Are You Ready to Apply for an Executive MBA?

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By Karen Turtle

A professional career tends to develop in quite distinct stages. Early careers are often defined by uncertainty—this is a period where the learning curve can be at its steepest, and is also, for those go-getters among us, a time where progression up the ladder is frequently at its fastest.

Then comes the plateau. Thirtieth-birthday celebrations pass, the plaque on the door says ‘manager,’ but keys to the corner office still seem to be very much out of reach. There is, or so it can appear, a painfully perceptible gap (what might even feel like a chasm) to be bridged in order to get from the confines of middle management to the c-suite.

The GMAC 2016 Alumni Perspectives Survey found that the three main reasons senior professionals choose to do an executive MBA (EMBA) are to further their personal development, to extend their existing knowledge and skills, and to increase their salary. An executive MBA from a top business school can go some way toward granting these wishes; however, it is important that prospective candidates are ready to put in the work to fully benefit.

Here are four points to consider before you apply for an executive MBA.

Committing to the executive MBA means recommitting to textbooks
Many years may have passed since you leafed through the pages of a doorstop sized textbook. The executive MBA program will, among other things, immerse you in the core concepts of finance, strategy, marketing, operations, and so on. It is therefore important to assess what kind of learner you are and to determine whether going back to study and investing 12 to l 5 hours a week on coursework is viable.

Each top business school will also have its own teaching approach. IE Business School is, for example, well known for its use of the case study method. NYU Stern, meanwhile, places significant emphasis on experiential learning. Kellogg School of Management embraces the team-based approach, while other business schools may be more about individual work. Most schools accommodate all of the above to varying degrees, but it’s important to determine which school’s or schools’ approaches best fit your learning style before you apply.

Self-awareness: Can I successfully do this?
With fees for EMBA programs at some elite business schools hitting six-digit figures, it is important that you assess your commitment levels before you or your employer commits. In the build up to applying, make a list of your personal strengths and weaknesses. Will you be able to balance work, study, and family responsibilities? Can you ride out challenges at the office alongside EMBA project deadlines? Will you be able to stay chipper through the course of the program, or could stress levels exceed sensible levels?

Will your employer be amenable to the EMBA?
It is of course crucial that you do not jeopardize your job or business in any way. You will have to evaluate whether your work is conducive to doing the executive MBA. This is also where you have to sift through the various flexible program choices on offer. Many business schools can fast-track your EMBA so that learning is covered in as short as a 15-month period but are also open to extending the duration of the program as may be required. Different executive MBA programs also offer different flexible schedule options. Classes could be one-week long residentials, or they could be offered over weekends or evenings. For applicants interested in global projects, a large number of top business schools incorporate overseas study stints.

Bear in mind that work obligations may also be an impediment to your performance in the classroom. You will need to have a supportive boss who sees the overall value and transferability of the EMBA; that is, its potential to positively influence you, your team’s and your company’s performance over both the short and long term. Understanding this, your line manager will need to be open to giving you sufficient time sponsorship.

Family matters
The average executive MBA candidate is 38 years old. This means that many students on the program are not only juggling work and study, but the needs of family as well. It’s essential to consult your partner, children, parents and friends before filling out the first boxes of the EMBA application form—these people know you best, and, like your employer, will need to accept the time cost, albeit informally.

The EMBA is the most likely degree to be recommended by alumni
Once you have both family and employer approval, and you know that you have the mental energy and time resources to commit to the EMBA program of your choosing, you can rest assured that you have set yourself up well to get good return on investment (ROI).

The GMAC 2016 Alumni Perspectives Survey found that it only took EMBA graduates two-and-a-half years to recoup their investment, largely because they didn’t have to quit their jobs to study full time. Median ROI three years post graduating was 198 percent, which rose to 486 percent after five years, and to a staggering 1,747 percent after 10 years.

The same report stipulates that the executive MBA format, as opposed to full-time, part-time and online formats was the most-favorably recommended by alumni.

