92 students from Austin ISD and Manor ISD become first in families to enroll in college

In early May, we gathered with seniors and their families to celebrate one of the year’s most exciting milestones for Breakthrough – doubling the number of our high school graduates in 2018!  This year’s class of college-bound students is twice as large as last year’s and includes our first Manor ISD class.

“We’re extremely proud of all of our graduating seniors who have worked so hard and overcome many obstacles to finish high school and enroll in college. This is a major milestone for our Manor program, and we hope that our graduating classes will continue to expand each year.”

Executive Director, Michael Griffith

Breakthrough expanded its program to serve students in Manor ISD in 2011 with generous financial contributions from founding supporter Applied Materials Foundation and from Samsung Austin Semiconductor. These students began their Breakthrough experience as rising 6th graders and have participated in our academically rigorous Middle School Summer Program, comprehensive year-round after school and Saturday programming, and High School Leadership Institutes.

 “Manor ISD is extremely proud of its first 2018 Breakthrough Central Texas Graduating Class. Breakthrough’s program and dedicated staff have transformed the lives of these graduates by providing year-round academic support and  by making each student feel cared for, inspired and confident about achieving their higher education goals.”

Becky Lott, Student and Family Support Services Director for Manor ISD

To date, the Class of 2018 has received 324 college acceptances to 68 unique college and universities around the country, and 90% have completed the financial aid process. This outstanding group of graduates joins more than 250 additional high school graduates who are all striving towards their college dreams. Each and every one is a role model to nearly 1,300 younger Breakthrough students across Central Texas.

Special thanks to St Edward’s University, Huston-Tillotson University, and Sedan Inc. for making this year’s celebrations possible.