Vista: September 2022

Flagship GTF Scholars program renewed for 8 more years

Thanks to its overwhelming effectiveness, the foundation is extending the GTF Scholars program for eight more years, with a new investment of over $12 million. A third wave of partner institutions will be announced for 2023 to implement this signature program that helps Early College High School graduates transition to a four-year college and complete baccalaureate degrees. 

The program’s success comes from its holistic approach to student success that includes a cohort of scholars, a program coordinator at each college campus, wraparound support services, and scholarship funding. As a result, GTF Scholars have significantly better persistence and graduation rates and lower loan debt compared to similar peers not participating in the program.

“We are proud that the GTF Scholars program has helped college campuses learn how to best serve the growing number of Early College High School graduates and help them achieve their potential.”

– Sue McMillin, President and CEO

On the Road Again

We are happy to be gathering with partners and colleagues to support and learn from each other. We hope to see you at one of these upcoming fall events.

National College Attainment Network

Sept 12-14 in Atlanta, GA
We are proud to co-sponsor the Rural Track with rootED Alliance.

You can be sure to find us at this session: Funding and Sustainability for Boosting Rural Postsecondary Enrollment

Grantmakers for Education

Oct 18-20 in Austin, TX

GTF staffers and grantee partners will be presenting at two sessions.

Rural Promise in a Box: Bringing Simple and Effective Promise Programs to Rural Texas
Speakers: Eric Ban Economic Mobility Systems, DesMontes Stewart Gainesville ISD, Brent Wallace North Central Texas College
Moderated by Sue McMillin

Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap: A Model in Student-Centered Design
Speakers: Nita May Northeast Texas Community College, Jessica Pace Panola College, Monica Pohlmann Reos Partners
Moderated by Andrea Robledo

The Future of Rural Texas

Nov. 17-18 in Lubbock, TX and streaming online.
Greater Texas Foundation is proud to sponsor this important event hosted by The Texas Tribune. Registration is now open.

Grantmaking Update

Over the years, Greater Texas Foundation has awarded more than $121 million in grants to changemakers in Texas education. Since our last newsletter, we’ve approved grants to the following organizations:


Students get closer to careers through CBE programs


Supporting Texas school districts to ensure all students are college-ready

Education Trust

A study to understand the impact of emergency aid funding


Aligning industry credential pathways to local workforce needs at HCC and TSC

Strada Collaborative

Latino Adult Student Success Academy

UT Austin

Demystifying the STEM teacher workforce

Texas A&M Foundation

Continued support for Rural Student Success Initiative

WGU Advancement

Re-enrolling West Texas adults with some college and no degree

UT Austin

Understanding the impact of recommended course sequences on student transfer


Summer Certification Cohort: a pilot project

Shannon Medical

Virtual reality preparation for careers in healthcare

What We’re Reading Now

Foundation staffers recommend these recent publications:

 For this report funded by Greater Texas Foundation, Young Invincibles spoke to Texas women in apprenticeship programs about how the state can transform the landscape, building prosperity for women and parents in the Texas workforce.
A recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse found that 22 percent of American adults, or 39 million people, have some college credit but no degree. Black and Latinx students are overrepresented in this population, accounting for 43 percent of those who have some credit but no degree, though they only represent 34 percent of all undergraduates. The report found women are more likely to re-enroll and persist than men.

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