Since 2014, Strada Education Network℠ has advanced its mission of Completion With a Purpose® through more than $100 million in strategic philanthropy and partnerships, yielding innovative approaches to enhance student success and strengthen education to employment pathways.

Previously, we focused our investments in four areas: increasing college value, streamlining key education transitions, facilitating institutional innovation, and building new frameworks for data-driven decision-making. The learnings from these investments have informed our latest theories of change, which focus on the key phases of the student lifecycle:

  • Improving Education & Career Planning by providing tools and guidance to students so they can choose the best education path that leads to a meaningful career
  • Bolstering Student Success & Support systems to provide students the resources they need to succeed in the classroom despite obstacles to learning
  • Supporting Career & Workforce Transitions by strengthening institution-employer connections, so students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the workplace. And for adult learners to develop and maintain the skills they need throughout their career

We seek to advance our efforts through partnerships with postsecondary institutions, employers, policymakers, nonprofit organizations, and other collaborative funders. Together, we can create innovative solutions to improve career advising, to link education to work, and to help learners access the education they need to gain or advance in a rewarding career. Specifically, we look for opportunities to affect change at larger scales through efforts that:

  • Rethink and create new models of career advising
  • Pilot or scale innovative approaches to blend work and learning experiences
  • Support learners as they transition to and through careers and workforce

Through our philanthropic work, we will see outcomes improve by:

  • Improved student satisfaction with postsecondary decisions that are aligned to potential careers
  • Improved access, persistence and completion rates among all students regardless of their age, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status or previous education background
  • Successful student preparation for and transitions into careers

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Spotlight: Jackie Robinson Foundation

On March 2-5, Strada joined its inaugural class of Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholars at the JRF Student Mentoring and Leadership Conference in New York City.  Through Strada’s support, 10 Scholars were able to attend and receive guidance on career paths and mentoring through their first years at college. Our scholars are among 58 selected as part of the Class of 2021 JRF Scholars and include:


  • 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
JRF/Strada Education Network Scholars Class of 2021 with Strada Trustees Ed Schmidt, Ernest Newborn, and SVP, Philanthropy Daryl Graham.


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 baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel Robinson, who were vocal civil rights advocates throughout their lives. Rachel founded the minority scholarship program in 1973, the year after her iconic husband’s death, and continues to support the Foundation today.

In March 2017 Strada Education Network awarded a $6.5 million grant to JRF to provide funding for 30 JRF Scholars over three year and enable the Foundation to substantially scale its college success program.

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


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