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Drake’s Educational Background

Why He Deserves Our Notice:

Audrey Drake Graham, better known as Drake, is a Canadian-born producer, actor, singer, and songwriter.  He first shot into the public eye in the early 2000s after assuming a role in Degrassi: The Next Generation. Audrey didn’t dream of making a career out of teenage angst, however. In 2007, Drake departed the series to pursue a career in rapping. He flourished. His albums smashed box office records and captured the public imagination. In fact, he holds the record for most charted songs by a solo artist. His second studio album, Take Care, netted him a Grammy.

His success goes far beyond the mike. Drake also owns his own record label and clothing line.  School, however, was never quite his thing.

Personal Life and Education:

Aubrey Drake Graham was born in Toronto on October 24, 1986. His parents represented a rather odd coupling of African-American Catholic drummer and a Jewish-Canadian English teacher. While the couple did not last long, divorcing five years after Drake’s birth, they helped him to become the person he is today. He was raised almost solely by his mother in a small department in Toronto. While he proved himself skilled in the arts, especially drama, Drake never had an easy time at school. For much of his youth, the future superstar was the target of rampant bullying.

Drake dropped out of Vaughan Road Academy at 15 to pursue an acting career.  In 2012, 10 years after dropping out, Drake went back to school to earn his high school diploma.  Shortly after graduating, Drake tweeted about the achievement, “97% on my final exam. 88% in the course. One of the greatest feelings in my entire life. As of tonight, I have graduated high school!” he wrote.  In short, finishing his education made him as elated as winning a Grammy.


  • Vaughan Road Academy: VRA is a Toronto school located in the multicultural Oakwood-Vaughan neighborhood of Toronto. Since 1998, Vaughan Road Academy has offered all students a chance to join its international baccalaureate program. For any future Drakes, the school recently launched its INTERACT program; this highly-flexible program offers the artistically minded a chance to pursue their dreams. The Toronto District School Board’s website starts the school’s summary by saying, “Vaughan Road Academy holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the community and its students.”

Nikki Haley’s Educational Background

Why She’s Earned Our Notice:

On January 27, 2017, Namrata Haley, better known as Nikki, became Trump’s U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In her new role, she’s responsible for protecting U.S. interests at meetings of the United Nations. Nikki Haley previously served as the Governor of South Carolina. She’s one of only two Indian-Americans in U.S. history, and the first woman in South Carolina, to hold a gubernatorial position.  In 2016, Time magazine singled her out as one of the year’s most influential people.

Personal Life and Education:

Born January 20, 1972, Nimrata Randhawa is a second-generation Indian-American. Her father, Ajit Sing Randhawa, worked as a professor at Voorhees College. Her mother, Raj Randhawa, would go on to open her own clothing shop in 1976. At the age of 12, Haley started to help out in her mother’s clothing shop. The Economist characterized Nikki Haley as “an extreme watchfulness about overheads and a sharp aversion to government intrusion.”

Nikki Haley graduated from the local Orangeburg Preparatory Schools in 1989. After that, Nikki enrolled at Clemson University to complete a B.S.in accounting. In 2015, the University of South Carolina granted Nikki Haley an honorary doctorate in public service. As governor, Haley supported a variety of initiatives meant to improve school performance.

While raised a Sikh, Haley converted to Christianity in1996. She’s currently married to Michael Haley and mother to two children.

School Profiles:

  • Orangeburg Preparatory Schools: Orangeburg Preparatory Schools, Inc. is a college-preparatory institution serving students in preschool to twelfth grade. The staff at this highly-rated institution make it their goal to provide a high-quality and comprehensive education. Its current dual-campus structure resulted from the 1986 merger of Wade Hampton and Willington Academies.
  • Clemson University (CU): Based out of South Carolina, CU serves more than 20,000 students across its seven academic schools. Classed as a school with high-research activity, U.S. News & World Report ranked Clemson 23rd out of the country’s public universities.
  • University of South Carolina (USC): USC is a public research university based in South Carolina. Its main campus covers more than 300 acres of downtown Columbia. While not as highly-ranked as Clemson, USC is consistently ranked as an “up-and-coming” university by the S. News & World Report. The school also possesses one of the best-rated international business programs in the country. The school currently serves 33,000 students across its more than 350 programs.

Mick Mulvaney’s Educational Background

Who the Heck is Mick Mulvaney?

