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Local non-profit helps high school students achieve their college dreams

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By: Laura Hettiger / News 4

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A local non-profit supported by Cardinals Care helps to send students to college every year.

The organization, College Bound, is for high school students who are working to get into college.

“Ninety-nine percent of our kids are going to college,” said Executive Director Scott Baier. “That’s something we work with very aggressively when we start to make sure they know that is the goal.”

For nine years the non-profit has helped students from low-income families overcome obstacles they face when applying for college. Baier said the goal of sending the kids to college is made possible thanks to the generosity of Cardinals Care.

“Every year, we recruit students through Redbird Rookies so we can continue to support them through high school and college,” Baier said.

Cardinals Care is the charitable branch of the Cardinals organization. Baier said those with Cardinals Care help identify kids at a young age who would benefit from extra guidance when preparing for college. Cardinals Care also donates thousands of dollars yearly to College Bound.

“Seeing that I could go to a selective school was something that College Bound helped me see,” Nichole Stovall said.

Stovall started coming to College Bound while attending a St. Louis high school. Her College Bound coaches took her to tour Cornell College, her future alma mater, during her junior year.

“I knew nothing about Cornell, it’s in Iowa,” said Stovall. “I think me going to Iowa, away to school, getting out of St. Louis was an opportunity I would have never known about.”

Now, the psychology major is back in St. Louis and back at College Bound to help the next group of kids with similar stories.

“They haven’t seen a lot of people in their community go to school and be successful and graduate,” Stovall said.

Click here to learn more about College Bound.

A portion of the money raised during the Cardinals Care 6K on Sunday, September 13 will go to College Bound.

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