Young, Gifted, and Black --- but borrowing A LOT in student loans.
Colored Bird Institute aims to empower other students of color to take ownership of their education through successfully obtaining merit-based scholarships. With $200,000 awarded in scholarships, grants, and fellowships - including a U.S. Fulbright to Germany, and a fully-funded Ph.D. as a Jonathan Walton Dean’s Fellow to the University of Iowa, my goal is to help you get a debt-free college education, and teach you the unwritten rules of higher education for students of color.
By my sophomore year, I was thousands of dollars in student loan debt and working two jobs to cover personal expenses. I was not alone. 77% of black students borrow federal student loans (58.3% Latinx, 57.5% White, 47.3% Asian). With no alternative - besides dropping out - I applied to every scholarship I believed I qualified for. A few were successful, but the rejection letters were piling up. I reviewed my materials, and noticed patterns in my successful applications. Once I identified my unique set of competitive advantages, there was no stopping me.