The National Organization
In 1963, at the height of the civil rights movement, the headmasters
of 23 selective, independent schools agreed to change the profiles of their student
bodies. Through A Better Chance (ABC), they broadened enrollment to include economically
disadvantaged but academically able students of color. Chosen for their motivation
and achievements, 55 students from low-income families were selected to attend those
Today, the need for access to quality education is greater than ever. The program
continues to increase the number of well-educated young people of color who are
capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American Society.
A Better Chance nationally recruits about 500 new scholars annually, and supports
their education at more than 300 of the nation's leading boarding, day and public
Better Chance scholars are corporate CEOs and presidents, as well as non-profit
and foundation leaders. They are professors and school principals, doctors and lawyers.
One has even been a Grammy Award winning performer and another a state governor.
Since its inception, over 12,000 scholars have graduated from the program and gone
on to occupy positions of leadership in all sectors of society, including industry,
academia, government, science and the arts.
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