Welcome to the 2019 issue of Scholar Voices, the literary magazine of Pathways to College. Scroll down to read more

2019 Scholar Voices

Judith Berry Griffin, President, Pathways to College

Welcome to the 2019 issue of Scholar Voices, the literary magazine of Pathways to College.

We are so very pleased to share the creativity of our Scholars.  Because their words and images are striking and affecting in so many ways, selecting those to highlight was, as always, a joy as well as a stimulating challenge.  This year, for example, Wendy M. (East Side) wrote about decision-making and taking risks, in her poem, “Which Way Should I Go?”

I am going to step outside the person I am and take a chance…
I could go the left when nothing is right or go to the right where
nothing is left…”

Alexandra M. (Arts) contributed a rap: “U Got It.”

No more wishing for stars to fall,
you got to go and catch them, take them all…
You got it, yeah
You got it, you know you got it.
You got it, yeah.”

We know that expressing ideas is not always easy – even if the ideas are important and eagerly communicated.  But we continue to say that self-expression of all kinds is well worth the effort!  Writers and artists through the centuries have shared their thoughts and passed their ideas and stories on to people they would never meet but to whom they have given invaluable gifts of knowledge, inspiration, insight and enjoyment.  All of these gifts came to life in the same way – with an idea and the urge to keep it alive by sharing it with others.  Scholar Voices is our way to offer the gift of our Scholars’ stories and ideas to many others, both within and beyond the Pathways to College family.

And to our Scholars:  continue to tell your stories in writing, speaking and in art of all kinds.  In whatever form you choose to share them, your ideas are more important than you will ever know.

We are your cheerleaders!  Keep sharing!


Top Universities Meet Pathways Students in Gary, Indiana

The unique partnership between Pathways to College and the Gary Community School Corporation made headlines again. On May 12th Pathways brought 13 top Universities to Gary for a day long College Expo. College representatives introduced their institutions, provided first-hand information about the college search process, shared campus materials and participated in question and answer sessions with students and their parents at West Side Leadership Academy, Wirt/Emerson Visual & Performing Arts Academy, and their parents.

Colleges at the Expo included Fisk University; Hampshire College; Indiana University Bloomington; Indiana University Northwest; Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana; Michigan State University; Northwestern University; Oberlin College; Purdue University Calumet; Smith College; University of Chicago; University of Notre Dame and Wesleyan University.

The goal of the Pathways to College Expo was to introduce Gary’s students and parents to a select group of colleges and admissions officers in an environment conducive to personal interaction.

Pathways to College President, Judith Griffin believes, “It is important to encourage all students to see themselves as attractive potential applicants in whom colleges are interested.”

In return, she is confident that the Expo confirmed Gary, Indiana, as a viable area for identifying and recruiting qualified and interested students.

About the Partnership:
The Pathways to College/Gary Community School Corporation partnership is designed to expand the number of high school students in Gary attending and graduating from colleges and universities.

Pathways to College works after school with eight teacher/leaders and some 150 students in grades 9 – 11, known as “Scholars.” The mission of Pathways to College is to provide intensive, individualized coaching to help these students become the best college applicants, students and graduates they can be, and, through their example, encourage interest in college completion, school-wide.

The partnership’s first public event was a free showing of the film “Selma” at West Side High School hosted by the Pathways Scholars from West Side and Wirt/Emerson and open to the entire Gary community.

The work of Pathways to College is based on the conviction that the best measure of college readiness is college success and that expanding the number of citizens who hold college degrees or high-value certification equivalents is a critical step in establishing the economic and social health of any community.


Providing students with the information, guidance and support they need to become the best high school students, college applicants, and college students they can be.

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Pathways to College is the inspiration, motivation and hand up that helps bright young children of color realize their college aspirations. Educating our children has become a national crisis. Budget cuts and over-dependency on test scores have crippled many public schools, negatively affecting our society, crushing children’s dreams and our hopes for our country’s future. Yet, in even our most challenged school districts pockets of programmatic excellence can be found.

Pathways to College is one of those pockets of excellence. We provide a clear path for motivated students, guiding them through the college admissions process from application to campus visits to finding both the right college and the financial assistance needed. Along the way, we help our students become class leaders who motivate their peers, encourage academic excellence and help make their schools the best they can be.

We invite you to explore our website. Get to know us, our work and the students we serve. Introduce us to your friends, and to families whose children we can help. Pledge your support. Together, we can, and will, change children’s lives.


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