The University of Iowa

Ascendium Education Group

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Contact Name 
Rebecca Villarreal
Contact Title 
Director, Education Grantmaking
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2401 International Lane
Madison, WI 53704
United States

Grant Information

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Known for decades as Great Lakes, we're now Ascendium Education Group. While our name has changed, our mission remains the same: helping people reach the education and career goals that matter to them. We invest in projects designed to increase the number of students from low-income backgrounds who complete postsecondary degrees, certificates, apprenticeships and internships, with an emphasis on first-generation students, incarcerated adults, rural community members, students of color and veterans. Our work identifies, validates and expands best practices to promote large-scale change at the institutional, system and state levels — with the intention of elevating opportunity for all.

Sample Grants 

Hawkeye Community College
2016-2018 Dash Emergency Grant Program

Loras College
2015-2018 Career Ready Internship Grant

Simpson College
2014-2015 Career Ready Internship Grant

Grant sizes vary.

Application Information 

Rolling basis; see website for details.


Applicants must be one of the following types of organization: nonprofit, Title IV-eligible, institution of higher education OR community-based nonprofit organization, classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Date of latest financial data 
Dec 2018
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