College Support Programs

Davis United World College Scholars Program

The Davis United World College Scholars Program is the world’s largest, privately funded, international scholarship program—supporting over 2,500 undergraduates from 146 nations.

The program was launched in 2000, providing grants to selected American colleges and universities to support United World College graduates who matriculated at these schools. The first schools in the pilot group were Colby College, College of the Atlantic, Middlebury College, Princeton University, and Wellesley College.

Over its lifetime, the Davis UWC Scholars Program has greatly expanded beyond its original pilot colleges and universities and now includes the 90 institutions.


Ohio College Access Network

Our mission is to increase the number of Ohioans who access and complete a post-secondary credential.

We work to accomplish this mission by providing support for practitioners, entities, organizations, and collaborations through training and professional development opportunitiesprogram coordination, and advocacy at both the state and federal levels.


Pennsylvania College Access Program

Pennsylvania College Access Program
The Pennsylvania College Access Program is a nonprofit statewide educational workforce development outreach program working to provide assistance to individuals completing applications for college, business and technical schools. PA CAP assists individuals who might otherwise never have the opportunity to attend or graduate from college.

What We provide
PA CAP provides assistance in completing applications for colleges, business and technical schools and the completion of financial aid applications (FAFSA). We also assist individuals in clearing the default on their student loans, enabling them to complete their education.


College Center’s Programs in Practice

Across the country, community-based organizations and college access programs are working with youth to promote a college-bound culture among first-generation and traditionally underserved student populations.

CSO College Center’s Programs in Practice portal provides a searchable database and spotlight profiles to recognize and promote the good work of leading college access programs, community-based organizations, educational resources centers, and scholarship foundations nationally.

Students and Counselors can search the database to learn of organizations operating in your area. Take advantage of local college preparation progams and scholarship opportunities.

Colleges and Nonprofit Practitioners can use Programs in Practice as a resource to survey the landscape of CBOs and access programs nationally. Find organizations to partner with in promoting college opportunities or learn about successful models to replicate best practices in your efforts.


National College Access Program Directory

This national directory of college access programs is a free online resource for students, parents, counselors, and researchers and those operating college access programs. To find a program in the directory or add/update program data, follow the links below.

Access College Foundation

The ACCESS College Foundation is committed to the betterment of our students and to providing them with the tools necessary to be successful in their educational endeavors. Our goal is to ensure they are able to make informed decisions about postsecondary education and to provide academic, financial, and personal support while in college. ACCESS uses a collaboration of human and financial resources to help students realize their dream of becoming a college graduate

Philadelphia Education Fund

The College Access Program can help you get READY, get SET and GO to college!

Many students and adults throughout the Philadelphia region dream of advancing their education but often find their resources limited. Through our College Access Program, we offer FREE services that can help you achieve your educational dreams.

Created in 1990, the College Access Program is Philadelphia’s largest and most broadly based college assistance program. The College Access Program helps make a college education accessible to anyone interested in pursuing higher education regardless of age, grade level, or location. It serves individuals by providing direct services to middle and high school students from select partner schools and offering individualized support at one of our two community-based College Access Centers.

National College Access Network

In today’s economy, a college degree is in greater demand than ever before. Unfortunately, issues such as rising tuition costs and confusion about complex college admission and financial aid processes keep many qualified students from entering college. Many of those who do enroll face additional challenges finding the support and resources they need to graduate. These factors have left today’s young Americans less likely to obtain college degrees than members of their parents’ generation.

This trend is particularly troubling because the U.S. economy depends on more Americans getting more education. By 2025, there will be a shortage of 23 million college-educated adults in the U.S. workforce. The number of jobs requiring postsecondary education continues to increase while careers for workers with a high school diploma or less have plateaued.

The National College Access Network (NCAN) works to reverse this growing college opportunity gap. At NCAN, we unite the key organizations dedicated to increasing college access and success. With our members and partners, we develop and support programs and policy solutions that help more students enter and complete college and other postsecondary training.

All students, regardless of income, age, race, or ethnicity, deserve an equal opportunity for a college education. Underrepresented students often must navigate the college pathway without adequate financial resources, guidance, or a strong college-going culture in their high schools. NCAN works to overcome these barriers so students can gain the postsecondary credentials they need to embark on successful careers and build America’s future.


Boys Hope Girls Hope

Once a scholar completes high school that scholar becomes part of the College Support Program. The program is designed to meet the individual needs of scholars upon completion of the residential program or Community Base Program.

They include:

  • Financial assistance for tuition, room, and board;
  • Emotional support and mentoring while on campus;
  • Temporary housing at Boys Hope Girls Hope during college breaks;
  • Assistance in securing internships and employment;
  • Follow-up contact to access a youth’s reintegration into the family;
  • Extension of counseling services where needed;
  • Support and guidance for the primary caregiver;
  • Assistance with referral services.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975, HSF provides American families with the financial and educational resources they need to achieve a college education and help America remain competitive globally.

Our mission is to increase the number of Hispanic college graduates by providing scholarships and assistance to students and their families. We envision a future when every Hispanic household benefits from someone in the family with a college degree – creating an enduring impact for generations to come.

The National College Gap

The country needs more college graduates in order fill the job demands of the future and become #1 in educational attainment worldwide. However, for every 100 elementary school students, only 21 graduate from college.

Within the Latino population, only 11 out of 100 students graduate from college. Overall, only 13% of Latinos have a 4-year college degree.

See why HSF believes Latino higher education is  a national priority, and how we are making lasting impacts with our Generation 1st Degree initiative.