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College-bound, low-income students discuss summer melt
St. Paul, Minn. — Although college is still three long months away, high school graduates have a lot to do this summer before they step onto campus. Hear the stories of low-income college-bound seniors across the country as they prepare for their freshman year. Join us for a roundtable webcast on June 3 at 2-3 p.m. EDT.
College Possible, an organization working to create a more diverse freshman class at America’s colleges this fall, is supporting over 1,500 first-year students across the country who have already earned over $1 million* in scholarships for the coming academic year.
College Possible students graduate at rates ten times higher than their peers, positioning them to earn 1 million dollars more over a lifetime. Summer Bridge sessions—designed to tackle everything from enrollment paperwork to scholarship applications and the social transition to college—pay off big as the organization’s answer to “summer melt,” or the summer-time drop out of incoming freshman. Across the country, 20 percent of incoming freshman “melt away” over the summer and students facing financial, cultural and logistical challenges are at the greatest risk. 94 percent of College Possible Summer Bridge participants enroll in college.
“Summer deadlines have the potential to derail our students, many of whom are working full time, caring for younger siblings and managing responsibilities beyond those of a typical teenager. Their coaches ensure that they have the time and information to stay on track. This dramatically improves their chances of making it, pursuing their dreams and meeting a growing need for qualified workers,” said Jim McCorkell, College Possible Founder and a first-generation college graduate.
“The fact that I have a lot of responsibility for someone my age means I’ll be ready for anything that college throws at me,” says, Rachel a College Possible student. “It also means that I need my coach’s support and advice to juggle it all. I know now that I need to make this summer count!”
A recent Harvard University evaluation shows that College Possible’s approach is effective and that students served are significantly more likely to enroll in a four year college. This means that more low-income students can prepare for and graduate from college with the help of College Possible and that the organization’s year-round dedication to students pays off.
Wednesday, June 3
Roundtable: 1-2 p.m. CST, 2-3 p.m. EDT
Interviews: 2-3 p.m. CST, 3-4 p.m. EDT, or as scheduled
Summer Bridge Sessions: Afternoon or evening (additional Summer Bridge sessions occur throughout June)
College-bound College Possible students, their coaches, low-income college grads and our CEO and Founder Jim McCorkell, who is also a first-generation college graduate.
Join us for a Google Hangout session by visiting CollegePossible.org/Roundtable on 6/3 at 1 p.m. CST, 2 p.m. EDT
WHAT is summer melt?
The summer-time drop out of incoming college freshman, an especially pronounced problem among low-income students
Read our Summer Bridge blog post.
College Possible leadership, coaches and college-bound students are available for interview.
*This figure will increase in the coming weeks as additional scholarships are secured and as two College Possible Gates scholars, awarded full tuition at their schools of choice, make their final enrollment decisions.
College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. College Possible operates in Minnesota, Milwaukee, Omaha, Portland, Philadelphia and Chicago.