College Possible

I don't recall giving much thought to the financing of college until I found myself shelling out a *lot of cash money for books, even by 1990's standards.  But the high school kids fortunate enough to be serviced by College Possible will be light years ahead of where I was as I entered my freshman year, which was scrambling for a job and scholarships at the last possible moment. 

Serving low-income students, it's an incredible program that partners with AmeriCorps members to provide high-school juniors and seniors twice a week counseling on the college application process, including SAT prep for the juniors and application assistance for seniors, as well as helping to identify resources for financial aid and scholarships.  The day I was there to photograph, they had a guest speaker from a local bank talking to the kids about budgeting and financial do's and dont's as a college student.

The Portland program was established a year ago, and has already impacted 150 Portland metro kids, with a goal of serving 1,600 by the five year mark.  And I know Portland's Executive Director, Suzanne Geary, {someone I hold in the highest regard both personally and professionally} along with her very inspired team, can make that happen.