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We have searched the web and curated over 1,200 programs, scholarships and tools that are designed to help and support first-generation low-income students and professionals across the nation. You are currently viewing National resources within this directory. You can search by national or state resources. This website will continue to be updated as we find more resources. Click on the title of each resource listed below to be directed to its website for more details.


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We have 57 National resources in our directory.

"I Have a Dream" Foundation

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: HIGH SCHOOL | CATEGORY: SCHOLARSHIP+PROGRAM

The “I Have A Dream” Foundation works to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education, fulfill their potential, and achieve their dreams. We empower children (“Dreamers”) in low-income communities to graduate from college by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in postsecondary school, along with tuition support to remove financial barriers. By helping our Dreamers gain access to college, we are putting them on a different academic and life trajectory, while having a broader impact on the students’ families and the generations that follow.

IHDF works with Dreamers after school, on the weekends, and over the summer for over ten years, developing long-term relationships with Dreamers and their families. We provide academic and socio-emotional support to Dreamers, equipping them with the confidence and life skills needed to pursue their most ambitious dreams.

The “I Have a Dream” Foundation’s mission is to empower children from low-income communities to succeed in school, college, and career by providing academic, social, and emotional support from elementary school through college, along with postsecondary tuition assistance.

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“I Have a Dream” Foundation

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: COLLEGE | CATEGORY: SCHOLARSHIP+PROGRAM

The “I Have A Dream” Foundation works to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education, fulfill their potential, and achieve their dreams. We empower children (“Dreamers”) in low-income communities to graduate from college by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in postsecondary school, along with tuition support to remove financial barriers. By helping our Dreamers gain access to college, we are putting them on a different academic and life trajectory, while having a broader impact on the students’ families and the generations that follow.

IHDF works with Dreamers after school, on the weekends, and over the summer for over ten years, developing long-term relationships with Dreamers and their families. We provide academic and socio-emotional support to Dreamers, equipping them with the confidence and life skills needed to pursue their most ambitious dreams.

The “I Have a Dream” Foundation’s mission is to empower children from low-income communities to succeed in school, college, and career by providing academic, social, and emotional support from elementary school through college, along with postsecondary tuition assistance.

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ACT College and Career Readiness Champions

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: HIGH SCHOOL | CATEGORY: SCHOLARSHIP

Preparing individuals for college and career success is no small task – and it’s never been more important. This is why ACT is recognizing individuals who are making a positive impact on their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness.

The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are individuals across the country who support ACT’s mission of education and workplace success.

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Adam Greenman American Dream Undergraduate Scholarship

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: HIGH SCHOOL | CATEGORY: SCHOLARSHIP

Adam Greenman, a personal injury, criminal defense, and DUI attorney in Portland, OR wants the brightest and most driven students to receive a quality education regardless of their economic situation, country-of-origin, or ethnicity.

To further this cause, he has created the Adam Greenman American Dream Undergraduate Scholarship, which gives preference to naturalized or first-generation American citizens.

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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: PROFESSIONAL/GRADUATE | CATEGORY: TOOL

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach. We train 70,000 educators annually to close the opportunity gap, so they can prepare all students for college, careers, and life.

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Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID)

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: HIGH SCHOOL | CATEGORY: TOOL

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach. We train 70,000 educators annually to close the opportunity gap, so they can prepare all students for college, careers, and life.

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Alexander Hamilton Scholars

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: HIGH SCHOOL | CATEGORY: PROGRAM

Alexander Hamilton Scholars focuses on closing the opportunity gap for young people like Alexander Hamilton.

Each year, AHS selects 35 underserved high school juniors for their academic, personal, service, and entrepreneurial accomplishments, to participate in its no-cost, 5-year empowerment program. These students receive mentorship, practical guidance, and a comprehensive network of support, much like Hamilton did, so they, too, can leave a lasting legacy that will forever change their communities, our nation, and the world.

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Annexstad Leaders for Tomorrow Scholarship

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: HIGH SCHOOL | CATEGORY: SCHOLARSHIP

The Annexstad Family Foundation was established in 2000 by Al and Cathy Annexstad and their family with a singular purpose of helping deserving young people realize their dreams of earning a college degree. The foundation strongly believes that among the ranks of America’s young people is a special group who have overcome extraordinary hardship in their young lives and who are likewise exceptionally bright and motivated.  Equipping these talented scholars with world class educations represents a significant investment in our nation’s future as they go on to lead productive and rewarding lives.

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Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: HIGH SCHOOL | CATEGORY: SCHOLARSHIP+PROGRAM

Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation’s largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA). APIASF creates opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their careers, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a more vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed over $100 million in scholarships to APIA students across the country and in the Pacific Islands. APIASF manages three scholarship programs: APIASF’s general scholarship, the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander – Serving Institutions scholarship program and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Better Make Room

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: HIGH SCHOOL | CATEGORY: PROGRAM

Better Make Room is about creating a space for all the great things you’ll do next, staking a claim, forging a path and lighting the way for others just like you. And it’s a lot more fun to get there together. Get a better education, imagine a better future. You’re about to arrive— and the world better make room.

