Dad, The Labor and Birth Doula.

Due To COVID-19 many doula’s will be coaching from the sideline and dads will be walking into the active labor and birthing coach position. (which I think is how it should be) So how does that look for the new dads with absolutely no birthing experience? Well, That’s nothing to fear with a little training.

Congratulations Pops! You Did It! LITERALLY. Now is not the time to panic. And just so you know that i’m not being impartial, I asked my husband of 9 (nine) babies to help me out with this post. It’s my goal to equip you not traumatize you. So get comfy and keep that same energy you had at conception. okay?. 🙂 Let’s get prepared now shall we?!

First things first- Attend Youtube University. Signup for QC Supermom’s “Daddy Doula Crash Collection” It’s a comprehensive stash of videos of birth! After watching you will be much more comfortable with birth. You be able to identify what is normal and what isn’t. You’ll need this information just in case your doula isn’t around and she needs your confidence to push through random situations, ask intentional questions, as they may arise and to help make better decisions.

Things You Can Do During Her Pregnancy:

Massage here , Listen to her, learn birthing affirmations and pregnancy / labor keywords Historically more moms are cooking, cleaning, homeschooling, and doing everything in between. For brownie points , especially if she’s showing signs of stress, pick up a extra task in the home. Stress is never good for a pregnant mom or baby and it shows that you are truly supporting her.

During labor. Make her feel save. As her man, birth partner, baby daddy, etc., make your presence known. Ensure that shes comfortable and that you care. Regardless of what she says. Be in the moment. PERIOD! Turn on your protector zone. We know a lot about what encourages oxycontin to be present in a woman’s body in abundance just as we understand what can inhibit its flow. She needs you to know these things as well.

A list of oxy-pro factors:

Being warm
Being intimate
Not talking
Feeling safe and loved
Dark environments
Familiar places
Deep relaxation

List of oxy-antagonist:

Unfamiliar places and vibes tense body postures
Being inhibited regarding movement
Bright lights
Cold Fear
Answering extra questions
Chit chat

Knowing these basic things about how our bodies have worked for thousands of years should inform our behavior right? Yassssss, I knew you would get it!

Continue to check in mentally with her. Your role is so much profound than mine ( a doula) But don’t forget to take care of yourself. Self care allows you to be a better care taker for your pregnant wife. So stay fit. Which ever way you prefer to do so. Your testosterone can come in handy during this entire process. From exciting her and providing her with sexual pleasure. You Will Not Hurt The Baby’s Head to holding her heavy belly to offer her a break from carrying your baby. But listen, now is not the time to go on a diet. She is gaining weight for your baby….. you get what I’m saying?

Note: Your testosterone may be too low if you have no ambition, no middle of the night erection, or/ and if you don’t smell manly after a 30 minute workout. (seriously) Drinking or smoking too much? That maybe thee problem too. And definitely get enough rest. If any of this sounds too challenging, call a trusted family member of friend. I’m sure they’ll be happy to help keep you in line.

I want you to be focused on your job in the labor and delivery room. Your goal, your mission, your task is to offer your baby mama effective, creative, thoughtful support As we have said, when she truly feels this, her oxytocin levels will rise.

Doula Daddy toolbox Price include sipping and at least 15 items inside the nice plastic toolbox

Daddy Doula Tools:

Birth Affirmations ( I sell them on my webpage also) Doula Dad Crash Course (Open donation required for access ) Vegan Lactation Treats Doula Dad Tool Kit (Make your own or buy one from my website prices startat just $30) Doula Dad Emergency Childcare New Support For Mom

Get Your Stuff Together

You need to know how to time her contractions, exactly where you’re going, and the quickest route to get there. Ensure your batteries are charged and back stocked. You should also know how to read her blood pressure and baby’s heart rate vitals as well. Even though the wonderful nurses at your hospital are already checking on this.

