The Foundation's goal through its grant-making is to empower more women to complete their college education, therefore enabling them to better their lives and those of their families. Aurora prides itself in not just funding effective programs, but also being a resource and partner. The Aurora Foundation's grantees receive guidance, from the application process through final reporting of outcomes.
Aurora-funded College Success programs give women, especially low-income, women of color, and first-generation students, the tools they need to navigate and pursue higher education. Aurora has identified best practices for these programs, including one-on-one counseling and advising, mentoring and introducing women to role models, building self-advocacy skills, and addressing basic needs such as childcare and transportation. As a result of this work, students are graduating and entering careers that pay a family-sustaining wage—buying first houses, and starting college savings accounts for their children.
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