2018 Conference Sponsors


Career Success Sponsor

Strada Education Network℠ is a national nonprofit dedicated to improving lives by catalyzing more direct and promising pathways between education and employment. We engage partners across education, nonprofits, business and government to focus relentlessly on students’ success throughout all phases of their working lives. Together, we address critical college to career challenges through strategic philanthropy, research and insights, and mission-aligned affiliates — all focused on advancing the universal right to realized potential we call Completion With a Purpose®.


Collective Impact and Networks Sponsor

Helios Education Foundation is focused on creating opportunities for individuals to succeed in postsecondary education by advancing the academic preparedness of all students and fostering a high-expectation, college-going culture in Arizona and Florida. The Foundation focuses its investments across the education continuum in three key impact areas:  Early Grade Success, College and Career Readiness and Postsecondary Completion. As an engaged foundation, embedded in communities across both states, the Foundation is contributing its expertise and financial resources to better prepare students for college and career and to compete successfully in a globally-competitive economy. Since 2006, Helios has invested over $140 million in education-related programs and initiatives in Arizona and Florida.


Access to Opportunity Sponsor

The College Board is a not-for-profit membership organization that challenges all students to own their futures. It collaborates with its partners to increase excellence and equity for all students. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college. Using its programs and services—which include the SAT©, the PSAT/NMSQT, the Advanced Placement Program©, and several Access to OpportunityTM (A2O) initiatives—the College Board is committed to breaking down barriers so students can focus their efforts, practice hard, and propel themselves into the opportunities they have earned. 


Know Your Students Track Sponsor

GradSnapp is the leading student management platform that lets you track and inspire your students through college graduation. Your ability to help each student is dependent on what you know – so what if you knew the whole story? GradSnapp helps you know each one of your students so you can recognize risks and setbacks early, to help your students cross that graduation stage.


Success in Higher Education Track Sponsor 

For 50 years, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates has believed in the power of higher education to change lives for the better. The nonprofit group works to help students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. Since 2006, Great Lakes’ education philanthropy program has committed $260 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students from low-income households, students of color, and first-generation students—so they can go on to transform their lives, their families and our communities.


Diversity and Equity Track Sponsor 

Travelers is ensuring opportunity by contributing to efforts that create strong, vibrant communities and offer pathways to success. Through corporate funding and the Travelers Foundation, Travelers targets its giving to three key outcomes: academic & career successthriving neighborhoods and culturally enriched communities. With the primary focus of educating underrepresented students to lead tomorrow’s workforce, Travelers also contributes to organizations that aid in developing communities through small business support and neighborhood revitalization, and enriching lives and learning through arts & culture.


UBS NextGen Leaders Sponsor

To make a lasting impact in today’s world, it’s about more than giving—it’s about giving with purpose. At UBS, we’re working to drive long-term, sustainable change in our communities by focusing on education, entrepreneurship and leveraging the time and talent of our employees. One way we're doing this is through UBS NextGen Leaders, our education initiative designed to increase college and career success for students who are the first in their families to go to college. Our programs provide underrepresented students nationwide with the tools they need to enroll in colleges that are a good fit, earn their bachelor's degrees and pursue meaningful, successful careers. 

Tote Bag Sponsor

The National Student Clearinghouse is the nation’s trusted source for education verification and for student educational outcomes research. The Clearinghouse helps educational institutions improve efficiency, reduce costs and workload, and enhance the quality-of-service they provide to their students and alumni, lending institutions, employers, and other organizations. Through our one-of-a-kind access to national student outcomes data and educational research services, the Clearinghouse also serves as a valuable source for longitudinal and other studies on educational progress.


Success Gallery Sponsor 

The ACT Center for Equity in Learning supports research, partnerships and initiatives that focus on closing gaps in equity and achievement. Our goal is to produce actionable evidence to guide thought leadership, and inform changes in policy and practice, that will lead to improved learning and achievement.


Financial Education Sponsor

Founded by Trellis Company (formerly TG), Trellis Foundation is a public charitable organization built on a 40-year heritage of supporting students and families in Texas who are pursuing their educational and career dreams. We focus on improving attainment for low- to moderate-income students who may not otherwise have an opportunity to earn a postsecondary credential or degree. From 2006 to 2016, Trellis Company committed more than $400 million to help nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions improve the rates of postsecondary completion. The Trellis Foundation’s priorities are guided by the experience and expertise of the company’s prior funding efforts as well as the institutional knowledge of the organization’s work in student debt and decision-making.


Conference App Sponsor 

American Student Assistance® (ASA) is a national nonprofit dedicated to eliminating finance as a barrier to higher education. ASA’s College Planning Services helps young people and adults from all backgrounds plan for, enroll in, and complete college, including identifying and applying for various sources of financial aid. Services are provided through ASA’s College Planning Centers, school-based programs, and in collaboration with other community based organizations.

   Refreshment Break Sponsor 

As a trusted systems integrator for more than 50 years, General Dynamics Information Technology provides information technology (IT), systems engineering, professional services, and simulation and training to customers in the defense, federal civilian government, health, homeland security, intelligence, state and local government and commercial sectors. Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., with major offices worldwide, the company delivers IT enterprise solutions, manages large-scale, mission-critical IT programs, and provides mission support services.


Wi-Fi Sponsor

Greater Texas Foundation supports efforts to ensure all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in, and complete postsecondary education. We put particular focus on helping underserved and disadvantaged populations. We pursue our mission by forming partnerships, supporting research, sharing knowledge, and making grants.


Welcome Coffee Sponsor

Urban Teachers trains teachers to be highly effective educators who empower every child through learning. Our teachers become career educators committed to equity and inclusivity, ensuring every student receives a great education. We believe access to a quality education gives young people the tools to become forces of change in their communities.


Conference Patron

AEM is a recognized market leader in helping education clients improve the programs, systems, processes, and data used to advance student learning. In a landscape where change is the norm, education leaders need proven and customizable solutions to improve their organizations and programs. AEM has worked with all states and territories to assist in data collection and federal reform grant initiatives; every school district to collect data on equity; every institution for higher education that receives Title IV funding to provide customer assistance support and manage their federal student aid; and 16 program offices.


Conference Patron

Behavioral science meets college student success in Nudges, Norms, and New Solutions--the all-new, hands-on Guide and Nudge Hotline for practitioners helping students enter and successfully complete college. The Guide and Hotline--both available at no cost to educators--provide solutions to the behavioral barriers preventing students from succeeding beyond high school. Funded by the Heckscher Foundation for Children, this project was developed collaboratively by Nudge4 and ideas42 and synthesizes evidence-based behavioral strategies to improve college access and success.


Conference Patron

For nearly 60 years, Scholarship America has worked directly with students, parents, donors, colleges, businesses and communities to empower people to achieve their educational goals. As the nation’s largest private education support organization, having distributed over $3.9 billion to more than 2.4 million students, Scholarship America is working to further engage the private sector to support programs and policies that advance equity in postsecondary education and help students overcome barriers to access, persistence and attainment.

Conference Patron
Since 1975, The Common Application has been committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process. Each year, more than one million students, one-third of whom are first-generation, submit over four million applications through the Common App platform.


Conference Patron 

Virginia529 makes higher education more accessible and affordable for families and individuals. With more than $62 billion in assets under management and 2.5 million accounts as of March 31, 2017, Virginia529 is the largest 529 plan available. Flexible, affordable, tax-advantaged programs and early commitment scholarship program SOAR Virginia® assist students of any age in reaching their higher education goals.