Photo courtesy of Kenya Mosby

By Shelja Touri | AC JosepH Media

MOUNT LAUREL — It is a little-known fact that certain colleges and universities set aside supplementary financial resources for students who have demonstrated a history of community service.

Kenya Mosby, an esteemed business owner of Pelham Admissions Edge team, has amassed over two decades of experience in the field of undergraduate and graduate admissions. She has honed her craft at prestigious institutions such as Columbia University and William Paterson University.

Mosby provides important advice to clients including the significance of devoting a minimum of 50 hours annually to community service, preferably within an organization that aligns with the student’s desired field of study. This commitment should commence during the student’s first year of high school, as admissions officers are able to discern when activities have been added to an application in a last-minute effort to bolster its appeal.

Image courtesy of Kenya Mosby.

Other useful information from Mosby is that in the process of applying to colleges, crafting an essay that discusses one’s involvement in community service, as well as including a supplement that can be compared to a resume, which showcases the student’s contributions to said service. From her perspective, certain universities may provide acknowledgement of a student’s previous community service, provided there is a history of this type of engagement.

To improve the likelihood of your students’ success, she recommends engaging in philanthropic endeavors with groups that offer discreet monetary aid.


Mosby’s website offers access to discussions on future college admissions and seminars on the subject of crafting essays.

The Kenya Mosby File

  • Years in business: 3 Years
  • Specialize in: College Admissions and Financial Aid



1. FRNJ: What made you become a business owner?

Kenya Mosby: For over 20 years, I have worked in university admissions and financial aid for undergraduate and graduate programs at state, private, and elite institutions. Over time, I realized that many students were receiving poor information about how to prepare for and complete the admissions and financial aid processes. It can be very confusing. Students and parents asked the wrong questions at admissions events and submitted poorly written essays approved by their high schools or family members. Also, I noticed many started preparing for the process too late. Then, I would find them scrambling to mitigate mistakes from their first two years of high school.

 As a first-generation college graduate, I know what it is like to stumble through the process. As a university administrator, there was so much information that I could not share when recruiting for colleges, such as how the admissions committee makes decisions, how to write a compelling essay, and what applicant factors will incline scholarship committees to offer awards. So, I decided to start Pelham Admissions Edge to help students increase their chances for admission and scholarships from any college, empowering them with information far beyond having good GPAs and test scores.

2. FRNJ: Why did you select your current field?

Kenya Mosby: I grew up very poor and learned early on that education was a way to secure a bright future. While in college, I helped recruit students for my university and enjoyed it. So, I decided to pursue a career in college admissions. I found it rewarding to help others reach their goals. Over the years, I have worked with all types of students, from those who did not believe they could get into college to those who were highly competitive applicants. Daily, I have a chance to uplift all communities.

3. FRNJ: What do you enjoy the most about being a business owner?

Kenya Mosby: I enjoy the flexibility it provides in decision-making and scheduling my time.


4. FRNJ: How important is it for you to have positive Black role models in the business/ nonprofit world?

Kenya Mosby: It is essential because I will need to access a network of those rich in knowledge of best practices and moral support.

5. FRNJ: Anything else you would like to add?

Kenya Mosby: Additionally, since it is not just about my success, others will see these role models and will be encouraged to develop the subject matter expertise they need to follow their dreams and make a difference in the community.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Shelja Touri is an Australian migrant , an award winning diversity and inclusion champion from Burlington County and community leader. She’s an activist & a speaker with an academic background in social work that drives her passion for equity amongst the communities of color. She is the Executive Director & founder of the Diversity and Equal Opportunity Network and the current Secretary & community outreach for Southern Burlington County NAACP’s since February 2023.

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