We administer scholarships through our Graduate Gateway Scholars Program which provides scholarships and access support services to college students coming from poverty and/or homelessness. 12 of the 15 original Amvensys Scholars graduated from college. That’s an 80% graduation rate for our inaugural class. We look forward to carrying on the success of our Amvensys Scholars Program into our more inclusive Graduate Gateway Scholars Program.
In 2012 and 2014 we hosted golf tournaments which allowed us to involve additional members of the community and raise funds to support our work.
We received a prestigious 3-year federal grant through the AmeriCorps VISTA program which will allowed us to expand our staffing and programming while keeping costs to a minimum. Through this grant we are able to add up to three full-time employees for a small monthly administrative fee. The VISTA members are an integral part of expanding and deepening the Graduate Gateway Scholars Program so that the Foundation can provide more comprehensive support services to our Scholars and expand the number of participants in the program.
The addition of AmeriCorps members allows the organization to leverage our success into additional funding and other resources. The VISTA program provides the organization with the human capital needed to increase the impact of our programming and the number of scholars we can support.
The time, energy, and experience of the VISTAs assigned to our project allow us to
dedicate the resources needed to bring more individuals out of poverty through
education. With the help of the VISTA members assigned to this project, Graduate
Gateway will significantly increase the number of scholars enrolled in our program.
Additionally, the VISTA project will allow the organization to improve both the quantity
and quality of support offered to each scholar. The increased number of participants and the improved support services will result in more low-income individuals who
graduate with their four-year degrees and a career plan in place.
To learn more about the AmeriCorps VISTA program click here