Since 1999, Children’s Scholarship Fund-Charlotte (CSF-C) has invested over $9 million in approximately 7,000 scholarships to children at risk of failure in their assigned schools in Mecklenburg County. Recent quantitative studies confirm that our organization is making a significant difference and changing the trajectory of children’s lives through the intrinsic power of education.
CSF-C’s Student Outcomes Study (2006 – 2014)
UNC-C’s Urban Institute for Social Capital was commissioned by CSF-C to identify CSF-C alumni between the 2006-2007 and 2012-2013 school years who matriculated back into the public Charlotte Mecklenburg School system after the 8th grade. The Institute concluded that 94.5% of CSF-C students that returned to public high school graduated on time, as compared to their demographic peers at 71.1% – 86.5%. For the complete report, Student Outcomes Study.
CSF-C’s Graduation Rate Study (1999-2011)
Frontier 21 Education Solutions’ researchers verified that 97% of CSF-C’s recipients who matriculated to public and independent high schools after participating in our program graduated from the 12th grade. The research firm conducted a tracking study in 2011 to confirm the graduation rate of CSF-C scholarship recipients who participated in our program for at least one year, from 1999-2007, and were eligible to graduate by 2011. For the complete report, Graduation Rate Study.
Parent and Student Survey
Another way that CSF-C evaluates our program is through an annual Parent and Student Survey. This report gives our staff and board pertinent information about the parents, students and schools. For the most recent report, Parent and Student Survey.
CSF-C Student Perspectives
EJ Boakye – Charlotte Latin School, Fall Event 2015 Speaker
“You have changed the trajectory of my future. I would not be here had it not been for CSF-C’s financial contribution. CSF-C has inspired hope in me and given me a lifetime opportunity.”
Read EJ’s entire speech here.
Other studies conducted by CSF partner programs throughout the country include the following:
$610 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS SINCE 1998
Since 1998, CSF has provided scholarships worth $610 million, changing the lives of 145,000 children. [Source: CSF National]
OMAHA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE
CSF Omaha reports that its recipients have a 99.6 percent high school graduation rate, and a college entrance rate of 87 percent. [Source: CSF Omaha Website]
PHILADELPHIA STUDY RESULTS
A CSF Philadelphia study found that 96 percent of CSF eighth graders graduated high school on time – compared to Philadelphia’s public school graduation rate of only 62 percent. [Source]
THE BASIC FUND RESULTS
The BASIC Fund, CSF’s partner program in the San Francisco Bay Area, reported high school graduation rates of 89-94 percent compared with graduation rates of only 73 percent in SanFrancisco public schools, and 43 percent in nearby Oakland public schools. [Source]
ACE SCHOLARSHIPS RESULTS
CSF’s Denver partner program, ACE Scholarships, boasts that its scholarship recipients have a 92 percent graduation rate, compared to the Denver Public Schools’ 54 percent and the 61percent average for the state of Colorado. [Source: ACE Scholarships Annual Report, 2012]
NORTHWEST OHIO SCHOLARSHIP FUND RESULTS
In Toledo, 97 percent of CSF partner program Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund’s alumni have graduated from high school, and 95 percent have attended college. [Source: Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund Website]
A HIGHER ON TIME GRADUATION RATE
In New York City, 92 percent of CSF alumni graduated high school on time in 2014, compared to the most recent average NYC public school graduation rate of 64.2 percent. Of the CSF alumni who graduated, 90 percent are now enrolled in college. [Source: CSF Alumni Survey Data, 2014]
BALTIMORE STUDY RESULTS
A recent study of CSF Baltimore alumni found that Baltimore scholarship recipients had a 97 percent graduation rate and 84 percent enrolled in college. [Source: Friedman Foundation]
Learn more about CSF and CSF partner programs in our research section.