Our students are getting into the most selective colleges and programs
Our students have received millions in institutional and private scholarships
When I began the cohort I only knew of the name brand schools—Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc.—all of which I applied to. I also applied to QuestBridge. I thought that with my grades and test scores (GPA 4.5; ACT 32), I would be offered admission everywhere. Boy, was I wrong! I had never heard of Hamilton College until Mrs. Wynn encouraged me to apply to their diversity weekend. During my visit to the campus, I fell in love with the entire Hamilton community. While I still applied to all of the name brands, Mr. Wynn encouraged me to go 'all in' and apply Early Decision to Hamilton. Thank God for Mr. and Mrs. Wynn's advice. My financial aid award is over $260,000 over four years and the anxiety of where I will be attending college is over. I am on my way to New York!Christian, Hamilton College
I was picking squash with my family as Migrant Farm Laborers when my Spanish teacher asked if I could return home early and attend a college planning boot camp at my school. Mr. and Mrs. Wynn not only introduced me to the Gates Millennium Scholar Program, but assisted me in writing the 8 essays. In April, 2016 I was selected as the 2nd Gates Millennium Scholar in the history of Florence County School District 3. Wow! As the first in my family to graduate from high school and attend college, I feel as though I am living a fairy tale.Rebeca, 2016 Gates Millennium Scholar, Francis Marion University
Dillard University was not on my list of schools and I had never heard of the MC Lyte Hip Hop Sisters Scholarship. However, as a result of participating in the cohort I quickly discovered that LSU and Florida State were unaffordable. The résumé and essay developed through the cohort helped me to become a strong candidate, as I was blessed to receive a full scholarship to the Dillard University dual degree program (Physics/Engineering), where I will complete a second degree at Georgia Tech. I found a place where I not only fit, but where everyone is pulling for my success. Mr. and Mrs. Wynn, I could not have done it without you.Justin, 2017 MC Lyte Scholarship Recipient, Dillard University
Thank you for being a part of my incredible journey. Not only did my participation in the cohort assist in my being offered the Presidential Scholarship to the dual degree program (Computer Science/Computer Engineering) at Xavier University of Louisiana, your guidance was invaluable in assisting my parents and me in deciding which of the incredible college and full scholarship opportunities was my best 'fit.' With my guaranteed internship each summer at Google, and returning to Georgia to complete my degree at Georgia Tech, I cannot say 'thank you' enough.Kyrah, Presidential Scholar, Xavier University of Louisiana
My journey has been incredible. I was offered over $2.5 million in scholarships, including full scholarships to Tuskegee, Wake Forest, and the University of Richmond; and generous financial aid awards to Williams, Swarthmore, Duke, and Davidson. I am happy to be attending the University of Richmond as a Richmond Scholar! Mr. and Mrs. Wynn were like a second set of parents.Kristen, Richmond Scholar, University of Richmond
I don't know where I would be without you. Honestly, when I first met you [Mr. and Mrs. Wynn], I had no idea what direction I wanted my life to go in, and now, I still have no idea. But, I have a college that will support that indecision and coach me through it. If you had told me that I would be going to the #1 ranked liberal arts college on a full scholarship, I would've been so confused and in disbelief. I still am! Aside from my parents, there is no one more instrumental in my high school journey than you and Mrs. Wynn.Loren, Williams College
As the first Gates Millennium Scholar in the history of Florence County School District 3, my grandmother and I will be forever grateful for your guidance into and through college. You have essentially, helped me with everything from my Gates essays, Meyerhoff Scholars interview, financial aid, and even moving into my dormitory. Oh, not to mention, helping me with my FAFSA and Gates funding each year that I have been in college. THANK YOU!Mikayla, 2015 Gates Millennium Scholar, UMBC Meyerhoff Scholar
I am so grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Wynn for all of the time they poured into me. This has been an extraordinary journey that I would have never had imagined to end with a full scholarship to Amherst College. I learned so much about the college planning process and so much about myself. Thank you, thank you, thank you!Brenna, Amherst College
I never imagined that something like this would be possible. I never imagined that I could be offered admission to schools like Northeastern, Bates College, and George Washington. Prior to joining the Cohort, I had resolved to attend school in South Carolina and to take out student loans. To become a ‘Torch Scholar’ and have a full scholarship is surreal. I am so grateful to the Florence County School District 3 College Planning Cohort Program. Without the program, and the support and guidance of Mr. and Mrs. Wynn, this would not have been possible.Damian, 2018 Torch Scholar, Northeastern University
