Recognition by President Obama
President Barack Obama praised the work of College Possible at a White House event June 30, 2009, highlighting innovative programs making a difference in communities across the country.
President Obama singled out College Possible at the event, saying, “We’ve got Jim McCorkell here from [College Possible], a group that helps promising young people from low-income families attend college. Ninety-nine percent of the [College Possible] class of 2008 got into college – 99 percent. The vast majority of students stay in college and earn their degrees. [College Possible] operates in just two states now, so imagine if it were ten or 20 or 50.” Read a full transcript or watch a video of the President's remarks.
College Board Innovation Awards
The College Board launched the CollegeKeys Compact in 2007, with the goal of seeing that students from low-income backgrounds are represented in and graduate from colleges and universities at the same rate as their more affluent peers. In 2013, the CollegeKeys Compact recognized College Possible’s college program for its “innovation and demonstrated efficacy in increasing the percentage of low-income students who get through college successfully” with a regional Innovation Award in the “Getting Through” category in 2013. In 2010, College Possible won the same award in the “Getting Into” category. Read more.
Citi/Financial Times Ingenuity Award in Education
In December 2012, College Possible received the Ingenuity Award in Education from Citi and the Financial Times. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have developed effective solutions to urban challenges. This was College Possible's first international award, and the organization was selected from hundreds of nominations from 40 countries. As part of the award, the Financial Times profiled College Possible and interviewed founder and CEO Jim McCorkell.
Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Achievement Award
Jim McCorkell, College Possible founder and CEO, was selected as the sole recipient of the 2012 Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Achievement Award for demonstrating an innovative, scalable and sustainable approach to solving a public problem. The award has been given to 19 individuals since it was launched in 1997, including Robert Zoellick, former Deputy Secretary of State; Klaus Schwab, founder and president of the World Economic Forum; Paul Volcker, former chair of the Federal Reserve Board, and other change makers from the private, nonprofit and public sectors. Read more about the award here.
Community Partnership Award
Mutual of America honored College Possible with its 2011 Community Partnership Award. The award recognizes outstanding nonprofit organizations in the United States that have shown exemplary leadership by facilitating partnerships with public, private or social sector leaders who are working together as equal partners, not as donors and recipients, to build a cohesive community that serves as a model for collaborating with others for the greater good. Read more.
In Harmony with Hope Award
Jim McCorkell, Founder and CEO of College Possible, received the Elfenworks Foundation's 2011 In Harmony with Hope Award for working to create substantive, meaningful and innovative change. This award recognizes creative social entrepreneurs who have developed innovative solutions to pressing societal needs that hold the promise of being replicable in communities across the country. Read more.
College Access Organization Award of Excellence
College Possible is proud to receive the 2009 College Access Organization Award of Excellence. The award recognizes the work of a college access program to fulfill the National College Access Network's mission to improve access to and success in postsecondary education for first-generation, underrepresented and low-income students.
Human Relations Award
College Possible received the 2009 Human Relations award at the 65th annual National Association for College Admission Counseling conference in Baltimore, Md. This award, established in 1984, honors persons or organizations that have been instrumental in making postsecondary education opportunities available to historically underrepresented students. See a full list of past recipients.
The American Way to Change: How National Service and Volunteers are Transforming America
This book profiles real people who have performed national service and reveals the often profound impact these local heroes have made through their efforts. In it, author Shirley Sagawa, who has been called the "founding mother of the modern service movement," highlights "Twenty-Five Organized for Impact and Scale." One of these organizations is College Possible, noted for its work helping low-income high school students gain admission to college. Visit the website.
College Possible's CEO, Jim McCorkell, was inducted as an Ashoka Fellow on November 14, 2006 in Mountain View, California. Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—men and women with system changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Read more.
Princeton Review's Best Entry-Level Jobs
College Possible is proud to have been recognized in Princeton Review's national search for the best entry-level jobs in America! We are recognized in the 2008 edition of Best Entry-Level Jobs. Read more.