Ford Foundation Working with Visionaries on the Frontlines of Social Change Worldwide

Educational Opportunity and Scholarship

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In every society, people from marginalized and disadvantaged groups deserve an education that expands opportunity, guarantees quality, and achieves equitable results.

Why It Matters

Across the globe, education shapes the life chances of individuals and the well-being of societies. Social, economic and political equality all require that marginalized and disadvantaged people have access to high-quality education.

The Focus of Our Work

We focus on strengthening educational systems to ensure all young people receive an education that enables them to engage in meaningful work and contribute as citizens in diverse societies.

We work with organizations that produce compelling new thinking and evidence; promote effective and scalable practices; and communicate, advocate, and build the capacity for reform.

Worldwide, we fund initiatives designed to transform the quality of secondary schools and help students from poor or marginalized communities gain access to quality higher education.

In the United States, our secondary education work focuses on expanded and redesigned learning opportunities, high-quality teaching, adequate and fairly distributed resources, and strong accountability.

Our higher education efforts support greater access and affordability, and innovations that increase the likelihood that students will earn degrees.

We also support scholarship and cultivating the next generation of public intellectuals to inform and inspire social justice progress.

Grants 2015
Initiative Approved* No. of Grants Avg. Grant*
Total $24,704,485 41 $602,548
Higher Education for Social Justice 16,124 24 671,854
More and Better Learning Time 8,180 16 511,250
Transforming Secondary Education 400 1 400,000
*US $ In Thousands



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