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D4D’s Spiritual Sunday’s: Obedience is Better than Sacrifice (Part 1)

Have you every obeyed God and enjoyed the fruit of your obedience? That’s what I’ve been doing recently, and I encourage you to do the same too.

Dough 4 Degrees has endured a lot of changes as many of us have during this coronavirus pandemic. God gave me a strategy for my social media platforms to ensure that we educate students on a part of life the American education system doesn’t – the spiritual side of life.

From now on, Dough 4 Degrees will host “Scholarship Sessions” on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM EST where we will educate you all about the intricacies of the scholarship process. These “Scholarship Sessions” will be organized by episodes and structured for students who need to obtain knowledge to graduate from college debt-free. On Sundays at 3:00 PM EST, we will host “Spiritual Sundays” where I will teach you the Word of God according to the faith of Jesus Christ. You are welcome to join me for both sessions on YouTube and Instagram Live.

Each session will be accompanied with a blog that summarizes what was taught and provides further detail to the lesson.


Obedience is Better than Sacrifice (Part 1)

But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22 NIV

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Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord. 1 Samuel 15:1 NIV

  • The characters:
    • Samuel – a leader; Saul’s mentor (e.g., Danielle as your scholarship coach or mentor)
    • Saul – Israel’s King annointed by God
    • Israel – God’s chosen people
  • Complementary scriptures:
    • ‘Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.’ Exodus 8:1 NIV
    • “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14 KJV

This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 1 Samuel 15:2 NIV

  • The characters:
    • Amalekites – an opposing army to Israel (God’s chosen people aka the Israelites)
  • Complementary scriptures:
    • “David summoned all the officials of Israel to assemble at Jerusalem: the officers over the tribes, the commanders of the divisions in the service of the king, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of all the property and livestock belonging to the king and his sons, together with the palace officials, the warriors and all the brave fighting men. King David rose to his feet and said: “Listen to me, my fellow Israelites, my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it. But God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood.’ “Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the tribe of Judah he chose my family, and from my father’s sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel. Of all my sons—and the Lord has given me many—he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.’” 1 Chronicles 28:1-7 NIV
    • ‘But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”’ 1 Samuel 13:14 NIV
    • ‘Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.’ Romans 12:19 NIV
    • ‘Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.’ Romans 12:17 NIV
    • “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Matthew 5:44 KJV
    • “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 NIV
    • “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalms 27:14 NIV
    • ‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ‘ Hebrews 11:1 KJV

Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’” 1 Samuel 15:3 NIV

I hope you enjoyed our first D4D Spiritual Sunday! We will pick up where we left off on verse three next Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM EST on YouTube and Instagram Live. Subscribe to Dough 4 Degrees’ YouTube Channel and follow me on Instagram for more!

Also, don’t forget to join me on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM EST for D4D Scholarship Sessions where I will teach you how to win the money you need to graduate from college debt-free! Those will also be hosted on YouTube and Instagram Live!

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Danielle Becomes a Professor at 22

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Alyse Johnson’s Feature Story about Dough 4 Degrees

Alyse Johnson, a multimedia journalism major at Virginia Tech chose to write a feature story about the progress of Dough 4 Degrees for her media writing class.

As a company, we are extremely grateful that she chose to highlight our progress and tell our story. A special thank you to Corey Hackett-Greene and Kevin Stephenson, co-founders of the In My Bag Tour and No More Interviews, LLC, for their supporting quotes.

A copy of the feature story produced by Johnson is below. Feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel for additional scholarship success content.


Virginia Tech alumna develops business to help college students graduate debt-free

A senior in high school, Danielle Jeffers received staggering news that ignited her incredible journey of resilience and determination.

“My senior year of high school, my parents sat me down and told me they couldn’t afford to send me to college, but I still had to go,” said Jeffers, founder of Dough 4 Degrees, LLC. “My parents had always instilled the importance of education within me, but we had always somehow avoided talking about the money part.”

This distressing news took Jeffers through a process of trial-and-error to figure out how to acquire the money to pay for college without taking student loans. She decided to use her difficult circumstances to her advantage and applied for over 30 scholarships in the span of five months during her senior year of high school. Within the first two weeks of applying to scholarships, Jeffers received 6 out of 10 rejection letters, but she used these obstacles as an opportunity to show her persistence.

By the end of her senior year of high school, Jeffers had earned 14 scholarships totaling more than $100,000 and received a letter of acceptance to Virginia Tech as a multimedia journalism major. Less than a year later, Jeffers created her own scholarship coaching company and eventually graduated debt-free from Virginia Tech on May 17, 2019.

