool Your School program for 2017. Not only will HBCUs have the choice of opting into the program through proposal submission, but for the first time ever, deserving HBCUs can now enter the RYS program through an all-new and exciting nomination process.

    This nomination process allows HBCU faculty, staff, students and community supporters to nominate their favorite HBCU to participate in the program via Twitter and/or Instagram using the school’s sponsor-provided hashtag, which can be found at www.retoolyourschool.com. Accredited HBCUs with a minimum of 100 nominations will then qualify to enter the voting period.

    Nominations must be accepted by an authorized school administrator and be submitted between January 29, 2017, and February 10, 2017, to enter the voting period.

    The second way for schools to vie for a 2017 Retool Your School campus improvement grant is by having an authorized school administrator complete the online registration form by providing primary contact information as well as an official school logo, which will be on the Retool Your School website. Once submitted, the school will be included on the website for the official voting phase of the program.

    This information must be submitted between January 29, 2017, and February 22, 2017, to enter the voting period.

    Schools receiving 100 or more nominations during the official nomination period will be converted to votes. This year, voting begins February 24, 2017, and ends April 16, 2017.

    During this period, the HBCU community can vote in two ways:

  1. By casting one online vote per day at www.retoolyourschool.com

  2. By using your school’s unique, designated hashtag to cast unlimited social votes through Twitter and Instagram.


  3. The nine schools that receive the highest number of votes during the voting period will advance to the final round and submit their proposals. A panel of distinguished judges will evaluate each school’s proposal. Judges will consider the quality of each proposal and the school’s ability to execute the project within the specified budget. Proposals for all three grant levels must highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on the HBCU campus.

    A total of $360,000 will be granted to the nine HBCUs with winning proposals. The schools will be categorized in one of three clusters, based on each school’s student population. Each cluster will have three winners vying for one $50,000, one $40,000 and one $30,000 grant.

    The breakdown is as follows: Cluster 1 is open to schools with a student enrollment of 4,000 or more; Cluster 2 is open to schools with a student enrollment of 1,201–3,999 students; and Cluster 3 is open to schools with 1,200 students or less.

    The nine winners will be announced by May 11, 2017, at The Home Depot headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

    The Home Depot Retool Your School Grant Program, established in 2010, encourages and recognizes innovative projects that contribute to the campuses of accredited HBCUs. Since the program’s inception, over 1.5 million dollars in grant money has been awarded to our nation’s HBCUs to make sustainable improvements.

    For the last two years, the Retool Your School Program has been recognized in Washington, DC, by the White House Initiative on HBCUs during National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week.

    “With each year, we’ve seen the momentum and engagement around The Retool Your School Grant Program continually grow,” says Melissa Brown, Senior Marketing Manager at The Home Depot. “The program is the embodiment of the culture and commitment of The Home Depot’s support to community. At the Home Depot, we acknowledge and appreciate the vital contributions that HBCUs have made and continue to make to our nation’s rich history, and are proud to partner in this legacy.”

    For more information on The Home Depot Retool Your School Grant Program, visit www.retoolyourschool.com.

    About The Home Depot®
    The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,274 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2014, The Home Depot had sales of $83.2 billion and earnings of $6.3 billion. The company employs more than 370,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:HD) and is included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.


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    Central Florida Community Arts and the Barry L. Miller Foundation for Arts and Education announce the “Arts for Every Life!” Scholarship Fund.

    Joshua Vickery, Central Florida Community Arts
    Barry L. Miller, Barry L. Miller Foundation for Arts and Education
    November 17, 2017


    Orlando, FL --- Today, Central Florida Community Arts’ Founder Joshua Vickery announced the formation of ‘Arts for Every Life,’ a new scholarship fund for college-bound Central Florida High School students. The scholarship, initially funded by a $10,000 donation from the Barry L. Miller Foundation for Arts and Education, will reward $1,000 scholarships to students who demonstrate proficiency and who have gained acceptance to 2 or 4 year universities in one of the following disciplines: Theatre, Musical Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Vocal Performance, and Instrumental Music Performance

    The establishment of the Scholarship Fund is an initiate of the Foundation and Barry L. Miller stated: “This is a great way for students to further their education by becoming involved in the Arts through great organizations such as Central Florida Community Arts.”

    Barry L. Miller is an attorney practicing law in Orlando and is the President of The Closing Agent, Inc., a title and escrow company with five locations in central Florida. The company was recognized in 2015 and again in 2016 by ICIC as one of the top 100 growing inner city companies in the United States and featured in Fortune Magazine.

    THE FOUNDATION’S MISSION STATEMENT: The Barry L. Miller Foundation for Arts and Education has been funded to promote, perpetuate, enrich and improve music, performing arts, visual arts and theater arts and to advance arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding in the Community. The Foundation advocates and funds grant opportunities, financial support for scholarships and quality programming to individuals, artists, students, as well as educational institutions, community groups, theatre companies and other artistic endeavors to that further the arts and education in the community.

    Applications will be available by January 1, 2017 at www.cfcarts.com/scholarships and will be due by May 1, 2017. For more information on the application process or to help sponsor the Arts for Every Life Scholarship Program, contact:

    Donald Rupe
    Donald.Rupe@cfcarts.com
    (407) 973-1800


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    Art Scholarship for BlackRefer Students


    1st Art Gallery is excited to tell you that we are offering a $1000 scholarship to art students at blackrefer! We would love to make this available and easy to find for your students.

    Eligibility Requirements

  1. High school students graduating this calendar year and have been accepted into a college, university, trade school, or design school.

  2. Students currently enrolled in a college, university, trade school, or design school.


    Application Guidelines
    1st Art Gallery wants to enable art students (all art disciplines) to continue their education. Art students need to submit a piece of art that makes them proud. This can be any type of art submission including (but not limited to) a painting, photograph, statue, song, animation, video, film, illustration, story, poem or any other type of art.

    http://www.1st-art-gallery.com/scholarship.html


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    Private $1500 Scholarship for Higher Learning Awarded


    HotelsCheap.org, a subsidiary of HotelPlanner, is pleased to announce the winner of our Spring 2016 General Scholarship for Higher Learning Award. Jordan Dozier, an engineering student attending Duke University in Durham NC, has been selected as the Spring 2016 HotelsCheap Scholarship winner based upon his overall application responses, career objectives and financial needs.

