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  • As a 3rd grader, Kimberly, a member of our church came to us with a declaration, "Mr. Wynn, you know all of this college planning stuff. My mom can't afford to pay for me to go to college, so tell me what I need to do." As Education Ministry Leaders of the Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta, Georgia, Kimberly became our first client. We successfully guided Kimberly into a free undergraduate education at Williams College, where she received a cost-free and debt-free BA in Chemistry and Math. However, our journey has continued into Kimberly's full graduate fellowship to pursue her PhD in Math at Iowa State University.6 Full Scholarships
  • We met Damian, one of ten children in a single-parent household, as a rising high school sophomore. We guided Damian into being award the $25,000 SallieMae Bridging the Dream Scholarship and full scholarship offers from Bates College, George Washington University, and Northeastern University where he is a Torch Scholar studying pre-law and preparing to apply to law school.Northeastern Torch Scholar
  • We met Thuong, a first generation immigrant from Viet Nam, with non-English speaking parents, as a rising high school junior. We successfully guided Thuong, who did not want to attend college too far from home, into full college scholarships at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill; the University of North Carolina - Greensboro Honors College; and Elon University where she is an Odyssey Scholar pursuing an undergraduate degree in business with a concentration in accounting.Elon University Odyssey Scholar
  • Sam's father, a former basketball player at Stanford University, brought Sam to one of our monthly meetings as a high school junior. We successfully guided Sam into a school of which he had never heard, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County; and into a scholarship program of which he had no prior knowledge, the Meyerhoff Scholars Program. Sam has received a near cost-free undergraduate education as an UMBC Meyerhoff Scholar. His high school AP course taking enabled him to earn 3 undergraduate degrees—BS in Math; BS in Statistics; and BA in Economics. Sam is a 2021 Rhodes Scholar and will receive a cost-free education at Oxford University to pursue his PhD in Economics.Meyerhoff Scholar | Rhodes Scholar
  • Tristyn, and her two sisters (triplets), joined our program as high school sophomores. She and her two sisters (Sydnee and Kailer) were committed to removing the financial burden from their parents for paying for 3 children entering college at the same time. We successfully guided Tristyn into a full scholarship in the Claflin University Honors College; Sydnee into a full scholarship as a Dowdy Scholar at North Carolina A&T State University; and Kailer into a full need-based scholarship at Wesleyan University. Final scholarship tally over 4 years—$530,000!3 Full Scholarships
  • We met Jacob as a rising high school junior who had little interest in participating in our program. However, his mother was insistent and Jacob eventually embraced the work and begin to "Own the Process." Jacob's efforts resulted in his being offered admission to all of the colleges to which he applied. He went on to enroll in the East Tennessee State University Honors College where he is pursuing his passion for video games and majoring in digital media.Honors College
  • We met Sydney as a high school junior. Although attending an IB Program, Sydney, from a single-parent household with a mother on long-term disability, new tragically little about the college planning process. However, as a quick learner and incredibly hard worker, Sydney developed such brilliantly written essays that she received a hand written note from her admissions officer acknowledging her passion, maturity, and intellectual curiosity and was overjoyed to offer Sydney admission to the University of Chicago, where she has received a full scholarship, and will receive a debt-free undergraduate education as an Odyssey Scholar.Odyssey Scholar
  • Faith, is one of several first and second generation Ghanaian students with whom we have have worked. Faith, like Sydney was an IB student whom we able to guide into extraordinary two full merit-based scholarship opportunities at the University of Richmond as a Richmond Scholar and at North Carolina A&T State University as a Dowdy Scholar. However, Faith accepted a full need-based scholarship to the University of Chicago as an Odyssey Scholar and was selected as a 2021 Ron Brown Scholar and has completed closed her financial aid gap.Odyssey Scholar
  • We met Jaylon, a second generation Ghanaian immigrant, as a rising high school sophomore attending the United Ghana Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the course of his three years in our program, Jaylon developed a realistic and focused college list of schools with full need-based financial aid policies. The University of Chicago emerged as his top choice school, where, like Sydney and Faith, he was offered a full scholarship as an Odyssey Scholar.Odyssey Scholar
  • Jada, a track and field athlete and first generation Jamaican immigrant, joined our program as a rising high school sophomore. Jada's warm personality and infectious smile made it easy to guide her into full scholarship opportunities at Northeastern University and to North Carolina A&T State University where she received a full scholarship as a Cheatham-White Scholar.Cheatham-White Scholar
