Philadelphia, PA (8/29/2018) – Steppingstone Scholars is extremely honored to announce it has received a $200,000 multi-year grant from The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. With the support of The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Steppingstone Scholars will work to strengthen The Steppingstone Academy and ensure that our Scholars pursue honors and advanced placement course trajectory at their schools. The Steppingstone Academy (TSA) is our 19-year-old core program that provides year-round academic enrichment, mentoring and school/college placement services for high performing low-income students to attend and succeed at high quality schools and colleges. Currently, 75% of our Scholars attend colleges rated very, highly, and most competitive, 46% of those Scholars are at Very Selective institutions and 26% are at highly and most selective colleges and universities. Our goal is to increase the number of Scholars from 26% to 40% over the next 5 years who attend the highly and most selective colleges and universities.
Sean Vereen, President of Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. states “Jack Kent Cooke's investment is a national recognition of Steppingstone’s commitment to supporting low income high achieving students as they access high quality schools and colleges. We have been working for a number of years to innovate core programming initiative, The Steppingstone Academy, to address the widening educational inequality our Scholars face. Jack Kent Cooke's support will help us expand our year-round academic and leadership enrichment from 5th grade to college.
Read more about The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s dedication to Academic Enrichment and College Access and Success.
About Steppingstone Scholars, Inc.
Steppingstone Scholars, working with families and school partners, provides rigorous educational programming and support for talented underserved students in the Philadelphia Region to achieve academic success, opportunity, and a college degree. Steppingstone’s programs focus on serving students ages 10-24, in order to help them be successful in middle and high school, and now through college.
About the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded $190 million in scholarships to nearly 2,500 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The Foundation has also provided over $100 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. www.jkcf.org