Mission: Students for Students strives to build a bridge connecting the university community with local, under-resourced high schools in order to expand educational opportunities and build mutual understanding.
Results: -In the past two years, we have awarded two college scholarships totaling $5,000. The students are currently attending Tennessee State University and the University of Memphis
-We have worked with over 30 students in numerous workshops to help them develop their resumes, college applications, and college essays.
-We have provided one-on-one mentoring for over 5 students in the past year, helping them identify the career goals and acting as one source of support
-We have recently initiated college application fee vouchers, which have so far been utilized by one student
Target demographics: High-poverty high school students in Nashville, TN
At Pearl-Cohn High School a large number of our students have family backgrounds with little to no college education. Therefore, the students are in need of college/career exploration, preparation, and application. Vanderbilt Students for Students has been this kind of tremendous resource at Pearl-Cohn since the fall of 2006. Members of Students for Students come to Pearl-Cohn and provide the students one-on-one tutoring, ACT prep, college application guidance, and the opportunity to interact with role models close to their own age. I applaud the Vanderbilt Students for Students organization for being a real-life example of the value of serving your community by giving a hand-up as they give a hand-out!