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The College Success Foundation (CSF) was established in the spring of 2000 by Bob Craves and Ann Ramsay-Jenkins to provide college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students. The Foundation evolved from former Washington State Governor Gary Locke’s 2020 Commission of the Future of Post-Secondary Education, which recommended the establishment of an independent, non-profit organization to build and sustain public understanding of the need for higher levels of educational attainment and lifelong learning.
CSF was originally founded as the Washington Education Foundation, but changed its name in 2006 to better align with its mission. In 2006 Deborah J. Wilds, Ph.D. became chief operating officer. In the fall of 2013 Craves and Ramsay-Jenkins retired from day-to-day operations of the foundation, while continuing to serve on the Board of Directors. In September 2013 Yolanda Watson Spiva, Ph.D. began as president and CEO. In January 2014 Dr. Wilds retired from the College Success Foundation.
CSF Achievers Scholars - 11th/12th
- Achievers Scholars receive the support and guidance low-income students need to successfully navigate their junior and senior years, including the college admissions/financial aid process and the transition from high school to college.
- College preparatory advisors (CPAs) are based in the school. They provide proactive academic advising, college planning information, grade and attendance monitoring and referrals for additional interventions. They also help students identify scholarship opportunities and complete the FAFSA on time.
- CPAs work closely with guidance counselors and assist with transcript reviews and academic monitoring. They also work with community colleges to administer early college placement testing, so juniors know what courses they need to take to graduate ready to enroll in college credit-bearing courses.
- Each CSF Achievers Scholar must participate in mentoring services, provided by CSF’s Hometown Mentor program, where they are paired with a caring adult with a bachelor’s degree to help support them as they navigate the college admissions and financial aid processes.
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