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Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) and scholarships are strategies to increase college enrollment and completion, especially for low to moderate income students. Research is showing the effects of earlier awareness and engagement with scholarship opportunities. At the same time, CSAs are showing measurable effects on development of essential social and emotional skills for very young children, as well as on academic success. Effects are greater for lower income children.

Benita Melton, Education Program Director of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, moderated the webinar with Martha Kanter, Executive Director of the College Promise Campaign and former U.S. Under Secretary of Education, and Patty Grant, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Wabash County.

The College Promise Campaign connects CSAs with other scholarships, and helps students obtain aid to attend higher education. Their research, Sustainable Funding Models: Children’s Savings Accounts, explores early distribution for college scholarships from CSAs and acts as support material for the webinar and its presentation.