Help impoverished children go to college by providing
mentoring from the fifth grade and supplemental college
funding upon graduation from high school.
How Does It Work?
Bright fifth graders from impoverished, single parent families are selected with the help of
Big Brothers Big Sisters. Mentors are provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters to mentor them
from the fifth grade through college. Funds are set aside in a Columbus Scholars Fund at
the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. to provide supplemental
funding to help meet their college needs.
Using existing groups and resources, Columbus Scholars does not have an administrative
staff. Mandatory monthly enrichment sessions provide additional education and other
cultural opportunities. A mandatory summer program teaches additional skills. Where Mentoring Meets Hope
Americans believe fundamentally in opportunity, and that each of our
nation’s children should achieve to the highest limits of his or her character
and intellect. This is true from shore to shore, from North to South. It is
true in Columbus.
But poverty and lack of parental involvement often create an achievement
gap between ability and performance. The most effective way to close this
gap is by providing long-term mentoring and guaranteeing college funding
for deserving students.
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