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Trellis Foundation Announces Dora Ann Verde as New Board Chair

2024-03-25T11:51:19-05:00March 25, 2024|Categories: Press Releases|

Trellis Foundation, a public charitable organization focused on improving college attainment for low-income students and students of color in Texas, has announced the appointments of Ms. Dora Ann Verde as chair and Ms. Alma Garcia as vice chair to its board of directors. Ms. Verde will assume the role of chair from Dr. Mark [...]

School Comes First? Non-Traditional Students and “Hidden Curriculum”

2024-03-05T16:08:28-05:00March 5, 2024|Categories: Blog|

School comes first. It is a phrase we often hear from our parents and teachers from a young age, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing your focus on schoolwork. Even in graduate school, while pursuing my Ph.D., my advisor alludes to this concept in our sometimes-heated one-on-one meetings discussing my performance as a doctoral student. [...]

Get to Know Jesus Perales

2024-02-12T13:45:06-05:00February 12, 2024|Categories: Blog|

It is a pleasure to join the Trellis Foundation as Program Officer. As an immigrant and first-generation college graduate, increasing higher education attainment for under-resourced communities is a deeply personal mission. My parents, who unfortunately had to pause their higher education journey, instilled in me the importance of a college degree from a young [...]

Fall 2023 Grant Awards

2024-02-07T17:21:45-05:00February 7, 2024|Categories: Press Releases|

In the fall of 2023, the Trellis Foundation board of directors approved over $2 million in new grant awards, including: A total of $1 million to four advocacy nonprofits to support the participation of Texas college students in policy fellowship programs: The Education Trust in Texas, Every Texan, IDRA, and Young Invincibles. A $110,000 [...]

Kids on Campus: Supporting Childcare for Student Parents in Texas

2024-02-06T09:45:06-05:00February 6, 2024|Categories: Press Releases|

Today, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), in partnership with the National Head Start Association (NHSA), launched “Kids on Campus.” Trellis Foundation is proud to support this five-year initiative to bring more Head Start centers to community college campuses throughout the country. Read the press release from ACCT & NHSA. >> “Nearly a [...]

Lee College Awarded $750,000 to Launch Innovative Pathway Program for Incarcerated Students

2024-01-23T15:25:44-05:00January 25, 2024|Categories: Press Releases|

The Lee College Foundation has received a $750,000 grant from the Greater Texas Foundation and Trellis Foundation to launch a new program to help incarcerated students complete their college degrees and certificates once they are released from prison. The “Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education” project offers individuals leaving the justice system a chance [...]

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

2024-04-03T13:50:40-05:00November 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 [...]

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