Oh, please make sure all the important phone numbers are in your phone (Midwife, babysitter, Birth Center, other family etc), She’ll love you for being so reliant and well prepared. Trust Me!

If birthing at home, discuss with your Midwife how to prepare the birth space and get down to your local hardware store. You’ll be surprised at what you will need – hoses, hose fittings, tarp, towels – lots and lots of towels. It sounds like alot, but deep breath, you got this!

Also make sure your bag is packed. It should look like your doulas.

If you are local, come hang out with me and some other really cool dads. Once a month I put ya;ll together and I answer all of your questions. It doesn’t matter what you ask. I’ll answer it. Or I’ll have my husband there to do it for me. I’ll post those dates as they arise. Sign up for the newsletter by sending me a message and requesting to be notified. That’s it. Simple right?

Seriously, you should come . It’s recommended by other childbirth educators, midwives and obstetricians all over the U.S., here’s some of what we cover when we’re together:

  • What should you never say to a woman in labor?
  • How can you actively help with pain relief in childbirth?
  • How protect your pregnant woman if things get ugly with your birth team?
  • What can you do to make childbirth faster and easier for your woman?
  • What should you be doing during each stage of labor and birth?
  • Why are the first hours after the birth so important to your baby’s health
  • and more based on current group needs.
Affirmations to ingest

In the end pops, you will do just fine if you actively find ways to treat your woman like the life-giving Queen she is. She [more than] deserves it after her body grew twice it’s size. Did this overwhelm you? I shared a lot but let Love lead you. If anything makes you feel uneasy, I’m here. And I’m available online if you aren’t in the Charlotte, NC area. Don’t Be Fearful! She needs you daddy doula!

P.S. Don’t forget to rub her nipples! (you know if she likes it to help with labor and milk production.)

(NOTE: the picture above came from Huggies. Dope right? )

Wednesday Wow: Get Milked! (Increasing Mom’s Flow during COVID-19)

I’m hearing many moms are having problems with her breastmilk flow. I can understand how only how stressful these times can be for any new breastfeeding mom. So instead of answering each of you one on one, I have put together this collection of solutions. These are a few strategies I’ve used with six of my nine babies. COVID-19 will not stop your milk flow! Let me know how these work for you.

1. Stay hydrated.

Try to drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day. Or a good lactation tea. I’ll share the recipe further down in this post.

2. Eat a well-balanced diet.

Breastfeeding moms need an extra ~500 calories per day. Choose nutritious food that give you energy, such as protein-rich foods like oatmeal, adding flaxseed meal or  brewer’s yeast smoothies or yogurt, eggs, and veggies.

3. Don’t forget your vitamins!

Continue to take your prenatal vitamins. They have calcium, Vitamin D, Iron, Folic Acid -important vitamins and minerals.

4. Nurse often and follow your baby’s lead.

Nursing babies do not follow a schedule, they set it. So, try to go with the (milk) flow and feed on demand. Which means that every time your baby is hungry, you feed them. This certainly is not always possible, especially for moms who work outside the home. Which can be demanding but definitely worth the effort.

5. Let baby feed fully on each side.

Milk production is a demand-supply system so the more often baby feeds, the more milk production occurs. When your breast is fully empty, it sends a message to your brain to produce more milk. Added bonus, when you baby completely empties a breast, they are sure to get all the fore milk and fatty hind milk behind it, which is great for their development.:)

6. Bake lactation cookies.

Some women find that lactation cookies help—and even if they don’t, it’s still a good healthy treat ! You can bake some at home and modify the ingredients to your liking or buy pre-made cookies. (click here for recipe.)

7. Brew lactation teas.

Do you like to drink? Tea, that is! If so, you may want to try out lactation teas  You have to love a strong to tea to see results. So if it’s something you can do – go for it.

Recipe:

Make Your Own Lactation Tea

  1. Mix two parts whole fennel seeds with one part whole fenugreek seeds.
  2. Store in a small airtight jar.
  3. Add half a teaspoon of tea to one litre of boiling water and sip warm throughout the day. …
  4. Ideally, make the tea in a thermos in the morning and keep it by your feeding chair for up to six hours.

