Press Release

Teagle Foundation announces over $3 million in new grants: Projects will help prepare New York City students for college

New York, NY (April 8, 2009) - Today, the Teagle Foundation announced a commitment of $3 million over the next three years for 18 new grants in its College-Community Connections program (CCC), which aims to better prepare New York City high school students for college and to help them succeed once there. Twelve of these grants are for partnerships between community-based organizations in New York City (CBOs) and area colleges or universities, five are for college-preparatory programs at CBOs, and one is for the Adolescent Post-Secondary Education Exchange (APEX) program at New York University's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education.

"These are trying times for all sorts of philanthropic organizations, especially perhaps for those working with young people in difficult settings. In times of economic hardships the demands go up and resources all too often go down. That is why we have made a special effort to continue our commitment to enhancing the educational opportunities of talented but underserved students in New York City," said W. Robert Connor, The Foundation's President. "The grants for partnerships offer CBOs and colleges a real opportunity to work together to develop unique programs that include both academic curricula grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and co-curricular experiences that give students a sense of what college is like."

Partnership Grants

Teagle's College-Community Connections program supports partnerships between CBOs in New York City and area colleges and universities. These partnerships enable the development of academic programming for young people to better help them prepare for college.

Barnard College and Harlem Educational Activities Fund -- $240,000
"HEAF@Barnard: Brownfield Action"

Brooklyn College and CAMBA -- $240,000
"Leading to College"

Columbia University and Double Discover Center -- $240,000
"Freedom and Citizenship: Explorations in Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary Thought"

Cornell University and Henry Street Settlement -- $240,000
"College Achievement through Urban Science Exploration"

Drew University and Union Settlement Association -- $240,000
"Building Bridges to (and from) the Liberal Arts"

Fordham University and Citizens' Advice Bureau -- $240,000
"The History Makers Scholar Program"

Manhattan College and Kingsbridge Heights Community Center -- $240,000
"Summer Literacy Institute"

New York University (Polytechnic) and Urban Assembly Institute of Math & Science for Young Women -- $240,000
"College Prep and Readiness for STEM Education"

New York University (Steinhardt) and Children's Aid Society -- $240,000
"EXCEL in Writing, Thinking, and Inquiry"

Pace University and Groundwork -- $240,000
"Pathways to College"

Skidmore College and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity -- $240,000
"SEO-Skidmore Connections"

State University of New York (SUNY) at Old Westbury and Harlem RBI -- $240,000
"Harlem RBI University"

Grants for College Preparatory Programs at CBOs

Given the significance of college preparatory programs for high school students, the Foundation is proud to continue their direct support of New York City community-based organizations.

The Boys' Club of New York -- $25,000
"Independent School Placement and College Bound Program"

East Harlem Tutorial Program -- $25,000
"East Harlem University"

East Side House Settlement -- $25,000
"College Preparatory and Leadership Program"

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America -- $25,000
"LEDA New York City Scholars"

Prep for Prep -- $25,000
"College Guidance and Undergraduate Affairs"

The Teagle Foundation is proud to fund a complementary program based at New York University's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education for college preparatory programs at a group of community-based organizations.

New York University (Metropolitan Center for Urban Education) -- $100,000
"The Adolescent Post-Secondary Education Exchange Teagle Scholars Program"

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 is committed to providing intellectual and financial leadership in the effort to promote and strengthen liberal education.

Contact information:

Teagle Contact:
Cheryl Ching