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Who We Are

College Success Arizona is building public will for college completion and providing a unique combination of scholarships and mentoring that increase college graduation rates among low-income and first-generation students across the state.  We do this through; providing scholarships and mentoring support services, building partnerships with college access programs and scholarship programs, raising the awareness of the importance of college completion, and the support of more than 200 college access and success organizations throughout the state.

“College-educated citizenry are more employable, less likely to engage in high-risk health behaviors, which decreases your health costs, and are less likely to participate in any criminal activity, If you want to decrease health care costs, if you want to decrease the cost of incarceration, education is the ladder you should focus on.” – Lorenzo Baber, University of Illinois.

College Success Arizona Statistics, as of 9/1/17

  • Students Currently in Program: 840
  • Total Students Awarded to Date: 1,287
  • Value of Services Provided and Scholarship Dollars Distributed: $16.7 million
  • Graduates Produced: 381
  • 6 year Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Freshman Retention Rate: 89%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 72%
  • First Generation College Students:  70%


We do this through:

Learn more about College Success Arizona and locate our IRS 990 on GuideStar

How We Began


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.

Our Vision and Values

College Success Arizona is working to create a significant increase in the post-secondary attainment rate of students in Arizona, particularly for those who otherwise would not be able to attend or graduate. Click below to learn more.

Our Vision and Values Five Points of College Success

Board of Directors

College Success Arizona would not be able to achieve its goals without the right individuals in place to help lead the organization. Click below to learn more.

Board of Directors

Our Team

What really makes a difference is the ethos of care that our team brings to the endeavor of getting high-potential, low-income students in and through college and on to successful careers and lives.


If you are writing a story about college completion in Arizona, we would be happy to work with you. Members of the media can click below to learn more.

College Success Arizona needs you

  • Contact us to help ensure we increase the college graduation rate in Arizona.
  • Consider giving a tax-deductible contribution of any size to help support a high-potential, low-income student in getting the college degree they deserve.
  • Learn more about the latest research and policy information related to college completion in Arizona.


Do you have an interest in joining the College Success Arizona team? Please take a look at our career opportunities.

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