College Planning Cohorts
Expanding Access to Top Colleges and Top Scholarships
Our Cohorts Are Expanding Access and Changing Lives
- Brenna K.2018 Guilford County Schools CohortAmherst College, Biological Sciences/Art
- Justin M.2017 Turner Chapel AME Church CohortDillard University, Dual Degree Program
- Kristen S.2018 Guilford County Schools CohortUniversity of Richmond, Biology
- Damian L.2018 Florence School District 3 CohortNortheastern Torch Scholar
Northeastern University, Political Science
- Jordan F.2014 Turner Chapel AME Church CohortBoston University, Hospitality Management
- Cohort Student Success StoriesLake City Early College High SchoolFlorence County School District 3 (SC)
Getting into the ‘right’ colleges and acquiring the money to pay for college is about choices—good choices and poor choices; informed choices and not so-informed choices—that students make every day. One of our primary goals is to provide students (and families) with the information needed to make informed choices across such areas as how to plan for college, how to serve their communities, how to lead, and how to “Own the Process,” especially as it pertains to academic outcomes. While many thousands of students are in difficult schools, where they may lack books, materials, and a consistent or highly qualified teacher, they must choose to do their best and use their college essay to share their story and shed light onto their journey—making choices.
Our College Planning Cohort Program (TM) is provides middle school, high school students, and community college students with the information needed to make informed choices. Our program is supported by eLearning Lessons for grades 6 -8; 9 -10; Grade 11; Grade 12, and community college. Students may work directly with our foundation or through our faith- and community-based partners. We are also partnered with the Guilford County Schools (NC); Florence County School District 3; Pinellas County Schools (FL), and Antelope Valley College (CA). In addition to our year-long cohorts, we host College Planning Boot Camps for middle school and high school students each summer.
Our cohort students are choosing to be intentional in their college planning and are among the top performing and most motivated students in their respective middle schools and high schools; are measurably increasing their GPAs and SAT/ACT scores; are performing thousands of hours of community service and assuming leadership roles across an array of clubs, organizations, activities, and athletic teams; and are being offered admission and millions of dollars of scholarships to some of America’s most selective colleges and universities.
As a result of making informed college choices, our cohort students are assuming student loan debt at a rate far lower than the national average and graduating on time at a rate far higher than the national average. We are proud of the many hundreds of students with whom we have worked who are choosing to “Own the Process.”
Faith- and Community-Based Partners
ASA Guide Right (GA) • TCC Girl Scouts (GA) • Crossroads for Teens (GA) • World Victory International Christian Center (NC) • Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (NC) • United Ghana Christian Church (GA) • Turner Chapel AME Church Education Ministry (GA)
School District Partners
Community College Partners