B.E. 10 Wealth for Life Principles

Thought this might be helpful. From Black Enterprise Magazine:

1) I will live within my means.

2) I will maximize my income potential through education and training.

3) I will effectively manage my budget, credit card, debt, and other tax obligations.

4) I will save at least 10% of my income.

5) I will use homeownership as a foundation for building wealth.

6) I will devise an investment plan for my retirement needs and children’s education.

7) I will ensure that my entire family adheres to sensible money management principles.

8) I will support the creation and growth of businesses owned by people of color.

9) I will guarantee my wealth is passed on to future generations through proper insurance and estate planning.

10) I will strengthen my community through philanthropy.

These are great guiding principles to use in your financial life. Please read each one carefully and consider how it might be applied in your life. I keep a copy of them taped the refrigerator in our office to remind everyone of what we’re here to do.

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Scholarships, Jobs, Internships

From Kristen Carter at Jazzi Dreamer:

The ‘Call Me MISTER’ program is an effort to address the critical shortage of African American male teachers particularly among South Carolinas lowest performing public schools. Program participants are selected from among under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.

The Call Me MISTER Program combines the special strengths and resources of Clemson University with the individualized instructional programs offered by four historically black colleges in South Carolina : Benedict College , Claflin University , Morris College and South Carolina State University . To provide even greater opportunity and access, students have the option of first attending one of our two-year partner colleges before transferring to one of the four-year institutions to complete their baccalaureate degree. In addition, the project has limited enrollment in the middle school Master of Art in Teaching program. Please click on the participating schools on the menu to the left to learn more about these schools’ programs.

* Anderson University http://www.callmemister.clemson..edu/schools/anderson.html

* Benedict College http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/benedict.html

* Claflin University http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/claflin.html

* Clemson University http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/clemson.html

* College of Charleston http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/coc.html

* Morris College http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/morris.html

* South Carolina State University http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/southcarolinastate.html

* Greenville Technical College http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/greenvilletech.html

* Midlands Technical College http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/midlands.html

* Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/orangeburgcalhountechhtml

* Tri-County Technical College http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/tricountytech.html

* Trident Technical College http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/schools/tridenttech.html

The project provides:

• Tuition for admitted students pursuing approved programs of study at participating colleges.
• An academic support system to help assure their success.
• A cohort system for social and cultural support.

Visit http://www.callmemister.clemson.edu/index.htm for more details and the online application or call (800) 640-2657.
Full Time/Part-Time Postings: Students: Summer Internships

Full-Time Jobs

1. Transportation Coordinator (Lanham, MD) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/trp/1058675041.html

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4. Summer Cam p=2 0Positions Available ( Arlington , Virgina ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/edu/1061888949.html

5..Upscale Desert Store Manager ( Downtown DC ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/fbh/1062214627.html

6. Administrative Assistant ( Washington DC ) http://washingtondc.craigslist..org/doc/ofc/1061693217.html

7. Special Assistant in Policy ( Washington , D.C. ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/ofc/1061462629.html

8. Administrative Assistant ( Alexandria , Virginia ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/ofc/1061308511.html

9. Receptionist Wanted – Chinese Immersion Public Charter School
(Brookland) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/ofc/1061325721.html

10. Compliance Coordinator ( Alexandria VA ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/ofc/1061304952.html

11. Government Affairs Representative ( Washington DC ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/ofc/1060315788.html

12. Receptionist Needed ( Washington , DC ) temp to perm: IMMEDIATE http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/ofc/1060072711.html

13. GreatSchools DC Program Manager
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14. Office Manager/Program Assistant ( Washington DC )-NON PROFIT AGENCY http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/npo/1061551437.html

15. REGISTRATION COORDINATOR ( Herndon , Virginia ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/npo/1061472064.html

16. Farmers’ Market Managers ( Silver Spring , MD & Washington DC) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/npo/1061471965.html

17. Children Service Case Manager ( NE WDC ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/npo/1061326969.html

18. Controller ( Washington , DC ) $80,000 NON-Profit Org http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/npo/1060669446.html

