The GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP) was founded in 1983 by Senator Walter Stosch and Dr. Ray Gargiulo who saw the need for assisting and advising students in the development of an educational plan for after high school. Since its beginning, the program's core has been in-school advisors coaching students and parents, presenting financial aid education in school classroom settings, and delivering financial aid seminars in libraries and other public forums.
GRASP will help students and their families, regardless of their financial resources and at no charge to them, develop an educational plan by:
- Assisting them with the financial aid process;
- Awarding and administering scholarships;
- Inspiring them to believe that secondary and post-secondary education are attainable; and
- Supporting them during the completion of their post-secondary education.
Our goal is to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity for continuing education after high school, regardless of financial or social circumstances.
What We've Achieved
• On average 90% of the students who meet with a GRASP advisor complete the FAFSA
• The average financial aid award is $12,000.
• For fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, $1 invested in GRASP yielded $141 in financial aid.
• GRASP has grown through school-system demand from 21 schools in 2006 to 76 schools in 2015.
• GRASP began tracking its work through a cloud-based computing system in 2009 that has information on all of our students. This allows us to provide accurate reporting and track progress regularly.
• Small targeted Last dollar scholarships were implemented in 2009 for students who lacked sufficient funds for education.