    Thank you for advocating the HotelsCheap.org Scholarship Award program on your financial aid resource this year. As a reminder, the HotelsCheap Scholarships for Higher Learning are ongoing and are awarded twice annually in the Fall and Spring of each calendar year.

    Our Fall 2016 General Scholarship Award opportunity is now available and accepting student applications through October 15, 2016 with a scholarship to be awarded in the amount of $1500 USD.

    The scholarship link for student applications is located here: http://www.hotelscheap.org/scholarship


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    Election Issue: A Fix To The College Admissions Madness


    The Other 2016 Election Issue: a Fix to the College Admissions Madness

    By Greg Kaplan

    As the nation’s student loan debt burden skyrockets, the cost of a college education has become an election issue. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump all agree that college is too expensive and offer various different proposals to combat rapidly rising college costs. While the candidates focus solely on the cost of a college education, families are first faced with the increasingly difficult task of getting their kids into college. This process can also be very expensive. We have heard about families that spare no expense in creating unique opportunities for their children to shine. However, most parents on a budget are at a loss for what they can do to help their kids stand out if they lack the funds to send their kids to Botswana to undertake preservation work to demonstrate their passion for the environment, or to swim the English Channel to show their perseverance.

    Instead of waiting for solution to the impacted college admissions system, recognize that there are numerous free and inexpensive ways to enable your child to demonstrate value to a college and stand out in the admissions process. Parents can maximize any budget to turn their high school student into a standout applicant. Consider the following:

  1. Create a community service or interest group. Colleges seek leadership, initiative, and an entrepreneurial spirit in their future students. Creating a service or interest group at your child’s high school will allow your child to demonstrate that she is a leader at no cost to your family.

  2. Enroll in a niche sport like crew or squash. Admissions officers scramble to find enough applicants to fill their teams for niche sports, which makes athletes skilled in these sports desirable. There are so few kids playing some sports that clubs offer steep discounts to families to attract youth athletes. For example, many rowing and squash and rowing clubs and associations offer competitive and novice crew programs at affordable prices during the summer and school year. Check online to see what is available near you.

  3. Earn recognition. Recognition from a free or inexpensive competition, tournament, or other opportunity to showcase your child’s skills will separate her from a sea of applicants who are excelling, but not demonstrating their talents to admissions officers. For example, an aspiring English major with a knack for poetry could enter a local youth poetry contest or submit guest editorials for publication to local newspapers.

  4. Be strategic with the applications. Recognize that colleges seek to balance genders and backgrounds in different programs and applicants that provide that balance are more valuable to a college. For example, women earn over 57% of all bachelor’s degrees, but only 19% of engineering degrees. A female applicant with a demonstrated interest in engineering may stand out more than an equally qualified male applicant as admissions officers strive to create a balanced and diverse class. The same would go for a male applicant that applies to a nursing program.


  5. The most important part of the college application process is to stay true to the skills, passions, and interests that make your child unique. By encouraging your child to excel in what matters most to her, she will develop the skills and leadership that college admissions officers covet.

    Greg Kaplan is a college application strategist and author of Earning Admission: Real Strategies for Getting into Highly Selective Colleges. Kaplan focuses on empowering families to develop their children’s high value skills, interests, and passions and market the value they would bring to colleges. Kaplan is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and UC Irvine School of Law, where he received close to a full tuition scholarship. See www.earningadmission.com for more information.


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    (BPRW) Howard University, South Carolina State University and Lane College Announced as the Top Winners of The Home Depot 2016 Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program

    (Black PR Wire) Atlanta, GA, May 9, 2016—Today, The Home Depot® officially announced the winners of the 2016 RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL Campus Improvement Grant Program. This program, established in 2010, provides support for campus improvement projects at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country. To date, the program has awarded $1.5 million dollars in grant money to HBCUs. The announcement was made during a luncheon held at the Home Depot corporate headquarters.

    This year, the total winnings for the Retool Your School program tally $300,000 in grants, to be distributed to nine accredited HBCUsthat have demonstrated, through a judging process, their need and ability to utilize the requested funds to renovate their campuses.

    The schools will be categorized in one of three clusters, based on student population. Each cluster will have three winners vying for one $50,000, one $30,000 and one $20,000 grant. The breakdown will be as follows: Cluster 1 will be based on schools with student enrollment of 4,000 or more; Cluster 2 will be based on schools with student enrollment of 3,999–1,251; and Cluster 3 will include schools with 1,250 students or less.

    The 2016 Home Depot RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL Winners

    Cluster 1
    $50,000 – Howard University
    $30,000 – Florida A&M University
    $20,000 – Virginia State University

    Cluster 2
    $50,000 – South Carolina State University
    $30,000 - Tuskegee University
    $20,000 - Oakwood University

    Cluster 3
    $50,000 - Lane College
    $30,000 - Wiley College
    $20,000 -LeMoyne-Owen College

    The judging process is preceded by a two-month social media campaign that engages the HBCU community to cast votes for their desired participating HBCU. Online voting, which began February 26, 2016, and ended April 24, 2016, allows HBCU supporters to cast one vote per day per device for their favorite participating HBCU.

    “This is the seventh year for Retool Your School. The Home Depot continues to see a growth trajectory of excitement and participation for this program,” says Melissa Brown, senior manager, marketing, The Home Depot. “The Home Depot is thrilled about the surge of engagement and online voting this year.

    The RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL winners are selected by a combination of online voting, social media activity and proposal reviews by a distinguished panel of judges: Laz Alonso, Howard University alumnus and film and television star; Angela Burt Murray, Hampton University alumna, and Co-Founder and CEO, CocoaFab.com; Gregory Moore, Esq, commissioner, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC); Michael Tabb, managing partner, Red Rock Global; and Kenneth Hill, district manager, The Home Depot.

