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Tools of the Trade Apprentice Scholarships

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Wisconsin Technical College System|$2,583,500|8/2020 - 4/2023
This grant supports the Tools of the Trade Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to construction and industrial trade apprentices attending a Wisconsin Technical College System college. Each spring, apprentices with financial need receive $2,000 to help cover the cost of equipment, work clothes and other related expenses.

The Future of the Texas Transfer Alliance

Exploration
Communities Foundation of Texas Inc|$50,000|7/2022 - 3/2023
This grant supports Educate Texas in facilitating a visioning and strategic planning process for the Texas Transfer Alliance, an innovative coalition of higher education leaders serving low-income and marginalized learners across the state of Texas.

Informing the Department of Education’s Research and Evaluation Set-Aside

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Institute for Higher Education Policy|$225,000|7/2022 - 3/2023
This grant supports the Institute for Higher Education Policy in crafting recommendations for the U.S. Department of Education to ensure the optimal use of a newly established evaluation set aside for federal higher education programs.

Facilitating Career Pathways for Low-Income Rural Students: Cooperative Extension as a Community Connector

Exploration
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities|$389,100|12/2020 - 3/2023
This grant supports the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in building, piloting and evaluating a Rural Workforce Engagement Model that engages Cooperative Extension professionals in identifying and addressing the needs of low-income workers and employers in rural communities.

Implementing and Evaluating Caring Campus Faculty Engagement

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Institute for Evidence-Based Change|$1,729,541|11/2019 - 12/2022
This grant supports the Institute for Evidence-Based Change in cultivating caring campus environments to increase student retention. The project seeks to implement the program with faculty at 14 community colleges and allow the Community College Research Center to evaluate impact on students, faculty, staff and the institutions overall.

Moving Mathematics Pathways to Normative Practice in Arkansas

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University of Texas at Austin|$1,474,981|9/2019 - 12/2022
This grant supports the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin in ensuring that math pathways are offered to the vast majority of Arkansas college students. The Dana Center will provide technical assistance through a regional support network and pilot new tools and resources with Arkansas institutions.

Codifying Career Pathways Initiative

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UNCF|$1,987,366|1/2020 - 12/2022
This grant supports UNCF in scaling up an initiative aimed at increasing student success outcomes at 8 to 12 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The work will increase these institutions’ capacity to serve low-income students and students of color, increasing academic and economic equity for both groups and producing best practices to inform other under-resourced colleges serving low-income students or students of color.

Thrive Technical Assistance Program

Exploration
The College and Community Fellowship Inc|$733,510|1/2020 - 12/2022
This grant supports The College and Community Fellowship in increasing their capacity to provide in-depth technical assistance to higher education institutions and organizations seeking to implement evidence-based, student success components that are uniquely designed to meet the needs of learners transitioning from prison to a traditional campus setting.

Unlocking the Promise of Pell for Students in Prison

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Vera Institute of Justice Inc|$1,100,000|4/2020 - 12/2022
This grant supports Vera Institute of Justice in providing meaningful and in-depth technical assistance, training and advising to new and existing Second Chance Pell Initiative college sites and their state corrections system partners. The goal is to ensure the implementation of high-quality postsecondary education in prison and to help the field grow a cohort of correctional administrators prepared to support the broad expansion of such programs.

Maintain Momentum: Supporting Postsecondary Education Membership Organizations and Networks

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American Association of State Colleges and Universities|$1,966,060|7/2020 - 12/2022
This grant supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and its members in continuing to advance student success reforms despite COVID-19-related impacts.