PwC congratulates inaugural Impact program scholars
Nearly 50 African American high school students 'graduate' from innovative diversity program; part of PwC's corporate responsibility commitment.

Fuente:  Fecha. 16.06.2009

PwC congratulates inaugural Impact program scholars

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) announced the graduation of its inaugural class of Impact Scholars, 49 academically talented African-American high school students who completed a year-long program that helped them navigate the rigorous college planning and financial aid process and gain admission into some of the nation's premier colleges and universities, including six Ivy League schools. Many of the scholars will be the first generation of their families to attend college. PwC launched the Impact program last year in the New York City and Washington, D.C., metro areas as part of the firm's diversity initiatives and corporate responsibility commitment to youth leadership.

Graduation from the Impact program culminates a series of monthly workshops that provided tools and strategies for broadening the students' education and career choices. Each scholar was paired with a dedicated professional from PwC who served as his or her mentor and as an experienced resource throughout the program. The curriculum was developed in conjunction with experienced teacher, administrator and advisor, Dr. Thomas A. Eppley, Jr.

"We are extremely proud of our inaugural Impact scholars. Their dedication to the program and motivation to succeed in school and beyond is a strong testament to these rising leaders," said Charlotte Coker Gibson, Impact program manager. "Their success demonstrates that exposure to the right information, career role models and mentors can play a critical role in shaping future talent for the marketplace."

Notable achievements of the inaugural class of Impact scholars include:

* The respective groups from New York City and Washington, D.C., were each accepted into nearly 60 schools, including Harvard University, Princeton University, Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth University, the University of Pennsylvania, Amherst College, Barnard College, Emory University, New York University, Franklin & Marshall College, Oberlin College, Bates College, Colby College, Spelman College, Swarthmore College and the University of Virginia, among others.

* Out of 42 financial aid awards received to-date by New York scholars and 36 financial aid awards received to-date by Washington, D.C., scholars, the average packages are $26,000 and $18,000, respectively.

* Two early decision applicants in each market will receive 100% of their financial need.

"As the Impact program reaches this important milestone, we are reminded of the importance of helping our youth develop their talents to their fullest potential," added Roy Weathers, chief diversity officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers. "These students are the leaders of tomorrow and their success will hopefully inspire others to aim higher and think more broadly about their options."

"Impact opened my eyes, heart and mind to possibilities that I wasn't sure existed," said Jelisa Grant, an Impact scholar from New York City headed to Dartmouth University in the fall on a merit scholarship. "It not only broadened my awareness of academic options, provided me the knowledge and support to navigate the application and financial aid process, but it also helped me learn more about myself and challenged me to reach for my fullest potential."

Originally launched in New York City and Washington, D.C., last year, PwC created the Impact program as part of its broader corporate responsibility commitment to motivate, educate and develop the next generation of youth leaders. The program has since expanded into Philadelphia and Boston, where the initial groups of scholars there will graduate next spring. Impact scholars are selected through a competitive application process on the basis of academic backgrounds, strong standardized test scores, demonstrated leadership skills, extracurricular activities, essay responses and in-person interviews.