Empowering Students Universally Scholars, Inc.
Director Jada Shipp Meeks
Jada graduated from Mitchell High School in Memphis, Tennessee,
Tennessee State University and the University of Memphis. She holds a
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Master’s Degree and a Doctor of Education
in Instruction Curriculum and Leadership, and she obtained her Education
administration license from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee.
Her research agenda is early intervention for career and college preparation for
She has worked for companies including Tennessee Valley Authority as a
Systems Programmer, Federal Express as a Programmer Analyst and
the Memphis City Schools as a teacher, an Assistant Principal and Principal.
Dr. Meeks conducts motivational workshops to equip people with information
to empower them to make informed decisions about career choices, self-image,
personal finance, college choices, vocational choices, ACT/SAT planning,
Financial Aid planning, and Scholarship Planning.
The Director's Philosophy
All students that want help should be given the support they need to make
wiser choices about their futures. Even if parents have gone to college that
does not necessarily translate into their child going college. Typical of many
students they do not take advice well from their own parents. Many will listen
to friends and others as they make decisions. I have had a great impact on
students in Memphis and Chicago that seek my advice and direction for their
future plans. Students must take ownership of their futures and not operate
from a paradigm of “I’m doing this because my parents or teachers want me to”.
Once students realize that they have the power to control their futures they will
be more motivated to pursue a plan of action for themselves personally. This will
cause students to have higher achievement in school and more service in the
community. All of the projects offered by ESU Scholars require students to do
personal research and action on planning their futures. Each project requires
critical thinking and analysis of their choices as they become an
Empowering Students Universally Scholars student.
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