The College Success Foundation — established in the spring of 2000 by the late Bob Craves and Ann Ramsay-Jenkins — has provided college scholarships and mentoring to thousands of low-income, high-potential students. The Foundation evolved from former Washington State Governor Gary Locke’s 2020 Commission of the Future of Post-Secondary Education, which recommended the establishment of an independent, non-profit organization to build and sustain public understanding of the need for higher levels of educational attainment and lifelong learning. Over time the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Costco Wholesale have been generous supporters, believing in the vision to increase college access and success for underserved students. Originally founded as the Washington Education Foundation, it changed its name in 2006 to better align with its mission. Its numbers are staggering with more than 11,000 scholarships worth $153 million awarded to date.