Reach Higher, started by former First Lady Michelle Obama during her time at the White House, works to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, a four-year college or university or the military.
In today’s economy, a high school diploma just isn’t enough. Students have to reach higher, which is why we’re working to rally the country to once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.
In January 2019, Reach Higher joined Common App, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to access, equity, and integrity in the college admissions process.
- Exposing students to college and career opportunities
- Understanding financial aid eligibility that can make college affordability a reality
- Using social media to reach young people where they are and build a college-going culture
- Supporting high school counselors who can help more kids get into college
The Reach Higher Advisory Board brings together leaders in education to share best practices and ideas to support our work to increase college access and completion rates in the United States. Mrs. Obama serves as our Board Chair.
Advisory Board Chair
CEO, College Football Playoff Foundation
President and Co-Founder, Generation 1st Degree
President and CEO, The Education Trust
CEO, Lumina Foundation
Vice President for Global Government Relations and Policy, Pearson
Founder and CEO, A Star Education
Deputy Director of Education Programs, Kresge Foundation
Vice President for National Program and Program Director for Education, The Carnegie Corporation
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