New Kresge Grants Will Help Put Disadvantaged Youths Through College

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The Troy, Mich.-based Kresge Foundation announced last week a new higher education grant-making strategy designed to help disadvantaged populations enter and receive degrees from two- and four year-colleges.  

The new strategy is broken down into three initiatives:

  • Pathways for Students – to support efforts across the country that help low-income, first generation, minority students enter and graduate from community or four-year institutions.
  • Strengthening Institutions – to build capacity at community colleges and such specialized institutions as historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and Title III and Title V schools.
  • Higher Education Productivity – to fund networks and systems that provide academic and administrative supports to these colleges, such as employing new technology or cutting costs.

The Kresge Foundation – which focuses on health, the environment, community development, arts and culture, education and human services – awarded $167 million to grantees in 2009