8. Take Galactogogues supplements.

Galactogogues like Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, and Brewer’s Yeast are herbal based supplements that can be taken separately or in a combo formulation. We have been growing these herbs on our urban farm for three years now. But most vitamin stores carry them as well.

9. Use a breast pump.

Pumps feels odd at first, but they work too! Use one to ensure your breast are empty after feeding. You should also use it when away from your baby to keep your milk flow up.

Many times moms feel like failures if she can’t nurse her baby. That isn’t the case. As long as your baby is being fed and growing you’re doing a good job. Some women have insufficient glandular tissue, chronic issues like PCOS, milk production issues, or other factors making breastfeeding very difficult or not possible. As a doula and fellow mom, I support you.

Here’s Cassie Sweetz page to order some lactation treats. (Click here)

Mother’s Day 2020

This Mother’s Day, get your mind together and prepare for a celebration of symbolic joy. If you are like me, you are expecting a heartfelt, mindful, and Earth friendly celebration of all the hard work you’ve done for your children since last year.

This list does NOT include Walmart, Amazon, or Target.

Here’s four amazing and local gifts that make awesome Mother’s Day gifts for any mom.

A shaper- It’s confidence in a garment. Super great for new moms and those currently in a fitness journey. Every mom wants o feel as attractive as the moment she made you. Even if she hasn’t said it. A shaper could even be a gift for you. Mom whole life will get pulled together in three minutes or less. Here’s me in mines. ‘Yes, I’m feeling myself!’ My husband and kids love to see me dress up with this under my clothes. I can also say that it feels great on my back. Mom can wear this all day long! It won’t go anywhere . And to push you to buying, here my personal shopper code!

  1. 2. A book –
  • Not just any book but a collection of thoughts that encourage, guide and inspire your mom to be an even better human. We so often get stuck just being your mom. Other loose sight of what’s important. This collection of books will help her gain and keep focus of what most important and strategically guide her to achieving her goals.

Get 3 Books for $33 (includes shipping)
*Plus 2 BONUS digital PDFs

52 for Christianpreneurs
30-Day SMART Goal Planner The Face of Civility!
CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

Live plants! Cut flowers die. Succulents are known to reduce 5G emission. These custom gifts are perfect because they not only clean the air, lasts forever*, but are so beautiful and relaxing to look at. They are created right after the order is received and shipped out immediately. (See them here on QC supermom page)

4. A hot home cooked meal, or desert. I promise you it does have to be elaborate but take your time and do your very best. We ultimately want a peaceful day with our sweet babies. No silly fights or messes to clean up. Just loving, peaceful vibes. Need Ideas? Try my Pinterest page. (or here )

For work      Mandazi, African Donuts - light, fluffy and incredibly tasty.
  • I have over 12k users visits each month. It’s a fun collection of things to choose from. I’m on assignment. And my kids know it. Each year they get an opportunity to assess how I perform as a mom based on very specific questions. This year a few of my older kids helped create this questionnaire for my younger four boys. It should be interesting to see what they think of my mothering swag over the past 12 months. #MOMReview . Want to take it with your children? Click that link —> https://forms.gle/aEwc5k9xHLkSqAbP6…

End Of Life Doula

The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death.” ~ E. M. Forster

Everyone loves to see and hear about a successful birth. It’s an anticipation that everyone looks forward to celebrating. Death on the other hand, can be so hard to discuss. It’s scary and energy absorbing. But it’s a journey no one can escape. And my cultural history says that it is a event that too should be celebrated. For me it make sense to extend my current doula practice from birth to the grave as an end of life doula.

