The successful 12-year relationship between the College and Philadelphia futures, a non-profit that helps inner-city students get into and afford college was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
From The Inquirer:
"It's the right thing to do," said Janet Morgan Riggs, president of Gettysburg College. "We don't want to close our doors to students who have great potential but not the right financial wherewithal. And we benefit, too. . . . We're preparing students for personal lives and professional lives in a diverse world."
If it weren't for the program, Laurty Trawick said, his daughter likely would not be in college, even though Ashley graduated fourth in her class from Motivation High School with a 3.81 GPA.
"We didn't have the funds to send her," said Trawick, a retired city trash truck driver.
The program looks for students with academic potential and grit, Mazzotti said. In high school, Futures provides students with weekly sessions on study skills, SAT preparation, essay writing, and other topics. Each student has an adult mentor. Colleges host the students for summer programs.