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Trellis Foundation Announces $1M in Grants Supporting Higher Education Policy Fellowships

2023-12-04T10:44:47-05:00December 4, 2023|Categories: Press Releases|

Trellis Foundation is pleased to announce $1 million in total awards to four advocacy nonprofits to support the participation of Texas college students in policy fellowships programs. “We’re proud to support expanded capacity for these organizations who share a commitment to equitable access and outcomes for students in higher education,” said Trellis Foundation’s Executive [...]

Get to Know Erica Villarreal Ekwurzel

2023-11-27T12:41:19-05:00November 27, 2023|Categories: Blog|

It is an honor to join the high-functioning team of Trellis Foundation as Chief of Staff. As a fourth-generation Mexican-American from a family of hard-working migrant farm and ranch workers and a first-generation college graduate, I’ve personally been a beneficiary of education-based opportunities, and I’ve dedicated my career to supporting funders who are committed [...]

A Program Officer’s Guide to Supporting Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

2023-11-30T12:25:29-05:00November 21, 2023|Categories: Blog|

As a higher education program officer without a background in the criminal justice or justice reform spaces, I have faced a steep learning curve as the Trellis Foundation expands our work in prison education programs and re-entry education supports. I imagine you may share my need for guidance. Even if your foundation doesn’t focus [...]

Trellis Foundation Announces Grant Award to Support Nursing Students

2023-10-26T09:53:32-05:00October 24, 2023|Categories: Press Releases|

A $200,000 grant from Trellis Foundation will address the critical nursing shortage by helping nursing students at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso avoid the need for working outside jobs, which will allow them to focus on completing their degrees in the accelerated 16-month program. The three-year pilot project will provide grants to [...]

Lessons Learned: Innovating Regional Ecosystem for Reskilling and Upskilling

2023-10-09T09:01:12-05:00October 9, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Texas has a young and diverse population of working-age adults, but are we ready for the jobs of tomorrow? Over the past few years, we’ve seen how quickly the job market can evolve. Expanding opportunities for Texans to update and build their skills is critical to filling employer demand for good jobs that pay [...]

Get to Know Shamecca Perkins

2023-09-22T13:37:59-05:00September 22, 2023|Categories: Blog|

W.E.B Du Bois described education as the gatekeeper of access because he believed education was the key to opportunities and socioeconomic mobility. Lack of education perpetuates poverty, particularly for marginalized communities facing systemic disenfranchisement and limited economic mobility. I understood this concept at 12 years old when I committed to go to college and [...]

Trellis Foundation Announces Grant Award to Improve Corequisite Implementation in Texas

2023-09-21T12:08:56-05:00September 21, 2023|Categories: Press Releases|

Trellis Foundation is pleased to announce a grant of $300,000 to the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin (the Dana Center). This award will support the Dana Center’s work with Texas colleges and universities to improve corequisite implementation and student success rates.  The corequisite model allows students to start [...]

The Power of Policy Fellowships in Achieving Systemic Change

2023-09-22T13:38:32-05:00September 12, 2023|Categories: Blog|

At Trellis Foundation, supporting public policy change is crucial to our mission of helping low-income students and students of color succeed in postsecondary education. That's why our funding strategy includes breaking down the systemic barriers faced by students from communities facing historic and persistent barriers to higher education. One way we do this is [...]

Trellis Foundation Announces $2.5M in Grants to Community Organizations

2023-09-12T16:00:05-05:00September 11, 2023|Categories: Press Releases|

Trellis Foundation is pleased to announce $2.5 million in total awards to 26 Texas community-based organizations providing direct impact services to support students in college completion: “These grants are an acknowledgment of the innovative and essential work that community-based organizations engage in and our commitment to this important section of the postsecondary completion ecosystem,” [...]

Get to Know Sara Reeves

2023-08-03T16:47:57-05:00August 3, 2023|Categories: Blog|

It is a pleasure to join the Trellis Foundation team as Grants and Operations Manager. The Foundation’s work investing in postsecondary education strongly impacts educational institutions and our community. Knowing that my contributions can lead to lasting change and improved educational outcomes is a source of immense pride and satisfaction. The professional journey that [...]

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