When Jeffers arrived at Virginia Tech in the fall of 2015 for the start of her freshman year, she began to develop relationships with students from around the world and engage in conversations with them about how they planned to pay for college. She soon realized that many students took out tens of thousands of dollars of loans each semester, and she wanted to address this problem. Students constantly asked her for advice on scholarships, and she realized she could make an impact on others’ lives.

“I was raised to help people; whether you have it or not, you just do it out of the kindness of your heart,” Jeffers said. “I used what I knew at the time — which was how to win scholarships — and committed to helping as many people as possible.”

Jeffers came into college as a freshman with 51 dual-enrollment credits, 49 of which transferred to Virginia Tech for course credit. She started college with sophomore standing and completed the coursework for her degree in 3.5 years, allowing her to engage in other experiential learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom.

Throughout college, Jeffers stayed involved within the Honors College, Innovate, LLC, the Entrepreneurship Club and Collegiate Women in Business, among others. She also completed a minor in entrepreneurship from the Pamplin College of Business, along with minors in African American studies and a self-designed minor, Diversity and Community Engagement. Jeffers also studied abroad in Switzerland in 2018 with the Virginia Tech Communication Department and earned credits through the Honors College for her trip.

During winter break of her freshman year, Jeffers completed an externship with Thomas Harrelson, the founder of TMH Global International, LLC. Harrelson soon became a mentor for Jeffers and told her that starting a company to share scholarship resources would be an ideal business opportunity. For the next two weeks, she shadowed under Harrelson to gain an understanding of how his business worked and he accelerated her personal and professional development. By the end of the externship, Jeffers had officially founded her own company, Dough 4 Degrees, LLC.

Dough 4 Degrees, LLC is a scholarship coaching company that teaches students how to earn scholarships to go to college and graduate debt-free. Not only does Dough 4 Degrees, LLC educate students, but also educates parents and administrators with techniques that will avoid the student debt crisis. According to Jeffers, Dough 4 Degrees, LLC stands for access and financial freedom.

Jeffers launched Dough 4 Degrees, LLC in January 2016 and took on 15 clients free of charge, helping her experiment with her business model. Approaching its 4-year anniversary this upcoming January, Dough 4 Degrees, LLC charges clients for either 30-minute or one-hour video chat calls. Jeffers’ company also provides webinars, speaking engagements, scholarship essay coaching and advice blogs among other features. She customizes her business offerings for each client’s specific situation and needs.

After graduating debt-free from Virginia Tech in 2019, Jeffers serves as the prototype for her company, with a goal to help 1 million students graduate debt-free by the time she is 30, eight years from now.

Her work focuses on providing solutions to the student debt crisis. According to the United States Chamber of Commerce, 60 percent of students have some form of debt after graduation; among black students, that number rises to 77 percent. Additionally, according to The Institute for College Access and Success, student debt loan is the highest ever; borrowers in the Class of 2018 on average owe $29,200, 2 percent higher than the 2017 average.

Jeffers stated that a big part of her company hinges on teaching students how to build a network of people that can serve as resources for scholarship searches. Throughout her scholarship search, Jeffers treated her application process as a part-time job. She spent about 20 hours a week researching, writing essays and submitting applications. By the end, she estimated that she received about $500 worth of scholarships per hour.

“Being from a small town like Danville [Virginia] is really big because some people don’t have those assets and her [Danielle’s] vision is all about access and making people more aware,” said Kevin Stephenson, 2019 Virginia Tech graduate and co-founder of the In My Bag Tour.

Since starting Dough 4 Degrees, LLC, Jeffers has been involved in multiple entrepreneurial endeavors. Founder of Danielle Jeffers Enterprises, LLC, she is also co-founder of Elite Entrepreneurs Inc., chief technology officer of Auchtoctones Assembly and co-founder of the In My Bag Tour.

Danielle Jeffers Enterprises promotes her personal brand where she publishes books and creates content. Elite Entrepreneurs Inc., a training platform, teaches entrepreneurs from all backgrounds how to gain elite status and increase their impact. Auchtoctones Assembly, a non-profit organization, focuses on helping people find their true genealogy.

The In My Bag Tour, co-founded by Jeffers and two other entrepreneurial Virginia Tech graduates, Stephenson and Corey-Hackett Greene, launched as a campaign to give back to their hometowns of Danville, Virginia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In August 2019, the trio prepared a back-to-school giveaway of 500 backpacks and 200 teacher appreciation gifts – resources the three view as crucial for teachers and students to continue their journey on a lifelong pursuit of excellence.

“Danielle is a tremendous leader, a phenomenal speaker and very detail-oriented,” said Hackett-Greene, a 2017 Virginia Tech graduate and co-founder of the In My Bag Tour. “She is very well-rounded, and her numerous achievements are only the beginning of the amazing person that she is.”

Since graduation, Jeffers has relocated to Woodbridge, Virginia to continue to develop Dough 4 Degrees, LLC and other business ventures.

