2019 Conference Sponsors
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Career Success and Host Sponsor

Strada Education Network℠ is a national nonprofit dedicated to improving lives by catalyzing more direct and promising pathways between education and employment. We engage partners across education, nonprofits, business and government to focus relentlessly on students’ success throughout all phases of their working lives. Together, we address critical college to career challenges through strategic philanthropy, research and insights, and mission-aligned affiliates — all focused on advancing the universal right to realized potential we call Completion With a Purpose®.


Social and Emotional Learning Sponsor

The ACT Center for Equity in Learning supports research, partnerships and initiatives that focus on closing gaps in equity and achievement. Our goal is to produce actionable evidence to guide thought leadership, and inform changes in policy and practice, that will lead to improved learning and achievement.


Success in Higher Education Track Sponsor
 Known for decades as Great Lakes, we’re now Ascendium Education Group. While our name has changed, our mission remains the same: helping people reach the education and career goals that matter to them. We invest in projects designed to increase the number of students from low-income backgrounds who complete postsecondary degrees, certificates, apprenticeships and internships, with an emphasis on first-generation students, incarcerated adults, rural community members, students of color and veterans. Our work identifies, validates and expands best practices to promote large-scale change at the institutional, system and state levels — with the intention of elevating opportunity for all.


Access to Opportunity Sponsor

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership organization that challenges all students to own their futures. It collaborates with its partners to increase excellence and equity for all students. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college. Using its programs and services—which include the SAT©, the PSAT/NMSQT, the Advanced Placement Program©, Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®, BigFuture™ and the new College Board Opportunity Scholarships program—the College Board is committed to breaking down barriers so students can focus their efforts, practice hard, and propel themselves into the opportunities they have earned.


Collective Impact and Networks Sponsor

Helios Education Foundation is focused on creating opportunities for individuals to succeed in postsecondary education by advancing the academic preparedness of all students and fostering a high-expectation, college-going culture in Arizona and Florida. The Foundation focuses its investments across the education continuum in three key impact areas: Early Grade Success, College and Career Readiness and Postsecondary Completion. As an engaged foundation, embedded in communities across both states, the Foundation is contributing its expertise and financial resources to better prepare students for college and career and to compete successfully in a globally-competitive economy. Since 2006, Helios has invested over $240 million in education-related programs and initiatives in Arizona and Florida.


Urban Pathways Sponsor

The Kresge Foundation was founded in 1924 to promote human progress. Today, Kresge fulfills that mission by building and strengthening pathways to opportunity for low-income people in America’s cities, seeking to dismantle structural and systemic barriers to equality and justice. Using a full array of grant, loan, and other investment tools, Kresge invests more than $160 million annually to foster economic and social change.



Diversity and Equity Track Sponsor

Travelers is ensuring opportunity by contributing to efforts that create strong, vibrant communities and offer pathways to success. Through corporate funding and the Travelers Foundation, Travelers targets its giving to three key outcomes: academic & career successthriving neighborhoods and culturally enriched communities. With the primary focus of educating underrepresented students to lead tomorrow’s workforce, Travelers also contributes to organizations that aid in developing communities through small business support and neighborhood revitalization, and enriching lives and learning through arts & culture.

UBS NextGen Leaders Sponsor

To make a lasting impact in today’s world, it’s about more than giving—it’s about giving with purpose. At UBS, we’re working to drive long-term, sustainable change in our communities by focusing on education, entrepreneurship and leveraging the time and talent of our employees. One way we're doing this is through UBS NextGen Leaders, our education initiative designedto increase college and career success for students who are the first in their families to go to college. Our programs provide underrepresented students nationwide with the tools they need to enroll in colleges that are a good fit, earn their bachelor's degrees and pursue meaningful, successful careers.

Rural Track Co-Sponsor
 Greater Texas Foundation supports efforts to ensure all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in, and complete postsecondary education.We put particular focus on helping underserved and disadvantaged populations.We pursue our mission by forming partnerships, supporting research, sharing knowledge, and making grants.


Rural Track Co-Sponsor

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is a unique education and direct service agency with a statewide network of 250 county Extension offices and over 900 professional educators. The agency provides programs, tools, and resources —local and statewide — that teach people how to improve agriculture and food production, live healthy lifestyles, protect the environment, strengthen their communities, and enrich their youth. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is managing the Rural Student Success Initiative, a multi-site demonstration project funded by Texas philanthropy that seeks to improve college access and completion in rural Texas communities.     



Rural Track Co-Sponsor

The Texas College Access Network (TxCAN) connects and supports college access initiatives across Texas, with the goal of increasing access to college and certificate programs. We believe aligning efforts across the state will help college access providers achieve a greater impact than any one provider could alone.

Tote Bag Sponsor

The National Student Clearinghouse is the nation’s trusted source for education verification and for student educational outcomes research. The Clearinghouse helps educational institutions improve efficiency, reduce costs and workload, and enhance the quality-of-service they provide to their students and alumni, lending institutions, employers, and other organizations. Through our one-of-a-kind access to national student outcomes data and educational research services, the Clearinghouse also serves as a valuable source for longitudinal and other studies on educational progress.

Today's Student Sponsor
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.
Financial Education Sponsor

Founded by Trellis Company (formerly TG), Trellis Foundation is a public charitable organization built on a 40-year heritage of supporting students and families in Texas who are pursuing their educational and career dreams. We focus on improving attainment for low- to moderate-income students who may not otherwise have an opportunity to earn a postsecondary credential or degree. From 2006 to 2016, Trellis Company committed more than $400 million to help nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions improve the rates of postsecondary completion. The Trellis Foundation’s priorities are guided by the experience and expertise of the company’s prior funding efforts as well as the institutional knowledge of the organization’s work in student debt and decision-making.


Conference Twitter Sponsor 

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded over $200 million in scholarships to over 2,600 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive educational advising and other support services. The Foundation has also provided $110 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.

Conference Patron

Since 1975, The Common Application has been committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process. Each year, more than one million students, one-third of whom are first-generation, submit over four million applications through the Common App platform.

Conference Patron

We advise educational enterprises and leaders to solve the growth strategy, data, operational, and organizational challenges that get in the way of mission. Our uniquely-talented team provides expert guidance to a diverse range of clients including direct service providers, funders, intermediary organizations, and public agencies.We work in partnership with our clients to create greater good through better business.


Conference Patron

Scholarship America is a non-profit organization that helps students fulfill their college dreams. Since it was founded in 1958, Scholarship America has distributed $4.2 billion to more than 2.5 million students, making it the nation’s largest private scholarship provider. The organization runs its own national and community-based scholarship programs, and works with partners wishing to establish scholarship and support programs to lower barriers to a college education and give students the support needed to succeed.

Conference Patron

Virginia529 makes higher education more accessible and affordable for families and individuals. With more than $62 billion in assets under management and 2.5 million accounts as of March 31, 2017, Virginia529 is the largest 529 plan available. Flexible, affordable, tax-advantaged programs and early commitment scholarship program SOAR Virginia® assist students of any age in reaching their higher education goals.