Greenhouse Scholars Receives Largest Donation in Organization’s History

Foundation for Global Scholars Pledges $300,000 Commitment over Three

, an education nonprofit that empowers under-resourced
college students with professional, personal and financial support to
ensure they not only graduate, but are prepared to serve as leaders,
role models and change agents for generations to come, is pleased to
announce the largest donation in the organization’s 11-year history.
Foundation for Global Scholars, a nonprofit that inspires and equips
young adults to tackle global challenges through international
experience, leadership skills and cultural competence, has pledged to
give $300,000 over the next three years to Greenhouse Scholars. These
funds will be used to support education initiatives and impact projects
on an international scale. Along with this donation, Foundation for
Global Scholars Co-Founders Sheila Houston and Cynthia Banks will be
personally involved with the organization as volunteers, and Banks has
joined the Greenhouse Scholars Colorado Development and Advisory Board.

Greenhouse Scholars is dedicated to cultivating young leaders who will
change low-income families and communities in the U.S. and around the
world. This is done through implementation of the organization’s “Whole
Person” approach, which provides mentorship, skills training modules,
strategic impact initiatives, peer support, internships, professional
networking, an annual leadership conference and financial support.

Not only has the program’s framework led to a 93 percent college
graduation rate compared to the national average of 11 percent for
low-income students, but the Impact component also helps Greenhouse
Scholars make significant contributions to the global community. As just
a few examples, the organization has funded and supported Scholars in
creating clean water projects in Ghana, building homes for impoverished
families in Mexico, Belize, and Kenya, providing healthcare to
marginalized populations in Ethiopia and India, starting the nation’s
first student-run food pantry for needy college students in Illinois,
beginning an inner city exercise program in Massachusetts and bringing
awareness to the refugee crisis in the Middle East.

The donation from Foundation for Global Scholars will continue to fund
projects such as these while also giving more low-income students the
opportunity to study abroad to expand their international perspective
and better understand how they can make a positive impact in the world.

We are extremely grateful for this gift and are excited for the many
opportunities that will be made possible due to Sheila’s and Cynthia’s
generosity,” said Pete Burridge, President and CEO of Greenhouse
Scholars. “We look forward to collaborating with Sheila and Cynthia and
the exceptional young leaders in our program to identify high-impact
projects and initiatives that will drive positive change in low-income
communities throughout the world.”

Adds Banks: “We are extremely impressed with the Greenhouse Scholars
mission and with their capability to enact real change among young
adults through education and community service. We have met their
scholars and clearly see the impact of their programs and services. The
Foundation for Global Scholars is honored to support this organization.”

About Greenhouse Scholars

, an education nonprofit organization founded in 2005,
serves under-resourced college students who are exceptionally high
performing. Scholars are selected based on academic achievement, service
to community, demonstrated leadership skills, and financial need.
Through its “Whole Person” approach of intellectual, academic,
professional and financial support, Greenhouse Scholars cultivates
leaders to change low-income families and communities. To date,
Greenhouse Scholars has served more than 200 students from Colorado,
Illinois, and Georgia.


for Greenhouse Scholars
Nick Herff, 303-460-1726