NCAN Receives Grant from Travelers Foundation

May 8, 2018


By Elizabeth Morgan, Director of External Relations

Washington, D.C., May 8, 2018 – The National College Access Network (NCAN), dedicated to helping more underserved students enter and complete postsecondary education, has received a $100,000 grant from the Travelers Foundation, the charitable arm of The Travelers Companies, Inc.

The grant will allow NCAN to develop a 2019-2022 strategic plan to reach more communities with information that can help raise postsecondary attainment for students historically underrepresented in higher education. The planning process will run from July 2018 through May 2019 and will engage NCAN’s board, staff, members, and other stakeholders concerned with postsecondary access and success. This plan will guide NCAN into its 25th year of operation beginning in 2020.

“Travelers has supported NCAN since 2011 through membership, service on the NCAN Board of Directors, and conference sponsorship,” NCAN Executive Director Kim Cook said. “Their investment of money and wisdom has helped NCAN grow our membership, improve our services, and tell the stories of low-income students more effectively. We would not be where we are today without their support and steadfast commitment to diversity and equity.”

Travelers contributes 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 success, thriving neighborhoods, and culturally enriched communities.

About the National College Access Network: NCAN’s mission is to build, strengthen, and empower communities committed to college access and success so that all students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education, can achieve their educational dreams through a two- or four-year degree or high-quality certificate program. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NCAN has more than 400 member organizations, an annual budget of approximately $4.5 million, a national board of 13 members, and a staff of 13. For more information, visit

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