    The RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL Campus Improvement Grant Program supports the growing sustainability movement by providing special consideration to eco-friendly project proposals. With the goal of issuing grants for projects that have a lasting impact, winning RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL projects will begin in the summer of 2016. For more information on the RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL program, visit www.RetoolYourSchool.com

    About The Home Depot
    The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,275 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2015, The Home Depot had sales of $88.5 billion and earnings of $7.0 billion. The Company employs more than 385,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

    Photo Caption
    The Home Depot® officially announced the winners of the 2016 Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program last Friday in Atlanta. TV One’s NewsOne Now Anchor and Host Roland Martin served as keynote of the event.

    The RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL Campus
    Roland Martin, Host & Managing Editor, TV One NewsOne Now was the 2016 Retool Your School announcement luncheon keynote speaker. Photo Credit: Ben Rosen


    The RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL Campus
    Melissa Brown, senior manager, marketing, The Home Depot and Dr. Ivory Toldson, executive director of White House Initiative on HBCUs announce the 2016 Retool Your School winners Photo Credit: Ben Rosen


    The RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL Campus
    The 2016 Retool Your School Judges: Gregory Moore, Esq, commissioner, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC); Michael Tabb, managing partner, Red Rock Global; Angela Burt Murray, Hampton University alumna, and Co-Founder and CEO, CocoaFab.com; Laz Alonso, Howard University alumnus and film and television star;and Kenneth Hill, district manager, The Home Depot. Photo Credit: Ben Rosen



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    GIVE:SCHOLLY

    Developer of scholarship-matching app Scholly partners with like-minded brands to connect more students with college funding


    For students and families across the country, college can be prohibitively expensive. But some companies and organizations are stepping up to the plate to help their employees and/or communities source essential scholarship funding through the new Give:Scholly program.

    Scholly is a seamlessly integrated mobile and desktop platform that helps students easily and quickly access scholarships that are often time consuming to access and find. Now, in just minutes, students can obtain their best individual scholarship matches in minutes by using a set of 8 parameters. Give:Scholly is a co-branded sponsorship program that allows organizations and companies to purchase their own branded access code to Scholly, which they can then distribute to as many selected constituents as they wish. Some companies distribute Scholly access codes as an employee benefit through their human resources departments, while others use the program as marketing outreach to key audiences. Non-profits can also provide Scholly to the students they serve.

    For example, Ernst & Young recently purchased Scholly for all students in their College Map program designed to help high school students get accepted and pay for college. President Obama’s White House sponsored program “My Brother’s Keeper,” which addresses the opportunity gap facing boys and young men of color, is providing access for the 275,000 participants in the initiative. The City of Memphis, Tennessee purchased Scholly access for every high school senior in Shelby County.

    “Give:Scholly provides these organizations with an authentic, memorable and meaningful way to connect with young people who are hard-to-reach through conventional channels, in addition to creating lasting change in their communities,” said Christopher Gray, who founded Scholly when he was still an undergraduate at Drexel University. Gray, who grew up in an underserved community in Alabama, experienced first-hand the difficulty of finding funding for the education he desperately sought. Left to his own devices, Gray doggedly pursued scholarships (often applying on his phone since he had no computer at home – a tedious process). Ultimately, he won $1.3 million in scholarships.

    The program comprises three phases – distribution, registration and metric reporting. Scholly first works with the partner in question to determine the best distribution channels and to announce the program to audiences reached through those channels. Then, invited users follow a simple registration process that will instantly connect them with relevant scholarship opportunities. Finally, Scholly provides the co-sponsor with metric reporting that quantifies the impact of the program.

    Recently seen on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” where it won the support of two panelists and set off the biggest fight in the show’s history, Scholly has already helped applicants secure over $35 million in scholarships in the last two years alone.

    Scholly, whose extensive database comprises both need-based and merit scholarships, also includes helpful tips for the application process, examples of successful essays, and a dashboard for saved dates and deadlines to track the application process.

    “There are millions of dollars in funding for college and grad school that go to waste each year simply because students aren’t aware they exist or don’t know where to look,” adds Gray. “I wanted to give other students access to the opportunities that are more plentiful than they realize, demystify the process, and also help prevent the debilitating debt that so many of them face after graduation.” Gray cites a recent Wall Street Journal article that calls the class of 2015 the most indebted ever.


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    (BPRW) United Health Foundation Invests in the Future Health Workforce; Commits $2.25 Million in Scholarships to More Than 200 Students for the 2016-17 Academic Year

    Diverse Scholars Initiative supports undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in health care • More than 1,800 scholarships, totaling over $13 million, have been awarded since 2007

    (Black PR Wire) MINNETONKA, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- More than 200 students studying to work in health care professions are receiving $2.25 million in scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year from United Health Foundation.

    The funding is part of United Health Foundation’s commitment to investing in the country’s future, diverse health care workforce. United Health Foundation, in partnership with nine nonprofit and civic organizations, is providing the scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students through its Diverse Scholars Initiative.

    “Creating a future health workforce that meets a community’s diverse and distinct health care needs is critical to building healthier communities,” said Chris Stidman, president of United Health Foundation. “Increasing access to culturally competent care helps reduce health care disparities and improves health outcomes. United Health Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to partner with national organizations and nonprofits to invest in the future health workforce.”

    Diverse Scholars Initiative and Partners

    Since the Diverse Scholar Initiative’s inception in 2007, United Health Foundation has awarded more than 1,800 scholarships totaling over $13 million.

    “It’s been immensely helpful to have the financial support, but also the mentorship opportunities,” said Kenji Taylor, a 2013 United Health Foundation and National Medical Fellowships Diverse Scholar. “It’s so powerful to have people who inspire you and believe in your ability to do great things.” Taylor is currently completing his residency in family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

    Scholarship applicants must demonstrate financial need, the pursuit of a degree that will lead to a career as a primary care health professional, and a commitment to working in underserved communities.

    The nine grant partners will announce individual Diverse Scholars recipients throughout the year.

  • American Indian College Fund
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses
  • National Hispanic Health Foundation
  • National Medical Fellowships
  • The Jackie Robinson Foundation
  • United Negro College Fund


  • United Health Foundation engages with the scholars throughout the year to support their educational and professional goals, including hosting a Diverse Scholars Forum in Washington, D.C., in June. The event will bring together undergraduate-, graduate- and doctorate-level scholarship recipients from across the nation. Scholars will meet with policymakers and thought leaders to discuss the nation’s most pressing health issues, network with peers and special guests, and engage in interactive dialogue to share their own ideas and experiences.

