ATTENTION parents of high school students and high school seniors residing in Maryland. Pursuing A Dream Corporation wants to pay the college application fee for two lucky high school seniors who plan to enter college this fall in pursuit of a degree in science, technology, engineering or math.
You may be wondering, “What is Pursuing A Dream Corporation and what is the catch?”
Pursuing A Dream Corporation (PADC) is a small company located in Prince George’s County, Maryland that provides scholarships and other supportive aides to minority high school seniors who are planning to enter college in pursuit of a degree in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM).
The organization was founded in 2008 by Harry Washington, Jr. with a goal to have it serve as a hub for financial and supportive aides for minority students seeking degrees in STEM. Within this hub, students and potential students can receive money, books and other services to help them along their college journey. In the coming months, the organization looks to add a mentoring component where students will be afforded a mentor to assist them during and after their college experience.
While the organization was formally formed in 2008, Mr. Washington saw a need for such supportive services in his community long ago. It was always a strong desire of his to bring to his community a service that will bring awareness to students the importance and benefits of seeking a degree in the areas of STEM.
For many college students, textbooks, tuition and other educational cost can be very expensive. Some students seek loans, others grants and many drop out due to a lack of funding. With PADC minority students have a place where they can request financial assistance and receive the assistance they need.
The beauty of PADC is that it does not receive any federal funding or grants to operate. The organization receives its funding through fundraising and monetary donations from individuals, local small businesses and out of the pocket of the founder. Those who receive financial assistance and other supportive aides are NOT required to pay the organization back. It is simply a gift and a way to encourage minorities to hang in there and keep pushing toward that degree!
On Saturday, May 29, 2010 from 2-3 p.m. PADC invites you to learn more about the goals, objectives, mission of the organization. Meet and greet with the President, Harry Washington, Jr. and a panel of speakers who will share the advantages of pursuing degrees in the STEM fields. This event will take place at the Largo-Kettering Branch library which is located on 9601 Capital Lane, Largo, MD 20774.
During this event, there will be a chance for attendees to enter their name in a drawing for a chance to have their college application fee paid for in full by the organization.
If you would like more information about this event, to attend and/or the organization, please email [email protected] and visit them online at www.pursuingadreamcorp.org.