2008 Community Grantees

College Spark’s 2008 grant recipients are listed below by region.  Some programs serve several locations or the entire state of Washington.

Map of Washington


College Success Foundation (Issaquah) -- $75,000 to plan and research gaps in college-readiness support around the state, and develop a statewide college access provider network.

Eastern Washington University (Cheney) -- $296,133 over three years to develop a new college-readiness and retention program, Eastern Advantage, that will expand on their successful Washington Achievers Program.

Northwest Indian College (Bellingham) -- $100,000 to conduct a First Year Experience Program research project to determine the most effective aspects of a retention program for Native students.

Northwest Leadership Foundation (Tacoma) -- $300,000 over three years to expand its Act Six program, in which cadres of low-income urban students from Tacoma, Seattle, and Spokane are provided intensive support and leadership services and then sent to college together. Act Six will expand to serve more students through new higher education partnerships with Trinity Lutheran College and Northwest, Pacific Lutheran, Gonzaga, and Whitworth Universities.

University of Washington Foundation (Seattle) -- $100,000 to Washington MESA to expand its ninth grade Bridge program as part of a multi-year expansion plan for underrepresented minority and low-income students interested in science, technology, engineering, and/or math fields.

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (Olympia) -- $75,000 to conduct a baseline evaluation that will be used to measure the success of their Student Achievement Initiative, which rewards community and technical colleges for achieving higher rates of student success.


Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest (Seattle) -- $52,500 to offer curriculum-related professional development workshops to high school teachers in Renton, Tacoma, and Tukwila School Districts.

College Access Now (Seattle) -- $20,000 to expand their college admission preparation assistance program, which currently serves juniors and seniors at Garfield High School and seniors at Franklin High School, to serve more students at Franklin High School.

Girl Scouts of Western Washington (Seattle) -- $275,000 over three years to start a new program to provide college-readiness services to middle and high school girls in low-income housing communities in Kent.

La Conner School District (La Conner) -- $92,950 over two years to incorporate the Read Right intensive reading program into their existing Lop-Che-Alh Early College High School Program for Swinomish students.

Merle Palmer Minority Scholarship Foundation (Tacoma) -- $25,000 to build organizational and mentorship program infrastructure for this foundation that provides college scholarships, training, and mentors to low-income students of color in Pierce County.

University of Washington Foundation (Seattle) -- $65,000 for the University of Washington Women’s Center’s Making Connections program to expand their tutoring and mentoring services and hold an annual retreat for low-income high school girls interested in entering science, technology, engineering, and/or math fields.

YMCA of Greater Seattle (Seattle) -- $85,000 over two years to start a new yearlong college prep program, YMCA Prep, for students in grades 7-12 that builds on their summer academic program, Y.U. Learn.

YWCA of Seattle (Seattle) -- $20,000 to expand the number of girls served in their Girls First - Alumnae Programming leadership development program that provides academic support and planning assistance for girls to navigate successfully to college and meaningful careers.

South Central

Heritage University (Toppenish) -- $39,440 to plan a redesigned freshman orientation program that involves students and families in the planning process.