Grant Activity

In 2020,

Greater Texas Foundation’s board of directors approved 58 grants for a total of $12,148,778 in new funding to improve postsecondary outcomes for Texas students.

$12 Million in Grants in 2020

A Home Base for Transitioning Foster Youth: $10,000

To support approximately six former foster youth, ages 18-25, pursuing a high school equivalency credential or baccalaureate degree by assisting with the cost of childcare, transportation, books, testing fees and technology.

Achieving the Dream: $80,000

To support the participation of two Texas colleges in Achieving the Dream's Racial Equity Leadership Academy conducted by the USC Center for Race and Equity.

Austin Partners in Education: $450,000

To support the design of a comprehensive, evidence-based program model that provides an operational framework detailing the resources, systems, processes, and procedures for the successful execution of Career Launch/P-TECH programs.

Big Thought: $50,000

To support Big Thought in their role of lead convener for the mentoring piece of the Dallas Promise Champions program to help bridge students to success while they are enrolled at one of the Promise high schools.

Blinn College Foundation, Inc.: $15,000

To support Blinn College’s Emergency Aid Program to provide students experiencing financial crises with access to emergency aid grants.

Combined Arms: $45,900

To support the effective development and deployment of a technology solution that will help rural veterans in Texas gain admission to postsecondary opportunities.

Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley: $25,000

To support five education foundations participating in Brazos Valley Gives with matching funds by providing a 2:1 match for the first $2,500 each district raises, for a total of $5,000 per district.

E3 Alliance: $909,195

To support the Pathways of Promise 4.0 Initiative (PoP 4.0) which aims to redouble and expand efforts to provide equitable access to accelerated math courses for Black, Hispanic, and low-income students, while also delivering supports to educators and parents, which will lead to higher quality and more equitable instruction and increased access to advanced math courses.

EMERGE Fellowship: $300,000

To support the efforts of EMERGE’s college success team to build strategic partnerships with select Texas colleges and universities that will lead to increased access and opportunity for high-performing students from Houston’s underserved communities.

Excelencia in Education, Inc.: $5,000

To support the 2020 ALASS Institute, an annual meeting of professionals focused on improving education outcomes for Latinx students.

Foundation Communities: $300,000

To support Foundation Communities' transfer, transition, and advising programs throughout Austin and the Central Texas region.

Get Schooled Foundation: $375,000

To support a multi-platform, all-digital statewide communications and support campaign that will encourage recent high school graduates, plus incoming juniors and seniors in Texas’s high schools – students of color, first-generation youth and those from low-income families – to persist on their path to college.

Huston-Tillotson University: $247,250

To support MBK Scholars’ work with Pflugerville ISD to create a peer-to-peer mentorship system to improve postsecondary attainment rates for young men of color and with Elgin ISD to build an actionable data system that will track postsecondary success of students after graduation.

Marion County Diversified Civic Social Concern Organization: $2,500

To support the Fred Bonner Scholarship at Jefferson High School in recognition of Dr. Fred Bonner’s role as a mentor for the GTF Fellows program.

National College Access Network, Inc.: $30,000

To support the rural learning track at the 2020 National College Access Network national conference. This learning track includes sessions focused on rural issues and increased focus on this area.

Northeast Texas Community College Foundation, Inc.: $470,000

To support the expansion of the Work4College Program that allows students the opportunity to attend college at NTCC without acquiring debt and provides a hands-on learning experience in a meaningful work area allowing students to earn while they learn.

Region 5 Education Service Center: $199,132

To support the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program which provides comprehensive services to young adults who have been placed in at-risk situations in their lives that will result in their completing requirements for a high school diploma (or a GED), securing a quality entry-level job, and/or pursuing a postsecondary education that leads to advancement in their chosen career field.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors: $179,167

To support activities that create stackable credentialing pathways that adequately count military training towards the attainment of non-degree and degree credentials with high-quality providers for service members and veterans.

Sam Houston State University: $349,979

To support a research study that will inform advising practice during and after the COVID-19 pandemic by collecting and analyzing data drawn from institutional and programmatic academic advisers at public and private institutions throughout Texas.

Sam Houston State University: $251,139

To support: (1) the ELITE program at Sam Houston State University, developed in 2010 to best serve the academic needs of minority male students with a foundation of peer mentoring and regular, sustained small group support; and (2) evolve, a sister program to ELITE to benefit female students who either transfer from a regional 2-year college or are the first in their family to attend college.

Temple College: $620,107

To support Temple College in establishing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Middle College in Taylor, Texas, to serve the eight rural school districts that surround Taylor in eastern Williamson and Milam counties.