Source: First Appeared on TopMBA.com

 

November is National Scholarship Month NOW is the time to start applying for scholarships

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SALT LAKE CITY–TFS Scholarships is the most comprehensive free online resource for higher education funding connecting students to more than 7 million scholarships representing more than $41 billion in aid.

It was founded in 1987 after Richard Sorensen’s father, an inner-city high school principal, bemoaned the lack of good scholarship resources for his students.

High school seniors now applying for college should also be applying for scholarships, according to Richard Sorensen, an expert with more than 30 years experience helping students find scholarships.

“College bound students should spend four to five hours a week looking for scholarships, starting in the fall of their senior year,” says Sorensen, President of TFS Scholarships. “They should think about finding scholarships like it’s a part time job.”

A scholarship, unlike a student loan, is free money and should always be the first place students look for help in funding their college education. The majority of the scholarship opportunities featured on the TFS Scholarships website come directly from colleges and universities, rather than solely from competitive national pools, thereby increasing the chances of finding scholarships.

“There are new scholarships posted on the site every month, each with different deadlines and time frames,” says Sorensen. “There is plenty of aid out there and a lot of it goes untouched. If a student is diligent, they’ll find it.”

TFS Scholarships also posts a new scholarship opportunity every day on its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts (@TFSscholarships), making it easy to find new scholarship opportunities. “We call it ‘The Scholarship of the Day,’” says Sorensen. “Most of the scholarships are available for all students so if a student or their parents follow us, they will have the opportunity to apply for more than 300 scholarships every year from this source alone.”

TFS takes it a step further, digging deeper into localized scholarships. “If you wanted to go to Arizona State, for example, we have scholarships specific to that school,” says Sorensen.

Each month TFS adds more than 5,000 new scholarships to its database in an effort to stay current with national scholarship growth rates – maximizing the number of opportunities students have to earn funding for their education.

Once students have their scholarships in hand, how they manage them can have important implications. It is up to the student to inform the school of the scholarship.

“The truth is, the money is going to be sent to the school in most cases,” says Sorensen. “If the money is going to tuition and books, it’s tax free. But it is taxable if they use it for living expenses. And if students get more money in scholarships than their direct expenses, they get the difference back from the school,” says Sorensen.

The TFS website also provides financial aid information, resources about federal and private student loan programs, and a Career Aptitude Quiz that helps students identify the degrees and professions that best fit their skills.

Thanks to the financial support of Wells Fargo, TFS has remained a free, online service that effectively connects students with college funding resources to fuel their academic future. “Students trust us with a lot of their personal information and we respect that,” says Sorensen. “With TFS, they never have to be worried about being bombarded by spam.”

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TFS Scholarships (TFS) is an independent service that provides free access to scholarship opportunities for aspiring and current undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Founded in 1987, TFS began as a passion project to help students and has grown into the most comprehensive online resource for higher education funding. Today, TFS is a trusted place where students and families enjoy free access to more than 7 million scholarships representing more than $41 billion in college funding. In addition to its vast database that’s refreshed with 5,000 new scholarships every month, TFS also offers information about career planning, financial aid, and federal and private student loan programs as part of its commitment to helping students fund their future. Learn more at tuitionfundingsources.com.

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Orphan to Leader

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Being both young and Hispanic can feel daunting in America. Adversity can create obstacles and discourage young Hispanics from dreaming large. However, some young Hispanic-Americans are shattering the status quo. One of those people is Dan Esterly.

If you’re from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, you may be familiar with Esterly’s work. At the age of 28, he is a business owner, Ph.D. student, radio host, and is heavily involved in Pittsburgh’s non-profit community. Esterly wasn’t always a success story. He was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and was given a two-day life expectancy from malnourishment at the orphanage. Despite the pessimistic health outlook, he was adopted and was raised in Pittsburgh. Esterly also battled depression and alcoholism in his young adult life.

