Education played a critical role in our lives. Growing up in the region, each of us received a high quality education, attended college, and found a prosperous career as a direct result of our education. None of us take this fact for granted and we realize that there are many barriers impacting students attending college today. One of the main barriers is money, so we are working to lessen that burden and create a mechanism through which students can reap the benefits of higher education. The positive impacts of higher education are numerous (see links below) and will be essential to helping our beloved Appalachia transform into an area of prosperity and opportunity.