The Diversity and Multicultural Initiatives Committee had the opportunity to interview Bryant George, Executive Director with the Real Life 101 organization that provides college scholarships for inner city, African American males graduating from high school. Please read the questions and answers below to learn more about Real Life 101 and how RMASFAA can help this organization to offer as many scholarships as possible!
Can you tell us about the Real Life 101 organization and its mission?
Real Life 101, a 501(c)(3) organization, provides college scholarships for selected inner city, African American males who are graduating from high school. The organization, founded in 2000, has awarded more than 500 scholarships and over 1500 laptop computers to inner city African American males. Real Life is a national program with the mission to improve the negative statistics relative to African American males in America. Our motto is improving the image of black males in America by investing in education and not incarceration. Each scholarship student receives the following:
The opportunity to obtain a degree of his choice (in up to 5 years)
- An annual scholarship of $2,000, renewable up to five years
- A laptop computer equipped with software
- A computer backpack
- A certified Real Life Mentor for up to 5 years while in the Real Life program.
Real Life 101 is funded by corporations and private donors. Real Life targets inner city students faced with financial obstacles that threaten to prevent them from attending college and expose them to falling prey to the negative statistics that haunt African American males in America.
How can RMASFAA and the 8 states within our region help?
RMASFAA can help the Real Life 101 Scholarship Fund by identifying senior African American male high school students (within those eight states) who are going to graduate this summer (2016), and who plan to attend any accredited higher learning institution by the fall of (2016). In addition too, RMASFAA should have those students, parents, and staff contact our office directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure students, parents, and staff are guided through the application process.
What should we do if we know of a student that might be eligible for this scholarship program?
- Have all students apply directly online at the following link https://www.reallife101.org/Students/New-Student-Application
- An eligible Real Life student must be accepted into a College/University, Trade School or an accredited higher education institution. They can pursue a degree of their choice anywhere in the country or abroad.
- High school counselors/teachers select students who should be considered for the scholarships. Receiving the scholarship is based upon the quality of the required 1000 word essay that each student must write and submit to Real Life, as well as completing the online application. The topic of the essay is; “What will you personally do to improve the current negative statistics regarding African American males in America and abroad”.
Brought to you by:
Nicole Casey, DMCI Chair
Financial Aid Counselor
College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE