Apollo Opportunity Foundation Invests $1M as a Founding Supporter of Per Scholas’ Career Accelerator Initiative

Per Scholas is excited to share that we were awarded a grant from the Apollo Opportunity Foundation as they work to advance their mission of expanding opportunity and supporting economic inclusion for underrepresented individuals. This grant comes shortly after the Apollo Opportunity Foundation celebrated its two-year anniversary.

“We are proud to partner with Per Scholas because of their remarkable results – thousands of individuals have built a better future for themselves and their families because they have participated in Per Scholas programs,” reflected Greg Sills, Apollo Opportunity Foundation Grants Council Member and Per Scholas Board Member.

The grant will not only help fuel Per Scholas’ growth to train more than 5,000 learners in 2024, but also support the expansion of Per Scholas’ Career Accelerator initiative—additional technical upskilling, coaching, and other career development resources to help alumni advance further and more quickly in their careers. The Career Accelerator will enable at least 80% of employed graduates to achieve a thriving wage within two years of their initial job attainment and to put more Per Scholas alumni in manager seats—so that they can hire the next generation of Per Scholas graduates to fill their old positions.

Support from the Apollo Opportunity Foundation goes far beyond just financial support. Over the past year, Apollo employees across the country (including Los Angeles, New York and Phoenix) have supported Per Scholas learners through mock interviews, resume reviews, workshops and networking; shared advice as keynote speakers at graduations and on virtual panels; provided strategic advisory support to key initiatives; and serve on Per Scholas’ National Board of Directors. The Foundation has also helped to raise awareness of our mission, including featuring Per Scholas learners and staff in Apollo Opportunity Foundation’s video showcasing their impact over the past two years.

“The work and mission of Per Scholas clearly embodies the Apollo Opportunity Foundation’s commitment to workforce development,” stated Lauren Coape Arnold, Executive Director, Apollo Opportunity Foundation. “Our people are eager to continue to scale this partnership through creative projects, events, and mentorship opportunities. We look forward to the continued impact of this partnership.”

Per Scholas is immensely grateful to the Apollo Opportunity Foundation for their deep partnership and support, which will help unlock potential for more than 15,000 learners and alumni over the next two years, changing the face of tech.

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