2006 Community Grantees

College Spark’s 2006 grant recipients are listed below by region.  Some programs serve several locations or the entire state of Washington.

Map of Washington


Higher Education Coordinating Board and GEAR UP (Statewide) - $10,000 to develop curriculum to accompany workbooks currently used to support theWashington State GEAR UP Scholars Project and development of a parent handbook and accompanying curriculum.

Washington MESA (Statewide) - $50,000 to develop an expansion plan for their college prep programs. More MESA will allow MESA to identify the classes and services that are most effective for students and deliver them to more students within Washington State.

State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (Statewide) - $54,400 to conduct a research study to identify community college students experiencing the greatest challenges to completing their educational goals and to develop potential solutions to assist these students.

Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA) (Statewide) -- In partnership with HECB, The Seattle Foundation, and statewide scholarship administrators and donors, NELA will manage a $25,000 grant to assess the feasibility of a statewide scholarship website intended to eliminate the barriers that prevent students from applying for scholarships and improve access to private scholarships for low-income and first-generation students. 


Northwest Leadership Foundation (Tacoma) and Whitworth College (Spokane) - $42,990 to expand and enhance the ACT Six college-readiness and leadership program, which provides students from the Tacoma area an opportunity to attend Whitworth College in Spokane.


Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP) (Seattle) - $50,000 to develop and launch the Academic Achievement Initiative which will provide a comprehensive approach toward meeting the needs of predominately African American low-income, first-generation college-bound students attending middle and high schools in CAMP’s service area.

Girl Scouts-Totem Council (Kent) - $31,272 to research and develop a College Preparation Program (CPP) component to complement their already successful Life Skills program in three Kent housing projects.

Northwest Leadership Foundation (Tacoma) and Whitworth College (Spokane) - $42,990 to expand and enhance the ACT Six college-readiness and leadership program, which provides students from the Tacoma area an opportunity to attend Whitworth College in Spokane.

Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA) (Seattle) - $30,000 to expand a current youth program to emphasize academic success and college preparation.

Treehouse (Seattle) - $25,000 to bridge Treehouse’s middle school tutoring program with their Coaching-to-College program in order to prepare a cohort of 50 King County middle-school-aged foster youth for academic success and the transition to postsecondary educational opportunities.

University of Puget Sound (Tacoma) - $47,970 over two years to enhance theSummer Academic Challenge program by expanding the program to serve 7th - 12th grade students.

YMCA of Greater Seattle (Seattle) - $50,000 to support planning activities related to launching a new college prep program, YMCA Prep, for students attending five Seattle Middle Schools where the YMCA is operating Community Learning Centers.

Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma) - $99,000 over three years to enhance PLU’s current Pipeline for Learners - Understood Program to meet the needs of up to 250 transfer students transitioning from community colleges to a four-year degree program at PLU.

North Central

Big Bend Community College (Moses Lake) - $28,600 to inventory, analyze, and coordinate grant services in order to better support low-income students.

Wenatchee Valley Community College (Wenatchee) - $26,500 to initiate a new mentoring program for first-year Latino students, Sobresalir con Exito (Success to be Outstanding), as a way of increasing persistence rates and degree completion.


The Evergreen State College (Olympia) - $45,500 to expand the college preparation portion of the Gateways for Incarcerated Youth program which encourages incarcerated youth to complete high school and enroll in college.

Grays Harbor College (Aberdeen) - $39,000 to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, reservation-based Native American students completing two-year degrees and successfully transferring to four-year colleges and completing a bachelor’s degree.


Clark College (Vancouver) - $70,050 to plan and pilot a new student seminar targeting students who wish to transfer to a four-year colleges or universities.

South Central

Northwest Community Action Center (Toppenish) - $152,987 over three years to enhance the middle school and high school college preparation program,ConneX, which focuses on promoting health professions with underserved youth.

Whitman College (Walla Walla) - $62,150 over two years to initiate the Whitman Institute for Scholastic Enrichment (WISE), a three-day residential program at Whitman for twenty-five 8th and 9th graders from local school districts.

Washington State University (Tri Cities) - $670,777 over three years to identify, inventory, disseminate, and provide training regarding resources for early outreach programs for Latino families. This request is a partnership involving the GEAR UP programs at WSU, UW, Skagit Valley Community College, Columbia Basin Community College, Big Bend Community College, and Walla Walla Community College.