Bottom Line Receives 2012 Innovation Award from College Board

February 1, 2012

College Board announced the winners of their annual Innovation Awards for the New England region during the College Board New England Regional Forum on January 31, 2012. Bottom Line, a Boston-based non-profit that helps low-income and first-generation students earn college degrees, was given an award under the category of “Getting In” for their College Access Program.

This is the second Innovation Award that Bottom Line has received for their efforts to boost the college going and college completion rates of low-income and first-generation students in Massachusetts. The program that College Board has recognized this year provides one-on-one guidance to high school seniors through the college application and financial aid processes. The personalized support that Bottom Line offers has helped 98% of the high school seniors in their program get accepted to college. Last year, they also achieved a 97% enrollment rate.

Criteria for the Innovation Award included the impact of services and the potential for the program model to be replicated and adapted by other organizations, institutions, educators, and policymakers. Bottom Line is pleased to have been selected based on these characteristics.

Chief Executive Officer Greg Johnson says, “We are proud to receive another Innovation Award and continue representing the values that the CollegeKeys Compact upholds.” The Compact is a coalition of schools, colleges, state agencies, and a non-profit organization that aims to identify, share, and intensify ways to address the needs and challenges of increasing access and success for low-income students. 

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