Welcome to Fund a Brighter Future!
It is our goal to expand opportunities for students from Marshall County, Mississippi through higher education.
The statistics tell a sobering story. Marshall County, Mississippi has a population of just under 37,000 with 22% of its citizens living in poverty, about one and a half times the national rate of poverty. A full 49% of county residents do not hold a high school degree and just 9% of all county residents have earned a college degree.
In spite of these facts, some students are determined to succeed.
Raising awareness about opportunities in higher education, motivating students to look beyond their circumstance, and supporting them along the way are just a few ways that we are helping to Fund a Brighter Future.
In our inaugural project in the summer of 2010, outstanding students Ashley Harvell and Takeva Hicks attended the exclusive Summer Pre-College Program at Emory University. They took the course Psychology of Creativity with Professor Marshall Duke of the Emory University Psychology Department. In 2011, Alexia Mazique and Nastarcia Owens again attended the Summer Pre-College Program at Emory. They completed a course entitled The Science and Policy of Disease which included several classes held at the national Center for Disease Control (CDC).
The total cost of the program, including plane tickets to and from Atlanta was off-set thanks to financial aid from Emory University and donations from generous individuals. In 2012 and 2013, we sent more deserving students – Shameika Taylor, Jashaela Tunstall, Aryel Foster, and Shelbie Dalton – to the Emory Summer Pre-College Program. You can help these deserving young ladies reach their potential. After all, “We should all plant some trees that we will never sit under.”