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Intellectual Equity Works to Spur College Enrollment

Posted by Admin On April - 9 - 2014

Local Entrepreneur Helps Students Navigate College Application Process

CHICAGO, IL – Despite significant growth of 3.2 million students enrolled in college from 2006-2011, the U.S. Census Bureau’s “School Enrollment: 2012 Report” reveals that college enrollment in Fall 2012 among undergraduate and graduate students plunged nearly half a million (467,000) from one year earlier. This decline was driven by older students – those 25 years and up. Their enrollment fell by 419,000, while the enrollment of younger students declined by 48,000. And, from 2011 to 2012, Black enrollment dropped by 108,000.

Pamela Brown of Intellectual Equity is on a mission to break this trend. With more than a decade of expertise as program director at the George M. Pullman Education Foundation and LINK Unlimited, Brown launched Intellectual Equity in 2013 to educate students, parents, high schools and non-profit organizations about the nuances of the college application process to improve the odds of admission.

“I didn’t think applying to college should be as difficult or stressful as my personal plight as I pursued my undergraduate,” reflects Brown. “Intellectual Equity is dedicated to individuals who have the desire, drive and determination to pursue a college degree. We empower individuals to complete a rigorous application process without feeling deterred or hindered.”

Brown has a proven track record of not only assisting students with getting into college, she also helps relieve some of the stress associated with finding the money to pay for college. She becomes so vested in her students that she stays in constant contact with them to make sure they graduate.

It is common for Brown to do some uncommon mentoring. “One time Ms. Brown came to my home to help me pack to get me off to Hamilton College,” recalls 2007 graduate Natasha Jenkins.

Her years spent working on both sides of the table – helping students get into college, nominating students for scholarships as well as awarding scholarships – provided the perfect foundation for Intellectual Equity. Brown draws on her years of successfully recruiting applicants, reviewing scholarship applications, selecting scholarship committee members, presenting applicants to the scholarship committees, and other positions to impart similar knowledge to those seeking a post-secondary education.

Intellectual Equity provides personal, one-on-one or group college planning sessions. Participants will: 1) Evaluate where they are in the college planning process; 2) Learn to research colleges and universities to determine their post-secondary options; 3) Get assistance with the completion of college applications, essays and supplemental documents; 4) Learn about funding resources, e.g. endowments, federal/state aid, private scholarships, loans; and 5) Become equipped with organizational skills necessary for the college planning process. Brown will conduct a group presentation on Saturday, April 19, starting at 11:00 a.m. at Savoy Square, 4448 S. State Street, Chicago, IL.

Students assisted by Intellectual Equity have matriculated to some of the most selective colleges and universities including: Colgate University, DePauw University, Grinnell College, Hamilton College, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, Morehouse College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of Chicago, University of Illlinois, Urbana-Champaign and Vanderbilt University, among many others.

Pamela Brown has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Texas Southern University and a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. For more information about Pamela Brown or Intellectual Equity, contact (773) 234-6071 or visit www.intellect-equity.com.

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