Jessica Johnson is a Howard University graduate and recipient of over $200,000 in scholarships


s the Founder and Executive Director of The Scholarship, she has spent the last decade serving as a family scholarship consultant and travels throughout the country conducting scholarship workshops for organizations such as The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), The U.S. Department of Labor, The New York Urban League, and the National Center of Philanthropy. Jessica is the author of The Scholarship Workbook: A 3-Step Guide Scholarship Tutorial.

She is also the national scholarship expert for The Black College Expo, a contributor to the Center for Student Opportunity newsletter, and a feature writer for She has also helped to develop search engine metrics for Because of her commitment to helping students pursue debt-free degrees Jessica has received numerous awards, the most recent includes being named an Inaugural Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellow, Ebony Magazine’s Educate Young Minds Award, Root Magazine’s Top 100 Emerging Leaders, and the Center for Financial Enterprise Development’s Innovative College Access Champion Award.

She has been featured on, Black Enterprise, the Black Issues in Higher Education Magazine, the NAACP Crisis Magazine and on the cover of react magazine.

Key Speaking Topics: Discovering The Keys To Scholarship Success, Selecting A College That’s Right For You, Leadership That Counts, The Value of a HBCU Education, Entrepreneurship, Identifying Your Passions, and much, much more!


Board of Directors

Marc Hardy

Grey & Co


Yolanda Johnson

Education Advocacy Law Group

Managing Attorney

Stacey Mitchener

Georgia Department of Law (Attorney General’s Office)

Manager, Lemon Law & Dispute Resolution

Ellyn Cochran

United Way

Senior Director, Early Learning and Development

Saamad Wes Keys

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

Strategic Planning, Career Pathways Initiative

Jason Crain

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Chief Operating Officer

Irene Yartey Onyango


Strategic Product Management

David Brand

Market Strategies Group

Founding Partner

Jason Crain

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Chief Operating Officer

Advisory Board

Tereance Puryear


Financial Analyst

Otto Burston


Senior Marketing Manager

Nnenna Opara

Associate Attorney

Waldon Adelman Castilla Hiestand & Prout

Cierra Obiorha


Director of Communications

Ed Smith-Lewis


Director, Career Pathways Initiative

Audrina Washington

Mercedes Benz

Risk Professional

Harvey Maclin

Financial Advisor

Wealthspan Financial Group

David Dinkins

McCuin Pierce Consulting

Account Manager

Pamela Gifford


Senior Consultant


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