After much adversity, Esterly was able to rise above the initial cards he was dealt. He entered the workforce at the age of 13, started college at the age of 16, and began graduate school at the age of 21. In 2008, Esterly saw an opportunity to start actively buying stocks. He was able to outperform most financial professionals and was sought after to advise financial professionals. Esterly stated, “My first experiences in consulting were accidental. A fund manager from Boston called me for input, simply from word-of-mouth from the Pittsburgh business community. I was truly flattered and stunned, because of how young I was.”

Esterly went on to earn an M.S. in Professional Counseling and an MBA in Healthcare Management. He attributes his education to building the foundation for his business in consulting. “I needed to master both fields to thrive. Business has various human elements, and counseling has a lot to teach us about organizations. The same principles that apply to group behavior also enhance an organization’s well-being.”

Esterly then went on to work as a lobbyist in biotechnology. One of his projects raised more than $34 million from the federal government to fund drug research. Regardless of his occupation, Esterly has always focused on increasing financial value for companies.

In 2016, Esterly decided to diversify his business. He founded Public Waves, LLC, which eventually became a successful consulting venture. “I have had clients from Texas to Pennsylvania. It’s truly been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my entire life.” Currently, Public Waves, LLC serves clientele including the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Community Liver Alliance, Water4Life Mozambique, and CSD Engineers, LLC. He provides consulting services ranging from workforce development & economic research to other organizational services.

Esterly also is a full-time doctoral student at Point Park University’s Ph.D. program in Community Engagement. “It’s somewhat of a leadership degree with a research focus on benefiting the community. The Pittsburgh community helped me to succeed and I am constantly looking for ways to give back.” He hosts a radio show through Point Park University, called Behavior Business, where he invites guests on the show from both the business and mental health community. Esterly also continues to self-manage his portfolio and consult on other larger investment portfolios.

In 2015, Esterly established a charitable investment fund called Esterly Fund. To date, the fund supports 17 non-profits in Pittsburgh. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Glade Run Foundation and Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh. “I truly don’t think my life would have turned out this way in Honduras. It’s surreal sometimes to think of my journey and how different things could have been. I am grateful for every day on this earth and hope to give back ten-fold.” Esterly is considered a young rising star in the Pittsburgh business community.

At the age of 28, Esterly insists he has only just begun. “It’s been my experience that businesses don’t care what race, nationality, age, etc. you are. If you can provide value for a company, companies will value your service. That’s the beautiful thing about America. You really can create or re-create your life here.”

 

ADP Foundation Awards Grant For Mujeres De Hace Program

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The ADP Foundation Provides Grant to HACE’s Latina Women’s Leadership Program

The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement will bestow multiple scholarships with grant to expand the women’s leadership program in new key cities.

Latina professionals will have greater access to the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement’s (HACE) women’s leadership program, thanks to a grant received from the ADP® Foundation. Many women who would otherwise be unable to afford the full tuition for the program will be able to benefit from full or partial scholarships in the fall. “The scholarships awarded will be instrumental in achieving a bigger reach in newer markets we have expanded to, such as Atlanta and San Francisco,” says Laurin Bello, HACE Program Manager, “the support ADP has given us makes them an invaluable partner for HACE as they continue to help us reach Latina professionals.”

The Mujeres de HACE program, a leadership program designed to help high-potential Latina professionals grow and develop in their careers, has successfully graduated over 800 women. The grant will allow HACE to serve 15-30 additional Latina professionals across the U.S., including Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; Minneapolis, MN; McLean, VA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA and Miami, FL.

“HACE would like to thank the ADP Foundation for their generous support,” said Patricia Mota, HACE President and CEO. “On average, Latinas are reported to earn 55 cents to the dollar compared to their Caucasian male counterparts, that is at least 20 cents below Caucasian women. Furthermore, Latina professionals are constantly balancing traditional cultural norms with workplace norms, which simultaneously creates unique opportunities and barriers to advancement.  With this grant, HACE will be able to impact the lives of more Latina professionals across the country, helping to close the wage and opportunity gaps that ultimately hurt our communities and the overall economy.”

