College Possible Milwaukee’s demonstrated success has helped it secure a $60,000 grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The grant will help fund College Possible’s 2017-18 programming in five of its 14 partner high schools and ensure the local nonprofit helps more low-income Milwaukee students get to and through college.
Specifically, the grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation will support more than 400 high school juniors as they work to improve their ACT scores, which increases their options for college. Students in College Possible spend much of their junior year preparing and practicing for the ACT. College Possible Milwaukee students increase their ACT score by an average of 18%.
“Interventions that help students prepare for the ACT are more effective when they are tailored to meet the specific challenges of young scholars, such as English language learners,” said Jeannie Fenceroy, senior program manager of education and scholarships at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. “College Possible’s comprehensive coaching helps students improve their scores and recognize the importance of the ACT in attaining access to higher education and scholarship opportunities. It also affirms that their worth is defined by much more than a test result.”
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation was one of College Possible Milwaukee’s earliest investors.
Since 2008 College Possible has received nearly $700,000 in support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
“With the continued support of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, new low-income Milwaukee students get the dedicated support of our AmeriCorps coaches each year,” said Edie Turnbull, executive director of College Possible. “The instruction students receive in ACT preparation and the support provided as they navigate the college application, acceptance and enrollment processes helps to ensure that more of our students make it to and through college.”
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s support over the years has been instrumental in enabling College Possible to effectively close the degree divide and grow a robust workforce for Southeastern Wisconsin. Overall, 98 percent of College Possible students earn college admission and 80 percent persist toward their degree once in college. College Possible students are four times more likely to earn a degree than their low-income peers.