When the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund gives a grant during its annual grant cycle, grantee organizations agree to complete an evaluation of the program that received the grant after one year. It is important and exciting for us to see the impact of our grants. Here’s one we received from our 2011 granting cycle:
ACE Scholars Services is a program at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) that supports former foster youth in their efforts to obtain a college degree.
The Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund gave a $48,600 grant to help ACE Scholars Services launch the Working-Scholarships program as a regular component of services to former foster youth enrolled at CSUSM. The program funded was for 16 students.
Through the Working-Scholarships program, 94% of participants worked two full semesters, maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Since then, the 94% of students have been incorporated into their department budgets or have federal work-study support.
As a result of the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Fund grant, ACE Scholars Services saw another highly successful outcome. "We have received a $250,000 grant over five years from The Shiley Foundation that will help to sustain our efforts. The program will continue and expand and grow," according to program director, Jim Mickelson.
This program is internal to the University, and ACE has received inquiries from a number of other universities about this program and how it operates. CSUSM has 50 ACE Scholars; it serves more former foster youth, per capita, than any other university in the nation.
Find out more: www.csusm.edu/ace/