The history and importance
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The 5 Strong Scholarship Foundation -
“From Matriculation to Graduation!”

The 5 Strong Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Our team consists of experienced educators that have over 30 years of experience helping minority students graduate from high school and get into college. We have teamed up to form a foundation that's dedicated to building cohorts of 5 College Ready Scholars and placing them on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Each 5 Strong Scholar will receive a full tuition scholarship from one of our partnering HBCUs. These teams of 5 Strong Scholars will be leaders in the classroom and on campus.  The 5 Strong Team will support and mentor each Scholar "From Matriculation to Graduation!"

5 Strong Mission

Our mission is our strength.


The mission of the 5 Strong Scholarship Foundation is to increase the retention and graduation rates at partnering Historically Black Colleges and Universities by assisting in the enrollment and success of academically promising student leaders until graduation. These emerging leaders and scholars, who will enter in a cohort of 5 students and be known as 5 Strong Scholars, will be supported over the course of their college career to ensure persistence and graduation in four years. Through academic, personal/social, and career development, these students will positively impact their college campuses and be better prepared to compete in our global society.

The 5 Strong Selection Process


All 5 Strong applicants will apply online to begin the application process.  Applicants that meet our minimum requirements and have a track record of true leadership will be selected to attend a group interview session that will take place in Atlanta, in January 2018.  Selected applicants will be chosen from our group interview session to attend our second round interview.  Throughout our interview process, The 5 Strong Team will specifically be looking for scholars that have the full potential to be leaders and team players.  If selected, Scholars must be able to attend our Mandatory Bi-monthly College Prep Sessions.  These sessions will take place in Atlanta, Geogia.  Our online application deadline is December 31, 2017.

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5 Strong Facts

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In a presidential proclamation observing 2011 HBCU Week, President Obama remarked:

"HBCUs continue a proud tradition as vibrant centers of intellectual inquiry and engines of scientific discovery and innovation. New waves of students, faculty, and alumni are building on their rich legacies and helping America achieve our goal of once again leading the world in having the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020."



"The most expensive college degree is the one you don't finish."

-Dr. Ted Mitchell

U.S. Under Secretary of Education



“Each year, students decide to transfer from one college to another for various reasons. Although this is a choice for the student, it also means it could increase their overall cost of attendance and decrease their probability of graduation. Students who decide to transfer to a new college lower their chance of graduating in six years by 87%.”




Consistently mentored students are 15% more likely to stay in college.



Two effective retention strategies:

1) Having a program designed specifically for first year students and 2) having some sort of support service for the students.



Are You a 5 Strong Scholar?

If you're a senior in that lives in the METROPOLITAN ATLANTA AREA with the desire to be a great student and leader at one of our partnering HBCU campuses, have at least a 2.5 GPA and at least a 19 on the ACT, we'd love for you to apply ASAP!


The 5 Strong Team

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Alumni Partners

Alabama A&M

Alumni Association, Inc.

Metro Atlanta Chapter

Atlanta Chapter

Bethune-Cookman University
National Alumni Association

 Langston University
Atlanta Alumni Chapter

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff - Atlanta Alumni Chapter

Lincoln University






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