“And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Acts 20:35
In urban communities across America at-risk high school students from low income families are constantly evaluating what role, if any, higher education will play in their future. For these students and their families the decision to attend college can be both a financial and a social hurdle. For many would-be first generation college students leaving their immediate surroundings and spending a day on a college campus is a dream unfulfilled.
Statistics show that over one’s lifetime a college degree will improve one’s earning potential and quality of life by more than twice that of high school graduates. But the results are much deeper and even more meaningful for disadvantaged students. For disadvantaged, low-income minority students the pursuit, acceptance and graduation from college develops them socially to serve as mentors and role models to others in their community.
“I believe that success is like a roll of film; in order to develop you need exposure”
Building upon his belief in the importance of higher education and his strong commitment to giving back to those in need, Nnamdi Asomugha founded the Asomugha College Tour for Scholars (ACTS) in 2007. ACTS is an annual high school college tour and 18-month mentoring program that is dedicated to providing young people of color with exposure and opportunity to visit college campuses around the country.
ACTS works closely with select non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and high schools in both Los Angeles, CA and Philadelphia, PA area to identify outstanding and talented honor students to join him on an experience of a lifetime. All participants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.2 and be actively involved in their community and in an extracurricular activity at their school.
ACTS works to empower students by exposing them to new environments and experiences while promoting the importance of college access and completion. In addition to touring universities, ACTS also emphasizes the life experiences that go hand-in-hand with higher education. Participants have had the opportunity to visit former President Clinton, attend an Alicia Keys’ concert, sit courtside at a Boston Celtics game, bowl in the White House and tour numerous art and history museums.
Since inception, over 150 students have participated in the program and visited some of the country’s most renowned colleges and universities in Atlanta, GA, Boston, MA, New York, NY, Washington, DC, New Orleans, LA, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco-Bay Area, CA, Philadelphia, PA and Chicago, IL. All ACTS participants who have graduated from high school have gone on to pursue higher education. ACTS alumni are currently enrolled at Georgetown, Howard University, University of California, Davis, California State University, East Bay, California State University, Northridge, Cleveland Institute of Music and other institutions of higher education.
“Asomugha College Tour for Scholars gives youth an opportunity to travel to various universities to broaden their scope of choices and challenge their academic, activities, and gifts beyond reach. This was a once in a lifetime experience…This college tour was something that I would have never had the chance to do but thanks to Nnamdi and his sponsorship I was able to embark on this journey.” Jasmine Williams, ACTS 2008
ACTS 2017 – Boston, MA
Berklee College of Music
MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ACTS 2016 – Atlanta, GA
Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Georgia