The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation's mission is to benefit both the Fort Worth Library and the Fort Worth community by providing resources that support educational programming, buildings and infrastructure improvements.
Fort Worth, Texas
Library Education Literacy Learning Fort Worth
Also Known As
500 West 3rd St
Fort Worth, TX 76102 USA
Libraries, Library Science (B70)
Youth Development Programs (O50)
Adult, Continuing Education (B60)
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Launch Pad College Application Program
The Launch Pad College Application program was initiated in 2009 as a free program to put the universe of college education within grasp through a broad array of college application services presented in public schools and seminars offered at the Library. In 2014-15, the program coordinator helped more than 1,600 students with various parts of the process and 152 students through the yearlong comprehensive process to gain college acceptance. In collaboration with senior English teachers in the Fort Worth Independent School District, counseling opportunities are arranged with nearly every senior and junior student in several high schools representing a wide variety of populations, including Arlington Heights, Eastern Hills, North Side, Paschal, Southwest, Trimble Tech High School and the Texas Academy of Biological Sciences, a specialty program of the Fort Worth Independent School District.
Since program inception in 2009, Launch Pad has provided general advising to nearly 4,000 students and individual guidance to more than 470 students. Multiple college acceptances are the outcomes from the students receiving individual guidance.
We have acceptance lists as reported by students for every academic year. Here are the College and University Acceptances for 2015.
Stanford (2 acceptances)
Rice (3 acceptances)
Washington in St. Louis
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
University of Alabama
University of Mississippi
University of California at Santa Barbara
University of California at San Diego
University of California at Los Angeles
University of Rochester
University of Oklahoma (multiple)
Oklahoma State University
University of Arkansas
Louisiana State University
University of South Carolina
University of Massachusetts
Oregon State University
Colorado School Mines
Savannah College of Art and Design
Saint Louis University
University of New Orleans
Texas Christian University (multiple)
Southern Methodist University (multiple)
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
Trinity University (multiple)
Baylor University (multiple)
Austin College (multiple)
St. Edward’s University
Texas Wesleyan University (multiple)
Abilene Christian University
University of Texas (multiple including apart from the 7% automatic admission)
University of Texas Honors Engineering
University of Texas School of Architecture
Texas A & M University (multiple)
University of Texas at Dallas (multiple)
Texas State University (multiple)
University of Houston (multiple)
University of North Texas (multiple)
University of Texas at Arlington (multiple)
Sam Houston State University
University of Texas at San Antonio
Stephen F. Austin (multiple)
Angelo State University
Texas Woman’s University
Full scholarship Haverford
Full Naval ROTC Scholarship Cornell
William Gates Millennium Scholarship full ride through graduate school
$20,000 OU scholarship
$72,000 University of Saint Louis scholarship
Presidential Scholarship Rhodes
Full tuition scholarship Northeastern University
$76,000 scholarship Goucher College
$80,000 scholarship University of New Orleans
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Priority Literacy is a one-to one tutoring program offered in libraries at no charge for adults desiring to improve their English language skills.
Trained volunteer tutors build relationships with adult students over 90 minute weekly sessions focused on student-defined learning objectives. Relationships grow and extend into friendships.
Program leaders seek feedback from students and tutors as individual goals are achieved.
Over seven years of the Priority Literacy program, seven adult students have received U.S. citizenship.
Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Children's Author Series
Children’s Author Series began in 1997 to expose children from across our city to working authors and how they create their stories, which inspires young minds to read and write. To date, more than 40,000 schoolchildren in all neighborhoods have enjoyed a free live author presentation in a library or school.
The Children’s Author Series has been one of the most popular Foundation programs while meeting a significant educational need that otherwise goes unfilled. Authors frequently ask to be invited back, and schools line up for the opportunity to introduce children to those who make their living through their talents and creativity. It is inspiring to sit in on a presentation and see children engrossed in every word and illustration—and thrilling to hear successful writers and artists encourage young students to read and to develop their individual gifts.
All school campuses in the Fort Worth Library patron area are encouraged to participate at no fee to the school. Most speakers have targeted their books for grade levels somewhere between kindergarten and eighth grade. Although campuses sign up through their librarians to enjoy a particular author or illustrator on a first-come, first-served basis, the Library Foundation actively seeks to involve schools with a large “at risk” student population or with many students on the free-and-reduced lunch program, which reflects low family income. The Library Foundation is especially proud that almost every Fort Worth elementary campus has eagerly participated in the Fort Worth Pubic Library Foundation Children’s Author Series.
Education & Technology
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Fort Worth, Texas
Educational Programs for all citizens is the top funding need for the Library Foundation The need for educational resources will continue to be important as Fort Worth's population continues to grow. It is projected that population will be nearing 1,000,000 in 2030 and that 25% will be under 18 years old. In addition, the education attainment rate figures from 2010 indicate that nearly 45% hold GED equivalent or less. Providing access to and guidance on educational opportunities remain important to our future workforce and the success of our community. Many students whom we help will choose to remain or return to the North Texas area to enter professional life. Three programs produced by the Library Foundation address the need for educational programs in our community. Launch Pad College Application Program This college application program puts the universe of college education within grasp through a broad array of college application services presented in public schools and seminars offered at the Library. More than 1,500 students attended small group seminars provided by Dr. Paula Tyler and 155 received individualized guidance in essay writing which resulted in multiple college acceptances for each student. Learn more here: www.fwplf.org/launch-pad Children's Author Series Young children from across our city are introduced to working authors who share how they create their stories which inspires young minds. To date, more than 41,000 schoolchildren in all Fort Worth neighborhoods have enjoyed a free live author presentation in a library or school. www.fwplf.org/childrens-author-series Priority Literacy The free one-to-one tutoring program provides adult students with individualized assistance in learning four vital language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. This year, 30 pairs of volunteer tutors and students worked together in Library locations. In its seven years, seven students have been awarded U.S. citizenship. www.fwplf.org/priority-literacy
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