1st Generation College Students

Andrea Love, a Counselor at New Start High School submitted an Excel Grant application last fall looking for funds to help support the college application process for 25 at-risk, first generation students at New Start High School.

1st generation college students - visiting Renton TCHere’s what she had to say about the program: “With this grant we were able to take students on two college visits – one to Highline Community College and one to Renton Technical College. We were also able to pay for students to be able to take the COMPASS test, which took them one step further towards reaching their goal of attending community college or technical college next year. Students were exposed to college campuses, services, and opportunities – which increased their view of what is possible for their future.”

“This grant made a significant difference in the experience that our Seniors at New Start had this year. Instead of just talking with students about college and the application process we were able to take them on two visits that brought college to life for them. I had several students who could really see themselves at Renton Technical College after visiting there.

1st generation college students - visting Renton TC2New Start serves a very at-risk population who responded well to being able to see the hands on opportunities that a technical college has to offer. I over heard several students talking about how they wanted to attend Renton Tech in the fall and have since had conversations with several of them about making this a reality, many whom would not have considered any post-secondary education otherwise.”

Thank you Andrea, for sharing your story and for finding ways to inspire our students and help them realize their goals.


New Start provides an alternative educational experience for students who have experienced challenges in the traditional system. New Start High School is an exciting small learning community preparing students for College, Career, and Citizenship. You can read more about this school on the Highline Public Schools website.

Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Our funding priorities focus on programs to improve academic achievement, supporting college and career readiness, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, the arts, athletics, and programs that keep students in school and productive. Highline is a district full of need and opportunity. The Highline Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to all schools in our district—our goal is to help as many students as possible be successful!

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