    Meet our 2016-17 Diverse Scholars throughout the year by visiting the Diverse Scholar Initiative page or follow @UHGGives, #DiverseScholars on Twitter.

    About United Health Foundation

    Through collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts, United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a diverse and dynamic health workforce and enhance the well-being of local communities. United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, United Health Foundation has committed more than $285 million to programs and communities around the world. We invite you to learn more at www.unitedhealthfoundation.org or follow @UHGGives on Twitter or Facebook.com/UHGGives.

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    Student Loan Debt Crusader and Shark Tank Winner

    Christopher Gray



    According to the Center for American Progress, some 40 million voters are currently saddled with student loan debt. It’s a defining economic factor predicted to draw millennials to the polls this November, and an issue that’s just as important to this generation as war and peace issues were to baby boomers.

    One millennial who couldn’t afford college let alone post-graduation debt, Christopher Gray, took matters into his own hands by mounting a painstaking search for little publicized scholarships. His efforts were rewarded with more than a million dollars in college funding. So while still an undergrad at Drexel University, he decided to make the hunt easier for other students by creating Scholly (www.myscholly.com), a web and app platform that matches applicants with hard-to-find scholarships for which they qualify. To date, Scholly has helped students win more than $35 million in scholarships.

    For further information or to purchase a Scholly account, please visit www.myscholly.com.


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    SCHOLLY INTRODUCES NEW SCHOLARSHIP-MATCHING PLATFORM

    Mobile and Desktop Platforms Integrate Seamlessly To Help Students Access Hard-to-find College Dollars in Minutes

    Scholly®, the app that connects students to millions of dollars to help fund college and avoid future loan debt, has just gotten even faster, easier and more efficient. Recently seen on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” where it won the support of two panelists and set off the biggest fight in the show’s history, Scholly has already helped applicants secure over $35 million in scholarships in the last two years alone.



    Building on the original app that uses a set of 8 specific parameters to instantly match each applicant with his or her best scholarship prospects, Scholly has added several new features to streamline the experience even further. Now, by creating a single account for only $2.99, users can start and manage their search online and then continue using the mobile app on-the-go or vice versa.

    The connected platform allows a user’s profile to seamlessly exist and stay updated across multiple types of devices, letting students track progress on scholarships they’ve applied for as well as chart progress towards a financial goal. It also offers a more streamlined in-app experience with better ability to navigate and manage matches and saved scholarships. Scholly has upgraded its system for providing updates and notifications on new matches, and upcoming deadlines to mobile users. Overall, the newly launched, second-generation app provides a more cohesive experience and greater flexibility, bringing the more intuitive feature set of the web to the mobile format.

    Scholly, whose extensive database comprises both need-based and merit scholarships, also includes helpful tips for the application process, examples of successful essays, and a dashboard for saved dates and deadlines.

    “There are millions of dollars in funding for college and grad school that go to waste each year simply because students aren’t aware they exist or don’t know where to look,” says Christopher Gray, who founded Scholly in 2013, while still an undergraduate at Drexel University. Gray, who grew up in an underserved community in Alabama, experienced first-hand the difficulty of finding funding for the education he desperately sought. Left to his own devices, Gray doggedly pursued scholarships (often applying on his phone since he had no computer at home – a tedious process). Ultimately, he won $1.3 million in scholarships.

    “I wanted to give other students access to the opportunities that are more plentiful than they realize, demystify the process, and also help prevent the debilitating debt that so many of them face after graduation.” Gray cites a recent Wall Street Journal article that calls the class of 2015 the most indebted ever.

    With Scholly, Gray has set out to create an adaptive matching engine that delivers a targeted list of scholarships, saving applicants hours and hours of searching time.

    States, cities, schools, corporations and other entities can buy the app in bulk to provide to students in the “Give Scholly” program. Scholly has partnered with the White House “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative” to provide the app to 275,000 students annually. The brand is also endorsed by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundations and the Gates Millennium Scholarship Foundation.

    Most recently, Gray was awarded $100,000 for Scholly by AOL founder and venture capitalist Steve Case as the Philadelphia winner of the latter’s “Rise of the Rest Road Trip,” a pitch competition for start-ups in 16 cities across the U.S.

    For further information or to purchase a Scholly account, please visit www.myscholly.com.


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    Mercy College a “My Brother’s Keeper” Community

    Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. – July 29, 2015– Committed to helping the next generation succeed - Mercy College is supporting President Barack Obama’s call to action by asking community members to contribute to the College’s “My Brother’s Keeper Scholarship.” The President’s signature initiative issues a call to action focused on, “Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works – when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.” In 2013, Mercy College collaborated with Joe Schlater, a finance executive, to establish “My Brother’s Keeper Scholarship” fund to benefit African-American or Hispanic males enrolled in Mercy’s School of Business.

    Director of Planned Giving Phillip Keefe said, “As a college we are committed to helping students improve their life outcomes. We want to ensure that they are reaching their full potential. Our motto is ‘come as you are’ - regardless of wealth or anything else.”

    Schlater was inspired to start the scholarship at Mercy College after meeting James Holmes, a business honors student at Mercy who grew up in a crime stricken area of South Central Los Angeles. Schlater met Holmes through a Virtual Enterprise competition.

    “I was impressed by how James and all of the students presented themselves at the VE fundraising event,” said Schlater of the ambitious Holmes. “I felt strongly that if I did not do something to help these students advance academically and socially they might never have the chance to really fulfill their dreams. That inspired me to start this scholarship. I grew up in a world of the haves and the have-nots – the differences can be striking.”

    Schlater admits that he almost lost his way during his high school years, but didn’t, thanks to family support – especially support from his father. Schlater now has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry serving both institutional and high-net worth individuals.

    According to Schlater, “There are many scholarships and foundations that are doing great things for inner-city youths. However, as we have witnessed over many, many years, the problems and hurdles that men and boys of color face are huge and require special attention with a very specific focus. I want to help young men get an education and get away from the cycle of difficulty.”

    “To help boys like James the cost is very small. A very small amount of money can change someone’s world,” said School of Business Professor Mahmud Wazihullah who is collaborating with Schlater on the project. The scholarship, set up by Schlater, is funded by him for two years. Schlater and the College are now looking for additional contributions.

