Student Support Grant

Chair:  Lucy Neale Duke, McDonogh School (MD)

PCACAC recognizes that members may not always have the financial resources to implement student programming.  To address this need, in spring 2013 PCACAC began offering the Student Support Grant (SSG) to help underwrite worthwhile initiatives that directly benefit students in the college transition process.

PCACAC members may apply by early March each year for a Student Support Grant to help fund their own student projects. They may also wish to nominate a community member whose volunteer work nurtures college readiness.  Successful SSG applicants will propose events directly benefiting students, such as trips to college campuses, money for student college counseling or financial aid workshops, and college programs to host prospective student groups.  New and creative ideas are welcome!

The deadline to apply for the 2017 SSG is March 1, 2017 and the application can be accessed through this link

Student Support Grants may not be used to pay for professional development, speaker honoraria, or to benefit an individual student.  See information about previous grant winners below or contact the PCACAC Executive Assistant office at info@pcacac.org.

Selection is based on the follow criteria:

  • The program addresses an unmet need in the community.
  • The program can lead to the targeted participants' increased involvement in the college process.
  • The program reaches underserved populations.
  • The program proposal gives detailed plans for the use of the grant.

Application process: One PCACAC Student Support Grants will be awarded for up to $400 per grant.  Upon completion of the grant, recipients are reimbursed for expenses related to their program (upon submission of all original receipts).  The link to the online application can be accessed with this link and the  deadline is set for March 1st, with notification to recipients in the same month. SSG recipients will be acknowledged at the annual PCACAC conference in April.  Use of a grant must be completed by December 31 in the year it is awarded. Recipients are required to provide a progress report on the planning of the grant-funded program, as well as write a brief article upon conclusion for the PCACAC newsletter, The Anchor.  

Congratulations to the 2016 Grant Recipient!

Amanda Davis: The Bridge of Mission, a West Virginia agency serving children in kinship care.

Amanda is Program Director of The Bridge Mission. The SSG will help support The College Trip Project, a statewide initiative to serve 100 middle and high school students in rural West Virginia. The College Trip Project will take these students on their first college visits, an opportunity that their schools and families cannot offer.

2015 Grant Recipient

Christine Shaughnessy:  NEXT STEPS College Consulting bus trip to NACAC College Fair in Baltimore, MD.

Christine treated her underserved population from Severna Park High School to a bus ride to the National College Fair in Baltimore in October 2015.  She is the Department Chair of Guidance at a very affluent school where most students have access to finacial resources.  However, they have 85 free/reduced lunch students who have very little and they were able to benefit from this year's grant.

2014 Grant Recipient

Willie Lee: GOing2COLLEGEisEZ high school bus tour across the Hampton Roads region.

Willie and his colleagues loaded up about 40 high school students and headed to Bowie State University (Bowie, MD) for one of the largest and most successfully run college expos held on the east coast, the 15th Annual Black College Expo. The Expo featured over 50 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and educational organizations and programs.Its mission is to curtail the high school dropout rate and increase degree and/or certificate enrollment among underserved and underrepresented youth by: connecting students directly to HBCUs; exposing students to a sundry list of available scholarships; assisting students with college preparation and readiness; offering college acceptances and scholarships on the Spot; connecting students to career, internship, and vocational opportunities; and featuring life changing seminars and workshops.  Read more about Willie's trip in The Anchor.

2013 Grant Recipient

Tamara LaPonte: 2013 College Application Boot Camp and College Tours for rising seniors at King George High School, King George, VA. 

Counselors and an English teacher worked with students on their application essays, and prepared students for making effective college visits.  The students visited at least two campuses.  King George High School serves a primarily rural population, and the counselors encouraged first generation students to participate in the boot camp.