The Executive Director’s
2013 Plan of Action
The Sounds of Praise Pentecostal Fellowship Ministries National Scholarship Program isdedicated to promoting and supporting EDUCATION among our future leaders. Webelieve that it is absolutely essential to make a signiﬁcant investment in the nextgeneration and to help them to achieve their goals.As the new Executive Director of the National Scholarship Program, Roneka Matheny hasdecided to make some important changes to better serve the youth of our churches andcommunities. She calls the new initiative
OPERATION COLLEGE BOUND
. In the past,the CYC Scholarship Fund has focused its efforts on awarding graduating high schoolseniors with ﬁnancial scholarships. While this is important, the Operation College Boundinitiative represents a more holistic approach. It will be a comprehensive support systemthat helps students at all levels to succeed:•First,
we must encourage our students to achieve and reward their success.
We will dothis with a
SOUNDS OF PRAISE NATIONAL HONOR ROLL.
Elementary and middleschool students who have received ALL A’s and B’s throughout the entire 2012-2013school year and high school and college students with at least a 3.5 GPA for the2012-2013 school year will be honored at the 2013 Youth Conference. Their nameswill appear on a commemorative plaque, which will be on display, and they willreceive a ﬁnancial reward. This will let our students know that their church and theircommunity really want them to study hard and earn good grades and that they will berewarded for it. Potential honorees must submit copies of their report cards ortranscripts to the National Scholarship Program by June 15.•Next,
we must provide students with real-world examples of what success looks like.
Too many students in our communities will never set foot on a college campus untilthey are blessed enough to be admitted to one. We will ﬁx this with
Groups of churches will co-sponsor trips to colleges and universities in their area forhigh school students in their communities. For example, on February 18, 2013, thechurches in the South Carolina Lowcountry that wish to participate will visit theUniversity of South Carolina in Columbia. During these visits, our students will havethe opportunity to meet and interact with college students, hear from professors,admissions counselors and ﬁnancial aid ofﬁcers, and turn the broad goal of going tocollege into a concrete reality.•Next,
we must give students the information that they will need to succeed.
Toomany students in our communities want to go to college, but have no idea how to getthere. Unfortunately, high school guidance counselors can not always provide thesestudents with enough support to meet their goal. This leaves these students unprepared