  • I thought I knew everything there was to know about the college planning process. I am a top performing student in a rigorous college prep program and my parents are college graduates. Wow! I could not have been more wrong! My essays were awful. I did not know how to check the online portals. My Common Application was a mess! Thank God for Mrs. Wynn and this program. I am on my way to UNC - Chapel Hill with a full merit scholarship. [Thaddeus, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill]Guilford County Schools Cohort
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wynn, I was accepted into Clemson University's nursing program! There were over 3,378 applications for the nursing program alone, which is a 68% increase from previous years. They could only accept 176 students, making the acceptance rate into the program 5.2%, the same as Harvard. I have decided to commit, while I never planned on going to college in South Carolina, this was a huge opportunity for me that I couldn't pass up. Thank you for all that you've done to help me, I probably wouldn't have made it into the program if it weren't for you guys. [Ava, Clemson University Nursing Program]Florence School District 3 Cohort
  • When I learned about the College Planning Boot Camp being held at my church, I thought, 'Oh well, it couldn't hurt.' Wow! I did not realize how little I knew about the college planning process, and my mom and I knew nothing about the financial aid process. Thank God, I followed Mr. and Mrs. Wynn's advice and applied to the 'right' colleges. Well, I am on my way to Northwestern University on a full scholarship and was also offered full scholarships to the University of Miami Honors College, North Carolina State, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. [Crystell, Northwestern University]$1.2 million in Scholarships
  • To Dr. Lewis Brinson, Minority Achievement Officer, Pinellas County Schools, from Jordan's mom: Although I have attended college on 3 different occasions, I must say that the demands of preparation, admissions, financial information and college visits were extremely taxing and overwhelming for us all. Mr. and Mrs. Wynn literally took Jordan under their wings and provided him with insight, guidance and information that I did not have nor did I know. They have literally saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars and we will always be grateful to them. The access to financial aid information was amazing. I honestly did not expect Jordan to have been eligible to receive so much assistance. Jordan applied to about 14 colleges and was accepted to, and offered financial scholarships/grants from 12 of them. I KNOW there are many other parents who are just as uninformed as I and I know they would appreciate the advice, assistance and 'inside' knowledge and connections that the Wynns have proven to have. Thank you for leading this effort. [Jordan, University of Central Florida]Pinellas County Schools Cohort
  • Mr. and Mrs.Wynn gave me so much guidance throughout my entire high school experience, and I couldn't have gotten to where I am without them. They're the ones who pushed me to apply for the school that gave me my first full ride scholarship, and they opened up my mind to even the thought of outside scholarships. I've become a college advisor for all of my peers, from freshmen to seniors, and all of the things I teach them are things that the Wynn's taught me. I am infinitely blessed to have the Wynn's to help me, because I know people with the exact same grades as me in the exact same situation I'm in who didn't get full ride scholarships, but the knowledge I was equipped with allowed me to get a full ride. The Wynn's helped me to figure out what I want in a college and how to get money at the college I love, and I can't thank them enough. Thank you a million times over!! [Sydney, North Carolina Central Honors College - Cheatham-White Scholar]Guilford County Schools Cohort
  • I was in a state of disbelief when I received offers of admission to my top four choices: Harvard, University of Southern California, New York University Stern, and Northwestern University. I still don't think I have been able to internalize this reality. The feeling of complete euphoria I experienced upon seeing the admissions letter confetti was overwhelming. I am happy to say that the stress and hard work of the college process have fully paid off. [Jordan, University of Southern California]Atlanta-area Cohort
  • Senior year has been so stressful. With my AP course load and school activities, it has appeared overwhelming. However, I am so grateful that I was part of the Crossroads for Teens College Planning Cohort Program. Mr. and Mrs. Wynn exposed me to amazing college opportunities—liberal arts colleges, cooperative education programs, and honors colleges. My college list soared as I learned more and discovered my 'fit.' I am on my way to Boston and Northeastern University where I have received the Dean's Scholarship. [P.S. I finished my first year on the Dean's List with straight A's and was offered admission to the Honors Program. I will be going to London this summer for a language program. I will keep you posted!] [Malathi, Northeastern University Honors College]Crossroads for Teens Cohort
  • I don't know where I would be without you. Honestly, when I first met you [Mr. and Mrs. Wynn], I had no idea what direction I wanted my life to go in, and now, I still have no idea. But, I have a college that will support that indecision and coach me through it. If you had told me that I would be going to the #1 ranked liberal arts college on a full scholarship, I would've been so confused and in disbelief. I still am! Aside from my parents, there is no one more instrumental in my high school journey than you and Mrs. Wynn. [Loren, Williams College]Crossroads for Teens Cohort
