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College Scholars Program (African American Males)

Low academic achievement for African American males continues to be a significant societal problem. Nationally, only 59% of African American males graduate with a high school diploma (compared to 65% Latino and 80% White). Of the African American male students who go to college, only 35% attain a degree in 6 years (compared to 62% of white students). In fact, Black male college completion rates are the lowest among all racial/ethnic groups and genders in the U.S. According to the Pell Institute, Low income, first-generation African American male students performed worst, with a degree attainment rate of a dismal 11% in 6 years.

Since 1982, over $1,000,000 in cash assistance has been awarded, benefiting several hundred matriculating African American Male High School seniors. In addition participating students receive a dedicated mentor, coaching support, and career support.

Since 2010, our students have performed well above the national averages in graduation rates. An impressive, fifty-seven percent (57%) of our students acquired their undergraduate degrees within the first 4 years. Eighty-four percent (84%) have acquired or will acquire their degrees within six years, and less than four percent (4%) have dropped out of school.

An equally impressive percentage of our students have gone on to graduate/professional schools and/or moved immediately into the workforce often with the assistance of the BBF’s network of corporate and individual contacts.

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The Program’s Impact

  • Since 2010 $1.2 million has been awarded to African American male high school seniors in the Los Angeles area
  • Several hundreds of African American males have benefited from the Start-2-Finish program
  • Over 80% of our scholars graduate from college within 4 years
  • Scholars receive other scholarship and employment opportunities through BBF
  • Provides support in ensuring successful college completion

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