AT&T Backs ScholarShot’s Education Initiative with $100K Contribution

ScholarShot works to help at-risk students complete vocational, associate, and graduate degrees and move out of poverty.

Dallas tech giant AT&T Inc. is teaming up with ScholarShot by contributing $100,000 toward the program’s efforts through AT&T Inspire, an initiative to help provide access to the education and training needed for people to find employment.

ScholarShot’s goal is to aid at-risk students in completing vocational, associate, and graduate degrees so they can get and maintain good jobs, according to a statement.

“This contribution is part of our ongoing commitment to invest in projects and organizations that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement and address community needs,” Ty Bledsoe, AT&T’s assistant vice president, external affairs, said in a statement. “By doing so, AT&T is creating a skilled and diverse workforce that powers our company—and our country—for the future.”

AT&T’s financial support will help ScholarShot continue its educational efforts.

“AT&T is evidencing their commitment to our community and our workforce pipeline with their continued support of ScholarShot,” Dan Hooper, ScholarShot’s executive director, said in a statement.  “Our focus on helping at-risk youth exit poverty with career-ready degrees aligns well with AT&T’s interest in economic mobility.”

Naugles (left) speaking with State Rep. Bowers at the event. [Image: Courtesy Lori Wilson Photography]

ScholarShot seeks to change lives through degrees

ScholarShot depends on corporate awareness for the need of degrees and diversity, and AT&T’s two-year commitment to support ScholarShot “is an inspiring and meaningful investment to change lives, and North Texas, with college degrees,” according to Hooper.

ScholarShot was founded in 2008 after business professionals, educators, and community volunteers saw many college advisements and “access” programs failing at-risk students. 

ScholarShot has developed its own model of academic navigation, personal guidance, and financial support with 90 percent of its students successfully earning vocational, associate, or undergraduate degrees, according to a statement. 

Leveraging the success of the ScholarShot model, the Degree Dallas Campaign is on track to produce 500 first-generation college degrees from Dallas County.

Since 2008, AT&T Aspire has committed $500 million to programs that have helped millions of students in all 50 states and around the world.

State Rep. John Turner (left) talking to Dan Hooper. [Image: Courtesy Lori Wilson Photography]

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