Saturday, August 1, 2009

Go To College Free?

Are you the first in your family to go to college? Maybe you can go free.

I just realized today that I am the first in my immediate family to go to college. My mother went to Business School and my father went to the army and then to work. I don't think I ever really thought about it before because everyone has gone since me. My aunt went to college too, and since, all my cousins. It was a real stretch for my parents. They made "just enough" too much to qualify for a teacher scholarship in Georgia, my home state. Some people fudge on their app or manipulate a little to qualify but my parents would never do that. I am thankful for that. I just took it all for granted back then and became a life long public school teacher.

Thanks to Gertha Coffee's UpClose column in the AJC I learned of Allen Nance, founder and president of the Mansell Group. He wants to help other youth, like himself and like me, who are the first to go to college in their family. His site,southernfoundation.org went live just 60 days ago. Check it out and help them reach their goals. You can join as a Facebook cause and become a fan. The possibilities of this organization over time are far reaching and life changing. I will become a fan just as soon as I finish this post! I will also post it on my Facebook page for others to join too. And I will Twitter about it too. Maybe you will too. My Twitter names are RealMath and NoCheating. Follow me there.

We never know what little things we do will make a big difference. We all just do what we can. To have even just a little part in making such a big difference in someone's life is a privilege and it's exciting. It is good Karma to give back.

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like a great scholarship!!

    This is Jenysie from Living Simplistically
    (http://livingsimplistically.blogspot.com)
    Thanks for visiting and following my blog!!

    We need more honest people like your parents!! My husband makes just enough for us to not qualify for anything, although we probably could use the help we look at it as though we are eating, we have a home, and if we really want to be honest we live pretty comfortably so there are people out there worse off that could use those funds/food/clothes whatever it may be more than we need them....

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