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Realizing College Dreams
The Breakthrough Honor Roll is a community of individuals and families that help ensure children from low-income Central Texas communities have the opportunity to realize their dreams of becoming the first in their families to earn a college degree. 

As an Honor Roll member, you become a caring partner helping give students the tools, guidance and encouragement they need to navigate the complicated process of preparing for, enrolling in and graduating from college.

Become a Breakthrough Honor Roll Member

Sustaining Members pledge $1,000 – $5,000 or more per year for five years to provide long-term, sustained financial support for Breakthrough’s growing high school and college transition programs. Join today with a one-time or monthly donation online, or pledge your support and receive an invoice each year at a time of your choosing.

Annual Members give $600 – $5,000 or more annually with a one-time donation or monthly payments. Your gift will support Breakthrough high school graduating seniors, as they take the next momentous steps on their path to college and career success.


Spring Appreciation Party 

Give Back Day: High School Graduation Celebrations

Give Back Day: College Grad Fest

Give Back Day: Card Writing Party

Summer Experience Breakthrough

Fall Breakthrough Benefit Concert

Honor Roll members enjoy opportunities throughout the year to:


Connect with fellow members and Breakthrough students and alumni at the annual Spring Membership Social, exclusively for members and your guests.


Attend annual fall speaker event for insight into Breakthrough’s mission and educational equity, exclusively for members and your guests.


From volunteering with fellow members and family on Honor Roll Give Back Days to sharing Breakthrough’s mission throughout the community, there are many ways to contribute beyond your donation.

 What’s my impact?

Your Honor Roll contribution this year will help Breakthrough accomplish the following:

  • Year-round, holistic academic for high school graduating seniors from Austin ISD and Manor ISD
  • Weekly College Applications Workshops
  • College Options & Financial Aid conferences for every student and their family to select the best fit college and a plan to fund  school and living expenses
  • Weeklong summer Thrive Summit to prepare students for college life
  • On average, 97% of Breakthrough high schools seniors graduate on time and 90% enroll directly in college, compared to 40% of their peers

Payment Options:

  • Monthly, quarterly or annual installments are available, starting at $50 per month
  • Membership gifts can be made online or via check, donor advised fund, stock or wire transfer, or phone.
  • Already an Honor Roll Member and need to make a pledge payment? Click here to give now.
  • Does your employer match charitable gifts or volunteer hours? Check with your HR department to maximize the impact of your support.    

Steering Committee


Jeffrey McDowell
Kristen Worrall

Karen and Barry Aidman
Sean Greenberg
Joanna Just
Michael Ramirez
Cord Shiflet
Clayton and Gaby Smith
Hannah Temple
Bri and David Walker
Monica Maldonado Williams
Megan and Brent Zaal

For more information or to join The Breakthrough Honor Roll, please contact Holly Wissmann, Director of Philanthropy, at holly@breakthroughctx.org or 512.961.5256.