19. Office Manager ( Silver Spring )
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20. Manager of Member Services and Event Planning (DC) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/npo/1060004271.html

21. President ( Washington , DC 110K-150K NON-Profit Org http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/npo/1059942074.html

22. Painting Superintendent
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23. Journeyman Electrician – position available now (Montgomery Co, MD) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/trd/1061805682.html

24. Maintenance Technician for Brand New High Rise ( Washington DC ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/trd/1061769563.html

25. Flat wall plasterers needed ( Washington DC ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/trd/1061636118.html

26. Maintenance Technician for Apartment Communities ( SE Washington DC ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/trd/1060243898.html

27. POWER WASHERS NEEDED **
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28.FOOD SERVICE MANAGER (RETAIL) AT BOWIE STATE UNIVERSITY ( BOWIE ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/fbh/1062931277.html

29. Staffing Coordinator ( Falls Church )
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Part-time

1. Contact Center -evenings/p-t; International Exchange ( Bethesda ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/mld/edu/1061609702.html

2. Lead Teacher, Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Substitute, Part-Time position (Arlington Clarandon metro accessible) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/edu/1061492293.html

3. Hotel Valet Parkers Needed ( Washington , DC ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/fbh/1061592156.html

4. Food Stamps/EBT at Farmers’ Market Coordinators ( Silver Spring , MD & Washington, DC) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/npo/1061487089.html

5. ExxonMobil CS JP Summer Enrichment Program Internship ( Fairfax ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/npo/1060098374.html

Summer Internships:

6. Summer Cam p Internship for College Student ( South Arlington , VA ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/edu/1032422950.html

7. Award-winning PR Firm is interviewing for 2009 internships ( Fort Washington , MD ) http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/mar/1033848726.html

 
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR BUSINESS OPERATIONS–Licensed Home Care
Company–CABS Home Attendants Service, Inc.–Home care provider seeks
individual to assist in the management of financial operations including
payroll, Medicaid, billing, accounting, and budgeting. Successful
applicant must have BA in accounting, business administration, or a
related field and at least 3 year full-time experience. Fax resume to
Director at 718.388.1428 or e-mail to lrivera@cabshomecare.org .

CASE MANAGER–Mount Hope Housing–Oversee intake, assessment, training
and referrals for a GED and workforce development initiative targeted
for out of school youth, ages 16-24. Provide individual and group
counseling. Implement life skills training curriculum. Provide crisis
intervention services including referrals to entitlement benefits.
Salary commensurate with credentials and experience. Excellent benefits
package. Forward resume to: Estel Fonseca, Vice President for Youth and
Adult Services, Mount Hope Housing Company, 2003-05 Walton Avenue ,
Bronx , New York 10453 . E-mail: Estelmhhc@aol.com
Fax: (718) 466-3600 x16.

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR–Democratic State Senator–Individual would be
responsible for generating press coverage, managing press relationships,
handling press inquires, and conducting research and policy analysis
related to press. At least three years of experience as a Communications
Director or Press Secretary with a proven track record of generating
press coverage required. Experience in policy analysis or research also
required. Salary commensurate with experience. Position requires a
minimum of a BA or BS. Resume, cover letter, and writing sample should
be emailed to charvey@schneiderman.org .

DIRECTOR FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS (HEO)–
CUNY School of Law–COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR – CUNY Law School seeks professional to
advance its public interest mission. Responsibilities include press,
publications and web. For full information see:
http://portal.cuny.edu/cms/id/cuny/documents/jobposting/028365htm#P-11_0
<http://portal.cuny.edu/cms/id/cuny/documents/jobposting/028365htm#P-11_
0>

