College-Access Group Hailed by Obama Expands to 11 More Campuses

Say Yes to Education Inc., a nonprofit organization, announced on Wednesday the addition of 11 more private-college partners that will provide free tuition to eligible low-income students who participate in the group’s program, bringing the total number of member institutions to 54.

The announcement comes a month after President Obama praised the group’s efforts to prepare students for college in Buffalo, N.Y., and Syracuse, N.Y.

Founded 26 years ago, Say Yes to Education is an experiment in building a college-going culture within cities. The program is open to all public-school students in those two cities as well as to some students in New York City and Philadelphia. The group, which also announced on Wednesday that it had received a $4.5-million grant from the Wallace Foundation, plans to expand to other cities in the future.

Students who participate in Say Yes are eligible for financial assistance. Graduates of public high schools in Buffalo and Syracuse are eligible for scholarships—financed by local donors—covering up to 100 percent of tuition at any public two- or four-year institution in New York. <Read more.>

Via Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education.