Former First Lady Michelle Obama Returns To HU

Former First Lady Michelle Obama will be on Howard University Campus this morning. She is scheduled to speak to some high school students preparing to go onto college. It’s apart of Mrs. Obama’s Reach Higher initiative.

Today’s 2019 Beating the Odd Summit will celebrate and encourage students preparing for higher education to not only strive for a high school diploma but a college degree. The day-long event will be held at the School of Business.

In 2014 Mrs. Obama announced the creation of Reach Higher Initiative to encourage students to want and to achieve higher education. In 2015 came the Better Make Room campaign. This program allowed students to share their experiences to help others preparing for higher learning.

Here are some stats about kids and higher education. 10 to 20 percent of students who choose to go to college never make it. One of the top reason, fiances. The numbers jump to 40 percent in other communities. Students from low-income families have a 9% six-year college graduation rate.

The goal of Reach Higher is to help underserved students navigate the new and sometimes scary world of college. They meet students where they are and help them get to where they want to be. To learn more click here

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