On Sunday, March 8, 2018, the AUM Foundation celebrated its 2017-2018 Pathway 2 Success graduating class. The Pathway 2 Success program is designed to provide young ladies in under-resourced communities with the tools to become economically independent and socially responsible. Graduates of the program each receive a $2000.00 scholarship to be used towards their first-semester college tuition.
In addition to financial scholarships, participants also receive access to:
mentors who track them through the program duration
job shadowing opportunities
monthly workshops that focus on personal, professional, and academic success
individual ACT tutoring (which resulted in a 65% score increase among the young ladies)
It’s no surprise then that the 2017-2018 class was awarded over $253,000 in scholarships for college.
In addition to their academic success, the mentees were noticeably more confident and self aware. One of the greatest highlights of the celebration was to hear the mentees express, in their own words, what the program meant to them.
For some, the program made the difference in whether they were financially and emotionally prepared for college. Others were able to learn more about their prospective college majors and occupational fields. Most importantly, mentees were able to take intentional and decisive steps towards setting and reaching their goals.
“Seeing the growth in the participants of P2S is a very rewarding immediate outcome. The end result is to see the girls complete the academic goals they have set themselves and fulfill the vision of the program, which is to become economically independent and be socially responsible,” said Alka Bhargav, AUM Foundation founder and CEO. “For me, the core of the program has always been the mentoring piece and when I heard mentors and mentees describe this last year of their relationship, I was delighted to see the impact of the mentors on their mentees.”
In all, seventeen girls matriculated the program and will go on to pursue academic and professional opportunities throughout the country. You can find the full roster of 2017-2018 Pathway 2 Success graduates below.
The AUM Foundation would like to thank the 2017-2018 mentors for contributing to the personal and academic success of the graduates.
Thank you, Cheyna Lee Matthews of the Washington Spirits, for providing the keynote address.
And a special thank you to our supporters which include: Edgars Bakery, Subway, Servis1st Bank, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Regions Bank, GL Smith, Wilma Fields, Peter Sidhu, Peter Townsend, Nothing But Noodles, and Domino’s Pizza.
For more information on the AUM Foundation and the Pathway 2 Success program, or to learn how you can contribute, please visit www.aumfoundationusa.org.
Synthia Avalos, Alexis Battle, Amber Baker, KeAnna Dakwa, Tanique Donaldson, Joy Gay,
Jylah Jones, Jayonna Lamar, Makayla LeCorn, Monique McNeal, Nia Muhammad. Natia Nixon
Cierra Ward, Fryda Gomez, Irene Rosales, Rainie Sosa, Leah Sullivan