College Forward awards $85K in-kind grant to assist underserved students

College Forward Grant

Tarleton State University

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton’s Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives department has received an $85,000 in-kind grant from College Forward to support 300 underserved students and mutually promote college success and completion.

Beginning in fall 2013, Tarleton, in partnership with Austin-based College Forward, will launch a pilot program enabling three AmeriCorps members to support 300 incoming freshmen students and work together to employ a collaborative approach to college completion, which will pair existing university resources with the nonprofit organization’s personal approach.

Each student identified for participation in the pilot program will be assigned a “college completion coach” who will provide individualized coaching and support to the students in terms of financial, academic, socio-emotional, and college transition issues they may face.

“I look forward to this amazing partnership between College Forward and Tarleton State University. Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives is eager for 300 incoming freshmen to begin the fall 2013 semester with their College Forward coaches who are focused on their academic successes at Tarleton,” said Dr. Jennifer Edwards, assistant vice president for Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives. “As the Tarleton community will soon discover, the individuals from this organization are outstanding and they are excited about helping our students exceed their expectations.”

The College Forward grant comes after a campus visit by the organization’s representatives, Edwards said, adding that the funding is one of the first granted to an institution of higher education in Texas. College Forward has a decade of successful experience working with Pell-eligible and first-generation students during their junior and senior years of high school.

“College Forward will be utilizing an amazing database that keeps up with student attendance, financial aid data and help us to ensure that these underserved students don’t fall through the cracks at Tarleton,” Edwards said. “Our purpose is to serve as a conduit between the AmeriCorps mentors who will work with SSMI to connect the students to resources on campus.”

For more information about Tarleton’s SSMI, visit To learn more about College Forward, see:


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye

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