"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world." -Albert Einstein
The Directors of Inspiring Students To Excel In Higher Education, LLC
Sheryl Grayer – Founder/Director
Yolanda Durden – Managing Partner for Inspiring Students Scholarship of SUA.
The company was formed by two former high school classmates who graduated from St. Ursula Academy of Toledo, OH. Their years have been filled with a passion for mentoring youth.
Yolanda Durden holds Degrees of Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She is a native Mid-Westerner whose passion is in helping students to obtain higher education. Mrs. Durden is a married mother with two teenagers who are college bound. Her professional experience is extensive work with parents and students; primarily in middle school and high school. She has helped to secure scholarships for hundreds of students over the last decade. As a graduate of St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio; she feels her single gender, Christian-based school gave her the foundation to inspire others to succeed.
Sheryl Grayer holds a Degree in Mass Media Arts (Writing for Radio, Television & Film). Mrs. Grayer is married and the Godmother to 4 wonderful children. Her professional experience includes 15+ years national business banking with small business owners. Mrs. Grayer has 20+ years in research, writing and mentorship. She is currently a corporate volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlanta, Georgia. She previously served as a Big Sister Mentor of BBBS for 8 years to a young lady who is now a college graduate of West Georgia University. Mrs. Grayer coordinates many volunteer programs ranging from teens to senior citizens. She also has served as a Writing Mentor for high school seniors with the Boys & Girls Club of America. She also has had the pleasure of being a judge for several youth talent competitions. During Mrs. Grayer’s high school years; she worked for the Toledo Public Library as a Page within the Social Science Department. This work experience gave her the skills of research and locating scholarship books that assist students in finding scholarship money for college. Mrs. Grayer has helped numerous students over the years to apply for scholarships. She also gives credit to her Alma Mater St. Ursula Academy for helping to develop within her the passion and drive to help others succeed.
Together we stand as a team that serves a purpose to help empower students throughout the United States to take responsibility towards furthering their education. We also stand together to show students how to utilize the resources that are out there to find scholarship money for college. We’re planting seeds of excellence so that each student who makes a commitment to be a part of our program; will take with them life lessons to prepare them for their future after the diploma has been received.