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College Access Partners


College Success Arizona is proud to partner with organizations and individuals who are helping to prepare students to be ready for a rigorous academic and leadership role in college. These organizations also partner with College Success Arizona to prepare high-potential, low-income students to qualify for and receive our substantial college scholarship.

Our College Access Partners create a pipeline of College Success Arizona scholarship
applicants by:

  • Working with students of high school age or younger
  • Working with students that will be first-time college enrollees
  • Providing college preparation programs that guide students in required high school coursework for acceptance into a state university or community college
  • Providing mentoring to help students be better prepared for the challenges of post-secondary education
  • Assisting and following up with students with regard to scholarship application processes
  • Devoting time to the selection of College Success Arizona scholarship nominees

our partners include

Access ASU is helping to prepare students for the rigors of attending Arizona State University.

The Achieving a College Education Program (ACE) is part of a nationally recognized program that targets students who may not consider going to college and attaining a baccalaureate degree to be an achievable goal.

AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute works to empower and prepare Latino/Latina youth for college admissions and graduation through a unique approach based on a greater cultural understanding as a guide to personal, academic and professional excellence as future Latino/Latina leaders.

AZ Earn to Learn is a groundbreaking program that prepares high school students for college with financial education and matching funds

AVID is a national college preparatory program available at all secondary schools in SUSD. Students enrolled in the AVID program participate in a rigorous curriculum designed to help them prepare for university-level work courses and to be competitive in terms of scholarships.

The Indian Oasis-Baboquivari Unified School District, in partnership with families and communities, prepares students as leaders by providing a high quality educational environment where students excel with skills and knowledge needed to compete in a global society while retaining traditional values, cultures, and heritage.

Be A Leader Foundation is committed to increasing the number of college-going students by empowering them to become college bound, focused and prepared, through leadership training and mentoring.

The Boys and Girls Club of Phoenix offers after-school programs that foster self-confidence and positive relationships with others. Our outcome-driven Formula for Impact produces incredible results: Fun with a PurposeAcademic SuccessBe Great, Do Good, and Healthy Choices!

Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value centered, family like homes, opportunities and education through college.

Chávez Programs seeks to recruit, retain and celebrate the success of under-represented students at ASU and enrich their lives through a positive educational experience and academic achievement.

College Bound Arizona empowers low income youth through academic and personal development to achieve educational success.

College Connect aims to prepare the community of Tempe for college and careers.

College Depot is a free, full-service college access center located at Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix. College planning advisors and assistants offer one-on-one appointments and workshops regarding admissions, financial aid, and scholarships.

Diversity Leadership Alliance Youth Council is designed to assist students transitioning from school to work, as well as to provide to them the tools and resources that help build leadership skills.

Educational Talent Search is a federally funded program to help students graduate from high school and continue on to college. College Success Arizona works with Education Talent Search offices at Arizona Western College.

Elevate Phoenix is a unique 24/7 accredited program that delivers long-term, life-changing relationships with Arizona’s urban youth.

Flagstaff Educational Support Programs Northern Arizona University Educational Support Services houses ten key offices that provide services to enhance the academic experiences of junior high, high school, college and returning adult students.  We work to help students achieve their academic goals and achieve a bachelor’s degree.

Friendly House has been empowering Arizona communities through education and human services since 1920.

Future Inspired Native American Leaders  The Phoenix Indian Center is the first urban Indian Center in the Nation of its kind, operating in Phoenix since 1947. We continue to offer several successful programs to assist our urban American Indian community and are committed to partnering and engaging the entire Valley of the Sun.

The Future Sun Devil Families Program engages ninth and 10th grade students and their families in series of workshops that prepare Arizona students for success at ASU.

Gateway Early College High School

Located in the heart of GateWay Community College, the Early College High School inspires and empowers students to succeed in learning and in life through:

  • competitive student enrollment
  • small class sizes
  • supportive relationships
  • dedicated teachers and staff

The Early College High School provides students with an opportunity to pursue a high school diploma and an Associates Degree within five or fewer years.

Hispanic Mother Daughter Program is an early outreach college preparatory program designed to raise the educational and career aspirations of Arizona middle and high school students. Its goal is to increase the number of first-generation students who complete a bachelor’s degree by directly involving families in the educational process of students.

Started in 2006, the JFCS Real World Job Development Program has assisted many at-risk youth in using their newly acquired skills to become gainfully employed.

The Joaquin Bustoz Math-Science Honors Program is an intense academic program that provides motivated students an outstanding opportunity to begin university mathematics and science studies before graduating high school. The program is designed to provide a successful university experience for students who are underrepresented in the mathematics and science fields and to enhance their prospects for future academic success.

Jobs for Arizona Graduates helps young people stay in school and acquire the academic, personal, leadership and vocational skills they will need to be successful upon graduation. JAG provides college and career success programming for students who have a desire to better themselves.

Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) strives to provide an opportunity for ethnic minority, low-income, and first-generation college-bound students to explore college majors and career interests with a group of peers interested in attending college. The University of Arizona supports MESA schools in Southern Arizona and works in affiliation with Arizona State University’s Fulton Schools of Engineering to support MESA in central Arizona.

Metropolitan Education Commission  The Metropolitan Education Commission is composed of 34 Citizen Commissioners, advises, makes recommendations and serves as an advocate in all areas as they affect the educational welfare of Tucson and Pima County.

Neighborhood Ministries seeks to break the cycle of poverty in impoverished, inner-city Phoenix by holistically loving, serving and bringing life-transforming hope and power to families in the community.

New Way Academy  In 1968, New Way Academy opened the door to a new way of learning for a growing population of students who were smart, motivated, curious and fun loving children; but had difficulties learning in a traditional school setting. More than 40 years later, New Way has firmly established itself as Arizona’s premier K-12 independent day school catering to children with learning differences such as dyslexia, ADHD and executive functioning difficulties.

NorthBridge Arizona provides support, resources, and guidance to postsecondary students with learning difference as they transition to, persist and success in their higher educational and vocational endeavors.

The mission of the NACRC is to increase the number of students who apply, are admitted, and attend college by providing appropriate information, technical assistance, advice, and referrals to students and their families regarding applying to and financing college and university studies.

Northern Arizona University-Gear Up works to create early awareness and readiness for undergraduate programs.

Pueblo Magnet High School is a dual language high school in Tucson that aims to prepare all students for college, work, and life through rigorous and relevant curriculum combined with positive interpersonal relationships.


At Stand for Children Arizona, we believe ALL children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Far too many children, through no fault of their own, aren’t getting the education they need to prepare them for the future. We are passionately committed to righting this wrong.


STEP: Student Expedition Program aims to equip low-income, first-generation college-bound Arizona students with the knowledge, confidence and leadership skills to successfully transition to college and obtain a college degree.

TRiO programs are a set of federally funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. College Success Arizona works with TRiO programs at  University of ArizonaArizona State University; and Northern Arizona University.

Upward Bound Math and Science (formerly Upward Bound Four Corners) is a year-round TRiO program providing educational services and college preparatory assistance to high school students who will be first-generation college graduates. Upward Bound is funded by the U.S. Department of Education for northern Arizona students who attend Coconino, Greyhills, Holbrook, Many Farms, Monument Valley and Tuba City high schools.


If you are a member of an organization that you think matches the profile of our College Access Partners but is not listed here, or if you work for or know of an organization that works with high-potential, low-income students interested in graduating from college, please contact Myrna Cardenas.

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