2013 Education Grants
Achieving the Dream, Silver Spring, MD, $60,000 to increase academic success of community college students, particularly low income and underrepresented students. This grant will deepen Achieving the Dream’s partnership with the Aspen Institute as they jointly build a national community college leadership development program.
American Indian College Fund, Denver, Colorado, $750,000 over 3 years, to provide scholarships to Native American students and supports the country’s tribal colleges and universities. Funding from a three year grant enables two tribal higher education institutions, Dine college in Arizona an Salish Kootenai college in Montana, to participating Achieving the Dream, a national reform initiative to increase academic success of community college students.
Center for Community Change, Washington, DC, $250,000 to provide operational support for the Young Invincibles, a national organization that focuses on empowering young Americans with information regarding health care, jobs, entrepreneurship and higher education.
Complete College America, Washington, DC, $450,000 over 2 years for operational support that enables Complete College America to scale high impact postsecondary completion strategies in the 33 states and the District of Columbia that have joined its alliance of states.
Council for Opportunity in Education, Washington, DC, $150,000 to help lay the groundwork for an executive leadership transition and development of a strategic four year plan.
Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, DC, $150,000 to augment its efforts to increase the number of community college students who transfer to and graduate from its member schools.
Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action, New York, $250,000 to advance three projects, on alternative funding models for higher education, the impact of college debt on students’ decision-making and public disinvestment in higher education.
Get Schooled Foundation, New York, $110,000 to enable Get Schooled to identify, market and distribute high quality college access technologies to high school counselors, college access organizations and other education stakeholders that assist low income and underserved students who are pursuing post-secondary education.
MDRC, New York, $250,000 to support MDRC’s efforts to scale Aid Like a Paycheck, an innovative approach for distributing Pell Grants and Federal Aid as Biweekly rather than lump sum payments to help students better manage their finances, balance school and work commitments and achieve their academic goals.
Michigan College Access Network Lansing, Mich., $1.1 million over 2 years to advance its core programs, public awareness campaigns and professional development opportunities.
Morehouse College, Atlanta, $405,000 to support the new administration’s efforts to strengthen the college’s financial underpinnings, improve its operations and lay out a trajectory for long term sustainability and success.
National League of Cities Institute, Washington, DC, $475,000 over two years to enable NLC to improve the effectiveness and impact of strategic partnerships among municipal leaders, statewide college access networks and other stakeholders dedicated to increasing college completion rates in select cities.
On Point for College, Syracuse, NY, $450,000 over 3 years to support the growth and replication of OPFC’s Pathways to College Graduation Project at three sites in New York State.
Scholarship America, Minneapolis, $1 million over 2 years to develop and implement a new business model for the Dreamkeepers Emergency Financial Assistance Program, which helps community college students overcome financial emergencies and stay enrolled in school.
Texas Association of Community Colleges, Austin, Texas, $750,000 over 3 years to fund the launch of the Texas Success Center, a statewide hub to coordinate efforts to increase college success and accelerate degree completion.
UNITE-LA, .Los Angeles, $650,000 over 2 years to enable the organization to drive the implementation of education reforms aimed at improving graduation rates in Southern California’s community colleges and to strengthen programmatic connections between education and business.
iMentor, New York, $600,000 over 2 years, allows iMentor to launch a national partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and expand its program to four new cities.