Mujeres de HACE has proven to help close the wage and opportunity gaps, with over 80% of women reporting a raise, promotion or both within a year of participating in the program. After completing the program, many women join leadership boards, fundraise for program scholarships to support other women and even start their own businesses.

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10 Latinas Making Their Mark in the STEM World

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As the job market rapidly changes, STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – skills have become increasingly valuable. These careers are among the fastest-growing and highest-paying, yet Latinas only account for 3 percent of the industry.

Believing that lucrative STEM fields can pull low-income communities of color out of poverty and instill young girls and women with financial independence, groups across the nation have emerged to pique the interest, educate and mentor Latinas in STEM. In Miami, CODeLLA offers Latinas between the ages of 8 and 12 an eight-week tech entrepreneurship and coding immersion program. In Chicago, Latina Girls Code hosts workshops and hackathons that teach brown girls and teens technology languages and entrepreneurial skills. In Los Angeles, DIY Girls provides underserved female youth, 97 percent of them Latina, from fourth to eighth grade with after-school classes and summer programs where they build prototypes of products that can improve a problem in their community. Even Eva Longoria, whose master’s thesis from Cal State Northridge focused on Latinas in STEM careers, started TECHNOLOchicas, a nationwide campaign to increase visibility of brown women in these fields and educate Latino families of the opportunities STEM can provide their girls.

While STEM outreach programs are doing great and necessary work, the reality for women of color in tech or engineering isn’t as alluring as it’s made out to be. Women make up almost half of all STEM graduates, though just 3.5 percent of bachelor’s degrees awarded in STEM fields in 2010 went to Latinas, yet they account for less than a quarter of all graduates in the 20 highest-paying STEM jobs. In contrast, they make up the majority, two-thirds, of the 20 lowest-paying gigs. For those who manage to get fat paychecks, many face almost everyday instances of discrimination and microaggressions, from sexual harassment to painful double standards. The problem is twofold for women of color, who face gender and racial/ethnic biases. In fact, a study by UC Hastings College of Law published in 2015 found that 46.9 percent of Latina scientists reported that they had been mistaken for administrative or custodial staff.

Despite all the odds, there are several Latinas in STEM breaking glass ceilings, solving major scientific problems, creating innovative products that save lives, and creating programs for young Latinas that ensure the presence of women of color in science, technology, engineering and math isn’t as modest in the next generation. Here are 10 Latina engineers, physicists, techies, and STEM activists kicking ass in fields they’re widely underrepresented in.

1. Sabrina González Pasterski

The world’s “next Albert Einstein” is a cubana from Chicago – at least that’s how Harvard University describes Sabrina Gonzalez Pasterski. At just 24 years old, the physicist has a résumé that even veterans of her field can’t match. Gonzalez Pasterski, who’s a doctoral student at the ivy league studying high energy physics, started showing signs that she’d break barriers in 2003, back when the then-10-year-old started taking flying lessons. Three years later, she started to build her first kit aircraft. By 2008, it was considered airworthy.

These days, Gonzalez Pasterski, who studies black holes and spacetime, particularly trying to explain gravity within the context of quantum mechanics, has been cited by the likes of Stephen Hawking and Andrew Strominger, been offered jobs by NASA and Blue Origin, an aerospace research and development company Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos also started. She’s also received hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to support her work.

2. Laura I. Gomez

Mexicana Laura I. Gomez is one of the leading ladies in tech. At 17, when the formerly undocumented immigrant first obtained a work permit, she took an internship with Hewlett-Packard. Seeing no one like her in the workplace, she instantly wanted out. However, she decided to stay in the field after her mother, who saw a lucrative career for Gomez in tech, encouraged her to stay. Gomez would go on to work as one of the only Latinas at Google and YouTube, and then she became a founding member of Twitter’s international team, where she led Twitter en Español.

Being underrepresented in the tech world and experiencing discrimination, Gomez decided to do something about it, founding (and acting as CEO of) Atipica in 2015. It’s a recruiting software start-up that uses artificial and human intelligence to help companies make bias-free decisions when hiring employees.

