The Evergreen State College has been awarded a grant of $3 million to support retention of students, build capacity for fund raising to support student scholarships and other critical needs, and create an endowed scholarship fund for low-income students at risk of failing to complete their degrees. The multi-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will:
• Establish an endowed scholarship fund that will increase support for low-income students that are at risk of dropping out of college ($1.5 million).

• Support creative approaches to curricular development and academic and career advising that will facilitate student retention and success ($250,000).

• Provide funding to increase Evergreen’s capacity to attract new benefactors supporting scholarships and other needs on campus as the college gears up to celebrate 40 years of teaching and learning in 2011-12 ($1.25 million).

The grant will endow a scholarship fund that will support students in perpetuity as well as provide incentives to other donors to support students in need by matching their gifts dollar for dollar.