Nonprofit organizations primarily supporting low income and/or first generation students:

CALIFORNIA

Bright Prospect, Pomona, California (@Bright_Prospect)

Bright Prospect empowers high potential, low-income students to gain admission, succeed and graduate from four-year colleges and universities by providing a comprehensive counseling and support system throughout their high school and college years.

College Access Plan, Pasadena, California (@iheartcollege)

College Access Plan prepares underserved students to succeed in college. Founded in 2006 by Kathleen Parent, a high school teacher, and Mo Hyman, a college instructor, College Access Plan’s core belief is that all students, regardless of socio-economics, geography, or background, have the right to equal access to a college education.

First Graduate, San Francisco, California (@firstgraduate)

First Graduate is a San Francisco-based college success program that helps students finish high school and become the first in their families to graduate from college. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, we equip first-generation students with the tools, resources, opportunities and networks necessary to be successful in college and beyond.

Mission Graduates, San Francisco, CA (@MissionGrads)

Mission Graduates is a nonprofit organization that increases the number of K-12 students in San Francisco’s Mission District who are prepared for and complete a college education.

Reality Changers, San Diego, California (@RealityChangers)

REALITY CHANGERS transforms lives, schools, and communities by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance and leadership training to become first generation college students. To advance this mission, we offer COLLEGE APPS ACADEMY, a for-benefit enterprise that serves all students seeking admission to four-year universities.

Students Rising Above, Bay Area, CA (@SRAprogram)

Students Rising Above invests in low-income, first generation college students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to education and strength of character in overcoming tremendous odds of poverty, homelessness, and neglect. We help each student to realize his or her potential by guiding and supporting them through college graduation, and into the workforce. Our graduates are breaking the cycle of poverty within their own families, serving their communities, providing a new generation of employees and leaders from diverse backgrounds, and accelerating positive change. The SRA Community is dedicated to impacting the future through the cultivation of extraordinary youth.

 

CONNECTICUT

Higher Edge, New London, Connecticut (@HigherEdgeCT)

Higher Edge guides low-income and first-generation students through enrollment, retention, and graduation from college by providing the support and resources needed for success.

 

FLORIDA

Florida C.A.N. Statewide, based in Tampa, Florida (@GOAL2025Florida)

Our Mission is to create and strengthen a statewide network that catalyzes and supports communities to improve college & career preparation, access, and completion for all students.

 

GEORGIA

Future Foundation – I’m A Hero, Atlanta, Georgia (@FutureFndation)

Our mission is to level the playing field for youth in metro Atlanta by providing quality education, health, and life skills programs. We call ourselves the Future Foundation because we encourage kids to dream about, invest in, and prepare for their futures. We prepare students and parents to have the self-confidence to envision a better life, and stand out from the cycle of negativity and hopelessness, and affect change in their lives and communities. Whether it’s tutoring, college prep, guidance toward healthy choices, or providing a safe space to make those choices, our programs help our students draw on their resilience and thrive in the face of their challenges. We offer programs to help parents build stronger families, and encourage community members to invest in our youths’ future. In this way, we build a foundation for a better future for all of us.

 

MARYLAND

Collegiate Directions, Bethesda, Maryland (@CollegiateDirections)

CDI is a non-profit organization committed to closing the education, achievement, and opportunity gap for low-income, primarily first-generation-to-college students. We provide comprehensive college counseling, targeted tutoring, test preparation, study skills, leadership training, and ongoing support, starting in tenth grade and continuing through successful college graduation.

First Generation College Bound, Inc., Prince George’s County, Maryland

First Generation College Bound (FGCB) is a grassroots organization based in Prince George’s County, Maryland, whose mission is to increase the participation of low- and moderate-income youth in higher education, particularly those whose parents do not have a bachelor’s degree.

I’m First by the Center for Student Opportunity, Bethesda, Maryland (@ImFirstGen)

I’m First is an online community for first-generation college students—and their supporters. Hear inspiring stories and share your own, discover colleges that care about first-gen students, find answers to your questions about college, and receive guidance on the road to and through college.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Breakthrough Greater Boston, Boston, Massachusetts (@BreakthroughBOS)

Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB) is transforming urban education for students and teachers. Through six years of intensive, tuition-free, out of school time programming, Breakthrough changes students’ academic trajectories and supports them along the path to four-year college. Simultaneously, BTGB builds the next generation of teachers through competitive recruitment, research-based training, and coaching from master teachers. At BTGB, students and teachers are closing the achievement gap one breakthrough at a time.

