To the Boettcher Foundation, and all the other awesome organizations giving away money to people who plan to attend college or graduate school next fall.
Education is awesome. It is also very expensive. Tuition payments, time out of the full time workforce.
Preparing oneself for college is a lot of hard work that, while in most cases is provided free by local government and supported by parents, is primarily rewarded at the end with a diploma. Can’t really eat that. It’s nice when someone else swoops in and says, “Yeah, you did good. Keep going.”
And if you would like to continue your education and no one big and funded swooped in this spring and dropped off a big pile of money, then keep going anyway. Do a few years at two year college, go part time while you work, pick a school with lower tuition, or one that is close to home so you can commute. Do it if you want it because you want it. Most college students *won’t* get a big pile of free money, merit or need based. So, if you’re saving your summer job money, asking for cash for Christmas and Birthday, and working part time during school at the cafeteria or the library, you’re not the only one. It will work out.
And if you hated school and are glad its over and just want a job? Do it! Work is work. Its own form of education and imminently respectable.
Congratulations, graduates. 🙂