5 Strong partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to provide promising student leaders with full-tuition scholarships and ongoing mentor-ship and support from matriculation to graduation.
In 2015, Andrew Ragland opened 5 Strong, and began linking students waiting to shine with HBCUs that he knew could best help them on their journey to become change makers and leaders. 5 Strong worked with HBCUs to arrange full-tuition scholarships so a lack of money wouldn’t stand in the way of young scholars’ dreams. And Ragland built an intensive college success program run by an experienced team ready to embrace their students like family. Today, this model has been proven: more and more HBCUs are signing on, and 84% of 5 Strong’s scholars are on track to graduate — more than twice the national average.
The mission of the 5 Strong Scholarship Foundation is to increase the retention and graduation rates at partnering Historically Black Colleges and Universities by assisting in the enrollment and success of academically promising student leaders until graduation. These emerging leaders and scholars, who will enter in a cohort of 5 students and be known as 5 Strong Scholars, being supported over the course of their college career to ensure persistence and graduation in four years. Through academic, personal/social, and career development, these students will positively impact their college campuses and be better prepared to compete in our global society.
- Applicants must be a promising student leader that’s a graduating high school senior.
- Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA and a minimum ACT: 19/ SAT: 980 (verbal and math only).
- Applicants must reside in the Metro Atlanta Area (9 Counties surrounding Atlanta) and must commit to attend all of the 5 Strong College Prep sessions (bi-monthly).
Applicants must also be very interested in attending a Historically Black College or University.
How to Apply
Some of the HBCU partners still require that 5 Strong applicants submit standardized test scores (ACT/SAT) in order to receive the full tuition scholarships. While this institution understands that it has been quite difficult to sit for tests due to recent events, all applicants must still take either the ACT or SAT before this institution application deadline. It is highly recommend that applicants begin to do some research to find a time and place that work well for each student.
A full tuition scholarship coverage is the big reward here. Each applicant chosen is able to work with other scholars to ensure a better approach to a higher education even past college.
December 1, 2021 is the deadline date. However, the application process begins in August 2021.
This is an annual scholarship to apply for.