Mr. and Mrs. Wynn, my family and I would like to thank you for all that you have done to assist me in my college journey. I am on a full scholarship at Francis Marion and looking forward to all that is yet to come.Catheryn, Francis Marion University
As a result of following the advice of Mr. and Mrs. Wynn, I am now on a full scholarship in the Claflin University Honors College. Mr. and Mrs. Wynn encouraged me to enroll at Claflin, work hard, and apply to the Honors College as a second-year student. With their advice and my hard work, I have no more student loans and am part of an extraordinary group of highly-motivated students.Hali, Claflin University Honors College
Wow! When we began the cohort at our church, I had no idea how intense the college planning process would be. Thank you for your patience and for guiding my mom and me through the many essays, applications, and expanding my college list. You encouraged me to put an HBCU on my list and Tuskegee offered me a full tuition scholarship. You encouraged me to put Vanderbilt on my list and now I am going from waitlist to a full scholarship! All that I can say is, 'Wow!'Travis, Vanderbilt University
I tell people all of the time about how your guidance in writing my college essay and preparing my résumé paved the way to my full scholarship at Xavier (LA). Being part of the cohort put me on a debt-free trajectory into medical school.Kyla, Drew Medical School
Senior year has been so stressful. With my AP course load and school activities, it has appeared overwhelming. However, I am so grateful that I was part of the Crossroads for Teens College Planning Cohort Program. Mr. and Mrs. Wynn exposed me to amazing college opportunities—liberal arts colleges, cooperative education programs, and honors colleges. My college list soared as I learned more and discovered my 'fit.' I am on my way to Boston and Northeastern University where I have received the Dean's Scholarship.Malathi, Northeastern University
When I began this process, I was dead set on attending North Carolina State. However, as I progressed through the process, explored the many available college options, and looked to find the right college 'fit,' I discovered George Mason University--a place where I believe I will have an extraordinary 4-year experience. Thank you so much for your guidance and support.Robert, George Mason
Mr. Wynn, I could have never imagined that you and Ms. Nina's guidance when I was a third-grader would result in 6 full college scholarships (Amherst, Duke, Princeton, Vanderbilt, Washington & Lee, and Williams) upon my graduation from high school. Like myself, many of the students at my high school had never heard of Williams College (or the full scholarship opportunity). However, now as a second-year, I have found the right place to learn, grow, and continue exploring my passions for math and science. My mother and I can never thank you enough for what you have done for us.Kimberly, Williams College
Mr. Wynn, thank you for guiding my journey into being selected as a Posse Scholar at Syracuse University. It was an extraordinary experience and now I am at Yale Graduate School on a Posse Foundation Fellowship. My parents and I can never thank you and Mrs. Wynn enough for all that you have done.Julian, Yale Graduate School
Mrs. Wynn, my family and I can never repay you for all that you have done, all of the prayers that you have prayed, and all of the guidance that you have provided. I would not have become a Gates Millennium Scholar without your guidance and support, and the many hours of commitment by you, Mr. Wynn, and my mom in editing and reviewing my essays. Well, my journey continues as I am on my way to Dental School.Brittany, 2014 Gates Millennium Scholar, University of Colorado Dental School
Mom and Dad, I guess it all started with me and my journey into, and through, Amherst College (Class of 2012). I am so proud of you for your laborious efforts in expanding postsecondary pathways for so many students. Who would have thought that I would now be a part of your counseling team.Mychal-David Wynn, Amherst College '12 BA English
Meet some of our success stories.
- Student Success StoriesLake City High School (SC)Many Full Scholarships
- The Corridor of ShameWhy the Lake City Success Stories are So SignificantMoving from pitying to informing
- Kristen S.2018 Richmond ScholarUniversity of Richmond, Biological Sciences
- Tyra G.Atlanta-area Cohort (Sophomore)Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project
- The Twins2018 Guilford County Schools CohortGuilford Technical Community College
- Aleah B.2018 Guilford County Schools CohortWinston-Salem State, Nursing
- Group Interview2018 Guilford County Schools JuniorsHigh School Juniors
- Otis B.2018 Northeastern Torch ScholarNortheastern University, Political Science
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The Foundation for Ensuring Access and Equity is a Community-based Organization (CBO).
Our mission is to provide research-based and research-responsive information and strategies to assist families, schools, and communities with making informed choices relating to college readiness, planning, and programming.
Our vision is to provide the guidance and programs that will result in students and families making informed college planning and college admission choices resulting in students gaining admission into the ‘right’ colleges and avoiding student loan debt.