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College Possible Philadelphia bridges the gap between financial hardship and education

The Eagles continue to support nonprofits that work to reduce barriers to opportunity and end racism. In support of Black History Month, the Eagles are proud to recognize the work of one of these nonprofits each day.

Since 2014, College Possible Philadelphia has been serving high school and college students from low-income backgrounds in the city and Delaware County on their journeys to college and beyond.

College Possible Philadelphia aims to bridge the gap between financial hardship and college by offering high school students in-person coaching that helps them on their path to success. Once in college, the coaching continues virtually.

The need for these services is crucial, according to College Possible Philadelphia, as only 25 percent of School District of Philadelphia students receive a college degree by the age of 24. Some of that is due to the student's poor socioeconomic situation and not their talent and ability.

Although College Possible's students report an average family income of less than $28,000, its students are 30 percent more likely to enroll in college immediately after high school and 30 percent more likely to attend a four-year college or university, according to the organization's website.

College Possible's college graduates have a 98 percent employment rate, 94 percent have health insurance, and 83 percent are saving for retirement. Ninety-seven percent of the graduates who have children say it is "likely" or "very likely" that their children will be able to attend college and 53 percent have begun saving for their education.

The organization's five-year college graduates reported a median individual income between $40-59,999 and over a third of its 10-year graduates have family incomes of $100,000 or more.

Nearly one in five graduated from college debt-free. Twenty-nine percent either have a master's degree or doctorate. That number goes up to 50 percent among 10-year graduates.

"College Possible Philadelphia is making tremendous strides in the communities that we serve and because of this philanthropic investment, we are better positioned to provide more students with the tools that they need to not only get into college but to graduate as well," said Dia Williams Adams, executive director of College Possible Philadelphia.

To help College Possible Philadelphia in its cause, the Eagles granted the organization $20,000 via the Social Justice Fund.

"This helps the organization train our coaches effectively so that they can provide our students with the tools that they need," Adams said.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, College Possible Philadelphia had to abruptly begin serving its students virtually. But even from afar, College Possible Philadelphia has still been able to deliver on its promise to provide students from low-income backgrounds with access to college.

"This is an incredible grant opportunity and will certainly help us further our mission and make sure that we can continue to deliver the program as seamlessly as possible," Adams said.

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