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE–Addicts Rehabilitation Center Inc.–Addicts
Rehabilitation Center Inc. – the oldest, and one of the largest drug
treatment programs in New York State – seeks a Director of Finance (DOF)
to manage its financial resources. The DOF will direct the
organization’s accounting and cash management, budget planning, and
financial reporting. S/he will need as required to develop and implement
agency policy and procedures and internal controls for effective
operations and timely monitoring and reporting in the following areas:
accounting, revenue, grants, budget, purchasing, and investment. S/he
will also provide agency over-sight on regulatory and contractual
obligations. Candidates for the position must have CPA certification and
Master’s degree in Accounting or Finance. S/he must also have over 10
years of supervisory experience preferably in a community development
corporation or other non-profit environment. The ideal candidate would
have a working knowledge of fund management, and use of financial
technology. All candidates must have the ability to combine financial
acumen with the interpersonal skills needed in interactions with program
directors. Liberal benefits are offered and salary is commensurate with
professional experience. For consideration, applicants should submit a
resume with cover letter and salary history to: Director of Finance
Search Addicts Rehabilitation Center Inc. Rev. Reginald Williams,
Director of Operations 2015 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10035 The
Addicts Rehabilitation Center Inc. is an affirmative action/equal
opportunity employer.

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM EVALUATION–Care for the Homeless–Growing
not-for-profit health care and social service agency seeks Director of
Program Evaluation to develop and oversee implementation of program
evaluation and collect appropriate data; work with management and staff
to design reports; develop methodology to conduct analyses of program
inputs and outcome measurements; and supervise Program Evaluator.
Requirements: Doctorate degree preferred. Significant experience
conducting research and evaluation at, or in partnership with,
community-based agencies. Ability to liaise with academic researchers.
Excellent communication skills. Interest in serving homeless and/or
other poor populations. Send cover letter with resume to
recruit@cfhnyc.org  . EOE/AA employer;
minorities encouraged to apply.

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST– Mount Hope Housing–Work with Out of School
youth, ages 16-24, who are preparing for the GED exam and entry into the
workforce. Implement job readiness assessments, implement a job
readiness curriculum, develop a job bank, maintain participant database
and post-placement retention follow-up. Send resume to: Estel Fonseca,
Vice President for Youth and Adult Services, Mount Hope Housing Company,
2003-05 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453 E-mail:Estelmhhc@aol.com
Fax: (718) 466-4788.

GED INSTRUCTOR–Mount Hope Housing–Develop GED curriculum and instruct
Out of School Youth, ages 16-24, for Department of Education exam.
Implement TABE test, develop individual academic plans, prepare progress
reports, and participate in team meetings. Minimum BA and a strong
background in high school level academic instruction. Send resume to:
Estel Fonseca, Vice President for Youth and Adult Services, Mount Hope
Housing Company, 2003-05 Walton Avenue , Bronx , New York 10453 .
E-mail:Estelmhhc@aol.com Fax: (718)
466-4788.

HOUSING ASSET MANAGER–St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation
Corporation–The Housing Asset Manager handles strategic and effective
management of real estate assets including compliance, maintenance and
operations. The position reports to the Director of Housing.
RESPONSIBILITIES: coordinate a staff of 30 overseeing a portfolio of
over 50 properties with 850+ units of housing. Coordinate reporting for
funders and investors. Insure proper compliance: income certifications,
unit leasing and renewals. Develop capital plans and operational plans
for long term sustainability, Competitive salary and benefits. Please
send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Carmen Vasquez,
11 Catherine Street , Brooklyn NY 11211 , or email
cvasquez@stnicksnpc.comor fax 718..486.5982. No calls. EOE. Women and people of color encouraged to apply.

MWBE PROJECT CONSULTANT–Harlem Business Alliance–To assist the HBA in
enhancing the ability of minority- and/or-women-owned businesses to
compete for NYC contracts and to assist eligible minority and
women-owned firms certify and/or re-certify as M/WBEs with the City by
conducting community outreach and marketing; providing one-on-one
sessions on certification, selling to the government, bonding and
finance; and assisting M/WBEs with their applications, financing and
bonding packaging. QUALIFICATIONS: At least 5 years M/WBE or small
business development experience; strong computer, accounting, analytical
and communication skills with proven track record of meeting deadlines;
salary negotiable; email resume and cover letter to bharte@hbany.org .