In 2016, I lost my first doula baby. I was not prepared for that at all. I know I didn’t provide that family with the full support they needed. I was hurt too. I did workouts with the mom, food prep, slumber parties with the couple, runs to the er, – everything. But when we found out the heart beat wasn’t there, I as a mother of nine, could not relate. I didn’t think to begin planning for the baby’s final moments, memory keeping, and offering to call their specific loved ones. I could only offer prayer of endurance, restorative meals and light house work.

A more formal name is given for this work. It’s called “end-of-life, or death, doula” — a professional who provides non-medical care-giving services to people who are dying and to their families. Some doulas have private practices, and others work in connection with hospices, hospitals and community organizations.

In 2018, I did my first hospice job. It happened by chance. I was helping out one of my sons teammates mom. She had a family business of private care. That particular weekend her entire staff was unavailable. I offered to help her if she would help me with the boys busy game weekend. Mannnnnnn, it was an experience. What I provided was called ‘active dying care’. It’s the time-frame of three days before the last breath. (typically) . The German husband was in his 90’s. His wife was micro managing and the adult son wanted very little hands on responsibilities. So for 36 hours straight, I swabbed, sung, fed, and monitored this man. For 36 hours, I answered the stressed out wives question about near death signals and observations. For thirty-six hours, I stayed awake and prayed that my presence brought him comfort and peace, and to his wife a glimpse of assurance, rest and a sense of control. The husband had already outlined his final wishes so I didn’t need to go over that part. But if needed, I would have took out my resource bank.

Hospice- “They figure out with the family where they are at, what do they need, what’s causing them to become overwhelmed, what kind of services are they looking for,” says registered nurse Merilynne Rush, a practicing doula for 10 years and co-owner of the Lifespan Doula Association. “Different doulas offer different kinds of services.”

Many people don’t know that in 2005, I lost my 11 year old daughter. She transitioned on my birthday after a very long and overwhelming illness. Then less than two years later, my mom followed. Her process was much different from my daughters. That was my best friend I had to say goodbye to. It was tough. Yet nothing in comparison to January 2020 when my dad passed. I was named after him. My sisters and I made sure he didn’t suffer needlessly. To this day, nursing homes, rehab centers, and even the funeral home speaks well of how we took great care of our dad and his business. It wasn’t easy, but it was what we had to do. I want to make this process easy for others like my dad and their families.

As an instructor, I’ve been supporting families to become their own best advocates and successfully navigate various social and basic human rights systems for the past 17 years as a full service doula, home-school educator, nonprofit associate, author and entrepreneur. I’ve trained over 300 people to become doulas and has been training end-of-life doulas since 2019.

My goal is to make death better for the dying and their family. To make it less overwhelming and more prepared for like birth.

Note:

Hospice is reserved for when curative treatments have been exhausted and patients have less than six months to live. Palliative care, on the other hand, is a team-based medical specialty focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness — care that you can get at any age and at any stage of your illness.

Thank You! You Just Helped My Family Of 11 Get Closer To Our Dream.

Thank you for requesting to make a donation.

You just made me smile. Really Big From the Inside Out! That’s Where all the joy is stored you know. This farm has been a ringing in my spirit for years. Seems like everything I’ve done over the last five years was a road of serendipity to my family’s destiny. So for that I say “Thank you for your donation to Phase 1 of the Pressley Farm!”

Growing up, we were forced to work in my pastors affiliate gardens. There wasn’t a regular childhood. It was really structured. Just when we thought we had a relaxing day to lounge and hang around the house, we were sent to our paternal grandfather’s field. I hated it. It was always beans, beans, and corn, then more beans. But we did it. I learned how to sow, harvest, process, and cook. Then we were taught how to preserve, heal, trade, and gift with the gazillion beans. Even then, I did it reluctantly.

Honestly, it wasn’t until I was older that I realized what my wise parents were doing. I began teaching my kids how to grow watermelons, and lemon balm at home and in community gardens. One of my daughters now make specialty teas, rolled herbs and pregnancy treats from produce that she grows with her own hands. They too have grown up in soil , but they love it. But I GOT it! My parents were stocking us up with transferable skills. These skills have helped feed my family in so many ways. Today, I continue teaching urban horticulture to my younger children as well as other co-op home-schooled children. And now I have the opportunity to bring those same life lessons to my community on a grander scale. Pressley Farms will be the platform.