    “This is the start of a process – there is a feel of satisfaction but not accomplishment,” said Schlater. “There are still many other boys and men out there that need help.”

    About Mercy College
    Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. www.mercy.edu/ 877-MERCY-GO.


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    Private $1500 Scholarship for Higher Learning Awarded

    HotelsCheap.org is pleased to announce the winner of our Spring 2015 General Scholarship for Higher Learning Award. Ashley Cross, an honor student attending Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been selected as the Spring 2015 scholarship winner based upon her overall application responses, career objectives and financial needs.

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    Students Start NOW to Get College Money! - 7 Reasons Not to Wait from the Book, Winning Scholarships for College


    Thinking about earning scholarships or awards for college? If so, stop pondering and start working. Many of the most successful students (those who garner thousands of dollars or more) get into the scholarship race early. They don’t even consider waiting until they decide which colleges and universities have won their hearts. In fact, for many outside scholarship and award programs you don’t need to know where you’re going to end up; you just need the desire to further your education. Students who start their scholarship quest now, have time to do all of the following and more!

    1. Maximize opportunity – Some of the most competitive and prestigious scholarship and award programs such as the Coca-Cola Scholarship, Horatio Alger National Scholarship, and Prudential Spirit of Community Award have deadlines in the early fall or winter. If eligible, students starting their scholarship search now can meet early deadlines and get ahead of those still to come. Also, merit based scholarship programs at specific colleges and universities frequently have earlier deadlines than the standard application deadline. If a school has already captured a student’s interest, it’s important for them to note early scholarship deadlines and consider applying even if they’re not absolutely certain they want to attend. Many wonder why Marianne Ragins, $400,000+ scholarship winner, was so successful. One of the reasons: she started her scholarship quest the first week of her high school senior year.

    2. Minimize effort – Many scholarship applications require the same or very similar information as college applications. Students can reduce the amount of time spent with applications overall by completing scholarship and college applications simultaneously. At a minimum, students should review scholarship applications as soon as they become available (online or in print), so they are aware of requirements and information that overlaps.

    3. Re-energize community service and extracurricular activities – Students who start early in the academic year have an opportunity to get more involved in community service and activities beyond the classroom. Although the best plan of action involves efforts that began in 9th grade or earlier, students who are late bloomers can still stand out in the crowd if they discover or resurrect extracurricular and community service activities early in their senior year and continue them throughout.

    4. Take required standardized tests early – Some scholarship programs require standardized test scores from either the SAT or ACT. Students who wait to register and take these tests, which often require registration weeks before an actual test date, risk not having all information needed to complete a scholarship application or may have to report a lackluster score when a retake might yield a better one.

    5. Meet with counselors and career center directors to let them know intentions – These individuals can be extremely important when it comes to a scholarship quest. Not only are they needed for signatures, recommendations, and other required forms, they often have valuable information about local and regional scholarships that students won’t find listed on the Internet or in books. Too, it is best to give them advance notice about upcoming scholarships requiring their help. Remember - be respectful of your counselor's time and be sure to thank them for their efforts on your behalf.

    6. Research! – Students must leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding scholarships and awards to use for college expenses. To be thorough, research should always consider local, state, regional, and national funding sources. Also, an early start lets students find and apply for more scholarships and awards thus increasing the chances of being successful. This is really important since students shouldn’t pick and choose based on award amounts. Applying for two or three of the largest scholarships is not enough. The scholarship application cycle can be long. If students apply for a few large scholarships and wait to see if they win them before applying for others, they can miss out on other scholarship opportunities.

    7. Write two basic essays and polish to perfection – If students write one personal descriptive essay and another about career goals, they will have the basic components for many scholarship essays even those with very specific questions. Advanced preparation also gives students time to write essays that reflect more than the information found in a résumé or transcript. Essays should highlight and explain extracurricular activities and reveal how specific activities may have impacted the student or positively affected someone else. Having time on their side also gives students an opportunity to have others review their essays for spelling and grammatical errors. Too, reviewers can tell them whether the essay truly answers a question and maintains the reader’s interest.

    Wondering if any of this applies to students already in college? Yes, it does. Larger scholarship programs for college students still have early deadlines. Community service and activities within and beyond the campus are key. Any required tests such as those for graduate school should be taken early. And current college students should also contact the financial aid office and the department that houses their major or minor to let them know about their scholarship quest. Often students will find funding information in an advisor’s office or posted elsewhere on-campus.

    Winning Scholarships for College is available at all major retailers and bookstores, including Barnes & Noble and www.amazon.com. It is also available at www.scholarshipworkshop.com or www.shop.scholarshipworkshop.com.

    Winning Scholarships for College by Marianne Ragins, Nonfiction; Softcover; $30.00; ISBN: 9780805099478

    About Marianne Ragins and Winning Scholarships for College
    As a high school senior, Ragins made headlines when she received a record-breaking $400,000 in scholarship funds. In Winning Scholarships for College, she takes readers through a step-by-step process for finding and winning money for college.

    Ragins is also the author of the newly released College Survival & Success Skills 101 as well as other publications. She is the publisher of www.scholarshipworkshop.com, a scholarship and college information site, and sponsor of the Leading the Future II and Ragins Braswell National Scholarships.

    Comments about Winning Scholarships for College

    “I continue to be impressed by the hard work and commitment Marianne Ragins has made to sharing scholarship information with students and their families.”

    Patti Ross – Coca Cola Scholars Foundation

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    (BPRW) Steve Harvey Partners With Strayer University to Deliver National Call For Success and Transformation Through Higher Education

    Partnership, launch of Success Coaches kick off new ‘Success Project’


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Strayer University, a leading postsecondary institution for working adults, is pleased to announce a partnership with talk show host and entertainer Steve Harvey, who joins the University in a new initiative aimed at breaking down perceived barriers that can keep individuals from succeeding in their personal and professional lives. Dubbed ‘The Success Project,’ the partnership kicks off a year of national and local activities, which will raise awareness of multiple definitions of and paths to success, and enhance support for working adults pursuing a college degree through success coaching, among others.

