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I Know I Can, Knows You Can Go To College

IKIClogoAs part of our Spotlight Series, we will be shining our light upon a not-for-profit group called I KNOW I CAN from Columbus,Ohio. I had the privilege of meeting with members of their staff a few weeks ago and had the opportunity to learn more about their organization and what they do to make the college experience affordable and attainable.

I Know I Can (IKIC) was founded in 1988 by civic leaders that had a vision and commitment to ensuring that no student from the Columbus City School District (regardless of financial resources) would be denied a college education.  IKIC started small but twenty years later it can now successfully boast as being one of the largest college access programs in the nation. Through the generosity of private donors over the years they have been able to maintain an endowment of $23 million dollars that provides consistent funding for operational and scholarship grant support. This academic year alone, IKIC has awarded 1,240 grants (totaling $1.38 million dollars) to deserving scholars in need.

The following are some accomplishments that I KNOW I CAN can be proud to claim since it’s founding in 1988:

  • They have awarded 20,830 Last Dollar Grants totaling $21,593,130 dollars
  • They helped students gain access to over $289 million dollars in financial aid
  • They have logged 160,564 volunteer hours for their Early Awareness & Financial Aid workshops
  • Last Dollar Grant recipients have performed 64,395 hours of community service

I would like to acknowledge I Know I Can for all that they have done for students and families in the greater Columbus area for the past twenty years. I look forward to hearing about their many successes in the years to come.

Below is a list of the services provided by I Know I Can. If someone you know can benefit from any of these programs, please pass this information onto them by using the share tab at the bottom of this article.

  • IKIC Children’s BookI Know I Can is an illustrated book catered towards second grade students that starts educating them early about their opportunities for attending college.
  • Blueprint:College 2.0: This program is focused on educating parents on the steps they need to take in order to help their children be college ready.
  • Alumni Days: College students go back to their high schools to share wisdom and stories.
  • College Fairs: Students meet with college representatives from all over the country to learn more about colleges and universities in which they are interested.
  • College Planning: Call 614-233-9510 to set up a meeting with I Know I Can College Advisors to discuss achieving your college goals and plans.
  • FAFSA Assistance: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an application for Federal Student Aid access for new and current college students.  Our staff will help you to complete the necessary paperwork to qualify for financial aid.
  • I Know I Can Grants: If you meet the I Know I Can eligibility requirements, I Know I Can will contribute up to $1,200 towards your college tuition for up to 4 years.
  • ACT/SAT Completion: I Know I Can will assist you in registering for the ACT and SAT. You can receive fee waivers from I Know I Can during your junior and senior years. Talk to your College Advisor for details.
  • College Retention: I Know I Can has on-campus offices at 13 Ohio colleges and universities where College Advisors include all CCS graduates in activities and programs that support students in their successful pursuit of a college degree.
  • Resource Room: Visit our Resource Room, located at our main office, to attend educational college planning presentations and conduct your own online college searches.
  • Online Resource Center: We have compiled a list of what we think are some of the most beneficial and helpful online resources for college preparation.

Contact Information:
I Know I Can
3798 E. Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43213
Office: 614-233-9510
Website: www.iknowican.org

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