At Pressley Farm, We will specialize in healing herbs and therapeutic workshops. Growing up in a lower income county, I understand how job, and food, insecurity can be the weight that keeps moms from thriving in small communities. I hope to change that by training mothers in urban horticulture and other parallel skills that will assist them in progressing to their highest potential…. as so many others have did for me. Even when I did not see my own potential, they did. So I gotta pay it forward. And I need your help to do so.

I will end here for now. I hope that you will consider becoming a regular patron. Every bit helps in making this seed grow! I’m creating really nice incentives to make it worth your wild. Check back very soon!

Thanks again!

Farmer Pressley

Want to make another donation or share with a friend? Use this Paypal Fundraiser link. ( CLICK HERE!) Thank you!

NC Shero 2020: #YESALLWOMEN

As we approach International Women’s Month or Women’s History Month. We are again celebrating it by hosting NC Sheroes! This year’s theme is: “Yes All Women”! Yes All Women need to practice more self care! Yes All Women need Chocolate. We also need to acknowledge our other needs. Yes All Women deserve quality maternity care. Yes All Women deserve a safe childhood. Yes All Women should be able to provide for her family. Yes All Women should feel like she has a voice. I could go on and on. Instead, let me tell you about this year’s award celebration. On March 20, 2020, we will honor seven Carolina based women that have been nominated as being a shero! Someone, Yes, All Women need. They have worked and lived in a way to make life better for her family, community, and the world. Our goals is to share how they choose to inspire #YesAllWomen!

It’s not just about one day or one month — it’s about what they do, day-in and day-out.

In order to celebrate these women, we need your help to learn about their background and stories.

If you know a woman within the Charlotte NC area that represents all women – YESALL WOMEN well. Please fill out this form by March 8, 2020. And yes, you can nominate more than one woman. We will take it from there. Thanks! Let’s do this for – #YESALLWOMEN

women that inspire award ceremony in Charlotte nc

Since 2005 this celebration has been in partnership with MomsRising and Queen City Stay At Home Moms. We are super honored to have the home-school division of the McCrorey YMCA join us this year. As I see it, it’s a good strategy for ensuring future generations of women that lead!

Here’s the nomination form: CLICK HERE! (then share with a friend) #YESALLWOMEN

Friday Four: Why Even Bother To Volunteer!

Representing MomsRising.org at this Food Advocate Forum with other food justice pals at Heist Brewery 

“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” — Kofi Annan

This week has been a doozie! The boys had three different practices. I have a wedding to prepare for , on top of a few other business projects. Little seven month old Avi Baby to tend to and tax season to keep a float. But I still make time to volunteer. And I will not drag out the reason’s why:

  1. I REALLY like helping people reach goals that will improve their lives.
  2. I always learn a new life skill set ( or my children do)
  3. My children and I get to meet very interesting people that impact our lives in various ways.There are 7.4 billion people in the world, all from different cultures and backgrounds and the bonds we form can be so strong they last a lifetime. The most interesting and strongest of relationships have formed in some pretty unusual ways, volunteering and helping others puts you center stage. You’re now in a position to learn about the people you meet and what their world looks like, you’ll learn things you didn’t know before and become friends with people you didn’t think you would, how’s that for free.99?
  4. Serving others with my children is a great way to remind my children to remain humble, grateful, respectful, resourceful and charitable. Because the people that we may be serving today, maybe the ones serving us tomorrow.
  5. BONUS – You could possibly land your next job by the quality of work you do for free.
  6. BONUS – Spending more quality time with your kids is never EVER a waste of time. Kids grow up so fast! The more time listening to their voice the better. I promise.

