Nationally, only 44% of African immigrant students enter college. IEA Councils bridges this gap by engaging parents in African immigrant communities and giving their students culturally sensitive tools to succeed. Students form deep relationships with IEA staff, who provide them with personalized counseling as they explore and visit potential college options. After demystifying assumptions about college for students and their families, IEA Councils supports them throughout the application process, from developing personal statements to conducting mock interviews with college representatives. The result: 100% of students matriculate (27% to Ivy League schools), each receiving an astonishing $175,000 in financial aid. Additional pre-collegiate training eases the transition to college life. It also sets each student up for success at schools that have traditionally made access difficult for students with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. These bright scholars can express their full potential with your support.

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