Many high school students think of college as the ticket to a bigger salary, and statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show a strong relationship between a college degree and earnings. But higher potential earnings are only the beginning of the benefits. Surveys show that people with a college education enjoy a higher quality of life and have increased personal and professional mobility. A college education lets you choose a field that truly interests you and earn a living doing something you love. Doing what you’re good at and what you love will provide you with contentment that money can’t buy.
Gain Skills to Last a Lifetime
College also teaches you how to think critically, an ability that’s worth its weight in gold. Mastering this art means having the ability to examine things from every angle before arriving at a conclusion. You’ll be trained to analyze any problems you encounter and decide the best ways to resolve them—a skill that will pay off for the rest of your life. Smart conclusions lead to smart decisions, whether you’re figuring out which car to buy, wrestling with a personal problem or weighing the pros and cons of a job opportunity. At the same time, the improved written and oral communication skills you gain in college will help you express yourself effectively and make a good impression anywhere, in any situation.
Be a Better Person
Other benefits of a college education affect your heart and soul as well as your intellect and wallet. Being part of a college community can help you develop your code of ethics, strengthen your tolerance and sharpen your sense of responsibility. Also, the more knowledgeable you become the more confident and comfortable you’ll feel in any situation and with any group of people. These characteristics are incredibly important in today’s global society.
A Wide-Angle Lens on the World
College gives you the “big picture” of the world, and your point of view will no longer be bound by the limits of your experience. You’ll explore multiple areas and you’ll become well-rounded—not just the “science-wiz” or “bookworm” you may be now. And of course, with all this newfound wisdom, you’ll gain self-confidence, enabling you to tackle virtually any situation or problem you confront with a can-do attitude.
UNCF: A Mind is a Terrible thing to waste but a wonderful thing to invest in”
Put it all together: You owe it to yourself to get a college education in any field, at any college into which you are accepted. Sure, but—how will you pay for it? Log onto www.uncf.org. UNCF provides almost 400 scholarships, internships, fellowships and institutional grants that support students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. The UNCF Stem Scholars Program, the UNCF K-12 Education Walton Fellowship and the UNCF/Koch Scholars Program are just a few examples of the programs administered by UNCF. Each of these programs—as well as other scholarship, internships and fellowships—comes with its own eligibility criteria, application requirements and deadlines.
UNCF has helped more than 430,000 students graduate from college. Each year, UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships to more than 10,000 students at more than 1,100 schools across the country, including our prestigious network of 37 HBCUs. Log onto www.uncf.org to register for scholarship and internship opportunities.