Brighter Horizon’s mission is to support first generation students in pursuit of a four-year college degree, or students earning an associate’s degree and a career in the trades.

Our Mission

Brighter Horizon Foundation’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty and close the wealth gap through higher education by providing comprehensive services to first-generation students seeking a four-year college degree, or an associate degree in the trades. We support students from underserved communities, and their families, through the various stages of the high school-to-college transition, throughout their college career and into living wage employment. All our Scholars graduate college debt free, or near debt free, to provide economic mobility as they begin the next stage of their lives.

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Brighter Horizon Scholar

Meet Malik

As part of my time in the foster care “system”, I was misdiagnosed with various mental health disabilities such as bipolar disorder and ADHD. So, I made a promise to myself. In high school I would learn everything I could about mental health. Then I would major in Psychology in college, work as a psychologist for a few years, and eventually become a Psychology professor. Brighter Horizon is one step towards that goal.

Did You Know?



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).



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