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. To date, the organization has reached more than 3,000 students at six post-secondary institutions, including four institutions in rural Texas. With this grant, College Forward will expand its direct service partnerships to include three additional campuses serving 1,080 students. The grant will also enable College Forward to enhance its service model by providing a “menu” of differentiated offerings to tailor its services to each institution’s needs.
Because of this work, College Forward partner institutions will see an immediate increase in year-to-year student persistence and, ultimately, more underserved students graduating within their field of study. Postsecondary institutions will be better able to achieve their educational missions and, especially in rural or economically depressed areas, they will contribute to regional economic vitality by producing valuable talent for the local workforce.