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!

Friday Four: Congresswoman Alma Adams presents, The State of Black Maternal Health during COVID-19

It was a good night to be in! LOADS of valuable information was shared about saving black pregnant moms. I had the honor of sharing information about Momsrisng and how effective doulas can be during this intense time.

But first things first, please go sign up for updates and action posts from Momsrising.org! I can’t tell you how much I love that organization! Then go sign up for updates for Representative Dr. Alma Adams office. She ‘s like the mom I would want if I didn’t have the wonderful one given to me! SERIOUSLY. Now…….. back to the symposium. It was GREAT! I learned so much. North Carolina and the United States as a whole gotta do better for our black pregnant moms. Rep Adams office did and amazing job putting together a powerhouse of industry and community advocates that shed so much light on these disparities and vile practices.

Representative Alma Adams 5th Annual Women’s Symposium took place at 6:00 PM Thursday, April 16. via Zoom: click image to watch. I’m in there some where.

She and her staff was joined by other Black Maternal Health Caucus Co-Chair, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, as well as Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. I kid you not! Cory Booker even complimented me on my Momsrising t-shirt that I had on! #HowSway right? I truly gained nuggets of value from every panelist and look forward to teaming back up with them in the future if the opportunity arises. But right now, I wanted to offer four ways a doula can help a pregnant mom during COVID-19.

Since many people still don’t know what a doula is, I will explain it. A doula is an unmedically trained birth worker. We exist to make a pregnancy smooth and easy for everyone involved. We provide a wide range of supplemental services before, during and after labor. We are there from preconception to post delivery to answer questions, make connections, help moms find her own voice, and provide customized services that make moms life empowered. If our practice was on a flow chart, It would be right under midwives. Only because we work outside of the labor and delivery room, not legally covered to deliver babies in most states, and in most states, our fees are covered privately.

But most doulas know it’s time to call the dr. when the baby is measuring too small for your pregnacy, (smaller fetal height), too much cramping, bleeding, severe back pain, funky- bloody discharge, little fetal movement in late pregnancy, and possible ongoing fever just to name a few alarms.

To learn more about my birthing services, please click here. The uncertainties of the Coronavirus automatically puts pregnant moms in a high risk category. Which is understandable. Most would also understand how frustrating it could be as well. And that’s my friend where your doula could be a God send for you! Here’s four ways a doula can help RIGHT NOW:

1. Via Video Call – Your Personal Workout Buddy.

A. Your doula can help your prepare your body for delivery. The moves she share will help you get pregant, stay pregnant, ease delivery and assist in getting your body back in shape after delivery.

B. Counseling. Most doulas are moms. Not all are moms or women, but most are. They understand how you are feeling. Even if it’s something she isn’t familiar with she has a listening ear to offer solutions and comfort.

C. How – To’s – Get the best information for your birt of choice! What to putin your diaper bag, Practice how to communicate with the hospital staff, Learn how to wrap your hair,/& belly, how to pick out car seats, and more.

D. Spiritual Health- DISCLOSURE – not all doulas rely on the ways of their African ancestors as a resources, but I do. I sing, I touch, I hmm, and truly connect with my moms to ensure she is confident in her new role as much as possible.

2. Via Phone. – A Caring and Resourceful Voice

2A. Affirmations. You can get affirmation read to you to help start your day or help you get through it.

2B. Verbal Check Ins – You’re quarantined. Your mate will be in your face. You have zero desire to get dressed or much less brush your teeth. Neither do I . Use the magic of voice. Your doula can sense how you’re doing with particular questions and cues. If needed she can make suggestions and referrals to assist you remotely.

3. Via Email/Text- Get It In Writing.

3A.Your doula can send you reminders to workout, help complete your birth plan, remind you to call your boss for paid leave*, assist you in order your exercise ball, etc.

4. Via USPS, General Delivery – Rain, Shine, Sleet or Snow……. it’s Coming To The Do’ (door)!

4A. Let’s all admit it. There’s something exciting about getting mail. Many doulas create/ & sell birthing supplies like bath salts , aroma therapy, herbal blends for lactation and more.

