How EEF Increased the Number of Black Scholarship Applicants

GAINESVILLE, FL. (EEF News) – The Education Equalizer Foundation partnered with Aces and Motion to host an “Are you scholarship ready?” presentation for high school seniors attending college in the Fall. “We’ve been told that our kids are not applying for scholarships. While this may be true in some instances, it fueled our desire to host this event. All of the students were engaged and focused on completing their scholarship applications,” said Dr. Carjie Scott, CEO, and Co-Founder.

The students enjoyed pizza and interactive activities that kept them engaged throughout the session. Nasseeka Denis, Aces in Motion, Coordinator, mentioned, “I have over $80,000 in student loans. My parents immigrated to this county, and I didn’t have the opportunity that we are offering these kids. I wish an organization like The Education Equalizer Foundation existed when I applied to college; I’m glad we worked together to help the students apply for scholarships.”

The students began the following:

1) resume that details their academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and community involvement.

2) recommendation strategy to get letters from their teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, and employers.

3) responses to generic scholarship essay prompts to use for applications.

The students were also invited to ongoing virtual workshops to continue assisting them with completing scholarship applications. Over a dozen students attended the working session; many requested another session for their friends!

Here are the facts:

  • Black and African American college graduates owe an average of $25,000 more in student loan debt than White college graduates.
  • Four years after graduation, 48% of Black students owe an average of 6% more than they borrowed.
  • Black and African American student borrowers are the most likely to struggle financially due to student loan debt making monthly payments of $289.
  • 54% of all student loan debt is held by White and Caucasian student borrowers.
  • Asian college graduates are the fastest to repay their loan debt and the most likely to earn a salary that exceeds their student loan debt balance.

Hanson, Melanie. “Student Loan Debt by Race”, January 16, 2023,

If you are interested in an in-person or virtual presentation at your organization, please contact us at It’s college scholarship season; let’s work together to help our kids avoid debt.

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The Education Equalizer Foundation is a college preparedness and scholarship community-based organization. We empower middle through high schoolers with the tools they need to get ‘to and through’ college.

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