OFFICE MANAGER/CONTRACT SUPERVISOR–CENYC–The position offers the
opportunity for a highly detail orientated individual with outstanding
organizational, computer and people skills to assist with the planning,
operations, and contract management of OROE. Working in conjunction with
OROE’s seven recycling outreach coordinators and under the supervision
of OROE’s Director. Send resume with cover letter and two references to
dhurd@cenyc.org or fax 212-788-7913.

PROGRAM EVALUATOR–Care for the Homeless–Growing not-for-profit health
care and social service agency seeks PROGRAM EVALUATOR to program
eClinical Works database to capture and report appropriate data; to
train and monitor staff on correct data collection procedures; and to
produce detailed reports. Requirements: Masters degree. Experience with
data collection and evaluation; knowledge of statistical analyses.
Excellent communication and computer skills. Interest in serving
homeless and/or other poor populations. Send cover letter with resume to
recruit@cfhnyc.org  . EOE/AA employer; minorities encouraged to apply.

PUBLIC AND SPECIAL EVENTS RECYCLING OUTREACH COORDINATOR
(PEROC)–CENYC–The position offers the opportunity for a highly
motivated individual with outstanding organizational and people skills
to assist with the planning, implementation and promotion of recycling
and waste reduction at public events throughout the city as well as
organizing special recycling collection events at various locations
throughout the City. Send resume with cover letter and two references to
dhurd@cenyc..org or fax 212-788-7913

SCIENCE BARGE ON BOARD EDUCATOR– Groundwork Hudson Valley–Opening:
Full-time educator for The Science Barge, a floating hydroponic farm and
outdoor classroom. Two to three years experience in environmental
education required. Minority and Spanish speakers encouraged to apply.
Goals: Teach sustainable development, renewable energy, Hudson River
ecology, and integrated systems for food and energy production. More
information: http://www.groundworkyonkers.org/job%20description.html
<http://www.groundworkyonkers.org/job%20description.html>

SHELTER DIRECTOR, KENTON HALL–Project Renewal–Project Renewal’s
We are currently seeking a Shelter
Director to lead Kenton Hall’s multidisciplinary team. Required
Credentials: Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology,
family therapy or other related field or a BA with required experience.
NY State CASAC preferred. Must have excellent writing and communication
skills. Spanish speaking a plus. Required Experience Minimum three (3)
years as program director/senior manager in a licensed alcohol/substance
abuse treatment program; 2-3 years direct clinical experience with
addictions and/or mental health services;: The Shelter Director’s responsibilities
include, but are not limited to the following: 1. Administering a 100
bed shelter for homeless men receiving methadone. 2. Managing the
overall program, including program budget; payroll documentation,
employee performance reviews, recruiting/discharging staff; arranging
in-service training schedule; managing client admission; coordinating
with Project Renewal’s other services. 3. Facilitating staff and team
meetings. 4. Coordinating services with methadone maintenance clinics.
5. Interfacing with the community, neighborhood associations and other
local service providers. Interested applicants should submit a resume
and cover letter indicating position a nd salary requirements to: HR
Department, Project Renewal, 200 Varick Street, 9th Floor, New York,
N.Y. 10014, Fax: 212-243-4755   Jessica.amsterdam@projectrenewal.org

SPECIAL EVENTS INTERN–City Futures: City Limits & Center
Interns will gain real-world experience through exposure to event
planning and marketing activities. Intern must be able to commit at
least 10 hours a week. This is an unpaid internship. To apply, send
resume and cover letter to intern@cityfutures.org
<mailto:intern%40cityfutures.org> .

STAFF ACCOUNTANT – SUPERVISOR–Addicts Rehabilitation Center, Inc.–We
are a not-for-profit drug rehabilitation center located in Harlem
seeking accounting professionals to perform the following: -GL Account
Analysis and reconciliation, including bank reconciliation -Ensure
accurate, timely and efficient month end close -Track and disburse 3rd
Party funds -Record Journal Entries into the GL. Ability to manage staff
a must, and provide ad hoc assistance. QUALIFICATIONS: -At least 2 years
experience in a similar role -Strong accounting, analytical and
communication skills, proven track record of meeting deadlines and
managing multiple tasks -Strong computer use, knowledge of Peachtree and
QuickBooks is desired -At least Bachelor Degree in Accounting
SALARY/RATE: $35-42K per year. Send/fax your resume in confidence:
Fiscal Dept., 2015 Madison Avenue , NY , NY 10035 or Fax 212-427-3751.

