In a moment, I’m going to ask you to close your eyes. During the time that you have your eyes closed, I want you to think about your all-time favorite college memory.

Okay, go! I’ll wait.

Whether your mind drifted to the time your college or university won the big homecoming game or the day in the cafeteria that you met the love of your life or that sunny afternoon that you accidentally bumped into the person that would become your best friend, I know that you just got a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

Now imagine if that memory was stolen because midway through your academic career, your financial situation forced you to drop out.

A recent report on the college dropout rates featured some depressing statistics: 46 percent of those who enter a U.S. college fail to graduate within six years. Moreover, only 37 percent of African Americans graduate within 6 years.

The report, American Dream 2.0, asserts that during a time when college tuition is skyrocketing, financial aid is in decline.  As a result, student loan debt is at record highs. Since 2002, student loan borrowing has doubled. It is now at $113 billion.  Many students end up with large debt and no degree in the end.

Nowadays people spend more time talking about what they CAN’T do, problems they CAN’T solve and situations they CAN’T FIX. The HOPE Scholarship Initiative is solely focused on what we CAN do, problems we CAN solve and situations we CAN fix.

We don’t entertain impossibilities. As an organization, we understand that we CAN make an impact. We believe that everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic income, deserves access to a quality college education.

Consider donating to our cause by clicking here. A small donation from you could make a tremendous impact for several high-achieving students facing financial hardships.

Live HOPE. Give HOPE.