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Assistance League Scholarships

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.

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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 ceremony program.