From Application Process To Scholarships: Entrepreneur Helps Students Navigate A Path Forward

Jessica Jones-Gorman
Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) In 2019, Dr. Janet Leslie founded “The Gift of Experience” which provides educational consulting services. Dr. Leslie guides students through the college application process. She also uses her expertise to match students with potential scholarships.

Staten Island

When Dr. Janet Leslie was finishing her dissertation, she was overwhelmed with research and intimidated by the long and arduous process of compiling more than 100 pages of work. A first-generation college grad who earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Brooklyn College before obtaining a master’s of science degree in higher education administration from Baruch College, Leslie hit a stumbling block when she was navigating the final piece of her education — a doctorate of management degree from the University of Maryland Global College.

“All along the way I had a myriad of mentors who helped, supported and advocated for me, but when I reached this point, I remember wishing for a network of wisdom — someone who could guide me in this final path of my journey,” Leslie said.

So after three decades of working as a senior administrator for the City University of New York (CUNY), she decided to mentor non-traditional students and students of color who are working toward a higher education degree.


“Because of my own educational pursuits and professional experience, I became an expert at understanding the path to degree completion,” said Leslie, who has worked as an adjunct assistant professor at Kingsborough Community College and has served as a coordinator with the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. “I personally identified the scholarships and skills needed to complete each of my three degrees at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels. I wanted to pass that knowledge on to others who critically needed it.”

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