(PRNewswire) – Hundreds of young American minority college students in their final year of college are in immediate danger of not graduating.
“They have hit the economic wall and have nowhere else to turn,” said Pearl Algere-Lonian, Director of Financial Aid at Xavier University of Louisiana, one of the 38 historically black colleges and universities that are members of UNCF (United Negro College Fund).
To address the issue, UNCF initiated the CESA (Campaign for Emergency Student Aid) program in 2009, and hopes to raise at least $5 million in scholarship aid to help this year’s students. The average CESA grant is $1,600 per student, the difference between a dropout and a graduate.
“If we lose a student close to graduation, America loses because more often than not that student will not return to finish his or her studies,” said Dr. Beverly Hogan, president of Tougaloo College in Mississippi,
To learn more about CESA or to make a donation, visit http://give.uncf.org/cesa.