Helios Education Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: Helios seeks to improve college access and success for students in Arizona and Florida. It primarily supports early childhood education, grades 5-12, and college education. Its higher education grantmaking emphasize scholarships and college access networks, which includes financial planning. 

IP TAKE: In order to secure a grant, applicants must either be based in Arizona or Florida or have programs operating there. Helios does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: Established in 2004 with the proceeds from a sale between Southwest Student Services and SLM Corporation, the Helios Foundation seeks to "enrich the lives of individuals in Arizona and Florida by creating opportunities for success in postsecondary education." It supports Early Grade SuccessCollege and Career Readiness; and Postsecondary Completion

Helios's higher education programs prioritize students in Arizona and Florida. Its Postsecondary Completion program seeks to provide students with "academic supports critical to persistence, and aligning supports and systems leading to careers, increasing numbers of underserved students [to] attain a postsecondary degree or certificate." This program encourages successful transitions to credit bearing courses, offers scholarships to support persistence and completion, and supports certificate and degree pathways. Helios seeks to foster what it calls a “college-going culture” in the states of Arizona and Florida. Moreover, its College and Career Readiness program supports "rigorous, high-expectation academic environments and promoting the development of a college-going culture" to help more Arizona and Florida students complete college.

Grants range from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars. The foundation provides an Investment History page that offers a searchable database of past giving. In addition, the foundation “does not support capital campaigns, nor will it provide support to schools for general operating funds, teacher recruitment, professional development or classroom materials unless related to a specific program or initiative to be funded.” 

Helios does not accept unsolicited proposals, but grantseekers may contact the staff and introduce themselves.


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