    Steve Harvey
    Talk show host and entertainer Steve Harvey (center) teams up with Strayer University -- a leading postsecondary institution for working adults -- to announce 'The Success Project,’ a new initiative aimed at sparking a national conversation about what it takes to be successful. The initiative features the rollout of Strayer University Success Coaches (pictured with Steve) to guide students towards personal, professional and academic growth. (Photo: Business Wire)


    “Education is a key to success for many,” said Harvey, whose new book on the principles of setting and reaching high goals – Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success – will be released in September. “But it is important to recognize that there is no one path to earning a college degree nor to success. Working adults who are contemplating going back to school in order to further their careers and improve their lives often stop before they start because they are held back by doubts about whether they can handle it all or fears of being back in school after a long time away.

    “Every individual, however, should embrace their unique circumstances, motivations and needs and set educational and life goals that are true to them. I’m proud to partner with Strayer University, which is making a commitment to helping working adults break down their perceived barriers and pursue their dreams of earning a college degree.”

    Strayer University Success Coaches Deliver More Than Career Advice
    In addition to the partnership with Harvey, The Success Project will introduce a team of professional success coaches who will provide mentoring and support to Strayer University students. Each student – whether they are taking classes at a Strayer University campus or online – will be assigned their own personal success coach, who will assist them with financial advice, goal setting, career advice, time management, and other skills. In addition to helping to increase each student’s opportunity for academic success, coaches will help prepare them for the real-world challenges that are inherent in building a successful career while managing other life priorities.

    “We know that college degree holders have lower unemployment, higher salaries, a healthier wellbeing, and they are better positioned to grow their communities and the economy than those without a college degree,” said Dr. Michael Plater, president of Strayer University. “Simply put, education matters, and every working adult who is interested in earning a college degree should have the opportunity to do so. Our new success coach program will help adult students address a range of challenges, for example, caring for young children while earning a degree. Success coaches will help students to find childcare and will advise on healthy and creative ways to balance work, family, and school.”

    Strayer University’s success coach offering provides a unique approach to helping students achieve success.

    SoulPancake Collaboration Brings ‘Success’ to Life
    In August, Strayer University will also roll out a new four-part video series with the popular YouTube entity, and creators of the critically acclaimed Kid President series, SoulPancake to explore the topic of success. The series, which is intended to show that there is no one single path to or definition of success, will unfold over four reality-based segments:

    • “Definition of Success” asks people of all backgrounds what it means to truly be successful. Responses range from thoughtful and poignant to lighthearted and humorous, exploring the many different ideas about what success looks like. (Debuts Aug. 12)

    • “Success Coach” asks current Strayer University students to identify individuals in their lives who have been essential to their success. Students are then surprised with a unique and moving opportunity to connect with and thank selected individuals on the spot. (Debuts Aug. 19)

    • “Share a Cup of Success” encourages two strangers to sit inside a larger-than-life pop-up cup of coffee and share a candid conversation about their personal paths to success. (Debuts Aug. 26)

    • “Shout it Out” invites passersby to overcome the fears that are holding them back from success and to proudly proclaim their career dreams and goals into a giant megaphone placed in the middle of a busy city plaza. (Debuts Sept. 2)

    “At SoulPancake, we create meaningful, authentic and engaging content that delves into what it means to be human,” said Shabnam Mogharabi, SoulPancake CEO. “We’re excited to partner with Strayer University to explore the topic of success and we hope to inspire viewers to not only consider what success really means to them, but also what next steps they need to take towards achieving their goals.”

    SoulPancake, which has more than 1.2 million YouTube subscribers and nearly 150 million views is a new media company, founded by actor Rainn Wilson. SoulPancake encourages individuals to explore ‘Life’s Big Questions’ through thought-provoking videos, elevated conversations, and creative and engaging activities.

    Celebrating more than 120 years since its founding in Baltimore in 1892, Strayer University offers relevant and rigorous academic programs to working adults, first-generation college students and others who may not have had access to higher education, preparing them for success in today’s competitive job market. Strayer University graduates earn degrees in programs ranging from business administration and accounting to education and information systems.

    Steve Harvey is a media conglomerate whose career began as a stand-up comedian in the mid-1980s. His career continues to flourish, becoming a top-rated radio host, fashion entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, popular game show host of the Family Feud, and 2013 People’s Choice Award winner as “Favorite New Talk Show Host” for his daytime show Steve Harvey. His commitment to helping others empower themselves through uplifting, educational opportunities inspired him to establish a number of philanthropic organizations, including the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, which provides educational enrichment, global service opportunities, and one-on-one mentoring to fatherless children and young adults, as well as the annual Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend For Young Men and Disney Dreamers Academy. Harvey was named Humanitarian of the Year for his philanthropic efforts at the 2011 BET Awards.

    For more information about Strayer University’s Success Project, visit www.strayer.edu/buzz or follow the conversation on Twitter at #StrayerSuccess. To view Success Project videos on SoulPancake’s YouTube channel, visit: www.youtube.com/soulpancake.

    About Strayer University
    Strayer University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been in operation since 1892. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, economics, information systems, information technology, human resource management, education, health services administration, public administration, management and criminal justice to working adult students. Strayer University also offers an executive MBA online through its Jack Welch Management Institute. For more information, visit www.strayer.edu or call 1-888-4-STRAYER (888-478-7293).

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    A Powerful Resource To Help Create A College-Bound Culture Among America's Youth


    Berkeley, CA, July 2, 2014 – Monica Betson-Montgomery knows exactly what it takes to give kids a competitive 'edge' when preparing them for college – during her career she has personally read and scored more than 20,000 freshman applications for the University of California at Berkeley!

    Combining her vast experience and knowledge, Montgomery came up with a comprehensive, successful strategy for better preparing children to be competitive college applicants. The Keys to College: A Road Map for Parents to Guide Their Children (MM & Associates) by Monica Betson-Montgomery is a resourceful handbook that demystifies the steps needed to prepare parents and their children for college. Written in a no-nonsense, easy-to-understand style, this book is a must-read for parents wanting to effectively navigate their way through their student's educational career, from grade school through high school - and beyond!

