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

Investing In Pathways

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: U.S. Conference of Mayors

For three years, Strada Education Network and the U.S. Conference of Mayors have partnered to recognize and expand mayor-led initiatives that advance college and career readiness and completion through the National Education Pathways with a Purpose Award.

Award recipients are recognized for developing strong and enduring collaborations between K-12 and higher education systems and employers to address college preparation and long-term career success. The initiative’s four key elements include:

  • streamlining key education transitions,
  • facilitating smoother pathways from campus to the workplace,
  • promoting innovative approaches to college and career preparation, and
  • building new frameworks for data-driven decision-making.

Monetary awards are given annually to three mayors – one from a large city, one from a medium city and one from a small city. The support seeks to enhance successful programs and calculate measurable results. The 2017 recipients are:

Learn more about this year’s winners and the National Education Pathways with a Purpose Initiative at


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