On Saturday, February 23rd, the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center awarded three regional winners of the 2013 CollegeKeys Compact Innovation Award at the Western Regional Forum in San Diego, CA.

The three Western Region winners were:
• College for Me (Helix Charter High School, La Mesa, CA) receiving the “Getting Ready” Award
• Clarence T.C. Ching PUEO (Program at Punahou School, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI) receiving the “Getting In” Award
• Bright Prospect (College Access and Success Program in Pomona, CA) receiving the “Getting Through” Award

Each winning submission received an award of $5,000 to help expand or sustain the program, and there were 14 awards given out in total across the country, which were chosen from a multitude of applicants. The submissions were judged on relevance, innovation, impact and potential. Christen Pollock, Vice President, College Board Advocac

y & Policy Center said, “The winning programs embody the mission we seek to fulfill, and we are proud to support them as we work towards a common goal.”

The CollegeKeys Compact was launched in October 2007 following a two-year review of independent research, policies and practices in academic preparation and planning, admission, financial aid, and retention. A report issued by the College Board found that too many college-qualified low- and moderate-income high school graduates do not enroll in a four-year college program because of a combination of poor preparation, low expectations and financial barriers. The goal of the CollegeKeys Compact is to see that students from low-income backgrounds are represented in and graduate from colleges and universities at the same rate as their more affluent peers.

Bright Prospect is truly honored to receive this prestigious award. See photo below of Bright Prospect staff with the trophy award.