We are pleased to announce the awarding of $300,000 in June, in support of national and state-wide partnerships that will lead to greater college access and success. These grants aim to expand college-related services, improve students’ educational pathways, and close the attainment divide through collective efforts, advocacy and knowledge-building.

  • $200,000 to the Aspen Institute to support the collaborative implementation of a state-wide strategy in Texas. The Aspen Institute’s goal is to dramatically increase postsecondary and employment outcomes for Opportunity Youth, or young adults aged 16-24 who are not meaningfully connected to education or employment. This collaborative initiative aims to accelerate and advance work to improve outcomes for opportunity youth through advocacy and a collective learning agenda.
  • $100,000 to College Possible to support the planning, implementation, and integration phases of a merger between College Forward and College Possible. Both organizations have supported students through college access and retention initiatives, programs and services. This merger would achieve geographic growth in Texas and support more students nationwide, while maintaining a focus on individual student outcomes.

These grants will strengthen work on-the-ground in Texas while also connecting this work to a broader national context.

About Trellis Foundation

Trellis Foundation advances equitable educational opportunities in Texas by supporting postsecondary programs, practices and systems that reduce disparities and lead to success for low-income students and students of color. More information is available www.trellisfoundation.org.