Nate Easley, the new president of the NCAN board of directors, presents the College Access Organization Award of Excellence to Megan Tang, advisor coordinator at Crosby Scholars Community Partnership, at NCAN's 2019 National Conference in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS—The Crosby Scholars Community Partnership received the College Access Organization Award of Excellence today at NCAN’s 2019 National Conference. The award recognizes the work of an outstanding college access/success program that fulfills NCAN's mission of building, strengthening, and empowering communities committed to college access and success.
The Crosby Scholars Community Partnership, based in North Carolina, is a founding member of NCAN. For the last 27 years, the organization has helped students in grades 6-12 prepare for successful college enrollment by offering free programming and workshops. Students learn about academic skills, leadership development, college admissions, and ACT/SAT preparation. They also complete community service.
The program is available to all Forsyth County public middle and high school students, and Crosby Scholars offers grants to eligible students who successfully complete the program. The students are able to apply for need-based, last-dollar grants of up to $1,200 for four years. In the 2018-19 school year, the organization awarded more than $800,000 in last-dollar grants.
In 1992, the Crosby Scholars Community Partnership started off serving students at two local high schools in Forsyth County. Today, the program serves 11,600 students at 42 public middle and high schools across the county.
Forty percent of Crosby Scholars are first-generation college students. Ninety-eight percent of Crosby Scholars enroll in a two- or four-year college or university after high school graduation, compared to the school district’s overall college enrollment rate of 60%. Pell-eligible Crosby Scholars enroll in college at the same rate as non-Pell-eligible Scholars, and they exceed the national six-year graduation rates for this student population.
Nate Easley, the new president of the NCAN board of directors, presented the award to Megan Tang, advisor coordinator at Crosby Scholars Community Partnership. As the award recipient, Crosby Scholars Community Partnership will receive $5,000 to put toward general operating support, scholarships, and/or professional development. Past recipients of this award include:
2014: Robert and Janice McNair Educational Foundation
2013: College Bound
2011: College Forward
2010: Bottom Line
2009: College Possible
2008: Ohio College Access Network
2007: Access College Foundation
NCAN solicits nominees from its membership for the annual Awards of Excellence in College Access and Success. A committee of NCAN members reviews all nominations, with final decisions confirmed by the NCAN board of directors. NCAN thanks the six members of the 2019 Awards Committee for their service:
Judith Lorimer, Options Center at Goddard Riverside
Cheryl Jones, ACCESS College Foundation
Jamie Covell, Iowa College Aid
Angel Garcia, Georgetown University Center for Multicultural Access & Equity