SEEDS three academic programs, along with essential guidance for our graduates, share a single endgame: an exceptional college education. We identify young people from low-income communities whose intellectual ambition, work ethic and aspiration have trumped their socioeconomic status. They are hungry to learn and driven to succeed.
Although they come from families with an average annual income of just $36,000, 98 percent of SEEDS scholars go to college, compared with just 29 percent of low-income students nationwide. More than 2,000 young people have come up from the bottom through SEEDS and for the first time, have a shot at the top.
SEEDS invests $17,000 to educate a student for one year, which leverages more than $350,000 in high school and college scholarships – a return on investment of over 2,600%. Even more important, SEEDS’ returns are measured in the lives we change: children whose futures looked dim now become bankers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, scientists…They grow up to be ethical, engaged, responsible citizens who lead lives of contribution and become leaders in their communities.