HOW COLLEGE SUCCESS ARIZONA STARTED
College Success Arizona was started as the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation in 2005. Former Governor Janet Napolitano and several successful business leaders in the state created the original organization. Our founders included Bob Craves, a founder of Costco; Don Budinger, Arizona business leader and founder of the Rodel Foundation; Frank Brady, community leader and former audit partner with Ernst & Young. Paul Koehler of WestEd, served as an original board member and as education adviser to Governor Napolitano.
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For Arizona’s students, getting into college is not enough. Earning a college degree is quickly becoming a necessity for future success, both for individuals and the welfare of the entire state.
By 2020, 64 percent of our state’s jobs will require a career certificate or a college degree. But even if a student gets into college and has the resources to afford it, the chance of graduating is not as high as most would think.
At Arizona’s public universities, just more than one-half of full-time students seeking bachelor’s degrees actually graduate within six years. If a student comes from a low-income background, is a first generation college student, is a minority or is a part-time student, their chances decline dramatically.
College Success Arizona specializes in helping students from all backgrounds stay on track and leave college with a degree in hand. More than 70 percent of our scholars graduate from college in six years, which is significantly better than rate for the average Arizona college student. About 70 percent of our scholars are first-generation college-goers, and 85 percent are minorities and all come from low-income families.