Beyond increased scholarship funding, what plans does the Department of Education have to help students from underrepresented groups succeed in college?
This question comes from Jena Hershkowitz, a sophomore at Colby College and a Posse Scholar from Brooklyn, New York. Prior to her enrollment at Colby, Jena attended a wonderful, but large, overcrowded and underfunded public high school in Brooklyn. Despite her ambitions, strong academic standing and test scores, the challenges she faced at college far exceeded her expectations. Jena feels that without the support of the Posse Foundation and her peers on campus, she could not have set herself up to successfully graduate from college. She hopes that the federal government will take its responsibility to students from underrepresented groups one step further, to help these students not simply access college, but to support them once they are in college so that they can successfully graduate.