New Fund Established to Increase College Access

The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi has received a grant of $50,000 from the Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF) to fund activities that increase college awareness and create pathways to postsecondary education among high school students in the following 18 Mississippi Delta counties: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, and Yazoo.

“Our top priority is education, and we are constantly looking for ways to improve educational opportunities for children in our region from birth through college or other career preparation,” says Tom Pittman, President of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. “We deeply respect the work of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation in this regard. It is an honor to provide links to non-profit organizations that make a difference in the trajectories of our young people’s lives.”

The money will be distributed as a part of the Get2College Mini-Grant Program to schools and eligible community-based organizations with a current 501c(3) status. Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and will range in amount from $250 to $1250. Organizations can receive a single grant in a calendar year.

Examples of eligible activities include (but are not limited to): college fairs, college campus tours, technology to support online workshops for students, college application days, and college signing events.

“The need to increase access to college information is critical for all Mississippi students and adults, but particularly those who live in rural or low-income communities,” says WHEF President and CEO Jim McHale. “Ultimately, we hope that this grant will create more pathways and awareness for students to pursue a postsecondary credential or degree that will improve their quality of life, their communities, and Mississippi.”

For more information or to apply, call 662.449.5002 or visit Download the application here.

About Woodward Hines Education Foundation

Since its inception, WHEF has worked to increase college access and entry for people in Mississippi and has expanded that work to support promising practices that lead to college persistence and completion. The foundation envisions a Mississippi where all people can secure the training and education beyond high school that will allow them to advance their quality of life, strengthen their communities, and contribute to a vibrant and prosperous future for the state. Learn more about WHEF by visiting

About Get2College

Get2College, the flagship program of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation, is committed to providing excellent college planning services to Mississippi families to help students get to college and be successful there. The program offers free, comprehensive help to plan, prepare, and pay for education after high school as well as support for students to persist through and complete their education. Get2College also offers direct support to high school counselors and college-planning training to high school counselors, educators, and school leaders. Learn more about Get2College by visiting

About the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi

The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi manages 237 donor-established funds and has disbursed over $25 million to support more than 800 charitable organizations and activities recommended by its donors, as well as charitable programs established by the foundation.  Established in 2002 with a generous grant from the Maddox Foundation, the Community Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 charitable organization.   A board of 19 volunteer civic leaders governs the Community Foundation. 


Photo: Jim McHale (WHEF President and CEO), Tom Pittman (President of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi), Tori Langworthy (Get2College, Assistant Director of Outreach)