Grayson Mitchell, Corporate Executive (Robin's son)

Robin's son, Grayson

Of course I expected my Mom to know how to get me the best deals for college, but she surprised me with her tactics. She let me lead the way with my goals and preferences. We talked all the time about benefits of each of my top 3 choices. The final decision was mine and she made it easy because she encouraged me to always look forward for scholarships, internships, community service, networking, and leadership opportunities! I know we made a great team and I am so proud that she is helping others now!

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Chanel Hampton, Medical Social Worker

As a high school student Mrs. Henry provided me with tools to develop my professional identity. Then as an undergraduate and graduate college student, she assisted me with obtaining internships to apply the principals she taught me. 

I am now a Professional School Counselor that works in the field of college access and I assist first-generation, low-income, students of color with gaining access to college. Mrs. Henry inspired me to use my education, skills, and abilities to serve students and families from underrepresented communities and to work toward closing the educational achievement gap.  I am forever grateful for the opportunity to witness Ms. Henry’s demonstration of leadership, advocacy, and collaboration not only in my life but in the lives of the students she has impacted over the course of her career.

 

Chanel Hampton, Medical Social Worker

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I can say with confidence that I would not be who I am today without her support and guidance. From the walls of DuSable High School to the illustrious campus of Spelman College to the challenge and rigger of UChicago, and now as a professional Medical Social Worker, Robin has been there every step of the way. When a person coined the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child,” they had an image of people like Robin in mind. If I had to sum up the things that she has instilled in me, I would use the terms scholarship, professionalism, and poise. She is the voice of encouragement that is continuously in the back of my mind when I nervously approach unfamiliar territories. I look forward to seeing all the good that she will continue to do with the youth.

 

Kasia Redding, Tougaloo College

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I remember vividly my senior year of high school not knowing where I would attend college and all the factors that contributed to this big decision. 

Mrs. Henry always encouraged me to think realistically, to consider things like financial aid, scholarship, the opportunities of historically black college and universities, and affordability. With deadlines vastly approaching, I was still unsure. Mrs. Henry made it her business that fall 2012 I was enrolled in a higher learning institution

I highly recommend her assistance with college matching. She has proven talent, passion , and knowledge for this position. 
 

Cassius Rudolph, Columbia University graduate

“Selecting a college is easy, but actually finding your college home, is hard.” Mrs. Robin Henry made this process for me, an easy one. Mrs. Henry offered her expertise in showing me what made sense. 

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Right after I graduated from high school, Mrs. Henry almost fought with my mom to apply for loans so that I could finalize the college application. My mom was not aware that she could reject the loan and then I could get a bigger loan by myself. Once that part was resolved, and finally, I was admitted, I changed my plans. I told Mrs. Henry that I did not want to go away to school. She was devastated for me and said to me that I was making the wrong decision, but she respected my choice to do it my way. 

Well, I realized that she was right! I felt terrible because I kept seeing all of my friends leave for college. I called Mrs. Henry on the Wednesday of New Student Week and begged her to get me reinstated for enrollment! After cheering loudly and asking me if I was really serious, she laid out a plan of quick action. She told me EXACTLY what to pack, how to get an airline ticket, and she called the recruiter to secure my dorm room and admissions packet. Mrs. Henry even arranged for the recruiter to pick me up at the airport in Jackson, MS. Needless to say, she helped me through school and came to my graduation!

I will never forget her words: “Would you like to be a big fish in a small pond or a mall fish in a large pond?” I selected the latter and became the big fish in a small pond, at the historic Tougaloo College in the heart of Mississippi. 

That place changed my life. I realize that, if it had not been for Mrs. Henry, I would not be where I am today! Her sacrifice, hard work, and motherly nurture have helped shaped me beyond college! I recently received my Master's Degree from an Ivy League school, AND I was judged admitted to a prestigious doctoral program thanks to Mrs. Henry!