The College Initiative provides $14K in scholarships to students - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

The College Initiative provides $14K in scholarships to students

Alexander Carrillo (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5) Alexander Carrillo (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
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Memphis high school graduates recently walked across the stage, accepted their diploma, and began their next step toward their futures, many are now trying to find ways to pay for college.

Ten deserving high school students earned a needed boost for their fall enrollment in college classes.

Thursday the Memphis-based nonprofit The College Initiative presented $14,000 in scholarships to the students who participated and excelled in its programs. 

For Alexander Carrillo, the money will be put to good use when he steps on the campus at UC Berkeley this fall.

"This program really pushed me to be a better individual," Carrillo said.

In addition to college scholarship money, The College Initiative program provides college preparation tools, mentorship, and assistance to high school students. 

According to Teach901, this is the fourth consecutive year that all of The College Initiative's graduating seniors have been accepted to college. All together, the program's seniors have been offered more than $15 million in financial assistance and have been accepted to more than 200 universities. 

According to The College Initiative's website, they provide tools for success to students in low-income areas with the ability to succeed.

"The College Initiative provides college-capable, low-income high school students with the tools and mentorship they need to successfully apply to and succeed in college. The College Initiative forms partnerships with school districts, energetic teachers, and college student volunteers to ensure that every student aspiring to go to college will have the opportunity to do so," states The College Initiative's website.

To learn more about The College Initiative, click here.

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