Texas A&M University: $729,156

To support Brazos Valley Teach to ensure high school students in the Brazos Valley have the necessary academic resources to complete a CTE Public Service Endorsement in the Education and Training cluster with dual credit coursework opportunities.

Texas A&M University-Commerce Foundation: $783,524

To support an increase in the number of underserved, adult learners completing a bachelor’s degree through competency-based education and integrated academic success teams at Texas A&M Commerce.

Texas Higher Education Foundation: $700,000

To support colleges and universities in either providing emergency financial aid to help students address basic needs created by unexpected college closures and other COVID-19 pandemic related disruptions or support institutions in creating or improving the necessary infrastructure and capacity to optimize emergency aid funds.

Texas Higher Education Foundation: $150,000

To support the development of an actionable and transformative strategic plan for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board which will enable the agency to achieve greater efficacy through collaboration and partnership to realize Texas’ bold goal for 60% of young adult Texans to hold postsecondary credentials by 2030.

Texas State University: $74,740

To support research that will inform higher education administrators about the adequacy of campus supports for foster care alumni and will identify best-practices for improving higher education outcomes of youth formerly in foster care.

Texas Tech University: $2,500

To support the Dean's Scholarship which helps teacher education students at Texas Tech University who demonstrate need.

Texas Tribune, Inc.: $100,000

To support the increase in the Texas Tribune's production of nonpartisan, public service journalism on higher education issues during the coronavirus pandemic.

the TSTC Foundation: $715,743

To support TSTC to accelerate the conversion of its technical programs to performance-based education pathways.

University of Houston: $300,000

To support Houston GPS to increase student success by supporting a project designed to improve postsecondary completion for students from all backgrounds by using evidence-based strategies to build the knowledge and competency of institutional partners and develop and implement projects for institution and systems-level policy and practice change.

University of Houston-Clear Lake: $250,000

To support the UHCLTeach program which will prepare STEM teachers to implement engaging, inquiry-based learning through research-driven, culturally relevant methods.


To support the President's Need-Based Scholarship Program in recognition of Dr. Bonita C. Jacob's role as a mentor for the GTF Fellows program.


To support UNT High School Career Connect which, through partnerships with Denton County schools, provides career assessments, guidance, and resources to students, counselors, administrators, and parents via mentoring from UNT student peer mentors and full-time staff.


To support the ongoing work of the Texas Transfer Alliance (TTA) and the inclusion of the Texas Tech University System (including Angelo State University), Midwestern State University, and Texas Woman’s University and their feeder community colleges into the scope of work. The TTA works to positively influence postsecondary attainment and affordability by addressing the high level of inefficiency and credit loss students experience when transitioning between institutions.


To support research that will help the state, K-12 schools, and two- and four-year colleges identify optimal programs and develop policies to improve postsecondary outcomes, in addition to producing the first analyses to capture a host of predictors of postsecondary outcomes for students who ever received English Learner services during K-12.​


To support a research project that will conduct longitudinal focus groups to hear from students about why they leave college and explore points of leverage that might change these outcomes.​


To support a need-based scholarship for the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid Completion Grant Fund in recognition of Dr. Carolyn Landel's role as a mentor for the GTF Fellows program.


To support the UTSA/Urban Education Institute team’s expertise in qualitative research and in improvement science, as well as their access to school, district, and education-focused community organization leaders in the San Antonio area to assist with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's AI college advising communication tool, “ADVi.”


To support a need-based scholarship for the Harlingen Consolidated School District STEP-UP program in recognition of Dr. Patricia McHatton's role as a mentor for the GTF Fellows program.​


To support a project that will provide resources, guidance, and support for the Texas Panhandle's rural students, adult learners, and communities to help achieve needed systems and cultural change that builds an engaged, invested community where all people thrive in sustainable careers and communities.​


Council on Foundations, Inc.


Grantmakers for Education


Grantmakers for Effective Organizations


PEAK Grantmaking, Inc.


Educational Matching Grant Program

Greater Texas Foundation Educational Matching Grant Program 2020

Distributed as part of the foundation’s Educational Matching Grant Program, whereby the foundation matches contributions to eligible organizations made by officers, board members, external advisory members, managers, and employees.

  • $15,000 to Howard Payne University
  • $15,000 to McCoy College of Business Foundation at Texas State University
  • $15,000 to Prairie View A&M University
  • $1,500 to Region 15 Education Service Center
  • $1,500 to Southwestern University
  • $30,000 to Stephen F. Austin State University
  • $15,000 to Texas A&M Foundation
  • $7,500 to Texas A&M University
  • $12,000 to The Texas A&M University Commerce Foundation
  • $300 to The University of Texas at Austin