What does your business do?
My business serves as an advising and mentoring avenue to
motivate 9th-12th grade high school students towards applying for
full-ride, merit, partial scholarships, and grants for college. My
business also connects current students in community colleges,
vocational schools, universities, and graduate schools, to various
scholarship resources. The aim is to educate students that funding
their college education does not have to be loan-dependent. The
goal is to empower students to take advantage of the free money
out there and be able to graduate debt-free.
When and why did you start the biz?
I have been doing this scholarship 'hunting' as a vocation since
2000. I savored the numerous scholarships and grants I was awarded
that helped me fund my studies throughout undergraduate and
graduate school. I started the business after realizing the need
and local demand in my community for scholarship sources for
My business opened in July 2017.
How Many People are in your Company?
Where's your office?
My office location is a shared space because of the cost of having a
full furnished office.
What's the toughest part of running your biz?
The toughest part is doing it alone without employees. It is
sometimes very overwhelming and demanding, coupled with taking care
of a family.
What's the most fun part?
The most fun part is digging the hidden treasures out there and
sending the resources out there that will eventually help many
students and their families financially. I feel so satisfied at the
end of the day because I have made someone happy.
Anything you would have done differently?
Not at all.
What's next on the horizon for your biz?
The next on the horizon for me and my business is to establish a
What advice do you have for others?
Follow your passion! Your passion might be totally different from
your academic career goal. It might be a hobby or an interest. Thrive
in it and with it and get all the support you could get.
I am a public health education professional and I am proud to say
that I love being a scholarship consultant as well.
How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I would use Idea Cafe to help with my business through adequate
staffing. Since we have no employees at the moment or even paid
interns, we are unable to reach many people as we would like to.
School (where, still in school, degree)?
MA in Health Education and Promotion - East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
Prior jobs or business?
Public Health Educator, Nutritionist
Plantain and Beans
Is there any one person or event in your life that led
you to go into business for yourself?
A homeschool colleague/fellow mom/new friend who found out that I
knew much about scholarships and advised me to start a business.
Anyone you publicly want to thank?
Sakinah my homeschool fellow mum.
Miftah my husband.
2600 AlManzor Avenue
Irving, TX 75062