Pipeline for College Success is a five-year program in partnership with the San Antonio ISD, the San Antonion ISD Foundation and Valero Energy. The program started as a grassroots, teacher-driven program at a high school but grew when the foundation brought in the school district to formalize and expand the program. With district support and vision, the Superintendent and the Foundation Executive Director approached Valero Energy with a proposal to be a strategic partner in building a comprehensive program with potential to significantly change the college-going rates for students in San Antonio ISD. This five-year grant expanded college tours, provided full-time college bound advisers on staff in each high school and initiated a post-secondary office that tracks students from enrollment to college completion. One year into the program, the number of students who applied to college was at an all time high, as well as the number of students enrolled in a four-year college and in a Tier I college or university.
The Keller ISD Education Foundation provided $100,000 to create a scholarship program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who complete an AP course. Through the scholarship program, students can apply for AP Exam
Scholarships, reducing the cost of exams by $50 each. Those students who would pay $94 for the exam will then only have to pay $44 for the exam. Additionally, economically disadvantaged students can qualify for a reduced exam fee of $53 per exam. Those students who earn a scholarship would only have to pay $3 per exam. The district’s lead AVID teacher approached the foundation about a concern. Students were taking AP courses, but they were unable to take exams to earn college credit because the tests are cost prohibitive. District administrators did not have the budget to provide scholarships to support its high schools and the foundation stepped in. The Foundation partnered with the administrators and staff to create the program.
The Lone Oak ISD Education Foundation’s “ACCEPT-ional Event & INSPIRE Awards” is an academic signing day where the foundation and Lone Oak High School partner together during a public assembly, attended by all LOISD students and staff, as well as parents and community members. Prior to the ceremony, there is the Senior Walk. The Senior Walk ends in the gym where the main event begins. The foundation recognizes and celebrates those leaving to further their education, but even more importantly, seeks to inspire all students at a young age by having elementary students attend the ceremony. The foundation recognizes graduating seniors who have been accepted and plan to pursue a post-secondary education (college, trade school, military, etc.) During the first part of the event, each name is announced and the student is asked verbally, and in writing, to make a public commitment to “grow and use my abilities and talents to improve myself and my world as I continue my education.” Graduates are featured proudly wearing their cap and gowns and sitting at tables displaying signs of their chosen college, trade school, or military branch. The INSPIRE Awards portion of the event recognizes and gives out cash awards to teachers, support staff, and operations staff who have been nominated and voted on by LOISD students, staff, and the Lone Oak community for doing an excellent job for LOISD.