Using a program developed at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, two school districts in western Pennsylvania will use $1.5 million in grants from the Heinz Endowments to help young black men prepare for college.
The Scholar Identity Institute at Vanderbilt has been working with young black males in the Nashville school district since 2006. Students meet in two-week summer sessions designed to motivate young black males to develop good study habits and make plans to attend college.
The Whiting Scholar Identity Model was formulated by Gilman Whiting, assistant professor of African American and diaspora studies at Vanderbilt. Dr. Whiting and Donna Y. Ford, professor of education and human development and co-founder of the Scholar Identity Institute at Vanderbilt University, will travel to Pennsylvania and assist the local school districts in implementing the new program.