We believe obtaining postsecondary credentials will help Mississippians unlock their full potential, navigate and thrive in a competitive global market, and realize economic security and full engagement as empowered citizens.
To achieve this, we focus on various forms of philanthropic capital to:
Our overarching goal is to steer more low-income and other underrepresented students into these postsecondary opportunities, which can transform their lives and create strong communities. The recent Pew Research Center data on the rising cost of not going to college shows that college graduates working full-time earn about $17,500 more annually than employed young adults holding only a high school diploma.
Therefore, we support nonprofit organizations working in Mississippi around three core issues related to postsecondary training and education: access and entry, persistence and completion, and connection to family-sustaining work.
ACCESS AND ENTRY
We fund projects and programs that strengthen the pipeline between high school and postsecondary education by improving college advising, information on college options, and financial aid assistance.
PERSISTENCE AND COMPLETION
We fund efforts to increase completion rates including course completion, credit accumulation, supporting working students, transferring between institutions, and attainment of credentials with labor market relevance
CONNECTION TO FAMILY-SUSTAINING WORK
We fund initiatives that strengthen postsecondary alignment with workforce needs, build relationships with business and industry to align curricula to meet job demands, connect students with work skills, and provide learn-and-earn opportunities.
Elevating Mississippi to a Higher Degree