Jay Harris, aka Jay Datbull, loses full-ride scholarship to Michigan State University this fall for rap video posted on YouTube, May 14, 2013.
*As tuition rises daily at our nation’s universities, parents everywhere are working diligently with their kids and praying for scholarships.
But, what if your child got a full ride to college and chose a rap career over the scholarship? (Lady, put your belt down and keep reading!)
Jay Harris also known as Jay DatBull played football for Downingtown High School East in Exton, Pennsylvania. He was a phenomenal receiver for his high school and to his surprise, received a full-ride to Michigan State University.
He told everyone via a YouTube video how he was so happy to represent the Spartans, but then he made, what many may perceive as a foolish choice. He posted a blunt smokin’, expletive laden, rap video called “Datbull 4 Life”about some bull that cost him the golden ticket to MSU.
*With Chicago in the national spotlight for tragic teen shootings, uplifting news continues to come out of the city’s Urban Prep Academy.
For the fourth year in a row, all seniors from its Englewood campus and the seniors from the inaugural graduating class at its West campus, 167 African-American males, have been accepted to a four-year college or university, the school announced today. [Scroll down to watch a report.]
The student body (85% of Urban Prep students come from low-income families, and many start Urban Prep at least two grade levels behind.) continues to exceed expectations in a city where fewer than 40 percent of African American males finish high school.
Urban Prep seniors with Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Urban Prep Academies’ founder and CEO Tim King , students, faculty and parents for a special assembly recognizing seniors who have received their acceptance letters and exchanged the red uniform ties they have worn since their enrollment at Urban Prep for red-and-gold striped ties signifying their college-bound status.
“The students of the Urban Prep Academies have not only cleared the academic bar, they have raised the bar for all of us,” said Emanuel. “Their accomplishment today is a ringing example that when you have a teacher in the classroom that is committed, a principal in the school who is accountable and adults at home that are involved, any student from any neighborhood or background in Chicago can achieve the dream of graduating and going to college.”
As of today, the members of Urban Prep’s class of 2013 have been accepted to over 115 different four-year colleges and universities, including: Connecticut College, Cornell University, Morehouse College, Howard University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This year, for the first time, students have also been admitted to Dartmouth College, Kenyon College, The University of Notre Dame, and The University of Pennsylvania. Students are still awaiting decisions from many other colleges and universities.
In total, this year’s seniors have been awarded more than $6 million in scholarships and grants to date, and seven students are Gates Millennium Scholar finalists (winners will be named later this month).
At the event, Urban Prep also announced a $150,000 donation from the Citi Foundation for Urban Prep’s Alumni Affairs program, also known as Project GOLD, which works to support Urban Prep’s approximately 300 graduates enrolled in college.
“Entering college is an exciting and also a challenging time in anyone’s life,” said Helen Hammond-Redding , senior vice president and Illinois state director, Citi Community Development. “However, many high school grads, like those from Urban Prep, are the first in their families to do so and many of them, especially African-American males, do not receive the ongoing support they need to ensure successful college careers. Project GOLD will train and support them as they strive to earn their college degrees.”
Urban Prep Academies founder and CEO Tim King
Additionally, Urban Prep’s Alumni Affairs Office tracks the number of alumni from its graduating classes who enroll in college. Urban Prep alumni from the classes of 2010, 2011 and 2012 have a 96 percent college enrollment rate—the highest of any Chicago Public School (CPS) – that exceeds national averages. Urban Prep alumni are also persisting or, staying in, college at record rates: 83 percent of Urban Prep graduates persisted in college compared to only 70 percent for CPS and 42 percent for African-American males nationally.
“When we founded Urban Prep, we wanted to increase the number of African-American males earning college degrees,” said Tim King , founder and CEO, Urban Prep Academies. “Our record college acceptance, college enrollment, and college persistence rates demonstrate that we’re changing the game. Consider this fact: one in twenty Black males from CPS enrolling in college since we graduated our first class is an Urban Prep alumnus—and that’s just when we had one campus, now we have three. Our schools, our teachers, and our students are making a real difference in how Black males are perceived in our country. I couldn’t be prouder.”
Urban Prep will host commencement exercises for this year’s graduating seniors on June 7, 2013 at the UIC Forum.
*Robert Griffin III has become an icon in the NFL, setting the tone for the season as the star quarterback of the Washington Redskins.
Poised on the field, charming in public, and an admirable style of leadership all mark the presence of Griffin, but his impact also touches down in a special place in African American history.
At the tender young age of 22, he’s become a locker room leader, naturally. He’s quickly becoming an icon, becoming the chosen one – for everyone, as one Washington Post writer, Dave Sheinin, puts it.
“I think he can be that guy,” Redskins veteran linebacker London Fletcher said of the superstar. “He’s what this franchise and this community have been looking for, for over 20 years — a superstar quarterback. But he’s more than that. He has the persona, the charisma, the talent. There’s another dimension he brings.
“He’s someone who can relate to anyone,” Fletcher goes on to say. “You see everyone’s falling in love with him. But for African Americans, it’s an even different connection. In a lot of cities it might not mean as much. But this is Washington, D.C. It means a lot.”
Despite his ethnic background and the baggage and glory that comes with it, he’s been able to relate to a wide array of groups due to his upbringing.
“My parents raised me to not ever look at race or color,” Griffin said recently, “so it doesn’t have a big part in my self-identity. [But] I think it has played a big part in how other people view me, just going back to when I was a kid, to even now, doing the things that I’ve been able to do. As an African American, I think other people view that in a different way than I do.”
This is according to a recent report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. The major you choose could reduce your chances of being part of the latest unemployment statistic—or make you the newest member of the club.
It would be in your best interest to heed the study’s warning: Choose your program of study carefully. Here’s a list of degrees that might put new college graduates out of luck when looking for employment.
Check out the list below:
No. 7: Law and Public Policy. Recent college graduates who major in law and public policy will face an unemployment rate of 8.1%. The Georgetown University study finds that unemployment rates tend to be higher in non-technical majors.
Justin Combs signing his letter of intent to attend UCLA in the Fall flanked by his mother Misa Hilton Brimm, his grandmother Janice Combs, his maternal grandparents and multi-millionaire dad, Sean 'Diddy' Combs.
*Most people are happy for P. Diddy’s son’s acceptance into UCLA.
Even P. Diddy was shocked that the boy had already gotten to 18 and is graduating from high school.
But plenty of people are trying to rain on their parade with talk of Justin’s full-ride to the university.
The controversy started when folks heard that Justin is receiving a merit based full-ride scholarship to the school worth $54,000.
Many feel that because his dad is worth half a billion dollars, he should let the money go to a more deserving student.
But, the money isn’t awarded because he is P. Diddy’s son, he worked hard to graduate at the top of his class with a 3.75 GPA. (more…)