The philosophy behind ACE Scholarships, we are a nonprofit organization that raises money from generous donors and then awards financial scholarships to students from low-income families so they can attend the school of their choice. ACE Scholarships has quickly become an educational success story. In fact, since 2000, we’ve awarded over 23,000 scholarships worth over $52M, giving children from low-income families the chance to succeed. And succeed they have, graduating high school with most going on to college.
ACE Scholarships works with low-income families from a variety of different circumstances across numerous states. To qualify for an ACE scholarship, a family must meet the income requirements for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Our families have a medium income of $32,000 a year.
90% of the schools our students attend serve inner-city communities.
Let’s face it. Trying to tackle school reform all at once is a pretty daunting task.
We realized something — we don’t need to. Instead, if we could help just one child at a time, we’d be able to have real impact starting from day one. And so we set out on a mission. We noticed something that everyone else seemed to overlook. While there were a lot of kids from low-income families failing in their current schools, there were a lot of really great schools with extra capacity. We saw independent schools operating with their own philosophies and teaching styles. Yet, as different as they all were, each excelled with the type of students they served. Maybe the problem wasn’t that there weren’t enough good schools, but rather that low-income families didn’t have a way into these schools. So we decided to change that.
ACE Scholarships is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides children of low-income families with scholarships to private schools in grades K-12. ACE Scholarships was founded in 2000 with a vision to give every child access to a quality education and has since awarded over 42,000 scholarships worth more than $102 million across eight states. To qualify for an ACE scholarship, a family must meet the income requirements for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program.