Preparation for college begins at HOME! Making time and space (at home or elsewhere) to think, read, write and be creative are necessary. The student who sets goals, explores curiosity, and seeks opportunities to learn will be doing the right things (even when the results are disappointing). Although we emphasize the value of college education, we know that many jobs require training and experience that are gained in other ways. People whose goals require college education should consider the full range of higher education institutions, and pay attention to their differences. If possible visit some colleges, and talk with students and graduates. Look for indicators of the roles people play, especially in leadership. In what positions are African Americans at the colleges you consider?
If you are seeking information or help planning and preparing for college, the College Board is an excellent resource! There are profiles of colleges, information about when to take standardized tests, and useful tools for postsecondary education planning. As the organization that administers the SAT, PSAT, CLEP and advanced placement exams, the College Board provides practice tests as well as advice about when and how to prepare for these tests. There is also information about applying and paying for college. Register and see the wealth of information available.
Formerly known as The United Negro College Fund, UNCF helps students with college by:
- awarding 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board;
- providing operating funds for its 38 member colleges, all of them small, private institutions that offer a small-college experience at tuitions that average more than 30 percent less than those at comparable colleges and universities; and
- serving as a national advocate for the importance of education for all Americans by serving as the voice of students of color through its annual television program, UNCF An Evening of Stars®, a national public service announcement campaign built around “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”® and commentary in national media.
This UNCF website has links to scholarships for eligible students.
This foundation offers many opportunities to help you start your career in public service.
Scholly is an online tool for finding scholarships.
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