Educational Institutions

Foundation for a College Education

  • East Palo Alto, CA
  • www.collegefoundation.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Foundation for a College Education is to increase the number of students of color from East Palo Alto and similar communities who graduate with a degree from a four-year college or university.  FCE accomplishes its mission by providing free, comprehensive college access and retention services to its students and their families.

Main Programs

  1. FCE College Bound
  2. FCE College Success
  3. FCE College Scholarship
  4. FCE STEAM
  5. FCE Parent Engagement & Leadership
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

East Palo Alto and surrounding communities

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Dr. Anna Waring

Keywords

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college,foundation,education,high school,students,college retention, college completion, non-profit,east palo alto,california, STEAM

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EIN

77-0401635

Physical Address

2160 Euclid Ave

East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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FCE's college access and retention programs are highly successful. 
Students who complete the FCE College Bound Program are admitted to a four-year post-secondary institution in significantly greater numbers than students who do not participate in a comprehensive after-school college access program.
Our college graduation rate is nearly double the national average and almost four times the graduation rate for African-American and Latino college students.
Of the 122 students who have graduated from FCE’s high school program since 1999, 100 percent have enrolled in or are about to enroll in a college or university. 
Eighty-three percent of enrolled FCE students have either graduated from college or are on track to graduate. 
Fifty-three FCE alumni have received their bachelors’ degrees.
Nine of these graduates have completed advanced degrees.
Four others are enrolled in graduate programs.
One is employed at FCE.
One serves on the FCE Board of Directors.
Two others serve as college coaches for FCE’s students.
One is the Vice Mayor of East Palo Alto and the youngest person and first Latina ever elected to the City Council.
At FCE, we help our students envision success and a better life for themselves and their families, and we give them the tools to get there.  In addition, we help them understand the role that they can play in improving the social conditions for other low-income people of color.  The work we do with our students and parents positively affects extended families, friends, and the larger community as well. Our college graduates are serving as teachers, health workers, social workers, and community leaders.
In 2007, the Lumina Foundation recognized FCE as a model college access program.  Last month, FCE made the short list of finalists for a case study project on “The Role of College Access Programs in College Completion.”

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

FCE College Bound

Through the College Bound Program, FCE provides academic and college planning support to students in grades 9-12 and their families. We believe that by encouraging students to raise their expectations and performance beyond standard grade-level requirements to college preparatory, honors, and advanced placement levels, they will in turn set higher goals for themselves. Our objective is to help the entire family better navigate the admissions system and take advantage of the resources offered at their schools. We offer our students and families the following services:

Academic enrichment and support through one-on-one and group tutoring (includes academic advising, course selection advising and study skills enhancement)
College planning and counseling (includes college admissions planning and support, college application instruction and support and PSAT/SAT preparation)
Local and national college tours
Mentoring and college coaching
Financial aid and scholarship guidance/instruction
Parent/guardian development and support
Leadership development
Career exploration

Category

Afterschool Enrichment

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$260,259.00

Program 2

FCE College Success

Once FCE students enroll in college, FCE continues to provide advising and support to ensure that FCE students graduate from college within five years. Unlike many college access programs, we measure our success against college completion rates, not simply college enrollment. We have developed a comprehensive college retention program to support and guide FCE students to ensure that they obtain a bachelor’s degree. The services offered include:
College transition and orientation support
Academic and personal counseling
Financial aid and scholarship guidance/instruction
Parent/guardian development and support
Transfer admission advising
Career counseling
Leadership development

Category

Postsecondary Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$91,483.00

Program 3

FCE College Scholarship

A student whose family is in the highest income bracket is 5 times more likely to receive a bachelor’s degree by age 24 than a student from the lowest income bracket. Additionally, institutional budget cuts have limited the resources available for financial aid and many schools are unable to meet the demonstrated financial need of low income students. Studies have shown that college students with high financial need must undertake extraordinary efforts to compensate, including living off-campus, working long hours while in school, and incurring considerable debt. All these measures can detract from the college experience and threaten degree completion.

FCE has developed a college scholarship program to address these financial aid issues for our students. FCE scholarships serve as sustainability grants for our college students and hence, play a key role in retention. FCE awards:

6-8 scholarships annually ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 each.
Financial support to cover additional expenses such as books, fees, travel, etc.
Thanks to the generous support of the College Access Foundation of California, FCE high school graduates are eligible for scholarships of up to $5,000 each year for four years.

While the FCE Scholarship program is available to FCE students, there are many other college scholarship resources available. FCE staff provide guidance to students and their families to help plan for the financial costs of attending college.

Category

Postsecondary Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$149,548.00

Program 4

FCE STEAM

FCE STEAM will enroll students in Grade 6, who reside in East Palo Alto or East Menlo Park, who have a minimum 2.8 GPA, and who have a parent/guardian who commits to participate. STEAM helps middle school students develop the curiosity, persistence, and resilience to become successful learners and successful adolescents and the skills to take college preparatory courses. STEAM includes four aspects: Summer STEAM, School-Year STEAM, Field Trips, and Parent Engagement and Leadership.

Category

Afterschool Enrichment

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$142,331.00

Program 5

FCE Parent Engagement & Leadership

FCE not only helps students prepare for college, it also helps parents and guardians acquire the skills and confidence to become effective educational advocates for their children as well as agents for positive change in East Palo Alto and surrounding communities. One key to the success of FCE’s program is a requirement for each student to have at least one parent, guardian, or caring adult who actively participates in the program. FCE offers monthly meetings to help parents learn about the U.S. educational system and how to help their children succeed in school. In addition, FCE offers parents the opportunity to help shape the organization through participation on the Parent Leadership Team and on the FCE Board of Directors. The FCE Parent Leadership Program consists of two components: Parent/Guardian Support and Leadership Development.

Category

Adult Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

East Palo Alto and surrounding communities

Funding Needs

Financial support is needed for a comprehensive college access and completion program.

Affiliations + Memberships

National College Access Network

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network

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FOUNDATION FOR A COLLEGE EDUCATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Foundation for a College Education

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Anna Waring

BIO

EDUCATION 

1995     Ph.D., in Education (Administration and Policy Analysis Program)

Stanford University, Stanford, California

1978     B. A., Psychology

Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts

 CURRENT POSITION

            , Foundation for a College Education

APPOINTMENTS 

Josephinum Academy, Chicago, IL. July 2002 – June 2007)
 
Public Services Graduate Program, DePaul University (September 1991 – 2004).

, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, DePaul University (December 1990-August 1993)

, San Francisco Foundation (1989-1990), Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University (1985-89, Half-time).

  Educational Commission of the States (1987-1988)

, A Better Chance, Inc. (1978-83)

, The LEAD Program in Business, Inc. (1980-83)

, A Better Chance, Inc. (1982-83)

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Dr. Anna L. Waring was appointed as Executive Director of Foundation for a College Education in July 2007.  Dr. Waring has more than 25 years of experience working in colleges and universities, high schools, and educational nonprofit organizations.  Prior to working at Foundation for a College Education, Dr. Waring served as President of Josephinum Academy a girls' inner city school in Chicago and as an adminstrator and faculty member at DePaul University.  Dr. Waring has a B.A. in Psychology from Williams College and Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Julie Lythcott-Haims M.A.

Stanford University

Term: July 2010 - June 2011

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