As a former college president, each fall my mind turns to students for whom a college education can make a profound difference – if only they had the resources to attend and finish. I think of sacrifices some students make to continue their education: living in their cars or on friends’ couches or skipping meals. And, I think about those students who will not return to school because they cannot afford the full cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board.
Few non-profit organizations enjoy strategic and comprehensive partnerships that support its programs, improve the organization itself, and work hand-in-hand to affect tangible, lasting change in the lives of the people they serve. For the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), we have this type of relationship with Wells Fargo Bank.
Most families (97%) agree that the key to achieving the American Dream is through investing in their children’s college education. Yet, for a growing number of American families, meeting the full cost of college is an obstacle to achieving that dream.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., November 11, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Today, Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) and UNCF (United Negro College Fund) rallied students from three of the nation’s leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) —Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College — for an interactive town hall event to promote positive images of African American youth.
America’s future depends on our ability to train future generations to fill necessary workforce positions, and to continue innovating so that American businesses can meet new challenges and open new sectors. Yet, our country is not producing enough college graduates to meet the growing demand – 16 million too few by 2025, according to the Kresge Foundation.