The Kloiber Foundation

Expanding College Opportunities

In an article in the New York Times, President Obama applauds college presidents, corporate and nonprofit leaders for promised initiatives and grants for enrolling and graduating more low-income minority students. This article caught our attention here at Kloiber Foundation because several of the programs we have provided grant money to in one of our most recent initiatives address this discrepancy head on.

Opportunity Middle College is designed to aid specifically under served youth, including low-income and first-generation college students. Carter G. Woodson Academy is a traditional college preparatory program instructing through the lens of African-American history, open to all fayette county males, but currently consisting of around 97% African-Americans. The STEAM Academy is designed to look much less like “school” and much more like college and the workplace, where 44% of the students are on free or reduced meals. The Learning Center at Linlee is a project-based learning environment with real-world applications for students and 58% of the students there are free or reduced meals.

While this is a nationwide problem, Kloiber Foundation is doing its part to address it at home in Kentucky by aiding the Fayette County Public School system.