Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation Awards $40,000 to Pathways to College

Generous donation helps youth-focused nonprofit exceed matching challenge 

Pathways to College has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation. The gift was pivotal in helping Pathways exceed a matching challenge from the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation.

The grant supports the work of Pathways to College to prepare African American and other high school students of color living in under-resourced communities for success in college and throughout life. Since 2003, Pathways to College has nurtured the dreams of nearly 4,800 “Scholars” through an after-school program that provides coaching in the critical thinking skills and habits of mind that research indicates are necessary for academic and career success.

“We thank the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation for investing in the power of education to transform lives,” said Judith Berry Griffin, founder and president of Pathways to College. “This generous gift will help turn opportunity into achievement for more Scholars of color as our leaders of tomorrow.”

While only 30% of students enter Pathways having been identified as “high achieving,” fully 100% of graduating Scholars earn college acceptance. A hallmark of Pathways is applicant selection based on potential, not standardized test scores or specific prior performance. In addition, the Pathways family of Scholars and teachers creates a warm and compassionate, safe and accepting learning environment.

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Pathways to College is an after-school program providing information, guidance and support to help African American and other students of color become the best high school students, college applicants and college students they can be to prepare for lifelong success. Although we welcome all students of color, we focus on under-served African American high school students, whose potential has been marginalized for generations.