    Packed with concise and accurate information, it offers powerful tools for any parent dedicated to the ongoing education of their student. Chapters include topics such as, Reaching Out for Help, Establishing Good Study Habits, College Pre-Requisites & Recommended Subjects, Different Types of Colleges and, of special interest to many, a chapter on Financing College. Also, in a chapter titled Sample Student Profiles, the author not only gives essay examples but goes on to analyze the essay's that include assessments. Her examples and explanations are well thought out and easy to follow and the assessments are extremely enlightening.

    The author has simplified what can often be a complex process by providing a step-by-step road map that lays the groundwork for parents to prepare and execute a plan that will give their child an advantage in this very competitive educational environment.

    About the author:
    Monica Betson Montgomery completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and later completed her MBA at St. Mary's College of Moraga. The Keys to College is her second book. Her first work, You Too Can Prepare Your Child for College, was inspired by the ongoing need to increase parent awareness of the education process and the importance of their role therein. She also subsequently designed a series of interactive workshops for parents and students that complement the book.

    Monica and her husband commit a great deal of time and resources to impoverished communities to help ensure that information and opportunities are provided where the need is greatest. For more information, please visit: www.universitykeys.com.

    Available at Amazon.com
    The Keys to College: A Road Map for Parents to Guide Their Children
    Paperback: 88 pages
    Publisher: MM & Associates
    Language: English and Spanish
    ISBN-10: 0692004823
    ISBN-13: 978-0692004821


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    (BPRW) Multicultural Scholarship Helps Close Diversity Shortage Gap in Medicine


    - Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship continues Macy’s ongoing support of the Go Red For Women movement -

    (BLACK PR WIRE) – (DALLAS, Sept. 23, 2013) — Nefertiti Clavon, 22, struggles to keep up with rising tuition costs and other college expenses.

    “There were times I felt I was going to have to leave school because of financial situations,” said Clavon, a health promotions student at the University of Houston in Texas. “I’m grateful there is a scholarship available for female students pursuing healthcare studies.”

    Clavon is one of 16 recipients of the 2013 Go Red Multicultural Scholarship, part of the American Heart Association and Macy’s Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship Fund.

    The fund — now in its third year — provides $2,500 scholarships for multicultural women pursuing college or graduate school degrees in healthcare fields. Besides easing the financial burden for students, the American Heart Association and its supporters are striving to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine and increase culturally-sensitive, patient care.

    The number of minority medical school graduates is increasing steadily, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. However, the figures are still low compared with the population at large. For example, among 17,364 medical school graduates in 2011, 6.5 percent were African-American, 7.6 percent were Hispanic and 21.6 percent were Asian.

    Only 5.4 percent of African-American and 3.6 percent of Hispanic nurses in the nation are registered nurses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In contrast, minorities make up 36.6 percent of the U.S. population.

    “Building a diverse physician and medical workforce is a critical component in the delivery of patient-centered care to the multicultural communities that will enter the healthcare system once the Affordable Care Act is implemented,” said Dr. Jennifer Mieres, senior vice president in the Office of Community and Public Health, chief diversity and inclusion officer for North Shore — LIJ Health System and American Heart Association Go Red For Women spokesperson. “The recruitment of talented, young diverse women into the healthcare field is a critical step in the delivery of quality, culturally-sensitive, patient-centered care.”

    Numerous ethnic groups — including African-Americans and Hispanics — are disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease and risk factors. They also face barriers to diagnosis and care and experience worse health outcomes than Caucasians.

    The Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship is made possible by the Macy’s Multicultural Fund, which was created in 2009 to focus on increasing diversity in the medical field. Macy’s is a founding national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® and Go Red Por Tu Corazón, raising more than $46 million since 2004.

    “Encouraging and supporting multiethnic students as they join the ranks of healthcare professionals will more effectively impact the disproportionate rates of heart disease among women in their own communities,” said Bill Hawthorne, Macy’s senior vice-president of Diversity Strategies.

    For more information and to complete an application, visit GoRedForWomen.org. The deadline to apply for 2014 scholarships is Dec. 31, 2013.

    About Go Red For Women
    Go Red For Women® is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease in women. We are committed to the fight, for as long as it takes. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement was created by women, for women. Because our health is non-negotiable, because we have the power to save our lives, and because the best force for women is women. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's, with additional support from our cause supporters.

    About the American Heart Association
    The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases — America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit americanheart.org.


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    JET magazine, in partnership with the NBCUniversal film, The Best Man Holiday, is proud to announce The Best Man Holiday Spring 2014 Scholarship in conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.


    - This scholarship opportunity will provide five outstanding college students with a scholarship of $1,760 for the spring 2014 school semester. -

    “JET is committed to the advancement of education for all individuals, especially those in the Black community, and I’m very excited that we have the opportunity to partner with NBCUniversal to offer five students scholarship funds that may help further them toward earning a college degree,” said JET magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Mitzi Miller. “I love the first installment of The Best Man because it told a dynamic story of a group of diverse, adult friends who maintained a strong friendship since their years at college,” she continued. “What better way to celebrate such an inspiring narrative than to help a student finish college so they might one day enjoy that same experience.”

    To apply for the scholarship, students can visit JETmag.com. The submission deadline is Tuesday, October 15 and winners will be notified by November 1 and officially announced in the November 25 issue of JET, which will be on the stands November 4, 2013.

    About JET
    JET is the No. 1 African-American newsweekly and has more than seven million readers. The publication was initially billed as “The Weekly Negro News Magazine,” and is noted for its role in chronicling the early days of the American Civil Rights movement from its earliest years -- including coverage of the Emmett Till murder, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The magazine has been a staple in homes and businesses of Black Americans since 1951, bringing life to its popular catchphrase: “If it isn’t in JET, it didn’t happen.” JET is the beloved bible of African-Americans and ranks No. 4 in reader engagement.

    If it’s hot, if it’s happening, it’s JET!

    Visit JETmag.com. “Like” GetJetMag on Facebook, Follow @GetJetMag on Twitter.

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    Duracell's ProCamps Scholarships


    - Duracell donating $1 to ProCamps for every #TrustYourPower tweet. The donations are part of the "Trust Your Power" program and will be placed into a scholarship fund to help underprivileged kids attend the camps. ProCamps is an organization that runs professional athletes’ sports camps for children ages 7-14, and the scholarship will provide the tuition and transportation the kids need to attend. -

    Duracell hopes to send 1,000 underprivileged kids across the country to one of approximately 40 different ProCamps.

