Public Speech – Saving TIP Scholarship


October 21, 2010

Today I did something spectacular for Ferris State Uni. I impressed myself today and rocked a presentation in the Founder’s Room full of people, faculty and press. I caught everyone’s attention by projecting my voice to the entire audience and maintaining eye contact with everyone seated in the conference. I appealed to the university, the staff and the listeners byexpressing my thoughts about the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) #AllEyezOnMe

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The presentation was an informative speech regarding the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), which is a scholarship program that Gov. Granholm tried to cut from the budget. I don’t understand why a person would want to cut a scholarhip that is for low-income families, troubled or children of the state… IT appeals me. The president of FSU, Dr. Dave Eisler and I traveled to the Capitol in Lansing, MI on two occasions, once in front of the Sub-Appropriations committee and the second in front of the House. The Senate came to Ferris during our spring break, so I stayed and represented all 753 TIP Students at Ferris, and every other student who has the TIP scholarship in Michigan Universities. I’m a #BOSS, they are going to listen to what I have to say, I’ve got a ton of people relying on me to make this happen. #YahGirl

If you want to read my testimony during the speeches, click on these links to
direct to the Ferris Website. Its def worth the read! You will find out some personal info about my background that I’ve never exposed. Fiddle through the PDF attachments and scroll until you see my name. Most of you know it =]

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education
Testimony, Charts and ResponseMarch 8, 2010

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education – Tuition Incentive
Program TIP Testimony and ChartsMarch 16, 2010

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education Testimony, Charts and Response March 8, 2010

Some information about the TIP Program that I grabbed off the FSU Website, I am a web developer for the FSU website so I believe I get automatic priviledges. Just in case, here’s a link… FSU TIP Program



The TIP Scholars Program mission is to support the recruitment, retention, and graduation of Ferris Students who receive the TIP Scholarship.


Ferris State University’s TIP Scholars Program was created by University College in 2007 in order to provide programming that will help TIP students be informed about scholarship requirements, remain eligible to receive TIP awards, learn about ways to succeed as university students, and to network with other TIP Scholars, faculty, and staff. The TIP program is designed to help TIP eligible students become successful college students at Ferris State University and to guide them in taking the right steps to take advantage of the TIP scholarship.

Now that you have an idea on what the speech was concerning, I will tell you about my presentation today. I was pleased to have the opportunity to once again, represent myself, the 753 students at Ferris who have this scholarship and all the students in the Michigan universities. I soaked up the experience and enjoyed the attention. Maybe I just like hearing myself talk. #LOL

I networked so perfectly too. I had a stack of business cards on deck and a folder with information about TIP in front of me, even though I was just phoned last night to appear at the panel. Dr. Potter, who is the Dean of the University has asked me to appear at all four panel discussions but I can only offer myself at two of them. It is fulfilling to know that the university thinks of me as a big deal or ‘high standing’ they would call it. This is only my 1 1/2 year, but I can’t wait to see where I’m at when I graduate in 2013. Going to be the one calling the shots for my uni 😛 #Don’tYaWish

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