The Reverend Pinckney College Readiness Program offers high school students in Beaufort, Charleston and Jasper counties the support and resources they need to prepare for the college application and selection process. It was established at the Foundation by the same anonymous donors who started the Reverend Pinckney Scholarship Program as a prerequisite program to help students navigate the often-complex stages leading up to college enrollment. Starting in 2020, only students who have completed the College Readiness Program will be eligible for the Reverend Pinckney Scholarship.
The College Readiness Program helps high school students, their families and supporters prepare for, research, evaluate and ultimately select which college is right for them. It runs from second semester of junior year through senior year. Students are coached on ACT/SAT preparation, writing college essays, seeking and obtaining financial aid and scholarships and filling out FAFSA forms. They are offered advice and counseling from college enrollment specialists and visit college campuses with their peers in the program. While it involves rigorous and consistent coaching, the program is designed with flexibility in mind to accommodate students’ activities, work and personal obligations.
Coastal Community Foundation’s College Readiness Program works specifically with African-American students to help close the equity gaps that have persisted in South Carolina schools for generations.
CCF’s College Readiness Program places a great emphasis on ensuring students are well-aware of the options available to them.
Students are consistently encouraged to take advantage of their personal strengths, and to make decisions about college based on their dreams and aspirations first and foremost. Along the way, they gain instrumental real-world skills to ensure their success in college and beyond.
This program is named after the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who embodied what it meant to be a visionary leader. He was the youngest African-American elected to the South Carolina state legislature in 1996 at just 23-years-old. He was elected to the South Carolina Senate in 2000, served as pastor of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and oversaw dozens of other AME churches in the surrounding region. In both his religious and political service, he was known for his commitment to justice and shaping a better future for his community.
Our Visionaries, likewise, are encouraged to fearlessly pursue their dreams and embrace opportunities to serve others in their schools and communities.
We are now accepting applications through an online portal here. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 15. If you have questions about the online process, please reach Zahra Gauthier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zahra Gauthier brings a blended experience as both a teacher and an expert in college access to the College Readiness Program. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Florida International University and a Masters of Education in Social Studies Education from the University of Florida. She taught middle and high school social studies in four states before joining a nonprofit organization focusing on college access in Washington, D.C.
A native of Miami, Zahra is the child of Latin American immigrants and is a first-generation college graduate. Combined with her personal and professional experience is her passion to help other minority and first-generation students get to and succeed in college.