Press Release

Teagle Foundation Announces $2.9 Million in Grants to Support College Readiness and Success of NYC Students

New York, NY (April 17, 2012) - The Teagle Foundation announced a commitment of nearly $3 million in grants to support partnerships between community-based organizations that offer college preparatory programs and colleges in the New York City metropolitan area. The grants will go to 12 partnerships - up to $270,000 each over three years - and will serve over 2,000 students.

The Teagle Foundation worked with its college and community-based partners to develop this program to help financially disadvantaged, but talented high school students prepare for and succeed in college, and results to date have been promising. "This program is central to the work of the Foundation," says Teagle Foundation President Richard L. Morrill, "and since its beginning in 2005 has offered students across New York City the chance to develop skills they will need to succeed in college, and the chance to experience first-hand the excitement of liberal arts education, which is arguably the richest form of education we have." The twelve partnerships together will serve over 2,000 students in the next three years.

College-Community Connections Phase III Grants:

Barnard College & Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF)
HEAF @ Barnard - $270,000 over 36 months

Brooklyn College's College Now and CAMBA's "Leading to College Program" at the School for Democracy and Leadership - $270,000 over 36 months

Columbia University & Double Discovery Center
Freedom and Citizenship: Explorations in Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Thought - $270,000 over 36 months

Cornell University & Henry Street Settlement
The CAUSE (College Achievement through Urban Science Exploration) Project - $270,000 over 36 months

Drew University & Union Settlement Association
Building Bridges to (and from) the Liberal Arts - $270,000 over 37 months

Fordham University & Bronxworks
The History Makers Scholars Program - $270,000 over 26 months

Manhattan College & Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
Young Scholars Immersion Program - $270,000 over 32 months

New York University & Children's Aid Society
EXCEL in Writing, Thinking, and Inquiry Project - $180,000 over 22 months

Polytechnic Institute of New York University & the Urban Assembly Institute (UAI) of Math & Science for Young Women
College Prep and Readiness for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math - $270,000 over 36 months

Skidmore College & Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)
SEO-Skidmore Connections - $270,000 over 36 months

SUNY Old Westbury & Harlem RBI
College-Community Connections: Phase III - $270,000 over 28 months

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)
The New York City Leadership Corps - $50,000 over 24 months

Please visit to read detailed descriptions for these projects as well as for more information on the Foundation and all its programs.

About the Teagle Foundation

The Teagle Foundation intends to be an influential national voice and a catalyst for change in higher education to improve undergraduate student learning in the arts and sciences. The Foundation provides leadership by mobilizing the intellectual and financial resources that are necessary if today's students are to have access to a challenging and transformative liberal education.

Contact information:

Teagle Contact:
Annie Bezbatchenko