4B. She can have a healthy, non – contact, locally sourced meal delivered to your front door.

As you can see, a doula is loaded with resourcefulness. Some more than others. The key is to ask questions, and be flexible. She wants to help. She’s certified to help and because everyone is quarantined….she’s available to help! Shucks, I’m available- Call me!

P.S.

Protect Our Election and Postal Workers- Click here please!

Tell Governor Roy Cooper: We need mass release NOW. Our community is counting on you to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Being safe at home has never been more important. Unfortunately, fear— fear for our health and for our families— has motivated the panic buying of firearms, particularly by first-time gun owners.[1][2] But fear-purchasing firearms isn’t a way to safety. In fact, research shows the opposite: Bringing a gun into a home makes the home less safe, and this is particularly true in the current moment when domestic violence is increasing.[3][4][5]

Sign on to our letter to governors, urging them to address panic gun buying and reduce the risk of gun violence as part of their efforts to secure everyone’s health and safety in the face of pandemic (scroll down to see the entire message that we’re sending to governors). *When you click, you’ll automatically sign on if we already have your information. 

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.

Note: Please use my scholarship lists as just one of the resources you use to look for scholarships. Here are 16 places to look for scholarships.

Friday Four: Trump Wants to cut SNAP (AGAIN)

Trump needs a time-out! Yes, Let’s send him to the first corner in sight. Here’s four things that will happen if Trumps administration successfully ends SNAP for 3 millions low income families. SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program. In a typical month in 2018, SNAP helped 40 million low-income Americans afford a nutritionally adequate diet.[1

Toward the end of every month, hospitals in California see a curious uptick in admissions for hypoglycemia, the kind of low blood sugar that can affect diabetics. Business Insider

If this happen, in a urban city like Charlotte, NC, businesses will close, incarceration rates will soar. food pantries will be heavily burdened, and healthcare rates will go out the window!

“It costs more to live than you can make in a week. There’s no way to make ends meet.”

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This is of course is just my hypothesis, but times as times changes, it remains the same in many ways. Parents are not gonna allow their children to suffer. It’s easy to say grow some of your food, but that isn’t gonna happen. I read a study that said Americans loose interest in nature* around 11 yrs old and don’t even think about it again until they are 30 years old. Since they can’t live off breast milk, something has to give. The lack of SNAP funding alone would strip at least 0.53% from GDP alone assuming a 1.8 multiplier. (I got those numbers from

  1. Stores like Family Dollar and Food Lion take huge losses everyday. Shoppers come in to shop and leave with way more than they have paid for. What, I wouldn’t think of what would happen afterwards. Jail right?……. and the crazy cycle begins.

2. Food quality will get even worse. Think about it……..it’s awful now. The FDA allows so questionable ingredients in our food product now. Shoppers will look for ways to save on their food bill anyway they can. Then there are other bills. parents shouldn’t have to choose between utilities and nourishment.

3.Hence more bad food, more bad nutrition, more illness. Including

  • heart disease;
  • diabetes;
  • obesity;
  • high blood pressure;
  • stroke;
  • osteoporosis;6 and
  • cancers, including cervical, colon, gallbladder, kidney, liver, ovarian, uterine, and postmenopausal breast cancers; leukemia; and esophageal cancer (after researchers took smoking into account)

Everyone knows real food is medicine.

4. If I wasn’t an urban horticulturist, and couldn’t garden, couldn’t buy good food, too far from a food pantry, had no one to ask for food help from, I am heading to my favorite grocery stores and ask for unsellable produce or snatching up what I see that my children need. What parent wouldn’t? My kids aren’t gonna starve.

Note: I notice so many people of color working out more, eating better and just loving on themselves. I know SNAP has helped. I’ve always believed in population control, this would be a clear example of it if allowed. SAVE SNAP! Speak Up.

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College Scholarship Monday

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 Monday.

Don’t wait. Apply for these great scholarships today! There are scholarships there that are still open! You can also find scholarships on other scholarship lists, such as scholarships with requirements based on your statemajorgrade levelethnicity, or religion. And, lastly, check out my list of scholarships with June,  July and August 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 56 scholarships for Saturday, June 22, 2019.

