Our Mission is to use books as a way to empower and invest in the academic growth of students grade school to college.

The 109 Project will achieve that by fostering the appreciation of books and reading in young children and by relieving the financial stress of buying books for college students so they can focus on their studies. 



Through programming and community service initiatives, The 109 Project provides a space for young children and students to improve and expand upon their literacy skills. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 93 million adults in the U.S. read at or below the basic level needed to contribute successfully to society. In addition to programming for children, the corporation will provide funding in the form of book scholarships for college students in their freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior years—the scholarship awards based on financial need, merit, and creative submission application.


Books for Academic Excellence (BAE) Scholarship


Applicant eligibility 


  • Full-time status at a Historically Black College University (HBCU)

  • Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

  • Demonstrate significant financial need.

  • Complete the scholarship application and abide by all its requirements.

  • All scholarship monies are paid directly to the recipient and are to be used for educational books only. A receipt of purchases will have to be submitted.


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When you make a gift to The 109 project, you ensure books are provided to young children and college students to further their academic growth.


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