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CollegeReady Press Kit

About CollegeReady

Founded in 1962 as Scholarships, Inc., CollegeReady is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Green Bay, Wisconsin that provides financial and academic support to college-bound students.

Our mission is to encourage and invest in area students to succeed in higher education.

CollegeReady creates hope and brighter futures for youth of all backgrounds in Northeast Wisconsin. Through scholarships and college readiness programming, we help students break down barriers to higher education and change their lives.

Thank you for your interest in our nomination for a 2023 Charity Navigator Community Choice Award!

Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most influential nonprofit evaluator, has named CollegeReady a 2023 Community Choice Awards nominee. The announcement was made on National Nonprofit Day, August 17, 2023.

CollegeReady, a nonprofit organization that helps local students pay for college and prepares them for success, received the nomination after achieving a prestigious four-star rating and earning all four Charity Navigator beacons. This recognition reflects the organization’s commitment to transparency, accountability, and effectiveness in its charitable endeavors.

The Community Choice Awards will have one winner in each size-based category: small, medium, large, and super. The determination of the winners will be based on the total number of votes received. The winners will be officially announced on September 27, 2023.

Supporters can vote for CollegeReady from Aug 17-27 at CollegeReadyWI.org/Vote

Click here to download the news release.

For quotes, interview, or photo requests, contact Jenny Tice at jtice@collegereadywi.org

Thank you for your interest in the "Lamp of Knowledge Celebration"

Each year at our Lamp of Knowledge Celebration, we present our scholarship recipients with their award letters, and introduce our incoming cohort of NEW Scholars college readiness program participants.

Among friends, family, and supporters in the community, students proudly receive the well-deserved recognition that they’ve worked hard to earn, and our scholarship recipients have an opportunity to meet the donor of their scholarship.

This special event sends a powerful message to local youth that their community cares for them, supports them, and believes they can succeed.

This year’s event was held at the Meyer Theatre in downtown Green Bay on Weds. July 12. 

Learn more and view event photos at CollegeReadyWI.org/LOK

Click here to download the news release.

Our Programs


Each year, CollegeReady provides over $450,000 in college scholarships to hundreds of students in Northeast Wisconsin. We are proud to have awarded over $13.4 million in scholarships over the past 61 years.

In 2023, CollegeReady awarded more than $507,000 in scholarships to deserving college-bound students.

College Readiness

CollegeReady’s NEW Scholars college readiness program is an afterschool program available to Green Bay middle and high school students who will be the first in their family to earn a college degree. 

Through academic support, college prep, parent workshops, service learning, and so much more, NEW Scholars breaks down barriers to higher education that exist for many low-income and first-generation students. Fundamental components of the program include reading, writing, character development, and parent engagement.

Participating students earn up to a $5,000 scholarship to the college/university of their choice.

NEW Scholars is pronounced “new” (not “n.e.w.”)

Supporting CollegeReady

Those who are interested in supporting CollegeReady can make a tax-deductible contribution at CollegeReadyWI.org/donate

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