Partners in Achieving the College Dream!

Four years after its inception, Excel Beyond 211 DFS is celebrating the success of the first graduates. Eight of the original 30 students in the Excel Beyond 211 program -- 27 percent -- received their college degrees within four years, far exceeding the national average for this demographic of college students, in which just 11 percent graduate in six years. The Daily Herald article described our celebration in July.

Leveling the playing field for low income and first generation college students is the goal of Excel Beyond 211 DFS. Such students often lack "college capital", the knowledge, guidance and support afforded by a parent who has graduated from college. EB211 DFS is designed to provide mentoring along with scholarship opportunities. High school seniors apply and are selected from HS District 211 and then matched with trained mentors. Mentors are college graduates who come from all walks of life, from CEOs to recent college grads. EB211 DFS believes that the mentor-mentee relationship is a cutting edge in helping these students acquire the skills and knowledge they need to complete college.

Students in the program attend multiple inservice sessions to help them network, research financial assistance available at college, calculate expenses and long-term obligations related to college attendance, and discover the value of having a mentor.  EB211 also seeks and distributes financial support through scholarships and student support funds to provide our students with an opportunity to reach their educational goals.

EB211 DFS was selected at Innovative Affiliate of the year 2017 and was honored at the Dreams for Success conference in Washington D.C. Kathy Carroll and Sue Quinlan, Board members and Karla Robles, mentee at Loyola University, attended the event.  The Scholarship America Partner Summit reinforced our belief that as higher education changes and the cost continues to climb, students need a broader range of support.  Mentoring can make all the difference.  Scholarship America's Dreams for Success conference provided renewed inspiration for our mission.

This year, 2018-19, EB211 DFS has been awarded a $10,000 matching grant from Scholarship America. This is the third national award for EB211 DFS in the past two years. In addition to receiving the $10,000 matching grant, our affiliate will also receive personalized support and tools from Scholarship America to ensure that the program will remain successful in the future. "We are thrilled to receive this generous grant, which will help us continue our mission to support deserving students with financial aid and mentoring," said Nancy Robb, President of EB211 DFS. "The number of students in our first class, graduated from college this year, proving that EB211's innovative approach can help these dedicated students earn a college degree." This website provides resources from our chapter to our mentors, volunteers, community and students.


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