Fuel Education, Boston, Massachusetts (@FUEL_Education)

FUEL Education’s model is rooted in family engagement. Unlike most college access programs that center on the student or the school, we focus on helping the entire family prepare to enter higher education. Our groundbreaking curriculum, incentivized savings, and connection to community agencies require families to put skin in the game, ultimately propelling more underserved youth toward higher education and a firmer place in the American social and economic mainstream.

Let’s Get Ready, Boston, Massachusetts (@LGRforCollege)

Let’s Get Ready provides low-income high school students with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college. Services are provided by volunteer college students who also serve as role models and mentors.

 

MINNESOTA

College Possible, based in Saint Paul, Minnesota (operates in the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, Omaha, Portland, and Philadelphia) (@SaraDziuk)

College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.

 

MISSOURI

College Bound, St. Louis, Missouri (@collegeboundstl)

The mission of College Bound is to provide promising high school students from under-resourced backgrounds with the academic enrichment, social supports and life skills needed to apply, matriculate and succeed in four year colleges. We fulfill our mission through the application of The Three P’s beginning in a student’s freshman year of high school and continuing through degree completion.

St. Louis Graduates, St. Louis, Missouri (@STLGraduates)

The mission of St. Louis Graduates is to increase the proportion of low-income students in the St. Louis region who earn a postsecondary degree. St. Louis Graduates’ goal is that 50% of adults in the region will have a postsecondary degree by 2020. St. Louis Graduates supports this goal through collaboration, service coordination, professional development, communications and advocacy.

 

NEW YORK

New York Needs You, (New Jersey Needs You, America Needs You) (@NewYorkNeedsYou)

New York Needs You fights for economic mobility for ambitious, low-income college students. We do this by providing intensive career development, mentorship, and professional networks to enable students to realize their academic and career aspirations.

Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE), Yonkers, New York (@YonkersPartners)

YPIE’s mission is to increase the number of Yonkers Public School students who complete a post-secondary program that prepares them for a successful career. YPIE partners with the Yonkers Public School District, business and philanthropic communities and higher education institutions and relies on detailed data to drive our decisions and programs. We believe that post-secondary success is key to meaningful and lasting improvements in the quality of life for our students and community.

 

NORTH CAROLINA

College Advising Corps, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (@AdvisingCorps)

The College Advising Corps works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education.

 

OHIO

College Now Greater Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio (@CollegeNowGC)

College Now (formerly Cleveland Scholarship Programs) provides Greater Cleveland students with guidance and access to funds to prepare for and graduate from college. For more than 40 years, our goal has been to help students pursue educational opportunities that empower them to embark on rewarding careers and strengthen our community.

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia Futures, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (@PhillyFutures)

Philadelphia Futures: a union of White-Williams Scholars and Philadelphia Futures provides Philadelphia’s low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college.

 

RHODE ISLAND

College Visions, Rhode Island (@collegevisions)

College Visions empowers low-income and first-generation college-bound students to realize the promise of higher education by providing advising and resources to promote college enrollment, persistence, and graduation. College Visions advances equal access to educational opportunities in historically under-served communities.

 

TEXAS

EMERGE Fellowship, Houston, Texas (@EMERGEfellows)

We provide a school-based, developmental, holistic approach that has proven to be highly successful in helping talented students from underserved communities experience the benefits of attending the nation’s top colleges.

 

WASHINGTON

Washington College Access Network (WCAN), Tacoma, Washington (@W_CAN)

When Washington state launched the College Bound Scholarship program in 2007, it soon became clear that the low-income, middle school students who would benefit from this innovative scholarship would need help accessing it. WCAN uses existing college-access providers, community‐based organizations and resources to provide members with professional development, networking and other support so they can help more underserved students reach their college goals and succeed in life.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Complete College America, Washington, D.C. (@CompleteCollege)

Established in 2009, Complete College America is a national nonprofit with a single mission: to work with states to significantly increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees and to close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.

Degree D.C., Martha’s Table Youth Program, Washington, D.C. (@DegreeDC)

Degree DC is a college readiness program that loves, supports, and encourages our program alumni who are furthering their education in colleges throughout the U.S.

FLOC – For Love of Children, Washington, D.C. (@FLOC_DC)

For Love of Children (FLOC) provides educational services beyond the classroom to help students succeed from first grade through college and career. FLOC brings together students, volunteers, families, and community partners in proven programs that teach, empower, and transform.

