Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Gift to Class of 2009 and Others -- Please Share...

copyright by r2c2h2/Ronald Herd II

I wanted to make a special contribution to the "Class of 2009" and those that are currently preparing their child or children for college (9th-12th graders or younger) to give you a headstart on the college preparation process. It is my goal that no child or parent is left behind in the college preparation process. It is important that parents/students learn the process properly and not wait years trying to catch up. The information I am providing is for any one wanting to prepare his or her child for college regardless of what age or race they might be. My concern is with the African American group because they need assistance with the process.

Many times students miss out on their gifts and talents because they (parents or children) didn't know that it was a gift or a talent. Many times the gifts are not going to be displayed in the normal ways we are use to seeing (singing, artist, doctor, lawyer, professional athlete,etc). In many cases, "no one will tell you how to determine a gift or talent". Now is the time that we must wake-up and take all students/parents by the hand and teach them the proper way to get ready. It doesn't make a difference if you don't have any kids, but in the end, we are our brothers keepers. How we prepare our legacies will have a big impact on the future of our generation. In the end, "knowledge is power, if used properly".

I believe in providing an infrastructure of information on how to show my audience. That is why I created my blog, Planning and Preparing for College (Scholarships, Internships, Etc) located at (click this link: Notes on How to Use the Blog ) It is very hard when a person doesn't know and they don't have a visual of what you are trying to explain. I know that words are powerful and encouraging if we use them for the good or betterment of our legacies. I am reminded of my meeting with Dr. John Hope Franklin through one of my son's adventures. It made me realize that you have to take your own destiny into your hands and not look for validation of your peers to say that your vision will work or not. In the end, it is your belief in "You" that determines how far you will go in to making your vision a reality. My son end up writing a story about the incident with Dr. Franklin and it is entitled: "Keep Hope Alive". Please click the link below to view the story in its entirety:

Many times African American students overlook the value of Community Services in preparing for college. Some students feel that it is about the hours, but in reality it is the essence one gets from actually providing the service of helping others. I wrote an essay on "Why Community Service?" ( ) and God led me to also create a college preparation program over 5 years ago entitled: "African American Students Preparing for College: Why Community Service?" (next program is scheduled on October 4, 2008 in Memphis, TN) The purpose of both the essay and program is to allow African American students to understand the true meaning of Community Service and to aid them in preparing for college. It is also my hope that individuals will see community service as not just preparing for College but rather bringing together all people of all races for a common cause of eliminating the negativities of the world along with flourishing the good. Community Service is also a good tool to bring together the young and the old or the adults with the students.

I also hope that individuals will share the information that I provide to them with as many people as they can. Because we grow when our children grow and everyone is part of this process. Don't just share this valuable information with your cliques or personal email buddies but with all. Push the blog to people. churches and youth organizations rather than giving them partial information on opportunities through an email. The internet is the present and future and we must start utilizing it as a way to communicate.

You might say to yourself who is this Callie Herd person that is trying to tell me how to prepare my child or children for college. Below are several links that provide information on me and thoughts that I have provided over the years:

Volunteering by Callie Herd
Survival of the Parent
Article by Stanley Crouch of the New York Daily News
Season of Hope

Pulse With Stormy on v101.1 fm

Mothers of Courage on WeAllBe Radio

As I wrap up, please encourage the "Class of 2009" to take the next ACT exam scheduled on Saturday, June 14th to do so as a walk-in. Below are details on how to register:

Preparing for College (info on ACT, click link)

Below are additional information:

Many of the major colleges/universities are reducing their cost to meet the financial needs of students that have a certain income level to allow them to attend. Last month Washington University unveiled a Financial Aid Initiative for students whom family's income is under $60,000 and have a remaining balance or loan contribution. The program will be open to the "Class of 2008". Below is the link that discuss the incentive in full details:

WUSTL Financial Aid Inititative

If you might be interested in attending Washington University and becoming a John B. Ervin Scholar, click the link below:

John B. Ervin Scholar Program (WUSTL)

Below are some college preparation information to view as well:

College Preparation Document:

College Timelines:

College Prep Timeline

Below are some ACT/SAT Practice Test Link and Info: (go to the Practice Test Link section on the blog for additional links)
  • Financial Info

    FAFSA EFC Calculator

    Common Application Process:

    Common Application for Undergraduates

    EDU, Inc. Common Black College Application

    Community Service:

    TN Lottery Changes:

    Lottery Changes for Tennessee Students

    Alabama A&M University's Scholarship Page:

    VISIT NOW for valuable scholarships, internships, fellowships and scholarships information. Deadlines are approaching soon. Also visit the links below for Pre-Law Students and students want to get their masters: Both programs are free to register/attend. The Pre-Law posting you need to provide your own transporation and board (they will provide breakfast/lunch). The Colloquium VII you need to provide transportation and they will provide room/board.

    2008 National Black Pre-Law Admissions & Preparation

    Colloquium VIII -- Deadline: July 31, 2008

    Youth Conference (will be a workshop presenter):

    2008 National BDPA Technology Conference

    About The Author:

    Ms. Callie Herd a.k.a. Tha Artivist's Mom is the visionary and founder of I. A.M. Inspiring Academic Motivation and of the award winning blog which lists millions of dollars in scholarship, job and internship opportunities...She was recently featured in the NY Daily News by famed and sometimes controversial cultural critic Stanley Crouch...Please read the following articles to find out more about Ms. Herd and her mission:

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