Coaching First-Generation Students Through College

By Claire Trageser and Aly Seidel, July 3, 2014, KPBS One-third of college students are the first in their families to enroll in college. But few of them graduate within six years, according to the Department of Education. One program is working to change that, one student at a time. Juma Ventures isn’t just trying to…

College Leaders Commit to Help One Million Low Income Students Attain College Degrees

By Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. Huff Post College, Posted: 06/30/2014 7:53 pm EDT Updated: 06/30/2014 7:59 pm EDT College leaders from across the country gathered at the College For Every Student (CFES) Center in Essex, NY on June 24-25 to develop strategies to help one million low-income students attain college degrees by 2025. “The ‘One Million More’ campaign grew out of the…

Centre College awarded $200,000 grant for first-generation students

Funds will help enrich experience for the school’s more than 130 first-generation students The Lane Report, Danville, Ky. (June 26, 2014) —
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation has awarded Centre College a $200,000 grant to support initiatives that enrich the experience of the College’s first-generation college students. Centre has more than 130 first-generation students currently enrolled at the colleges. Associate…

UBS Announces $10 Million Commitment to Support College Success through UBS NextGen Leaders

June 20, 2014 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Business Wire  NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UBS Americas today unveiled a $10 million, five-year commitment to establish a new education platform for improving college success among under-resourced populations. Commencing in three markets — New York, New Jersey and Connecticut — with an intensive program focused on young men of color, UBS…

Starbucks will pay tuition for many employees to finish college

Originally published June 15, 2014 at 4:24 PM | Page modified June 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM By Ángel González Seattle Times business reporter Starbucks, which already provides its legions of U.S. baristas with retirement benefits and company stock, is throwing in yet another uncommon perk in the service industry: a paid ride for the last…

College For Free: Tulsa’s Radical Idea

By CORY TURNER and CLAUDIO SANCHEZ (NPR ED) June 11, 2014 3:37 AM ET The average cost of one college year across all degree-granting intuitions in the U.S. was more than $19,000 in 2012, and we don’t need to tell you what direction the price is heading. Which means lots of students are now borrowing heavily to make college work….

Former White House Intern Joins Becky’s Fund

Posted on June 3, 2014 on BeckysFund.org, by Najaah Daniels  My name is Najaah Daniels and I am a survivor of domestic violence. Before my adoption in 2006, I grew up in the South Bronx with my biological parents. My mother, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, had two addictions: heroine and my father. My father manipulated his use of…

Who Gets to Graduate?

By Paul Tough, May 15, 2014, New York Times Magazine. For as long as she could remember, Vanessa Brewer had her mind set on going to college. The image of herself as a college student appealed to her — independent, intelligent, a young woman full of potential — but it was more than that; it…

For Minorities’ Educational Needs, Funding Lags Far Behind Effort

By Lovell A. Jones, May 5, 2014, Diverse Issues, •  No one can change the past, but we have the power to change the future if we set our minds to it. Today more than 90 percent of the nation’s population growth is from people of color. Yet we are failing to address the educational needs of…

From Red Storm To The White House (Inaugural FirstGEN Fellow Najaah Daniels)

By Livia Paula, Staff Writer, April 30, 2014, The Torch •  When St. John’s junior Najaah Daniels was working at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Easter Sunday, she met a 10-year-old boy who said he wanted to be a politician when he grows up. She was surprised; while politics and politicians are usually…