Who We Are
Sheldon Jackson, Sambo Conteh and Kevin Palma enjoy the 2013 Annual Celebration. Sheldon graduated from Frostburg University, Sambo graduated from Ferrum College and Kevin, a 2013 Edgewood High grad, is headed to Columbia University.
Brittany Terry's parents show their pride in her accomplishments. Brittany graduated from Fairmont Heights High School and is attending the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
One hundred one college-bound high school graduates were honored at FGCB's 2012 Annual Celebration at the University of Maryland's Samuel IV Riggs Alumni Center.
Prince George's County Council member Mary Lehman, center, and sister Jeanne Taylor present their new David Hensel Memorial Scholarship to Brooke Gray, a student at Notre Dame of Maryland University. The scholarship for FGCB alumni was created in memory of Lehman's and Taylor's late brother.
From left, Cherish Carroll and Maurisha Jackson of Potomac High and Brittany Terry of Fairmont Heights High were among 98 students completing FGCB's College Access Program in 2012. Cherish is attending Prince George's Community College, Maurisha is at Stevenson University and Brittany is at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
"A college education has never been more important. ... Eighty-nine percent of the new jobs created in this economy will require post-high school levels of literacy and mathematics. ... The typical worker with a college degree makes 73 percent more (than workers without)." - U.S. Department of Education website
For 23 years, First Generation College Bound (FGCB) has helped young people realize a dream that often seemed out of reach - to be the first in their families to get a college education. This unleashing of human potential has produced almost 500 college graduates, hundreds of millions of dollars in added lifetime earnings and a brighter future for us all. FGCB graduates have attended some of the nation's most prestigious institutions of higher learning, and some have gone on to enter graduate programs, law school and dental school.
Without FGCB, most of these young people would not have known how to navigate the college admission process and, even if accepted, could not have afforded the cost. FGCB stands out among college access programs in helping its participants secure financial aid. It also stands out in continuing to mentor students through that crucial first year of college, and beyond.
"Right now, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require more than a high school diploma. And yet, just over half of our citizens have that level of education. ... This is a prescription for economic decline. ... This country needs and values the talents of every American." - President Barack Obama, address to joint session of Congress, Feb. 19, 2009