CollegeSpring Students Join FLOTUS at the White House


Washington, DC – We are proud to cheer on two CollegeSpring seniors, Floyd Black and Silvia Madrid, who will join First Lady Michelle Obama Thursday, July 22 at the White House for the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit.

As part of her Reach Higher initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome more than 130 college-bound students from across the country to participate in the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit. These students are being sponsored by 70 non-profit organizations, and represent a mix of urban, rural, foster, homeless, special needs, and under-represented youth who have overcome substantial obstacles to persist through high school and make it to college. This event will focus on sharing tools and strategies students can use to successfully transition to college and the resources they will need to complete the next level of their education. The Beating the Odds Summit continues the work of the White House College Opportunity Day of Action, where CollegeSpring announced new commitments to expand college access in December.

Floyd Black and Silvia Madrid are both seniors at Alliance Peter and Patti Neuwirth Academy in South Los Angeles. Floyd will attend the University of Virginia in the fall, majoring in Public Policy, and Silvia Madrid will attend the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in Communications and Business. Both Floyd and Silvia participated in CollegeSpring’s SAT preparation and college readiness mentoring program during their junior year, expanding their college options and gaining the tools to make informed college decisions. They will be joined at the White House by Kathy Dominguez, CollegeSpring’s Southern California Executive Director.

Read about Floyd’s CollegeSpring experience here.

Watch the event at 11 AM EST Thursday morning at, and follow us as we live tweet at @CollegeSpring.

About CollegeSpring

CollegeSpring is a nonprofit that mobilizes experienced educators and near-peer mentors to help high school students from low-income backgrounds achieve the SAT scores, college acceptances, and futures they deserve. We partner with schools and community organizations in California and New York to serve more than 3,000 students each year. Since 2008, CollegeSpring has helped more than 11,000 students boost SAT scores, navigate the college admissions and financial aid processes, and confidently pursue college degrees.