Boston Foundation Awards $1.6 Million for College Completion Efforts

The Boston Foundation has announced grants totaling $1.6 million through its Boston Coaching for Completion program to help up to one thousand graduates of Boston Public Schools get into and make it through college.

As part of the foundation's Success Boston initiative, multiyear grants were awarded to nine nonprofit organizations working to help students prepare for, apply to, enroll in, and complete college. Grant recipients include Bottom Line, which was awarded $400,000 to provide low-income and first-generation college students with one-on-one guidance during the application process and throughout their college careers; Freedom House, which will receive $150,000 in support of its Preparing Urban Students for Success in Higher Education (PUSH) program; and Sociedad Latina, which was awarded $100,000 in support of its Pathways to Success Model, an array of programs designed to engage youth through their adolescent years and beyond. Funds for the grants were drawn from a $2.7 million investment in the foundation by the Corporation for National and Community Service's Social Innovation Fund.

Launched in 2008 by TBF, the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, the Boston Private Industry Council, the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and more than a dozen other Massachusetts colleges and universities, the Success Boston initiative has served more than two thousand students to date.

"The Boston Coaching for Completion program offers a promising approach to the City of Boston's challenge of low college completion rates," said SIF acting director Lois Nembhard. "The foundation has selected a very interesting portfolio that will tackle this issue across diverse populations of youth."

"Success Boston has demonstrated an incredibly positive influence on the lives of Boston Public School graduates who are making their way in college," said Boston Foundation president and CEO Paul S. Grogan. "We look forward to continued work with Success Boston Partners and grantees, Mayor Walsh, and new school superintendent Tommy Chang, to grow this successful model through Boston Coaching for Completion and help more BPS graduates get into and through college."