AT&T Aspire High School Success Initiative

Jan 152014


At AT&T, we believe that education is one of the most important issues facing U.S. businesses, communities and families today. Currently, about one in five students do not graduate high school on time, and many of those who do are not fully prepared for success in college or careers. In 2008, we launched AT&T Aspire, which is now a $350 million commitment to education focused on helping more students graduate high school ready for college and careers. We’ve made Aspire the biggest and most significant education initiative in the company’s history, and one of the largest corporate commitments of its kind.AT&T is pleased to inform you about the AT&T Aspire High School Success Initiative (HSSI) Request for Proposal (RFP).

The AT&T Aspire HSSI RFP will provide up to $10 million to eligible organizations implementing verifiable, evidenced-based interventions to improve the retention, promotion and graduation rates of students at risk of dropping out of high school.  This RFP will fund organizations seeking to expand proven programs in new locations, serve additional students in existing locations or add components to strengthen their program(s). All should serve students currently in grades 9-12 or who have dropped out of grades 9-12.

The two categories of programs include:

·         Single Community: A single program in one community, which can qualify for funding of up to $300,000 in total for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 school years.

·         Multiple Communities: A single program in multiple communities (may be in the same or different states), which can qualify for funding of up to $1 million in total for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 school years.

If there is an organization in your district that may be interested, it can review the details of the RFP at and complete the Pre-Qualification Survey, which will be open until January 17, 2014.  The AT&T Aspire HSSI team will review and evaluate all those who complete the survey. Those respondents proceeding to the next stage will be invited to submit a full proposal and will receive additional information to complete their applications.