The Fulfillment Fund recently took a group of 25 high school juniors on a bus trip to visit college campuses in the Inland Empire.
Many of the students, the majority of whom will become the first in their family to go to college, had never heard of the area nor any of the schools.
Students visited seven colleges in three days: the Claremont Colleges (Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Scripps College and Pomona College) as well as UC Riverside and California State University, San Bernardino.
The Fulfillment Fund hosts four overnight college-visiting trips throughout the school year in an effort to provide Los Angeles high school students a glimpse of college life.
Here’s what a few students said about their experience:
“Having the opportunity to visit liberal arts colleges that I never knew about is something I found most useful,” said Chelsea, a junior at Hamilton High School. “Thank you to the Fulfillment Fund for giving me yet another eye-opening experience.”
“The chance to see the campus instead of applying blindly was so important,” said Michael, a junior at New Open World (NOW) Academy. “If it wasn’t for the Fulfillment Fund, I wouldn’t have had such an opportunity. Thank you for giving me that!”
“This trip not only exposed us to schools in the Inland Empire, it gave us a true college experience,” said Upenda, a junior at New Designs Charter High School. “The fact that we were away from home and had to room with people from other schools was definitely unforgettable.”