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To significantly increase the college attainment rate in Arizona, particularly for students who otherwise would not be able to attend or graduate from a higher education institution.


To create a significant increase in the postsecondary attainment rate of students in Arizona, particularly for those who otherwise would not be able to attend or graduate. By doing so, we believe that we will improve the quality of life not just for those individuals and their families but also for the state as a whole.


College Success Arizona was started as the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation in 2005. Former Governor Janet Napolitano & 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 & as education adviser to Governor Napolitano.

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70 percent of our students are first-generation college attendees, have significant financial need and are highly motivated to succeed in college.

Our scholars have a freshman retention rate of 89 percent. Freshman retention is a key indicator of being on track for graduation.

Our applicants are identified through partnerships with nearly 40 college access and readiness programs throughout the state who focus on traditionally underserved students.

Since 2007, our retention rate throughout college is 72 percent. College Success Arizona currently assists over 800 low-income college students across the state.

College Success Arizona has helped more than 1,300 high-potential, low-income students with mentoring and scholarship awards of $16.7 million.

Scholarships are renewable for three years if the student meets all renewal criteria. Total awards are valued at up to $24,000.

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