Southern California Program

Fulfillment Fund

Education
Los Angeles, CA
$200,000
June 2020

The Fulfillment Fund (the Fund) provides college access and success services to students and alumni from its partner Title I high schools in Los Angeles.  Since its launch, the College Success Program has worked with the Fund’s 90 scholarship recipients each year as they attend and graduate from postsecondary institutions throughout California and the nation.  A Keck Foundation grant will support the expansion of the College Success Program using a peer mentoring approach to all 400 high school seniors that have received the Fund’s college access services.  The goal is to increase college persistence and graduation rates among low income and first-generation college students.  In addition to being resource-efficient, peer mentors have unique insights on the first-year, first-generation college experience.  Research shows that college completion rates increase dramatically when students are supported to persist into their second year through personal connections.  While only 25% of Los Angeles Unified School District graduates finish college within six years, the six-year graduation rate for the Fund’s most recent scholarship cohort was 75%, and its persistence rate averages 88%.

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