SUPERINTENDENT–East Harlem Council for Community Improvement,
Inc.–Minimum two years experience. Speak English. Medium-heavy lifting
required. HS Diploma or equivalent; Certificate of Fitness for oil
boiler. Certificate HUD Lead Safe Work Practices. Responsibilities:
General maintenance, vacancy, emergency & janitorial repairs. Garbage
collection, recycling, grounds keeping and snow removal, etc. Building
system maintenance. General record keeping.. On call 24/7. Please email
resume and cover letter to malmanzar@promesa.org
<mailto:malmanzar%40promesa.org> .

YOUTH & FAMILY COUNSELOR–ESPERANZA NY, Inc.–FIELD
Counselors??Esperanza NY, Inc., an innovative juvenile justice program,
seeks counselors to provide services to court-involved youth and their
families. A graduate degree in social work, counseling, or psychology
required. Experience with court-involved youth, community-based
organizations desirable. English-Spanish desirable. More details:
www.esperanzany.org. Cover letters and resumes to Jenny Kronenfeld;
Director, Esperanza; 636 Broadway, 4th floor; NY , NY 10012 . Fax
212-964-5566 Email: fieldcounselor@esperanzanyorg. EOE
For complete listings, visit our website

Univ. of New Mexico Scholarships Totaling $3,500

From University of New Mexico:

UNM Parent Association Accepting Applications for Scholarships The UNM Parent Association is accepting applications for its first scholarship awards. Scholarships totaling $3,500 will be awarded for 2009-10 to support the success of currently enrolled UNM students. Applicants will be ranked based on financial need and academic achievement. Additional consideration will also be given to first-generation students. Deadline to apply is June 1. The board of directors would like to thank UNM staff who supported the scholarship program through a purchase of UNM’s official ornament.

Parent Association scholarship requirements, include:
• Enrolled full-time at the University of New Mexico
• Minimum 2.5 cumulative G.P.A.
• In sophomore or junior year during award year (for undergraduates)
• In master’s or doctoral program during award year (for graduate student)

For more information visit: Parent Association Scholarship.

8 Men Needed in El Segundo for Male Leadership Conference

From Volunteer Match:

Description Date: May 30, 2009 (Saturday)

Time: 8:00am-4:00pm

VOA Upward Bound Boyle Heights will be having its 1st annual Leadership Conference in the Hacienda Hotel in the city of El Segundo and we are looking for motivated MALE Leaders who are interested in conducting a workshop on: * Leadership * Road to success * Navigating the Challenges of Moving to Adulthood * Violence and preventative methods * Health Issues of Boys in Los Angeles * Civil Rights and how we can become involved * Financial Literacy *

Who are our role models? etc… Or if you have a passion for any other subject and our interested in sharing it with other male youth let me know and we can make accomodations.

$1,500 Scholarships (3) from Kentucky Fairness Alliance

Three scholarships available from the Kentucky Fairness Alliance:

Jason Johnson Scholarship

In the spring of 2006, undergraduate student Jason Johnson was expelled from one of Kentucky’s institutions of higher education. Not because he was failing — he had good grades! Not because he caused problems — he had many friends and contributed to the community! He was expelled because he was gay. And rather than go home and hide, Jason took a courageous route — he spoke up against this injustice, and he started a statewide debate about funding for such exclusionary schools.

Mark England Scholarship

In the spring of 2009, this scholarship was created to applaud the considerable efforts of Louisville’s own Mark England. He is a unique and dynamic individual that is known for his success in the business community working as a real estate professional. Mark has long been a leader in the fairness community working to better the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Kentuckians. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s School of Business.

