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Omaha's College Possible program awarded large grant

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 16:02:41-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — United Way of the Midlands recently donated $25,200 to College Possible, a program in Omaha making college admission and success more attainable for students from low-income backgrounds.

College Possible has supported the work of students at 10 high schools across Omaha's metro since 2011. Coaches with the program help high school students with ACT exam prep, scholarship and college applications, financial aid prep, campus visits and college fairs.

Students and families are helped through College Possible to make informed decisions about college and finances. Coaching from College Possible continues through college graduation with more programming based on college transition, study skills, financial education, network building and information about entering the workforce.

“If not for College Possible, I probably wouldn’t have gone to college,” says Allana, a junior sociology and pre-law student at Creighton University. “I didn’t plan on attending college initially and I honestly didn’t know a lot about how to get there. College Possible taught me a lot more about that process than I ever would have known without being in the program. The biggest thing College Possible helped me with is accountability.”

This grant will help College Possible offer more coaching to students from low-income backgrounds.

During the 2018-2019 school year, College Possible saw 97% of its high school seniors in the program earn admission to a college or university. For the class of 2017, 84% of first-year college students returned to the program in their sophomore year.

“United Way of the Midland’s support for this program is greatly appreciated by College Possible, and many future leaders will be impacted as they progress to the workforce after college,” said Arvin Frazier, Executive Director of College Possible Omaha.