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Fighting Back: Program helps teens apply for college

(Source: WPMI) Hundreds of local kids are now able to apply to dozens of colleges they wouldn't have been able to before. It's all through a combined program with the Mobile Area Education Foundation and Education Inc.

Hundreds of local kids are now able to apply to dozens of colleges they wouldn't have been able to before. It's all through a combined program with the Mobile Area Education Foundation and Education Inc. Getting kids post secondary ready and opening up doors to college is their way of fighting back.

Jamarcus Jackson is a senior at Blount High School. He's excited about life after high school and he has big plans, already focusing on a career and the colleges he hopes to attend.

"Southern, Tuskegee, Dillard. I want to major in nursing and become a pediatric nurse practioner," Jackson said.

Jackson's dreams of attending college were almost dashed because of money.

"Most colleges have an application fee and my mom didn't have the money," he said.

It's one stumbling block he no longer has to worry about thanks to the Common Black College Application Program.

"The Mobile Area Education Foundation has been able to get funding for this program to where one college application will allow students to apply to up to 50 HBCU's at one time at no cost to them," said Chandra Scott with MAEF.

It's a program that's available to all high school students in Mobile County. Last year 300 students took advantage of this new program, 99 percent of them were accepted to at least two colleges.

"My kids are my heart. My hope for them is to go into the world and be successful," said school counselor Monica Davis.

This program will allow more Mobile County students to achieve that success, and ultimately come back home and help make their community a better one.

For more information on the Common Black College Application Program, talk to your school guidance counselor.

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