3. Nicole Hernandez Hammer

Nicole Hernandez Hammer is a sea-level researcher and environmental justice activist who educates and mobilizes the Latino community to understand and address the ways in which climate change negatively impacts them. The Guatemalan-Cuban advocate speaks from personal experience as well as academic knowledge. When Hernandez Hammer was four years old, she and her family moved from Guatemala to South Florida. There, she learned firsthand about the effect of rising sea levels.

During Hurricane Andrew, when she was 15 years old, her house – much like the homes of other Latino families near coastal shore lines – was destroyed. She felt “obligated” to learn more about the issue, and went on to study biology and the natural sciences. Hernandez Hammer was the assistant director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University, authoring several papers on sea level rise projections, before moving into advocacy. She served as the Florida field manager for Moms Clean Air Force and is now a climate science and community advocate at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In 2015, she was former first lady Michelle Obama’s guest at the State of the Union Address.

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The University Of Illinois Launches Program To Create More Black And Latino Male Teachers

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Jawaun Williams always felt a void growing up on the South Side, going to schools with a predominantly black student population.

When he graduated from high school, he was one of the top 15 students in his class and in the honors society.

Still, something was missing.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to be taught by someone who looked like me. I never had any male black teachers,” Williams pointed out.

“I’ve only had one black teacher in my life. It was something I was used to, but as I’ve grown older, I realized that it is pretty weird that black men weren’t in my field.”

Though he wasn’t taught by many black men, Williams saw how influential educators could be in a young person’s life.

“Teachers taught me how to navigate, not only high school, but life. That was one of the reasons why I wanted to become a teacher.” the 19-year-old said.

Williams, a college sophomore, is one of six participants at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s “Call Me MISTER” program that aims to introduce more black and Latino male teachers into the Chicago Public School system.

This is the first year UIC is participating in the program, which stands for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models.”

“Call Me MISTER” started at Clemson University in 2000 and is operating in 31 schools. UIC is the first large urban school participating.

At CPS, 84 percent of the student body population are black or Latino, but 42.7 percent of the system’s teachers are black or Latino.

“As soon as I graduate I want to go back to the South Side of Chicago, and teach in the same neighborhood I came out of,” Williams said.

Williams and others in the “Call Me MISTER” program were recruited at schools with a majority black or Latino student population. They will receive full tuition and room and board.

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We Are Not Alone

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By Kate Rahbari

Even if my high school self could teleport to the future to witness my accomplishments with my own eyes, I would still deny what I see today. I am one of only a handful of Native Americans in medical school, and I am in my third year of a dual MD-PhD program. For many, these are marks of hard work and success. But for me, they are marks of luck and circumstance.

My insecurities have followed me for as long as I can remember, but they became more apparent throughout college. During this time, someone suggested that I received scholarships because I was a member of a minority. Others told me that any medical school would accept me because I am a Native American and a woman.

These comments left me feeling undeserving of the success that I had worked so hard to achieve. If I had been born a white male, would I have gotten this far? Maybe minority outreach was the only reason for my success. My insecurities grew, and I felt like a fraud.

My thoughts became malignant:
You are not smart enough.
You don’t belong.
You are here because of luck.
Someone will find out about you.

In retrospect, it is clear to see how people’s comments changed my perception of my worth and my achievements, but for the longest time I felt like a fraud without recognizing or understanding why. I felt alone in these feelings until my junior year of college. During a talk at the SACNAS National Conference I felt out of place and not smart enough to be among all the brilliant, accomplished professionals who surrounded me.

Unexpectedly, the speaker described that she still feels exactly how I was feeling in that moment. She and several others explained how frequently throughout their careers they have felt like frauds waiting to get caught. She explained that this phenomenon, called imposter syndrome, is common among high achieving individuals and especially women and people of color.

Kate and her colleagues in the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Scientist Training Program during the White Coat Ceremony, August 2015.

I was shocked. How could experts with doctoral degrees still feel like imposters? Learning that people I admire and view as successful also experience doubts encouraged me. I finally felt optimistic that I could succeed, despite my insecurities. However, it was disheartening to realize that if they still have these doubts, then I would probably battle with them for the rest of my career, too.