New Futures, Washington, D.C. (@NewFuturesDC)

Our mission is to enable low-income young adults in the DC Metro Area to obtain an education that paves the way to productive employment and financial self-sufficiency. Through scholarships, career advisory services, and mentoring, we support students pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities with an emphasis on career and technical education.

Reach for College, Washington, D.C. (@ReachForCollege)

Reach for College! was founded in 2005 by two experienced urban educators to help low-income high school students reach their dreams of pursuing postsecondary education. Working in public high schools and public charter schools, Reach for College! provides a curriculum specially developed for students who will often be the first in their families to pursue higher education, and we train teachers to use it. This research-based, structured curriculum has been proven to significantly increase the number of students going to college from high schools where the college-going rate is often low.

 

MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL PROGRAMS

College Success Foundation, District of Columbia and Washington State (@College_Success)

Over the past 12 years, the College Success Foundation (CSF) has been a leader in improving college access to thousands of underrepresented students on both the east and west coasts. CSF was founded near Seattle, Washington in the nearby suburb of Issaquah in 2000 by Bob Craves and Ann Ramsay-Jenkins to provide college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students.

 

MULTI-STATE PROGRAMS

College Possible, Minnesota (Twin Cities), Nebraska (Omaha), Oregon (Portland), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), Wisconsin (Milwaukee) (@CollPossible)

College Possible is making college admissions and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.

College Track, California (East Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco), Colorado (Aurora), Louisiana (New Orleans) (@collegetrack)

College Track recruits students from underserved communities and works continuously with them from the summer before 9th grade through college graduation. Our 10-year program removes the barriers that prevent students from earning their college degree by providing them with comprehensive academic support, leadership training, financial and college advising, and scholarships. We teach our students the skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond.

Posse Foundation, California (Los Angeles), Florida (Miami), Georgia (Atlanta), Illinois (Chicago), Louisiana (New Orleans), Massachusetts (Boston), New York (New York), Texas (Houston), Washington, District of Columbia (@possefoundation)

The Posse Foundation identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. The Foundation extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams – Posses – of 10 students. The Foundation’s partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.

Summer Search, California (North Bay, San Francisco, Silicon Valley), Massachusetts (Boston), New York (New York City), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), Washington (Seattle) (@SummerSearch)

Summer Search is a national youth development non-profit. We work with low-income high school students to transform what they believe is possible for themselves. We help students in seven cities across the country develop the skills and character traits they need to become college-educated leaders who give back to their families and communities.

Teen Sharp, Youth Leadership Program, South Jersey and Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) (@TeenSHARP)

The TeenSHARP program develops youth that are SHARP (Successful in High-Achieving and Reaching their Potential) and ready to serve as thought leaders in a globalized world. TeenSHARP is a nonprofit organization incorporated in New Jersey that primarily serves youth and families in South Jersey and Philadelphia, PA. The program was founded in 2009 by Atnre Alleyne building upon his work as an educator, researcher, and mentor.

 

NATIONAL PROGRAMS

Beyond 12, National (@beyond12)

Beyond 12 is a national nonprofit organization that was founded in 2009 to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who earn a college degree. By integrating personalized coaching with intelligent technology, Beyond 12 bridges the gap between K-12 and higher education to ensure that all students succeed in college.

College for Every Student, National (@CollegeFES)

College For Every Student (CFES) is a nonprofit organization committed to raising the academic aspirations and performance of underserved youth so that they can prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college. CFES currently works with 200 rural and urban schools and districts in 24 states. Each school works with more than 50 CFES Scholars (low-income youth), most of whom would be first in their family to pursue higher education, to help them get to college and succeed there.

First Generation Student, National (@FirstGenStudent)

FirstGenerationStudent.com is devoted to helping first-generation college students navigate the college application process, from beginning to end and beyond. Our content will always be free, information-packed, and—we hope—inspiring!

First Scholars, National (@FirstScholars)

First Scholars is dramatically increasing the graduation rate of first-generation college students through an innovative combination of a business mindset and research-based college success strategies. This approach is designed to have national impact on increasing the graduation rate of first-gen students and to empower them to build lives of self-awareness, personal success, and significance in their communities.

Gateway to College, National (@gtcnn)

Gateway to College National Network builds the capacity of colleges, school districts, and states to revolutionize education for high school dropouts and underprepared college students so that all young people can achieve college credentials.

QuestBridge, National (@QuestBridge)

QuestBridge provides a single, internet-based meeting point which links exceptional students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself.