ENCORE awarded Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD a $10,000 grant to implement College Readiness Family Sessions. These sessions are designed to help the families of students across the school district understand the benefits of obtaining a higher education degree.

ENCORE is a program developed by the Texas Valley Communities Foundation in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to promote the importance of higher education and college readiness.

“We are looking forward to this partnership with ENCORE and the Texas Valley Communities Foundation,” said Dr. Daniel P. King, superintendent of schools for PSJA ISD. “It goes hand-in-hand with our focus on increasing college readiness among our youth.”

Developed by ENCORE, the program highlights the advantages of obtaining a university degree and provides families with the information they need to become actively involved in their children’s academic success. The College Readiness Family Sessions will serve parents from three PSJA middle schools and one high school.

ENCORE awarded this grant to PSJA, based on the district’s record of facilitating access to higher education for all students. In 2008, PSJA received a $10,000 ENCORE grant to develop a parent outreach pilot program at the PSJA T-STEM Early College High School. This program promotes the importance of rigorous high school courses for college success and gives students the opportunity to earn up to two years of college credit.

“It is critical that parents are well-informed about the importance of a college education for a successful future,” King said. “These parent sessions will provide more tools and information for our parents to use with their children.”

Texas Valley Communities Foundation (TVCOF) believes in building a philanthropic community in the Rio Grande Valley through endowment funds dedicated to charitable and other philanthropic aims with the purpose of creating healthy and productive lives.

“TVCOF supports life-changing initiatives, such as the enrichment of students, parents and community on the benefits of college and career readiness. We are honored to partner with PSJA ISD, which was recently recognized for its Drop-out Recovery Program,” stated Gilbert Maldonado, Chief Executive Officer, TVCOF.