Consider the complexities of applying to college grappling with finances, negotiating the SATs, preparing for interviews. For youth who are first in their families to attend college, support systems that ease the way and promise success just aren't there. So FGCB provides the crucial support and guidance that low- and middle-income students need to get into college and succeed. Homework Clubs operated from subsidized housing sites provide learning interventions and academic support to students at all grade levels. The College Access program helps students climb the academic ladder, supporting 450 middle school students, 180 high schoolers, and over 1,000 college students as they navigate academic requirements and admissions, apply for financial aid, enroll and stay in school, and graduate on time. An extraordinary 84% of FGCB alums hold bachelor's degrees and, of these, more than 15% earn advanced degrees.

Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County

Where They Operate: MD-Prince George's County

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School; Charles Carrol Middle School; Fairmont Heights High School; Central High School; Laurel High School; Parkdale High School; Potomac High School


  • Number of college graduates:   462
  • Number of students served annually:   600
  • The amount of financial aid the organization has helped our students secure over the past 9 years:   $5.5 million
  • Total number of students we have helped enter college:   1,300+

Awards & Recognition

1. The CUA Smathers Award, The Catholic University of America (2015)
2. Certificate of Completion, Leaders Engaged in Achieving Development (2012)
3. Closing the Achievement Gap Award, Maryland State Education Association (2011)
4. National Council of Negro Women Angels Among Us Award, Honorable Mention (2010)
5. Official Citation, Prince George's County and Anne Arundel County Legislative District 21 (2010)
6. Proclamation, Governor of the State of Maryland (2010)

Press

  • First Generation College Bound celebrates 23rd class of college-bound graduates
    Mon Jun 24 2013, Laurel Leader  
    FGCB was featured in the Laurel Leader for our 23rd Annual Celebration at the University of Maryland College Park.

Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for First Generation College Bound is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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