     Duracell's Trust Your Power program
    About the Duracell Trust Your Power program:
    The Duracell Trust Your Power program is helping inspire consumers to trust the power within to achieve their dreams while helping future generations through on and off the field donations across the country.

    Duracell, the Trusted Battery Power of the NFL, has teamed up with All-Pro Linebacker Patrick Willis to share his inspiring journey in this video and encourage fans to trust the power within to achieve their dreams. Fans can tweet with the #TrustYourPower hashtag or comment on the Trust Your Power YouTube video, and Duracell will make a $1 commitment to provide disadvantaged youth scholarships to ProCamps.

    Duracell will continue to make trips to underfunded schools across the country, providing them with the equipment and battery-powered devices they need on and off the field. This video from Tilden High School in Chicago features Matt Forte motivating the winless Tilden high school team to Trust Your Power within to overcome diversity, while this video from Mays High School in Atlanta features Falcons Wide Receiver Roddy White trusting his power to become cheerleader, bandleader and coach.

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    (BPRW) KFC Colonel’s Scholars® Names Seventh Class of College Scholarship Winners, Tops $10 Million in Scholarship Awards


    - Each of 75 2012 Recipients Eligible to Receive up to $20,000 Over Four Years -

    (BLACK PR WIRE)--LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--More than 80,000 high school seniors applied to join this year’s class of Colonel’s Scholars and 75 have been selected to receive up to $20,000 each in scholarship funds. The program founded to honor the memory of Colonel Harland Sanders seven years ago has now awarded more than $10 million in scholarships to allow high school seniors to pursue bachelor’s degrees.

     KFC Colonel’s Scholars
    “Colonel Sanders was passionate about kids and education, so the KFC family continues to honor his legacy by awarding another 75 college scholarships this year,” said John Cywinski, President of KFC U.S. “These scholarships are changing the lives of some very deserving students, and these young people may someday change the world.”

    Each of the 75 Scholars in this year’s class has an inspiring story, including 15-year-old Jay Turner of Ashby, Minn. Jay will pursue a degree in Biochemistry/Math/Physics at the University of Minnesota-Morris. Amazingly, he becomes the third member of the same family to attend UMM after graduating early from high school and receiving a Colonel’s Scholars scholarship.

    Jay’s older brother Neil was awarded the KFC scholarship in 2009 and graduated from UMM this spring. Jay’s older sister Megan received her Colonel’s Scholars scholarship in 2010 and will graduate this summer.

    “I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it,” said Jay’s mom Maria Turner, while attending a scholarship award party at the KFC in Fergus Falls, Minn. “I’m just so amazingly grateful to KFC for all they’ve done for this family.”

    “Amazing” is a word that comes up often when discussing Colonel’s Scholars. Two 2006 Scholars have completed their undergraduate work and have now been accepted to Harvard University. Mario Haynes graduated from the University of Georgia and has been accepted to the Master of Fine Arts acting program at Harvard. Sylvia Leung graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and is enrolled in Harvard’s Master of Public Policy program.

    To date, a total of 525 students have received scholarships from KFC and 191 have received their bachelor’s degrees. The average GPA for Colonel’s Scholars recipients is 3.4

    Colonel’s Scholars Introduces Employee Scholarship Program This Year
    To continue honoring the Colonel’s passion for education, KFC announced an employee scholarship program for 2012. For the first time, the foundation will award 300 $1,500 scholarships to current employees. The scholarships are reserved for hourly team members and shift managers (both traditional and non-traditional students) and can be used to pay for college or technical school. Winners of the Colonel’s Scholars Employee Scholarship will be announced later this summer.

    KFC Colonel’s Scholars, now in its seventh year, is a program of the Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation, honoring the legacy of KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders. The KFC Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 charity supported by KFC, its employees, franchisees and KFC patrons, and has awarded more than $10 million in scholarships since its inception. Its mission is to empower students to improve their lives with the help of scholarship resources.

    Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors based on financial need, entrepreneurial spirit, and the impact the students have on their schools and communities. Scholars attend post-secondary schools within their states of residence. KFC Colonel’s Scholars is a registered trademark of KFC Corporation.

    For more information, please visit www.kfcscholars.org or www.facebook.com/kfcfoundation.colonelsscholars.

    About KFC
    KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's most popular chicken restaurant chain specializing in Original Recipe®, Extra Crispy™, Kentucky Grilled Chicken® and Crispy Strips with home-style sides, Hot Wings®, and freshly made chicken sandwiches including the Double Down® and the Doublicious®. There are more than 17,000 KFC outlets in more than 115 countries and territories around the world. Each week, more than 13 million people visit a KFC restaurant in the United States. KFC Corporation is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. (NYSE: YUM). For more information, visit www.kfc.com. Follow KFC on Facebook (www.facebook.com/KFC) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/kfc_colonel).

    About Colonel Sanders
    The Kentucky Fried Chicken concept was pioneered by Colonel Harland Sanders (1890-1980), whose cooking career began at age six. Sanders held jobs ranging from streetcar conductor to insurance salesman, but his cooking skills were a constant throughout his life. In 1930, Sanders operated a service station in Corbin, Ky., and filled the stomachs of hungry travelers who stopped in to fill up their gas tanks. Sanders soon moved his restaurant across the street when he could no longer keep up with the demand from travelers who he had been feeding at his kitchen table. In 1935, the Kentucky Governor made Sanders an honorary Kentucky Colonel for his contributions to the state's cuisine. Over the next decade, the Colonel perfected his secret blend of 11 herbs and spices and the basic cooking technique still used at KFC today. When Sanders was 65, a new interstate highway forced the closure of his restaurant and he was left with only his recipe for fried chicken and a $105 Social Security check. The Colonel hit the road and struck handshake deals with restaurant owners who agreed to sell his fried chicken. What began as a dream fueled by the Original Recipe, a no-quit attitude and a Social Security check grew into the world's largest chicken restaurant chain. Until he passed away in 1980 at the age of 90, the Colonel still traveled 250,000 miles a year visiting KFC restaurants around the world.

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