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Target: Graduation

Target H.O.P.E. founder Euclid Williamson helps send 4,000 minority students to college.

Euclid Williamson received an honorary degree in May 2012. Photo by Rob Hill.

Target H.O.P.E started in 1994 with 74 Hyde Park High School students in Chicago. Since then, founder Euclid Williamson expanded the Saturday academic program into a collaborative unit with high school, college, graduate and alumni components. He has used private funding to help 4,000 minority students attend 26 colleges and obtain $90 million in merit-based scholarships.

During the May 2012 MU honors convocation ceremony, MU recognized Williamson by awarding him an honorary doctorate of law.

Students started Target H.O.P.E. chapters at 12 colleges to improve minority retention. Brandi Snodgrass, BA ’07, and Candace Williams, BA ’07, founded the MU chapter in 2004.

“I’m proud that my alma mater is giving credit where it’s well due,” Snodgrass says. “A lot of people don’t receive their roses until it’s too late.”