Data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that African American students accounted for only 14% of total undergraduate enrollment in 2016. In addition, research from Brookings Institution shows that racial disparities in student loan debt are larger than previously understood and have grown dramatically in recent decades.
However, research from the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute demonstrates that scholarship support significantly increases the likelihood of African American students’ college completion and future success.
In response to this need, CFSA donors Phil and Carol Lyons have established the African American Educational Equity Fund to provide higher education scholarship support specifically to African American students living in the Tucson metropolitan area.
Scholarship recipients will be recommended by the members of the African American Legacy Fund Advisory Board, who will take into consideration financial need, academic achievement, and existing financial aid. Additional consideration will be given to students that may not qualify for traditional scholarships or grants, or who are the first generation in their family to attend higher education.
Financial assistance through the new African American Educational Equity scholarship will be available to students starting in the Spring 2021 semester. Additional information about the application process will be available soon.
To increase the impact of this scholarship, Phil and Carol are truly stepping up to the plate.
They have generously agreed to match donations up to $100,000 to the African American Educational Equity Fund on a dollar for dollar basis. Please use the form below to make a donation today.