Brighter Horizon’s mission is to support high school students in becoming the first in their family to pursue a four-year college education. With a focus on academic achievement, mentoring, and financial need, the Organization seeks to open opportunities for underserved youth to whom a four-year degree would otherwise be inaccessible.
Our Organization fulfills this mission through a hands-on approach to college preparation, entrance testing, application processes, financial aid, and mentoring, in addition to internship and full-time employment assistance for first-generation students throughout their education.
Brighter Horizon Scholar
Being the first in my family to graduate from college will not only change my life, but the lives of others around me. I had to overcome many obstacles, including losing my mother. Thanks for helping me to make a difference in this world.
of African-American students are first generation students, while 61% of Latino students and 25% of white and Asian-American students belong to this demographic.
Research shows significant differences in enrollment, degree attainment and finances for students whose parents have a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to students whose parents have little or no college experience.
of first-generation students enrolled in just two-year schools compared to only 32% of students whose parents had at least a bachelor’s degree.
First-generation students demonstrated lower rates of college readiness in key academic areas compared to their non-first-generation peers, putting them at a higher risk of failing out of college.
of low-income, first-generation college students will have a college degree within six years of enrolling in school compared to 55% of their peers who were not low-income or first-generation students.
First-generation students are borrowing from the federal government at increasing rates to pay for their education (from 15% in 1997 to approximately 37% in 2013).