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5 Strong: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap One Cohort at a Time!

5 Strong gives scholars the support they need to succeed at HBCUs. 5 Strong is about the potential, the genius, the leadership of our young people. Together, we can make students’ lives better, make their colleges better, and make our country better.

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of 5 Strong students are succeeding in college while nationwide, only 40% of Black students who enroll full-time in four-year colleges and universities graduate.


high school seniors across the US may be capable of a successful college career, but may not have the opportunity.


talented Black young people have grown as scholars and leaders at an HBCU thanks to 5 Strong’s support.

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5 Strong Scholars Lead and Succeed

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“I graduated … with magna cum laude honors and also debt free. I’m now a student at the Morehouse School of Medicine … Thank you, 5 Strong, for the amazing opportunity.”

— Aminat Amanishun, 1st Cohort

Graduate of AAMU, 2020

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“Being apart of the first cohort for 5 strong, I am BEYOND grateful I was chosen. If it wasn’t for this scholarship I wouldn’t be where I am today working for Aerojet Rocketdyne as a Chemist (or what my mom likes to say a rocket scientist lol) and also owning a home at 22 years old. 5 strong has took me places I never would have imagined at such a young age and I am FOREVER grateful.”

— Niya Mayo, 1st Cohort

AAMU, 2020

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“Being a 5 Strong scholar to me means ... you have a family away from home.”

— Niya Mayo, 4th Cohort

BCU, 2023

“I’ve seen a drastic change in myself … 5 Strong has instilled in me so many tangible and intangible lessons that I will take forward with me.”

— Niya Mayo, 3rd Cohort

Lincoln University, 2022

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“My cohort and I have bonded since Day 1… It’s like having a second family away from your family.”

— Niya Mayo, 5th Cohort

AAMU, 2024

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