In a bid to transform Black Friday from a day of shopping sprees to a day of educational empowerment, Gwen Thomas, the founder and executive director of Fresh Perspectives Seminars, is gearing up for the 10th annual Black Friday Scholarship Bootcamp on Nov. 24 in Detroit. This year, the event will offer four scholarships, including two $1,000 prizes, one $500 award, and one $250 grant for graduating seniors.
More than just monetary rewards, the Bootcamp provides an array of resources such as coaching, ACT/SAT preparation, academic advising, and even assistance with resumes or CVs. With a track record of helping students secure over $22 million in scholarships and study abroad funding to over 100 countries, the Bootcamp is a beacon for those seeking higher education opportunities. Beyond scholarship insights, the event will feature an exciting seminar on the entertainment field, engaging attendees with celebrity entrepreneurs.
Host Stephen Henderson recently caught up with Thomas to discuss the unique approach of encouraging families to shop for scholarships instead of retail bargains at the mall. Additionally, they delve into federal, state, and private loans, grants, and shortcuts to navigate the FAFSA process. The day-long workshop, to be held at the prestigious Detroit Golf Club, is not just a seminar, it’s a transformative journey offering valuable insights for high school juniors and seniors and their parents.
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