Underrepresented Students Scholarship

Although the number of underrepresented students enrolling in college has increased over the past decade there is still an alarming number of students of color that do not graduate from college. Studies show that some of the primary reasons for non-completion of an undergraduate program are:

  • Lack of financial aid

  • Little/no support from the academic institution

  • Difficulty transitioning to college

  • A sense of not belonging

  • Noticeable lack of other students of color

The Underrepresented Students of the Corridor (USOC) scholarship program provides both financial support as well as a peer mentor program, and a national network of business and academic professionals to address these common issues. The main goal of the scholarship program is to help prepare first-year multicultural students in their acclimation to higher education and increase student retention.

The USOC scholarship is funded by our 50/50 partners and private donations from various alumni that identify as people of color who want to support the next generation of students.

The bar graph below was taken directly from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) which collects, analyzes and makes available data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.

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