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Education First introduces College Coaching for Scholars

Many of our scholars are the first in their families to go to college. It's new, unfamiliar and there is always a risk of dropping out. Education First is addressing this problem by investing in one-on-one, personalized coaching beginning with our 2015 scholarship winners through the Austin-based College Forward organization.

The college coaches provided by College Forward are specially trained, recent college graduates who can easily relate to the types of issues our scholars might face. They will work with our scholars to build trust, bolster motivation, and deliver personalized strategies for setting and achieving academic goals.

In addition, the college coaches will assist our scholars with class selection, applying for financial aid, and any other challenges that may crop up on the path to graduation.

"This fall our scholars will be heading off to college with a real advantage. We believe that having access to college coaches will give them the edge they need to earn their degree," said Chris Bryan, Education First's co-founder and executive director. "We’re currently raising funds for this program, which will cost around $500 per year, per student, for unlimited college coaching. Think of it as a graduation gift to our scholars – with life-changing benefits!"

To make a tax-deductible donation for Education First's College Coaching program, please click here.

Recently, Education First caught up with scholarship winner Vanessa, who is completing her senior year at the University of California San Diego. Watch her reaction when asked what she would prefer if she had the choice between more scholarship money or a college coach:

Recent Scholarship Winners

Diana Rivera
Diana Rivera
Jefferson High School
Community College of Denver
Diana moved from Mexico at age 15 to escape drug cartel dangers and had to learn English… Read more...

Michelle Diaz
Michelle Diaz
Los Angeles
Manual Arts High School
Univ. of California, Riverside
Growing up in a single parent household, Michelle frequently took responsibility for taking care of her two sisters… Read more...

Past Scholars —
Where Are They Now?

Thank you for the support you provided me during my time at California State University, Los Angeles, and for helping me to become the first one in my family to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. I got hired by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power a few weeks after finishing with school. My achievements were possible by your help and support. Thank you so much.

~ Jairo Guerrido, 2010 Winner
(Manual Arts High School, Los Angeles)

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