Strada Education Network℠ is one of the nation’s leaders in supporting philanthropy and partnerships that build a more purposeful path for students to and through postsecondary education to rewarding careers and fulfilling lives. Since 2014, we have advanced our Completion With a Purpose® mission with more than $75 million in philanthropy and strategic partnerships, yielding innovative approaches to improve student success rates and enhance career readiness.

We focus our philanthropic activities on the following three key areas:

  • College and Career Pathways
  • Student Success and Support
  • Workforce Transitions

Student Life Cycle - Completion With a Purpose

We work with local, state and national partners to pilot innovative practices, scale evidence-based solutions and build networks of practitioners dedicated to advancing Completion With a Purpose. We provide support to services across the student life cycle, from career exploration to scholarships, and from student and career mentoring to work-based learning opportunities. Our initiatives pay particular attention to the needs of low-income students, young adults who are out of school and not working, and adults with some college education but no degree.

In addition, we seek to engage in meaningful discussions with national, state and regional thought partners in support of our mission. Our funding priorities focus on projects at the national, state and metropolitan levels that have wide-reaching impact and promote innovative new approaches.

We award our grants by invitation only. For more information, send an email to

Grantee Spotlight: Jackie Robinson Foundation

JRF/Strada Education Network Scholars Class of 2021.
JRF/Strada Education Network Scholars Class of 2021

In March 2017 Strada Education Network awarded a $6.5 million grant to the Jackie Robinson Foundation with three priorities:

  • Provide funding for 30 JRF Scholars over three years
  • Enable the Foundation to substantially scale its college success program
  • Cap off the fundraising goal for the construction of the Jackie Robinson Museum

JRF has selected the inaugural class of JRF Scholars supported by Strada Education Network as part of that grant. The 10 students are among the 58 selected for the Class of 2021 JRF Scholars.

The JRF/Strada Education Network Scholars are:

  • Chloe Benson of North Charleston, S.C. — Villanova University
  • Miles Esters of Chicago — George Washington University
  • Langston Graham of Oakland, Calif. — New York University
  • Nadia Khan of Glenn Dale, Md. — University of Maryland, College Park
  • Tahj Lakey of Inglewood, Calif. — Yale University
  • Victoria Lamothe of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. — University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Adanze Nnyagu of Austell, Ga. — University of Georgia
  • Marshall Strawbridge of St. Louis — Manhattan College
  • Kiarra Womack of Sarasota, Fla. — Washington University in St. Louis
  • Terrell Worrell of Woodbridge, Va. — Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Chosen from 4,700 qualified applicants, the group of college freshmen met a high threshold of academic achievement, financial need and leadership potential. Each assumes the role of ambassador of the rich legacy of American icon Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel Robinson, who founded the minority scholarship program in 1973, the year after Robinson’s death.

Learn more about the Class of 2021 JRF/Strada Education Scholars.


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