7. BONUS- Some volunteering* leads to free travel, food, adventures and other unimaginable opportunities.

8. Bonus – Volunteering May help you discover what you want to do with your life. There’s so many ways to be a blessing to others. Not just passing out sandwiches and/ pamphlets. Volunteering looks, sounds, moves, and hits in so may ways. For example, did you know, that in Charlotte, there is a nonprofit housing repair company, a cute service that set up mobile farmers markets that offer fresh produce at a donation to residents living inside food desserts. (I’m on that board. It’s “The Bulb” ) and a Female Boxing Company? I’m sure there’s more, but I need to get some rest. I’ll list more later. Take care ya’ll!

Last thoughts, people will make time or excuses for what they want to do. I chose to be a helper, learner, servant, teacher, healer, mother and Earth Keeper- on top of everything else that I do. Because I know that if it wasn’t for alla that’ stuff, it wouldn’t be any Kelle.

(I just thought of another one- volunteering could also extend or improve the quality of your life. Especially if you a widow, live alone, etc.)

community support

The Dash of Life : Inside The Temple Of Queens

There is a poem called “The DASH”. It really puts life into perspective. As a non denominational officiant, I like to use it to help loved ones wrap their minds around the loss of a loved one. And it usually works by helping them realize that everyone has a beginning and ending. Those particular dates can’t be changed or altered. But what really matters and can be controlled is what happens between those two dates. That is our DASH.

“Big K” Mr. Kelly Pressley Jr. – My 1st love. My daddy.

This year (2020), on the 17th of January, I lost Kelly Pressley Jr., my dad. When I sit and think for too long, I compare myself to an orphan; but an adult orphan. (I know it makes no sense, but it’s my truth ya’ll) THEN I snap out of it. How selfish am I to even entertain that thought. I had him for 44 good years. He poured into me every single day. He gave all. I gave all. We withheld nothing as father and daughter. My selfish tears were for the fact that my sons would miss out on all the great moments I had with him. My husband, nor his dad is anything like my daddy. I didn’t just get his huge hand, or his name. or wide jaw bone. I also got his strength. My dad is the strongest man I know. He had numerous medical setbacks since 2016, but came back each time fighting harder! Never complaining – ever! Hating to ask for help, he created clever ways of doing his new normal.

When I say that I want my sons to also have that much strength, loyalty, and commitment to family- I mean it. My dad set a great standard. He left us a great ‘Dash’ to follow.

Why else would my oldest son go through so much just to view his body?

Speaking of that strength, on 01, 12, 20 the Sunday after his death, I was honored to eulogize a memorial of a friends- friend. It was very nice. The lady was such an amazing woman. After speaking to her best friend and daughter, I felt like I missed out on my my best friend! She lived an amazing full life! She withheld nothing from her mom, daughter, friends, or self. Her “DASH” was beautiful!

(Yeah, I’ve been a minister of the Temple Of Queens for a few years now. I absolutely LOVE serving!)

FIRST EVER Charlotte “All-Parents” MeetUp at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Join us for the FIRST EVER Charlotte “all-Parents” MeetUp!! We are combining as many parent MeetUp groups as we can to all get together at The Olde Mecklenberg Brewery at 2PM on Sunday September 29!!

What a perfect opportunity to meet new people, let your kids play and have some food & drinks outside on a beautiful fall day!?

Here are the details –

“Olde Meck” – OMB offers an extensive food and drink menu that includes everything from German Bratwursts to Pizzas, beer and wine and regular fountain drinks. Here is a link to the menu for more info – https://www.oldemeckbrew.com/menu
They also have a kids menu upon request

We will sit at one of the giant picnic tables outside in the “Family Zone”. Here there is a huge yard for the kids to play and they have recently added a playground that consists of giant tree limbs, little bridges and things to climb on that the kids always have a BLAST playing on.

Parking – Parking is FREE on-site in any of the lots nearby. Since it’s a weekend, I’m sure it will be busy but there are plenty of overflow lots nearby that you can park it.