Years later, I continue to work on rejecting imposter thoughts nearly every hour of every day. They still happen frequently, especially when I succeed or when others compliment me. The only time I do not feel like an imposter is when I tell myself that I am not one. Keeping a “Win List” as a physical record of my proudest accomplishments helps as well. Sometimes I even read old emails from mentors who have given me encouragement along the way.

Over time, I have become alert and responsive to my imposter feelings. Whenever doubts arise, I give myself a pep talk in my head:

You are smart.
You work hard.
You are more than a score on an exam.
You are qualified.
You deserve to be here.

Now, several years after sitting in that audience and feeling like a fraud, I can proudly say that I belonged there. I graduated college with honors, I presented my research at several national conferences, I worked at the National Institutes of Health, and I was included as an author on three publications, all despite my imposter syndrome. I was not immune to setbacks along the way, but I got through them all because someone was brave enough to share their story at a conference. I am thankful that the courage and vulnerability of others let me know that I am not alone.

If I could teleport to the past and, without any imposter thoughts, see what I accomplished, I would see someone who is intelligent no matter what her exam scores show. I would see someone who is humble and hardworking. I would see someone who finds learning exciting and is not afraid to ask questions, someone who is more capable of success than she knows but will come to see her worth more and more with time. She is not defined by her doubts and insecurities nor is she alone in them. She is not an imposter. She is brave.

About the Author
Kate Rahbari is a Haliwa Saponi tribal member. Ms. Rahbari grew up in West Chester, PA, and studied biology at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is currently in her second year of medical school in an 8-year Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She will be pursuing a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology.

Source: Originally published in STEM + Culture Chronicle, a digital magazine produced by Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

4 Tips to Consider When Comparing Financial Aid Packages

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According to the U.S. Department of Education, 20 percent of undergraduate students did not apply for financial aid in 2011-12.

Across all types of institutions, students’ top reasons for not applying for financial aid, and thus leaving financial aid on the table, were that they thought they were ineligible for such support and they thought they could afford college without financial aid.

Students who apply for financial aid receive their financial aid letters in late March and early April. Most students will have until the May 1 National Candidates Reply Date to decide whether to accept the college’s admissions offer and financial aid.

Here are four things for families to consider when comparing financial aid packages:

  1. What are my total costs to pay for college? What other costs such as textbooks, room and board, commuting to campus, personal expenses do I need to be prepared for?
  2. How much will I need to repay after college and how long will it take to pay back my loans?
  3. Are there factors such as significant changes in family income and grade point average that might cause my financial aid to change after the first year?
  4. How do each school’s financial aid offers differ? This will help determine which school is the most affordable.

Need extra money to help pay for college? TFS Scholarships has been helping students for over 30 years and offers more than 7 million individual scholarships and more than $41 billion in aid. Visit tuitionfundingsources.com to learn more.

From The Obama Administration To Google: How This Latina Is Championing The Latinx Community

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Laura Marquez’s job description is centered on one important mission — to bridge the gap and widen the doors of opportunity for the Latino community. It’s a mission that has remained consistent throughout her career. While serving in the Obama Administration, she was the Director of Outreach and Recruitment within the White House Presidential Personnel Office. Now, while at Google, she is the Head of Latino Engagement.

“Since Google is known for driving impact in new and innovative ways,” explains Marquez. “I am excited about the opportunity to impact my community through this lens.”

Her role affords her the opportunity to walk into Latino communities and serve them with technology in the way that makes the most sense to them.

“Our products impact people at such a personal level, from Search to Google Maps to Google Photos, and we continue to innovate to better serve the user,” shares Marquez. “We activated Person Finder post-Hurricane Maria to help friends and family locate loved ones in Puerto Rico, and another Alphabet company deployed Project Loon, a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space to restore wifi connectivity for over 100,000 people on the island.”

