YOUR votes helped NBC33 send underprivileged students on college tour trip

YOUR votes helped NBC33 send underprivileged students on college tour trip

POSTED: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 4:34pm

The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC) is taking over 30 area students on a once in a life time college tour and it was made possible by a grant competition you heard about only here on NBC33 News.

"I am glad that they support us because we need it, and we get to do all kinds of fun stuff on the trip," Amanda Alfaro, a fellow with the BRYC, said.

A $10-thousand grant from Chase, won in part by your votes, is taking close to thirty underprivileged Baton Rouge seniors and juniors on a college tour to some of the most prestigious colleges in the south.

“You know, it's difficult to go on a college trip,” Lucas Spielfogel, Executive Director of BRYC, said. “It takes money. It takes time. So these are the sorts of resources we want to give our students access to."

For many, it's the opportunity of a lifetime; to view schools and options they've never dreamed of.

"I wouldn't have even known about any colleges in Atlanta,” Alfaro said. “So now that I am going to inform myself about the colleges there, I can see if there are different scholarships there and stuff that they offer. It will open a lot of doors."

Other students, however, already know they want to make Atlanta their future home. Student Ikechi Akujobi says he's got his heart set on Georgia tech to study computer engineering. He plans to take advantage of the trip to learn more about financial aid.

"Just sort of finalize my decision to apply there,” he said. “Because I am doing the early application for it, possibly for the Presidential Scholarship."

Regardless of where they are in their college journey, all know that this weekend's trip will be vital for the decisions they make over the coming months.

The Baton Rouge Youth Coalition is the only Louisiana-based organization to win money through the Chase Giving grant, which is a nationwide competition with hundreds of non-profit organizations competing.

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