With just days on the job, Higher Edge’s new Executive Director, Theresa Armendarez, receives a hearty welcome from Liberty Bank Foundation. Here, Pam Days- Luketich from the bank’s Community Development department, presents her with a $7,500 grant check to support Higher Edge’s intensive college access programming.
Theresa has a B.A. from Arizona State University, a J.D. from the University of California and a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. As it did for her – she believes that higher education can broaden a person’s world view and the possibilities for leading an impactful life.
Higher Edge of New London empowers low-income and first-generation students to realize the promise of higher education and delivers enviable results. Ninety-eight percent of its College Access Program students enroll directly in college following high school, and 86 percent of its college students in the Success Program have persisted to their second year.
Higher Edge provides individualized advising and resources through college admissions, selection, and enrollment, as well as support for students throughout their college experience. It serves about 60 New London- and Windham-area high school students and about 120 college students.