College Knowledge Lunch Breaks

How to Plan for College

Stacy Lightfoot – VP College & Career Success– PEF

When: October 29, 2014 — EPB Building

As a parent, counselor and trusted adult, your encouragement plays a critical role in helping students prepare for college. Students rely on their parents, school counselors, mentors and advisors to ensure that they are prepared for the college admission process. Your goal is to convince your students that college is within their grasp. There’s so much to consider when it comes to getting ready for college: where to go, what to study, how to apply, how to pay for it all, and more. Parents and students are often lost in the process. It’s never too early—or too late—to explore options for college or career school. In this session, we will walk through some key steps in preparing for college and provide resources that can help you and your family along the way.

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College Knowledge Lunch Breaks - November

The Top Ten Financial Planning Mistakes Made by Parents

Presenter: Chris Ford, STIS Private Financial Advisor , Suntrust Bank

When: November 4, 2014 — Suntrust Bank Building

With very little attention to this subject, it’s no wonder that parents are making mistakes left and right about how to appropriately plan and save money for their student’s education. Sadly, with so little time between a child’s birth and the start of college, there’s typically very little time to recover from college planning mistakes. Whether you’ve just had your first child or major college expenditures are just a few years away, it’s never too late to make sure you’re on the right track. It’d definitely be a wise investment of your time to check learn about the financial college planning mistakes parents make. A financial advisor will present pertinent information that’s highly beneficial for parents.

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Passport Scholars Application SY2014-2015

A passport to personal growth and opportunity


PEF’s mission is to challenge, support, and improve Hamilton County public schools so that all students succeed in learning and in life. As a program of PEF, the Passport Scholars Program’s mission is to engender confidence and commitment in your women in order to help them set and achieve goals for their academic and life journeys through college and beyond.


To provide scholarships to summer academic enrichment programs, one on one mentoring throughout high school, and access to private resources for college counseling.

The Passport Scholars Program provides scholarships for outstanding summer academic enrichment programs in the United States – from wilderness ecological expeditions to pre-college academic programs on college campuses to community learning and service projects.

Passport Scholars’ mentoring is done by the Passport Scholars staff in individual and group settings. Staff will assist the girls in preparing for their summer academic enrichment experiences and guide them during their remaining high school years. Passport Scholars will also develop a network among themselves that will build an alliance and facilitate peer mentoring.


The program expectation is for each girl to step out of her environment, take risks, do her best and give back to the community and world beyond. With the opportunity to travel, meet new people and see new worlds, the Passport Scholars Program hopes to enable young women to achieve greater independence, leadership and appreciation of individual dignity and uniqueness.

The Passport Scholars Program also makes available college and financial aid counseling through private resources at PEF. PEF offers the scholars every opportunity to participate in programming offered, which includes Camp College, one-on-one advising, and specialty college tours.

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 For more information contact:

Stacy Lightfoot, Vice President, College & Career Initiatives
(423) 643-4443 or

Boys Leadership Summit 2014

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In 2010, a group of men from various organizations (e.g. fraternities, 100 Black Men, Shriners, Masons, service organizations, etc.), with an interest in helping young African-American males become successful and productive adults, hosted the first Boys’ Leadership Summit (BLS) in October 2010. These men answered a charge by Michael Baisden, an international radio personality, who encouraged communities to join together to impact the lives of our young black men.

Based on Dr. Shaun Harper’s report titled “Black Male Student Success in Higher Education” he found that Black men’s dismal college enrollments, disengagement and underachievement, and low rates of baccalaureate degree completion are among the most pressing and complex issues in American higher education. So, in 2012, PEF worked on several initiatives to empower men of color, young and old, to convene at luncheons and conferences to share their stories of triumph and collegiate success.

This year, PEF is joining forces with the founders and organizers of the Boys’ Leadership Summit to host a collaborative workshop for young men that will target males in grades 6-12 and include college males as well. Together, these organizations hope to provoke conversations that will engage, empower and encourage our young men to achieve to greater heights.

The 5th Annual Boys Leadership Summit 2014 is a free one day conference (breakfast & lunch provided) held on November 15, 2014   (9 am – 2 pm), that will serve as an opportunity for middle and high school males and their parents as well as young men in college to learn from experts and each other how to become successful and productive adults. We will cover topics to help attendees learn to cope with issues and problems facing youth today. Registration and breakfast will start at 8:00 am. The summit will be held at UT-Chattanooga’s University Center.

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 For more information contact:

Temus Terry – (423) 316-0698

College Goal Tennessee 2015: Navigating Your Future

College Goal Tennessee 2015: Navigating Your Future is a free, half-day conference that will serve as an opportunity for high school and college students, parents, and educators to learn from experts and each other how students can be successful in college. We will cover topics from financial planning for college to what employers are looking for to navigating the college application for the student athlete and much more. This conference will confront real topics that affect the persistence of students in college, and it’s a rare opportunity to hear the ideas and concerns of all these groups at one conference. Sessions will be led by business leaders, college admissions and financial aid experts—the best in their field. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

At this conference, College Goal Tennessee will provide free on-site assistance for high school seniors and current college students filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Time: Saturday, January 31st, 2015 – 9 am – 1 -pm (Registration and meet & greet at 8:30 am)

Place: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga – University Center, East Fifth Street 


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