Signal Grace Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: T.M. Yates
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 4, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to high school and college students in the United States. Applicant must read the memoir Signal Grace and create an entry in response to one of three given prompts.

Military College Scholarship
Sponsor: Low VA Rates
Amount: $1,250
Closing Date: July 5, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to military students currently enrolled in college. Children with a mother or father serving in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces are also eligible to apply for the scholarship.

College Book Scholarship
Sponsor: Goedeker’s Appliances
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: July 7, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming college freshmen and current college students. Applicant must submit an essay on why attending college is important to them.

Public Service College Book Scholarship
Sponsor: Goedeker’s Appliances
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: July 7, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who work in public service. This includes federal, state, and local government employees, police officers and firefighters, active military, reserves, and veterans, public school teachers, and employees of non-profit organizations.

MFMA Scholarship
Sponsor: Maple Flooring Manufactures Association, Inc.
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 8, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students who will be enrolled during the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicant must submit a personal essay answering one of six given questions. Scholarship is only open to specific majors (too many to list) – see website for details.

Theodore Tannenwald Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship
Sponsor: Theodore Tannenwald Jr. Foundation
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: July 8, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to law students, undergraduate (J.D.) and graduate (L.L.M. or S.J.D.) enrolled in a U.S. law school during the 2018/19 academic year. Applicant must submit a paper on any federal or state tax-related topic.

Bey & Associates Scholarship
Sponsor: Bey & Associates, LLC
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 12, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students attending or planning to attend a college, university, or graduate school in the United States in the upcoming fall. Applicant must submit an essay on what they wanted to be when they were five years old and how their career aspirations have evolved over the years.

Corban Gunn Scholarship
Sponsor: Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 12, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students attending or planning to attend any college or graduate school in the United States attending their first year of school. Applicant must submit an essay on what book changed their life and why.

JAM Paper Teacher Scholarship
Sponsor: JAM Paper & Envelope
Amount: $500
Closing Date: July 12, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to any student who is pursuing a career in Education. Applicant must submit an essay on why they want to become a teacher.

Physical Therapist Scholarship
Sponsor: BrightLight Direct
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 12, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to current college students who are enrolled in an occupational or physical therapy program that has been accredited by CAPTE or ACOTE.

Rick and Sherry Murray Medical Futures Scholarship
Sponsor: ALS Association – Florida Chapter
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: July 12, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to legal residents of Florida who are spouses, children, or grandchildren of a person who has been diagnosed with ALS. Applicant must be currently majoring in any medically related degree or attending any medically related certification program.

Teen Travel Writing Scholarship
Sponsor: Family Travel Forum
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: July 12, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students ages 13-18 and attending grades 8-12 in the United States or Canada, or an American international school abroad, or be enrolled in a U.S. homeschool program. Applicant must share a travel story.

Thomas Law Offices College Scholarship
Sponsor: Thomas Law Offices
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 12, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open students who are currently attending or plan to attend their first year of college or graduate school in the upcoming fall semester. Applicant must submit an essay on you were truly grateful for someone else’s help and how it impacts you today.

United Health Foundation Diverse Scholars Initiative
Sponsor: United Health Foundation | UNCF
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: July 12, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors who are enrolled full-time at a UNCF member college or university. Applicant must be majoring in behavioral health, biochemistry, biological sciences, biology, biomedical research, biotechnical health, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health or radiology.

Urban & Taylor Scholarship
Sponsor: Urban & Taylor, S.C.
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 12, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students attending or planning to attend their first year of undergraduate or graduate study in the Fall. Applicant must submit an essay who their favorite fictional character is and why.

Welsh & Welsh Scholarship
Sponsor: Welsh & Welsh PC, LLO
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 12, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently attending or planning to attend their first year of college or graduate school in the upcoming fall or spring semester. Applicant must submit an essay on one small change they can make in their life that could impact the world in a positive way.

