One thing that I would caution high
school students about is the tendency
to sometimes slack off in their junior or
senior years. That is not good at all! It is
important to keep your grades up while,
at the same time, becoming involved
in afterschool activities. Colleges and
universities like to see that you have
the ability to multitask and keep up
with your schoolwork at the same time.
Volunteering is also a great plus too. You
have to push yourself and remember
that everything you’re doing in high
school will affect the colleges into which
you will get accepted later.
I’m thankful for the RAASF because
I have access to so many resources that
I would not have had if I hadn’t been
a recipient of the scholarship award.
The RAASF serves as a support system
for all kinds of things. If you need them
to help you with your resume, give you
interviewing tips, or even if you just
need someone to talk to, they are there
University of Virginia
Class of 2012
A lesson that I’ve learned is that things
rarely happen exactly the way you hope they will. It is important to be
flexible and be able to adapt to whatever roadblocks life may throw at you.
I encourage high school students to start thinking of potential career paths
before graduation. Having some idea of what you may want to do will help
you choose the right college. Get a head start on internships and start making
connections with people in your field of interest who may be helpful in the future.
The RAASF has given me more than just money towards paying for college.Being associated with RAASF has
given me access to a network of people who genuinely care about my personal and professional growth.
The members of the RAASF have given me a tremendous amount of support, advice and guidance over the past
six years. Now, as a mentor myself, I look forward to doing the same for someone else.”
Hampton University ‘08
Georgetown University '10
My association with the Richmond African American ScholarshipFund has meant that I have a
support network of experienced professionals that I can count on and who want to help me succeed.
The RAASF provides extremely valuable resources such as resume review, mock interviews, financial planning, and networking coaching resources that I had no idea that I would have access to when I was awarded the scholarship. The RAASF offers more than a check—
the organization invests in your career and personal development.”
Carnegie Mellon University
Class of 2008