Iowa Organization Receives Grant to Help Students Access College
Iowa College Access Network to Disburse Funds to Iowa Programs
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA (Nov. 16, 2009) — More Iowa students will have the
information they need to pursue a college education, thanks to a grant the Iowa College
(ICAN) recently received from KnowHow2GO, a national multimedia
campaign to encourage students to find their way to college.
“This grant money will go to programs throughout the state that help students get to college,
so they can help spread the KnowHow2GO message,” said Juan Garcia, manager of ICAN.
“We are all working together to make sure all students, especially those who don’t believe
they have a chance at a college education, know how to get help.”
ICAN will distribute $11,200 to each of 10 qualifying Iowa organizations by Feb. 1, 2010,
based on grant applications now available at www.KnowHow2GOIowa.org. An informational
session on the grant program and application will take place Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 2:30 p.m.
Attendees may participate via webinar or in person at the ICAN College Planning Center in
West Des Moines. Questions are welcome during the session.
The KnowHow2GO campaign focuses on four steps to get to college: asking for help;
pushing yourself to prepare for college; finding the right fit in a school; and finding available
financial aid. The national campaign is funded by Lumina Foundation for Education and
American Council on Education. Scholarship America is the fiscal agent for the awards. Currently, ICAN plays a major role in the KnowHow2GOIowa campaign, bringing the
national program to students and high schools throughout Iowa. “We can really expand that
role now by helping other organizations reach out to the students they work with in creative
and effective ways,” Garcia said. “Each organization knows the best way to spread the
message among the people it works with. This grant will help provide the resources those
Applications are available at www.KnowHow2GOIowa.org or by contacting Garcia at
(515) 273-7166 or jgarcia@ICANsucceed.org. To reserve a spot for the Dec. 1 informational
session, interested organizations should contact Rebecca Bahl at rbahl@ICANsucceed.org.