Confirmed on February 16, 2017, John Michael “Mike” Mulvaney is the current director for the Office of Management and Budget (OBM). In his newest role, Mulvaney oversees and manages the budgets of various federal agencies. Furthermore, it’s his job to prepare and coordinate activities surrounding the President’s annual budget. With over 10 years’ experience in the South Carolinian legislature, Mulvaney was the first Republican in more than 100 years to represent the state’s 5th congressional district. Before discovering his passion for politics, Mike worked as a lawyer out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Experts estimate his net worth at approximately $2.6 million dollars.

How Educated Is He?

Shortly after his birth, Mulvaney’s family moved to Indian Land, South Carolina. While there, the future OMB director attended and graduated from Charlotte Catholic High School.

After earning his high school diploma, Mulvaney enrolled at Georgetown University to complete his degree in International Economics, Commerce, and Finance. He would go on to graduate with honors in 1989. However, his pursuit of enlightenment did not end there. Mick enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to obtain his law degree. With the help of a full-ride scholarship, he graduated in 1992.

School Profiles:

  • Georgetown University: Georgetown is a private research university situated in the heart of Washington D.C. Since its founding in 1789, the university’s grown to include nine separate schools and forty-eight programs of study. Its nearly 18,000 students have access to some of the largest student-ran businesses in the world. This prestigious university only admits 16.4-percent of applicants. So, before you apply, make certain you have all your ducks in a row.
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill: One of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina systems, UNC’s been open since 1795. This fact makes it one of the oldest public universities in the United States. Its nearly 30,000 students can choose from nearly 70 majors spread across 14 different colleges. All undergraduates spend their first two years focused wholly on the liberal arts. Of its more than 550 organizations, its student-run newspaper, student-run radio station, and men’s basketball team receive the most publicity.


Betsy DeVos’ Educational Background

Why She Deserves Our Notice:

Sworn in as the Secretary of Education on February 7th, Betsy DeVos is just another controversial pick in an already eclectic cabinet. Best known for her vehement support of for-profit, private, and charter schools, DeVos is also a strong proponent of parental choice and school autonomy.  Many people worry that her policies will hurt public schools. While she admitted to being skeptical about the federal government’s roles in such institutions, the staunch Republic went on to insist that “great public schools” should remain available to all families. Until her resignation or the end of the Trump era, she will serve as the driver of educational policies in the United States.

Before assuming her current role, DeVos held a variety of positions in both the private and public sectors. From 1996 to 2000, and again from 2003 to 2005, she served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican party. She was also integral in helping to advocate for and build the well-regarded Detroit charter school system. Throughout the years, Betsy has held high-ranking positions in many educational organizations. Her family also supports a charitable foundation that aims to drive change in education, community, arts, leadership, and justice.  A number of large donations to the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation

Personal Life:

DeVos was born to Elsa and multi-billionaire industrialist, Edgar Prince, on January 8th of 1958.  Suffice to say, her childhood was one of both affluence and opulence. It was also heavily steeped in religion. Betsy was raised a devout member of the Christian Reformed Church of North America. She’d go on to be influenced by one of the founding fathers of Christian Democracy, Abraham Kuyper. This wealthy heiress had to educate more than just her spirit; she had to nurture her mind as well.

She completed her primary education at Holland Christian High. Shortly after her graduation, she enrolled at the Michigan-based Calvin College.  While there, Betsy was highly active in both school politics and academics. Four years later, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. At this time, she’s made no effort to continue her education.

Her family is one of Michigan’s wealthiest. Her husband, Richard Marvin “Dick” DeVos Jr., is the heir to the Amway fortune and a major donor to conservative political causes.  His father, who owns the Orland Magic, is the 88th wealthiest individual in the United States. In addition to being the wife of a wealthy business owner, Betsy is a mother to four grown children. All of them, unsurprisingly, attended private schools.


  • Holland Christian High School: Holland Christian High School is the only grade 9 to 12 building in the Holland Christian Schools system. While the district started in 1901, this building was not opened until 1924. This school offers students more than 11 different clubs, a renovated auditorium, and an advanced science lab. More than 90-percent of students that graduate from this private school attend college. In 2009, this building was home to roughly 850 students.
  • Calvin College: Founded decades before Holland Christian High School, Calvin College has been continually operating since 1876 Named after famous Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, this liberal arts college comes with a religious slant. Recently, the school has added a new political science building, a conference center, and a high-end hotel. Enrolled students can choose between more than 109 different majors. The school currently serves around 4,000 students.