Admission – It is FREE to get into OMB They frown upon bringing in outside food and drinks but tend to be lenient w/sippy cups and kid snacks.

This event will be combined with a variety of other parent groups including (but not limited to) yours truly, Queen City Stay At Home Moms Charlotte Dads, Charlotte Moms, Charlotte Single Parents and Babyswaps! If you know of any other parent groups that may be interested – please let us know and we will be more than happy to combine.

Sunday, September 29, 2019
2:00 PM to 4:00 PMThe Olde Mecklenburg Brewery4150 Yancey Rd · Charlotte, NC

How to find us:

We will be outside in the “Family Zone”

Feel free to bring your parent friends and kids and come out to have a great time connecting with other parents.

Scholarship Saturday

Scholarship Saturday – August 17, 2019

There are thousands of scholarships out there. Below you will find many scholarships, most with general eligibility requirements. My goal is to share some lesser-known scholarships with my readers every Saturday.

Don’t wait. Apply for these great scholarships today! And, if you missed the last Scholarship Saturday, check it out. There are scholarships there that are still open! You can also find scholarships on my other scholarship lists, such as scholarships with requirements based on your statemajorgrade levelethnicity, or religion. And, lastly, check out my list of scholarships with August and September deadlines.

Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, you are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements.

Here are 30 scholarships for Saturday, August 17, 2019.

Varsity Tutors College Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: Varsity Tutors
Amount: $200
Closing Date: September 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 16 years of age or older. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to an extracurricular activity.

NEWH | South Florida Scholarship
Sponsor: NEWH: The Hospitality Industry Network – South Florida Chapter
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: September 24, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students attending an accredited college in South Florida. Applicant must have completed at least half the requirements for a degree and must be pursuing a career objective in the Hospitality industry (Hotel/Restaurant Management, Culinary, Food Service, Architecture, Design, etc.)

Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship
Sponsor: National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF)
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: September 26, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate program in dental, medical (allopathic or osteopathic), pharmacy, nursing, public health or health policy. Applicants are not required to be Hispanic, however, an affinity for the health of Hispanic communities and an interest in NHHF Scholars Alumnus activities is required. Student must be a U.S. Citizen, permanent lawful resident, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

KFC Educational Grant Program
Sponsor: Reach Educational Grant program
Amount: Up to $3,000
Closing Date: September 26, 2019
Description: Grant is open to KFC U.S. Resident employees who are high school graduates (or equivalent), or college undergraduate, graduate or trade/vocational school students. Applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Questbridge Scholars
Sponsor: Questbridge
Amount: Full Tuition
Closing Date: September 26, 2019
Description: Program is open to high school seniors who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the United States. Applicant must have primarily A’s in the most challenging courses available, be in the top 5-10% of their graduating class, and have strong standardized test scores (if taken). Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a family of four, and often less. The program is only open for students considering one or more of Questbridge’s college partners (see website for details). Often finalists are first generation college students.

BEF General Academic Scholarships
Sponsor: Boomer Esiason Foundation
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: September 27, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students with cystic fibrosis who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees.

ILLCF Scholarship
Sponsor: Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: September 27, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to Latino students currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student during the fall term of 2019-20 at an accredited community college or four-year college or university. Applicant’s home residence must be in Illinois.

ADL Achievers Scholarship
Sponsor: Same Day Loans
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 28, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are enrolled full-time in high school or at least part-time in college, graduate, professional, or trade school. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and have at least a 2.8 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay, video or infographic on one of three given topics related to goals, dreams, or common problem during higher education.

NEWH | Atlanta Chapter Scholarship
Sponsor: NEWH: The Hospitality Industry Network – Atlanta Chapter
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: September 28, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students attending an accredited college in Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina or Alabama. Applicant must have completed at least half the requirements for a degree and must be pursuing a career objective in the Hospitality industry (Hotel/Restaurant management, Culinary, Food Service, Architecture, Design, etc).

