Posted on: June 16, 2020 Posted by: Historically Black Since Comments: 0

As students across the country are forced to complete their semesters online and miss milestones like prom and senior week, this 2019 North Carolina A&T State University grad, in partnership with non-profit Pure Potential Enterprises, Inc., is doing something special for high school grads and undergraduate students across the country. Delanee-Alexis Coley has created the ​“Pot Of Goal-D” Scholarship Raffle​ to help a lucky high school senior or current undergraduate student continue their education.
This scholarship raffle will help students with books, fees, room & board, and other expenses associated with attending college or trade school. The scholarship is open to students all over the country. The winner will be drawn on Juneteenth (June 19th, 2020) live on PPE’s Instagram and Facebook!

Delanee-Alexis Coley serves as the Chief Executive of Special Projects for the Youth Division of Pure Potential Enterprises, Inc. and is the founder of the “Simply A Young Lady With No Apologies” Conference. Founder and CEO, Phyllis Coley, is elated about this initiative to help scholars during these unprecedented times.

Scholars and parents of scholars can register ​here
Scholars must be enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college or university, or a trade school Scholars must be located in the United States
You can donate to PPE’s Scholarship Fund on PayPal (​​) or CashApp ($spilldatee)

How did your HBCU experience impact the woman you are today and your career ?

I am a proud debt-free 2019 alumna of North Carolina A&T State University, the #1 public HBCU in the nation! As a senior in high school with over 50 acceptances and scholarship offers, my mind was made up instantly with just one visit. When I visited NCAT’s high school senior visit day and experienced warm welcomes; high-achieving scholars; smiling faces; cheerleader chants; and an amplified sports crowd, I knew I was home. Going to a Black, historically rich institution was important to me even if that meant being on my own at 17 years old hours away from home. Each day I was surrounded and encouraged by people that looked like me who took pride in themselves, their culture, their people, and their purpose. This is the type of environment I looked forward to that ultimately propelled me forward in spite of anything that came my way. Going to A&T allowed me to network with like-minded future engineers, doctors, lawyers, journalists, and entrepreneurs.

My time on campus was worthwhile as I held many different leadership positions, serviced on campus and in my community, gotten involved with politics in the state of NC, and pledged the best sorority in the world, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. My HBCU not only strengthened my confidence in myself but it strengthened my confidence in my people and our impact on the future. As a Chief Executive of Pure Potential Entrprises Inc. and an HR professional, it’s important to me to help the youth unlock their greatest potential while maximizing their opportunities in college and beyond. Going to my institution gave me grit, independence, resources, and the power to press on regardless of circumstances. I am a proud product of an illustrious HBCU and would not change my experience for the world!

What is one of the biggest challenges you for-see students facing this upcoming school year, and what are some words of advice you have for them?

One of the biggest challenges I foresee students facing this upcoming school year is scholarship funding. Pure Potential Enterprises, Inc. understands that COVID-19 is changing the dynamic of the economy and the way we live. To my youth and fellow young adults, we are what the world was waiting for. We refuse to sit idle and allow injustices in the education and criminal justice systems. We have power in our voices and I would encourage the youth to go bigger, harder, and stronger.  We are the change we want to see in the world. PPE has a strong focus on high school graduates and current college students. Many high school students and college students believed that they would have more time to finalize their summer and fall plans yet COVID-19 has caused scarcity in opportunities and funding. That is our main motivation for why we decided to create our nationwide “Pot of Goal-D” scholarship e-raffle. We want the goals of our young people to be achieved despite unforeseen circumstances. By filling out a registration form and donating $10 to our worthy cause, you have a chance to win a scholarship. We will be doing our live drawing on Juneteenth (June 19) at 2 PM EST on Facebook and Instagram. Students, the self-quote that I live by, “Never be passive in your pursuit.” is all you need to keep going. Apply to our scholarship raffle; ask your local church, mentors, and organizations about scholarship opportunities; volunteer in your community, and be sure to practice self-care during this time. Be sure that you are always taking an active stride towards your success. You are our future!

Founded in 2008, Pure Potential Enterprises, Inc. was founded to serve as a bridge to decrease the opportunity gap that exists within our community, negatively effecting the disenfranchised and under-served youth. The organization focuses on the whole child, acting as a support system to address the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of our scholars. We believe in their dreams, we assist them in reshaping a dream into a vision, and from a vision to an achievable goal. When children and teens enter our doors, we consider each one of them a PPE Scholar. Our goal is to help each scholar become the best version of themselves as we prepare and guide them on their journey to higher education.