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Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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American Association of Colleges and Universities|$1,848,800|8/2020 - 6/2023
This grant supports the Association of American Colleges and Universities and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID‐19‐related impacts.

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Research Capacity Building Initiative

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APIA Scholars|$500,000|5/2021 - 6/2023
This grant supports the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund in building the capacity of rural Pacific Island postsecondary institutions to analyze data and use collaborative research strategies to improve their policies and practices. The initiative will increase Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander student success by developing pathways that lead to workforce participation through partnerships and institutional innovation.

Future U. Podcast

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Academic Intelligence|$55,000|9/2022 - 6/2023
As part of Ascendium’s 2022 Strategic Media Partnerships, this grant supports Academic Intelligence’s production of the Future U. podcast series featuring interviews and stories about topics related to removing barriers to success in postsecondary education. The series will include four themed episodes under Ascendium’s direction dedicated to Ascendium’s focus areas and highlighting its grantees.

UnlockED Feature Documentary

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Unlocked The Film LLC|$204,400|7/2022 - 6/2023
This grant supports Unlocked The Film LLC in creating a documentary film featuring four incarcerated learners’ journeys to create an open-source learning management system they named UnlockED.

College Promise Careers Institute & Expanding Ecosystems for Promise Student Support

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College Promise Campaign|$250,000|7/2022 - 6/2023
This grant supports College Promise Campaign in identifying and disseminating insights about the most effective elements of College Promise programs for supporting low-income learners in key populations, including adult students, student veterans, justice-impacted students, undocumented students, parents, first-generation students, foster care students and students with disabilities.

Reporting of Postsecondary Education

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The Hechinger Report|$220,000|7/2021 - 6/2023
This grant supports The Hechinger Report in exposing the challenges and elevating possible solutions to problems facing our postsecondary education system.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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University Innovation Alliance|$436,250|11/2020 - 6/2023
This grant supports the University Innovation Alliance and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID‐19‐related impacts.

Expanding Access to Postsecondary Pathways in Louisiana State Prisons

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Operation Restoration|$650,000|6/2020 - 5/2023
This grant supports Operation Restoration in the planning and implementation of a bachelor’s degree program that will leverage technology to support incarcerated students in multiple facilities across the Louisiana State Prison System. The organization will also pilot an innovative advising model that trains students with long-term sentences as academic advisors.

Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarship: Jim Elliott

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Milwaukee Area Technical College|$267,500|8/2013 - 4/2023
This grant supports the Jim Elliott Tools of the Trade Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to students in apprenticeship programs at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Each spring, 20 apprentices with financial need receive $2,000 to help cover the cost of equipment, work clothes and other related expenses.

Researching and Awarding Excellence in Rural Community Colleges

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The Aspen Institute Inc|$2,624,131|5/2020 - 4/2023
The grant supports the Aspen Institute in researching and awarding the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and the development of a new suite of curricular resources to advance student success at rural community colleges.