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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Take that step: College Financial Aid Resources

As the world economy continues to globalize its apparent in order to achieve upward mobility in our society, you must be educated. G.E.D.'s are no longer enough to afford a middle class lifestyle, you need a college degree. Most people I speak to stand on two sides of the issues, those who can afford it go to school, and those who can't are forced to attend vocational institutions. Being that I attended a university, I'm imparital to advocating a university education and I can't really comment on the vocation education. Although statistics show that college enrollment is at an all-time high and shows no signs of decreasing any time soon. It doesn't take a genius to observe on any university campus the lack of black and hispanic males who are enrolled in the university. I can attest that minority women and white women are the lead beneficiaries of affirmative action, due to the fact that if you eliminated most university athletic departments, the percentage of minority male enrollment would plumet.

I don't believe in going to university expecting a huge paycheck at the end of the road, due to the fact that most college graduates still have a difficult time finding employment. I would argue that college graduates can leverage the degree in salary negotiations for a higher salary base .
I know most young people don't have a clue about what they want to do with their lives, much less go to school for, however just having the degree forces your employer to consede a higher compensation rate which benefits the student. Increasingly, employers are looking at a wide variety of degrees in the hiring process.

What I find it appalling the percentage of black and latino men in prision out numbers the number of men of color attending our countries' higher education institutions. Lets wake up and get our people to school.

Grants / Scholarships/ Information

Gates Millennium ScholarsThe Gates Millenium Scholars program was founded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is intended to increase the number of African-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Americans and Hispanic Americans enrolling in and completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The program is open to high school seniors, college sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as graduate students in mathematics, science, computer science, engineering, education, or library science. Requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. 1,000 new students will be supported each year. For more information, call 1-877-690-4677 or visit the GMSP web site. Additional information is also available through the United Negro College Fund, the American Indian College Fund, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

NACME, Inc.NACME is the nation's largest privately funded source of scholarships for minority engineering students. NACME supports more than 1,500 minority engineering students nationwide. Scholarship amounts range from $2,500 to full scholarships and may include summer internships, research projects, career workshops and other opportunities. NACME scholarships are available to African American, Latino and Native American students. NACME, Inc.3 West 35th StreetNew York, NY 10001-2204Phone: 1-212-279-2626 x.218Fax: 1-212-629-5178

United Negro College Fund

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