Jacksonville Goes To College To Prepare for the Future
The Jacksonville Goes to College event was filled with
the excitement of students from all walks of life and
even grade levels discovering areas of study and
potential careers for the future. As in previous year’s
recruiters, advisors, instructors and administrators
from over 100 higher educational and vocational
institutions put on their best to attract the best and
brightest students that Duval County Public Schools
and surrounding school districts have to offer. Even
those students that are struggling academically learned
of tutoring and enrichment services at schools, working
to make higher education available despite academic
Along with the excitement of students were the
worries, concerns and planning of parents and a
growing number of grandparents praying, planning
and proactively seeking how to finance a college or
university education for their children.
Remembering my similar journey with my son
a graduate of FAMU, now attending Florida
State University and my daughter attending
University of Central Florida, the gifts of
scholarships and grants was very welcomed,
this would be a blessing for my children’s mother
and I and decreased the worry of financial aid.
Lessons learned can be overheard by the questions
of students and parents to recruiters sharing valuable
information. Some of the important lessons are not to
wait, apply early and make sure monies are available
for fees that need to be paid immediately. Girls should
consider STEAM/STEM fields because jobs are growing
faster than the demand for skilled knowledge based
fields. A girls mind is her opportunity to enter a high
paying and leadership role in careers only thought of
for men, the number of qualified men are dropping.
Virtual Reality and Gaming are top industry areas that
African Americans, Latino and other cultures of color
need to consider for careers.
Developing games, graphics design and virtual reality
are the areas that allow for great creativity, high
incomes and traveling, learning how to develop new
games that dazzle the senses and inspire people to put
down money to purchase games that many times are
global in playing.
African American, Latino and other culturally diverse
parents and students need to speak to guidance
counselors early before their office hours are filled
with panicked students that waited to the last
minute to fill out financial aid and entrance
applications. There are thousands of scholarships
available, but many do have deadlines fast approaching.
Many parents use the tools offered by
Ashley Hill of Prep for college
On Twitter #collegechat to help find the right scholarship
for the right areas of study and the right career
Parents need to be proactive in their efforts in
preparation, what are their children talented
in, their skills strength and academic and
creative talents. Sometimes even starting in
the 8th grade to see what environment their
child or children will fit in. Students may want to
attend a large university for the glamour, but need
a small or middle size school that has a low teacher
to student ratio. The goal of higher education
is to graduate with a viable skill set not to party,
D’yani Jones a sophomore attending Andrew Jackson
High School knows she is interested in many areas
of technology and is looking early at schools that have
low ratios and high end tech facilities. Her sister Sha’ni
wants to be a veterinarian and looking at schools that
guide her to fulfilling her dreams of being a business
owner of her own pet store and animal hospital.
Parents need to talk to their children on a regular basis
as Ceolo Lewis, D’yani and Sha’ni mother to under-
stand how to help their children gain their dreams.
Parents should be able to facilitate the learning in and
out of school to develop the whole child and work with
teachers, administrators and guidance counselors.
Learning about financial aid early, when and where
to apply for scholarships, grants and the value
of paid, unpaid internships. A parent’s financial
history does have a big effect on their children receiving
subsidized help. Even if parents themselves did not
attend college they should do everything they can to
help their children achieve their goals.
Start early and ask lots of questions to get the
answers you need.
Resources for Scholarships:
Ashley Hill @prepforcollege
Scholarship are all around.
On Twitter #collegechat