‘Scholarship Mom’ Gwen Thomas teaches students how to finish college debt-free

Thomas saw the need to help families across all cultures and socioeconomic lines. She helped put them on a pathway to success, winning $15 million in scholarships. Today, she runs a nonprofit called Fresh Perspectives Seminars, a college and career readiness program. She works with students in the U.S. and abroad, putting them on track to win scholarships for their undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate studies as well as setting them up to be globally competitive in the workforce. Parents from the U.S. and abroad contact her to work with their students. She has worked with students as far away as South Africa, Roatán, Trinidad, Vietnam and Mexico.

Each year,  Thomas hosts “The Black Friday Scholarship Bootcamp” after Thanksgiving. This year it will be a virtual event from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27. “Our goal is to take the debt out of college,” Thomas said. “While America is shopping for Christmas gifts, our students are shopping for scholarships.”


Because of the pandemic, Thomas said other programs, including the “Pursuing Your Dream Scholarship Bootcamp,” which is expected to hit 10 HBCUs in 2021, also will be held virtually.

For more information about her programs and seminars or to order her book, The Parents Smart Guide to Sending Your Kids to College Without Going Broke, visit www.freshperspectivesseminars.org or BlackFridaySB.com.


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