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GTF Policy Brief: Rural Students

Texas’s rural students come from diverse backgrounds and face unique barriers to postsecondary success. For example, rural students often face [...]

Altarum Institute Research Shows Impact Of Improved Equity On Long Term Growth of Texas Economy

Greater Texas Foundation awarded funding to Altarum Institute to support research on how inequities in education impact Texas’s economy and to [...]

Greater Texas Foundation Funds Community College Research Center Project

Greater Texas Foundation awarded funding to the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, to support research on [...]

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2104, 2017

GTF Policy Brief: Rural Students

Texas’s rural students come from diverse backgrounds and face unique barriers to postsecondary success. For example, rural students often face challenges in broadband access, geographic location (e.g. transportation issues), and teacher retention. With more than 900,000 rural students in Texas, improving the postsecondary outcomes for this population is central to [...]

2003, 2017

Altarum Institute Research Shows Impact Of Improved Equity On Long Term Growth of Texas Economy

Greater Texas Foundation awarded funding to Altarum Institute to support research on how inequities in education impact Texas’s economy and to highlight programs for expanding opportunity and equity in the state. Altarum’s research focused on race, income and economic growth. The report noted that people of color in Texas, on average, [...]

2302, 2017

Greater Texas Foundation Funds Community College Research Center Project

Greater Texas Foundation awarded funding to the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University, to support research on ways to improve postsecondary success for Texas transfer students. In the report to GTF, CCRC recommended ways state policy could help to improve outcomes for students who intend to transfer [...]

1512, 2016

Grant Announcement: Sealing the Pipeline

GTF announces a grant in the amount of $156,790.92 to Texas State University-San Marcos Research Foundation in support of their project: Sealing the Pipeline: The Impact of Developmental Integrated Reading & Writing (IRW) Instruction on Education Outcomes for Students Enrolled in Texas Community Colleges. Almost half of all higher education [...]

411, 2016

Grant Announcement: GTF Accelerated ECHS Student Scholarship

GTF announces a grant in the amount of $390,00 over four years to the University of Texas at El Paso to support their work in helping Early College High School (ECHS) graduates complete a baccalaureate degree. Brief Project Description: Greater Texas Foundation Accelerated ECHS Student Scholarship Edwin Ramírez-Homs and [...]

1110, 2016

Grant Announcement: Texas Tribune, Inc.

GTF announces a grant to the Texas Tribune to support their work in education data applications. Brief Project Description: The Texas Tribune, texastribune.org, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — on public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. By providing a steady [...]

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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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Selected Grants

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.