Success means... to leave a legacy.
My biggest dream is to... expand Seeds of Fortune Inc. nationwide.
You can’t run a business without... a team.
The most important thing about helping others is... to encourage them to help even more people.
Seeds of Fortune Inc. is a scholarship program creating the next generation of financially empowered young women of color by helping them apply for college scholarships, as well as teaching career and financial management skills. Our Class of 2017 were offered $6M+ in Scholarships and Grants; we believe every deed planted helps a flower grow!
What was your inspiration for your business? Describe an event that directly inspired you to make your organization.
I am inspired to find a solution to the broken system of socio-economic injustice that affects minority youth generation after generation. It was sparked after, I opened up my first college acceptance letter. It was the happiest day of my life, until I saw the $50,000 price tag a year. I began to cry thinking my dream of higher education was over. However, a young lady in my Girl Scout troop earned $150,000 in scholarships. Later, I discovered her mom assisted her. I begged her mother to work with me. She trained me and helped me to win the Girl Scout Award and Posse Foundation scholarship for $250,000. I began to think “What if I never met the young lady in my Girl Scout troop?”. It sparked a desire to want to help other girls gain access to free money.
Additionally, attending college in one of the richest towns in America and viewing the disparities in Bedford Stuyvesant; I knew that everyone did not start at the same level. Also, I would see minority students dropout of school and complain about lack of funds on a daily basises.
Finally, it was my visit to the Albukhary International University in Malaysia that transformed my purpose in the world. Malaysian Billionaire, Tan Sri Albukhary created the University using his personal wealth to provide underprivileged students an education. Humbled while living at the University I began to see money as a tool to help others achieve their dreams. Inspired by the principles learned, I believe it is my duty to help ease the financial burdens of those in my community and across the United States.
How has your foundation assisted other people to become independent and build their opportunities ?
At Seeds of Fortune we have started a Girls StartUp program designed to encourage our scholars at the high school and college level to become entrepreneurs. By interning with women entrepreneurs, startups, or startups corporations that support the progress of women of color – our scholars will receive the mentorship and guidance necessary to start up their next big idea.
Why them? Can you share their quote/ideology that inspires you the most?
In light of the Tupac Shakur movie All Eyez on Me premiere, I would say that I admire Tupac in his complex nature. He was not only a creative, but compassionate about the plight of his people. He used his music to draft stories or their pains, hopes and dreams. I hope to be able to help guide young women to their hopes and dreams. My favorite quote of Tupac is from “The Rose That Grew from Concrete”:
“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it's dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.”