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November 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM

College Success Foundation’s powerful impact on college attendance

cravesmug09 Lots of accolades in the air aimed at the College Success Foundation and the nonprofit’s co-founders, Bob Craves and Ann Ramsay-Jenkins.

The high praise is richly deserved. For more than a dozen years, the foundation has worked to increase the rate of minority and low-income students going to college. The key to its, dare I say it? success, is a powerful combination of scholarships and mentoring for students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.

Measurable results include awarding $140.1 million in college aid since the foundation’s inception in 2000 and the satisfaction of knowing that money helped 2,402 students earn college degrees. A community’s gratitude for the work led by Craves and Ramsay-Jenkins will be on display during the foundation’s “Empowering Youth” luncheon at the Seattle downtown Sheraton.

Craves, a co-founder of Costco Wholesale, launched the foundation with Ramsay-Jenkins. The foundation has used a powerful combination of financial aid and mentoring to help students who often are the first in their families to attend college. The work starts inside our  public schools with CSF employees and volunteers mentoring students, promoting college-prep classes and helping students qualify for financial aid for college tuition, books, room and board.

Go to their website to get a sense of the foundation’s tremendous impact on efforts to boost college going rates. But a couple of key programs include the Washington Achievers Scholarship program and the HERO Institute, an effort to promote college readiness by drawing hundreds of students in 7th through 12 grades to the University of Washington for multiple campus events. HERO stands for Higher Education Readiness Opportunity.

A Times editorial about the foundation began this way, “The College Success Foundation is … well … successful.” That success continues, and should for a long time. Young people with few resources and lots of talent are the rightful beneficiaries.

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