One Million Degrees Receives Prestigious Evergreen National Education Prize

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One Million Degrees (OMD), a national leader in increasing community college enrollment and persistence among under-represented students, has received the prestigious Evergreen National Education Prize recognizing programs that significantly boost lower income 18 to 25 year-old students toward college and vocational school success. The $100,000 prize is awarded annually by the Greenwald Family Foundation in conjunction with America Succeeds, a nonprofit committed to improving equity, access, and opportunity in education. “We are honored to receive the Evergreen Prize, recognizing our commitment to providing opportunities for economic mobility for low-income, highly motivated community college students,” said Chief Executive Officer Paige Ponder. “We are excited to build on our proven success in the Chicago area as we prepare to expand our reach and impact to students in Colorado.” One Million Degrees is one of the few organizations in the country dedicated to providing comprehensive supports, from tutors and coaches to financial assistance and professional development, to community college students to help them succeed in school, in work, and in life. OMD is expanding this fall in partnership with the Colorado Department of Higher Education with a two-year pilot program providing wraparound support services for low-income Adams County adults, aged 25+, to obtain college credentials or degrees. For more information, visit

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