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Project Discovery is a post-secondary access program currently offered through 24 Partner Agencies throughout Virginia in grades 4 to 12. Project Discovery encourages students to stay in and graduate high school and provides resources and tools for students to successfully make the transition to post-secondary education.
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EQT Foundation Makes Generous Contribution
Project Discovery, has received a grant of more than $15,000.00 from the EQT Foundation to support Project Discovery students in attending the Summer Bridge program at Radford University next year.
EQT Foundation has a commitment to the greater good and believes that commitment is an essential component of their core values. EQT wants to share the benefits they have received by looking for opportunities that will be beneficial to others.
Since the EQT Foundation was established in 2003, they have donated more than $32 million throughout their operating areas. They are committed to helping communities prosper by supporting education for children; encouraging the development of safe, healthy, diverse neighborhoods; supporting the environment and preservation of local natural resources; and sponsoring local programs that promote greater understanding and appreciation of arts and culture.
Summer Bridge is the only statewide STEM camp for young women in Virginia. Project Discovery has been supporting the Summer Bridge program for the last 8 years. We are very grateful to EQT Foundation for their support.
Project Discovery Students Show great Success in the 2014-15 School Year
In the 2014-15 school year, Project Discovery served 2,240 students. The majority (1,890) were high school students. Of the high school students, 650 were seniors. We are happy to report that 100% of the high school seniors who participated in the Project Discovery program graduated on time. All of the underclass participants advanced in grade level.
The demographic data for the Project Discovery students are;
64% female and 36% male
They are 2% Asian, 60% Black, 7% Hispanic, 8% Other, and 23% White
73% are low income (qualifies for free or reduced lunch), 66% are first generation (neither parent graduated from college), and 88% fall into both categories.
Interestingly, 29% of Project Discovery students are enrolled in advanced or honors classes compared to only 22% of the state-wide population.
Project Discovery also tracks our graduated students into post secondary educational institutions. We now have 5 years of data spanning the 2009-10 to 2013-14 graduating classes. In those 5 years, 3,262 Project Discovery students have graduated from high school and 2,173 (67%) have matriculated to Institution of Higher Education (IHE). This is higher than the 42% of students from the general population who advance to IHE and significantly higher than the 26% of low income students who enroll in IHE.
Of the 2,173 students who enrolled in IHE, 257 (12%) have graduated with some form of degree, diploma, or certificate. Perhaps more impressively, 1,295 students (60%) remain in school and are persisting in their efforts to obtain the benefits of post secondary education.
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How you can help
Project Discovery needs your help. Our hardworking and meritorious students can get the grades and study hard, but we need to help them find the resources to pay for college. Listed below are links that will take you to various ways that you can support Project Discovery students.
Project Discovery has access to Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits. A donation of $500.00 or more ($1,000.00 for businesses) can produce beneficial tax credits. Click Donate Now for details.
You can now make donations directly to Project Discovery via PayPal. Click on the "Donate Now" and you will be able to direct your contribution to your local Project Discovery program, the general state-wide program, or both!