Tuition, fees and books are paid for selected scholars.
Members from Assistance League of Austin mentor students
to help provide success in their chosen fields in courses at
Austin Community Collage (ACC).
Scholarship recipients are selected by the Austin Community College Foundation on the basis of need and desire
to learn. They are required to maintain at least six hours per semester and a minimum GPA of 2.0. Preference
is given to Austin area students who have a strong desire to become a productive member of this community and
who do not have college experience in their family background.
Graduating scholars and their mentors.
Thanks to the financial support of Assistance League of Austin, and generous grants from Sooch Foundation,
Emerson Project Management Foundation and Topfer Family Foundation, our Scholarship Program has
expanded in size and scope since 1997 when it was established with a small endowment and initial scholarships for
five scholars. The number of scholars has increased exponentially over the past 16 years, reaching a record 55 in
2011-2012, decreasing slightly in 2014-2015 to 42. Graduation results for our scholars are extraordinarily
high, and especially so when
compared to national and Austin Community College specific graduation rates. We assign
some of this success to the advocacy program that pairs an
Assistance League of Austin member with each scholar, providing a unique support
system of available discretionary funds for meeting unexpected financial challenges to academic progress and offering
additional psychological support. Scholars are recognized as Assistance League, AL/Sooch, AL/Emerson Project
Management and AL/Topfer Scholars; and the designation follows them onto their curriculum vita and graduation