Ryan Zinke’s Educational Background

                  Ryan Zinke

Why They’ve Earned Our Notice:

On March 1st, Mark Zinke joined Donald Trump’s cabinet as the Secretary of the Interior. In doing so, he becomes the 52nd person to hold that position and the first Montanan to occupy a cabinet position. Before joining the current administration, this Navy SEAL served two years in the Montana Senate and two more in the legislature. While in the house, Zinke used his power to support troops in the Middle East and battle against both the affordable care act and more stringent environmental regulations. In his new job, he’s responsible for the management and conservation of our nation’s national resources. Considering his pessimistic views on both climate change and environmental protectionism, his nomination is rather ironic.

Zinke made a name for himself in the military. In 22 years, he rose from the rank of a Navy SEAL to that of a Navy Commander. In 2004, he was elected as the acting commander of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in the Arabian Peninsula. Less than four years later, he would establish the Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command and work as its “Dean” until his 2008 retirement. For his more than two decades of service, he was awarded two Bronze Stars, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals.

While serving as commander, Mark founded a property management company by the name of Continental Divide.  He would late pass this company on to his family and retain an advisory role.

Personal Life and Education:

While he was born in Bozeman, Ryan spent most of his young life growing up in Whitefish. The son Ray Dale Zinke and Jean Montana, Ryan grew up in an All-American, “blue collar” family. By the time, he reached high school, however, his football skills earned him the notice of numerable college recruiters. He would go on to play linebacker, and later offense, for the University of Oregon.

In 1984, Zinke graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. After taking a few years off, he would go on to earn a Master of Business Administration from National University in 1993. Ten years later, he enrolled at the University of San Diego to complete a Master of Science in Global Leadership.

Zinke is currently married to his wife Lolita and father to three adult children. He splits his time evenly between Washington D.C., his hometown, and Santa Barbara.

School Profiles:

  • University of Oregon: Commonly referred to as UO or Oregon, this public research university is nestled in the heart of Eugene, Oregon. Founded in 1876, this university has been classified by Carnegie as a hotbed of “research activity” and is home to the oldest honors college in the United States.
  • National University: Founded in 1971, this nonprofit institution is currently headquartered in La Jolla. NU offers a wide variety of courses for adult learners across its numerous campuses. Classes are typically no more than a month long. This school offers heavily reduced tuition to active members of the military.
  • University of San Diego: This private Roman Catholic University allows gives its students a choice between more than 42 majors.  USD’s undergraduate programs have been recognized by many publications, including Bloomberg Businessweek, for their academic rigor.  By and far, however, USD’s MBA is its claim to fame.


Wilbur Ross’ Educational Background

Why He Deserves Our Notice:

On February 28th of 2017, this well-known American investor joined Trump’s cabinet as the United States Secretary of Commerce. He’s best known for his work restructuring failing companies in the steel, coal, telecommunications, and textile industry.  Ross’ work with bankrupt, financially insecure companies, has earned him a new moniker: “King of Bankruptcy”. A recent Forbes article estimates his net worth at approximately $2.5 billion dollars. His ability to turnaround laggard businesses and profit will prove useful to the man in charge of promoting our country’s economic growth.

Personal Life and Education:

Wilbur Ross was born in Weehawken, New Jersey on November 28th of 1937.  His father, Wilbur Ross, was a lawyer, and his mother, Agnes, a school teacher. The little family of three spent most of their son’s younger years in the white picket fence suburbs of New Jersey. That did not mean, however, that their son was confined there. Every day, Wilbur would commute two hours to attend Xavier High School all the way out in Manhattan. He would later go on to lead the school’s rifle team.

His preparatory school did its job. Less than a year after graduating from high school, Wilbur Ross enrolled at Yale University to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree. While there, he helped edit a literary magazine and run one of the institution’s radio stations. After four years at one Ivy League institution, Ross enrolled at Harvard to pursue his MBA.

Since his education ended, Wilbur Ross has joined a variety of organizations. He’s been a director of the Turnaround Management Association and also led the cult-like Kappa Beta Phi.   He also received a variety of awards including the Order of Industrial Service Merit, the American Irish Historical Society Gold Medal, and a medal for the Order of the Rising Sun. His marriages have not been so worthy of accolades, however. Wilbur has been divorced on two separate occasions.

School Profiles:

  • Yale University: A private research university located in New Haven, Yale is one of America’s best-known institution. Founded in 1701, it’s also one of the country’s oldest. The school’s roughly 12,000 students can choose from 14 constituent schools. By volume, Yale has the third-largest academic library in the country. Its alumni include 19 Supreme Court justices, 5 Fields Medalists, 5 US Presidents, and 52 Nobel Laureates.
  • Harvard University: About 100 years older than Yale, Harvard was established in 1636. Its mixture of academic rigor, influence, history, and wealth have made it one of the world’s most renowned universities.  Its 210-acre campus serves more than 20,000 students every year. Its alumni include 242 Marshall Scholars, 359 Rhodes Scholars, and eight US Presidents. For anyone looking for a degree with prestige, look no further.

