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Media Advisory: ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning to Host Webinar Celebrating 10-Year Anniversary of ACT Scholars Program

Webinar on Giving Tuesday will Celebrate $7 Million Endowment to the University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community College Providing Full-Tuition Scholarships to Students of Color

The ACT Scholars Program was created in 2010, in honor of ACT’s 50th anniversary, to provide full-tuition scholarships to students from low-income populations, Black, Latinx, and Native/Indigenous populations, and first-generation students attending the University of Iowa Graduate College and Kirkwood Community College. In honor of a decade of impact, serving nearly 150 students with two still-intact endowments totaling $7 million, ACT will host a webinar with scholars who’ve benefitted from this gift. Panelists will discuss the challenges of paying for college and the realities of being students of color on a predominately white campus.

WHO: ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning will host a public webinar of distinguished panelists to celebrate and discuss the effects of the program and the success of its recipients over the past decade.

Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, dean and professor of education in the School of Education at American University, will moderate the panel.

Dr. Richard Ferguson, former ACT CEO, and Dr. J. Ted Sanders, former ACT board member will give closing remarks.

ACT Scholar Panelists include:
  • Dr. DaVida Anderson, director of Student Care & Integrity at Carroll Community College and University of Iowa scholar
  • Dr. Rosina Britton, faculty member at Adler Graduate School and University of Iowa scholar
  • Charles Martin-Stanley II, Ph.D. candidate and University of Iowa scholar
  • Eduardo (Lalo) Munoz, AS, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale student and Kirkwood Community College scholar
WHEN: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 (#GivingTuesday); 11:00 a.m., ET

WHERE: Register for the webinar and read the corresponding brief to learn about the effects the endowment has had on students since its inception a decade ago.

WHY: A lack of diversity in classrooms and the financial barriers associated with postsecondary education can prevent students of color from achieving their full academic potential. It is ACT’s hope that by listening to our scholars, sharing the effects of scholarships on scholar success and partnering with fellow education leaders, we can address access as a barrier to opportunity.

About ACT

ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as a national leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in over 60 years of research. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions designed to provide personalized insights that help individuals succeed from elementary school through career. Visit us online at to learn more.

About ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning

ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning focuses on closing gaps in equity, opportunity, and achievement for underserved populations and working learners. Through purposeful investments, employee engagement, and thoughtful advocacy efforts, the Center supports innovative partnerships, actionable research, initiatives, campaigns, and programs to further ACT’s mission of helping people achieve education and workplace success.