Community College Scholarship
Sponsor: SR Education Group
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: September 29, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled at a public community college, junior college, technical college, or city college, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree.

Graduate Scholarship
Sponsor: SR Education Group
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: September 29, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to graduate students enrolled at a private or public educational institution, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree.

Military Scholarships
Sponsor: SR Education Group
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: September 29, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to veterans and active members of the U.S. military who are enrolled at a private or public educational institution, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree.

Undergraduate Scholarship
Sponsor: SR Education Group
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: September 29, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate students enrolled at a private or public educational institution, and working towards a certificate, diploma, or degree.

Accident Survivor Scholarship
Sponsor: Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who have overcome serious injuries suffered as a result of a car accident, medical error, or other incident caused by someone’s carelessness.

Accident Survivor Scholarship
Sponsor: MyPhillyLawyer
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students in law school or college who are overcoming injuries caused by a car accident, medical error or other incident caused by negligence.

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship
Sponsor: AfterCollege
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to currently enrolled students working towards a degree in a field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics and who are from a group underrepresented in their field of study.

AfterCollege Succurro Scholarship
Sponsor: AfterCollege
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to currently enrolled students in an accredited program, working towards a degree. Applicant must create a profile on the AfterCollege website.

AfterCollege/AACNNursing Scholarship
Sponsor: AfterCollege
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are seeking a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree in nursing.

AHIMA Foundation Merit Scholarships
Sponsor: AHIMA Foundation
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to current members of AHIMA who are studying Health Informatics or Health Information Management.

Anders Tjellstrom Scholarship
Sponsor: Cochlear
Amount: $2,000 – renewable for up to four years, assuming the scholarship recipient maintains a 2.5 GPA or better.
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students who will be enrolled in college during the 2019-2020 academic year who have a Baha® device.

Back to School Scholarship
Sponsor: MoneySolver
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to student who are at least 18 years of age and are currently, have been, or will be enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2020) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning. Applicant must submit an essay on if they were to go back to high school for one day, what would they do differently.

Because College is Expensive Scholarship
Sponsor: Cedar Education Lending
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students, adults looking to head back to school, current college students, and anyone looking to attend college or graduate school within 12 months. Applicant must submit a short form.

Business Student Scholarship
Sponsor: AfterCollege
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently working towards a degree in a field of business such as Accounting, Advertising, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, International Relations, Management, Political Science, Public Relations, etc. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

CastleBranch-GNSA Scholarship
Sponsor: Graduate Nursing Student Academy | Castle Branch
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a graduate nursing program at an AACN member school of nursing who is a SNSA member. Applicant must have at least a 3.5 GPA.

College Raptor Scholarship
Sponsor: College Raptor
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to student who are enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2019) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning. Applicant must sign up with College Raptor (free) and submit an essay one of four given topics related to college.

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship
Sponsor: Digital Responsibility
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students in grades 9-12 and current college or graduate school students. Applicant must complete a short form and share a 140-character statement explaining why they will not text and drive.

Education Equality Scholarship
Sponsor: The Parian Law Firm, LLC
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in an accredited degree program in the United States, including community college, junior college, undergraduate or a graduate program. Applicant must be passionate about closing the financial gap in education.

EDvestinU Quarterly Scholarship Giveaway
Sponsor: EDvestinU
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of the United States and foreign students with a valid student visa who are or will be enrolled at any Title IV eligible college or university by September 30, 2019. Three winners will be selected – a national winner and two students who are from or attending college in New Hampshire.

Engineering & Technology Student Scholarship
Sponsor: AfterCollege
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently working towards a degree in a field of engineering, technology and/or mathematics. This can also include Computer Science and Cybersecurity. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

FACT Scholarship
Sponsor: Federation of American Consumers and Travelers (FACT)
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and incoming and current college students. Scholarship is only open to FACT members and their immediate family members.

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