Sonny Perdue’s Educational Background

                         Sonny Perdue

Why He’s Earned Our Notice:

The first Republican Governor of Georgia since the end of the Civil War, Sonny Perdue is Trump’s current nominee for the 81st Secretary of Agriculture. A lifelong politician by trade, this native-born Georgian has served both in the state senate and as a captain the US Airforce.

Currently, Perdue works as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center and operates his own exportation company. If his bid for the cabinet is successful, Sonny will become responsible for both agricultural subsidies and food safety.

Personal Life and Education:

George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III came into the world on December 20th of 1946.  He’s also kind of a homebody. More than seventy years after his birth, he still lives in his hometown of Bonaire, George.  As his first cousin, US Senator David Perdue can tell you, his cousin really dislikes his given name. Even as governor, he signed all official documents as “Sonny”.

Being the quarterback at Warner Robins High School, one could say that Sonny was something of a local celebrity. Even if he wasn’t, his skills on the gridiron earned him the notice of recruiters at the University of Georgia (UGA). While there, Perdue joined as a member of Kappa Sigma. Graduating about four years later, he’d go on to enroll in the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Before discovering his entrepreneurial spirit, and starting three small business, Perdue worked as a veterinarian.

Now, Perdue is a father of four and grandfather to fourteen. Even at the ripe old age of seventy, he can be found flying his helicopter and participating in a wide array of sports. Experts estimate his current net worth at around six million dollars.

School Profiles:

  • University of Georgia: UGA is a national research university located on a nearly 800-acre campus just outside of Athens, Georgia. The 2017 U.S. News and World Report, ranked the University of George as the 18th best public university in the nation and many consider it to be on par with some of the Ivy Leagues. In 2015, UAG boasted a student populating of roughly 40,000. With more than 140 majors to choose from, the school has something for everyone.

David Shulkin’s Educational Background

Why He’s Earned Our Notice:

The current US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the senate unanimously confirmed Shulkin on February 14th of 2017. Before becoming a member of the cabinet, this former CEO worked as the Under Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs for Health. He’s also a fellow with the American College of Physicians and the Leonard Davis Institute in Health Economics. While practicing medicine, Shulkin received numerous awards from both Modern Healthcare and the Healthcare Forum.

In his new position, Shulkin retains sole responsibility for ensuring veterans get the services they need. This includes access to health care services, benefits programs, job postings, and national cemeteries.

Personal Life and Education:

David Jonathon Shulkin was born at Fort Sheridan on June 22nd of 1959.  Considering his current position, a childhood spent on a US Army base will likely prove invaluable. His father, an Army Psychiatrist, continued to work at Sheridan throughout his son’s childhood. Perhaps inspired by the older man’s work, David Shulkin set his sights on medical school.

After graduating from high school, Shulkin enrolled at the Massachusetts-based Hampshire College to complete his Bachelors of Arts degree.  In 1982, he graduated from his original alma mater. Without so much as a gap year, Shulkin immediately enrolled at Drexel University to complete his MD. In 1986, David completed his degree and began his internship at Yale University. His residency followed.

Currently, Shulkin’s married to dermatologist, Merle Ban.

School Profiles:

  • Hampshire College: A private liberal arts college located in Massachusetts, Hampshire originally opened as part of an experiment in higher education. Even now, this school is best known for its highly liberal beliefs and out-of-the-box curriculum. They put little stock in grades and prefer portfolios to essays. Out of all the colleges in the USA, it’s 30th in the percentage of its graduates who go on to obtain doctorate degrees.
  • Drexel University: Drexel University is a well-known research university based in Philadelphia. Founded in 1891 by Anthony Drexel, the school’s undergone a variety of name changes. This institution offers 170 different majors stretched across its graduate, doctoral, and undergraduate programs. This school’s intensive co-op program has earned it plenty of accolades.
  • Yale University: Part of the American Ivy League, Yale is a school known for its high-quality academics and long history. Started all the way back in 1716, it’s the third oldest university in the US.  Currently, this institution is split into 14 separate schools of thought; twelve out of these fourteen programs are devoted to professions. As of 2015, the school boasted a student population of roughly 12,000.

