AT&T to Award Grants for Curbing Dropout Rates

AT&T has launched a campaign to help more students graduate from high school ready for careers and college, and to ensure the country is better prepared to meet global competition.

Among the most significant corporate educational initiatives in the U.S., the AT&T Aspire program has already invested more than $100 million in the four years since it was launched. The company is now looking to expand that effort with a new $250 million financial commitment planned over five years.

AT&T is looking to support organizations that are ready to serve additional students or locations, or to add components to strengthen successful programs. Payments ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 for 24 months (2012-2014) are available for local programs that emphasize:

  • Service to high school students at risk of dropping out of school (particularly ninth-graders or students in transition from eighth to ninth grade)
  • Intervening quickly with targeted services to help these students re-engage
  • Increasing students’ chances of earning a high school diploma
  • Preparing students for college and/or career
  • Providing substantial data to demonstrate positive outcomes

The 2012 AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative Request for Proposal is now open. The RFP deadline is April 27. To learn more about the program and to submit an RFP, visit the AT&T Aspire site.

The AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative team will review and evaluate all those who respond to the RFP and make determinations as to eligibility after that time.

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