OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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YEAR

2007

GRANT CATEGORY

Education

GRANT AMOUNT

$104,000

College Forward

Organization:

College Forward

College Forward

Project Title:

Round Rock College Readiness Program

Project Description:   

College Forward provides college preparatory and retention services to motivated, economically-disadvantaged students in order to facilitate their transition to college and make the process exciting and rewarding. 


College Forward will use the Impact Austin grant to expand its comprehensive after-school program to serve 11th and 12th graders at Stony Point High School in Williamson County. Funds will help 80 low-income and first-generation students prepare to become the first in their families to earn Bachelor's degrees, impacting their lives and communities for generations to come.

Grant Status:   

Aiming to provide services to 80 students, College Forward actually served 114 of which 85 successfully completed all the requirements of the College Forward program, a 75% student retention rate.


Senior Accomplishments:

  • 34 Stony Point High School seniors completed the two-year after-school college preparatory program.

  • 100% applied to at least one college or university.

  • 32 of the 34 seniors were accepted into at least one college or university by the end of the grant period, 31 into four-year institutions.

  • 32 successfully completed and submitted either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Texas Application for Student Financial Aid (TASFA).

  • Seniors improved on their ACT scores by 17% on average (2.4 points).

  • At the end of the grant period, SPHS seniors had earned a total of $356,000 in grants and financial aid (not including loans).

  • 29 of the 34 SPHS seniors signed contracts to join College Forward’s College Persistence Program to receive ongoing college advising, care packages, virtual mentoring, and college transition support services next year.


Junior Accomplishments:

  • 51 SPHS juniors completed the first year of College Forward’s two-year after-school college preparatory program

  • 48 completed college search activities and compiled a list of colleges to which they will apply in the fall

  • 38 completed at least one ACT diagnostic test

  • 44 took the ACT exam, 40 took the SAT, and 39 took both

  • 29 applied for scholarships


Other Accomplishments:

  • Participants contributed almost 1,000 hours of community service to the Round Rock area.

  • 15 joined the College Forward Summer Tour of Colleges and met with admissions and financial aid professionals at Baylor University, Texas A&M University – Commerce, Texas Woman’s University, University of North Texas, and University of Texas at Arlington.

  • 60% of the SPHS parents attended at least one College/ Universidad 101 Workshop. An additional 9% met with College Forward College Coaches either at a Parent/Coach Gathering or during a Parent Leadership Council meeting.

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