Become a College Possible Trailblazer

Join a cohort of leading institutions committed to expanding high-touch support for students from low-income backgrounds. Apply to receive matching funds to improve student outcomes by bringing near-peer coaching to your campus in the 2020-21 academic year.

College Possible is a national nonprofit that connects high school and college students with near-peer coaches, helping them to navigate the complex world of college access and completion. College Possible is seeking up to four innovative institutions committed to closing equity gaps and improving student outcomes as large-scale partners for its Catalyze coaching program for low-income and first-generation students.


A competitive RFP process will select four institutions of higher education who will work with College Possible’s team of experts to launch an on-campus near-peer coaching program designed to help students stay in college, overcome common retention barriers, and graduate.

Thanks to generous philanthropic support, College Possible is able to offer select institutions, known as College Possible Trailblazers, matching funds to partner with College Possible and launch a near-peer coaching program.


We highly recommend reading the FAQ below before submitting the RFP.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I apply?
    To apply, interested institutions should submit a letter of intent by March 27, 2020.

    Who should apply?
    College Possible is seeking institutions who serve a large percentage of low-income, first-generation and/or students of color and have a deep commitment to closing equity gaps. Individual leaders who may consider submitting on behalf of their institution include vice presidents of student affairs, student support directors, and academic affairs leadership.

    What’s involved?
    By becoming a College Possible Trailblazer, campuses will have the opportunity to develop new support systems for historically underrepresented students on campus. Through the partnership, College Possible will work with leadership on your campus to launch the organization’s proven model of near-peer coaching. In close collaboration with campus leadership, our team will train AmeriCorps members to serve side-by-side as near-peer coaches to provide personalized support and guidance to help students chart a course to and through college.

    How does Catalyze work?
    Catalyze coaches are recent college graduates from the institution—many of whom have themselves navigated challenges that could have ended their educational journeys. This near-peer coaching model leverages the power of passionate, dedicated coaches to offer advice and mentorship as students navigate the complex world of college completion. Coaches are a full-time presence on the campus and become a vital part of a campus’s student support infrastructure.

    What kind of results can we expect?
    College Possible’s Catalyze program builds on the nonprofit’s 20-year history of training AmeriCorps service members as college access and success coaches to help low-income high school juniors and seniors enroll in — and complete — college. Across partner campuses in 2018-19, College Possible students were retained at a rate on average 4.6 points higher than their Pell-eligible peers. At a medium regional public institution, College Possible students exceeded the Pell retention rate by 13 points. At a large urban public institution, College Possible students exceeded the Pell retention rate by almost 10 points.

    How long does the program last?
    College Possible seeks campus partners ready to commit to three years of collaboration.

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