This Woman Goes Door to Door to Steer Students to College
Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Sonya Pritchett arrived in Prichard, Alabama, with confidence and optimism.
Every morning, she would lace up her tennis shoes and walk the eight blocks of the Hope VI public-housing development. It was 2017 and Pritchett was starting a new job in a federally funded experiment that would bring college counseling to some of the people least likely to enroll: low-income Black students.
Pritchett would take them on college tours, prepare them for standardized tests, help them hone their personal statements, and steer them to scholarships. Most importantly, she would help them fill out federal student-aid forms.