Image:  In 2005, Nicole Hurd was the assistant dean and director of the Center for Undergraduate Excellence at the University of Virginia who launched a pilot program to try to help underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college students navigate applying for financial aid. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supported that effort, which early on was called the College Guide program. The program sent 14 UVA graduates into rural areas with college-going rates below the state’s...


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