Resume Companion Scholarship
Sponsor: Resume Companion LLC
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 14, 2019
Description: Applicant must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, in full-time university education for the semester they are applying to receive the scholarship. Applicant must create a resume based on the life of any fictional or non-fictional character, from TV, history, literature or myth.

AACN Scholarship
Sponsor: Hurst Review Services
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to pre-licensure Nursing students enrolled at member AACN schools.

Altec Design Web Scholarship
Sponsor: Altec Design
Amount: $750
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to any student who will be enrolled in an accredited institution for Fall 2019. Applicant must submit an essay on how they foresee the internet changing their chosen career in the next 20 years.

American Legion Baseball Scholarship
Sponsor: American Legion
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to high school graduates who play baseball and are nominated by a head coach or manager.

Ankin Law Office Scholarship
Sponsor: Ankin Law Office
Amount: $2,500
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate, law school, and graduate school students. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to distracted driving.

Business Research Guide Scholarship for Women Entrepreneurs
Sponsor: Business Research Guide
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens who have been accepted to or are enrolled at an accredited college or university in the U.S. Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors and disciplines, with particular consideration given to women studying entrepreneurship, business management, or a closely related field.

Clark Law Office Scholarship
Sponsor: The Clark Law Office
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will be attending law school in 2019 in the United States. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay on their current hopes for their career after completing law school.

Cogan & Power Academic Scholarship
Sponsor: Cogan & Power, P.C.
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs during fall 2019. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to nursing homes.

Copernicus Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: Copernicus Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarships are open to college and university students of Polish descent from the Chicago area. Scholarships will be awarded based upon scholastic achievement in the areas of Performing Arts, Cultural Education, Business, Sciences, and Professional degrees.

Creative Safety Supply Scholarship
Sponsor: Creative Safety Supply
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in a college, university, or vocational school who have at least 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit a completed application and answer two personal questions about their career path and creative thinking/problem solving.

CRMA Scholarship
Sponsor: Chicago Railroad Mechanical Association (CRMA)
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to sons, daughters, adopted children, grandchildren, and stepchildren of members of the CRMA who have maintained current membership in the Association. Applicant must be enrolled at the time of application as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student.

David Hudak Memorial Essay Contest for Freethinking Students of Color
Sponsor: Freedom From Religion Foundation
Amount: Up to $3,500
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Competition is open to freethinking students of color ages 17-21 who are either high school seniors or students currently enrolled in a college or university. Applicant must submit an essay on a given prompt related to rejection of religion.

DePaolo & Zadeikis Law Offices Academic Scholarship
Sponsor: DePaolo & Zadeikis Law Offices
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs during fall 2019. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to workplace safety.

Dependent Children Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to Tennessee residents who are dependent children of Tennessee law enforcement officers, firemen, or an emergency medical service technicians who has been killed or totally and permanently disabled while performing duties within the scope of such employment. Applicant must be an incoming or current undergraduate student at a Tennessee institution of higher education.

Distracted Driving Awareness Scholarship
Sponsor: Christensen Law
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students in the United States who are pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited college or university. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to distracted driving.

Duffy Law Scholarship
Sponsor: Duffy Law
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students. Applicant must submit an essay on free speech rights on college campuses.

Gamewardens Scholarships
Sponsor: Gamewardens Association Inc.
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarships are open to sons, daughters, and grandchildren of a Gamewarden.

HDA Scholarships
Sponsor: Hispanic Dental Association (HDA)
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students studying in the dental field (Dental School, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, etc) who show a commitment and dedication to improving and serving the oral health of the Hispanic community.

ICON of Industry Scholarship
Sponsor: NEWH: The Hospitality Industry Network
Amount: $7,500
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a career objective in the Hospitality Industry with an emphasis towards the area of hospitality interior design.

Joseph J. Fitzsimmons Scholarship
Sponsor: US Judo Federation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students in their first or second year of medical school who are USJF members.

Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: Joshua Gomes Memorial Scholarship Fund
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are HIV positive or have AIDS and will be enrolled in a college or university in the fall.

