Youth Groups Get a Piece of President’s Prize

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President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize is paying off for several charities that work with youths and young adults. The White House yesterday released a list of 10 charities that will receive portions of his $1.4 million award.

More than half of the awardees are organizations and funds that promote higher education. These groups each received $125,000:

  • College Summit, which works with elementary and middle schools to encourage a “college-going culture,” and help students to be college- and career-ready when they graduate. (See “College is for Poor Kids.”)
  • The Posse Foundation, which awards scholarships to public high school students whose academic abilities might be overlooked by the standard college selection processes.
  • The United Negro College Fund, which helps African-American students attend college via internship programs and scholarships.
  • The Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation, which enables youth from Appalachia to pursue higher education through scholarships and a leadership curriculum.
  • The American Indian College Fund, which awards scholarships to American Indian students  and teaches them cultural values to enhance their American Indian communities.
  • The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships and educational outreach to Latinos.