29 Jul Meet Henry Keculah Jr. of 4.0 Growth Productivity Accountability (4.0 GPA)
Today we’d like to introduce you to Henry Keculah Jr.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Henry. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, I decided to serve as a high school teacher with Teach for America in Houston, Texas. Many of my junior and senior class students were interested in going to college, but didn’t know how to go about getting started. So I took it upon myself to take them on trips to college campuses – sort of “college tours” to schools like UT-Austin, Georgetown and Howard Universities, to name a few – and also created an in-class curriculum that helped students prepare for their ACT/SAT, personal statements and learn how to assemble a strong resume. Little did I know, that this being a resource was something I was talented at. But year after year, friends of family would ask for my assistance in helping their own kids with getting accepted to universities and earning scholarship money. I also started taking students from all across Houston, not just from my own campus, when I made the college tours to UT-Austin.
The reason I became so passionate about helping kids get into the college they desire, was because I myself came from humble beginnings. I was brought up in a single-parent home by a mother who never attended college and who was as unaware as I was about the college application process. I didn’t really understand the importance of a GPA until my Senior Year which hindered me tremendously.
I remember in my Junior Year of high school, I met with my counselor and shared with her the colleges I was interested in attending. She told me that, because my GPA was a 2.3 at the time and I had only gotten an 18 on ACT, I wouldn’t be able to get into the top two schools on my list (The University of Texas at Austin and Ohio University). So I pushed and applied myself. In my Senior Year, I won a scholarship through the Horatio Alger Association and that helped me get admitted to The University of Texas in spite of the fact that I wasn’t in the top 10% of my class. I soon discovered that I had a gift for putting together strong scholarship applications. In my first year of college alone, in addition to getting excellent grades all of my classes, I won many scholarships and academic awards.
One day I decided to read The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. Since people had often told me that I was good at public speaking and at helping others get admitted to college, I figured I could merge the two together and start my company. I came with the idea, just before starting graduate school, to establish an education consultant firm. It would give me the opportunity to do something I am passionate about and also help me make a difference in many families’ lives. But I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it alone. So I made a list of people I knew that were exceptional in their own lines of work and connected them. Shortly thereafter, I had a team together and was ready to embark on building 4.0 GPA.
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