College Spark E-Newsletter
NCAN Conference
October 11-13
Washington D.C.
Join college access practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers to network and learn more about important issues in college access and success.
GEAR UP Northwest Regional Conference
October 24-26
Vancouver, WA
Join college access program staff, teachers, counselors, policy makers, and community leaders at this conference to celebrate student and program successes, learn about best practices, and collaborate with colleagues.
College Spark Washington Degree Completion Convening
May 26
Tacoma, WA
Learn about best practices in college retention and degree completion from around the country and share ideas and resources. Space is limited. Contact for more information.
 May 3, 2010
Announcing the 2010 Community Grants

We are pleased to announce the fourteen award recipients for our 2010 Community Grants program. This year's grantees have proposed an array of projects and innovative strategies that are aligned with our mission to help low-income students become college ready and complete their degrees.

Funding for the 2010 grants will total almost $1.4 million.

Our 2011 Community Grants Request-for-Proposals will be available in September. Please register on our website for further details and contact if you have questions about the upcoming grant cycle.
Race to the Top
During the 2010 legislative session Washington passed reform measures to strengthen our education system and make our state eligible to compete for federal Race to the Top funding. Learn more at the League of Education Voters and Washington state Race to the Top websites.
Financial Aid Preserved
In the face of an unprecedented budget shortfall, the Washington Legislature prioritized need based financial aid, preserving funding for the State Need Grant and Work-Study programs. This is a significant victory for students with the greatest financial need. Learn more at the Independent Colleges of Washington website.
Near Peer Mentoring
Three 2007 College Spark grantees demonstrate that creating opportunities for college students to mentor secondary students has positive results for both groups. Find out more by reading a report on the impact of mentoring.
Promising Practices in Early Outreach
Led by the WSU Tri-Cities Gear Up program, a collaboration of colleges and secondary schools have documented what works best in helping middle school students - especial Latino - begin to think about and prepare for college. Learn more at the Early Outreach Partnership website.
Want to get involved with a like-minded coalition?
Opportunities abound. Join the Washington State College Access Network to stay informed of local resources and opportunities, or join the Excellent Schools Now Coalition to work with a diverse group of education stakeholders dedicated to meaningful education reform.
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