Philisophical Friday_Hard Work Pays

Today I saw millions of dollars being given away.  Millions!!!money

Chicago Public Schools in association with Seimens Corporation offered high school seniors with a record of academic success free money to go to school.   The scholarships are contingent on the students following through with the appropriate paperwork and maintaining their GPA, but if they follow the rules, the money is theirs.   There were two or three students who were offered four-year full ride scholarships FROM MULTIPLE SCHOOLS no less, some with a value of over $80,000.  One school even threw a laptop into the kitty. 

So the message to the kids out there:  Listen to you folks when they tell you school is important.  These young people earned this money by keeping their grades up.  The better your grades, the more money you could potentially get.  You show “them” that you’re serious about your education, they want you to be on their team, and they’re willing to entice you onto their team with a financial incentive.

The message to the parents out there:  Start early instilling into your kids the importance of working hard and doing well in school. 

As our babies grow up and enter young adulthood, ultimately they will decide (despite our pleading, our preaching or our threats)  how much effort they will put into their education.    Millions of dollars of free money to build a road to their future is a nice carrot to dangle in front of them.

Congratulations to my son for you hard work, particularly this last year.  Thank you to you dad for being able to open your eyes a little wider about the importance of buckling down and getting your school work done.  And thank you, thank you, thank you Virginia State University for offering my baby some moola to attend your institution.

And it’s not too late.  Almost all of the representatives from the colleges said there was more money still available to give away. 

Here’s a site that you might find helpful:  Choose Your Future

Happy Gardening Planning For Your Future!!



  1. Kate said,

    December 3, 2009 at 6:46 am

    WOW Cheryl – congrat’s to your son!! College-bound to boot! You must be one proud mama!!!

  2. Kate said,

    January 2, 2010 at 7:57 am

    All ok Cheryl??? Haven’t seen a post in awhile and was hoping you were just busy with a fun-filled holiday season…

  3. gardengoodies said,

    January 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Hi, Kate. Thanks for checking on me.

    All is well…just too cold here.

    Sorry I didn’t reply to your last post. I remember seeing it and thought I had posted a reply. Something probably came up that took me away from the computer and I didn’t get back to it.

    Anyway, a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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