LYNN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — For several dozen high school graduates in Lynn, college is now a reality, thanks to a program called "La Vida Scholars."
The program prepares low-income and high-achieving students, many starting in the tenth grade, for college. The program offers tools on how to apply, get accepted, and even pay for school.
Executive Director Peter Barros said the work pays off with kids getting into schools like UMass, Harvard, Georgetown, Boston College through mostly scholarships. This means little or no debt for their families who see the program as a "dream come true."
"There are incredibly talented young people in this community. And there's hard working families that just want to see their students be successful and accomplish what their dreams are," he said.
Barros said the program serves a lot of immigrant families and gives many of them the opportunity to be the first in their family to enroll and go on to graduate from college.
WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@CarlWBZ) reports