Dr. Kerwin Scott, Terrell Jenkins, and Nasseeka Denis hosted EEF Scholars at North Central Florida YMCA

GAINESVILLE, FL. (EEF News) – Dr. Kerwin Scott, EEF Founder and Board Vice-Chairman, Terrell Jenkins, Santa Fe College Representative, and Nasseeka Denis, EEF Program Manager, hosted middle-high schoolers and their families for a scholarship workshop at the North Central Florida YMCA.

“It was great to see so many families join us during their spring break to receive information about how to afford college,” said Dr. Kerwin Scott. The attendees received scholarship essay prompts, a sample scholarship resume template, and resources to begin applying for scholarships. “All high school seniors should apply for at least one scholarship per week. Scholarships are everywhere. We suggest that students search locally in their community, i.e., churches, non-profit scholarship foundations, businesses, fraternities and sororities, banks, etc. Then use mass scholarship applications like fastweb.com or scholarships.com. There are many out there, but you won’t get them if you do not apply,” said Nasseeke Denis.

The students were also invited to learn more about starting their college career at Santa Fe College. “Santa Fe College has the highest admittance of students getting accepted to the University of Florida,” said Terrell Jenkins. “It’s a quality education that’s cost-effective. We also offer scholarships through the SF Foundation.”

Here are the facts:

  • Black and African American college graduates owe an average of $25,000 more in student loan debt than White college graduates.
  • Four years after graduation, 48% of Black students owe an average of 6% more than they borrowed.
  • Black and African American student borrowers are the most likely to struggle financially due to student loan debt making monthly payments of $289.
  • 54% of all student loan debt is held by White and Caucasian student borrowers.
  • Asian college graduates are the fastest to repay their loan debt and the most likely to earn a salary that exceeds their student loan debt balance.

Hanson, Melanie. “Student Loan Debt by Race” EducationData.org, January 16, 2023,

If you want an in-person or virtual presentation at your organization, please get in touch with us at hello@educationequalizers.com. It’s college scholarship season; let’s work together to help our kids avoid debt.

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