College Success Foundation: Breaking Down Barriers to Education

For underserved and low-income Spokane high school students, attending college can feel unattainable. College Success Foundation (CSF) is breaking down those barriers and providing long-term support for students as they journey toward college degrees.

CSF offers educational pathways for students from middle school through college completion. The COVID-19 pandemic created additional and seemingly insurmountable obstacles for some of those students, including Sultan, an incoming Gonzaga University freshman. Sultan was suddenly faced with the possibility of not being able to attend school because he couldn’t afford books for his pre-med program. In response, Innovia awarded $3,000 in COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds to CSF to help students like Sultan overcome these new challenges.

“Sultan is a bright, kind, thoughtful young student, and thanks to the Innovia grant we were able to reassure him that all his books would be paid for and he could continue to pursue his dream of a college education,” says Shannon Demant, Regional Director at CSF. “Thank you for the many ways that Innovia has partnered with CSF to keep college a reality for our students, especially at this time.”