College Success


For more than 30 years, the CollegeBound Foundation has helped Baltimore City students realize their dreams of a college education.  CollegeBound works exclusively in Baltimore City public schools using a nationally-recognized college advising model that has transformed the lives of more than 67,000 students.  Today, CollegeBound operates on-site in 22 Baltimore City public high schools, providing full-time college advisors, delivering need-based funding through “Last Dollar Grants,” and administering an annual scholarship portfolio of close to $3 million.

Impact of CollegeBound’s Efforts Since 1988

  • Leveraged over $55.1 million in financial aid for Last Dollar Grant recipients.
  • Assisted over 73,058 students one-on-one completing college applications and finding funds to attend college.
  • Provided an overview of the college access process to over 282,969 students through group presentations.
  • Awarded over $6.5 million dollars in Last Dollar Grants to 1,951 scholars.


CollegeBound's Model

1) CollegeBound College Access Program Specialists
CollegeBound staffs all participating high schools with year-round College
Access Program Specialists, or CAPS.  Each CAPS is a school-based expert advisor in both college admissions and financial aid.  CollegeBound CAPS deliver a comprehensive suite of college access services identified by the National College Access Network as requisite pre-college experiences.

2) CollegeBound Need-Based Last Dollar Grants
When there’s a gap between a financial aid award package and what a student can afford, a CollegeBound Last Dollar Grant can bridge that difference and change a life.  Each grantee is eligible for up to six years of CollegeBound
assistance, and since 1988, over $6 million has been awarded.  CollegeBound Last Dollar Grant recipients graduate from 4-year colleges at a rate 2.5 times higher than students from similar socioeconomic backgrounds nationally.

3) CollegeBound Scholarships
CollegeBound manages 221 privately-funded college scholarships valued at close to $3 million.  Our “no scholarship management fee” policy means that 100% of each donor’s contribution is applied to each scholarship.  In addition, CollegeBound administers the CollegeBound Urban Scholars Program (CUSP), a program that provides recipients with skill-building workshops and renewable scholarships, up to $10,000 annually, to Maryland independent universities and colleges.

4) CollegeBound City-wide Community College Events & Seminars
CollegeBound hosts three city-wide, free college access events for students and parents throughout the year.  In January, we host the “NCAA Student-Athlete Seminar” at Coppin State University.  In May, we host the “Success Seminar for 8th Graders” at the University of Baltimore School of Law.  In June, we host the “Rising Senior Seminar” at Morgan State University.

5) CollegeBound College Completion Program
Launched this summer, recipients of the need-based Last Dollar Grant are receiving additional services during their college years through the CollegeBound College Completion Program.  The program is holistic support that connects participants with mentors, established on-campus services, and quarterly programming designed to increase college retention and degree attainment.