College Success Foundation

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The College Success Foundation is a nonprofit organization with offices in Washington State and Washington, DC. It provides programs and scholarships to help low-income students attend college.

The foundation receives significant funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,[1] and has raised nearly $400 million for scholarships for almost 8,000 students.


The foundation was formed in 2000 as the Washington Education Foundation by two former members of the state's Higher Education Coordinating Board:[2] Bob Craves, a founding Costco executive,[3] and Ann Ramsay-Jenkins, a former chair of the UW Medicine Board,[4] under the terms of the Washington State 2020 Commission on the Future of Post-Secondary Education created by Governor Gary Locke.[5] In 2007, with a $122 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the organization expanded to Washington, D.C.[6] It subsequently changed its name to reflect its broader geographic mission.


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