Continuing/Adult Education/fellowships for grad school

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Hi Dr. Wolfe,

My name is Cynthia Taitt and I will be graduating with my B.A. degree in Business Management in June 2014.  I am in need of assistance to go to graduate school.  I have worked in the school system for over 20 years as a school clerk and office manager.  I am presently not working.  I plan to study educational technology and go on to teach at the community college level once I obtain my master's degree.  Do you know of any fellowships or grants I can apply for that will help me continue my studies?  I am a married 48 year old african american female with one 4 year old child.  I appreciate any assistance you can give me.  Thank you

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Hello Cynthia,
Congratulations on nearing your graduation!  Right now, with a poor economy, the market for instructors at the college level is very competitive.  Do your best to make excellent grades and work in the field as much as possible. Even though you are not employed, you can use your skill set in the community, such as for charitable and professional organizations.  Closing a "job blank" on your resume should be a priority.  

Compared to undergraduate opportunities, there are very few monies available for graduate level work.  Assuming  you have already selected the University, check to see if they have any fellowship or teaching assistant programs.  If you are involved in any honor societies or other groups, check to see if they have any scholarships or book scholarships available.  Many graduate students borrow money using education loans through lenders/banks.  

Here are a two links that may be helpful:
"Black College Dollars" - a free search
http://www.thesalliemaefund.org/smfnew/scholarship_directory/index.html

"African American Scholarships" - from scholarships.com
http://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-t

"Top 2011 Scholarships for Black Students" - slightly outdated but you can search the Internet for more information on the scholarships listed
http://www.uis.edu/diversitycenter/scholarships/africanamericanscholarships.html


I hope this information helps in your search for financial support of your goals and dream to earn a graduate degree.

Kind regards,
Dr. Wolfe

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Dr. Cynthia J. Wolfe

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Let me help you with questions about adult education and continuing education programs. If you are looking for a program or have questions about adult education in general, I can guide you. If you are a teacher looking for new ideas or methods, I can help. I have resources and ideas to share. I am a member of the National Business Education Association (NBEA), a professional organization devoted to the recognition that business education competencies are essential for all individuals in today's fast-changing society.

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I am an instructor at the University of Phoenix, working in online and classroom modalities. I earned my PhD in Business Administration from Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, AZ. My MBA is from Troy University, 2001, and I have a BS, Environmental Science, from Troy University, 1980. Read about my experiences as an online student at my blog thinkPhD.

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Delta Mu Delta National Business Honor Society; NBEA; Golden Key Honour Society; APICS; PMI

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PhD Business Administration - Management, Northcentral University; MBA Troy University, Phenix City, AL; BS Environmental Science, Troy University, Troy, AL; APICS CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional)

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