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GTF Hosts Fifth Annual Fellows Study Meeting

Fourteen GTF Fellows and their mentors met in Bryan, TX for the fifth annual GTF Fellows Study Meeting in August. The two-day [...]

GTF Announces New Chief Executive

Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) announced Sue McMillin will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization. Ms. McMillin [...]

Grant Announcement: Emergency Bridge Funding

Greater Texas Foundation announces a grant in the amount of $60,000 to E3 Alliance in support of their project, Emergency Bridge Funding.  E3 Alliance is a [...]

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1409, 2017

GTF Hosts Fifth Annual Fellows Study Meeting

Fourteen GTF Fellows and their mentors met in Bryan, TX for the fifth annual GTF Fellows Study Meeting in August. The two-day event, designed to provide fellows with opportunities for professional development and networking, featured interactive discussions, a writing workshop, and panels of expert speakers. The second cohort of GTF Fellows proudly display [...]

1109, 2017

GTF Announces New Chief Executive

Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) announced Sue McMillin will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization. Ms. McMillin has extensive experience in the financial services sector, having held leadership positions in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. “Ms. McMillin has a proven track record of effective leadership, a deep [...]

2808, 2017

Grant Announcement: Emergency Bridge Funding

Greater Texas Foundation announces a grant in the amount of $60,000 to E3 Alliance in support of their project, Emergency Bridge Funding.  E3 Alliance is a data-driven non-profit education collaborative based in Austin, Texas. Its mission is to use objective data and focused community collaboration to align Central Texas education systems so all students succeed and lead [...]

2108, 2017

Grant Announcement: Texas Pathways

Greater Texas Foundation announces a grant in the amount of $2,000,000 to the Texas Success Center in support of their project, Texas Pathways: Five-Year Implementation.  The Texas Success Center provides statewide coherence to student success initiatives and advocates for related policies. The Texas Pathways project is designed to increase students’ postsecondary attainment and entry into meaningful careers by helping schools, [...]

1408, 2017

Greater Texas Foundation Expands GTF Fellows Program

Greater Texas Foundation announced a new class of Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellows (GTF Fellows). Beginning fall 2018, six faculty members from five Texas universities will join the program, which aims to build the research and teaching capacity of tenure-track faculty at Texas colleges working in areas related to student success.     [...]

2807, 2017

Grant Announcement: Success Partnerships for Systems Change

Greater Texas Foundation announces a grant in the amount of $250,000 to College Forward in support of their project, Success Partnerships for Systems Change. College Forward provides college success services to low-income students and the postsecondary institutions that serve them, training near-peer mentors to guide students into and through college. [...]

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Our grants range from $1,000 to $3M. The average grant is around $300,000; however, grant size is dependent on a number of factors so an average may be misleading.
Yes, the foundation supports multi-year grants. Generally, this is on a case-by-case basis depending on the complexity of the project.
At this time the foundation does not provide individual scholarships, but rather chooses to fund scholarship programs through grants to institutions of higher education.
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    Within the context of the foundation’s funding principles, grant requests will be considered only from organizations operating in Texas that are tax exempt as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or certain others which have eligible tax-exempt status.
  • The Foundation will consider only one application from an organization (in the case of a college/university meaning unit or department) within a twelve month period.
  • No proposal from an organization previously funded by the foundation will be considered unless a full and timely report of expenditure of the previous grant has been submitted.
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College Forward – Success Partnerships

In 2014 GTF awarded College Forward a $500,000 grant to partially support its College Access and Success program supporting more than 4,100 underserved students. Additionally the grant will be used to teach school districts and postsecondary institutions how to replicate College Forward’s services and achieve their outcomes. Educational institutions will be empowered to help students make informed decisions about choosing a career path, taking the right courses in high school, gaining admission to the right postsecondary program, persisting in college, and moving into a lucrative career after graduation. To accomplish this, College Forward will refine its program into an effective and efficient curriculum that will be disseminated through strong partnerships with high schools, colleges, and regional collective impact initiatives. This initiative will ultimately benefit the millions of low-income students enrolled in Texas public schools and postsecondary institutions.

For more information on this initiative, please visit their website here.

Project Males – Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color

The Texas Higher Education Consortium for Male Students of Color (“The Consortium”) seeks to cultivate a statewide network of cross-sector educational institutions that collaborate, share expertise, advance research, and leverage resources to positively impact educational outcomes for males of color from high school through post-secondary education. GTF contributed over $335,000 to the Consortium in 2012. The goal of this statewide Consortium is to align existing programmatic efforts and to stimulate new initiatives to enhance the participation and success of Hispanic and African American males within higher education. The Consortium’s objectives are informed by research and the first-hand programmatic success of male-focused initiatives at high school and college levels. It is headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin (in the Division of Diversity & Community Engagement), and it is led by Dr. Victor B. Sáenz (Associate Professor & Executive Director) as well as Dr. Emmet Campos (Director). The chief external evaluator for this project is Dr. Luis Ponjuán, Associate Professor at Texas A&M University.

As of September 2015, the Consortium consists of sixteen educational institutions across Texas, strategically located across the state and all engaged in creating and sustaining a dynamic research and learning community. The Consortium conducts four broad activities embodying the “collective impact” spirit needed to encourage additional regional and statewide approaches that address the education challenges faced by young men of color.

For more information on this initiative, please visit their website here.

RGV FOCUS – a collaboration with Educate Texas

The Rio Grande Valley FOCUS (RGV FOCUS) project is a multi-year large-scale collective impact initiative designed to dramatically improve educational and life outcomes for students by strengthening the pipeline from K-12 through postsecondary and into the workforce. GTF awarded $1.25 Million to this initiative in late 2013. The vision of this project is for all learners in the Rio Grande Valley to achieve a postsecondary degree or credential that leads to a meaningful career. The collaborative includes educators, nonprofits, community leaders, funders, businesses, and policymakers from Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties dedicated to making major, systemic improvements to educational and career attainment in the RGV.

Greater postsecondary success will be increased by focusing on increasing college readiness, improving the quality of teaching, reducing dropout rates/increasing student recovery, improving college access, and building higher quality college supports, and establishing better connections to the workforce. RGV FOCUS works with partners to implement, measure, and refine practices across these strategic areas. Based on the results of these efforts, we will help elevate and replicate these practices across the RGV.

For more information on this initiative, please visit their website here.