SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY FUNDED SCHOLARSHIPS
We’re committed to affordable education, but if we only offered seats to those who could pay full tuition, we would miss out on some incredible individuals.
We’re looking for 100 people to donate $100 toward our scholarship goal of $10,000 by August 23, 2019. Will you help us ensure a place for deserving scholarship students?
Community Funded Scholarships Background
We believe the Wayfinding model of higher education can benefit all students, but is especially impactful for first-generation students, low-income students and students of color because of the individual attention and support each student receives. Our curriculum cultivates self-directed learners through hands-on, experiential projects. Students are able to fully engage with the process of learning and curiosity, demonstrate their skills, and be seen as whole humans.
Our unique revenue model enables us to keep tuition low and only charge students 50% of what it costs us to offer the program, but we strive to go further for those who face bigger financial hurdles. That’s where you come in as a member of our community, and that’s the idea behind the Community Funded Scholarships Campaign.
Why It Matters
Higher education in the United States is broken, especially for those who can least afford it. Consider the following outcomes of the traditional model of higher education:
Only 57% of students who start at a four-year college finish with a degree. At 2-year colleges, the completion rate is only 38%.
Of those who graduate, 70% have debt averaging between $28,000 and $40,000. Many students leave with a lot of debt and no degree.
These patterns are even more troubling for low-income students, students of color, and first generation college students. Financial barriers, lack of direction, and insufficient academic support result in a 20% deficit in college enrollment for low-income and underserved communities and a 15% gap in graduation rates.
While we are committed to constant improvement, Wayfinding Academy has outperformed the national average at four-year and two-year colleges, establishing a 59% overall graduation rate since first opening our doors to students in 2016. For more information on our track record, have a look at our Startup Stage Impact Report.
Where Scholarship Funds Go
All funds contributed will go directly to incoming students with the greatest financial needs. At Wayfinding, we are currently serving students who are in the high risk categories mentioned above. Our most recent student body survey reported:
100% of non-dependent students in the Housing and Urban Development Department’s “very low income” bracket (60% of these were below the federal poverty line)
20% are first-generation college students
20% identify as people of color
Based on demographics of students who are currently applying, we predict continued growth in these populations at Wayfinding, so we are proactively seeking support to remove barriers and better serve these traditionally underserved students.
What You Can Do
Donate now to help us create scholarships for up to five future students! Your donation of $100 will go into a larger pool to grow our scholarship funds from $10,000 to $20,000, and be distributed to a group of students starting their 2 years at Wayfinding.
How Much Left to Go?
We’re just over HALF WAY (!!) to our goal of $10,000 by August 23rd, and while we’re aiming for $100 donations, we are grateful for contributions of any amount. We’ve raised a little over $5,400 so far, including one very generous individual donation of $2,000 towards this scholarship fund.
Click below to donate! Our model focuses on a handcrafted education and hands-on support. It’s a better fit for underserved individuals than the traditional education system. Our Community Funded Scholarship Campaign allows us to make sure this population thrives at Wayfinding and in their next steps. Thank you for being part of the movement and your generous donation.
Want to know even more about the students that go to Wayfinding and the types of people you’ll be supporting through this campaign? Check out our Alumni Page!