I am a confident and respectful individual whom approaches life in a very enthusiastic and optimistic manner. I know I can give my time and service to the program in any beneficial way. I have traveled and connected with individuals from diverse backgrounds. I have ventured out and personally aided individuals from all parts of the United States from places such as North Carolina, Florida, New York, Texas, California, Arizona, and countries in Africa whether it be food and clothing donations or one-on-one volunteer interaction. I am typically willing to support my community by any means necessary. Whether it be that I wake up early to feed those less fortunate or it be that I mentor adolescences to further their academic careers. I know I can bring an encouraging and
Society has made it so hard for blacks to become successful, but for the great minds of the students at CAU; it’s so easy for them to succeed and not for them to fall into what society calls the “system”. This too, is a reason as why some African Americans feel like they just don’t have to try. The harder they try; they may still get nowhere being limited to so many great opportunities. Although there are no excuses to be made for the African American communities, this reasoning’s will leave some people to think they will never be good enough for society. “Eliminate what’s distracting you and keep it moving in order to succeed” are words that I will always remember Helen Smith Price saying before the closing of Founders Convocation 2017. In life not everyone will support you nor help you get to where you want to be and those are the people you leave behind in order to succeed. As a graduating senior of Clark Atlanta University I will always “Find a Way or Make
Trying to achieve your dreams and reach your full potential in a town that has little to no guidance for youth, especially African American men, is a daunting task. Too often, young men from my hometown are given limited options for their future. The education system made us feel as if we were only created to work in trade career fields, or sign our lives away for four to six years to the various branches of the United States Military. College was a luxury that many, including myself, thought would never be an option.
Living in Chicago in the 21st century is not a necessarily easy thing. Everyday, I live with the fear that a loved one of mines could be taken away from me at any moment. Or the fact that my life could be taken away just from walking out of my front door. I dream of going to college and making something of myself. Often, other students tell me I can not achieve my dreams because I am an African American student. I pushed and struggle so hard to prove these students wrong. Because I am African American, many people view me as just a number. And that number is 33.1%; which is the college graduation rate for Black males. I would like to be one of the many people that will increase this percent. Recently, I was given the opportunity to take part
Growing up in Baltimore, I was exposed to a variety of educational experiences. From walking gang infest hallways to taking advance placement classes, each school year was diverse with its own set of challenges. As I look back on educational journey, one experience stayed consistent: the lack of African American men in my classrooms. It was not until high school, that I met the only two African American male STEM educators I would have during my public school career. Seeing these men in the classroom had a profound effect on me and my peers because we idolized them, seeking them for both academic and moral guidance. For some students, these men were the only direct male influence in their lives, and for others, including myself, these men provided
Community colleges across the country face the same problem with student retention. The US Department of Education reports the 95 percent drop-out rate at Baton Rouge Community College, which is low compared to other community colleges. Many students entering college are not prepared for college-level coursework. A great deal of those students struggled with high-school courses, which makes their journey into college more difficult.
The future of our world lies in the hands of our youth. These children are our future educators, doctors, lawyers and even the people that might find the cure for cancer. My job as an inspiring teacher is to educate and provide a role model of excellence but more personally Black excellence. For years the African American community has been frowned upon and belittle as human beings. It is time for our race to rise above these perceptions not with words but with actions. So what better way to start than with our African American youth.
For me, the decision to go to college was never based on community college vs. university. In high school, I did not apply myself and did not make the grades to go to college. As graduation time came and went I found myself disinterested in the idea. I often felt that I wasn’t smart enough to pursue a higher education and the possibility of failure was too intimidating. It wasn’t until my daughter was born that I decided I wanted to earn a career and make myself into something she could be proud of. My dreams realized, I could see a clear path and was ready to take the plunge. However, my options were limited. Thanks to my lack of high school aspirations, I only had one choice: community college.
After twelve years of school, where will you go next? Many of you have developed the ambition to prolong your education and attend college. Today, there are many more options than there were in the past. One does not have to graduate high school and go straight to a four year university. It is sometimes better for a student to go to a community college and focus on transfer courses or simply get an Associate’s Degree. On the other hand, there are young adults that prefer to leap straight into a university and focus on the specific program for their Bachelor’s Degree.
People have many different views about going to either a university or a community college. There are many similarities and differences between universities and community colleges in ways such as lower tuition rates, student population, academic programs, degrees, Greek organization, academic clubs, sports, commuters, residents, and credit classes.
I believe that my academic strengths, leadership ability, and appreciation of those who are different from me make me a great candidate for the Jefferson scholarship.
If someone asked me where I am going to be in ten years, this would be my answer. I will have a great, high-paying job, and beautiful wife and family, and a nice sports car parked in front of my lovely house. When I look into the future, I see myself being successful and happy. Even though I always pictured myself this way, I never worried too much about how I would get there. I feel the Suffolk University can lay the groundwork for making these dreams into reality.
As a 17-year-old senior at Bessemer City High, I am truly honored to have a chance to apply for the Ora H. Foster community Service Scholarship. Growing up I have always had a passion for community service. I love the feeling of helping others, without expecting anything in return. For about 2 years now, I have been involved in a number of clubs and community activities. I am involved SGA (Student Government Association), Beta Club, and National Technical Honors at my school, and have done volunteer work for councilmen Cynthia S. Donald. Whenever I am available, I try to be a part of any community service project activities in or outside of school. I also hold down a part-time job at Zaxbys as a cook, where I have an opportunity to learn
In 1901, “William Orcutt leased over 70,000 acres within a year for oil exploration. After a short period time, Santa Maria was the leader in California for oil production. Santa Maria incorporated as a general law city in 1905” (Bell 2012).The Santa Maria Valley throughout its history has remained primarily oil production, and agricultural in its nature and economy. Both of the focal systems developed in direct collaboration with the city of Santa Maria. The North Park area of Santa Maria developed in support of the agricultural business, and in turn, the Orcutt area was developed