Catch the Next has received a grant from The Meadows Foundation in the amount of $120,000 to scale up its Ascender Framework for Student and Institutional Advancement. The grant will support expansion of the program in regions identified by The Texas Regional Action Plan as critical for improving college completion rates. The regions targeted by CTN in its Campaign for College Completion have eighty one percent (81%) of the Texas population and 83% of them are Latinos. Each region has a large and growing at-risk population with low educational attainment.  

The Meadows Foundation’s mission is to assist the people and institutions of Texas in improving the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations. It is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed more than $1.1 billion in grants and direct charitable expenditures to more than 3,500 Texas institutions and agencies.

Al Meadows built General American Oil Company of Texas into one of the nation’s most successful independent oil and gas production companies. Believing that his own life was greatly enriched by giving, he shared his wealth with many charitable causes benefiting the people of the state that had been so generous to him. Wishing to share the joy of giving with their extended family, both living and yet unborn, Al and Virginia Meadows established The Meadows Foundation so that their philanthropy would continue in perpetuity, under the guidance and direction of family members and trusted advisors. (

The Meadows Foundation is one of Catch the Next’s partners along with the Greater Texas Foundation, The Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Tijerina Foundation. the UT Department of Diversity and Community Engagement, UT Dana Center, TERC, and the Yale Dean’s Office.

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