Reach Higher, an initiative of Better Make Room, seeks to help every student navigate the college-going process by: (1) reaching students where they are at and celebrating their success on social media and through flagship events like College Signing Day; (2) raising awareness about helpful college access tools like FAFSA and Up Next and resources; and (3) enhancing student support systems by building the capacity of the school counseling profession.

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Beyond 12

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: COLLEGE | CATEGORY: TOOL

One day, all students will have the opportunity to earn a college degree that provides them with meaningful economic and personal prospects. Beyond 12’s mission is to dramatically increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and historically under-represented students who graduate from college.  

Through a longitudinal student tracking platform and a personalized student coaching service, Beyond 12 helps high schools, college access programs, and colleges provide their students with the academic, social, and emotional support they need to succeed in higher education. By collecting and sharing longitudinal data that crosses K-12 and higher education, Beyond 12 not only provides students with differentiated coaching that ensures they earn a college degree, but also provides actionable feedback to high schools and programs about their college preparatory efforts, improves the retention work of colleges and universities by sharing data-driven insights gained from supporting students, and influences the national conversation about student success.

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Beyond 12

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: HIGH SCHOOL | CATEGORY: TOOL

Through a longitudinal student tracking platform and a personalized student coaching service, Beyond 12 helps high schools, college access programs, and colleges provide their students with the academic, social, and emotional support they need to succeed in higher education. By collecting and sharing longitudinal data that crosses K-12 and higher education, Beyond 12 not only provides students with differentiated coaching that ensures they earn a college degree, but also provides actionable feedback to high schools and programs about their college preparatory efforts, improves the retention work of colleges and universities by sharing data-driven insights gained from supporting students, and influences the national conversation about student success.

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Beyond 12

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: PROFESSIONAL/GRADUATE | CATEGORY: TOOL

One day, all students will have the opportunity to earn a college degree that provides them with meaningful economic and personal prospects. Beyond 12’s mission is to dramatically increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and historically under-represented students who graduate from college.  

Through a longitudinal student tracking platform and a personalized student coaching service, Beyond 12 helps high schools, college access programs, and colleges provide their students with the academic, social, and emotional support they need to succeed in higher education. By collecting and sharing longitudinal data that crosses K-12 and higher education, Beyond 12 not only provides students with differentiated coaching that ensures they earn a college degree, but also provides actionable feedback to high schools and programs about their college preparatory efforts, improves the retention work of colleges and universities by sharing data-driven insights gained from supporting students, and influences the national conversation about student success.

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Braven

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: COLLEGE | CATEGORY: PROGRAM

The mission of Braven is to empower promising, underrepresented young people—first-generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students of color—with the skills, confidence, experiences and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact.

By partnering with large public universities who are working to innovate, Braven:

  • Builds cutting-edge career education into the undergraduate experience for low-income and first-generation college students.

  • Provides students, who often feel disconnected from campus, with a network of supporters and sense of belonging.

  • Becomes a systemic solution within and across universities to fuel a generation of leaders as diverse as our future demands.

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Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: COLLEGE | CATEGORY: TOOL

The Coalition for College is a group of more than 140 distinguished colleges and universities across the U.S. that joined together to increase students’ access to higher education. Diverse member schools are united in their mission to support lower-income, under-resourced, and/or first-generation students; to provide responsible financial aid; and to bolster students’ success in college—and beyond.

The Coalition was founded in 2015 by a group of dedicated college leaders aiming to improve the college application process, particularly for those students from historically under-represented groups. Today, the coalition helps make college a reality for all students through MyCoalition, a set of free, online college-planning tools that helps students learn about, prepare for, and apply to college.

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Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: HIGH SCHOOL | CATEGORY: SCHOLARSHIP

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 30th class in 2018, the Foundation has provided over 6,000 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $66 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

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Code Nation

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: HIGH SCHOOL | CATEGORY: PROGRAM

Code Nation equips students in under-resourced high schools with the skills, experiences, and connections that together create access to careers in tech.

Four out of five students who pursue tech careers decide to do so in high school, but young people growing up in low-income circumstances have less access to computer science courses, internship opportunities, and role models that launch careers in tech.

With a volunteer teaching corps of hundreds of professional web and software developers, Code Nation mobilizes the tech community to provide tuition-free coding courses and work-based learning programs to students who attend under-resourced schools.

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College Advising Corps

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: COLLEGE | CATEGORY: PROGRAM

College Advising Corps works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education.

It does this through two innovative program models:

  1. Their in-school model places well-trained, recent college graduates from 25 partner universities as full-time college advisers in high schools across the nation.

  2. The virtual model leverages technology to connect well-trained, recent college graduates with students everywhere in the nation that technology can reach.

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College Advising Corps

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: HIGH SCHOOL | CATEGORY: PROGRAM

College Advising Corps works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education.

To deliver on this mission, we place well-trained, recent college graduates from 24 partner programs as full-time college advisers in our nation’s high schools.

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College Affordability Guide

AFFILIATION: NATIONAL | LOCATION: NATIONAL | LIFE STAGE: HIGH SCHOOL | CATEGORY: TOOL

Find the most affordable colleges & degrees in the USA

We analyzed 10,000,000+ data points from 7,000+ colleges and universities across the USA to find which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable.

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