Press Releases

Press Releases

College Possible Announces $20 Million Gift

Thursday, September 14, 2017 8:00 AM

College Possible is pleased to announce an extraordinary new long-term funding commitment of $20 million from Ballmer Group in Bellevue, WA. This gift is the largest in the history of College Possible, recognizing our strong student outcomes; our successful, time-tested flagship programming; promising plans for transformational growth; data-driven approaches and focus on evaluation; and the strength of our financial management, fundraising and reputation-building efforts. Read more.


College Possible Announces Appointment of Erin Carlin Campbell to Executive Team

Tuesday February 9, 2016 10:20 AM

St. Paul, MN ―Jim McCorkell, College Possible Founder and CEO, announced today that nonprofit veteran Erin Carlin Campbell, current President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities, has joined the growing organization as vice president of site operations. The appointment of Campbell, a proven leader in creating sustained, strategic growth, signals College Possible’s commitment to expand its work—coaching low-income students to-and-through college—across the country. Read More.


National Nonprofit Launches in Chicago, Calls for More College Grads

Monday, November 16, 2015 2:00 PM

Chicago, IL. — On Wednesday, a group of 100 low-income college-bound students will hear from a lineup of their heroes on what it takes to graduate at a daylong college summit, Closing Chicago’s Degree Divide. The summit will celebrate the first cohort served by College Possible in Chicago and kick off six years of comprehensive college coaching that will see students through their graduation days. Summit keynote speakers include NBC5 News Today Anchor, Zoraida Sambolin, 24-year-old Macy’s designer and cover model Zoe Damacela, Director of Chicago Partnerships at Northwestern University Michele Rogers and Author Rodney Walker. Read More.


5 Things Low-Income Students Would Change About Financial Aid 

Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:00 AM

St. Paul, Minn. — As the First Lady introduces a new initiative to create more college graduates and the Obama administration moves to simplify the FAFSA, many Americans have responded with confusion; how could a bit of paperwork deter young people from attending college? If they’re having a difficult time getting in and through college what are we going to do about it and how can we get help to students who need it most? In fact, the FAFSA is just the beginning of a complex set of obstacles low-income students face in financing their education. Read More.


Working Over Summer Break to Earn a Million Dollar, Back-Dated Check

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 2:00 PM

St. Paul, Minn. — Although college is still three long months away, high school graduates have a lot to do this summer before they step onto campus. Hear the stories of low-income college-bound seniors across the country as they prepare for their freshman year. Join us for a roundtable webcast on June 3 at 2-3 p.m. EDT. Read More.


U.S. Department of Ed. Devotes Highly Sought-After i3 Funding to Close the Achievement Gap

Friday, January 30, 2015 11:25 AM

St. Paul, Minn. –- Nonprofit organizations, school districts and universities announced new federal funding to grow and evaluate their services today. “These programs are changing the landscape of education in this country by supporting innovative ideas and scaling up what works,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Reflecting on the anticipated outcomes for the 750,000 students grantees will collectively serve, the Secretary said, “This round of i3 grantees is poised to have real impact in areas of critical need on projects ranging from enhancing students’ non-cognitive skills to… personalized learning opportunities that will prepare more students for college, career and life.” Read More.


Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches New Initiative with college Possible 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:30 AM

NEW YORK – Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced a new coalition to increase the number of high-achieving, low- and moderate-income students who apply to and graduate from selective colleges and universities. This partnership, among the country’s leading college success organizations, will work to address a persistent problem: each year tens of thousands of hardworking students with top grades and standardized test scores fail to apply to our country’s leading institutions. Read More.


College Possible Announces Appointment of Wyneshia Foxworth as Philadelphia Executive Director

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 10:30 AM

ST. PAUL, MN ― Jim McCorkell, College Possible CEO and Founder, announced today that Philadelphia native and seasoned education leader Wyneshia Foxworth has joined the growing nonprofit as College Possible Philadelphia’s founding executive director. College Possible’s expansion to Philadelphia was announced in January at the White House summit on college success hosted by the President and First Lady. The organization, founded in St. Paul 14 years ago will begin their work with George Washington, Parkway Center City and Upper Darby high schools this month, with the announcement of a fourth school next month. The organization will begin serving students in the fall. Read More.


Harvard Researcher Finds Thousands More Low-Income Kids To Make College Dreams Possible

Thursday, October 31, 2013 6:30 AM

ST. PAUL, MN – A new study conducted by Harvard University finds that the country’s educational achievement gap can be addressed through intensive, tailored coaching and support. The study, released today by Harvard researcher, Dr. Chris Avery and College Possible, is the first to rigorously examine the impact of a college success program using randomized controls, which are considered to be the gold standard of evaluation. The findings show that College Possible’s approach to unlocking the potential of low-income students is effective and that students served are significantly more likely to enroll in a four year college. Read More.


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