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EDUCATION PHILANTHROPY DIVISION OF ASCENDIUM EDUCATION GROUP

We believe in the promise of a better life no matter where you started – and the power of education and training beyond high school to transform the lives of learners from low-income backgrounds.

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Our Focus Areas

We know learners from low-income backgrounds have the same abilities as high-income learners. Ascendium is working to change postsecondary and workforce training systems so that low-income learners have the same opportunities for academic and career success. To that end, we award exploration, validation and scaling grants in four focus areas that foster upward social mobility.

THE CHANGE WE SEEK

We hope our work contributes to a future where more low-income learners reach their education and career goals, equity gaps are eliminated and all postsecondary learning is valued and validated.

To assess the progress of our strategy on the changes we seek, we monitor data points related to first-year persistence, degree and credential completion, time to completion and job placement. 

News and Updates

April 30, 2020 Newsletter

Emergency Grant Guidance

  • Emergency Aid Grants? We Have Guidance to Share
  • Essential Service: Tools of the Trade
  • New Resource: Trends & Challenges in Financial Aid Awards
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April 01, 2020 Spotlight

COVID-19: Ascendium's Role as a National Leader in Postsecondary Philanthropy

Read the Chronicle of Higher Education story

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April 02, 2020 Newsletter

A Sharper Focus: 2019 Education Philanthropy Report

  • Refined strategy focuses on increasing equity for learners from low-income backgrounds
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