The DREAMS Seminar is the flagship seminar that represents continuing efforts for these men collectively known as T.D.I., Turning Dreams Into Realities, a 501c3 tax exempt organization founded by Alabama State University alumni. This workshop is aimed at inspiring young professionals to dream big and obtain the support and guidance they need along the way to make that dream a reality. The speakers weave in their personal stories of dreaming big, overcoming hardships and setbacks and applying certain principles that helped them achieve success in their respective areas such as higher education, entrepreneurship, authorship and corporate executive status. This seminar is currently offered to colleges, public and charter schools, community organizations and churches. “The rewards of seeing young men and women smile and exude confidence from the work of TDI is what drives this organization to pay it forward and remain dedicated to making a difference, ” stated Marc P. Desgraves, CPA, Vice President, TDI.
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Mentorship Program and Scholarship Award
TDI is dedicated to assisting high school or college students with making a successful transition into adulthood, higher education or the professional workforce by way of mentor and apprenticeship programs, scholarships, leadership, or entrepreneurship opportunities.
The Turning Dreams Into Realities Mentorship Program was established to support the collegiate financial and developmental needs of young men attending Alabama State University who have a desire to make positive change in the world after college. This mentorship program was created in the spirit of what defines TDI yesterday, today and tomorrow, which is the embracing of fellowship and strong relationships, the desire to have fun, and the assurance that all endeavors are performed in excellence. Scholarships are one of the main elements included in the TDI Mentorship Program and unlike most scholarships, in addition to providing financial support, TDI plans to assist in providing internship opportunities for students. A limited number of students who are not awarded scholarships can still participate in the Mentorship Program. Equally important, the TDI Mentorship Program is designed to create a custom plan to help students achieve their dreams and will provide opportunities for students to receive invaluable leadership coaching and guidance by assisting in activities such as public speaking events, fundraising programs, and business development planning. In addition to leadership development and business acumen, TDI cares about sharing lessons learned from its member’s experiences in an effort to reduce the risk of mentored students making the same mistakes. We want to form life-long personal and business relationships with our mentees. If a male student doesn’t qualify for or isn’t awarded a scholarship, he can still complete the Mentorship Program application for consideration of acceptance into the Mentorship Program.
The TDI Scholarship Award will provide an initial scholarship pledge of $8,500 from 2016 – 2020. The inaugural Scholarship Awards will be presented in October 2016 with the first pay out occurring before January 31, 2017. Participation in the TDI Mentorship Program is one of the requirements to continue receiving scholarship awards each semester. If a scholarship award recipient fails to maintain the scholarship award requirements at any point during their college career, the allotted scholarship awards for that given year will be made available to other participants of the Mentorship Program. In addition to providing annual scholarship awards, TDI plans to provide one-time scholarship awards as well as non-traditional awards such as tablets, airline tickets, and other types of non-monetary support. TDI recognizes that student financial, academic and developmental needs can vary; thus, our program has been designed to fill as many gaps as possible by providing mentorship, scholarships, and many other opportunities throughout a student’s college career. Please see the actual Scholarship Award Application for more information, including all requirements and deadlines.
Turning Dreams Into Realities is a unique and mission driven organization dedicated to assisting people turn their dreams into reality. Through our story and brand, we help people turn their dreams into reality by developing or enhancing leadership qualities, equipping people with tools for professional growth, or coaching habits for success. Below are examples of offerings, programs, seminars or workshops provided by TDI.
- The “Unwritten Guidelines For Success In College”
- Interest & Skills Assessment
- Money Management
- Networking & Relationship Management
- Interview Coaching & Techniques
- Resume Writing
- Career Camp
Here is the link to the Scholarship application! TDI Scholarship Application