Post-secondary Pathways to Success

The Powell Foundation seeks to ensure that all students are prepared for, can access, and complete a post-secondary program that leads to meaningful employment opportunities.

Our Post-Secondary Pathways to Success investments are focused in the following areas

Access and


Policies and

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We invest in organizations who champion efforts to:
  • Increase access to and participation in advanced coursework, career awareness programming, and college and career entrance exams.
  • Strengthen post-secondary advising and counseling and provide replicable and scalable tools to improve access.
  • Bolster the academic preparedness of students to pursue post-secondary pathways; increase student proficiency in non-cognitive and affective skills critical to post-secondary success.
  • Strengthen post-secondary persistence, certificate/degree completion, and career attainment.
  • Support policies that increase post-secondary access, persistence, and success.

The Powell Foundation is interested in understanding the extent to which our Post-Secondary investments impact the following population-level indicators:

Number of youth who graduate from high school demonstrating college, career, and military readiness

Percentage of the population who have earned degrees or credentials of value

Percentage of young adults (25-30) who are meaningfully employed

Median income of young adults (25-30)

Narrowing disparate outcomes along the lines of race, gender, income, language, and ability

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