Foundation Marks 16th Year of Investment in Pathways to College in Newark (NJ) with $15,000 Grant

Pathways to College has been awarded a grant worth $15,000 from the Novartis US Foundation for its work to affect health outcomes through higher education in Newark, New Jersey. The foundation has supported Pathways for 16 years.

“In the Novartis US Foundation, we have found a true partner dedicated to rigorous college preparation for overlooked youth of color,” said Judith Berry Griffin, founder and president of Pathways to College. “This investment not only strengthens the minds and bodies of our young people, it will positively impact their families and communities for years to come through the power of education.”

Pathways prepares 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.

While 70% of students enter Pathways without 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.