Scott Pruitt’s Educational Background

Why He’s Earned Our Notice:

Confirmed on February 17th of 2017, Scott Pruitt is our nation’s newest Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. In his new position, Pruitt assumes responsibility for protecting both the environment and human health through legislation; to accomplish this goal, former administrators have passed items including the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Endangered Species Preservation Act, and the Air Pollution Control Act. Like much of Trump’s cabinet, Pruitt’s appointment sparked controversy. In his time as the Attorney General of Oklahoma, Pruitt stood in opposition to both the EPA agenda and the scientific consensus on climate change.

In other words, he’s the fox in the henhouse.

Personal Life and Educational Background:

Edward Scott Pruitt came into the world on May 9th of 1968. While born in Danville, he grew up in Lexington. At Lafayette, where he attended high school, the future politician made a name for himself on the gridiron and the baseball diamond. His sportsmanship earned him a baseball scholarship to the University of Kentucky. However, after just a year there, he transferred to Georgetown College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in both political science and communications.

After graduating from the university of Kentucky in 1990, Pruitt enrolled at the University of Tulsa to complete his Juris Doctorate. He completed his last degree in 1993.


  • University of Kentucky (UK):  The UK is a public co-educational institution located in Lexington. In addition to being the largest college in Kentucky, it’s also the best ranked for research activity. As of 2016, the school offered 93 undergraduate, 99 masters, and more than 60 doctoral programs. In the past decade, UK has turned much of its funding towards increasing its research activity.
  • Georgetown College: With less than 2,000 students on campus, Georgetown has little in common with UK. This tiny, private liberal arts college, which is still affiliated with the Baptist church, was one of the first Baptist colleges west of the Allegheny Mountains. While limited in graduate programs, attendees have a wide array of undergraduate degrees to choose from. Since 1989, Georgetown produced 38 Fulbright Scholars and five Rhodes Scholars.
  • University of Tulsa: Well-regarded for its programs in English and engineering, the University of Tulsa is a private institution located in Oklahoma. The school is responsible for the Gilcrease Museum, one of the largest collection of Western art in the world. The college currently six separate colleges and a wide array of both graduate and undergraduate programs. The 2016 U.S. News and World Report ranked Tulsa as 86th in the nation. Bloomberg has also ranked the school number one for providing high amounts of aid to its business students.

Eric Trump’s Educational Background: Where Did Eric Trump Learn his Trade?

Why He Deserves Our Notice:

Like many in his family, Eric Trump found his success in the world of business. He’s starred beside his father on The Celebrity Apprentice and currently serves as a trustee of the Trump organization. With his controversial father running the Whitehouse, it falls upon the shoulders of Eric and his brother to run his multi-billion dollar corporation.  In 2012, Forbes recognized Eric as their top “30 under 30” in real estate. He’s also known for his involvement in a variety of charities. Since establishing the Eric Trump Foundation in 2006, he’s donated over 30 million dollars to defeating childhood cancer.

Personal Life:

Eric Frederick Trump was born to Donald and Ivana Trump on January 6th of 1984. After his parents’ divorce, he spent much of his time with his maternal grandparents. In interviews, Eric has made it clear that his parents were much too busy to be present. Much like his other siblings, he was an honor student who did well both in school and on the field. As he grew, he developed an interest in things such as golf, hunting, and sports. A simple Google search will result in plenty of pictures with him beside big game trophies. While he remained unmarried for much of his life, Eric tied the knot with long-term girlfriend, Lara Yunaska, in 2014.

He currently holds a bachelor’s degree.


  • Trinity School:  Eric Trump attended this highly-selective, New York-based private academy until 1995.  Claiming a founding date of 1709, Trinity is the oldest continually operated school in New York City. The school receives a lot of accolades yearly and has held Forbes’ title for best college preparatory school in the United States.  This school serves nearly a 1000 students yearly in grades ranging from kindergarten to high school senior.
  • The Hill School:   In 1996, Eric transferred to complete his education at this Pennsylvania-based Hill School. In addition, he served on its board until moving on to other things in 2013. This private, coeducational institution has been in continual operation since opening its doors in 1851. The school offers nine academic departments and nearly 30 advanced placement courses. Over a typical year, The Hill School serves around 500 students across its 200-acre campus.
  • Georgetown University:  His choice in secondary education came as a shock to much of his family. Instead of attending Penn State, he applied for and was accepted to, Georgetown University. After four years, he graduated with a degree in finance and management.  While not as well known for its business programs as Penn State, Georgetown is a reputable university.  Its main campus hosts nine different undergraduate and graduate schools.  The school’s known for its ability to produce diplomats and highly-regarded members of congress.


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