What good is a college acceptance if you may never graduate because you can’t afford to finish? Worse, what happens to those stuck with student loan debt they incurred along the way, but have no degree to show for it?
One in three college freshmen will drop out due to a lack of resources according to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). This D.C. organization helps remove the financial obstacles for students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to obtain their degrees.
Some question the future or need for HBCUs though.
This week we’ll chat with Johnny C. Taylor, President and CEO of TMCF, about college completion, the challenges and promise of HBCUs, and his organization’s week of events highlighting opportunity for young people including a gala hosted by radio and TV personality Wendy Williams. This summer, Williams came under fire for questioning the need for HBCUs.
Watch the conversation, here
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Patrice Lee Onwuka is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum and a contributor to Bold Global Media.
Patrice has worked in policy, media, and consulting roles on youth and women’s issues. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, CNBC, Bloomberg, the Washington Times, the New York Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and other outlets. She is a regular guest on Fox News, Fox Business News, MSNBC, and PBS programs.
Patrice holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Tufts University and a master’s degree in economics and international relations from Boston College. Follow her @PatricePinkFile