It’s said that a single act of kindness creates an endless ripple. Well, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife might have started a huge one as they partner with the nonprofit College Board to assist millions of students to get into college. The Facebook CEO and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan will be donating money (amount undisclosed) to the organization that deals with many standardized tests like the SAT and AP exams which are required for admission and preparation for college. The donation was made to the couple’s charity, the Chan-Zuckerberg initiative (CZI).
Jim Shelton, the president of the initiative said the partnership is going to “increase access to special, personalized learning opportunities drastically” and a countless number of students across the US who are from rural and low-income areas would be better prepared for college. Peer advising via the National College Advising Corps and personalized SAT practice via Khan Academy are included in their preparation.
The partnership brings in scientists, Greg Walton and Angela Duckworth to examine the factors adding to student’s practice the most, general effort and growth in the direction of post-secondary success.
“The ability to assist students to have better test scores and find a program that suits their passions and needs the best has been displayed by these resources,” Shelton shared via a blog post.
In a Facebook post, Chan said, “the journey to college is pretty rough for lots of high school students all over the country.“ A lot of students lack the access to the proper tutoring and prep courses needed to prepare them for the SAT.
Our target is to ensure that each student has the tools and resources that are required for them to ace the SAT and point out a post-secondary program that best suits their passions and needs regardless of their economic background.
Shortly after Max was born, Mark and Chan started the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative and launched it in December 2015. The couple shocked the world when they pledged 99% of their Facebook shares for as long as they live to “support equality and improve human potential.”
They also announced, in September 2016, an investment in medical exploration over the next ten years worth $3bn aimed at curing, preventing or managing all forms of diseases before the century comes to an end.