Plant it Forward

The SEED Foundation’s College Transition & Success Campaign


What is it?

Plant it Forward is a new SEED Foundation campaign to raise $450,000 to provide college transition and success services to 250 students by 2019.

Why does it matter?

According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school.  Unfortunately, according to the 2016 Census: Educational Attainment and 2009 Beginning Postsecondary Students study, only 10 percent of low-income, first-generation students who start college have earned a college degree. 

That’s where The SEED Foundation comes in.

SEED support does not end once students receive their high school diplomas.  Since 2004, we have provided college transition and success programming to every SEED school graduate—more than 500 low-income, first-generation students.  Our unique public boarding schools provide students from under-resourced communities with the college-preparatory education they need to experience the joy of learning in a safe and supportive environment and to succeed in our 21st century economy. 

This school year, in addition to serving our SEED students, we are “planting it forward” by expanding our programming to reach more students outside of our SEED schools. Specifically, we are partnering with community-based organizations, traditional and non-traditional schools, and institutions of higher education to help non-SEED students complete college.


Our unique model:

Our unique approach to college transition and success includes:

·         Pre-college programming and college matching

·         Financial education and scholarship assistance

·         College outreach visits and support

·         Intrusive advising and professional development

Our goal is to ensure that students choose colleges that are the right fit!

Our impact:

Our College Transition & Success program works. Thirty-eight percent of SEED students earn their degrees within 6 years. That’s almost four times the national average for low-income, first generation students.That number rises to 64 percent for SEED students who start at SEED-endorsed colleges!

Join us!

Support scholars who dream of attaining a college degree by donating to Plant it Forward. To learn more about the campaign, please contact Alisha Huntley, Director of Development Operations and Annual Giving at