“The day after my graduation in May, I drove my first U-Haul ever and relocated to Woodbridge, Virginia to build Dough 4 Degrees, LLC full time,” she said. “The plan since I started my company was to be able to do it full time after graduating.”

Jeffers communicates with people through her Dough 4 Degrees YouTube channel by posting videos each week and going live Sundays at 3 p.m. to answer questions.

As she continues to build her business, Jeffers plans to release her first book through her personal brand by 2020, dedicated to helping students choose a college that best fits them. Additionally, she devotes time to building The Dough 4 Degrees Online Academy, an educational resource for students who want to earn scholarships, write winning essays, successfully manage their time and more. The academy will officially open between the end of 2019 and the first month of 2020.

Jan. 14, 2020 marks the four-year anniversary of Dough 4 Degrees, LLC. The company has helped over 300 students and their families earn more than $300,000 in scholarships.

 

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Danielle Jeffers, founder of Dough 4 Degrees, LLC.

 

 

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(left to right) Corey Hackett Greene, Danielle Jeffers and Kevin Stephenson – founders of the In My Bag Tour.

 

 

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From Student to Graduate to Professor in 1 Year

Life is crazy. Sometimes God will show you a vision of what your life could look like in the future without revealing the journey you’ll take to get there.

I said “could” because faith without works is dead (James 2:26). Any God-given vision requires extreme amounts of faith and work for it to come to pass.

As a young child, around the age of ten or eleven, I received a vision from God. I saw myself standing on a stage and speaking to millions of people. That spiritual moment felt so real that it was almost as if it was guaranteed to happen.

I’ve held onto that vision throughout my life and have always done my best to allow the Holy Spirit to guide me as I’ve made decisions.

Now, please don’t misunderstand me. I’m not perfect. I’m a 22-year-old woman who has submitted to the will of God for my life and is committed to doing whatever it takes to help people graduate debt-free.

That’s why the opportunity to serve as a professor at the College of Southern Maryland is so surreal to me.

Twelve months ago, I was sitting at a desk as a student at Virginia Tech. Eight months ago, I graduated debt-free from Virginia Tech having earned more than $200,000 in scholarships. In less than one month, I’ll serve as an adjunct professor at the College of Southern Maryland where I’ll teach a course titled “College Without Student Loans.”

There aren’t any limits in life! Anything you can see, you can achieve!


If you would like to register to take the course, please visit CSM’s website and click the course title. The screenshot below contains details about the course. I’m going to create a video on Dough 4 Degrees’ YouTube channel with more information soon!

CSM Course_February 2020


Last, but not least, here are some scriptures that have been a pillar of support for me throughout my journey:

  1. ‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ‘ James 1:2-4 (NIV)
  2. ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ‘ Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
  3. ‘And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. ‘ Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
  4. ‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.’ 1 Timothy 4:12-16 (NIV)
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Happy Birthday, Dough 4 Degrees!

Happy Birthday, Dough 4 Degrees! You’re four years old today! You’ve taught me more than I could ever imagine. I can’t wait to see what you look like at 10!

Love you forever!
Danielle Jeffers, Founder of Dough 4 Degrees

 

 

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A Message for Parents

What do you do when you’ve done all you can but you still come up short?

Parents, don’t worry. There is a way to pay for college without having to co-sign on student loans. My parents didn’t have a dime to contribute to the cost of my education

Watch this video to learn how they were able to support me throughout my undergraduate education at Virginia Tech without cosigning on any student loans.

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Video Examples of Taco Bell’s Live Mas Scholarship

Our last two blog posts were created to help you win the Taco Bell Live Mas Scholarship.

The first post provided a general introduction about the scholarship opportunity.

Our second post contained a video with tips about how to win the Live Mas scholarship.

The latest video of this series contains video examples to help you as you apply for this scholarship.


Leave a comment and let me know if the information we’ve provided is helpful.

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How to Win Taco Bell’s Live Mas Scholarship

We shared this $1,000,000 scholarship opportunity with you via YouTube.

Watch the second video of this series to learn how to win the Taco Bell scholarship.

Leave a comment and let me know if this information is helpful. You can also contact me if you need additional assistance.

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Taco Bell’s Live Mas Scholarship

Begin 2020 with a bang by applying for Taco Bell’s Live Mas Scholarship!

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Influence vs. Impact

Which one is more important: being an influencer or someone who has an impact? Watch our latest Dough 4 Degrees’ Community Scholarship Chat for the answer to that question and more.

Our Dough 4 Degrees’ Community Scholarship Chats occur weekly on Sundays at 3:00 PM EST on our YouTube Channel. During the 30-minute live streams, we answer any questions students have about scholarships.

Watch this playlist to learn more tips that will help you succeed throughout your scholarship journey.