Today we are highlighting a day that represents all that a library stands for—educating and inspiring students. National Higher Education Day is fairly new, having started in February, 2015, by Izamar Olaguez and Marcie Hronis; however, the registrar at National Day Calendar declared it to be observed annually on June 6th. The original purpose of the day was to provide and communicate funding opportunities, such as financial aid and scholarships, to students who thought obtaining a college degree was not possible.
Higher education helps individuals grow mentally, expand their horizons, and help create a flourishing economy by assisting the communities. Each and every one of us can help to progress communities by making higher education available through many resources. Nelson Mandela perhaps said it best when he said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Bellevue University celebrated their largest graduating class ever on Saturday, June 3, 2017, which served as the inspiration for this post. The library plays an instrumental part in the success of these students providing the resources they need to achieve their goal of matriculating and receiving their diploma.
The Freeman/Lozier Library has many tools and sources of information to help those pursuing a college degree.
Here are some print and ebook sources that are available:
Additional resources available:
- Bellevue University Scholarships page
- Scholarships & Grants LibGuide
- National Higher Education Day Pinterest Board
Pursuing a higher education is the “American Dream” for many of us; therefore, if you are inspired to spread the word about the value of a higher education, social media is a great way. Last year “Higher Education Day” was mentioned on Twitter 89 times, with most references posted on June 6th. Let’s see if we can increase that number this year by getting more people to talk about it using #Nationalhighereducationday.