  • I was picking squash with my family as Migrant Farm Laborers when my Spanish teacher asked if I could return home early and attend a college planning boot camp at my school. Mr. and Mrs. Wynn not only introduced me to the Gates Millennium Scholar Program, but assisted me in writing the 8 essays. In April, 2016, I was selected as the 2nd Gates Millennium Scholar in the history of Florence County School District 3—both since introducing the College Planning Cohort Program in 2014. Wow! As the first in my family to graduate from high school and attend college, I feel as though I am living a fairy tale. [Rebeca, 2016 Gates Millennium Scholar, Francis Marion University]Florence County School District 3 Cohort
  • Dillard University was not on my list of schools and I had never heard of the MC Lyte Hip Hop Sisters Scholarship. However, as a result of participating in the cohort I quickly discovered that my top schools—LSU and Florida State—were unaffordable. The résumé and essay developed through the cohort helped me to become a strong applicant, as I was blessed to receive a full scholarship to the Dillard University dual degree program (Physics/Engineering), where I will complete a second degree at Georgia Tech. I found a place where I not only fit, but where everyone is pulling for my success. Mr. and Mrs. Wynn, I could not have done it without you. [Justin, 2017 MC Lyte Scholarship Recipient, Dillard University]Turner Chapel AME Church Cohort
  • I am so grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Wynn for all of the time they poured into me. This has been an extraordinary journey that I would have never had imagined to end with a full scholarship to Amherst College. I learned so much about the college planning process and so much about myself. Thank you, thank you, thank you! [Brenna, Amherst College]Guilford County Schools Cohort
  • My journey has been incredible. I was offered over $2.5 million in scholarships, including full scholarships to Tuskegee, Wake Forest, and the University of Richmond; and generous financial aid awards to Amherst, Williams, Swarthmore, Duke, and Davidson. I am happy to be attending the University of Richmond as a Richmond Scholar! Mr. and Mrs. Wynn were like a second set of parents. [Kristen, University of Richmond - Richmond Scholar]Guilford County Schools Cohort
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wynn, my family and I would like to thank you for all that you have done to assist me in my college journey. I am on a full scholarship at Francis Marion and looking forward to all that is yet to come. [Cathryn, Francis Marion University]Florence County School District 3 Cohort
  • As the first Gates Millennium Scholar in the history of Florence County School District 3, my grandmother and I will be forever grateful for your guidance into and through college. You have essentially, helped me with everything from my Gates essays, Meyerhoff Scholars interview, financial aid, and even moving into my dormitory. Oh, not to mention, helping me with my FAFSA and Gates funding each year that I have been in college. THANK YOU! [Mikayla, 2015 Gates Millennium Scholar, UMBC Meyerhoff Scholar]Florence County School District 3 Cohort
  • When I began this process, I was dead set on attending North Carolina State. However, as I progressed through the process, explored the many available college options, and looked to find the right college 'fit,' I discovered George Mason University--a place where I believe I will have an extraordinary 4-year experience. Thank you so much for your guidance and support. [Robert, George Mason]Guilford County Schools Cohort
  • Thank you for being a part of my incredible journey. Not only did my participation in the cohort assist in my being offered the Presidential Scholarship to the dual degree program (Computer Science/Computer Engineering) at Xavier University of Louisiana, your guidance was invaluable in assisting my parents and me in deciding which of the incredible college and full scholarship opportunities was my best 'fit.' With my guaranteed internship each summer at Google, and returning to Georgia to complete my degree at Georgia Tech, I cannot say 'thank you' enough. [Kyrah, Xavier University of Louisiana - Presidential Scholar]Turner Chapel AME Church Cohort
  • As a result of following the advice of Mr. and Mrs. Wynn, I am now on a full scholarship in the Claflin University Honors College. Mr. and Mrs. Wynn encouraged me to enroll at Claflin, work hard, and apply to the Honors College as a second-year student. With their advice and my hard work, I have no more student loans and am part of an extraordinary group of highly-motivated students. [Hali, Claflin University Honors College]Florence County School District 3 Cohort
  • Mr. Wynn, thank you for guiding my journey into being selected as a Posse Scholar at Syracuse University. It was an extraordinary experience and I have just received my master's degree from the Yale Graduate School on a Posse Foundation Fellowship. My parents and I can never thank you and Mrs. Wynn enough for all that you have done. [P.S. I have just received my Master of Environmental Studies from Yale.] [Julian, Yale Graduate School]Turner Chapel AME Church Cohort
  • Mrs. Wynn, my family and I can never repay you for all that you have done, all of the prayers that you have prayed, and all of the guidance that you have provided. I would not have become a Gates Millennium Scholar without your guidance and support, and the many hours of commitment by you, Mr. Wynn, and my mom in editing and reviewing my essays. Well, my journey continues as a Spelman College alumna and on my my way to Dental School. [Brittany, 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar, University of Colorado Dental School]Turner Chapel AME Church Cohort

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