Completing college moves a person higher. At Great Lakes, we think everyone should have the opportunity.
Our philanthropy focuses on those with the most to gain: students from low-income households, students of color, and students who are the first in their families to attend college. Traditionally, they have the steepest climb and least support. We're working hard to change that, and we know a team effort is the only way.
When Great Lakes gave 20 apprentices $1,000 scholarships for required equipment, tools, and clothing last year, 95% of them finished or stuck with their programs. So we're expanding this year more than eightfold to help 170 apprentices at 14 technical colleges!
Community colleges can achieve their potential with CUNY's Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), says The New York Times. A new MDRC evaluation finds ASAP nearly doubles graduation rates of students who need developmental education.
Based on this success, Great Lakes and partners are replicating ASAP in Ohio.
Four principles help further the impact of every dollar we commit.