College scholarships have long played an important role in ensuring access to postsecondary education in the U.S. However, we are now focusing on persistence and completion as well. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board which tracked the cohort of students who were 9th graders in 1997, thirty percent enrolled in postsecondary education and did not complete a credential within six years. In response to this issue, Greater Texas Foundation engaged FSG Social Impact Advisors to examine how scholarship funders could design their programs to improve postsecondary persistence and completion, in addition to improving access. Forward-looking scholarship funders have an opportunity to structure and target their scholarships to enable student success.
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