gwenthomasnewhsThe day following Thanksgiving, thousands of Detroiters are normally lined up at shopping centers across town to search for Christmas gifts, but Gwen Thomas hopes that Detroiters with high school students and college students will line up to shop for scholarships at the Third Annual Black Friday Scholarship Bootcamp. Around this time of year, most parents of college students are thinking about how to pay the balance of their student’s tuition.

At the same time, high school seniors and their parents are trying figure out how to avoid the traps of college tuition because they will need to cough up a hefty tuition payment in less than a year. If any of these cases resemble your situation then you may want to learn what Gwen Thomas did –a parent, author, educator and social entrepreneur that helped her son generate nearly $500,000 in college scholarships, as well as study abroad in more than 30 countries. In her book, “The Parent’s Smart Guide to Sending Your Kids to College without Going Broke,” Thomas shares invaluable information on how to successfully navigate through the process of securing funding for college. She highlights strategies used to educate her son from kindergarten through college and discusses the dichotomy of a traditional day academy, urban private school, charter schools and suburban schools.

The book also discuss the crucial conversations that families must have about debt and the high cost of financing education. Thomas also provides an extensive list of scholarships and fellowships for students from Undergraduate through Doctoral programs.“College tuition is one of the largest expenditures a person will make aside from purchasing a home, and we need to teach our students how to effectively apply to scholarships so they win these opportunities to pay for their college education” says Thomas. Our goal is to help families realize that there are alternative ways like scholarships to funding college reduce college debt, whether they have zero income to a six figure income.” Thomas, a native Detroiter, but now a Washington, D.C. resident will host The Black Friday Scholarship Bootcamp on Friday, Nov. 25, at Focus Hope Conference Center at 1400 Oakman Blvd in Detroit, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. 2010. Thomas created Fresh Perspective Seminars, a non-profit think tank dedicated to college readiness and work force development for diverse students. The Scholarship Bootcamp will provide parents and students with strategies to apply for scholarships, provide simulation excercises and actual tips for applying for scholarships.

The event is free and registration is required, log on to http://www.freshperspectiveseminars.org or call 609-474-4877.

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