KIPP Alumni Celebrate Graduation and College Plans

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On Thursday, May 23, we celebrated 10 high school seniors on their high school graduations and upcoming college plans. All ten scholars are members of the Ujima Scholars Program, a two-year college-prep program that was formed when US Bank and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) joined forces to address the need for an expanded pipeline of college-educated professionals of color who are prepared to fill positions at Minnesota companies.

KIPP Minnesota was selected to pilot the Ujima Program, named for a Swahili word that means collective work and responsibility, and was awarded a two-year grant to enhance the existing KIPP Through College (KTC) program. KTC High School Advisor Maya Zeigler managed the program; she met students for one-on-one meetings, organized college tours, and assisted students in finding meaningful summer jobs and internships. Students also participated in workshops for the ACT, resumes, college essays, and FAFSA prep.

All ten scholars will be attending college in the fall, with one choosing a Historically Black College or University. They plan to pursue careers in nursing, computer science, and medical reception, to name a few. Additionally, each Ujima Scholar will receive $5,000 every year of their undergraduate education for four years from the UNCF.

We are so grateful for this grant awarded to our KTC program. Thank you US Bank and UNCF for your demonstrated commitment to supporting students of all backgrounds pursue college education and, ultimately, choice-filled lives.

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