On a personal level, Marquez ha made it a point to carry her Obama legacy with her through this next stage of her career. Together with other Obama era political appointees, Marquez established Latinos44, a non-profit 501(c)6 membership organization, that helps Latino Obama administration alums stay connected, support, and mentor each other, while making an impact on the Latino community as a whole.

“I think the biggest lesson I learned was that everyone counts,” says Marquez. “Every single person can have an impact and do incredible work to move an agenda, a mission, or a movement forward.”

Below Marquez shares more insight into how she works to empower the Latino community, what her advice for Latinas is, and her thoughts on the impact of mentorship.

Vivian Nunez: What made you decide to jump from the public sector to tech, specifically to Google?

Laura Marquez: After several rewarding years in the public sector working with state and federal agencies, I decided to make the jump because I believe the corporate sector has an important role to play in communities and I wanted to help shape the direction of that work. Google presented a special opportunity as our products touch the daily lives of people in so many different ways. Now serving in the private sector, much of what I do is in line with my mission to serve the broader Latino community. The only difference is that my efforts are now within the tech space, but look to accomplish a similar mission — to widen the doors of opportunity, to build relationships and establish partnerships that address critical gaps access to resources, opportunities, and information, and to deepen community engagement and empowerment.

Nunez: How does your role as the head of Latino Community Engagement at Google connect specifically with the Latino community on the ground?

Marquez: As Head of Latino Engagement, I am charged with working to connect Google to the Latino community in purposeful ways. Part of this includes ensuring we are widening access to technology from a digital inclusion perspective to ensuring we are partnering with Hispanic Serving Institutions to develop and deepen the Latino tech pipeline, or supporting organizations like CHCI and Unidos US, in their work to empower Latinos across the country. My team and I are working to ensure Google’s engagement footprint demonstrates our values of inclusion and mission-driven impact, and that we are good community collaborators. We have an opportunity to identify gaps and work in partnership with trusted organizations to develop viable solutions.

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5 Tips For Winning Scholarship Applications

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Scholarships are a great way to pay for college, and unlike loans they don’t need to be repaid. But winning scholarships takes time, dedication, intensive research, and hard work—especially for essays. It’s deadline time for college applications, so it’s important to start the search for free money now!

The Internet has made the search easy and free, and scholarship databases like Tuition Funding Sources (TFS) offers access to 7 million scholarships and $41 billion in financial aid. Start by filling in the registration; then with a click, the site searches to find any scholarships for which you might qualify. The more information you provide about yourself, the more matches TFS can make.

Undergraduate and graduate students can search for scholarships that fit their interests. The majority of scholarship opportunities featured on TFS Scholarships come directly from colleges and universities, rather than solely from competitive national pools – thereby increasing the chances of finding scholarships that are the best match for students. Each month TFS adds more than 5,000 new scholarships to its database, maximizing the number of opportunities students have to earn funding for their education.

Richard Sorensen, President of TFS, suggests these tips when applying for scholarships:

  1. Apply for smaller scholarships

Many students look for scholarships that offer big awards but those are also the most competitive. Scholarships with smaller awards are easier to obtain because fewer students are competing for them. These scholarships can help with college costs such as books and living expenses.

  1. Customize your essay

Scholarship judges can tell if you’ve adapted a previously written essay to meet their criteria. Customize your application and use the beginning of your essay to showcase your personality and set yourself apart. Remember, the time you are spending to tailor your essay can be rewarded with a college debt free future.

  1. Submit scholarship applications early

Meet the deadlines and don’t wait until the due date. If the organization asks you to mail the application, don’t try to email it and if there is a maximum word count limit, don’t go over it. Most scholarship providers receive more qualified applications than available funds, so reduce your chances of being disqualified because you didn’t follow their requirements.

  1. Follow your passion

Apply for scholarships that fit your passion and interest. TFS has scholarships for everyone. The more personal the scholarship the higher your chances of winning.

  1. Increase your submission rate

The more applications you submit, the greater your chances are of winning scholarships. Treat applying for scholarships as a part-time job. Organize your free time and try to work on submitting one scholarship application every week and more during weekends. Remember if you spend 100 hours on submitting applications and win scholarships for $10,000 that is a really good part-time job!

