End-of-year celebrations for Pathways to College focused on high school Scholar achievements, including annual student awards, recognition for participating Scholars, games, reflections and fellowship.
Despite the continued challenges of the pandemic, Pathways to College continued a 19-year legacy of providing a safe place to be smart for students of color in under-served communities. Since 2003, 100% of graduating Scholars have earned acceptance to at least one college. The Class of 2022 earned more than $1.5 million in college scholarships.
Highlights from the 2021-2022 school year include the following:
- Expanded proven supports for college and life success to all comprehensive public high schools in Newark, New Jersey.
- Led national conversation about preparing students of color for college and life success in a keynote by President Judith Berry Griffin, a former McGraw Prize winner.
- Maintained connections between Scholars and teachers during school building closures due to the omicron variant.
- Celebrated the first anniversary of the fully virtual National Scholars Program.
- Launched a new student leadership opportunity through Scholar Ambassadors.
- Published 30 Scholar and alumni writers and artists from four states in Scholar Voices literary magazine.
- Honored with the Luminary Award for organizational excellence and the SEL in Action grant for social and emotional learning supports.
Pathways to College helps Scholars develop the critical thinking skills and habits of mind that research indicates are necessary for academic and career success. Hallmarks of the proven, research-based after-school program include a focus on African American and other high school students of color; a caring, family environment; a 100% college acceptance rate for graduating Scholars; and applicant selection based on potential, not necessarily prior performance.
High school students of color in grades 9-11 may apply to Pathways to College.
Donations to put additional Scholars on the pathway to college are currently doubled through a matching program from the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation.
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Contact: Alyssa Alston, Director of Communications | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202-924-1691
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.