Today we’d like to introduce you to Shedly Casseus Parnther.
Mrs. Shedly Casseus Parnther, M.B.A., is an award-winning “B.R.A.C.E.” An advisor with over 15 years of college and financial aid planning experience. Mrs. Casseus is a mother of three, one of which who is in college, a high school Senior and a 9-year-old. She is the proud Founder and President of a college and career consulting group CC&C, which recently initiated the 70 Scholarship Challenge and facilitates college and career planning workshops throughout the Broward County, Florida libraries, she is also the Founder and Virtual Producer of “The Scholarship Plug” on Instagram and YouTube, Academic Advisor for Florida Atlantic University Upward Bound Math and Science, Lead Designer of hair adornment company Jewels4mylocs and co-owner of a local tire company with her husband, True Tread Tires in Davie, Florida.
Her mission is to empower students and families with the information needed to successfully plan “early” to fund their dreams. By partnering with colleges, scholarship programs, nonprofit, private organizations, church groups, and after-school programs she is determined to help bring Broward’s FAFSA completion rate up. Many of her strengths are exhibited while assisting students and families on their quest towards obtaining the best financial aid packages and scholarship opportunities. Shedly is of Haitian descent, a Canadian native and a current resident of Broward County, Florida. Her entrepreneurial spirit, passion for knowledge and energy for student achievement allows her to continuously excel in the business of education. Her most recent awards include the 2019 Florida College Access Network Innovator of the Year award, being honored for the 2018 Ford Salute to Education Ross Roberts Mentor of the Year award where her students where each awarded a laptop and a $1,500 scholarship, she was nominated for the Global Trade Chamber’s 100 women in business award, honored as one of the 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County by the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, Northeast High School’s Caliber Non Instructional Employee of the Year for 2017. An employee of the Month for October 2018 and is being honored with the 2019 Trailblazer Award for going over and beyond the call of duty to make a difference in the community this summer by the KP4KIDS Foundation. As she continues to hit the ground running, and adding to the millions of dollars that she’s helped students obtain, Mrs. Casseus Parnther believes that she still has much work to do in the community and looks forward to being the number one scholarship referral advisor on social media, specifically to ensure that students and parents have access to as many resources as possible.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t been smooth at all. Above all, I am a mother and a wife. Trying to manage and find time for everyone including myself is extremely challenging. I am blessed to say however that I have a very supportive family that believes in my mission.
Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I help students and families daily. As a BRACE Advisor (Broward Advisors for Continuing Education), our job is to be the support for the student’s transition from high school to college. I happen to specialize in financial aid planning and promoting scholarship opportunities. I conduct free workshops throughout the county libraries to allow more access to families that are not able to meet with their Advisors at their child’s schools. I am known as the Scholarship Queen (thanks to my sister Stichiz)! She tagged me and I’ve stuck to it ever since. I am most proud of the gratification that comes with what I do. When a family or a student says: “Thank you for what you do”, you never feel like what you do is work. What sets me apart is that I would do this for free if I could. However, I do have a lifestyle that I love to maintain so I have to make a living. My dream is to be the number one scholarship source on social media. I want to keep motivating students to apply for scholarships so that they can fund their dreams in obtaining a post-secondary education.
I am the Vice President for a nonprofit organization called “Project Teach” which exist to promote literacy for the youth. I am also the Scholarship Chair for the Broward Alliance of Caribbean Educators which is also a nonprofit organization that supports Caribbean students and families get acclimated with the community, specifically in education.
Finally, what I’m most proud of also is the Scholarship Guide and Planner that I’ve created for students and families. Everyone wants scholarship money but very few know how to obtain it. Well, my guide will give you step by step instruction on how to prepare yourself to apply and win scholarship dollars. It will be available on both websites (currently under construction) www.thescholarshipplug.com and www.70scholarshipchallenge.com.
The 70 Scholarship Challenge is an initiative that I’ve started to encourage students to apply to 70 scholarships.
Based on my experience (on average) for every 10 scholarship that you may get one, so I created the challenge to motivate them and hold them accountable to their commitment. It is still under construction but anticipates having it up by mid-summer.
How would you describe the type of kid you were growing up?
Growing up, I was always that friendly kid who wanted to be friends with everyone. I came from Canada in the 4th grade and it was a complete culture shock so my mission to fit in was pretty important to me at the time. I remember hearing my first curse word in school here and all the kids thought I was crazy.
As I grew older still trying to fit in disabled me from being involved in more constructive activities that today shape students future. Maybe that’s why I’m so passionate about students getting involved and applying for scholarships because I did not have that. My parents were always pro-education but weren’t familiar at all with the system. One of the programs that I regret working towards was the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship which came out the year before I graduated. So, instead of feeling sorry about it, I empower students to push for it to help fund their education.
Other interests are loc jewelry. I have lots also knowns as dreadlocks and I love to adorn them so my company Jewels4mylocs is geared towards my passion for beauty and sparkle. When I was young, my parents would work a lot and they wouldn’t often have time to take us shopping so I decided to make my own clothes and dresses. No sewing machine or special skill. I had the design in my head and just took material from other pieces, made it and wore them to school. They were pretty cool designs too.
I also enjoy music, my parents were pretty strict and going out with friends for the fun of it was out of the question most times so what I would do is listen to music and type out the lyrics on my small blue old school typewriter. That is also how I learned to type incredibly fast. That self typing alongside the music actually came in handy.
I remember trying out for volleyball and being recruited for basketball by our high school basketball coach and players. I attended one practice and said absolutely not… that’s when I learned what suicides were. Which is funny because back then I was never into sports and now, I’m a sports junkie. I guess because of my children being so involved in sports I’ve grown to love all sports now. The competitiveness that exists between teams drives me. I salute student and professional athletes for their dedication and hard work toward the sport that they have a passion for because I don’t think I would ever do what they do.
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