 

Erika’s Hope” Memorial Scholarship

Erika Flynn was poised to enter Spalding University’s Masters of Social Work Program the summer of 2008, but passed away unexpectedly before being able to do so. From the moment she interviewed for that program, Erika inspired University officials with her commitment, spirit, and possibility. Prior to Spalding, she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in English at the University of Louisville and went on to teach at-risk youth at the Hampshire Educational Collaborative in Northampton, Massachusetts until 2003. When she returned to Louisville, Erika opened a coffee shop, the Atomic Saucer. During the five years Erika ran the Atomic Saucer, it became a wellknown gathering place for people of all identities and walks of life. Also, Erika used the coffee shop as a way to advocate for change and assist those in need. Those that knew her during life speak strongly of Erika’s “hope” for a more diverse and loving society for the LGBT community.

 

 

Please provide all of the following in an MS Word or PDF file:

1. Name, Home Address, Phone, Email, Grade Point Average, Class Rank, and Major(s).

2. An autobiographical statement that describes you and your academic and future goals. The statement should describe your educational and community experiences and your plans for future education or work. (up to 500 words)

3. A description of any services to, contributions to, or activities in the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community in Kentucky. (up to 250 words)

4. An outline of your student involvement, leadership experiences, volunteer efforts and/or work experience. Please provide reference and contact information for each experience. (up to 500 words)

5. A statement describing your financial need. (up to 250 words)

6. Three letters of recommendation to support your application. They should vary in scope (student colleague, faculty member, administrator, community member, etc.)

Please remit by August 14, 2009 to:

KFA Foundation Scholarships Selection Committee

c/o Jody Cofer

jodycofer@bellsouth.net

$1,000 Scholarship in Anna Arundel County

From Baltimore Sun:

The Joan Lauffer Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, will award up to $1,000 to a college-bound high school senior who has, or had, a parent with breast cancer.

Eligible applicants should attend public or private school in Anne Arundel County; and must write an essay, one to three pages long, explaining how cancer has affected their family and how this scholarship will help them.

The deadline is May 31. Essays should be e-mailed to w.lauffer@verizon.net, with name, age, phone number, high school, college/university they are hoping to attend, and prospective major or area of interest. Funds will be paid to the winning student’s school.

Scholarship from Will.I.Am

From Education in Review:

Oprah is constantly encouraging us all to simply do what we can to help one another. Read to a child, help a neighbor with a ride, or donate money to a worthwhile cause — it all goes a long way in helping each other and our communities. When Grammy winner and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am looked inside and asked what we could do, he decided to start a scholarship fund.

The I Am Scholarship was introduced on the May 5, 2009 episode of Oprah. He’d approached Oprah’s girlfriend Gayle King and let her know he wanted to send one kid to college, with some extra cash he’d made DJing. He wanted to help a student who had a similar background to him — growing up in the home of a single mom. Oprah’s team worked with Gayle to send him the names of four students who would meet and exceed his expectations.

When faced with making a decision, Will.I.Am simply decided to put all four boys through college, as the first recipients of the I Am Scholarship.

“I want to invest in America’s future, and I want to send you guys to college,” announced the benefactor to the four college-bound students.

Jaiquann, Elijah, and twins Barien and Darien were at a loss for words when they learned that their dreams of attending college would be financed in full. The scholarship will pay for four years of tuition, books and room and board. Will.I.Am only asks that they succeed, show the world they are the future, and “prove that single parents are the strongest people on the planet.”

No doubt these high school seniors are up for the task. They have outstanding academic records at Christiana High School in Delaware, where they are also track stars and work jobs to help support their single mothers. It’s the kind of foundation that helped them each land a place with the freshman class at their dream universities — Barien learned on the show that he’ll be attending Hampton University, while Jaiquann will attend Cabrini College, Elijah will attend Wilmington University and Darien will attend Virginia Tech.

Before the scholarship surprise they’d each given up that they’d be able to attend due to the financial burden. “When I got accepted there, I was actually pretty stoked and excited,” Jaiquann says. “But when I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to afford it, it just pretty much saddened me.”

Elijah echoed the sentiment when he said “I just don’t really talk about it and don’t really acknowledge it enough because I don’t really see it coming true.”

Oprah said that in the past 25 years the cost of tuition has risen 439% and is three times the cost of living. It’s a cost more than half of American families can’t afford to pay.