First-generation college-goers earn scholarships through Community Foundation

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As the new school year begins, nearly 200 college students are heading back to class with funding from Community Foundation scholarships. Almost $600,000 has been awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year.

A total of 584 students applied for scholarships this year and 85 new awards were made, totaling $256,150. In addition, 111 students received funding through renewable scholarships totaling $333,000.

2019-2020 scholarship recipients by the numbers:

  • 26% are first-generation college-goers in their families
  • 70% are female, 30% are male
  • 85% are students of color
  • 15% of awards are to students at Spelman College, in large part through our George and Pearl Strickland Scholarship Fund that benefits students attending Atlanta’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The Community Foundation manages nearly 20 different scholarship funds. Yet it’s typical that applications for our scholarships far exceed the amount we’re able to award. If you’re interested in using your fund to boost access to post-secondary education for students in our region, talk to your philanthropic officer.