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Act Six


Act Six is a leadership development and college scholarship program that brings together diverse, multicultural cadres of emerging urban leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home.

Act Six

Act Six connects local community affiliates with faith- and social justice-based colleges to equip emerging urban and community leaders to engage the college campus and their communities at home through a simple but powerful four-part strategy:

  1. Recruit and select diverse, multicultural cadres of a region’s most promising emerging urban and community student leaders.
  2. Train and prepare students in the year prior to college, equipping them to support each other, succeed academically, and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation.
  3. Send and fund students together to select faith- and social justice-based colleges on full tuition, full-need scholarships.
  4. Support and inspire students to graduate from college and serve their home communities through campus supports, ongoing leadership development, and vocational connections.

Since 2002, Act Six has selected and trained 946 scholars from seven cities in 141 cadres for 17 partner colleges. Learn more about our Act Six network.



first generation or low-income, 90% students of color, and speak 70 languages


graduate within 6-years, 20 points higher than rate for all students at their colleges


employed within one year of graduation, compared with 77% nationally


return to their home communities, where 74% volunteer

Vi’s Story

Vi Nguyen was born in a Malaysian refugee camp after her parents fled war-ravaged Vietnam. Raised in Australia until she was 15, Vi later immigrated to Tacoma, Washington, where she watched her mother and stepfather toil away in nail salons earning enough to put a…

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Brandon’s Story

Brandon Williams took a chance on Act Six. As a senior at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis, Brandon was the first student from his school to be accepted to Howard University, and was also considering accepting an admission offer from his dream school, Loyola University…

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Michelle’s Story

Michelle Bess always aspired to be a leader and role model. Through Act Six, Michelle got her first glimpse at the kind of impact to be found in radical inclusion. Today, she serves as vice president of talent and diversity, equity and inclusion at a…

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Act Six is changing the face of leadership on college campuses and beyond. Ready to learn more? Visit the Act Six website.
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Thank you to everyone who participated in our spring virtual fundraiser and livestream Cultivate Community Voices! Together we raised over a $100,000 to support our mission. It is not too late to participate or check out the amazing stories of our scholars and interns.Learn More Here