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Local nonprofit SisterFund awards $20,000 grant to help young women earn college degrees

In partnership with The Community Foundation, local nonprofit SisterFund has announced its second annual grant to empower African American women and girls.

Trevor Dickerson

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In partnership with The Community Foundation, local nonprofit SisterFund has announced its second annual grant to empower African American women and girls, a $20,000 grant to Partnership for the Future. The funding will be used to provide training, enrichment and mentoring for 179 high school girls and college women working to attain their college degrees.

SisterFund, a grassroots donor education and grant-making initiative, is a nonprofit that empowers women’s ideas and actions through philanthropy and collective giving.

This year’s beneficiary, Partnership for the Future, provides highly-motivated local high school students from challenging circumstances with the tools and experiences necessary to attain a college degree. In recent years, the program has expanded from real world training and college prep activities while in high school, such as SAT courses, college tours, cultural experiences and paid internships, to include mentoring and support once students enter college. Most participants are from low-income families and are often first to attend college. Partnership for the Future is designed to help young people unlock their full potential by giving them the road map and support to be successful.

“Our membership was particularly impressed by the resourcefulness and collaboration demonstrated by Partnership for the Future,” said Cynthia Newbille, chair of SisterFund. “The program has achieved remarkable results with the support of its dedicated staff, 70 organizational partnerships and a cadre of 200 loyal volunteers. Since 2007, Partnership for the Future has a 100% matriculation rate and 86% of its students have graduated within 6 years or are persisting through college.”

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.