Pointing the Way to College
On a recent afternoon, cousins Samantha Carter and Arielle Giles dropped by the guidance department at Nelson County High School here to show off their acceptance letters to Ferrum College, a small private school in southwestern Virginia.
Sarah Borish, who worked with both students on their applications, gave the cousins her congratulations—and an assignment: Check out Ferrum’s internship opportunities, athletics, and, especially, graduation rates, particularly for students who, like the cousins, are African-Americans.
Ms. Borish, who received her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia last spring, is one of more than 60 newly minted college graduates serving in the National College Advising Corps. The corps is a network of higher education access programs that places recent college graduates in high schools to address an information barrier that hinders many academically qualified low-income students in...
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