TFS has been helping students for over 30 years and offers more than 7 million individual scholarships and more than $41 billion in aid. Visit tuitionfundingsources.com to learn more.

The Andrew Mellon Foundation, American Indian College Fund, Team to Invest in Tribal College Development

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$2.024 Million Grant Program Will Provide Faculty Fellowships.

The Trustees of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have approved a grant of $2.024 million to the American Indian College Fund to continue support for graduate degree completion fellowships for Tribal College and University faculty. The three-year program, titled “Growing Our Own: Faculty Professional Development at Tribal Colleges and Universities,” is geared to invest in tribal college and university (TCU) faculty members and address the recent changes to TCU accreditation guidelines.

Most TCUs are located on American Indian reservations and in Alaska Native villages. They provide access to a higher education for students who reside in remote and rural areas and often cannot afford to relocate to attend college. TCUs are fulfilling a role that no other institution of higher education is capable of doing. These innovative institutions of higher education are serving as a pipeline for social and economic change, revitalizing the fabric of Native communities, and producing new generations of Native scholars, while preserving, nurturing, and perpetuating the culture and heritage of the communities they serve.

“Growing Our Own: Faculty Professional Development at Tribal Colleges and Universities” will provide professional development opportunities to TCU faculty and staff, giving them the chance to grow as leaders and to better serve their students. The program has three components: a Ph.D. Completion Program, a Master’s Degree Completion Program, and a Graduate Honors Program.

The Ph.D. Completion Program will provide one-year, $40,000 fellowships to eight TCU faculty who are “all but dissertation” in a terminal degree program, ensuring that they have the resources and time needed to complete their degrees. To qualify faculty must serve at the TCU for three years after earning his or her Ph.D.

The Master’s Degree Completion Program will provide two years of funding for 30 TCU faculty or staff (divided into three cohorts of 10 fellows each year) who hold bachelor’s degrees and are working towards or wish to complete a master’s of arts degree.

The Graduate Hours Program will provide funding for up to 40 TCU faculty members seeking to complete 18 graduate credit hours in their fields to meet recent accreditation requirements for highly qualified faculty, with priority given to faculty teaching at TCUs accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The primary content areas to be funded are in the humanities (including English, music, art, language, and history). The College Fund also will award to up to 10 Fellows who choose disciplines other than the humanities, including education and public health.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has worked with the College Fund to develop the qualifications to strengthen TCU faculty leadership to help position these institutions for future growth since 2004.

Cheryl Crazy Bull, former President of Northwest Indian College and current President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, says, “Education is one of the most influential ways that Native people and American society provide a framework for history and for contemporary life. For tribal people, education is how we affirm our identities, build the esteem of our citizens, and share our values with the rest of society. This investment by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is phenomenal because it not only removes a significant barrier to access, financial support, it brings new and better knowledge and qualifications to our most valued assets – our teachers. The College Fund appreciates both our long-time relationship with the Foundation and its ability to approach education in our communities in more timely and creative ways.”

Armando Bengochea, the Program Officer for Diversity and Director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, says, “This is a very important ongoing effort of the Mellon Foundation to build academic capacity at these vital institutions.  Professionalization efforts at TCUs not only provide necessary and ongoing training for faculty but they build the leadership assets of the institutions, tribal nations, and local community.”

About the American Indian College Fund

Founded in 1989, the American Indian College Fund has been the nation’s largest charity supporting Native higher education for more than 28 years. The College Fund believes “Education is the answer” and provided 6,548 scholarships last year totaling $7.6 million to American Indian students, with more than 125,000 scholarships totaling over $100 million since its inception. The College Fund also supports a variety of academic and support programs at the nation’s 35 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which are located on or near Indian reservations, ensuring students have the tools to graduate and succeed in their careers. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators, and received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and is one of the nation’s top 100 charities named to the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information about the American Indian College Fund, please visit www.collegefund.org.