Free college readiness workshop this weekend

TAMPA – A free College Readiness Workshop will be held this Saturday at the Robert W. Saunders Library, located at 1505 N Nebraska Ave. in Tampa, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Provided by Tampa attorney Elaine Thompson and two of her colleagues, Sherri Murphy and Carmen Miller, the workshop is suited for high school students from freshmen to seniors.

The College Readiness Workshop will provide an understanding on how to prepare for the college application process, including social media management, how to choose high school classes to prepare for a future major, how to apply for scholarship money, and how to choose an appropriate college for one’s major.

Participants of this workshop may qualify for more individualized one-on-one help with the college application process, a program also headed by Thompson called Black Scholars Heading to College.

Three recent graduates of the program, Deja Roach, Jaylyn Daniels, and Zataria Ray are very excited with their results.

Roach, who graduated from Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, will be attending Barry University this fall to major in physical therapy for athletic training.  She received a four-year scholarship to attend Barry and feels that the campus culture and size best fit her educational needs.

Daniels graduated from Tampa Bay Technical High School and will be a Rattler at Florida A & M University, her dream school, this fall.  She will major in clinical psychology with a minor in business, and her ultimate career goal is to open a business that helps African-American servicemen and women with mental disorders.

Ray, like Daniels, also graduated from Tampa Bay Technical High School and will attend Florida A & M University.  Her major will be chemistry with a concentration in pre-dental studies to prepare her for dental school and a career as an orthodontist.

Each of these participants enjoyed the experience, mentorship and organizational tips offered as part of the College Readiness Program and Black Scholars Heading to College.

This Saturday’s workshop is open to the public.  Attendants are asked to bring a laptop (if they have one) and paper for note-taking.  The last workshop scheduled for the summer is August 19 and will also be held at the Robert W. Saunders Library from 10 a.m. to noon.

Contact Elaine Thompson at if you have any questions.

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