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AT&T Aspire: Connect to Success Competition

Deadline: December 4, 2015

The AT&T Aspire Connect to Success Competition will provide support to organizations implementing verifiable, evidenced-based interventions to improve the retention, promotion, and graduation rates of students at risk of dropping out of high school. The competition will fund eligible organizations seeking to serve students in grades 9-12 that are: (1) expanding proven programs by adding new locations and/or new students; or (2) adding components to strengthen their program.

AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. AT&T aspires to help students succeed, strengthen schools and communities, and widen the talent pipeline.

Applicants must demonstrate that the students they will serve with AT&T funds are at risk of dropping out of school – displaying characteristics including, but not limited to:

  • Repeating a grade or failing to be promoted on time from 9th grade to 10th grade
  • Reading or math test scores below grade level
  • Significant attendance problems (attendance rate below 90 percent)
  • Inadequate credit accumulation, particularly for core courses
  • Significant behavioral or disciplinary events, including at least one in-school or out-of-school suspension
  • Pregnant and/or teen parents
  • Living in foster care or other special living arrangements
  • Attending a high school where 12th grade enrollment is 60% or less than the 9th grade enrollment three years prior

The program for which AT&T funds are being requested should improve students’ success in high school, including:

  • Increasing high school graduation rates
  • Increasing on-time promotion to the next grade or on-track to graduate rates
  • Increasing credit accumulation and completion of core courses
  • Improving attendance rates
  • Increasing grade point average (GPA)

Amount: A total of $10,000,000 is available. Organizations may apply for funding in increments of $250,000, $500,000, or $1,000,000 for a two-year period.

Eligibility: Organizations must be tax-exempt, nonprofits and can include:

  • Schools, school districts, or school district foundations (private foundations are not eligible)
  • Foundations for charter or private schools
  • Public charities that work on-site with public and private education institutions
  • Public charities that work with public and private education institutions on a project basis

Link: http://www.aspirerfp.com/

Note: The December 4 deadline is for the pre-qualification survey (required); Proposals (if invited) are due January 14, 2016.

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