Boys and Girls Club kids sign letters of intent

Posted at 10:42 PM, Apr 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-29 07:49:15-04

MILWAUKEE -- It's the day they declare to their peers and family their college future. 100 inner city kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs signed their letters of intent Thursday. Each one of them was wearing their school colors with pride.

The night is a game changer for many of these students. 95 percent of the kids will be attending college for the first time.

Eric Burks scored a 34 out of 36 on his ACT Exam and will be heading to Morehouse College in the fall.

"I bust my butt, we have our struggles, I worked hard and my mom was on me of course," Burks said.

His fellow club member Roland Bucks chose UW-Oshkosh. He plans to study business.

"I want to build an empire. I'm not sure what kind of business I want to start ... Its going to be big," said Roland Bucks.

No matter what goals these young scholars set out to achieve, there is no doubt they will do that and more.

"The ultimate goal in life is to not only be successful, but to share your success with other people. My ultimate goal - to give back and bring people up."

Not only are many of these kids first generation college students - together they have earned $6 million in scholarship money.