Education

Sacramento, Calif.
$325,000
Grant awarded in 2014

The auxiliary organization of California State University, Sacramento, creates and manages programs and services that enhance the university’s educational mission. A two-year grant enables the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy, housed at the Center for California Studies, to plan the launch of a practitioner network that improves student success within the California State University system.

Boston
$700,000
Grant awarded in 2014

The organization promotes college access for underserved students by partnering with high schools, community organizations and colleges to provide advice on college affordability to more than 10,000 young people and their families each year. This two-year grant supports uAspire’s expansion plan to offer its fee-for-service training and technical assistance programs in college financial aid advising to school counselors and community-based organizations.

New York
$265,000
Grant awarded in 2014

The public opinion research and engagement organization helps communities address policy issues. This grant funds a research project to examine the current and potential roles and responsibilities of trustees at regional public universities, and lay the groundwork for increased trustee engagement around student success and institutional capacity building in a rapidly changing higher education landscape.  

Chapel Hill, N.C.
$750,000
Grant awarded in 2014

The organization places new college graduates in underserved high schools where they serve as college-access advisers. The corps is using this two-year grant to expand its programming in Michigan, California and Arizona, launch its first chapter at a historically black college and deepen its footprint in Southern and Western U.S. markets. 

Washington
$750,000
Grant awarded in 2014

Through research, public policy and programs, Excelencia seeks to improve postsecondary access and success for Latino students. A three-year grant provides operating support for the organization while it strengthens its financial management capacity and works to achieve long-term sustainability.

San Francisco
$220,000
Grant awarded in 2014

Community Initiatives serves as the fiscal sponsor for California Competes. This two-year grant supports California Competes’ strategic agenda to improve equity, productivity and quality in the state’s three higher education systems, and to increase college access and success for disadvantaged populations.

St. Paul, Minn.
$500,000
Grant awarded in 2014

College Possible provides an intensive curriculum of coaching and support to make college admission and success achievable for low-income students. This two-year grant funds an ongoing national expansion that extends college access and success services to 15,000 students in five additional cities.

Austin, Texas
$600,000
Grant awarded in 2014

The college coaching program offers personalized, near-peer mentoring and a strong support network to guide motivated students to and through college. This three-year grant enables College Forward to expand its pilot effort to offer fee-for-service advising services to Houston community colleges and universities to help more low-income students persist in college.

Little Rock, Ark.
$650,000
Grant awarded in 2014

The association for the state’s 22 public community colleges seeks to enhance student success. This two-year grant enables five Arkansas community colleges to redesign their programs and support services at scale to provide students with well-defined institutional pathways to begin and complete programs of study.

Wayland, Mass.
$50,000
Grant awarded in 2014

The coalition strives to increase low-income and underrepresented students’ college-degree attainment at small, independent, nonprofit colleges and universities. This grant, along with a previous grant, underwrites the planning and implementation of strategies to increase the capability of its 27 member institutions to support, advocate for and graduate low-income and underrepresented students.