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Baton Rouge Youth Coalition students awarded over $5.5 million in scholarships

BATON ROUGE, La. — Forty seniors from the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC), a non-profit organization that helps minority and disadvantaged students get into and graduate college, announced their collegiate plans to attend Louisiana State University (LSU) or Southern University at a special Signing Day event on Monday, May 1.

According to organizers, part of their admission was paid for thanks to a partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) Foundation. Created in August 2020, the NBA Foundation is the league’s first-ever charitable foundation dedicated to driving economic opportunity for Black youth. The Foundation invests in local and national organizations that promote school-to-career and workforce development opportunities.

Two organizations in the New Orleans Pelicans market were selected during the Foundation’s latest award cycle; BRYC is the only one serving in Louisiana’s Capital Region.

“We think about the college process and think that everyone in America has access to all of those things, but for some of our students, that might not be the case,” explained Monica Baker, Direction of College Counseling for BRYC.

BRYC reported that 93 of their graduating seniors accumulated more than $5.5 million in scholarships. Some of the other colleges the students will attend in the fall include Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, Stanford University, Emory University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Howard University, and Rhodes College.

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