In 2015 the Young Professionals Committee established The Launch Fund to provide financial support — including assistance in covering unforeseen costs — to SA seniors and alumni as they navigate higher education, from the transition to college to graduation.
For many high school graduates — especially first generation college students from low-income households — the transition between high school and college is the most challenging step in their journey. Across the country, researchers have shed light on a deterrent to college that occurs during the summer between high school and college, coined the “summer melt.” Up to 40% of students who have been accepted to college fail to show up in the fall after their high school graduation, as critical start-up costs including textbooks, transportation to campus, dorm supplies, etc. are prohibitively overwhelming.
All proceeds raised from the Young Professionals Committee events directly support The Launch Fund.