CEO and Founder met with 5th graders at Caring and Sharing Learning School

GAINESVILLE, FL. (EEF News) – Dr. Carjie Scott, CEO, and Founder met with fifth graders at Caring and Sharing Learning School.” It was an impactful and informative visit that brought the idea of going to (and getting into) college to our students in an engaging way that was understandable at their level,” said Ms. Santana fifth grade teacher.

“I spoke with over 25 fifth graders about how to get accepted into college. Each student learned the three tips to keep them grounded during college preparation: #1 Know Your Why, #2 Your Now Informs Your Future, and #3 Seize Every Opportunity. Thank you to Mrs. Tova Peterson, Title I Lead Teacher, Caring and Sharing, for the invitation to speak to your students,” said Scott.

The students were also encouraged to “Call Carjie for College” when they start middle school.

Here is what 11-15-year-olds should do to prepare for college:

  • Study for the ACT/SATs and schedule to take the test at 14. The higher you score, the more scholarships are available to you.
  • Begin a college savings strategy. 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.
  • Learn about taking dual enrollment and AP classes in high school. This could enable you to earn an associate’s degree in high school.
  • Attend college tours and begin to shadow people in the career fields that you are interested in.

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

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