Keller Law Offices Scholarship
Sponsor: Keller Law Offices
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will be enrolled full-time in an accredited community college, college or university, or accredited law school in the fall of 2019. Applicant must describe an incident or write a fictional story of how someone got falsely accused of a crime and how they handled it.

Law Office of Bogdan Martinovich Academic Scholarship
Sponsor: Law Office of Bogdan Martinovich
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs during fall 2019. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to nursing homes.

Law Office of Matthew L Sharp Annual Scholarship
Sponsor: Law Office of Matthew L Sharp
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs during fall 2019. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to reducing crashes and injuries among young drivers.

Law Offices of Steinberg, Goodman, and Kalish Annual Academic Scholarship
Sponsor: Law Offices of Steinberg, Goodman, and Kalish
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs during fall 2019. Applicant must submit an essay on advice they would give their younger self when it comes to driving hazards.

Law School Scholarship
Sponsor: Miller & Zois, LLC
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to first-year law students enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S. In the event of a tie, preference will be given to students with a connection to the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to distracted driving.

Lee Steinberg, P.C. Law Scholarship
Sponsor: Law Offices of Lee B. Steinberg
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to Michigan residents who are current undergraduate students enrolled at an accredited college or university in the United States with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must have a desire to attend law school and must submit an essay on what they want to accomplish with a law degree.

Mainor Wirth Academic Scholarship
Sponsor: Mainor Wirth Injury Lawyers
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will be enrolled full-time in an accredited community college, four-year baccalaureate degree, or accredited law school in the fall of 2019. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to bicycles.

Michael Moody Fitness Scholarship
Sponsor: Michael Mood – Trainer | Author |Speaker
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, participation and leadership in school activities and work experience. Applicant must have an interest in pursing a career in the health and fitness related fields. Only the first 1,000 applications will be accepted.

NPG Student Poster Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: Negative Population Growth (NPG)
Amount: Up to $3,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and college undergraduates who will be enrolled in the fall of 2019. Applicant must create a poster that focuses on overpopulation of the United States.

Paul E. Flaherty Athletic Scholarship
Sponsor: American Legion
Amount: $250
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores who have participated in some form of high school athletics.

Senior Caregiver Scholarship
Sponsor: SeniorAdvice.com
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students attending a two or four-year college or university in the Fall of 2019. Applicant must have been involved in caregiving for a family member.

Speech Pathologist Graduate Scholarships
Sponsor: Bilingual Therapies
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in an eligible graduate program, have native or near-native proficiency in a second language, and would like to work with multicultural children in a diverse school-setting.

Strom & Associates Academic Scholarship
Sponsor: Strom & Associates
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs during fall 2019. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to hazards at their school.

Vegetarian Video Scholarship
Sponsor: The Vegetarian Resource Group
Amount: Up to $200
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to vegetarians and vegans. Applicant must submit a video on topics related to vegetarianism and/or veganism.

Vic & Oby Scholarship Fund
Sponsor: Law Offices of Ral Obioha, PLLC
Amount: $500
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college, graduate, and law school students who are foreign-born or have foreign-born parents. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to being an immigrant.

Vogelzang Law Academic Scholarship
Sponsor: Vogelzang Law
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who will be enrolled in full-time undergraduate or graduate programs during fall 2019. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to asbestos.

Weisblatt Law Firm, LLC Scholarship
Sponsor: Weisblatt Law Firm, LLC
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 15, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in a college or graduate program, or actively applying to attend one such program in 2019. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to businesses.

Dyslexia/Auditory Processing Disorder Scholarship
Sponsor: Gemm Learning
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 16, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students who will be enrolled in college during fall 2019 and who have dyslexia. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to living with dyslexia.

GWC Injury Lawyers Annual Scholarship
Sponsor: Goldberg Weisman Cairo
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 16, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are attending a college or university in the United States with at least a 3.0 GPA. Scholarship is open to all majors, but applicants who express an interest in the United States justice system are preferred. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to personal injury attorneys.

Note: Please use this scholarship lists as just one of the resources you use to look for scholarships. Here are 16 places to look for scholarships.