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Kaplan Educational Foundation Honors Brown University for Its Commitment to Access and Inclusion

June 20, 2017

The Kaplan Educational Foundation (KEF), which helps disadvantaged minority community college students complete their associate’s degrees and transfer to top U.S. colleges and universities, will present its 2017 College Partner Award to Brown University.

Christina Paxson, the 19th president of Brown University, and Maitrayee Bhattacharyya, Brown’s Senior Associate Dean of the College for Diversity and Inclusion, will accept the award at the Foundation’s annual gala on June 21 in New York City.

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KEF's Executive Director weighs in on bureaucratic obstacles for low-income college students.

September 16, 2016

Colleges also charge fees low-income students can’t afford, and that have little to do with their educations, said Nancy Lee Sanchez, executive director of the Kaplan Educational Foundation, who coaches black, Hispanic, and first-generation students.

Sanchez said she encourages these students to apply to as many schools as possible because colleges can vary in how generous they are with school aid.

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KLP Scholar Britanny Arboleda featured in Daily News Article about heading to Stanford through BCC's ASAP Program

June 16, 2016

Arboleda is one of three BCC Broncos this year to receive a Kaplan Scholarship, which provides financial support and skills training to help community college students make the leap to a four-year school and a bachelor’s degree. “Before the Kaplan Scholarship, I would never have considered applying to all these top schools,” Arboleda says. “It opened my horizons and made me think ‘Hey, you can do it. It’s not a far off dream. It’s not for somebody else; it’s for you as well.’”

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Creating a Culture of Transfer - bridging the gap for low-income community college students.

May 17, 2016

For most low-income students, the path to a college degree starts at the door of the local community college.
Dishearteningly, only 10 percent of these students successfully transfer to four-year colleges and earn
bachelor’s degrees. There is clearly an enormous amount of potential caught in the gap between community
colleges and four-year schools.
To bridge the gap that so many low-income community college students can’t cross on their own, educators
talk about creating a “culture of transfer.”

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KLP Alumna Nolvia Delgado featured in NY Post Article about Community College Transfer Students.

December 2, 2015

Although Delgado, who was born in the Dominican Republic, was an honors student, “I didn’t understand the options available to me. I planned on [attending] community college, because that’s what everyone else did.”

During her sophomore year at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Delgado, now 26, was identified as a candidate for the Kaplan Educational Foundation’s Leadership Program (kaplanedfoundation.org), which would prove to be life-changing.


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Foundation Opens up Opportunities for Community College Students

July 2, 2010

“If you’re an adult learner or you’re in community college, there’s not a lot of charitable support and yet those students tend to be tremendously needy,” says foundation chairwoman Melissa Mack.

Designed for underserved community college students in New York, the comprehensive, first-of-its-kind program provides the scholars with money to cover tuition and living expenses, personalized tutoring, mentorship, and workshops on networking, transferring to four-year schools and getting the most financial aid, among other topics.

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Putting Student Award Winners on Fast Track

Spring 2009

Humor is the balm for a traumatic family history with which Santiago continues to grapple. “I’ve used comedy, jokes, my whole life to deal with everything else,” he says, adding that he would like to write for “Saturday Night Live” some day.

“It’s healing, it’s therapy, it’s fun,” he adds. “If I can use my story to make people laugh, feel connected and less alone, I’ll feel like I did my job as a writer.” For now, the Kaplan Foundation is helping him reach for a life beyond his past, to plans that include transferring next fall to a four-year college for his B.A.

“What’s important about this program,” he says, “is the support that they give me, that someone really cares about my education as much as I do.

“That’s what I’ve been dying for, pleading for from my family.” His Kaplan advisors, he said, are “like family when you need them to be.”

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