The talent that the youth in our country possess is astounding. However, research shows that a child’s potential for success and innovation depends on their family background as well as their talent. So many children are held back from reaching their optimal success simply because their family may not be able to afford to send them to college.
It’s been proven that children whose parents are in the top 1% income class are 10 times more likely to become inventors as those in the bottom half of the income class. Imagine if all students had the same chance to succeed and go to college as those who could afford it? Imagine the entrepreneurs, the scientists, the doctors the world is missing out on.
Additionally, 90% of parents surveyed at Allegany County Schools believe that a college education was “very important” to their child, yet 90% had also indicated that they had not started saving for college.
This is the basis of our Next Generation Scholars program. Next Generation Scholars (NGS) is a state grant program established by Maryland House Bill 1403 (2016) that provides funding for college access through non-profit organizations to enhance college and career awareness and college completion for low-income Maryland high school students.
We help qualifying students by determining career interests; creating awareness of how high school preparation, college coursework completion and career goals connect; and offering exposure to career pathways through workforce volunteer learning engagements.
We deeply believe that every student who wants to succeed, should succeed. Through our Next Generation Scholars program, we’re helping to make that happen. Learn more about our program here.