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(Washington, DC September 25, 2017) – For thousands of high school seniors, it’s college countdown time, and in less than sixty days, The Black Friday Scholarship Bootcamp will be held in Detroit for its 4th year. On the day following Thanksgiving, thousands of Detroiters are normally lined up at shopping centers across town to search for Christmas gifts, but Gwen Thomas, Black Friday Scholarship Bootcamp founder hopes that Detroiters with high school students and college students will line up at the UAW Ford National Training Center, to learn how to shop and win scholarships. It’s that time of year, most parents of college students are thinking about how to pay the balance of their student’s tuition. At the same time, high school seniors and their parents are trying to complete FAFSA, complete college admission applications and in less than a year, figure out how to pay an often hefty price for college tuition. If any of these cases resemble your situation then you may want to learn how Gwen Thomas, known as the scholarship mom, author, education advocate helped students win more than $4 million dollars in college scholarships, as well as help students study abroad in more than 30 countries.

In her book, “The Parent’s Smart Guide to Sending Your Kids to College without Going Broke,” Thomas shares invaluable information on how to successfully navigate through the process of securing funding for college. She highlights strategies used to educate her son from kindergarten through college and discusses the dichotomy of obtaining a return on investment of college tuition, the problem of college debt and unemployment. The book also discuss the crucial conversations that families must have about selecting the right schools from elementary through colleges. Thomas also provides an extensive list of scholarships and fellowships for students from Undergraduate through Doctoral programs.

“College tuition is one of the largest expenditures a person will make aside from purchasing a home, and we need to teach our students how to effectively apply to scholarships so they win these opportunities to pay for their college education” says Thomas. Our goal is to help families realize that there are alternative ways like scholarships to funding college reduce college debt, whether they have zero income to a six figure income.”

Thomas, a native Detroiter, but now a Washington, DC resident will host The Black Friday Scholarship Bootcamp on Friday, November 24, 2017 at the UAW FORD, 151 W. Jefferson in Detroit, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Thomas created Fresh Perspective Seminars, a non-profit think tank dedicated to college readiness academically and financially, and work force preparedness,. The Scholarship Bootcamp will provide parents and students with strategies to apply for scholarships, provide writing lab and actual tips for applying for scholarships. This year’s event includes a stem panel, a financial literacy panel for parents, and a discussion on study abroad programs by Cameron Thomas-Shah, U. S. Diplomat.

The event is free and registration is required, log on to

or call 609-474-4877.

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