PFF helps high school students prepare for success in college and beyond

Wells Fargo hosted Partnership for the Future seniors for the Virginia Bankers Association Bank Day Scholarship Program where they learned about banking, financial services and the vital role banks play in their communities. Wells Fargo Community Affairs Officer Corliss Archer (far left) and Community Development Officer Penny McPherson (far right) are pictured with the students as they visited the James Center Wells Fargo branch.

Equipping high-achieving high school students for success in college and beyond is the mission of Partnership for the Future (PFF), a nonprofit started in Richmond more than 24 years ago by Alan Kirshner along with business, government and education leaders.

Since 1994, Partnership for the Future has been a treasured resource for motivated high school students in the city of Richmond, and Henrico and Goochland counties, providing them with one-on-one mentoring, SAT/ACT prep courses, college visits, one-on-one coaching for scholarships and financial aid, and even paid internships throughout the summer.

Recently, PFF held its annual Interview Day for students who have applied to be a part of the incoming class. PFF received more than 200 applications from qualified ninth graders who were maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA. There were 100 students who were interviewed by a panel consisting of board members, PFF staff, and current PFF parents and students. One of them, an aspiring artist, is currently a freshman enrolled in Humanities Specialty Center at Hermitage High School and saw first-hand the success her older sister had as a PFF student. She hopes to capitalize on the mentorship opportunities within PFF to help give her the supportive push that will carry her throughout high school and college.

A longstanding grantee of Wells Fargo in the education focus area, PFF has consistently provided a high level of programming and opportunities for students in our local community. Wells Fargo not only partners with PFF to provide financial support for programming and internships, but its team members also volunteer their time hosting financial literacy lessons for the students throughout the year. In addition, Wells Fargo hosts PFF students every year in April for a bank shadowing program in collaboration with the Virginia Bankers Association Bank Day.

PFF has successfully maintained a 100-percent success rate of college matriculation. Last year’s 44 graduates of the program earned more than $5.5 million in scholarships. This is a number PFF hopes will get bigger and bigger with each graduating class of dedicated students.

Wells Fargo is proud to be a community partner with PFF and the great work it does in preparing students for success in college and beyond. PFF is changing the lives of students today so that the students can change the future. PFF’s mission is to equip high-achieving high school students for success in college and beyond. Twenty years ago, a group of business people saw a way to offset the deficiencies that could hold back these exceptional students. PFF was started to help bright students from challenging backgrounds consider futures different from those in their community. In 2017, 80 percent of our students completed the program, and 100 percent of them entered a college or university. On average, 87 percent are accepted by one of their top three choices of schools.

This feature is one in a series about the Richmond Region’s nonprofit organizations and their contributions to our communities. It is brought to you by the featured organization in collaboration with the sponsoring advertiser on this page.